Flood waters swept a car out into the surf at Currumbin.
Flood waters swept a car out into the surf at Currumbin. Tweed Daily News

Iconic beach turns into bubble bath

CURRUMBIN beach looked more like a bubble bath yesterday, with knee-high white foam blocking access to the surf club.

But that didn't stop people from visiting the Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, which remained open for business despite the dreary conditions.

And from their place inside, patrons sipped their drinks and enjoyed the view of Currumbin's newest tourist attraction - an overturned car swimming in the surf.

The car, buried in sand just metres from the club, had been swept from the shore during high tides.

It drew large crowds of people, who laughed, pointed and took photos.

Featuring on local radio stations and making appearances on television channels Seven and Nine, the car quickly made a name for itself.

But the car's owner, a cleaner, was said to have been devastated after the dramatic event.

It was during the high tides at dawn when the car left its position in the car park and began to float toward its eye-catching place on the sand.

The owner had been inside the surf club, working, when his car was suddenly swept away.

Brian O'Connell, a spokesman for the cleaning company, was yesterday still amused.

“From what I understand they were out in the water trying to hold onto the car and stop it being dragged away,” he said.

“There were spare tyres, cleaning chemicals and vacuums flying everywhere.

“They also lost personal items, such as house keys.”

But Mr O'Connell said the car's owner was anything but laughing about the situation.

“He's devastated, but we keep saying that at least he didn't go with it,” he said.

“The car is uninsured so he's trying to figure out what he can do now.”

Currumbin Vikings Surf Life Saving Club manager Mat Young said he had never seen conditions like yesterday's.

“I've never seen the water come through the car park like that,” he said. “It's not good for our trade, this sort of weather.”

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