Surf Boat rowing is by far the fastest growing sport in surf lifesaving with adrenaline filled excitement of punching out through the waves then turning and catching a wave back to the beach. Female competitors are making up a large number of eager participants.
Mooloolaba has had much success over the years winning many Championship events including 3 x Open Womens Australian Titles, Open Mens Australian Title, Junior Australian and Masters Australian titles along with a number of World Titles.
Training would generally start mid winter with endurance work, long rows of up to 90 minutes per session in still water working on good technique.
As you get closer to the competition end of the season we would be working on skill such as, starts, turns and catching waves.
There are a number of divisions in which members compete including:
Open Men | Open Women | Reserve Grade Men | Under 19 Men | Under 23 Men | Under 23 Women | Masters Men | Masters Women.
A boat crew shall consist of five competitors, four of whom shall be “rowers” and a “sweep” who controls the boat by use of a sweep oar and commands to the rowers.
Boat crews start at the water’s edge holding their boats ready. On the starting signal, crews row around their assigned turning buoy situated approx 400 metres offshore and return to the beach. The winner is the first crew to pass their boat between the finish flags on the beach.
Crews compete at various carnivals throughout the season, including the Peters Surf Boat Series, Coffs Harbour Annual Craft Carnival, Central Coast Branch Championships and NSW State Championships.
The club currently has 5 fully accredited sweep/surf coaches to train the crews that we currently have, but we are always looking for people who would like to take on these roles.
If you would like to row surf boats or interested in becoming a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.