Cyclone Oma: the tropical system lit up the Gold Coast | Photo: Surfing Australia

Cyclone Oma was the best thing that could've happened to Australian surfers, particularly those living on the Gold Coast.

Thousands of photos have been taken, and countless hours of video were shot while an idyllic combination of swells, winds, tides and ocean bottoms ignited the region's famous surf breaks.

The tropical system brought exceptional surf conditions, even though oceanographers expect a few downsides like severe erosion and coast devastation.

Local surfers are also not happy with the number of photographers, filmmakers, and jet skis in the water. And, of course, the infamous drop-ins that ruin flawless rides.

Despite all the drama and potential future concerns, nearly everyone - anonymous and pro surfers - scored some of the best waves of their lives.

Endless Tube Rides and Party Waves

Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Mitch Crews, Jack Freestone, Mitch Parkinson, Soli Bailey, and other top-rated surf stars made sure to share their endless tube rides on social media for the delight of fans.

Freestone found a 10-second shade under the blue cylinder that he will never forget. He said he even had time to look around in the barrel.

There was even a party wave moment featuring two world champions - Fanning and Parkinson - inside a sunny drainer.

Snapper Rocks and Kirra, home of the Superbank, was the world capital of perfect waves. But spots like Noosa, Duranbah, and Burleigh were also firing spectacular surf.

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