Wild winds give surfers a lift in first bout of storms for season | Photos

Winds of up to 83 kilometres per hour and a large swell over 8 metres whipped the usually calm waters in Gnarabup bay last week, providing great conditions for windsurfing.

Margaret River waterman Simon Peters from Margaret River Kitesurfing & Windsurfing said the wind gusts recorded at Cape Leeuwin and Cape Naturaliste on Tuesday evening were extremely strong.

"It's one of the strongest gusts I have seen on the Cape Naturaliste or Cape Leeuwin readings in all my years of monitoring storm wind strength," he said.

"I remember seeing a gust to 72 knots at Cape Leeuwin some years ago.

"The strongest storms have a solid NW wind and these same storms usually push up and hit Perth quite strongly as well.

"The peak wind gust of storms in the Capes is usually when the wind switches from NW to W as the front passes."

Wind and kitesurfers took advantage of the conditions, with jumps of up to 40ft possible in the wild waves.

Across the region, homes were without power for a number of days while many trees and powerlines were felled by the strong winds.