DFES advice is important to the Cyclone Surfers who have their own twist on the warning system.
Tropical Low Approaching: Wax your board and prepare for some serious surf. Keep your eye on Cable Beach web cam. Be carefull on the roads as all cyclone surfers will be regulary driving to Cable Beach to check if the swell has arrived, causing congestion.
Blue Alert: Head to Cable Beach and get out amongst it. There is going to be some serous swell for a day or so.
Yellow Alert: Keep surfing cause we're not on red yet but make sure you're out and home before it goes to red.
Red Alert: Secure the board safely but keep it readily accessible and re wax, there will be some post cyclcone surf to enjoy.
Broome's Cyclone Surfers even have their own Facebook Page and have some local celebrities amongst them. On any blue alert day you could see Kitty and Joe, owners of the Good Cartel, Wil Smith, local artisan, musican and operator of Broome Historical Walking Tours and Greg Quicke (aka Space Gandalf) from Astro Tours, all out tearing up the surf.
One Cylcone Surfers who didn't want to be named told #SoBroome "The perfect cyclone swell is like a pipeline, and often arrives a day or two before the hell, long before the wind, then gradually intensifies till its big and dangerous. The window is relatively brief of course. This is Broome's best kept secret, so you didn't hear it from me....,(anonomous source)"
You know you're in Broome when the cyclone surfers are on Cable Beach.