KINGSCLIFF'S 2012 State Surf Life Saving Championships competitors might need a car to get from one end of the erosion-divided event to the other.
The competition has been split - south Kingscliff for the beach events and the north end of the beach for water events.
Club president Adam Mills said volunteers and nippers had arrived in droves to yesterday's first day of competition.
"You've got a distinct split between water and beach events," he said.
"And some competitors will miss out on some events because they'll have to choose between events."
Nippers who "like to compete in everything" would be most disappointed, Mr Mills said.
"Seniors are more likely to specialise in either beach or water events."
He said the turnout was "similar to or better than last year" and Fingal Head hosting surf boats was not only appreciated but positive.
Mr Mills said NSW Surf Life Saving and Tweed Shire Council were owed thanks for trusting Cudgen to host the event, despite the erosion.
The three-day competition for under-8s to under-14s runs until tomorrow. Visit facebook. com/surflifesavingnsw for event information.