Rainbow Bay’s open female surf boat crew in action late last year.
Rainbow Bay’s open female surf boat crew in action late last year. JOHN GASS

Fletcher finds his Mojos

THE storm has passed and a rainbow is finally shining over Marty Fletcher’s surf rowers.

The early season disruption with the Fletcher-swept “Mojos” and “KO’s” crews changing from Kurrawa SLSC to Rainbow Bay SLSC appears to have settled down.

Both crews performed exceptionally well in Sydney last weekend and will be looking to consolidate their reputations with wins this weekend in round two of the aussieBum Queensland Cup at Southport today.

With increasing surf conditions forecast for what is consistently one of the more challenging competition venues though, the border boats will need to display a consistent combination of speed and surf skills to even reach the afternoon finals.

In the women’s division the Mooloolaba Amcal boat has won every event in Queensland this season and the Brendon Weston-swept crew will be looking to continue their stellar form.

However Fletcher’s KO’s have settled in at the Bay and are on fire and will certainly push the Sunshine Coasters all the way.

Tallebudgera is making a comeback to competition with the launch of its new boat this weekend.

They have two open women’s, two junior, reserve grade and master’s crews and will be sure to shake things up a little.

Southport boaties have certainly made their presence felt in surfboat racing this season under the guidance of Rod “Termite” Coleman.

Not only have they got one of the form men’s crews but their under-23 women are one of the state representatives crews off to Wollongong next week for the ASRL Championships.

BMD Northcliffe is looking forward to the challenge of getting back into racing in solid surf, and sweep Drew Griffith believes his A crew has the power and explosive speed to tackle the waves.

Grant Cooper’s Mooloolaba Makos and Bluey Bacon’s Metropolitan Caloundra White look to be the pick of the Sunshine Coast surfboats and the surf conditions on offer might just suit them.

In the under-19 men’s the young and relatively inexperienced Alexander Headlands crew has notched up several wins over Queensland under-19 state champions Currumbin Highlanders so far this season.

Racing begins at 8am with the finals to be held mid-afternoon conditions permitting.

More than 50 surfboat crews have nominated throughout the various divisions – open men, open women, reserve grade, under-23 men, under-23 women, under-19 men, masters 160-200 years, masters over 200 years – as they strive for a share of over $20,000 in cash and prizes.

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