Looking good: A couple of surfers grab a wave at The Pass in Byron Bay yesterday.
Looking good: A couple of surfers grab a wave at The Pass in Byron Bay yesterday. David Nielsen

Cyclone brings suffering to Fiji

IT’S an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

So while Fiji suffers from theeffects of Cyclone Tomas and Queensland braces for the impact of Tropical Cyclone Ului, North Coast surfers are looking forward to big swells this week, and the State’s farmers are revelling in recent widespread heavy rain.

Bryce Cameron, president of Byron Bay Boardriders, said the big waves should begin hitting the Northern Rivers by this afternoon and will peak on Saturday.

“We get an event like this every summer, but not as significant,” Mr Cameron said.

World circuit surfer Danny Wills said he expected things to get exciting by tomorrow.

“It should be really solid, and could be the biggest I’ve ever seen here,” he said.

And where would he suggest surfers go?

“I’ll have a look at Kirra,” he said. “Otherwise in front of the clubhouse on Main Beach at Byron Bay.”

He was looking forward to the possibility that it could get ‘extremely big, say up to 5m’, he said.

Farmers are another group not complaining about the weather.

Drought areas are down to 39.8 per cent of NSW, a 25pc drop from last month and the lowest level in four years.

“Farmers and consumers are finally starting to see real benefits from recent rain,” said Steve Whan, Minister for Primary Industries.

“This year could certainly be one of the better years for farmers. In January we had more than 81pc of the State in drought, and that figure has halved.”

The weather bureau said Ului’s path and time of arrival was difficult to predict, because it kept changing.

“It’s a bit vague,” said spokesman Pradeep Singh.

“Ului could cross the coast by the weekend at Capricornia or Rockhampton, and may hit onSaturday or as late as Monday.”

But he was sure high winds and big swells would batter the shoreline, and produce dangerous surf conditions on the exposed coasts.



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