Rubber Duckie State Champs Head to the Hunter

The state's premier race event for 'rubber duckies', the 2013 NSW IRB Championships will once again head to Fingal Beach in Port Stephens on the 8-9 June.

The Fingal Beach SLSC with the support of Port Stephens Council and Lakeside Marine is looking forward to hosting one of the most exciting forms of competition in Surf Life Saving.

This year more than 250 competitors, from about 25 clubs throughout NSW will fight it out at the Championships to be named the state’s top IRB club.

Dan Pearce, Surf Sports Manager for Surf Life Saving NSW says anticipation for one of Surf Life Saving’s biggest events is high.

“All of the clubs, officials and athletes are excited to be returning to Fingal Beach for the IRB State Championships. We had a great event last year and everyone is excited to see the new Fingal Beach SLSC.

“The clubs have had a limited preparation due to some unfavourable weather during the first part of the IRB racing season so hopefully Fingal can put on some sunshine and friendly surf for us.

“Last year, the new surf club at Fingal was only partially complete. Everyone is excited to see the finished product. Port Stephens Council have also been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the long weekend is a success," said Pearce.

Port Stephens Mayor Bruce MacKenzie explained how important these types of events are to Port Stephens.

"I am very proud and excited to be welcoming the NSW IRB Championships back to Port Stephens this year," he said.

"I am sure everyone will agree that the Fingal SLSC is now the icing on the cake for Port Stephens, and has one of the best coastal views in the Southern Hemisphere."

Last year’s State Champion’s Caves Beach SLSC, who are currently in second position in the IRB Premiership Series after two rounds, will deservedly start as favourites. Kiama Downs, Catherine Hill Bay and North Cronulla SLSC are also in red-hot form in the Premiership Series.

For more information check out the event page.

Mon 3 Jun 2013