The young men and the sea

Two children weather a watery blast above the boiling seas at St Clair in Dunedin yesterday afternoon.

Dozens of people, young and old, tourist and local, lined the Esplanade as a high tide, serious swells and blustery south-westerly winds conspired to smash waves into the sea wall and send water high into the air.

Photo: Peter McIntosh
Photo: Peter McIntosh

MetService meteorologist Curtis Hayes said the high tide of 2.2m was about average for the area. However, that high tide combined with the swells of 4m to 4.5m close to shore, plus south- westerly winds, made conditions ripe for the spectacular waves, he said.

‘‘That’s just really built things up, along with the high tide, which would bring in those bigger waves.’’

 

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