200 surfers hit the waves for SLSQ’s Board Riding Champs

Almost 200 competitors will line up at Palm Beach on Friday for the first day of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s (SLSQ) 2017 Board Riding Championships.

The championships, which run through to Sunday, will see surfers aged from under 11 through to over 40 hit the waves to hang ten and showcase their skills on both long and short boards.
Last year it was the Sunshine Coast’s Alexandra Headland who took home the top honours ahead of Currumbin and Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.

While most of SLSQ’s carnivals focus on reinforcing rescue and patrol skills, surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said the Board Riding Championships highlighted another side of lifesaving altogether.

“We introduced the Board Riding Championships a few years ago now to provide our members with a dedicated event to showcase their surfing skills, and we’re expecting some serious action across the three days of competition,” Mr Hogben said.

“It’s a fun event and one that shows a completely different side of surf lifesaving.

“And, with almost 200 people set to line up and compete across the three days, it’s great to see such a strong interest and desire from amongst our membership for this type of competition,” he said.

The 2017 Board Riding Championships kick off at Palm Beach on the Gold Coast on Friday, and wrap up on Sunday.

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