Australia's big waves inspire surfers to hit the water | PHOTOS, VIDEO

Surfers have lapped up big waves at Australia's east coast, with high swells whipping up the water this week.

On Friday, July 11, waves reaching up to two metres battered the coastline in the Hunter region. 

Hunter surfing legend Roger Clements said grommits would have had the ‘‘best two weeks of surf they can remember’’ over the past fortnight of school holidays.

‘‘It’s been really good for most of the day almost every day,’’ he said.

‘‘Winter usually produces offshore winds and a few flat days, but we’ve had neat and nice clean waves every day.’’

He said surfers would have woken on Friday to solid one to 1.5 metre waves from a south easterly direction, before the swell changed direction in the afternoon and produced 1.5 to 2 metre waves that broke with force.

‘‘The sandbanks on low tide are really shallow and fairly straight and so the waves are crashing down heavily,’’ he said.

‘‘With high tide the waves are a little bit better, but we’ve seen surfers out all day.’’

Mr Clements said the swell would drop back to 1 to 1.5 metre waves on Saturday morning, with the best breaks at Merewether, Flat Rock at the Cowrie Hole, the reef break off Nobbys and South Newcastle.

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