Big swell attracts surfers

THE king tide may have wreaked havoc on Mon Repos’s turtle rookeries and the region’s coastline, but the big swell has been enjoyed by members of Pacifique Surfriders Club.

President Keith Drinkwater said big numbers had enjoyed even bigger conditions, on the back of an extremely successful sign-on during the weekend and the consequent king tides.

“There have been plenty in the water, and plenty of new faces which is even better,” he said.

An extra 25 members signed on last weekend, pushing total numbers to 175, second only to Yeppoon in Queensland.

“Our numbers are better than all the Gold Coast clubs, which is amazing when you think about it,” Drinkwater said.

“The king tide has produced some excellent swell for us, and there is another low on the way this weekend that could bring some big swell.”

He said 3m swell, with 1.5-2m faces, was expected off Bargara this weekend.

“No doubt the beach will be busy with surfers again this weekend,” he said.

The competition schedule is nearing its peak, with Reef 2 Beach in Agnes Water, Noosa Festival of Surf and Kingscliff’s Malfunction all taking place in March.

Surfers from as far as Sydney and Melbourne make the trip to Agnes for the nationally recognised tournament.

“It’s huge and very well attended,” Drinkwater said.

“And we have some young up-and-comers that are just surfing brilliantly at the moment so it’s exciting times. They are doing 360s on short boards and carving on the long boards; it’s great to watch.”

Pacifique may excel on short and longboards, but the stand up and paddle (SUP) technique is still yet to catch on at Bargara.

“We have a couple of guys who will compete in that discipline, but it’s something we need to work on because we don’t do as well as other clubs at that,” he said.

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