Bonny Hills second stroke Josh Baker finds himself under the bow of Woolgoolga’s boat, while stroke (middle) Paul Ward and “The Big Bowman” Chad McCarron duck for cover.
Bonny Hills second stroke Josh Baker finds himself under the bow of Woolgoolga’s boat, while stroke (middle) Paul Ward and “The Big Bowman” Chad McCarron duck for cover. Trevor Veale

When victory is but a wave away...

IT was one of those moments when your life flashes before your eyes .... and Josh Baker has the bruises to prove it.

Josh is the fellow about to be squashed by the red surf boat in the final and most dramatic heat of the Hoey Moey North Coast Surf Boat series at Park Beach on Saturday.

He and his Wauchope Bonny Hills Surf Club team-mates thought they were in a winning position until the Woolgoolga boat speared towards and over them.

The Bonny Hills sweep Kevin Owens and second bowman Andrew Gudgen were thrown into the water, prompting Josh – the second stroke – to jump into sweep position in the vain hope of steering the boat clear.

He said he heard “look out” before he was mowed down.

“It’s the most carnage we’ve had all year,” he said.

“It happened so quickly and a lot of boys were thrown around, gouged and bruised.”

Luckily, and miraculously, all the crew escaped serious injury although the boat is now headed for the repair shop.

For more on all the drama from the North Coast Surf Boat series turn to sport.



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