WATCHING the waves will take on a whole new meaning for the Kingscliff Board-riders Club when they try to defend their Ransom NSW Surf Tag title at Kingscliff Beach next week.
The surf tag concept involves teams of five surfers catching three waves which score in a 45-minute period, and according to Kingscliff team captain Mitchell James, choosing the right waves will be crucial to deciding just who takes home the title.
The competition, open to competitors 16-and-under, will run off Kingscliff on May 23 and 24 and involves nine teams - Snapper Rocks, Cabarita, Palm Beach, MNM, the Alley, Kirra, Burleigh, North End and of course Kingscliff - competing in three pools.
“Because there is a total time-limit on the team, each surfer must make the right decision, because each wave he takes will go towards an overall score,” James said.
Last year Kingscliff took the NSW title from invited side North Narrabeen at Kingscliff, and this year their biggest competition is expected to come from Queensland surf tag champions Snapper Rocks, who will be coached by surfing legend Wayne Deane.
“We have been surfing together as a team and getting used to the breaks at Kingscliff under the guidance of coach David Lloyd and his assistant Danny Muskens,” James said.
“This competition is about tactics, although I think we are a much-stronger team than last year, which was our first time in the competition.
“Our main opposition will probably come from Snapper, who won the Queensland section, although Kirra will also be a hard team to beat.
“I'm hoping our local knowledge might give us a bit of an edge, but there are plenty of surfers from the other clubs around here who know what the break is like at Kingscliff.”