Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Surfers in Showdown; Coast of Origin Series to Give Sport New Life

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Surfers in Showdown; Coast of Origin Series to Give Sport New Life

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

SUNSHINE Coast surfing will go back to the future this year with a new competition set to invigorate the sport at the grassroots level.

The Coast of Origin series will feature seven contests culminating with a Sunshine Coast-Gold Coast showdown later this year.

Before that surfers will first compete through their clubs for places in their regional team.

Sunshine Coast development officer Dave Lammin said this region would be split into two zones based north and south of the Maroochy River.

The northern zone will also take in clubs as far north as Yeppoon.

The north and south zone competitions featuring surfers from affiliated clubs will be held on June 4-5. From those competitions teams to represent each zone will be selected.

The north-south challenge will be held on August 6-7 with surfers vying for places in the Sunshine Coast team to take on the Gold Coast later this year.

The Gold Coast's role as the centre of the Australian surf industry and its consistent world class southern point breaks have acted as a magnet for many of the country's top board riders such as Joel Parkinson, from Caloundra, now a regular top 10 performer on the world tour.

Lammin said this year's series, which will become an annual event, was aimed at maintaining the strength of club surfing as the grassroots of Australia's strong competitive place in world surfing.

Coast clubs met last month to thrash out the details of their involvement which will see them given the opportunity to host sections of the series staged here.

The Gold Coast-Sunshine Coast showdown will be held on the Gold Coast this year. Lammin said his role in club development would also include helping bridge the gap between the state organisation and member clubs.

Meanwhile, the Red Cross has thrown down another challenge to Coast board rider clubs by launching a competition for April to see which can donate the most blood to the service. …

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