Update @8.30am | Lifeguards have closed all beaches north of Burleigh Heads this morning, with the hazardous surf warning still in place.
They’ll be keeping a close eye on southern beaches through out the day, with further closures likely.
Chief Lifeguard Warren Young says beach goers should steer clear of the water, and if you’re unsure, check with lifeguards at the beach.
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“Even if you’re an experienced surfer – make a conservative judgement.
“There’s much more power in the swell than it looks at first site.
“Once again, the strong swell will hit the coast for several days.
“In the interim, we’ll have to be patient and exercise caution,” Mr Young said.
Earlier @7.00am | Beach-goers are being urged to be wary today, with a hazardous surf warning still in place on the Gold Coast.
It comes after a weekend of large and powerful swell, with more expected tomorrow.
Life guards are yet to close any beaches, with a final decision to be made later this morning.
Surf Life Saving Queensland says that people should stay out of the water, and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas.
SLSQ has also provided the following safety advice, while the warning remains in place.
- Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.
- Boaters planning to cross shallow water and ocean bars should consider changing or delaying their voyage.
- Boaters already on the water should carry the appropriate safety equipment and wear a life jacket.
- Boaters should remember to log on with their local radio base and consider their safety management plan.
1029 Hot Tomato’s surf reporter Reg says while the waves looks big for riding, surfers still need to be careful.
“We’ve got large, powerful surf conditions, hitting the coast this morning.
“We’ve got solid waves in the 6-8 feet range on the open beaches – which means dangerous conditions for swimmers and inexperienced surfers.
“Only for the experienced surfers today,” Reg said.
The next warning from the Bureau of Meterology is due at 5.00pm this afternoon.
Earlier article: Beachgoers urged to take care as hazardous surf hits the Gold Coast