Lifesavers fire up the engines for Ocean Roar Series

Almost 250 competitors will line up at Burleigh Heads on Saturday for Round One of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2017 Ocean Roar Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Series.

The high-octane IRB series will see competitors battle it out across five rounds over the coming months, putting their surf skills to the ultimate test in a series of fast and furious rescue simulations.

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) sports manager Stuart Hogben is expecting plenty of thrills and spills on Saturday.

“Our IRB crews have been in training for a while now, waiting for their chance to get out there and impress, and I’m sure everyone will be giving it a red hot crack come Saturday,” he said.

While the Ocean Roar IRB Series provides plenty of excitement, Mr Hogben said it also seeks to enhance lifesaving skills.

“Aside from the spectacle of racing, it’s important to remember that these events are a genuine reinforcement of lifesaving skills,” he said.

“The races are all about simulating rescue situations and testing the abilities of drivers and crew as they’re transferred to a competitive setting,” Hogben said.

The action commences at 8am and will run through until approximately 2pm.

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