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    Cyclone Oma Surf

    Stormy days on the coast as cyclone Oma washes up some big waves.



    Popo doing a quick beach sweep for any unlicensed septuagenarian budgie smuggling.



    Get the sand bags up and remove the windows from the restaurants.





    Brazilian chicitas looking for a serious pounding riding a big swell.



    You know they mean business when the surf rescue puts the sign on the access path instead of on the beach.



    This woman's dog got a wash.



    It got swept right up this pipe by a big wave.



    Took a minute to come out.



    Lady thought it was gone for good!
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    Model photo shoot.



    Interrupted by great dane.



    I offered to tuck her label in but she said she was alright.







    I guess she is planning to return the bikini to the Billabong shop after the shoot.





    Wipeout for the shoot as the waves come in.

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    Dozens rescued from south-east Queensland beaches as ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma departs


    Surf lifesavers have rescued at least 30 people from dangerous surf on south-east Queensland's beaches as swimmers and surfers ignored their pleas to stay away.



    All Gold Coast beaches and most of those on the Sunshine Coast were closed on Sunday as the effects of ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma continued to be felt.
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    Photo: Erosion on the northern end of Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. (Facebook: Fuschia by Nature)

    A severe weather warning remains in place from Fraser Island to the New South Wales border for dangerous surf caused by the now sub-tropical low.

    Surf Life Saving's Jeremy Sturges said it was frustrating that the warnings were ignored.

    "We've had eight incidents today on the Gold Coast alone ranging from surfers in distress, jet skiers in distress, windsurfers, and swimmers as well," he said.

    "We can only advise people to stay out of the water and away from the water's edge but you're going to get people who think they can cope with the conditions and that's where they're getting unstuck.

    "Winds are making the seas heavier, which is creating a much more dangerous ocean for us."

    One person had to be treated for head injuries after being swept onto rocks at Coolangatta.

    Sunshine Coast duty officer Sebastien De Paula said lifesavers had been kept busy overnight too.

    "We have had a number of rescues; we had four after-hours call-outs on Friday night, some surfers and then missing swimmers, and again another missing swimmer last night," he said.

    "Luckily all were found safe and well, but it is a reminder for people, please do not swim, and don't swim after dark."

    Experienced Sunshine Coast surfer Beau Kinnear spent the entire weekend enjoying the surf and large swells, but said today's conditions had begun to deteriorate.

    "The winds have picked up, so we're having to be a little bit more cautious good for those who know how to surf," he said.

    "With the variety of people out there, it is mainly people with experience. Those that aren't seem to make their way back in pretty quick."

    Mr Kinnear said the surf was not for the faint-hearted, with rough conditions easily putting surfers and those around them in risky situations.

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    "The main concern is you're going to injure yourself, injure someone else around, or then have to get a lifesaver to come and save you," he said.

    "Even guys who are really good at surfing are finding themselves getting into trouble."
    Surfers ride waves at Alexandra Headland.
    Photo: Surfers ride waves at Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. (ABC News: Tara Cassidy)

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said people should stay off the beaches until they were deemed safe.

    "Thankfully, touch wood, this Cyclone Oma has now disappeared," she said.

    "There has been a lot of beach erosion that's happened along our coast.

    "So stay safe, stay off the beaches until the authorities say it's safe to go back on."
    Clark's Beach at Byron Bay littered with trees damaged in the wake of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma.



    Photo: Clark's Beach at Byron Bay is littered with vegetation. (ABC News: Samantha Turnbull)

    Two cars swamped by the high tide at Currumbin yesterday are yet to be moved from the flooded car park of the local surf club.

    Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Knepp said waves of five metres were recorded along the coast.

    "Through the next few days we will start to see those conditions start to ease as ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma moves further away from the coast," he said.
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    Photo: Lifesavers rescued 27 people from yesterday's rough conditions. (AAP: Darren England)

    "Probably the worst conditions were over the last few days but we're starting to see those conditions ease so [it's] probably not the best beach-going weather today unless you're maybe a really experienced surfer.

    "I have heard that some surfers have said they've seen the best waves in 30 years upon some of the beaches."

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    Swimmer drowns in Cyclone Oma aftermath as swathe of Queensland beaches battle erosion

    Police say a man has drowned while swimming near Cylinder Beach on North Stradbroke Island off Brisbane today, despite an easing of surf conditions after days of big swells from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma.
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    Critical care paramedics were unable to save a swimmer on North Stradbroke Island
    Noosa Beach and many Gold Coast beaches have been seriously eroded by cyclonic swell
    Gold Coast Mayor says the coastal damage could have been worse



    The man, described as a foreign national, got into difficulty this morning while in the surf.

