Surf's up - Big weekend for wave action
By ADAM WRATTEN
CURRUMBIN surfer Brendan Leckie is ready to throw himself into the action as a big weekend of surf and watersport unfolds on the southern Gold Coast.
Leckie will compete in the Billabong Alley Classic at Currumbin Alley, where he will push himself to the limit in what is expected to be a 1.5m-2m swell.
The Classic is just one of the competitions starting today, with surfboats and more than 1000 junior surf lifesavers also in action.
A record field of more than 100 surfers will compete in the Alley Classic, the first in the six-event Billabong Queensland Championship Circuit. This year's field includes two-time Australian surfing champion Mark Richardson, along with teenage sensations Hawaiian TJ Barron and South African Jordy Smith.
Organisers were yesterday delighted the competition would start in the best conditions it has had for many years.
Meanwhile, in surfboat action, Currumbin will be seeking to show its supremacy when the VB Cup Surfboat Series continues with round three at Coolangatta.
Only one point separates Maroochydore White from the Currumbin Barbarians, with national champions Mooloolaba Amcal a further two points back.
Currumbin is the defending champion and will be at full strength this weekend. Sweep Michael Brown said he was sure his team would row well and build its confidence ahead of the Australian Open at Wollongong.
The Kurrawa Collectors, swept by Marty Fletcher, who were within metres of victory at Tugun earlier this month before their boat broached metres from the finishing line, are keen to make amends this weekend.
Finally, about 1000 junior lifesavers will compete in the Jetstar Point Danger and South Coast Branch under-11 to under-14 championships.
About 400 lifesavers from Tallebudgera to Rainbow Bay will compete in the Point Danger competition at Kirra and about 600 from Burleigh through to Point Lookout will compete at the southern branch carnival at Burleigh Heads.
The nippers will compete in all the events of their senior counterparts, including ironman and ironwoman, board races, surf swims, beach flags and beach sprints.
Competition starts at 8.45am today and 9am tomorrow.