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June 3 12 In Byron Bay Today

Will it Or Won't It,. So are we going to see an ECL (East Coast Low) swell, in Byron Bay. Right now there's a reasonable chance of an ECL forming way down south on Tuesday morning. ECL's are formed when a cold air rain depression over the continent rapidly intensifies as it reaches the warm water of the Tasman Sea. They tend to be short lived and at times violent systems. They are by nature, extremely difficult to predict. Surf sites often rave on about swell predictions for ECL's. Of course this just winds everyone up, and we usually end up seeing more crowds than swell. Truth is ECL's are just too unpredictable to call. That's why folks are often caught completely unaware by these systems. Like the one that hit us here in Byron late May 2009. We scored some great waves after the event, but it also trashed our coastline, downed trees and took out power to many communities for several days. These systems can turn on some seriously good waves if they really get spinning way out deep. But more often than not, they either dish up smallish twisted mush with heaps of weird currents dirty water and rain. Or huge messy onshore storm seas that cause lots of damage and beach erosion. Truth is it's actually quite rare for an ECL to produce large clean surfable waves. One thing is for certain, when one forms, it's best to be cautious. The forecast for the current system that could appear in the next 24-48hrs is this. Sometime between Monday and Tuesday morning the system might rapidly intensify, possibly sending a mix of swell and storm seas with a combined height of 6-15 metres motoring up The Tasman on Wednesday. For us this loosely translates as 2-5 metre solid waves, if it reaches this far north. If this does happen it would be wise for all beach users, including boaties, to be wary of possible sudden swell increases during this period. In the meantime here's a selection of shots we took during and after the ECL of May 2009, .

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