Cudgen Classic victory for Hurt
By GEOFF ROUNDS
LOCAL knowledge proved a big asset to Letarcia Hurt in the annual Dolphin Cudgen Classic at Kingscliff Beach on Saturday.
Hurt, a member of the Cudgen Headland Surf Lifesaving Club won the under-14 female ironperson event ahead of Ellie Leaver of Lennox Head and Burleigh's Tara Barker.
Cudgen Headland competitors did well through the ranks as the young surf lifesavers from under-10s to under-17s, with conditions challenging early for the under-10s, with Emily Meuwissen from Burleigh winning the under 10 female ironperson in convincing fashion. The Cudgen Blue team were successful in the under-10 Foamy Challenge, a teams board relay, when they defeated Burleigh and Cudgen White. A total of 234 competitors representing surf clubs from the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and NSW Far North Coast at the 10th annual event with Burleigh SLSC dominating most age groups.
Cudgen Headland SLSC member David Field said the huge number of entries showed how popular the event was.
"I think this year was very successful. We had our biggest number of entries in the 10-year history of the event," Field said.
"It shows that the event is growing. I think the main reason for that is the successful format of it all.
"From a club point of view it's again been a very good effort to all concerned. Next year, it'll be bigger and better we hope." Lennox Heads' Tanyn Lyndon showed his skill through the water winning the under-17 male ironperson event with a top display.
His control on the board and surf skills proved too strong, beating home last year's winner Lynton Hurt of Cudgen and Nathan Gray from Lennox Head.