Board Riders To Take on Avoca Beach Surf

Lifesavers from around the state will temporarily call the Central Coast home from Thursday when the NSW Board Riding Championships takes place at Avoca Beach.

This year, the annual Board Riding Championships has moved to a stand-alone format to allow more surf lifesavers who are also surfers, to compete in the discipline at a State Level.

Previously the competition had been held as part of the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships in March but with so many athletes equally at home on a surfboard as they are in other water events, it was decided to stage the championships at a different time.

Over 200 competitors from 45 clubs have pre-qualified for the competition through their results at a local branch level, and with a number of wildcard entries still to be determined that number may rise.

Entrants from as far north as Cudgen Headland SLSC and as far south as Windang in the Illawarra will make the trek to the Central Coast.

Male and female competitors in the Under 13 through to the Masters age groups will contest both long and short board competition with heats to be contested in the morning and finals later in the afternoon.

“We are really looking forward to staging the championships at Avoca Beach, and hopefully we will get some good surfing conditions that will allow the competitors to showcase their talents,” NSW Surf Sports Manager Shane Knight said.

“We have experienced a fantastic Surf Life Saving Championships and Pool Rescue Championships on the Central Coast already this season, and we’re confident that our officials, competitors, and supporters will again enjoy a positive experience.

“It’s a great chance for our club members to use their skills in a different format of competition before the season begins again next month,” Mr Knight said.

The 2015 NSW Board Riding Championships will be held at Avoca Beach from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 August

Schedule

Thursday 20 August

Masters Championships

30 – 39
40 – 49
50+

Friday 21 August

Age Championships

U13 & U 14

Saturday 22 August

U15, U17, U19 & Open

Competition is expected to begin at approximately 7.30 am AEST each morning, conditions permitting.

Event information and results can be found Here

Photograph: Action from the board riding competition held at the 2015 NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships in Mollymook on the NSW South Coast.

Credit: Terry Aldridge

Mon 17 Aug 2015