The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships has been forced to suspend competition after a man was struck in the head in a boating incident in North Kirra.
The man in his 50s suffered serious facial injuries when a boat overturned during competition just after 10am today.
Paramedics, including the High Acuity Response Unit, rushed to the scene just off Gibson Street and Pacific Parade.
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The man has been taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition.
Multiple beaches have been closed across South East Queensland due to hazardous surf.