RIDING ON THE CREST OF A WAVE
GOLD COAST BUREAU CHIEF THERE were thrills and spills aplenty at Alexandra Headland yesterday as some of Queensland’s top surfboat rowers took on the power of the ocean.
A solid 1.5m easterly swell meant challenging conditions for competitors – and spec- tacular viewing for spectators – in the opening round of the BP Wessel Surfboat Classic.
A number of dramatic wipe-outs and minor injuries in the dumping, wind-affected waves saw organisers upgrade the surf danger level and make helmets compulsory.
Organisers said it was perfect practice for the state and Australian surf titles to be held at Broadbeach in March and April.
UPS AND DOWNS: The Yeppoon under-23 ladies surf row team hit a wave in the opening round of the BP Wessel Surfboat Classic at Alexandra Headland. Picture: Lachie Millard