THRILLING VIEW: Steve Ward snapped these fearless children in the waves at Main Beach Yamba. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
THRILLING VIEW: Steve Ward snapped these fearless children in the waves at Main Beach Yamba. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Big swells keep surfers on land, trawlers in port

CLARENCE Valley sea goers are waiting for calmer seas after big swells kept them land-locked over the weekend.

Iluka Yamba Volunteer Marine Rescue radio operator Claude Doughty said he saw no boats going up and down the coast.

"The trawlers haven't been out for four or five days," Mr Doughty said.

"They will be looking forward to getting out ASAP," he said.

Mr Doughty said there were still big and powerful conditions yesterday with waves breaking right across the Iluka/Yamba Bar.

Swells still reached about two metres.

Mr Doughty said he expected people could cross by tomorrow and conditions would return to normal by Friday.

Minnie Water Wooli Surf Life Saving Club president Paul Gallagher said the beaches at Minnie Water and Wooli were closed for the weekend.

"I went down Saturday but there was no one on the beach," Mr Gallagher said.

"You don't want to be out in that sort of swell. I don't think I saw any boats go out, they would be mad if they did," he said.

Mr Gallagher said he expected erosion would affect the beaches.

"There will be erosion. You can't see properly until the swell dies down," he said.

"The waves are coming right up to the grass. I think there would be damage all up and down the coast."

Mr Gallagher said the swell could settle down by Wednesday and the beach would start to repair itself.

"It can take another fortnight or so for sand to come back," he said.

"It depends how the cyclone reacts. If swell keeps coming in it will keep eroding."

Clarence Valley Far North Coast Surf Lifesaving duty officer Peter Sweetman said Yamba's beaches did not suffer much damage.

"Whiting Beach was most affected. The surge cut back into the wall and dragged rubbish and logs into the river," Mr Sweetman said.

"Hopefully it will just flush out," he said.

He said a few surfers had a go surfing Angourie Point, but mostly stayed out of the water

Swellnet reported a 2.3-metre easterly swell for today with 11-knot winds.

Tomorrow it will drop to 1.6 metres by the afternoon with 12-knot winds.



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