HEAVE HO: Tannum SLSC’s Open Men’s team the ’Hellfish’ row out on a training row as the light fades fast.
HEAVE HO: Tannum SLSC’s Open Men’s team the ’Hellfish’ row out on a training row as the light fades fast. Jake Jones

Confident surf boat crews go on road after success in opener

AFTER returning from Surfers Paradise two weeks ago following what can only be described as a brilliant start to the Surf Boats season, the Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club is on the road again, this time to the New South Wales north coast.

Two crews will row into the Coffs Harbour waves for the Coffs craft event, one of which has already tasted victory.

The Under 23 men's crew called the Luggers is made up of Nelson Corones, Matt Strike, Matt Rowe and Blake Neaton.

They won their event in Surfers Paradise and will be looking to deliver another victory against what will more than likely be stiffer competition.

"I am hoping to see some really good crews and all the Northern Beaches crews," surf boat organiser Phil Massingham said.

"The next two rounds will be hotly contested."

With the extra teams on deck to compete against, the top spots will be targeted only after the first main goal is complete.

"We just want to make the final, we will be very happy with that," Massingham said.

The crews are already showing that they have the form to do so though, with some top notch clubs already being beaten in the south of Queensland two weeks ago.

"Victorian, New South Wales and Western Australian crews were all at the Navy competition on the Sunshine Coast," Massingham said.

The conditions are also expected to suit the Tannum Sands club, despite the lack of waves much of the time at the local beach.

The crews always seem to be up to the challenge come race day at other locations.

"It is supposed to be big winds and 1.5m seas.

"We are pretty good in the choppy stuff though," Massingham said.

Surfer's Paradise Results

  • Under 23 Men- Tannum Sands Luggers 1st, Tannum Sands Gorlocks 4th, Tannum Sands Gators 5th
  • Under 23 Women- Tannum Sands Sweet Cheeks 1st, Tannum Sands Gypseas 5th
  • Under 19 Men- Tannum Sands Trojans 2nd