WAVES: The swell and the surfers descended on The Discovery Coast for a great start to the new year. Photo Contributed / Michael Page
WAVES: The swell and the surfers descended on The Discovery Coast for a great start to the new year. Photo Contributed / Michael Page Contributed

Swell start to the year with big waves hitting central coast

IT'S hot and there's been heaps of waves and stingers in the surf up and down the coast with another pulse predicted for the weekend.

There are low pressure systems hovering all over the place; and while Western Australia looked like it was going to get smashed there's nothing on the radar to suggest a tropical cyclone near Queensland  yet.

The king tides could be a bit of a problem though with erosion always a possibility, and the chance of a surf on high tide limited.

We are all looking forward to the breeze swinging back  to the south, after being spoilt with that run of waves that lasted a full week from New Year's Day.

From Yeppoon to Bargara, the central parts of the Queensland coast went off.

Surf site Swellnet gave the Discovery Coast the scores out of 10 over the Gold and Sunshine coasts on a regular basis during the swell.

On the contest scene Tide N Turn had its  first comp for the year at Agnes last week, and the Single Fin Festival on the Gold Coast produced some good waves and old-school barrel riding.

Surfing gypsy Dave Rastovich took top honours, ahead of a pretty strong field that included a number of the up-and coming pros such as Jack Freestone, Noa Deane and Noah Lane.

One interesting result was in the juniors.  Former Agnes Water grom Lachlan Garland came in third.

Lachie, brother Jacob and their parents moved to the Goldie for work reasons and the boys are thriving in the competitive environment at  Burleigh Heads.