Parko joins crowds as weather brings barrels galore
World Champion surfer Joel 'Parko' Parkinson has joined droves of surfers and bodyboarders lapping up perfect waves across the Gold Coast and Tweed as a weather system leads to some unusual winter conditions
Beachgoers have been warned off swimming in the hazardous surf caused by a low pressure system lead to some unusual conditions.
But it has not stopped waveriders flocking to the Gold Coast at the start of the school holidays.
They have put on a show at the Gold Coast's surfing hot spots, including Snapper Rocks and Burleigh Heads, where a crowd gathered on shore to catch the action.
Former pro Parkinson was snapped at Duranbah Beach on Tuesday, watching on from the shore sporting a grin as his peers made the most of the barrels.
Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist David Rock said waves of three metres had been recorded, but data was received from open water buoys and heights could vary.
While conditions along the Gold Coast were expected to ease from Wednesday, it was likely slightly smaller waves will roll in throughout the week.
Mr Rock said this week's impressive showing on our shores hasdbeen out of the ordinary.
"There's a big easterly swell at the moment all up the southern Queensland coast, from Fraser Island to Coolangatta and into New South Wales as well," he said.
"It was generated by a low pressure system near New Caledonia over the weekend."
Winds associated with the low have been driving waves towards the east coast.
Similarly large low pressure systems in the Pacific Ocean are usually recorded in summer and early Autumn.
The waves will be accompanied by showers throughout the week, after a windy day on Wednesday.
Beaches across the Coast were closed on Tuesday morning due heavy seas and dangerous inshore conditions, a Gold Coast City Council spokeswoman said.
However, the council reopened Greenmount, Coolangatta, Kirra, North Kirra, Bilinga and 4th Ave Burleigh after conditions settled down slightly by mid-morning on Tuesday.
Lifeguards will be regularly monitoring beaches and will advise beachgoers of any changes.