Open water swimming events will go ahead as planned this weekend, with an evaluation in the morning.
Open water swimming events will go ahead as planned this weekend, with an evaluation in the morning. Warren Lynam

Mooloolaba Beach Festival going ahead...but courses changed

UPDATE: All ocean swims will go ahead as part of the Mooloolaba Beach Festival this weekend, but courses have been changed due to the pulsing swell.

Races have been moved to the southern end of Mooloolaba Beach.

Dangerous conditions have meant tomorrow's start at Alexandra Headland was abandoned.

The 2.5km and marquee 5km races will instead start and finish at The Spit.

"There is some large swell predicted for the weekend and Sunshine Coast beaches are starting to experience increased swell size and intensity," organisers said in a statement.

"We have been in consultation with local lifeguards this morning and some changes to courses will be necessary. However, all distances will still be offered."

The event site will remain on Mooloolaba Beach, in front of the Mooloolaba surf club.

Courses for both the 2.5km and 5km races will be confirmed by 8am after a conditions assessments with lifesaving officials. A paddle course will be offered but its format will be confirmed tomorrow.

The timetable remains unchanged.

The outdoor beach cinema have been moved to Charles Clark Park, about 500m from the Mooloolaba surf club on the canal. 


9.30am: ORGANISERS of the two-day Mooloolaba Beach Festival will wait until tomorrow before making any changes to ocean swim plans.

While television media reported the festival had been moved, World Swims Series director John Guise said everything would go ahead as planned at this stage.

"Safety is always number one priority, always will be," Mr Guise said.

"We have been running ocean swimming events for 10 years, and sometimes we have to make changes on the day. That's the nature of the event.

"Conditions haven't changed overnight and we aren't making any changes based on the forecast.

"All we can do is evaluate in the morning."

There was a large contingent of ocean swimmers who crossed the Mooloolaba bay this morning. The building swell made entry and exit challenging for less experienced swimmers in front of the surf club, but there was no issue in the corner near the rock wall.

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