Surf's up, sharks about

TALK of a large incoming surf has been swelling across the Lower Clarence, but those in the water this weekend may want to keep an eye on the water line after two great white sightings in the area.

A high pressure system moving east from New Zealand is expected to bring 2-3m waves to Yamba from tomorrow, peaking on Saturday.

Combined with a mix of southerly and easterly winds, which according to Willy Weather go a fair way to creating Angourie Point's famous fast tubing right-handers, board riders are expected to come out in force to take advantage of them.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club president Joe Dougherty said if the forecast held up, the surf conditions today and tomorrow may be too big for most people in the area.

"I'd anticipate anyone thinking about swimming over the next few days, but in particular Saturday, think twice before entering the water and stick to Whiting Beach where it's likely to be safer," he said.

"Easterly swells like this one do get into Main Beach and can cause problems for those who are not very experienced,"

Mr Dougherty also reminded people to always follow lifeguards' instructions but added Main Beach may be closed on Saturday, depending on conditions.

If that doesn't make you think twice though, two white pointers apparently spotted near Angourie on Monday, might.

According to the Dorsal shark reporting website, the first great white was reported to be 4.5m, while a second 3m shark was seen the same day at Angourie Point.

It comes after a tiger shark sighting at Mullawarra Beach at 8am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Roads and Maritime Services issued an alert to boaters after a Bureau of Meteorology warning about the dangerous surf conditions, asking skippers and owners of small craft to be on high alert and check conditions before considering crossing a coastal bar or heading offshore.

Strong winds can also cause dangerous conditions for vessels on moorings which have been poorly maintained.

Rock fishers have also been urged to check forecasts before heading out to decide whether it is safe to fish near dangerous surf.



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