SUNDAY UPDATE: Gold Coast beaches closed as Cyclone Gita churns the surf

Hazardous surf continues to pound the Australian coastline, with the Gold Coast copping a pounding over the last few days.

The dangerous swell has again forced the closure of our iconic beaches, from Southport to North Kirra.

SLSQ Gold Coast duty officer Kevin Sole told myGC, he expects the large swell to continue into tomorrow, before calmer waters return on Tuesday.


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“The conditions are a result of Cyclone Gita, which is moving west of the Noumea area and that’s creating some very stong swell in the five to seven-foot range,” Mr Sole said.

“If you not a very experienced board rider, stay out of the water.

“We recommend swimmers don’t go in the water at all, but the clubs that are closed will still be conducting surveillance patrols.”

On Saturday, a woman was rescued after being smashed into rocks at Rainbow Bay, while a girl was pulled semi-conscious from the water at the closed Southport beach.

“We recommend you don’t even walk in the water, as that surge comes in it can knock you off your feet and then you possibly get in trouble,” Mr Sole said.

Mr Sole said thankfully the swell is not combined with a large tide, so beach erosion is not an issue at this stage.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a surf warning on Sunday morning, explaining that conditions “are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming”.

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