Nasty wave bye-bye to winning chance
A SAVAGE wave robbed Gold Coast surf boat crew Kurrawa of victory as yesterday's VB series second round came to a dramatic close at Tugun. Coasting to victory Kurrawa was within metres of the finish line when the 1m wave it was riding to shore turned nasty, swinging the boat viciously to the right.
Kurrawa's misfortune opened the door for Northcliffe Hangers and Maroochydore White who dead-heated for first.
Big waves battered the six crews in the final.
Australian title holders Mooloolaba Amcal had taken the early lead from Marty Fletcher's Kurrawa Collectors, and Northcliffe.
Northcliffe were the first boat around the turning buoys but couldn't maintain the momentum and were rowed down by Kurrawa as they entered the surf line on the way back to the shore.
Kurrawa picked out a seemingly nice little 1m wave to cruise towards the finishing line and victory while Northcliffe and Maroochydore took on a larger wave.
Metres before crossing the finish Kurrawa's wave turned nasty skewing the boat to the right, allowing both Northcliffe and Maroochydore boat crews to pass them and cross the finish line together.
Judges were unable to split the two crews, so announced the race a dead heat.
Race favourites Currumbin Barbarians took a battering going out but rowed magnificently to finish fourth with early leaders Mooloolaba fifth and Tugun Sharks sixth.
There was no such drama in the women's final with Noosa, swept by Robbie Meijer, leading the way out through the surf around the turning buoys and back to the beach.
Lyle Clark and his Northcliffe Nudies chased Noosa but were overtaken by the Kurrawa Wina's coming out of the turn.
Kurrawa then caught up level with Noosa after the leaders missed an early wave but Noosa proved too good, pulling away for the win.
Kurrawa Frozen Bananas and local favourites Tugun won the reserve and under19 competitions respectively on Saturday.
Maroochydore Oarful won the under-21 division and Byron Bay came home strongest to win an exciting finish in the masters division.