Mixed opinions about surf titles beach

BOAMBEE Beach has been endorsed by Coffs Harbour City Council as its preferred location for the National Surf Lifer Saving Titles 2010-2012, but objections have been raised that the beach is too dangerous.

Last Thursday Cr Gavin Smithers said he had launch kayaks from most beaches on the Coffs Coast ? but not from Boambee Beach because he considered it too dangerous.

Opinions yesterday from surfers, board riders, fishermen and horse riders who use the beach was mixed.

But all the people spoken to yesterday agreed that the beach would definitely have to be patrolled if it became home to a new caravan park, as has been suggested may happen as parton of new infrastructure developments for the national titles.

The President of the Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club, Terry Maher, said Boambee Beach was not a good surf break and he thought the small number of people using the beach indicated its safety rating.

"It would be a terrible beach to have surf boat races on," he said, "if there is any swell at all it is almost impossible to get out through the break."

But boardrider Mark Williams, who has been surfing Boambee Beach for 35 years and uses his 4WD to give him access to the beach, which stretches from Coffs Harbour's Deep Sea Fishing Club to Boambee Creek at Sawtell, says Boambee is no more unsafe than Park Beach.

Mr Williams agrees the beach is much more open to southerly winds than Park Beach and says there is more chance of a big swell at Boambee, but it is unlikely to worry competitors.

"Because it is an open, bigger beach the swell gets big and turbulent," Mr Williams said.

"They could break more skis and more surf boats."

Fisherman and Deep Sea Fishing Club Board member Ray Martin and fellow fisherman Ted Hendry think Boambee, a naturally-replenished beach with plenty of sand, is a wonderful choice, as do horse riders Ryan Seccombe and Sandra Grimmond, although Mr Seccombe said the beach could be dangerous during southerly swells.

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