Death-defying surfers wiped out by enormous waves as forecasters warn of terrifying ‘Tasman Low’ 

Death-defying surfers wiped out by enormous waves as forecasters warn of terrifying ‘Tasman Low’ 

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A handful of surfers were brave enough to take on terrifying waves at a little-known Sydney break as Australia’s east coast was battered by damaging winds and monster swell for the third day in a row.

Incredible footage captured by Sydney surf photographer Luke Duce on Wednesday showed surfers risking their lives at Deadman’s Reef off Shelly Headland, south of Manly Beach. 

Huge open ocean swells of more than ten metres were seen slamming into the shallow rock ledge just metres away from the rocky shoreline.  

Daredevil surfers have battled death-defying waves as an east coast low continues to batter the New South Wales coastline

Daredevil surfers have battled death-defying waves as an east coast low continues to batter the New South Wales coastline

Mr Duce told Daily Mail Australia there was a massive crowd of people on the cliff watching as the surfers battled the waves

Mr Duce told Daily Mail Australia there was a massive crowd of people on the cliff watching as the surfers battled the waves

Terrifying footage captured by Northern Beaches photographer Luke Duce shows keen surfers risking their lives to tackle monstrous surf

Terrifying footage captured by Northern Beaches photographer Luke Duce shows keen surfers risking their lives to tackle monstrous surf

Mr Duce told Daily Mail Australia there was a massive crowd of people on the cliff watching as the surfers battled the waves.

‘It didn’t really look like Sydney to be honest,’ he said.

‘We get lots of big swells but this was a rare swell, we don’t get much of this. There were super, super brave surfers out there.

‘There were definitely some of the biggest waves I’ve ever seen ridden in Sydney.

‘I saw at least 15 surfboards get broken and surfers had to paddle all the way in because of their boards.’

The photographer described the swells as ‘super hectic’ and said there was a great ‘vibe on the cliff’ with lots of cheering and whistling.

‘Everyone in the water was the same – cheering each other on and making sure everyone was always safe,’ Mr Duce said. 

The brave board riders were filmed tackling the powerful surf conditions off Shelly Headland, south of Manly Beach

The brave board riders were filmed tackling the powerful surf conditions off Shelly Headland, south of Manly Beach

Huge open ocean swells of more than ten metres were seen slamming into the shallow rock ledge just metres away from the rocky shoreline

Huge open ocean swells of more than ten metres were seen slamming into the shallow rock ledge just metres away from the rocky shoreline

Avalon Beach filmmaker Spencer Frost described one of the waves as ‘hands down the best I’ve ever seen ridden in Sydney’ on his Instagram.

‘I’m not sure who the surfer is but he must be pretty damn stoked with this one,’ Mr Frost said, sharing three photographs of a surfer deep in a barrel twice the size of him.

‘I’ve been wanting to shoot this angle of this wave for a few years now – and today the stars finally aligned. Stoked to see everyone pushing it – what a wild day of waves,’ he added. 

A large low pressure system dubbed the ‘Tasman Low’ was behind the wild surf conditions on Wednesday, with waves causing significant erosion along the coast.  

‘The Tasman Low is making her exit quite dramatic,’ NSW Incident Alerts wrote on Facebook.

A surfer rides a large wave at Warriewood Beach on Wednesday as wild weather batters NSW

A surfer rides a large wave at Warriewood Beach on Wednesday as wild weather batters NSW

People are seen watching the large swell from atop North Curl Curl Headland, as a wave impacts and explodes below

People are seen watching the large swell from atop North Curl Curl Headland, as a wave impacts and explodes below

The low pressure system is seen off the coast of New South Wales, causing damaging surf and wind

The low pressure system is seen off the coast of New South Wales, causing damaging surf and wind

A hazardous surf warning remains in place for Thursday and Friday from Byron Bay to Eden along the NSW Coast as huge swells and damaging winds batter Australia’s eastern seaboard. 

