Local surfers pray for swell surge

SURFERS around the Bundaberg region are waxing up their boards in anticipation of a large swell surge after a disappointing winter.

A large low-pressure system crawling along Fraser Island yesterday whipped up winds of over 30 knots in Bargara.

The northern Queensland swell chart predicts swells of up to two metres to roll into Agnes Water

Pacifique Board Riders president Keith Drinkwater encouraged local board riders to clear their calendar and spend the weekend in the water.

"There won't be any prizes for guessing where I'll be," he said.

"We've been looking forward to this for a very long time."

If the current swell prediction proves accurate, Drinkwater said surfers could enjoy swell of up to 1.5 metres at local beaches.

"We're hoping mother nature plays fair and delivers us some decent swell," he said.

Drinkwater said surfers were long overdue a swell surge and were likely to descend upon the region's surf breaks with great enthusiasm.

"We've endured pretty horrific winter surf wise to be honest."

"Everybody's chaffing at the bit at the moment.

Drinkwater predicted the car parks of local beaches to be full and the breaks well populated.

"I can guarantee come (Saturday) morning, there's going to be a fair crowd of surfers out in the water looking to make the most of it."

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