Tannum Sands surf crew the 'Hellfish' gearing up to start a race. Photo Contributed
Tannum Sands surf crew the 'Hellfish' gearing up to start a race. Photo Contributed Contributed

Strong performance could result in five crews at nationals

THE major goal for Tannum Sands surf boat crews are not contested until April yet excitement about the Australian titles is already spreading like wildfire within the teams.

Five Tannum Sands crews will head to the Gold Coast this weekend, determined to build on a strong start to the season as they work towards qualifying for the national championships.

The open men's crew will not compete this weekend, having already qualified for the next step towards the Australian titles with a third-place finish at the Coffs Harbour carnival late last month.

That result eased the pressure on the crew and they responded with another finals berth at the event in Victoria last weekend.

"We only took the A-grade boys down and we actually borrowed a boat," sweep Phil Massingham said.

"We finished fifth in the final; we had no pressure on us at all."

While the open men's crew will sit out this weekend Tannum Sands will send an open women's, a junior, two under-23 women's and an under-23 men's squad to the Gold Coast.

"Three of these crews will be looking to put in a real good result," Massingham said.

A strong performance this weekend could result in up to five Tannum Sands crews qualifying for the Australian titles, a prospect that Massingham has never seen this early in a season.

"It is a huge thing, we have four crews that are right on the money now," he said.