After careful consideration, Surf Life Saving Queensland has announced the first day of competition at the 2018 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships on Friday (March 16) will be shifted from Maroochydore to Mooloolaba.
An announcement on the weekend’s competition will be announced in the next 48 hours.
SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said the safety of competitors, officials, and volunteers had been the first and foremost priority when making the decision.
“We’ve been closely monitoring the coastal forecast and expected surf conditions for a number of days leading into the Queensland Championships,” he said.
“Unfortunately the past 24 hours have seen an increased swell and unstable surf develop at Maroochydore, which has prompted this decision.
“The safety of competitors and officials is our first and foremost priority when making a decision like this,” he said.
Mr Hogben said the conditions would be closely monitored leading into, and during, the championships before determining whether competition would resume at Maroochydore on the weekend.
“We’re continuing to keep a close eye on the conditions and will be making a decision on the weekend’s competition over the next 48 hours,” he said.
The 2018 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships will kick off at Mooloolaba on Friday morning, and wrap up on Sunday afternoon, with more than 1,600 competitors expected to line up across three days of action. The event is the pinnacle sporting event on SLSQ’s calendar each year, and will see some of the sport’s biggest names line up across the weekend.