NASTY: A bluebottle at North Shore/Twin Waters.
NASTY: A bluebottle at North Shore/Twin Waters. Janine Hill

Will stingers strike at lifesaving titles?

SURF LIFESAVING: There's nothing that can lure Sunshine Coast Olympian Alyssa Bull back to the surf quite like racing at her home beach - even if hidden dangers lurk beneath the water.

The professional ironwoman-turned-kayaker will line up for Queensland's Cyclones in the Surf Lifesaving Interstate Titles at Alexandra Headland starting on Friday.

Bull and her canoeing partner, fellow Coaster Alyce Burnett, have been quietly working away since they made the final of the K2 500 at Rio in August.

Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are set for the Olympics as part of the kayak team.
Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Alyce Burnett and Alyssa Bull are set for the Olympics as part of the kayak team. Photo: Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

They will now vie for national selection once again, and have started sprint work in the lead up to key events in February and March.

Bull will be on a plane from Mudjimba to Sydney straight after she competes in the ski events, the taplin relay and the drag leg of the rescue race, to compete at the NSW titles in Penrith on Saturday.

"I always love jumping on my ski and racing in the surf,” Bull said, before she went on to say the Queensland's Cyclones had put together a strong team.

"It's the fun side of paddling and I'm super keen to race back at home.”

With northerly winds look set to return to the Coast tomorrow there shouldn't be much swell for competitors to contend with, which doesn't bother Bull for her first meeting back.

As for the stingers which have graced the Coast for much of the summer: "It's just what's in the ocean so It should be right. I don't really worry about them,” she said.

Surf Lifesaving Queensland officials said a southerly change on Thursday had cleared most of the bluebottles off Alex.

All that remains is some pesky jellyfish, which lifesavers expect to clear by the time competition starts.

More to come.



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