Last night was wild. The wind and rain were still as strong as ever and not looking like giving up.. Ever.. It was still massive and the news was showing all the destruction around the Gold Coast. In fact I think Currumbin got off fairly light. Burleigh got smashed, Tugun had roofs blown down the streets and the northern end was pumelled beyond recognition. They said they recorded a 23.4 meter waves off the Tweed buoy. The old boys this morning were telling me they haven’t seen a bigger one ever and the closest one in memory was in 1974. Radical. I am also hoping that the people around the flood plains are safe and well as the reports are showing some very high water marks and some of the highest ever in certain places.
This morning my curtain-less windows were glowing from the sunshine bursting through it. I raced for my camera but after yesterdays debacle I took the Hasselblad for a spin. I’m looking forward to getting those negatives back. I purchased a new card and got back to Currumbin to shoot these. The sand is gone.. The dunes might only look like they have lost a meter or so but the beach is many meters deeper and running flatter out to sea. It will take a long time for it to come back and fill in what we can’t even see. There are rocks exposed that we haven’t seen for decades. Around the Alley I have even seen rocks that I have never seen. I look forward to seeing it on a flat day when the waters clear to see what is under there.
The waves were looking good as well but a lot of work and I can’t imagine what it would be like to be under one of the heavy ones. I was saying while the swell is not so big, it is so full of energy making it nasty and dangerous. All the beaches were still closed and will be for a while and to top off the conditions the Nor-easter has blown in tonnes of Blue-bottles and the dark blue strong-stinging ones at that. I’m hoping that the banks could be epic after this abates but only time will tell as it looks like solid east swell all week with the same horrible winds. Good luck all you keen surfers..
Lastly, it looks like another depression is forming and more intense than this one. Fingers crossed it doesn’t do what this one did.
Looks like a bomb went off.
Foam and erosion.
Another council fence needing replacing.
Cost is mounting for this storm.
Getting down low.
Through the foam.
and most of the foam went yesterday.
Still washing over the front.
Lighting up the Alley.
Some nuggets out there. But watch out for the logs.
From the top looking south.
Out the front.
An outer bank?
The rock through the trees.
Haven’t seen these rocks for a while. Are they the original wall?
Sad sad sad..
I remember when they drilled into our rock to put this useless drain in. We screamed and moaned but they went ahead. Look at it now. Useless. The council ruined our suck-hole in doing so.
Another blunder. This fence was built last week. If only they asked someone, anyone…
Yea right.. Just ask Oswald..
It’s hard to imagine yesterdays carnage.
As I got further away the day got better.
Every entry to the beach is destroyed.
Poor tree. I hope they can save some of them.
People were out enjoying the scenes.
The dog pole.. How deep must thing be???
A foam line to the Rock.
Something missing here.
Just looks good with all this sand missing.
Some live, some don’t.
It seemed a lot deeper up here
Poor fella.. Leg ripped right off.
A pretty rad view.
Lots of new rocks out..
Some more rights.
One ski out but the swell is fading.
All the shark cans have been moved and some lost.
I am not sure if this ended up like it did or someone put it there.
A muscle thingy.
The ever lasting rock. She has seen worse.
Rad colours in this one.
Still lots of water moving even at low tide.
The fence at the Alley is gone as well.
Signs as well.
Still the Alley though.
On the way back, the sun was shinning and it looks like a perfect summers day.
The girls enjoying the new beachfront.
A sunny look at the SLSC.
A couple of walkers on a big beach now. See how flat it is and its running out for a 100 meters like this. I saw a set come through and it broke all the way through to the beach. 6 lines of white-wash.
All roads lead to here.
Foam doting the landscape.
New rocks here as well.
and for the best place for a beer on the Gold Coast.