Massive surf may be about to hit Coast

HUGE surf is predicted to be on the way for the Sunshine Coast with the potential for huge conditions next week. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily
HUGE surf is predicted to be on the way for the Sunshine Coast with the potential for huge conditions next week. Photo: Che Chapman / Sunshine Coast Daily Che Chapman

ALMOST flat conditions along Sunshine Coast beaches may be about to transform with the surf expected to get a lot bigger with the potential to reach massive proportions early in the new week if a combination of factors play out.

The first influence will come from strong south easterly winds with Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Sean Fitzgerald predicting they would continue in the 20-30 kph range for the next seven days.

A low pressure system off Vanuatu may develop into a Category One cyclone which also has swell-generating potential for this region but which won't otherwise impact on Queensland.

The US Navy Weather Service is monitoring a series of four low pressure systems which its current modelling shows could begin producing waves to 24 feet at its centre north of New Zealand and pushing 9-12 feet surf onto Sunshine Coast beaches by next Tuesday.

The forecasting has a certainty of around 35% at this point and will either firm or weaken over the coming days.

Apart from the chance for a rare return of massive waves lighting up the Sunshine Coast's world class point breaks, the developing weather systems have a series of implications.

Sunshine Coast beaches have survived the 2016-17 summer cyclone season in almost pristine condition with sand banks along many open locations the best they have been in a long time.

Surf of the size that may be generated if the Pacific systems don't degenerate has the potential to cause serious erosion problems with next Tuesday's high tide of 1.79m increasing to 1.83m on Wednesday and 1.85m at 8.43pm on Thursday.

If the conditions persist they also may impact the 16th annual Island Charity Swim on May 13 with around 80 swimmers set to hit the water to swim from Mudjimba, around Old Woman Island and across to Mooloolaba in aid of the Nambour and Currimundi Special Schools.

Sunshine Coast lifeguard and big wave surfer Shane Bevan said if the conditions eventuate the point breaks of Noosa and Rainbow Beach shape as the best options for surfers.

Those in the know however will be fuelling up jetskis and heading to closely-guarded big wave locations where tow-in surfing will be on the agenda.

Topics:  bom cyclone editors picks lifeguards new zealand surf vanuatu waves

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