BIG LINE-UP: Park Beach will be packed with competitors for the interstate surf craft carnival. Photo: ROB WRIGHT
BIG LINE-UP: Park Beach will be packed with competitors for the interstate surf craft carnival. Photo: ROB WRIGHT Rob Wright

Locals braced for arrival of crafty visitors at Parkies

COFFS Harbour Surf Life Saving Club hosts the 41st C.ex Coffs Interstate Surf Craft carnival this weekend at Park Beach.

In the surf boat arena, crews from all over NSW and Queensland will tackle the locals in all divisions of masters and men's and women's racing over the two days.

Club president Paul Ninness said Fox Sports would film for the newly launched Summer of Surf series, bringing an edge to competition in ironman, board and ski events.

"Strong entries from the locals will see them take on powerhouse Queensland clubs like Northcliffe, Kurrawa, Mooloolaba and Burleigh Heads," he said.

"Top NSW clubs Cudgen Headland, Byron Bay, Redhead and Swansea-Belmont will also take to the water."

Tomorrow, the younger competitors will show off their surf safety skills as they compete in the Hugo Smyth Memorial Island Classic.

Nippers from under-11s through to 17s will participate in various events with the core message of promoting water and surf safety awareness.

The kids will meet in a spirit of camaraderie to honour the memory of young Hugo, who tragically lost his life in a drowning accident.

Hugo was part of one of the club's most committed families.

"Spectators are most welcome to get along today and tomorrow with all the action kicking off at 8am," Ninness said.

"Food and refreshments will be available at the club while the Rotary Club of Coffs Harbour and the juniors will have the barbecue going."



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