The record-breaking rainfall over the weekend caused chaos and massive swells, up and down the East Coast, with plenty of Sydney surfers taking advantage of the conditions.

What a wild weekend. 

The East Coast received an absolute belting of rain, causing flash flooding, massive train delays, school closures, evacuations, power outages and up to 300mm of rainfall in some places within a single day. 

Waterways that haven’t seen rain in months were overflowing and Warragamba Dam saw an increase of 44% on current capacity in less than 24 hours. Just take a look at Carrington Falls in Robertson yesterday, compared to exactly a week beforehand.

Sunday February 2nd

Sunday February 9th


Carrington falls!!

Posted by Nathan Bluey Anderson on Saturday, 8 February 2020

But with wild and wet weather, comes some serious swell. In some areas along the East Coast, the swell reached up to 6m high. That’s nuts.

Although for most beaches that amount of swell means it’s simply way too dangerous to take a board out, for beaches and bays that are usually protected and flat, there might just be something worth riding. That’s exactly how it went down in parts of Sydney Harbour.

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Not bad for a Sydney harbour beach – 3-4 ft, strong E winds, and a low tide. One of the strangest and best surfs I’ve had in Sydney. What a novelty??‍♀️? . . @coastalwatch @swellnet @laynebeachley @bondilifeguards @7newsaustralia @7newssyd @sydneymorningherald @sydney @7newsaustralia @abcnews_au @sbsnews_au @elle_ferguson #surf #surfing #surfinglife #waves #bondisurfreport #bondibeach #bondi #sea #localsurf #localsurfer #localsurfreport #surfergirl #surfer #love #surflife #beach #ocean #beachlife #bondi #Surfingiseverything #Surfingphotography #surfinglife #instasurf #beautiful #surfboard #instadaily #surfrider #instagood #surfphotography #surftrip #sunrise #visitbondibeach

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The Bondi Surf Report Instagram page recorded dozens of people surfing 2-3 foot swell on a usually flat and calm beach within Sydney Harbour. Not a bad way to spend an otherwise, dreary day. Mahalo surfer nerds. 

Feature photo taken by Ain Raadik on NSW South Coast