A surfer at Snapper Rocks in a dangerous free fall in the large swell.
A surfer at Snapper Rocks in a dangerous free fall in the large swell. Blainey Woodham

Wild seas create dangerous conditions

WILD seas and strong winds are making Tweed and Southern Gold Coast beaches dangerous for both swimmers and boaties alike.

With three metre waves breaking at Snapper Rocks and even bigger around the corner at Salt and Casuarina, Authorities are encouraging the public to swim only between the flags and stay clear of any non patrolled beaches.

Point Danger Marine Rescue's unit Commander Glenda Ashby said the Tweed Bar would be a treacherous task for any boat over the next few days and strongly discourage anyone trying to cross it until the weekend.

"With these conditions over the next few days it is not wise to go out the bar, even if you get out its horrible out there," Mrs Ashby said. "The public are advised they can ring us for detailed, accurate reports on conditions."

At Snapper Rocks even experienced surfers were struggling against the southerly sweep and large swell, Greenmount and Rainbow Bay are really the only surf spots on the coast worth surfing in the ruff conditions.

Congestion in the water yesterday causing several injuries and incidents with surfers sometimes paddling shoulder to shoulder for waves according to surfer Gabriel Celuque was out surfing the super bank from Snapper Rocks to Kirra.

Gabriel Celuque was out in the water yesterday and said it was chaotic at times.

"Oh man there were guys being hit by fins, boards being hit by fins and people being hurt in genereal because it was so busy," Mr Celuque said.


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