Under-17 girls racing for Kingscliff’s waters.
Under-17 girls racing for Kingscliff’s waters. Scott Powick

Tweed makes presence felt

TWEED lifesavers were hard to find among a sea of city and country clubs yesterday.

Regardless, the local competitors put in a strong effort during mostly team-based finals lead-up events during the Allphones New South Wales Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff.

Cudgen Surf Life Saving Club nippers head coach Phil Klein said his club was one of many locals that put forward a strong show of strength and ability.

“Cudgen made it into the final of the male open board relay and the open ski relay,” Klein said.

“Rowan Small is in the open belt final, while Jay Pearson won gold in the over-40s longboard surfing, silver in the 40s shortboard and I managed bronze in the 40s shortboard surfing.”

Klein said Cody Klein would be in the open female surfing today and she was one of the favourites to win.

“The surfing is quite a big thing. They have it every year in the state titles,” he said.

“There were a lot of team events today leading up to finals on the weekend.

"I think Callum Smith will be well represented in under-19s finals.”

Salt SLSC active member Steve Copeland said to his knowledge the club was only represented by his son Brandon and Jayden Mandall yesterday.

“They came sixth in their board rescue heat, but didn't make it into the semi,” Copeland said.

“It was quite close – the last three virtually came across the line together.

“They were also both in the individual board, but didn't get through the heat.”

Salt was still in the early stages of building a strong surf club, he said.



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