    Critical care paramedics worked on the man but he was pronounced dead on the beach.

    As the heavy coastal pounding from cyclonic swell finally begins to recede, authorities in southern Queensland are left to deal with serious beach erosion from the border to north of Bundaberg.

    Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma has been downgraded to a tropical low and is now sitting safely in the Coral Sea.

    However, for much of the past week, councils from central Queensland to the New South Wales north coast have remained on high alert as the system moved towards the coastline.

    On the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Beach particularly prone to erosion has been all but washed away.
    'We dodged a bullet'

    Along the Gold Coast, the big waves that swallowed beaches on the high tide pounded sand dunes and left sand cliffs in their wake with all the beaches on the Gold Coast remaining closed.



    However, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said the erosion could have been far worse.

    "I think we dodged a bullet on this one," he said.

    "We've been fortunate with Oma and the preparation we've done in the past.

    "We've got some scarping from Palm Beach, Burleigh, Surfers Paradise and Narrowneck."
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    Photo: Beach erosion at Main Beach on the northern Gold Coast on Monday, after days of pounding swell. (ABC News: Tom Forbes)

    Dr Darrell Strauss from Griffith University's Centre for Coastal Management agreed many areas had escaped a more serious pounding.

    "Look, we'll see the beach recover relatively quickly on the upper beach, but what we can't see is what's going on offshore," he said.

    "There'll be a big storm bar out the back of the surf zone and once the waves stop breaking on that, it'll [sand] gradually move ashore.

    "It'll probably take a few months to recover."

    Authorities are urging people to stay away from sand cliffs which are at risk of collapsing.

    Earth-moving equipment will be sent to the worst-affected beaches in coming says to reprofile the sand.



    An earth mover on Noosa Beach
    Photo: An earth mover preparing to tackle the heavy erosion on Noosa Beach on Monday. (ABC News: Jacqui Street)

    To better protect the southern Gold Coast, the council will begin building an artificial reef off Palm Beach the next month.

    The reef will be constructed from large rocks and will measure 180 metres in length and 80 metres in width.

    Councillor Tate said the reef would cost $18 million and take 18 months to construct.

    "It'll be quite a large structure, but we need it to make sure this portion of our beach is safe," he said.



    The artificial reef is expected to attract surfers and sea life, but fishing in the area will be banned.
    Eroded sand dunes at Coolum
    Photo: Eroded dunes along Yaroomba Beach at Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. (ABC News: Jacqui Street)

    In Noosa, sand will be pumped to restore the famous beach along Hastings Street, and heavy equipment has been used to clear debris from the shoreline.

    Carl Billingham from Noosa Shire Council said erosion had pushed sand further north up the coastline.

    "We've got rock exposed at the moment and some of the sand has been taken out by the surf, but it's something we can easily fix in the next few weeks," he said.

    "We've put some handrails along there so that people don't fall off the edge of the rocks.

    "We did pump a lot of sand beforehand, which acted as a bit of a buffer."

    At Moore Park Beach, north of Bundaberg, local resident Russell Stewart said the beach and dunes along a 16-kilometre stretch of coastline had been heavily eroded over the past week.
    Heavy beach erosion at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast
    Photo: The beach erosion at Snapper Rocks on the Queensland border by Sunday. (AAP Image: Dan Peled)

    The community has been planting trees and shrubs for several years in a bid to protect the coast from erosion.

    Mr Stewart said environmental groups had relocated turtle nests, but that they believed some were still washed away by the large swells.

    "We've lost approximately half a metre off the top of some of the dune areas, especially towards the north, and it's moved the sand it didn't move it back to sea, it's mainly blown it over the top and in towards the Kolan conservation park," Mr Stewart said.

    "The waves came right across the top and brought sand right over the grass area [of the SLSC area] and has made more impact into the old surf club here, and the authorities really need to zone in and see what they're going to do with this area, and get moving on it before it becomes totally unsafe.

    "We've lost a number of turtle nests over Oma, the turtle watch group have worked tirelessly over the last week or so to try and relocate as many nests as they could but unfortunately we have had some losses, and that's nature I suppose."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper View Post
    Brazilian chicitas looking for a serious pounding
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    Interrupted by great dane.
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    Foreign nationals often come here to Oz and underestimate the power of the surf, particularly after cyclones. Really strong undercurrents often drag you sideways and into a dead zone where foaming rollers surge over you, and it's hard to swim out...

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    Nice light as the last of squally clouds blow away.



    Filming an episode of MasterChef between squalls.



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    Looks like a nice spot for a late breakfast/early lunch/cup of coffee before it gets too busy.

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    this is what it normally looks like boo with the windows not removed and no sandbags



    I actually prefer the 'ready for war with china' look with the sandbags
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