Surf boat crews ready to rumble on the waves
RIVALRIES that have raged in the surf all summer long come down to a final showdown today at Park Beach.
Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Club hosts the finals of the North Coast Surf Boats series and veteran crew member Paul Worland is tipping fantastic action in the water.
"This promises to be the most hotly contested final series for many seasons," he said.
"The crews have just competed in the NSW titles with strong performances coming from all the North Coast rowers involved.
"Today's series final will be the last competition before the Australian titles next month.
"Coffs Harbour crews have a chance to win the series in the open men's, open women's and masters 200 divisions.
"So the results have come down to this meeting which should be great surf boat racing at Park Beach."
The open men's will be a close tussle between series leader Woolgoolga and their oldest rivals.
Since the series began, there's been good natured rivalry with Coffs Harbour.
That club, and Kempsey-Crescent Head now stand in the way of the championship trophy heading up to the northern beaches club.
"Woolgoolga convincingly won the last round at Scotts Head," Worland said.
"However, Coffs rower Tom Adams returns from illness which will see us getting down to business in a tight battle with the boys from Woopi for premiership honours."
In the open women's division, Coffs Harbour is hitting peak form at the pointy end of the season with a well fought win in the last round.
Apart from Coffs, series leader Kempsey-Crescent Head will face strong competition from the crew from Tacking Point.
In the masters 200 division, Coffs Harbour lead the series and will be aiming to complete a strong year after winning back to back NSW titles on the Central Coast.
Worland, Paul Kelly, Terry Maher and Bryan Stocks made up the gold medal team and their skill and experience will again prove vital.
Kempsey-Crescent Head has an unassailable lead in the club championship competing in most divisions with two crews.
Spectators are welcome to come down to watch the battle with the surf clubhouse open to provide food and drinks for patrons.