The Coffs Harbour Surfboat Team battle the swell at the Woolgoolga Surfboat Carnival.
The Coffs Harbour Surfboat Team battle the swell at the Woolgoolga Surfboat Carnival. Leigh Jensen

Weather clears for surfboats

A RARE break in the wet weather provided the perfect conditions for the Woolgoolga Surfboat Carnival on Sunday.

Although fearing for the worst after a week of rough seas and torrential rain, the Woolgoolga Carnival went ahead as planned with over 30 teams from as far as Forster.

Event organiser Trevor Clark said he couldn't believe his luck with the conditions, fearing the event wouldn't be able to go ahead.

"Considering we've had flooding and rough seas for the past week it was incredible the way everything cleared up this morning," Clark said.

"We didn't think we would be able to run the carnival without any serious dramas, so we are delighted with how everything unfolded."

Home club Woolgoolga was one of the biggest winners at the Carnival taking out the Open Men's race as well as second place finishes across a number of other age groups.

Clark believed the clubs extra focus at training has paid dividends.

"Woolgoolga had some great results; it was good to see so many top three finishes," he said.

"We have been working really hard at training for this carnival and everyone is giving it their best effort.

"We designed our training so that we peak towards the end of the season when all the big carnivals are held, which seems to be doing the trick."

Clark also thanked all the volunteers who gave up their time to help the carnival run smoothly.

"Everyone who helped out really stood up and ensured it was a great day for everyone," he said.

"There has been a lot of work go into running this event and quite a bit of stress but everyone pulled together and delivered a great day all round."

 



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