The boys head for the briny.
The boys head for the briny. Contributed

A crafty weekend coming up

SPRAY will fly at Park Beach this weekend as Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club hosts the 42nd C.ex Coffs Annual Interstate Surf Craft Carnival.

Club president Paul Ninness predicts more than 1000 athletes kicking up sand and surf as the carnival continues to attract competitors from a wide area of the east coast of Australia.

"Our status has been recognised as a Surf Life Saving Iconic event along with the Manly and Freshwater carnivals," Paul said.

"This means no other carnivals are to be held in conflict with the three events and they will be stand alone, which has been very much welcomed and appreciated by the club.

"It's what we've strived for over many years and source of huge pride."

In the surf boat arena, crews from as far south as Manly on Sydney's Northern Beaches to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast will take on local crews.

This weekend also doubles as a round of the North Coast Surf Boats Series.

Host club Coffs Harbour is an emerging force and along with Woolgoolga will give the big name clubs run for their money.

Kempsey-Crescent Head has chosen the Craft Carnival as the launching pad for two new boats.

Today, the surf craft area will see exciting competition for ironman and woman, board and ski events.

Strong Queensland entries have been received from Noosa, Mermaid Beach, Alexandra Headland and Currumbin, while NSW rivals Cudgen Headland, Byron Bay, Redhead and Swansea-Belmont will be prominent.

Tomorrow, younger surf life savers show off their surf safety skills in the Hugo Smyth Memorial Island Classic.

Nippers in various events will promote water and surf safety awareness in a spirit of camaraderie to honour young Hugo who tragically lost his life in a drowning accident while part of one of the club's most committed families.

"Spectators are most welcome to get along."

"Action begins both days at 8am with food and refreshments available in the clubhouse or through the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour and junior surf club barbecues."

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