The 2022 National Short Course Surf Boat Championship took place in Queenscliff at the beginning of December and the mixed division was tested for the first time. The NSW crew took 10 of the 12 events, resulting in his two teams representing Australia being selected.
Held on challenging but epic 4-6ft surf, the event showcased the incredible surf sport and the strength of the specialists who also competed in the Surf Lifesaving Australian National Team selection on Friday .
The 2019 Australian Championship on the Gold Coast had a glorious time for the short course event, which was first held. This year, the half course was also opened to reserve, under-23, and under-19 divisions, making it the third time this year has been held.
The event differs from the traditional surf boat racing format in that crews run around a turning can and return to the beach after a mere 400m, half the distance of a traditional course, leaving only the top crews to complete. takes about 4 minutes. .
In addition to the Short Course Championship, an exciting new mixed division has been added to the lineup. For the first time, a mixed crew capable of combining two men and her two women (and a sweep) could compete. Four divisions were contested: Open, Reserve, Under-23 and Under-19.
Australian Surf Boat Lowers League (ASRL) President Nick Sampson said the league is working on out-of-the-box ideas to advance the sport and increase participation.
“We have worked hard to make sport and competition more accessible to all clubs, especially smaller clubs. Adding a mixed division to our short course events has been a success. ‘ he said.
“We’ve seen clubs come in that don’t have enough men or women to have a full crew in a traditional division, and that was the goal. was full of onlookers.”
Veteran Palm Beach sweeper Peter Spence echoes the same sentiment.
“Personally, I see real potential in mixed events. There are so many different sports popping up right now, so how does that help our sport? It’s really good to see. It was a really fun race,” he said.
Spence said the three-day race was a huge success, and praised ASRL and race judge Greg Hurd.
“The team did a great job running the event over the three days. They ran it to the conditions and it was a lot of fun,” he said.
“Even if we didn’t make it to the final, everyone who was in the race had a smile on their face that they could be in it.”
Regarding the conditions, he said: I had no hesitation, but just got into race mode and it was a lot of fun.
“Luck abounds when the waves are up, but you and your crew can get lucky too. I think I rolled twice and I’m still winning rolls in one division. Weekend I am really happy with the results through.
The Surf Life Saving Australian National Team selection event sees NSW crews Port Kembla (Open Men) and South Curl Curl Under Dogs (Under 23 Men) representing Australia in the 2023 Trans-Tasman Series in New Zealand .
- 100 Crews for Short Course Championships
- 50 people entered the Japan representative selection meeting
- Mix short course 35 people entry
- 20 officers
- 12 short course events
Short Course Results:
1 South Curl Curl Death Riders (NSW)
2 lawn chops
3 Wanda Weapons (NSW)
1 Maroochydore Chums
2 Eloela YYC (NSW)
3 Lawn Edge
1 McMasters Fat Dad (NSW)
2 Palm Beach Peppers (NSW)
3 Palm Beach Pad Rock (NSW)
1 Coogee DMG (NSW)
2 Elera Power (NSW)
3 North Cronulla Diamond (NSW)
1 Palm Beach Plumbers (NSW)
2 South Curly Underdogs (NSW)
3 South Curly Sneaky Nuts (NSW)
Glenelg Grenade x1
2 Coolum Raptor
3 Palm Beach East Maud (NSW)
1 Palm Beach Penitokos (NSW)
2 Surfers Paradise Surfers
3 North Cronulla Adrenaline (NSW)
1 MacMasters Mini (NSW)
2 Collaroy Cobra (NSW)
3 Long Reef Castaways (NSW)
1 Wanda Weapon It (NSW)
2 Maroochydore Chase
3 South Carly S Club (NSW)
1 Palm Beach Prero Rocks (NSW)
2 Maroochydore Hum
3 Palm Beach Pepperdactyls (NSW)
1 Palm Beach Plummode (NSW)
2 GlenGurl Green Dogs (NSW)
3 Glencarl Golddog (NSW)
1 Palm Beach Pialanas (NSW)
Monday, December 5, 2022