Surfboats: North Coast Surfboat Series set to start at Minnie Waters

Up and about: Wauchope-Bonny Hills reserve grade crew claimed the title last season. Photo: Sheenah Whitten
Up and about: Wauchope-Bonny Hills reserve grade crew claimed the title last season. Photo: Sheenah Whitten

WAUCHOPE-Bonny Hills Surf Lifesaving Club will look to continue their recent good run in the first round of the 2017/18 North Coast Surfboat Series.

They will take two crews north to Minnie Waters this weekend – their open (Bullsharks) and reserve grade (Rogue Sharks) men’s teams who have both performed well in recent years.

It will be the Bullsharks’ third season together and they will hope to improve on their top five finish last season.

The reserve grade crew have plenty of experience and have been training well.

Boat captain Wayne Dickson said the reserve grade crew would have the added expectation and pressure of aiming for their third-straight title.

He said the key to the recent success had been with having “good people” around the club.

“They’re a real dedicated bunch who have progressed through the ranks,” he said.

“They’re probably a bit of an odd team in that they’ve got an over-30, two 23-year-olds and a 17-year old.”

Tony Kee is the sole survivor from last year’s crew and after many years of being a club utility, teenager Michael Barnes has found a permanent seat.

“He filled in quite a lot with a lot of our crews last year, but he’s got a position now,” Dickson said.

The boat captain expected a solid showing at a venue they traditionally perform well at.

“We’re up there in country standards,” he said.

The A-grade crew will field one of the more youthful teams in the series, with the oldest being 21.

“They had quite a few problems last year where we won the second round on dead flat water, but then ran into a few problems injury-wise,” Dickson said.

Conditions at Minnie Waters this weekend are expected to suit the Wauchope-Bonny Hills crew.

“They reckon wave height will be about head-high which will suit the way we row,” Dickson said.