An unknown surfer took on this big left-hander on Tuesday afternoon at Hastings Point.
An unknown surfer took on this big left-hander on Tuesday afternoon at Hastings Point. Tweed Daily News/Blainey Woodham

Surfers' big week out

IT is not just experienced waveriders on the Gold Coast that have been having a field day in the wake of former tropical cyclone Jasper.

This photo, taken on Tuesday afternoon by Tweed Daily News photographer Blainey Woodham, shows an unknown man taking on a monster left-hander on the southern side of Hastings Point.

Photographers converged on Kirra again yesterday, documenting the prestigious swell.

Surfing identity Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew was on Kirra Hill and said recent conditions were the longest sustained big swell he had seen for a fair while, and there was more on the way.

“Next week is supposed to be big again,” Mr Bartholomew said. “Kirra has become tow-in central.” But he was still worried the real Kirra would never be back, and the campaign would be forgotten after a few days of big waves.

“It is just sections, no one can make a wave ... I haven't seen anyone getting a ride all the way,” Mr Bartholomew said.

Surfing columnist Andrew McKinnon said it was the biggest swell event he had seen since Easter 2001.

Mr McKinnon, also a Bring Back Kirra campaigner, said it was the outer bank of Kirra that was firing, not the point break.

“Let's put it in perspective; these are definitely some of the best waves we have seen since the 90s, but it is the outside banks that hold the big swell,” he said.

“If Kirra was how it was in the old days, it would have just been amazing.”

“We have seen glimpses, but once the swell subsides, it will just be a memory.”

He said the Snapper sand bank had already been washed out and predicted there could even be a left- hander there when the waves subside. But meanwhile, it seems surfers have a few more days of solid waves.

They are predicted to stay around the five-foot mark at least until Sunday.



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