Lifesavers flock to Alex Heads for two Championship events

Some of the state’s top surf lifesavers will flock to Alexandra Headlands this weekend to contest the Queensland Board Riding and Surf Rescue Championships.

It kicks off an action packed six weeks of surf sports on the Sunshine Coast, with the state’s premier carnivals – the Queensland Youth and Senior State Championships – scheduled to be held next month at Maroochydore.

This weekend, the 2015 Queensland Surf Rescue Championships (February 13-15) will see more than 200 lifesavers put their patrol skills to the test across three days of intense competition.

In addition to gruelling fitness and athletic challenges, the Surf Rescue Championships also have a unique focus on the lifesaving skills and knowledge of each competitor, with two of the three events including a theory component.

Surf Life Saving Queensland surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said the Queensland Surf Rescue Championships were an integral part of the competition calendar each year, reinforcing the importance of core lifesaving skills within surf sports.

“The Surf Rescue Championships are as much about lifesaving knowledge and application as they are about physical and athletic exertion,” he said.

“The skills that our members will be performing at the Championships such as rescues, resuscitations and first aid are the kinds of skills they may be required to carry out when doing their regular beach patrols.”

“This event brings those vital skills into the competitive arena and seeks to recognise those people who are not only world-class athletes, but also great lifesavers as well,” he said.

The 2015 Queensland Board Riding Championships (February 14-15) will see close to 200 competitors from under-11s right through to the master age groups hit the waves and showcase their skills on both the long and short boards as they battle it out for state glory.

Previously a discipline that was incorporated into other carnivals, the Board Riding Championships were introduced in 2010 as a stand-alone event as part of SLSQ’s bid to recruit and retain members with a keen interest in surfing.

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