Tweed and Gold Coast beaches closed due to dangerous surf
Update: Thursday August 28, 12pm
INEXPERIENCED surfers and all swimmers have been warned to steer clear of Tweed and Gold Coast beaches.
Far North Coast Lifeguard supervisor Jarrad Cain said the only Tweed Coast Beach with Lifeguards through the winter, at Salt, was currently closed.
Mr Cain said there's a "high possibility" the beach will remain closed tomorrow.
While some surfers were braving the waves, he advised against any swimmers, or less experienced surfers, venturing out.
"It's pretty big and messy," Mr Cain said.
"The swell's just over the two metre range.
While the swell is expected to peak today, Mr Cain said prospective beach-goers should expect messy, dangerous conditions to persist over the weekend.
He said any surfers experienced enough to head out should have a chat to the lifeguards and avoid surfing alone.
Meanwhile, Gold Coast Lifeguards education officer Rodney Clayfield-Hoskin said every beach from Rainbow Bay to The Spit was also closed due to the dangerous conditions.
"There's a possibility they will be closed again tomorrow," Mr Clayfield-Hoskin said.
"There's been experienced surfers that have been out there all day, but there's dangerous conditions and extremely strong surf."
Mr Clayfield-Hoskin said yesterday's nice, clean waves were nothing but a memory.
He said the swell was about 3 metres as of midday, but quite messy due to the windy conditions.
Lifeguards will reassess the conditions on Friday morning.
Initial report: Wednesday August 27, 4.07pm
SNAPPER Rocks has been bordering on too popular this week, with "the best swells this year" attracting mammoth crowds.
Tweed Daily News surf columnist Andrew McKinnon said it was a welcome change to local surfers.
"In 2014 we've had a relatively quiet year on the swell front," Mr McKinnon said.
He said it was unexpected to have such large, clean swells at this time of year.
"This is really unseasonal," he said.
"It's been a great week for surfing."
The biggest problem, Mr McKinnon said, was fitting into the surf.
"(Overcrowding) is one of the huge problems we've got now," he said.
Mr McKinnon said top spots like Snapper Rocks were packed, whereas Kirra was boasting top-notch waves, without much of a crowd.
At the end of the day, he said it's important to be courteous and above all, have a good time.
"Try and share the waves, don't drop in and just enjoy yourself, because surfing's about having fun."
Lifeguard Superintendent Chris Maynard said despite the packed surf, there hadn't been any major safety issues.
He said it was positive to see less experienced surfers weren't trying to tackle the big swells.
"Most of the surfers are experienced so we haven't had any problems at all," Mr Maynard said.
"All the beaches are open, people are enjoying the large swell and we haven't had any major issues."