A FEW beers between friends does not often lead to the brightest of outcomes.
Quite the opposite happened for four Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club members, who decided to give the beach sprint relay a go.
Quickly finding form in the masters division, John Andrews, Doug Deakin, Scott Bebendorf and Stafford Sharpe found themselves in a position no one thought even remotely possible - they ended up state champions.
"It was awesome. We went to the North Aussies this year and won there too," Deakin said.
Not expecting to enjoy success, but more supporting Sharpe, who previously travelled alone to events, the team had a simple goal of trying to encourage more Tannum Sands athletes through to compete at the senior level.
They all have kids involved in sport with the club.
The sprinters laughed about their quick rise to being champions - they finished fourth in Australia - and how their expectations have changed.
They now chase gold medals.
"We want to back everything up," Deakin said.
"We want to win gold again at the state titles. We would like to go to the nationals - but they are in Perth, so we can't."
The four Tannum Sands men now have the opportunity, for the first time, to perform in front of a cheering home crowd.
They will be competing at the branch championships at their beach this weekend.
It is the first time the branch titles have been held at Tannum Sands in years, and the local club hopes to compete strongly.
The aim is still to get more numbers along to carnivals - but the masters sprint team is also on the hunt for gold.
"It's addictive once you start," Deakin said.