The latest round of the North Coast Surf Boat Series was held on the Nambucca River in Maxville over the weekend of December 3rd and 4th.
The event race was originally set at Scottshead Beach, but the location was changed due to a huge swell caused by a low pressure system on the east coast.
There were teams from the Central Coast, Hunter and North Coast and invited teams from Tweed and Gold Coast.
The quality of the race was excellent with some very good results for the Macksville/Scotts Head Surf Life Saving Club locals.
News of the Area spoke with Surf Boat Series referee Phil Lytham at Sunday’s event.
“This weekend is the second event of the season where the Central Coast/Hunter/North Coast to Border teams will compete against each other.”
Phil gave NOTA his thoughts on the notable crew.
“The Avoca crew on the Central Coast is one of the favorites, but Port Macquarie and Woolgoolga are very competitive.”
Maxville/Scotts Head competed strongly with the Women’s Reserve and 180 Masters Division winning their respective divisions.
The women who competed were Andrea Nikas, Joe King, Ray Wiblen (Sweep), Leah Essex and Vanette McLean.
The Macksville/Scotts Head Men’s 200 Year Masters Crew also performed well with some of the biggest clubs on the East Coast.
The men who competed were Steve Russo, Rick Andrews, Mike Coulter and Butch Lavarty.
Enjoying the spectacle of the surf boat races at Macksville, many onlookers watched the event from many vantage points along the Nambucca River.
Positive feedback about the river as a playing field has led to talk among officials that the Nambucca River could become an early season racing venue in the near future.