Surfrowers at North Burleigh.
Surfrowers at North Burleigh.

Three places for Kurrawa

IT was a much-improved weekend for the Currumbin surfrowers in round two of the Queensland Navy Series at North Burleigh on Saturday, but it was the Kurrawa crews who etched their names in the record books.

Surfboat rowers, supporters, officials and spectators witnessed surf-boat history in the making when the Kurrawa crews finished one, two, three in the men’s and women’s open divisions.

“Many of the older spectators were left in amazement as they failed to recall whether this feat had ever been accomplished before at a major surf event,” event promoter Sean McKeown said.

Current Australian champions, the Currumbin Barbarians were in their first competitive outing for the season and led right from the start in the men’s open final.

Chased all the way to the turning buoys by the three Kurrawa boats the Barbarians rounded the buoys a half boat-length in front. With 150 metres of the race to go all three of the Kurrawa boats had managed to make the most of the small waves on offer to draw level with the Barbarians.

From there it was a close fought four-way fight to the finish, with the three Kurrawa boats, the Mojos, swept by Marty Fletcher, the Drifters swept by Damien Clayphan, the Hustlers with Nathan Davies as sweep all finishing ahead of the Australian champions.



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