ON SONG: Alyssa Bull and Kristy Ellis go on to win the double ski.
ON SONG: Alyssa Bull and Kristy Ellis go on to win the double ski. Harvpix

Coasters fire in huge surf on day one of state titles

SURF LIFESAVING: Alexandra Headland's Alyssa Bull has led a local assault on the first day of the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships at North Kirra on the Gold Coast, taming the challenging conditions on her way to winning a gold and silver medal.

Bull teamed up with James Porter to place second in the mixed double ski final, before partnering with former Australian and World Ironman champion Kristy Ellis to take out the open female double ski.

Bull said she was really excited to come away with a win on the first day of racing.

"It was a good race, and to have Kristy Ellis on the back of the ski was awesome,” she said of her win in the double ski.

"Kirsty was one of my idols growing up, and she still is, so I was super stoked to be able to get in and compete with her.

"It's really exciting to be racing with the club this weekend, and I'm sure tomorrow we'll all be ready and raring to go again in the morning,” she said.

It's been a big week for Bull, who spent much of last week racing at the Australian Canoeing Sprint Nationals in Penrith.

While feeling the effects of a big week, she said it was exciting to back competing on the beach and under club colours.

"I'm a little tired and I definitely feel like I've been racing for a few days, but I love coming to do these surf carnivals and it's like the start of a brand new week for me,” she said.

"I'm really stoked to be here, to be racing for the club, and I'm looking forward to getting out there again over the weekend,” she said.

Meanwhile, rising superstar Cooper Williams kicked off his state campaign in resounding fashion, taking gold in the under-17 surf belt for Noosa ahead of Currumbin's Jacob Loughnan and Maroochydore's Matthew Palmer.

Williams said it was the perfect way to start the championships, with a big weekend of racing to come.

"I was a bit nervous coming into the weekend so it was really good to get the monkey off my back, so to speak,” he said.

"The surf was a bit tricky, and there were a few tactics involved, but I managed to get there in the end.

"It's a really good way to kick off the State Championships and hopefully from here it will lead into a great weekend with Noosa.

"We're a small squad at Noosa, but we've definitely got some quality there and we'll hopefully be looking to get right up there in a lot of the individual and team events,” he said.

In other results, Alexandra Headland's Jett Kenny and James Porter fell just short in their bid for back-to-back gold in the men's double ski, finishing second behind the North Burleigh pairing of David Rhodes and Brad Rodgers.

LEGENDS: Grant Kenny and Jeff Lemarseny battle large swell.
LEGENDS: Grant Kenny and Jeff Lemarseny battle large swell. Harvpix

However, it was still a golden day for the Kenny clan with Grant Kenny taking out the 50-54 years open double ski alongside Jeff Lemarseny, and Martin Kenny winning the 45-49 years surf ski final.

The action continues tomorrow when some of the sport's biggest names hit North Kirra for the first time these championships, including the likes of Ali Day, Matt Poole, Matt Bevilacqua and Courtney Hancock.

The 2017 Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships will see more than 1,600 athletes line up across three days of competition in their quest for state glory.



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