Surfer trapped after chasing waves

JOEL Parkinson has been stranded at Yamba after making a quick stop for a surf.

The Tweed Heads surfer couldn’t get out of the coastal town after it became isolated by floodwaters only hours after he drove in.

“Ducked off the highway into Angourie for a quick surf ... looks like we’re going to be here for a few days,” he wrote on his website, accompanied by a picture of himself standing in front of a road closed sign.

The rising Clarence River has cut the road to Yamba and conservative estimates were yesterday that it would remain closed for three days.

The Pacific Highway north and south of Grafton was also closed.

Angourie is recognised as one of the best surf spots on the north coast and with swell predicted this weekend, Parkinson acknowledged he “could be stuck in worse places, I suppose”.

He said on the website he was feeling for all the people affected by the floods.

“Am thinking of all the crew further north who are battling with the floods,” he said.

“My heart goes out to you guys.”

The north coast flood threat was easing yesterday after the Clarence River peaked below the levee.

Rain was easing in the Clarence Valley yesterday, giving the flood-affected area a further reprieve.


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