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Fun-sized waves about for local surfers

Fun-sized waves
Craig Holden says local board-riders have enjoyed plenty of fun-sized waves on local beaches this past week, with the mornings providing plenty of clean waves. Photo: File – Surfing at Neilsens Beach

Well, it has been a bit of a mixed week of weather just gone, with strong winds and showers through the early part of the week, with sunshine and light winds returning yesterday!

Now, looking ahead to the coming days, it appears the weather may also be a little mixed as well, with more light winds today and again tomorrow morning, that will then be replaced by moderate winds by tomorrow afternoon and into Sunday.

This morning’s winds will be very light at only around 5 knots from the S/SE before they gradually increase during the day to around 10 knots from the E/SE and then from E/NE by this afternoon.

Tomorrow morning will then bring E/SE winds at around 5 to 10 knots, before they increase to 15 knots and stronger by late morning and into the afternoon.

Sunday’s forecast then brings E/SE winds at 10 to 15 knots that will then increase to 15+ knots by the afternoon.

Sunny skies should also be the norm today and tomorrow, before we may just see a few showers return again by Sunday.

Swimming: The swimming conditions during this past week have also been quite mixed like the weather, but we did see the conditions for swimmers improve yesterday.

These good swimming conditions are set to continue through today, and particularly through this morning, and again tomorrow morning, before they then get a little choppy and messy from Saturday afternoon onwards – but more so on the open and exposed beaches.

This morning will see great swimming conditions across all beaches, but Kelly’s Beach and Elliott Heads will be better by this afternoon.

Then for the weekend, beaches such as Hervey Bay, Agnes Water, Nielson Park and Moore Park beach will be the better options for swimmers.

Just be careful during the run-out stage of the tide when there will be some water movement and currents about, plus there will be a side sweep pushing from right to left along those open beaches across the weekend.

Please check with the lifesavers or lifeguard on duty, read any safety signage or messages, and most importantly please swim only at patrolled beaches, only between the red and yellow flags, and only during patrol times – remember, if we can’t see you, we can’t save you!

Beach patrols: Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 5pm at Elliott Heads, Kelly’s Beach, Nielson Park, Oaks Beach, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water.

Weekdays – 9am to 5pm at Kelly’s Beach and Agnes Water only

Surfing: Local board-riders have been enjoying plenty of fun-sized waves about all local beaches this past week, with the mornings providing plenty of clean and fun waves.

The wave size did drop slightly through yesterday, but the waves were still clean and fun, and fingers crossed they continue through this morning too, which they should!

The for the weekend, we could see the wave heights start to increase slightly into Sunday, but they will also get a but messy thanks to the stronger onshore winds.

If looking for a surf, Nielson Park, Mon Repos, Moore Park Beach and Agnes Water will likely be the better options for board-riders – and probably through the mornings too. Good Luck!

For the SUP and ocean ski paddlers, this morning should provide some calm and gentle conditions for an ocean paddle – with the added bonus of perhaps a few clean waves to enjoy as well.

The for the weekend, Saturday afternoon and again through Sunday, there should be enough wind for a south to north downwind float too!

Events: Nil

Important note: Remember there are updated COVID-19 restrictions, if you are at the beach, please also do your best to abide by them as much as possible!