IRB series kicks off with a bang

More than 150 competitors converged on North Burleigh last Saturday (May 3) for Round 1 of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2014 Ocean Roar IRB series.


The high-octane inflatable rescue boat (IRB) series will see competitors take part in a five round series across the next two months. The competition works on a cumulative point-based system with the winning team awarded the Premiership Title at the end of the series.


The annual Ocean Roar series is a popular precursor to the Queensland IRB Championships, on the last weekend of June in Townsville, which will see more than 400 competitors go head-to-head in the pinnacle event of the season.


After the first round of competition, Kawana Waters SLSC leads the way on 67 points, ahead of Gold Coast rival Kurrawa on 54 points. Defending champion, North Burleigh, is currently sitting in third place on 53 points, while Broadbeach and Dicky Beach round out the top five.


Kawana Waters completed a clean sweep of the masters events, taking home gold in the Masters Mass Rescue, Surf Rescue, Teams Rescue and Tube Rescue. The club also produced a number of other strong performances, recording victories in the Open Female Mass Rescue and Teams Rescue and the Open Male Tube Rescue.


Kurrawa claimed victory in the Open Female Mass and Tube Rescues, while North Burleigh won the Open Male Mass and Surf Rescue events.


There was also plenty of success for other clubs around the state, with Point Lookout taking out the Open Male Teams Relay and Dicky Beach winning the Open Mixed Taplin Relay.


The series continues on May 10-11 at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.


For a full list of results from Round 1 of competition, please click here.

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