Surf lifesavers' busy summer on coast

SNAGS IN THE SUN: Big crowds of locals and visitors took advantage of the warm weather and the Lions Club's barbecue at Horseshoe Bay on Sunday. Photo: Supplied.
SNAGS IN THE SUN: Big crowds of locals and visitors took advantage of the warm weather and the Lions Club's barbecue at Horseshoe Bay on Sunday. Photo: Supplied.

Port Elliot Surf Lifesaving Club has been busy keeping huge crowds safe over the summer.

Club member Marty Smee said the influx of tourists plus locals making the most of hot weather had been one of the biggest seen in decades.

"Large, well behaved crowds have flocked to Horseshoe Bay, and nearby hot sports such as Boomer Beach on a daily basis," he said.

"As luck would have it the best weather days have coincided with a very acceptable small surf for the scores of body boarders and body surfers.

"Unfortunately there have been a few injuries, mainly shoulders, due to occasional large waves and 'double ups' - when one wave runs over the top on another, causing a steep drop into shallow water."

The local Lions Club had made the most of the large crowds at its annual series of Sunday barbecues.

For the 45th consecutive year, the Lions Club has cooked up sausages, patties, and pancakes to raise money for their community initiatives.

A large team of volunteers report for duty from before 'snag-off time' of 4.30pm to clean up time after 7.30pm.

The first barbecue this year was washed and blown out, but with clever deployment of tents in the new location at Commodore Reserve, the second event was a great success despite the persistent southerly breeze, with extra food having to be brought in.

January 10's was even bigger, with the warm weather drawing substantial crowds.

Mr Smee said visitors learnt about the new clubrooms, and were impressed by their apparent size.

In the next couple of weeks, there should be more visible signs of progress, with work beginning on the first floor. The project is on course to be completed by late July.

Surfsports kicked off again last Sunday with a senior and boat carnival.

Late January through to the various State Titles is a busy time for seniors, boats and juniors, with a host of carnivals running.