Community 'spirit' triumphs at Woopi

Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club's new surfboat, the Spirit of Woopi VI.
Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club's new surfboat, the Spirit of Woopi VI. Coffs Coast Advocate

THE surfboat crews from the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club have traditionally been a strong force and strong recent results in the regional and country championships have continued that tradition.

Now the club can expect bigger and better things when they take the helm of the club's new surf boat, named the Spirit of Woopi VI. The state-of-the-art boat got its first taste of salt water and champagne at the christening ceremony held last weekend while WSLSC surfboat crews had their first chance to test the new boat's mettle, which by all accounts is substantial.

According to surfboat captain Trevor Clarke, the $27,000 needed to purchase Spirit of Woopi VI would not have been possible if it wasn't for the efforts of Warren and Sheena Whitten of Arc Attack Engineering and Vertigo Blue. Warren was instrumental in sourcing $10,000 from One- Steel and Arc Attack, while Vertigo Blue provided race gear and a beach tent for the use of the club's crews.

Woolgoolga's six surfboat crews are reportedly champing at the bit to use the new boat. According to Clarke the boat is technologically leaps and bounds ahead of the club's current competition boat, which is now eight-years-old and heading for training boat pasture.

“This will definitely give us a competitive advantage as well as a psychological advantage,” Clarke said.

“It's like having a 10-year- old car racing against a new car, the developments in technology and design always help.”

The Spirit of Woopi is a fitting name for the boat according to the surfboat captain as most of the money used to buy the boat was raised through community fundraising activities including the weekly Seaview Tavern raffle.