PHOTOS: World’s best surfers join Gold Coast paddle-out

SOME of the world’s best surfers have joined locals in a massive ‘paddle out’ on the Gold Coast, to celebrate International Surfing Day and bring awareness to ocean health.

Eleven-time world champion Kelly Slater was among half-a-dozen of the World Surf League’s top competitors who paddled out alongside more than 100 local surfers at Kirra Beach on Saturday morning.

Other pro-surfers included Jack Freestone, Alana Blanchard, Josh Kerr, Bede Durbidge, and Wade Carmichael.

Some of the world’s best surfers joined the paddle out at Kirra Beach on Saturday | Source: Supplied/WSL

Some of the world’s best surfers joined the paddle out at Kirra Beach on Saturday | Source: Supplied/WSL

Some of the world’s best surfers joined the paddle out at Kirra Beach on Saturday | Source: Supplied/WSL

Some of the world’s best surfers joined the paddle out at Kirra Beach on Saturday | Source: Supplied/WSL

It was part of a global effort to bring awareness to ocean health, with more than 70 paddle out’s around the world.

World Surf League’s #StopTrashingWaves campaign pushes for a carbon neutral planet and aims to eliminate single-use plastics by the end of 2019 and “leave each place better than it was found”.

QAS Ambulance responding

Man fighting for life after being hit by car

A MAN is in his 20s is fighting for his life in hospital after being run over by a car on the Gold Coast.

It happened on the corner of Bermuda Street and Santa Maria Court at Burleigh Waters about 8.30 on Friday night.

There are reports the 23-year-old man was trying to cross the street with another man when he was struck.

Critical care paramedics and the city’s High Acuity Response Unit were dispatched to the scene.

They arrived to find the young man suffering from life-threatening head injuries.

He was treated at the scene before being rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.

The driver of the Holden Caprice that hit the man stopped and rendered assistance until police arrived.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

It comes just eight days after a teenage boy was run over and critically injured in the same suburb.

The 16-year-old was attempting to cross Bermuda Street with mates when he was struck about 9pm last Thursday.

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$20k worth of meth, fake cash found in Gold Coast home

A MAN has been charged after police allegedly found thousands of dollars worth of ice and counterfeit cash at his home on the Gold Coast.

Officers raided the 44-year-old man’s Clinton Avenue home at Burleigh Heads on Thursday and allegedly discovered more than $10,000 worth of methamphetamines and another $10,000 in fake fifty dollar notes.

Ecstasy tablets, steroids and other drug paraphernalia were also allegedly found.

Source: Queensland Police

Source: Queensland Police

The 44-year-old man was arrested and charged with four counts of possessing dangerous drugs, and one count each of receiving tainted property, possessing counterfeit currency and drug utensils, and contravening a direction.

Detective Inspector Brendan Smith from Gold Coast CIB said the arrest and seizure are a great result for the community.

“The impact of ICE on the community is a concern to everyone and every time we take some from the street it is win for us all. Offenders need to get the message, we will continue to target them until they change their behaviour.”

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Multi-vehicle crash grounds M1 to a halt

UPDATE at 11:30 AM | MOTORISTS are being urged to steer well clear of the M1 following a multi-vehicle crash at Coomera.

Traffic was thrown into complete disarray after two utes towing trailers collided on the Coomera River bridge shortly before 10am.

While the crash has since been cleared, lengthy residual delays are still impacting traffic moving through the area in both directions.

Traffic was beginning to pick up speed around the scene at the time of writing but was still slow moving northbound between Gaven and Coomera, and southbound between Ormeau and Coomera.

Side service roads are also jammed, as motorists scramble to try and avoid the gridlocked motorway.

FIRST at 10:30 AM | A MULTI-VEHICLE crash has ground traffic to a halt on the M1 at Coomera, on the northern Gold Coast.

It happened in the northbound lanes on the Coomera River bridge shortly before 10am.

A black two-door ute towing an Alfa Romeo sedan on a trailer collided with a white dual cab towing an empty trailer.

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the collision.

One person was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to hospital in a stable condition.

Their gender and age was not immediately known.

Police have closed three of the four northbound lanes so that crews can remove the vehicles and trailers.

The incident has triggered lengthy delays for motorists travelling through the area in both directions.

Northbound lanes were gridlocked for 10 kilometres, back past Westfield Helensvale at the time of writing.

According to Google Traffic, it’s taking motorists 56 minutes to travel between Helensvale and Coomera.

Similar delays were affecting southbound traffic, with bumper-to-bumper conditions back to Pimpama.

For a look at the latest traffic conditions on the Coast, click here.

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Patient rushed to hospital after near drowning at Gold Coast beach

A person has been rescued from the water at a Gold Coast beach, following a near drowning.

The incident happened around 7.20am on Saturday, just north of the Tugun Surf Life Saving Club.

Ambulance crews, including the Critical Care and High Acuity Response Unit, rushed to the scene, off Paradise Parade.

They found the patient, who is yet to be identified, in a critical condition.

They have been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.