Low brings a swell time for surfers

By Campbell Seith and Sharni Hastings

The lingering effects of a low-pressure system sitting in the Tasman Sea over the weekend will produce more big waves on the Sunshine Coast later this week.

Surfers carved up waves of up to three metres in an unseasonable swell created by the system.

The conditions, combined with this week’s predicted warmer than average temperatures, have resulted in an increase in surfers on beaches.

Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Aaron Purchase said the unusual change in weather has made for busier beaches in what is usually a quieter time of the year.

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Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Aaron Purchase says life guards reported higher than usual surf activity over the weekend. Photo: Sharni Hastings.

“With the swell coming through over the weekend we did see the craft users spike a little bit,” the SLSQ Sunshine Coast regional manager said.

Alexandra Headland and Noosa were the hot spots for surfers making the most of the conditions.

“The surfers like to get out where the rock headlands are, so while there’s some waves through there we expect to see more out and about,” he said.

American surfer Chloe Pratt said she was happy to lap up what the Coast had to offer.

“The water temperature is really nice – about 24C – if it isn’t windy,” she said.

But Ms Pratt said boardriders needed to be ready to share the waves with others from around the Coast.

“Across from the Kawana Surf Club on Saturday morning there were like 30 people out in the water where typically you might see three or five,” she said.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting similar swells for the next couple of days with a peak of four metres expected on Thursday.

That means surfers can expect waves of up to six foot on the local beaches.

Conditions are set to ease over the weekend as the low-pressure system dissipates.

But lifeguards are reminding people not to test their limits, with one suspected spinal injury occurring at Mooloolaba over the weekend.

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