Defending champions already take the lead

The action was fast and furious at North Kirra Beach today when more than 280 competitors took to the water for round one of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Ocean Roar IRB (Inflatable Rescue Boat) Series.

The high-octane, adrenaline-packed, IRB competition saw crews from across South East Queensland put their surf skills to the ultimate test in a series of competitive rescue simulations in the first of five rounds.


Gold Coast clubs Kurrawa and Kirra, widely regarded as IRB powerhouses, took out 10 of the 19 finals between them to finish the day’s competition in 1st and 2nd place overall.

Team Kurrawa (1)

Meanwhile, Alexandra Headland dominated on foreign ground finishing in 3rd place followed by Broadbeach and Point Lookout.

Sonita Leng-Cole, Samantha Thornton, Molly Megson, Emma Partington

There was plenty of joy for the local clubs, with Kurrawa duo Curtis Sealy and Marten placing first in the Open Male IRB Mass Rescue final, before Anthony Edser and Scott Wheeler finished first in the Masters IRB Mass Rescue.


Meanwhile, Alexandra Headland duo Samantha Thornton and Sonita Leng-Cole placed first in the  Open Female Rescue Tube, Open Female Mass Rescue, and Open Female Surf Rescue.


The competition kicked off an action-packed six weeks of IRB racing across the state, with four more rounds of the Ocean Roar Series before the Queensland Championships on North Stradbroke Island over three days from June 28-30.

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SLSQ Sports Event Manager Stuart Hogben said there had been some exceptional performances across the day as crews took advantage of the perfect conditions on offer.


“It’s the first round and first race of the IRB season, so it was always going to be interesting to see how the clubs performed, but they definitely came out firing and ready to race,” he said.


“There’s always a bit of a rivalry between those Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast clubs, particularly when it comes to IRB racing, and everyone was obviously keen to put their best foot forward in the first round of the series.


“Kurrawa and Kirra probably got the bragging rights this time around, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of Sunshine Coast crews hoping to knock off that lead as the series progresses,” he said.


The Ocean Roar Series continues with Round 2 at Tugun on Saturday, May 11.

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