Kingscliff is once again set to host the annual NSW Surf Life Saving Championships, which kick off on Friday.
Around 6,000 competitors will take part in the titles from Friday till Sunday 11 March, the second year they’ve been held at Kingscliff and hosted by Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club.
It’s the state’s largest surf carnival and the Tweed is set to benefit from the influx of competitors, their families, officials and spectators for the ten days of the championships.
A spokesman for Tweed Shire Council, which supports the event, said the titles are expected to boost the local economy by around $18 million.
The spokesman said continued beach erosion at Kingscliff has been a major challenge but contingency measures were in place to ensure the event’s success.
Neighbouring beaches, including Fingal Head, may need to used for some of the specialist events.
On Friday, competition in the juniors kicks off, with the masters competing next Thursday 8 March, and the open competitions running from Friday 9 March until Sunday 11 March.
Cudgen Headland SLSC came 13th place last year in the overall point score and is hoping to improve on that this year.
For event and program information, visit www.surflifesaving.com.au. Updates, results and photos throughout the event will be available on the Surf Life Saving NSW Facebook and Twitter pages.