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Join in the weekend water events

WATER is something we have no shortage of around the Coffs Coast right now, whether it's stuff falling from the heavens or the big bluey-green thing spread out from the other side of the Jetty.

The ocean becomes a playground for thousands of people this weekend with a slew of events running in conjunction with (or complementary to) the iconic 38th Coffs Harbour SLSC Coca-Cola Craft Carnival.

Events kicked off yesterday with a free clinic for kids conducted by Courtney and Bonnie Hancock who managed to bring along some mates from the Kelloggs Nutri-Grain series and let me tell you, people with names like Pluimers, Holmes and Eckstein are handy to have as cobbers if you're into the surf sports caper.

The Craft Carnival runs today and tomorrow and is big enough to claim its place as a stand-alone classic.

In a discussion we had a couple of years ago, surf club chief Terry Maher wondered out aloud about the event's long-term future but with a mixture of luck and hard yakka, the carnival has been rejuvenated and appears to be in the first stage of boom times.

Helping is the fantastic little event for the kids on Sunday morning, the Hugo Smyth Classic, and I recommend you read the background story on the club website why it's so important.

But wait, there's more.

A round of the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League series will be conducted at Park Beach, the inaugural Mitsubishi Electric Surf Ironman Qualifying series takes place today at the same venue and keep an eye out for the grommets that are in the city until December 3 for the Australian junior surf championships.

On top of all of that we discover at the last minute over 300 kids and an unknown numbers of friends, family supporters and officials will splash about happily today at Coffs Harbour War Memorial Pool which is hosting the North Coast long-course championships.

Once you've taken all that information in, my point is this.

Regular think-tanks hear suggestions the Coffs Coast is screaming out for a signature event but rarely does it get past that stage.

My Tuesday sports column, known colloquially in these parts as "the fatwa" has often urged a co-ordinated aquatic festival at a convenient time of year.

Well, can't we take the blooming marvellous Craft Carnival as the centrepiece, bring in the current clutch of peripheral events and expand on them to create a week-long celebration of anything and everything to do with H20?

Starting with sporting and recreational events in the Tasman Sea/Pacific Ocean and working back to party time on dry land?

Let the public know what you think at greg.white@coffscoastadvocate.com.au

Topics:  activities, water, weekend



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