SURF MASTER: Yamba's Peter Rheinberger powers up the sand at the start of the Australian over-50s Rescue Tube Race final at Perth. Photo: Contributed
SURF MASTER: Yamba's Peter Rheinberger powers up the sand at the start of the Australian over-50s Rescue Tube Race final at Perth. Photo: Contributed Contributed

Rheinberger rules surf in WA

PETER Rheinberger has switched the rescue tube for the surfboard.

The Yamba surf athlete failed to defend his Aussie Masters Rescue Tube title at Perth this week. He made amends by winning gold in both the short and long board surfing competitions.

However, the main focus for Rheinberger and most of the other competitors was on the mainstream lifesaving events, with the surfing events a "novelty" on the side.

"I'd swap one of those golds for a bronze in any of those any day," Rheinberger said.

Rheinberger finished sixth in the race he won last year while he was seventh in the board race final and 12th in the swim.

"I had a bad alley in the board rescue, but that's just the luck of the draw," the 53-year-old said.

"I'm quicker off the beach, but they outswim me and my alley had some deeper water.

"I have one more year in the 50 to 54 age group. There's a few younger blokes coming through which makes it a bit tougher."

Rheinberger, who has extended the trip to check out surfing mecca Margaret River, will return to the Clarence Valley on Saturday.

"The Margaret Pro is on so I watched a little bit of that," he said.

"We had always planned to come down to Margarets and look around.

"If I wanted to move away from Yamba it would be high on the list.

"But why would you want to leave Yamba?"



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