Kurrawa jumps ahead with a 68 point lead

The action was fast and furious at Tugun on Saturday when more than 280 lifesavers hit the water for Round Two of Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Ocean Roar IRB Series.

The high-octane, adrenaline-packed, inflatable rescue boat (IRB) series saw crews put their surf skills to the ultimate test in a series of competitive rescue simulations in the second of five rounds.

Gold Coast clubs Kurrawa and Miami Beach shared top spot on the leader board coming into Round Two of the series proving themselves as the teams to beat with a number of strong performances across the day.

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However, there was still plenty of joy for Sunshine Coast crews, with many putting their skills to the test in the calm conditions.

Kurrawa trio Liam Albertsen, Glenn Torepe, and Robert Shillam led the local charge, taking out the 35+ Yrs Mixed Rescue Tube race ahead of Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach before Zachary Henwood, Oliver Henwood, Samuel Cali and Jordana Fair from Miami SLSC adding another gold medal to its collection, finishing first in the Open Male Mass Rescue.

Meanwhile, Kawana Waters SLSC came to show who’s boss taking out first place in the 35+ Yrs Mixed Mass Rescue, 35+ Yrs Mixed Teams Rescue, Open Female Teams Rescue, and the 35+ Yrs Mixed Surf Rescue race.

With a massive 68 point lead, Kurrawa remains in the top spot ahead of Miami Beach and Kirra. Kawana Waters was the best-placed Sunshine Coast club, finishing in 4th place overall, with Alexandra Headland following closely behind in 6th place.

The action-packed competition continued on the Gold Coast, before the remaining 3 rounds move to Coolum, Rainbow Beach and Alexandra Headland on the Sunshine Coast. The state’s top crews will flock to North Stradbroke Island for the Queensland IRB Championships on June 28-30.

SLSQ event coordinator Ryan Bennett said there had been some exceptional performances across the day, putting their skills to the test in the calm surf conditions.

“We saw some great racing in Round One last week, but a lot of crews stepped it up again on the weekend at Tugun,” he said.

“Kurrawa have built themselves a nice lead after the first two rounds of the series, but there’s still a long way to go and anything’s possible in IRB racing.

“It’s a really exciting time of the year for our sport, particularly with the Queensland Championships not far away now.

“Our top crews will be lining up at North Stradbroke Island for the Championships in late June, so the weekend was a great chance for them to test the waters and get a feel for the competition they may encounter on the island,” he said.

Round Three of the Ocean Roar IRB Series will be held at Coolum Beach on 18 May.

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