Ready for big year
By MAX GODBEE
Yamba Surf Life Saving Club
JACOB Lollback who only last week was judged Far North Coast Lifesaver of the Year for 2004-2005 has shown the coming 2005-2006 season should be another good one by winning a feature event at the Queensland Gold Coast on Saturday.
Lollback beat a top class field in winning the 10km Under-17 marathon board race at the Dolphin Surfcraft Ocean Classic at Northcliff Beach.
Starters had to paddle the 5km to Southport and return in a flat surf.
The flat surf was caused by a 50kmh westerly wind that hampered competitors in all events on the program.
Lollback was with the leaders throughout the race and then proved the strongest of the bunch in a gruelling finish to win by a few board lengths from his nearest rival.
Lollback is coached by Yamba club and Far North Coast Branch Life Member Jim Dougherty who was at Northcliff on Sunday to witness his young protege race.
The win backs up Lollback's impressive victory earlier this year in the NSW Under-17 ironman championship at Umina.
World 500m kayak champion Nathan Baggaley, formerly a member of the Byron Bay Surf club, won Saturday's feature race over 30km, a 20km ski paddle followed by a 10km surfboard paddle.
Yamba surf club captain Greg Wylie reminds all members that the volunteer weekend patrols for the coming season start this Saturday and Sunday.
nCheck out sports round-up on P33 for patrol times.
The Daily Examiner will publish patrol times for all the Valley's surf life saving clubs throughout the summer.