Kurrawa close in on back-to-back Ocean Roar titles

Kurrawa hold an almost unbeatable series lead heading into the fifth and final round of Ocean Roar this weekend.

Alexandra Headlands will host the finale of the Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Series, with Gold Coast clubs currently positioned to sweep the placings.

Kurrawa’s (309 points) commanding lead over Kirra (208 points) should ensure the club victory, while Broadbeach (121 points) is likely to claim third ahead of Sunshine Coast rivals, Alexandra Headland and Kawana Waters.

Kurrawa IRB Coach Scott Wheeler downplayed the club’s dominance, instead focussing on the efforts of members throughout the competition.

“As a team we don’t even talk about the point score. The team has put in a lot of hard work over the last six months to put themselves where they are. If you do that, the point score takes care of itself,” he said.

“On a whole, the team has really improved this year. They are really competitive between one another. In training they push each other and then at the carnivals they lift each other. It’s been good to see.”



Wheeler said all team members deserved equal recognition, but did acknowledge that the under 23 competitors had grown a lot this year.

“The workload of several competitors has been huge. Some of the guys would have done 25-plus races in the last round, and some of the patients, even more,” he said.

“It really has been good fun racing (in Ocean Roar). We are a large strong club so do well overall, but it’s been good to see some of the smaller clubs becoming stronger in the individual races. Which has been great for the growth of the sport.”

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) Sports Manager Stuart Hogben agreed that racing had been extremely competitive.

He said feedback for the inaugural season of the ‘Rookies’ racing category had also been a positive for the competition.

“There has been a lot of support for the division, which was set up specifically for IRB drivers who are within their first two seasons of competing,” Mr Hogben said.

“This enabled novice drivers to race against those of a similar standard, as opposed to experienced competitors.

“As a result, the drivers had a better chance of progressing on from the first race, which enables them to build experience through more racing.”

The competition will kick off at 8.30am Saturday.

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