Surfer Adam Lear on a messy wave at Duranbah yesterday.
Surfer Adam Lear on a messy wave at Duranbah yesterday. Blainey Woodham

Ului's not so huge swell

THERE was a lot of huff, but not a lot of puff, when it came to Cyclone Ului’s affect on the Tweed Coast.

Early last week, with the category four cyclone heading down the Queensland coast, forecasters were expecting a huge swell, in the five-metre plus range, to hit over the weekend.

While there were dangerous conditions, which resulted in all Gold Coast beaches being closed, and waves in the eight-foot range hitting the coast, it did not meet predictions of early forecasts.

Yesterday’s biggest wave measured by the Tweed Waverider Buoy was 4.05m, recorded at midday and Coolangatta recorded winds in the 20 knot range.

“There are some pretty big waves out there; no boats went out today at all,” Point Danger VMR radio controller Graham Mott said.

“The bar is pretty rough too, I wouldn’t recommend anybody at the moment attempting a crossing at the bar.”

Adam Leer was one of the only surfers willing to take on the dumping Duranbah Beach surf yesterday.

He said conditions were “average” and a bit “mushy”, but he was keen to get away from the crowd at Snapper Rocks.

“It is not as big as what they said it was going to be,” he said.

Mr Lear said there had been better surf during the week, when the conditions were cleaner.

“I thought it might be better today, but it is really messy.”

State Duty Officer for Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Scott McCartney, said there were no major incidents on Far North Coast beaches, many of which remained open despite the large surf.

“It has been really quiet, I am not aware of anything major that has happened,” he said.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) closed all Gold Coast beaches due to the weather conditions.

SLSQ lifesaving services manager George Hill said it was too dangerous for swimmers.

“The conditions along the coast have become extremely hazardous and we don’t want people to put themselves at risk by swimming in dangerous unpatrolled locations,” he said.

“People should also be mindful of conditions in and around river mouths and estuaries, as large amounts of debris wash into the river systems.”



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