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Massive months ahead for surf sport

This weekend’s third and final round of the Queensland Beach Series kicks off a massive couple of months of surf sport competition for Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ).

More than 150 athletes from 14 clubs will tomorrow (January 5) converge on Kurrawa to contest sprints and flags in the hope of being crowned the fastest on sand.

Next weekend, lifesavers will hit the waves at Palm Beach for the Queensland Board Riding Championships (January 11-13).

SLSQ Sports Manager Stuart Hogben said the two events would no doubt provide an exciting start to 2019.

“Our state is home to some of the best beach sprinters in Australia so tomorrow’s competition will be hotly contested. Winners are based on a cumulative point score over the three rounds of the Beach Series, with Alexandra Headlands SLSC, currently in the lead, followed by Currumbin and Kurrawa,” Mr Hogben said.

“The action continues next weekend at the Board Riding Championships, with hundreds of lifesavers set to showcase their skills on both short and long boards.”

Mr Hogben said Mermaid Beach would host the Queensland Surf Rescue Championships in February, before the state’s best athletes across all surf sport disciplines descended on the Gold Coast in March for the Queensland Youth and Seniors Championships.

“The pinnacle of our surf sport calendar, the state championships provide an incredible platform to showcase our athletes – from existing Aussie champions right through to the best up-and-coming youngsters,” he said.

“The Queensland Youth Championships (March 8-10) will fittingly return to Burleigh Heads – 50 years on from the inaugural champs which were hosted in the very same location. It’s a great tribute as we also celebrate 50 Years of Nippers here in Queensland.

“World-class competitors will be on show the following weekend at the Seniors and Masters Championships (March 15-17), which will this year be staged at Broadbeach.”

Mr Hogben encouraged the Gold Coast community to take advantage of the opportunity to witness the action live.

“Trust me, if you are yet to experience surf sport, you won’t be disappointed. The competition allows our athletes to showcase fantastic lifesaving skills while gaining recognition for their sporting efforts at the same time.

“It’s these skills which ultimately save thousands of lives every year so I’d love to see locals cheering our athletes on as they strive for glory.”

Tomorrow’s Queensland Beach Series racing at Kurrawa kicks off around 9am.

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