Aussies Surf Boats Relocation Decision

Following inspections by the 2013 Australian Championships Event Organising Committee (AEOC) in consultation with representatives from SLSA, Gold Coast City Council and the Australian Surf Rowers League, it has been decided to relocate the surf boat events from Tugun Beach to North Kirra.

The AEOC agreed unanimously that the event could not be safely conducted at Tugun due to the insufficient width of beach.

The entire carnival will now take place at North Kirra from April 15-21.

The AEOC, have closely monitored the beach erosion over the past month and the committee met at Tugun today for final inspections before making its decision.

"After careful consideration the AEOC has been forced to make the call to relocate the surf boat events from Tugun to North Kirra," carnival spokesman Ian Hanson said today.

"Unfortunately Mother Nature has not been kind to our beaches on the Gold Coast this summer and the beach at Tugun has been heavily eroded.

"After careful consideration it was decided that there was no alternative but to relocate because organisers could not safely conduct the event at Tugun.

"It is a shame because Tugun presented us with an ideal location for the surf boat competition but the committee has identified a 1.5 kilometre stretch of beach between the northern arena and Bilinga.

"We started the summer with a lot of sand at North Kirra and that will hold the carnival in good stead when competition gets underway on April 15."

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Tue 19 Mar 2013