Surf implements will rule waves of Park Beach this weekend
MORE than 100 boats and countless other surf implements will rule the waves of Park Beach at this weekend's 39th Coffs Harbour Craft Carnival.
Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club president Terry Maher is pleased the numbers have remained static with more carnivals across the eastern seaboard providing rival competitions.
"There will be a couple of thousand competitors on the beach and the surf boat nominations are as good as they've ever been," he said.
"Having the Navy rowers back again will be a big boost but the skis, boards and juniors are likely to be down.
"There's a junior carnival at Yamba on Sunday that's going to be a clash for the Hugo Smyth Memorial but the kids will still enjoy themselves."
For the first time in many seasons a local North Coast branch boat crew will be under as much scrutiny as the higher profile visitors.
Woolgoolga Sea Hawks attended the Australian titles in Adelaide last weekend and finished ninth in the finals.
This weekend they'll be up against some of the crews they left in their wake on the run to the finish.
The second and third rounds of the NSW arm of the 2012-13 Navy Australian Surf Rowers League series will be contested starting at 8am today and tomorrow, with 35 clubs participating.
Apart from the big program of finals tomorrow, the Hugo Smyth Memorial Classic is always a highlight for under-11s through to under-17s.
Hugo remains a major identity in surf club history despite losing his life tragically in 2006 and the events named in his honour continue to spread the water safety message and promote lifesaving as a skill for life.
The format is based around several activities including board relays, ironman events, a 2km soft sand run and the main event known as Hugo's Island Classic.
This consist of a 1.2km paddle around Little Muttonbird Island from the southern end of Park Beach.