On a surf ski or kayak, this one’s hard to beat
ALYCE Burnett is working towards world domination in kayaking, but before she gets there the 21-year-old wants to rule the waves.
The Maroochydore gun's bid to claim her first open national surf-ski title begins this weekend at the $30,000 Maroochy Surf Classic.
After representing Australia with distinction at the senior and under-23 world kayak championships this year, Burnett has enjoyed a spike in confidence.
She finished third in the surf ski at the surf lifesaving nationals this year behind Olympians Naomi Flood and Alana Nicholls, and second behind Manly's Flood the year before.
"I've only been in the open category now for two years … so I'll definitely be looking for that gold next year, (but) the calibre of female ski athlete is really high," she said.
At the inaugural ICF Junior and Under-23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Canada in August, Burnett finished fourth and sixth in the K1 500 and K1 200 respectively.
You could have thrown a blanket over first and fourth in the K1 500.
She then travelled to Germany for the senior canoe sprint world championships, where she finished sixth in the K2 1000 and 10th in the K1 5000.
Her main focus is kayaking and a 2016 Rio Olympics berth, but surf lifesaving is special to her.
She raced at the State Endurance Championships at Alexandra Headland recently, but said she regarded the Maroochy Surf Classic as the real beginning to her national titles build-up.
She will then compete at the branch and state championships ahead of the Aussies at Scarborough Beach, Perth, in April.
"I think this weekend for me will be a bit of a challenge because I have done a lot of base training and not a lot of speed work," she said.
"I love jumping on the ski and feeling that explosiveness. Can't wait."
Many of the sport's leading ironmen and ironwomen are expected to compete at this weekend's event as they continue their preparations for the Nutri-Grain Series.