Neilsons Beach in Bargara on Sunday morning at the approximate time a tsunami was predicted to possibly hit the Queensland coast.
Neilsons Beach in Bargara on Sunday morning at the approximate time a tsunami was predicted to possibly hit the Queensland coast.

No surf, tsunami ends with whimper

THE high hopes of Pacifique Boardriders Club surfers were dashed yesterday with their first tournament of the season cancelled amid lacklustre swell and a tsunami alert for the Bundaberg region.

Surfers were rubbing their hands together in anticipation of four to five foot swell rolling in to Nielson Park Beach for the competition but greeted by waves of only a foot.

Strong southerly swell propelled by south-easterly winds of 25 knots were tipped to produce a memorable day of surfing action but the 130 surfers who turned up barely got a toe wet.

The south-easterly winds and southerly swell had vanished by 6.30am Sunday morning and organisers abandoned the competition.

Soon after Nielson Park Beach was closed with a tsunami alert placed on Bundaberg following an 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile.

Pacifique Boardriders Club president Keith Drinkwater said organisers were gutted after a week of excellent conditions.

“It was perfect with good waves all week so to turn up and see it flat was pretty devastating,” he said.

“Everything was stacked against us today.”

Mr Drinkwater believes easterly swell produced by the earthquake had wiped out the southerly swell before it could hit the sand banks of Nielson Park Beach.

“You only see something like a tsunami every few decades so we’re pretty disappointed.”

“This is Bundaberg’s peak surfing season so to not have enough swell for a comp was very disappointing.”

The boys were pretty gutted but hopefully we’ll be able to make up for it next time.”

Another Pacifique Boardriders tournament is scheduled for March 21 and club members will travel to Agnes Waters next weekend for the Reef to Beach competition next weekend.



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