Minnie Water-Wooli are chasing open and reserve grade titles in today’s finals of the North Coast Surfboat Series at Woolgoolga.
Minnie Water-Wooli are chasing open and reserve grade titles in today’s finals of the North Coast Surfboat Series at Woolgoolga.

Surfboat Series down to the wire

IT’S COME right down to the wire in the Aussiebum North Coast Surfboat Series at Woolgoolga today.

Only two points separate the Red Rock and Minnie Water-Wooli crews in the open men’s division

Minnie Water-Wooli club president, coach and sweep Tony Benfield says he is quietly confident his crew can take out the title for the third year running.

“It will be a tight tussle between us and the Red Rock crew ... they are a very good surfboat crew,” Benfield said. “We are going for three in a row ... I hope I haven’t put the kiss of death on us. We are confident but not over confident, anything can happen on the day.

“It’s been a close competition and could come down to the last row. Red Rock has rowed without much luck all season and by the same token we’ve had some luck go our way. You always need a bit of luck. Anything is possible in surfboat racing, you can be 100 metres in front and all of a sudden come off a wave.”

The Minnie Water-Wooli reserve grade crew have experienced a dream run in recent years, winning five out of the last six series. They lead their division by a massive 27 points from their nearest rival and are odds on to again take out the title.

Benfield says the series has been a good hit out for all crews competing at the Australian championships on the Gold Coast in two weeks time.



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