The Surfboat events at the 2012 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 March have been relocated to Fingal Head because of erosion at Kingscliff.
Surf Life Saving NSW surf sports director Michael Bate says while the ongoing problems caused by beach erosion are disappointing, the organisers are confident Fingal Head offers a satisfactory alternative for the surfboat events and will free up much-needed competition space for all the water events to be held at Kingscliff.
‘Fingal Head is just up the road and will provide better access for these big surf craft, as well as increase safety for competitors during race starts and finishes. It’ll also mean we have more room and increased safety buffer zones at Kingscliff for the large number of water events we will be conducting there,’ he said.
The carnival referees and organising committee have been working hard to try to ensure most beach and water events can be conducted along the Kingscliff main strip; however, special access and space considerations for surfboats means their events will need to be relocated.
The masters events will be held on Thursday 8 March; their younger counterparts will hit the beach on Friday 9 March with the u23 male and female boat crews and the reserve division first up. The open male and female, and u19 males, will take centre stage on Saturday 10 March, with finals for all divisions to be held on Sunday 11 March.