Great year for the surf addicts

NO doubt about it, surfers are a narcissistic bunch of wave-starved junkies looking for the next green room fix - and this week served up plenty of tube riding cocktails.

The rehab comedown will be heavy, although surf addicts will be content in the comfort that 2009 has turned into the Year of the Surf and the last week entered into a new phase.

But the thing I noticed on Wednesday morning with Kirra was that for the first time since the Tweed sand pumping back in 2001 the bank had moved closer into the Big Groyne, similar to the late 90's.

The other thing was the demise of the Superbank.

Johno, a hard core Snapper local, said to me “What happens if we save Kirra and then lose Snapper?”

Well, unfortunately that is the latest twist of nature.

At 6am there were three guys out at Coolie, not the usual 300 that normally herd the bank.

That was because the bank has been washed out by the ongoing and unrelenting swell movement.

A natural wave of attrition doing its own job of moving sand around. Don't worry, the sand by pass has been working overnight and creating the bank behind the Rock at Snapper funnel effect whereas from Rainbow Bay to Coolie it's a deep hole due to the unrelenting 3 month swell event.

On Wednesday morning with pumping 4 - 6ft sets at Kirra, the crowd were onto it and it looked flawless and fantastic.

Mind you it was 50m to 100m rides sucking faster than the bullet train and to quote an old clique “not a drop of water out of place”.

Monday was even more mental, with the King seen towing in and unless you had a ski, well get ready to paddle your arms off.

Same day Kelly was seen towing Japanese surfers out at the Alley and how stoked do you reckon they would have been.

Thank God that the proponents who were calling for the extension of the Big Groyne didn't get their way, otherwise there would be have a rock wall right through the current Kirra Kegs and shades of Point Cartwright on the Sunshine Coast.

The sandpumping operation can be used to save D-Bah which has been virtually eroded away next it will be Fingal despite the 25 year contract (if you can find it) which stated no back pumping - well I think we need to include that now otherwise its goodbye to the Fingal nature strip.

There are hidden outlets not used under Snapper and Greenmount and one at the base of Kirra, it's all there to be used on demand and not abused for the sake of never-ending pumping.

Use the sand when we need it.

It can have a fantastic result ala Super Bank and negative effect e.g. Kirra, adjust the volumes of sand, pump on demand and we will have the best of both worlds for both the beach and surf.

The sand bypass was all about beach erosion - what was not included in the terms of the 25 year old contract is a surf policy plus lets not forget the beach amenity.

GCCC will be given the funds from Qld State Government to create some dunes and help restore coastal vegetation and there's the marine reefs which naturally anchor the sand banks responsible for good surf and provide marine habitats.

This is not done through more dredging and secondary outlets, we just need to use what we have in the most effective way and go with the natural flow of events rather than impacting against it.

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  • THE Burleigh Longboard Club with a brand new committee and new President Greg Tilley will be hosting the annual Anzac Day “Dawn Surface” event in memory of the Diggers at Burleigh Beach this Saturday on Anzac Day.

Competitors are required to meet at 6.30am for the Ode and the competition which started in 1991 will commence from 7am as a one day fun event covering open men's, 0/35's, women's and 0/65.

Lest we forget!



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