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Yeppoon man John McGrath hasn't let a cyclone stop him from swimming in the ocean Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin
Yeppoon man John McGrath hasn't let a cyclone stop him from swimming in the ocean Photo Rachael Conaghan/The Morning Bulletin Rachael Conaghan

SWIMMING in the ocean during a cyclone doesn't scare Rex McLennan

In fact, the Yeppoon man says, "it's more fun when it's trying to kill you".

Rex said he had been out in every cyclone that had hit the coast, and Cyclone Marcia would be no different.

"It's more fun than normal, it might be more dangerous, but that's not going to stop me," he said.

Rex said he got an "insane" rush from swimming in cyclones, and he was not the only one to admit to heading to the ocean during storms.

Fellow Yeppoon man John McGrath was also swimming and kayaking along Main Beach, despite the severe weather warnings.

Yesterday's king tide, at Yeppoon's Main Beach, brought tides of 4.7m at 9.35am, and a number of surfers were taking advantage of the conditions.

John said the presence of Cyclone Marcia was exciting for the surfing community. However, they didn't wish for storm-related damage to property.

"Being a surfer, you just need so much patience living here, so when an inkling of a cyclone forms we're all checking weather charts," he said.

John said he was not worried about the dangerous conditions.

"I risk assess, I can swim well and I'm familiar with that kind of environment," he said.

"I'm used to putting myself in situations like that … I don't recommend that to anyone who shouldn't be doing it."

Rex said when he was in "the washing machine", the frothy waves closer to the shore, he had concentrate and avoid debris at all costs.

"The trick is to catch a wave in and run into a back wave that's bounced off this wall (on Yeppoon Main Beach)," he said.

"The idea is to get close enough to get the back wave, but pull up before the concrete wall."

Tide times

Today: Yeppoon high tide of 4.7m at 10.19am

Another high of 4.3m at 10.44pm

Topics:  cyclone marcia surf swimming yeppoon


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