• Water events returning to Maroochydore
• Beach events and surf boats to remain at Mooloolaba
Water events at the 2018 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships will return to Maroochydore from Saturday, following an extensive review of conditions by SLSQ officials.
However, the beach sprinting and surf boat events will be held at Mooloolaba, following significant sand erosion at Maroochydore in recent days.
The announcement comes after Friday’s opening day of competition was shifted to Mooloolaba following periods of big swell and dangerous surf.
However, with conditions subsiding, SLSQ sports coordinator Ryan Bennett said the water events, including the ironman and ironwoman, would return to Maroochydore.
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on the surf conditions at Maroochydore over the past few days, and that process included an extensive on-site review this morning,” he said.
“Conditions have subsided significantly over the past 24 to 48 hours and the water competition will resume at Maroochydore on Saturday morning.
“The safety of competitors has been our first and foremost priority throughout this entire process, and we thank everyone for their understanding and patience.
“However, unfortunately, there’s been some significant sand erosion at Maroochydore which won’t allow us to hold the beach events and surf boats there, so we’ll continue with that program at Mooloolaba,” he said.
The Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships will see more than 1,600 competitors from across the state line up on the Sunshine Coast over three days of action, culminating in the open ironman and ironwoman finals on Sunday afternoon.
Some of the sport’s biggest names will dive into the action from tomorrow, including the likes of Shannon and Caine Eckstein, Ali Day, Jordan Mercer, and Courtney Hancock.
“Queensland is home to some of the best competitors in Australia and right over the world,” Mr Bennett said.
“It’s not often you get to see some of the world’s best athletes in action, and I’d really encourage everyone to head down to Maroochydore and get behind them.”