A peak wave height off the Sydney coast overnight reached 11.6metres, with the NSW police marine area command advising people to stay out of the water and avoid surf-exposed areas.

Police have advised people planning to do coastal activities including rock fishing, boating, and swimming to reconsider.

A peak wave height off the Sydney coast overnight reached 11.6metres, with the NSW police marine area command advising people to stay out of the water and avoid surf-exposed areas (Sydney Harbour Bridge pictured)

A peak wave height off the Sydney coast overnight reached 11.6metres, with the NSW police marine area command advising people to stay out of the water and avoid surf-exposed areas (Sydney Harbour Bridge pictured)

A video from near Terrigal shows taken on Wednesday morning (pictured) shows huge waves continuing to pound the coastline

A video from near Terrigal shows taken on Wednesday morning (pictured) shows huge waves continuing to pound the coastline 

Two people walk through heavy rain and wind at Bondi on Tuesday, as severe winds gushed onshore (pictured)

Two people walk through heavy rain and wind at Bondi on Tuesday, as severe winds gushed onshore (pictured)

The hazardous south-east swell rolled into Australia’s east coast on Tuesday and will begin to ease into the weekend, with beach users told to remain wary of the waves.

‘A deep low pressure system is centred over the central Tasman Sea,’ the Bureau of Meteorology website reads. 

‘This system is whipping up blustery winds and powerful waves along parts of the New South Wales coast, with conditions gradually easing later in the week as the low moves east towards New Zealand and a high pressure ridge moves over the state from the west.’ 

The weather bureau issued a separate warning about damaging and powerful wind gusts.

A gale warning remains in place on Thursday and Friday for the Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast and Hunter Coast, and a strong wind warning for Sydney Closed Waters, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast. 

Swell rose up to 11.6m as an east coast low swept wild weather across the NSW coastline (pictured, large waves hit onlookers at Bronte pool in Sydney on Tuesday)

Swell rose up to 11.6m as an east coast low swept wild weather across the NSW coastline (pictured, large waves hit onlookers at Bronte pool in Sydney on Tuesday)

A man's umbrella was turned inside-out as wild weather lashed Sydney on Tuesday (pictured)

A man’s umbrella was turned inside-out as wild weather lashed Sydney on Tuesday (pictured)

The chilly weather is set to barrel into the weekend, with a low pressure system and troughs sweeping strong winds, large waves and heavy showers across eastern NSW from Wednesday.

Sydney is forecast to be windy with some rain and a top of 17C and is unlikely to warm until Saturday, which would make this the longest spell below 18C in several years. 

The Harbour City will dry up over the weekend, remaining partly cloudy, with a low of 8C and high of 20C on Sunday. 

Canberra woke to frost on Thursday morning with a low of 1C, slowly climbing to the low-teens.

Queensland remains sunny but a hazardous surf and swell warning is in place and people are urged not to do any coastal activities including are rock fishing, boating, and swimming.

A lifeguard looks out across Coogee Beach as huge swell continues to pound the coast in Sydney on Wednesday

A lifeguard looks out across Coogee Beach as huge swell continues to pound the coast in Sydney on Wednesday

Sightseers check out the huge swell pounding the coast at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

Sightseers check out the huge swell pounding the coast at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

The surf warning is in place Thursday and Friday for Fraser Island Coast, Sunshine Coast Waters and Gold Coast Waters.

Surf Live Saving Queensland is urging people to stay out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.

Brisbane is going to be mostly sunny on Thursday with a temperature high of 22C. 

In Western Australia, a strong cold front is blowing blistery winds and showers across the state’s southwest. 

Western Australia also has gale warnings in place through to midnight on Thursday for the Leeuwin Coast, and a strong wind warning through midnight tonight for Perth Local Waters, Lancelin Coast, Perth Coast, Bunbury Geographe Coast, Albany Coast and Esperance Coast.

