Dangerous conditions halt IRB carnival

Deteriorating conditions have brought round three of SLSQ’s Ocean Roar IRB Series to a premature end at Coolum Beach on Saturday afternoon.

More than 280 lifesavers from across the state’s south-east converged on the Sunshine Coast to contest the high-octane, adrenaline-packed inflatable rescue boat (IRB) competition.

Kirra, Miami Beach and defending champions Kurrawa were all in fine form across the morning’s racing, with a series of strong displays in the early heats.

Meanwhile, Alexandra Headland’s open female team also showed they’ll be ones to watch after a dominant performance.

However, while the action was fast and furious this morning, a 1.5m tidal change along with strong winds and dangerous conditions prompted officials to bring competition to an early close around midday in the interests of safety.

SLSQ Sport Manager Stuart Hogben said it was disappointing, but ultimately the right call to suspend racing.

“It’s always disappointing whenever we have to suspend or cancel competition, but the safety of competitors, officials, and volunteers is always our first and foremost priority,” he said.

“We were keeping a close eye on the surf throughout the morning’s racing and once conditions started to deteriorate, it left us with no other choice.

“We’ll resume the series on June 1 at Rainbow Beach, where we’ll hopefully get some more favourable conditions.

“The Ocean Roar Series is such a great competition and you can bet our athletes will be itching to get back into it come the next round of racing,” he said.

Round four of SLSQ’s Ocean Roar Series will continue at Rainbow Beach on June 1-2.

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