Summer of Surf Heads To Thirroul

Competition in the Summer of Surf series is heating up as athletes, officials and spectators prepare to head south to Thirroul beach this weekend.

The fourth round of the Sydney Water Series takes place this Saturday 6 December, and will once again be filmed and broadcast on Foxsports with the event to be screened on January 3.

Many of the state’s top athletes are using the series as a welcome break away from the hard work of training, and as a chance to fine-tune their preparations ahead of a busy NSW summer.

One of the highlights of the last meeting at Alexandra Headlands was Max Brooks of Newport SLSC who came out on top in the SIQS ironman event. The youngster is in impressive form, and if he can accumulate some more points this weekend his dream of competing on the professional iron man circuit is just that much closer.

Another athlete who is enjoying early season success is Lachlan Tame from Avoca Beach SLSC. The 26-year-old is leading the competition point score after three rounds, and is shooting for a 4th consecutive victory in the men’s open ski.

Amy Nurthen, formerly of Terrigal SLSC, but who now competes in Queensland colours is also one to watch in Saturday’s event, and younger sister Karlee is also looking to make a positive impression this summer.

Summer of Surf co-founder, and SIQS Manager, Trent Goulding said he is delighted with the progress of the competition, and the opportunities offered to younger athletes.

“There’s huge momentum behind the competition at the moment, and it’s very exciting looking forward.

“One of the things that is great to see is the elite athletes having fun in competition and competing with their teammates who they grew up with,” he said.

“Many of the younger athletes are really stepping up to open class, and that highlights the depth we have in Australian juniors right now.

“We’re hoping for a smooth carnival tomorrow at Thirroul.”

There are 11 rounds of the Summer of Surf which are a collection of established surf sports events throughout the summer, plus the Grand Final. Athletes will accumulate points from each round with the athlete’s best five results contributing to their final score.

The top 16 athletes with the highest overall point score in each discipline will qualify for the Summer of Surf Grand Final to be held at Newport Beach, NSW on March 1.

Each round of the Summer of Surf includes;

• Open Ironman
• Open Ironwoman
• Open Male and Female Ski Race
• Open Male and Female Board Race
• Open Male and Female Surf Race
• Open Male and Female Beach Flags
• Open Male and Female Taplin Relay (3 person teams)

Fri 5 Dec 2014