Perth will be experiencing showers with a possible storm and highs of 21C. 

A man is engulfed by a breaking wave as he walks along the cliff top at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

A man is engulfed by a breaking wave as he walks along the cliff top at Clovelly Beach in Sydney on Wednesday

A map shows the low and troughs along the New South Wales coast line bringing more wet weather conditions over coming days

A map shows the low and troughs along the New South Wales coast line bringing more wet weather conditions over coming days

Melbourne woke to fog on Thursday morning, slowly clearing throughout the day with a top of 12C.

It will remain chilly and cloudy heading into the weekend with the mercury dipping to 5C and only topping a moderately cool 15C.

Showers will increase from Sunday, leading into a wet start to next week.

The low and troughs will bring showers in eastern Victoria as well as alpine snow. 

A frost warning is in place for Victoria’s Mallee, Wimmera, Northern Country, North Central, North East, South West and Central forecast districts, with temperatures down to -2 degrees forecast.

South Australia is seeing mostly sun on Thursday with a frost warning also in place for the Mid North, Riverland, Murraylands, Upper South East and Lower South East forecast districts, with temperatures down to -1 degree are forecast.

Adelaide will remain sunny and see top temperatures of 16C. 

Hobart will also shiver through cool conditions, dropping to 3C on Friday and Saturday morning. The temperature won’t climb far- reaching a high 12C over the weekend, when showers are expected. 

FIVE DAY WEATHER FORECAST 

 SYDNEY:   

Thursday: Min 10. Max 17. Shower or two. Windy.

Friday: Min 11. Max 17. Shower or two.

Saturday: Min 9. Max 18. Partly cloudy.

Sunday: Min 8. Max 20. Partly cloudy.

Monday: Min 10. Max 18. Sunny.

MELBOURNE:

Thursday: Min 5. Max 13. Morning fog.

Friday: Min 5. Max 15. Partly cloudy.

Saturday: Min 7. Max 14. Partly cloudy.

Sunday: Min 8. Max 14. Showers increasing.

Monday: Min 8. Max 13. Showers.

ADELAIDE:

Thursday: Min 7. Max 16. Sunny.

Friday: Min 8. Max 18. Sunny.

Saturday: Min 11. Max 17. Possible late shower.

Sunday: Min 9. Max 14. Showers.

Monday: Min 9. Max 14. Shower or two.

CANBERRA:  

Thursday: Min 0. Max 13. Light morning frost.

Friday: Min 1. Max 14. Partly cloudy.

Saturday: Min -1. Max 13. Morning frost. Mostly sunny.

Sunday: Min 3. Max 13. Partly cloudy.

Monday: Min 2. Max 12. Partly cloudy.

BRISBANE:

Thursday: Min 9. Max 22. Sunny.

Friday: Min 10. Max 24. Sunny.

Saturday: Min 11. Max 23. Sunny.

Sunday: Min 11. Max 24. Sunny.

Monday: Min 11. Max 25. Sunny.

PERTH:

Thursday: Min 12. Max 21. Showers. Late storm likely.

Friday: Min 10. Max 17. Showers.

Saturday: Min 8. Max 18. Shower or two.

Sunday: Min 7. Max 18. Partly cloudy.

Monday: Min 7. Max 20. Sunny.

HOBART:

Thursday: Min 5. Max 11. Possible shower.

Friday: Min 3. Max 12. Mostly sunny.

Saturday:Min 3. Max 12. Partly cloudy.

Sunday: Min 6. Max 12. Shower or two.

Monday: Min 5. Max 9. Shower or two.

DARWIN:

Thursday: Min 19. Max 32. Sunny.

Friday: Min 20. Max 32. Sunny.

Saturday: Min 20. Max 31. Sunny.

Sunday: Min 20. Max 32. Sunny.

Monday: Min 20. Max 32. Sunny.

SOURCE: Bureau of Meteorology

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