warriors, Alex Tibbitts - 2nd January 2008
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Most Sydney beaches were closed
for a second day as huge waves continued to pound
the coast yesterday.
was perfect beach weather for the first day of
the year but the low-pressure cell that has battered
south-east Queensland continued to affect the
NSW coast. Most of the state's beaches north of
Sydney were closed as the three-metre waves rolled
Sydney's city beaches, only Bondi, Coogee and
the protected Clovelly were opened, according
to Surf Life Saving NSW, leaving surfers to try
to master the treacherous conditions at Tamarama
and Maroubra. Wanda and Elouera were open in the
south, while the only northern beaches patrolled
were Freshwater, North Curl Curl, Mona Vale, Bungan
Broken Bay and the Queensland border only 24 beaches
were able to open.
Sydney, waves have been up to three metres at
their peak," the Surf Life Saving NSW spokesman,
Brett Moore, said yesterday. "On the North
Coast waves have been a little over three metres
but with more consistent, bigger, regular sets.
Bondi today you'd think it was not too bad but
then one massive set would roll in."
Moore said the big seas were expected to continue
for the rest of the week but more beaches would
problems had been caused by beachgoers not obeying
lifeguards, he said.