Lollback stars with six wins
By MAX GODBEE
YAMBA lifesaver Jacob Lollback was involved in six of the club's wins in the Far North Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships at Kingscliff beach, Cudgen on Sunday.
Lollback gained four individual wins, including the open and Under-17 surf race championships and the Under-17 ironman and surfboard titles.
He was a member of Yamba's winning open board relay side and teamed with his brother, Daniel, to win the Under-17 years' board rescue final.
However, in his specialty event, the open surf board, he was beaten by fellow Yamba competitor Martin Dougherty.
Lollack led around the buoys but Dougherty chose a better path in taking a wave right through the renowned Cudgen channel to gain the lead and win.
Lollback finished third behind Edie Killingbeck, of Byron Bay and Jarrad Cain, of Cudgen, in the feature open ironman championship.
Kirra Halvorsen, who is soon to leave Yamba to live with her parents in Western Australia, had her final race in the gold and black cap of the club, scoring an impressive win in the Under-17 female board championship. Two accomplished paddlers, Kim Chapple, of Byron Bay and Kamely Lyndon, of Lennox Head, filled the minor placings.
Halvorsen gained a silver medal in finishing second to Lauren Youngberry, of Lennox Head, in the girls' Under-17 ironwoman championship, with Lyndon again third.
With Claire Dennis her partner, Halvorsen finished second to Youngberry and Lyndon in the girls' Under-17 board rescue championship and then third to Youngberry and Lyndon in the Under-17 female surf event.
Byron Bay was the top club in surf boat events in the light surf, winning three of the five titles, with successes in the open, Under-19 and Under-21 events, while Brunswick won the reserve and Evans Head the women's boat championship.
Home club, Cudgen, easily won the championship pointscore gathering a massive 411 points, well clear of second-placed Byron Bay on 246, with Lennox Head third on 131 and Yamba fourth of the nine clubs with 82 points.
Yamba, which in the past has had big numbers competing in the masters ? 30 years and over ? this time had just two, Jim Dougherty and Don Lee, in the branch titles on Saturday afternoon. Both Yamba members won titles with Lee capturing the Over-60s rescue tube race and Dougherty the 50/54 ironman, as well as placing second in the single ski, and third in the surf race for that age division.