Duranbah beach is expected to be ‘smashed’ by large surf.
Duranbah beach is expected to be ‘smashed’ by large surf. Blainey Woodham

Huge waves to pound Tweed beaches

AFTER all the rain, a large swell is expected to hit Tweed beaches this weekend. Tweed Daily News surf columnist Andrew McKinnon expected waves up to three metres to hit on Friday and peak on Sunday.

The large swell was unrelated to the recent storms in Queensland and would originate from a separate system in Vanuatu, Mr McKinnon said.

The consistent flow of rain had not helped beach erosion at Duranbah beach.

“Duranbah beach is going to be smashed this weekend,” Mr McKinnon said. Sand pumps operated on Duranbah beach as a part of the Tweed River Entrance Sand Bypassing Project.

“As quickly as they pump the sand it gets eroded away again,” Mr McKinnon said.

The wind and messy swell was expected to continue this week into the weekend, he said.

Mr McKinnon urged people to stay out of the water while the conditions persist. Volunteer Marine Rescue unit commander, Bernye Gabriel advised boaters to also stay out of the water to avoid the hidden debris from the latest storm.

“We are on stand-by 24/7 if someone does need our help,” Mr Gabriel said.



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