LIFEGUARDS were kept busy on the last day of 2015 rescuing inexperienced kite surfers from the mouth of the Maroochy River as a building south-easterly swell brought waves to otherwise usually protected points.

Lifeguard supervisor Rhys Drury said exposed beaches north of Maroochydore had to tighten their patrolled areas to better manage the risk of a really strong sweep pushing up the Coast driven by continuing, powerful south-easterly wind.

He said surfers who got up early for the first day of the new year would enjoy pretty solid waves.

Kiteboarders took to the Maroochy River mouth in large numbers to make the most of the windy conditions yesterday.

Mr Drury said there seemed to be inexperienced kite surfers around, which led to a series of rescues due to lost boards and an inability to keep kites airborne.

Sunshine Coast Daily surf forecaster Mike Perry is predicting more waves to come next week from the influence of Cyclone Ula to the east of Fiji and tracking south-west.



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