Plenty of thrills and spills at Ocean Assault series final

It was a blockbuster finish to this summer’s Ocean Assault series, as some of Australia’s top surf athletes hit the beach at North Burleigh across the weekend.

The culmination of the series saw more than 250 athletes line up to compete across the weekend in the third round on Saturday before finals on Sunday.

In the Open Ironwoman final, Mooloolaba’s Karlee Nurthen claimed bragging rights over Gold Coast rivals Harriet Brown and Rebecca Creedy (both Northcliffe). Meanwhile, Alex Wright (Mooloolaba) took out the open ironman final ahead of Sam Bull (Alexandra Headland) and Dane Farrell (Eloura).

Gold Coast clubs reigned supreme in the Taplin relay, with Northcliffe taking out the women’s final and Currumbin prevailing in the men’s.

SLSQ surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said competition across the entire series had been tough.

“The quality of athletes that we had competing across the series was unbelievable. There’s no doubt that Queensland is home to some of the fittest and fastest athletes across the country, and a lot of them were in action over the past few weeks,” he said.

“For many athletes, this weekend represented their last big hit out ahead of the Queensland Championships in March and the Australian titles in April, so they were certainly out to claim bragging rights and build up momentum heading into the pointy end of the season,” he said.

The Ocean Assault series, which returned to the sporting calendar after a five year hiatus, saw lifesaving’s top beach and ocean athletes in the open and under-17 categories compete across the summer months.

“In years gone by the Ocean Assault series was one of the premier surf sport competitions in Queensland and probably across Australia for that matter, so it’s been really exciting for us to be able to bring it back this summer to a new generation of athletes,” Mr Hogben said.

“For a while now there’s been a growing demand for more top-level competition across the state and Ocean Assault certainly ticks that box while also helping our younger athletes progress in their development,” he said.

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