Competition set to make waves

Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club members Gloria Nock, Brooke Mills, Andrew Bates, Candice Bashall, Jacqueline Nock and Josh Hayward. d410142
Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club members Gloria Nock, Brooke Mills, Andrew Bates, Candice Bashall, Jacqueline Nock and Josh Hayward. d410142

The West Australian section of the series will feature 280 rowers in 70 crews from 16 surf clubs throughout the state.

The crews will compete in order to represent WA in the national series in Stockton, New South Wales, in February next year.

WA Boat Panel member and Scarboro Surf Life Saving member Jessica Rafferty said the races were a great spectacle and encouraged the public to spend a day at the beach and watch the races.

‘It’s a great event if people want to come and watch, especially when there’s a bit of surf, hence why we’ve chosen beaches like Scarborough, Mindarie and Port Bouvard,’ she said.

‘We’ve tried to pick beaches that will have a bit of surf.’

Scarboro’s under 23 women’s crew took out the bronze medal at last year’s event and hope to continue their success in this series.

Ms Rafferty said she would encourage anyone to become involved in surf lifesaving, regardless of age.

‘Absolutely, because you learn the risks that are out there, you’re aware of them, so you know when not to go in the water and when you should, and what to look out for,’ she said.

‘Young kids starting from a nippers age is fantastic. But anyone should (give it a go), especially living in a country like Australia where our life revolves around the beach.

‘It is a great way to get involved and just learn what it’s all about.’

The event moves from Secret Harbour to Quinns beach, Mindarie on Sunday, December 1, as well as Port Bouvard on December 15, finishing in Scarborough on Sunday, January 12, 2014.