Kirra?s legendary barrels a memory
TO Paul Posadas the legendary tales his mum tells of barrels starting at Kirra Point and ending at North Kirra are much like those his teachers tell him about dinosaurs.
The idea of surfing massive long barrels at Kirra Point is unfathomable to the eight-year-old, despite the beach's worldfamous reputation.
In fact, the talented Kirra Surf Riders Club member has surfed his home break only twice in his life, and one of those was when he was five.
Fed up with sand stealing their waves, Kirra Surf Riders life member Lynn Scammell yesterday called a meeting with officials of the Tweed Sand Bypassing Project.
Seeking some information on future plans, Ms Scammell was disappointed to learn that it would be years until the waves would roll again at Kirra.
She said already the sand overload threatened the club's future, and their grommet's potential success on the professional surfing circuit.
"This sand project has taken away their intergenerational right to surf their home break and crammed all the surfers onto the superbank at Snapper Rocks," she said.
"The younger kids don't stand a chance on that break, so they are missing out on good training.
"We are losing members because we have no home break and these kids look at us and can't comprehend where the legendary stories come from."
The effects of the sand bypassing project do not stop there. Local diver Chris Eastwood said the outer reef at Kirra had been partly covered by sand, reducing the amount of marine life on it.
"It used to be a lot deeper and have a lot of life, but on a dive a few weeks ago I could see the larger sharks weren't there and the smaller ones that were stayed grouped together. It was obvious there isn't as much reef as before," he said.
Sand-bypass officials recently said the amount of sand being pumped was being reduced to allow the beaches to recover, but that it would be a few years until Kirra was back to normal.