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Kurrawa defends title at QLD IRB Championships

Kurrawa has successfully defended its title to win the 2019 Queensland IRB Championships in dominant fashion.

A string of consistent performances over the two days of competition saw Kurrawa finish on 121 points to seal the state win ahead of close rivals Kirra (72 points) and Broadbeach (47 points).

Miami Beach (44 points) and Alexandra Headland (31 points) rounded out the top five.

The high-octane Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championships featured more than 220 surf lifesavers from 15 clubs across the state battling it out at Bilinga across two days of fast and furious action.

Kurrawa and Kirra have proven the teams to beat all season, and that was again the case this weekend, with the Gold Coast crews taking top spot in a number of races in Sunday afternoon’s finals.

However, there was also plenty of joy for the Sunshine Coast clubs, with Alexandra Headland and Kawana Waters making the most of the calmer conditions to also record strong wins across the weekend.

The Championships were originally scheduled to be held at Point Lookout in June, before unfavourable and dangerous conditions forced officials to postpone the blue-ribbon event.

SLSQ Surf Sport Manager Stuart Hogben said postponing the event and moving it to the Gold Coast was the right decision, giving lifesavers an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the skill, speed and teamwork of IRB racing.

“While it was disappointing that the adverse conditions had disrupted the event five weeks ago, the safety of our competitors and officials will always be paramount, and the conditions here at Bilinga over the two days has been spectacular,” he said.

“The Queensland Championships is one of our premier events and brings together the best of the best from across the state when it comes to IRB racing, so we knew the action was going to be hard and fast when it counted.

“At the end of the day though, this event is all about reinforcing and refining some of the core lifesaving skills that we teach our patrolling members. The skills on show across the past two days are the same that will be used to protect swimmers and save lives over the summer months,” he said.

RESULTS

  1. Kurrawa – 121 Points
  2. Kirra – 72 Points
  3. Broadbeach – 47 Points
  4. Miami Beach – 44 Points
  5. Alexandra Headland – 31 Points
  6. Kawana Waters – 23 Points
  7. North Burleigh – 18 Points
  8. Currumbin – 11 Points
  9. Point Lookout – 7 Points
  10. Mooloolaba – 5 Points
  11. Southport – 2 Points
  12. Mudjimba – 1 Points
  13. Maroochydore – 0 Points
  14. Bribie Island – 0 Points
  15. Coolum Beach – 0 Points

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