Lollback clean sweep
By Tony White
YAMBA'S outstanding competitor Jacob Lollback made a clean sweep of the Under-17 board, swim and ironman events at the Country Surf Life Saving Championships at Woolgoolga on Friday and Saturday.
And Lollback showed he is more than capable of challenging the sport's elder super stars finishing the closest of seconds in the open board, third in the open ironman and fourth in the open swim.
Lollback has remained undefeated in Under-17 board events throughout the surf life saving season contesting a series of high profile carnival's in NSW and Queensland.
Last year the tenacious 17-year-old won the Under-17 board and ironman at the Country Championships.
"It's been a good year," Lollback said from Sydney yesterday where he's in camp with the NSW team for the upcoming Australian Interstate Championships today and tomorrow.
"I was very happy with my results, especially in the opens.
"The open board was one of my most enjoyable races ever.
"Scott (McCartney) just pipped me."
The open board was an absolute thriller.
Four competitors rode the same wave into the shore in the 1m conditions with the placings decided on a dash up the beach.
"We were all on the same wave and Scott just got me in the run up the beach," Lollback said.
"It was just an awesome race, really good."
McCartney, formerly with Red Rock SLSC is now based at Cudgen.
He and Lollback are close friends and both members of the NSW State team for the Australian Interstate Championships.
The open ironman was also a close affair with Lollback finishing a great third behind Eddie Killinback.
On several occasions Lollback, an extremely fit young man, was forced to compete in races back to back with barely time to catch his breath.
It was another outstanding performance from the youngster touted as one of surf life saving's future mega stars.
Lollback has always shown above average talent in board events, he is a steely competitor, but over the past two years the additional work he's put into his swimming, one of the major disciplines of the ironman event, has reaped rewards.
Over 1500 competitors took place in the Country Surf Life Saving Championships staged over three days on January 20, 21 and 22.
At the Australian Interstate Championships at Queenscliff, Lollback will represent NSW in the Under-17 board and board rescue events. The NSW team are defending champions.