Park Beach will see plenty of surf boat action this weekend when Coffs Harbour hosts the 37th annual craft carnival.
Park Beach will see plenty of surf boat action this weekend when Coffs Harbour hosts the 37th annual craft carnival. Leigh Jensen

Craft carnival to bring crowd

THERE will be little room to move at Park Beach today as the largest stand alone craft carnival outside of the NSW and Queensland state championships and Australian championships takes place.

The Coffs Harbour SLSC will be holding the annual carnival for the 37th time and more than 140 boat crews will be tackling the tricky five to six foot swell with a strengthening north-east breeze.

Crews coming from as far away as Tannum Sands, Maroochydore, Moololaba, the Gold Coast and Sydney have entered to provide the carnival with an extremely high standard of competition.

The weekend at Park Beach isn’t all about the big boats doing their thing though.

Tomorrow will see 210 competitors aged 10 to 19 competing in the third annual Hugo Smyth Memorial.

A fun event showcasing the junior life saving talent from up and down the coast will see events including the Hugo’s island Classic, which is a 1200 metre paddle around Little Muttonbird Island as well as an ironman, 2km soft sand run, board relays and ironman relays.



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