Australia: good things come to those who wait | Photo: Sheffield/CoastalWatch

Mark Mathews, Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow and and the Gudauskas brothers have enjoyed one of the best surfing days in Australia, in the last years. The swell hit the New South Wales region and pumped world class rides for everyone.

The Sydney surf breaks were on fire and this was called the best swell since the outstanding moments registered in June 2007. Surfers enjoyed overhead waves combined with light offshore winds and sunshine.

The year 2011 has been frustrating for the surfing community. Quality waves were rare and surfers were getting anxious to hit the surf in decent conditions, but good things come to those who wait.

In Australia, everyone is talking about it. The swell brought impressive barrels to point, reef and beach breaks. The further south you went the bigger it was.

In the last week, surfing reached its climax. Everything was so perfect that it looked like surfer's heaven. "It was just so clean on all three days. At dawn on Tuesday there was still a touch of bump in the swell, but the size and power mad up for it. There were some chunky 6-10ft bombs on Tuesday and it cleaned up as the day progressed. Wednesday was cleaner again with all day offshores and solid 6-7ft sets. Taj and Slater nailed some sick tubes. It was actually best at high tide which is rare out there", said big wave charger Mark Mathews to our friend at CoastalWatch.com

Surf photographers had a lot work to do. Top WCT surfers, intermediate riders and free surfers were all filling up their empty surfing quota, as Autumn leaves start to fall in the Oceania.