More than 560 surf lifesavers, representing 41 clubs from across the state, will flock to Coolangatta this Saturday for Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2017 Endurance Championships.
The first major surf carnival of the season will see lifesavers aged from under-11 through to opens and masters put everything on the line in pursuit of state glory.
The Championships will see open competitors battle it out across a wide range of long-distance events including gruelling 10km skis, 2km surf swims, 4km board paddles, and 4km beach runs.
SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said both state titles, and bragging rights, would be up for grabs on Saturday.
“It’s been a long time between races for a lot of athletes and no doubt they’ll be itching to get back out there and kick off the surf season in style,” he said.
“These events are obviously designed to challenge and test the abilities, fitness, and endurance of our surf lifesavers and it will be interesting to see how they’re travelling at this time of the year.
“A lot of athletes have been training through the winter months, so there’ll probably be a fair bit of friendly competition amongst them to see who can come out on top and get first bragging rights of the season,” he said.
Last year’s championships saw Noosa Heads take home the overall honours ahead of Northcliffe and Maroochydore.