SURF LIFESAVING: Tannum Sands nippers will be competing at this weekend's Coolangatta Gold Youth Challenge.
SURF LIFESAVING: Tannum Sands nippers will be competing at this weekend's Coolangatta Gold Youth Challenge. Contributed

Tannum nippers to compete with state's best

SURF LIFESAVING: Tannum Sands nippers will be out to set the pace at this weekend's Coolangatta Gold Youth Challenge.

After completing a three-day intensive training camp at Palm Beach, the nippers will put themselves to the test in challenging surf conditions.

Not only will they have to contend with sand and waves but also some of the biggest names in surf sports, including last year's winners Ali day and Courtney Hancock.

On the weekend will be the famous Coolangatta Gold, one of the most challenging endurance races and well known for the motion picture of the same name 30 years ago.

Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving coach John Andrews said he was looking forward to the Gold Coast development camp that coincides with the event.

"For more than 10 years we organise two development camps each season in September and January at either the Gold or Sunshine Coast to give our nippers some real surf experience and the camp to finish with a race this time is great," Andrews said.

While the professionals are doing their challenge, the Tannum nippers will be competing in a course of 300m soft sand run, 400m swim, 400m run, 500m board and then a 50m run to finish at the elite finish arch.

Tannum Sands Surf Lifesaving has developed a partnership with professional ironman coach Rhett Collie - recently retired Australian and World Ironwoman Champion - to share surf and race knowledge with the young athletes.

"We have been working together for eight years now and the results from the nippers who have been able to attend the camps regularly are a testament to the value of the camps with what they have learnt," Andrews said.

"Each year we have seen more and more of our nippers make the selection for the Queensland Country Team and placing at State Championships and this can be credited to these camps."

"It will be a tough race for them and to back up after three days of solid training that will put them through their paces."