Nippers to launch championships
KINGSCLIFF beach will be a sea of tiny red and yellow caps on Friday as almost 3000 nippers hit the water for the launch of the 2012 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships.
Junior athletes will kick-start the two week competition before the Masters and Opens competitors take the stage from March 8 to 11.
Organisers are prepared for unpredictable weather conditions with king tides expected on the second weekend of the competition.
Erosion has split the carnival into two main competition areas, Kingscliff North at Terrace St and Marine Pde and Kingscliff South at Faulks Park and Marine Pde.
Although a limited shuttle service will be available for competitors, some events are expected to clash forcing competitors to choose one event or the other.
But that hasn't quashed the spirit of local competitors, hoping to better their place of 13th in last year's competition.
Luke Chaffer, u14, will be leading the charge for his home club in the water events, along with Josh Quinn, u13, and Emily Hurt, u12, while Sam Lisson, u14, and Sarah Wilson, u12, will do their best in the beach arena.
The club will join a strong team of athletes from the Far North Coast including Stephen Moore, u14, Jack Alder, u12, and Brianna McFarlane, u11, who will be looking to score some medals on their home turf.
Tension will be high with reigning champions Manly looking to retain their two year winning streak.
Detailed event and timetable information is available here.