Bring Back Kirra rally
AFTER a final goodbye to legendary mate Michael Peterson, surfers and locals will rally in the hope of bringing back the magical barrels that made Kirra Point an iconic surf break before 1996.
More than 1000 people are expected at Queen Elizabeth Park at noon today to rally as part of the Bring Back Kirra campaign aimed at garnering council support for the restoration of Kirra Point groyne.
The groyne was what allowed a build-up of sand, which in turn produced Kirra's spectacular tube rides for surfers.
Kirra Point Inc has organised the rally at which the six Gold Coast City Council mayoral candidates will outline their vision and timelines for Kirra beach's restoration.
Kirra Point Inc president Wayne Deane said the people were behind it and now the council needed to heed and act on the public's wishes.
"In a government community consultation, 80% of the people who voted want the groyne back to its original specification," Mr Deane said.
The group wants the 30m of rocks removed from the groyne to be restored, not only for the surf break but also for a variety of community uses.
"Nowhere can you walk out and see surfing 30m away from you," Mr Deane said.
"The community would be able to use the groyne for wheelchair access, to see the surf, for weddings and fishing."
Mr Dean said Kirra was regarded worldwide as the Nirvana of tube rides.
Since the rocks had been removed, title events such as the 1996 Kirra Billabong Pro heat in which Shane Beschen pulled off three perfect 10s had not occurred.
Former ASP World tour competitor Dean Morrison told Swellnet Dispatch last month he backed the groyne restoration 100%.
"We campaigned for this back in 2006 and I am stoked to see that it's back on the agenda and ask everybody to turn up for the rally," he said.
Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey and Cr Chris Robbins are expected to attend the rally, which will follow the Michael Peterson memorial paddle out.
JOIN THE FIGHT
A rally will be held today to discuss bringing back Kirra's famous waves