Surf lifesavers heading for Port
BEACHGOERS can expect a spectacular show of skill this weekend as the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club hosts its 2012 surf sports carnival on Four Mile Beach.
Competitors from seven years of age up to 60-plus from as far south as Townsville will battle it out on the beach beginning at midday on Saturday.
Spectators will no doubt witness what will ultimately be a closely fought tussle between the Far North’s two biggest surf life saving clubs, Cairns and Ellis Beach.
But Port Douglas is expected to be competitive with its home ground advantage and the support of friends and family.
Port Douglas competitors experienced some expert coaching in the lead up to the carnival from level two surf coach Rhett Collie of the Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club and current Australian Open Ironwoman champion Rebecca Creedy.
A number of members from Nippers to masters were put through the paces to buff up their skills in race starts, finishes, on the board and on the surf ski.
While not competing this year, club president Michael Bolt said all club members have been training hard for the event.
“With the introduction of the 60-plus category, Steve Pollard should prove to be the person to beat.”
With intimate knowledge of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas competitors are hoping to outdo their recent performance at Mission Beach.
Ready for anything: Conner McNiel, Josh Lukin, Mitchell Knight, Che Innes, Ironwoman champion Rebecca Creedy, Jack Johnston and Finn Stanaway
Board buddies: Bj Mcleod, Hamish Farrow