25 March, 2021

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes will battle it out over the next three days

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes will battle it out over the next three days

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes will battle it out over the next three days in a quest for glory at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2021 Senior and Masters State Championships.

More than 1,500 competitors from Under 17’s to Masters will descend upon Tugun to battle it out on the surf and sand in their quest for state glory throughout a range of events including board rescue, tube rescue, ski, ironman, ironwoman and taplin events.

In a spectacular event experience set for both competitors and spectators, the event will have plenty on offer with free entry to the Festival Zone featuring super screens displaying all the action from the beach, food trucks, merchandise stalls and live music.

The 2021 event marks the 90th anniversary of the first carnival, held in 1932.

Proudly supported by Major Events Gold Coast, this year’s event will see the fastest athletes on the sand competing in beach flags and sprints under light at Burleigh Beach for the first time in the 90-year history of SLSQ’s State Championships.

Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO Dave Whimpey said it will be three action-packed days of racing.

Some of the best athletes in the sport will be competing over the next few days, which will put on an excellent show for spectators.

It will be a festival for the senses for spectators and athletes alike back of beach. With delicious food available, live music, a Westpac sunscreen station and a massage station thanks to Fisiocream.

Best of all the event is free, so any member of the public is welcome to attend.

City of Gold Coast Councillor Gail O’Neill said the event will be a great boost for the local community.

I’ve been pushing hard for more events for our community so it is fantastic that the state championships will be decided right here.

I know the surf community – and supporters – will get out and about throughout the carnival, dining and shopping in the region so I welcome them with open arms, as do the small business operators.

Let’s hope it’s the start of much more to come.

For those unable to attend the event, Friday and Saturday’s events will be covered on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s live stream on Facebook, hosted by Jenny Parry and Harriet Brown.

All the finals action on Sunday 28 March will be broadcast on SBS from 2pm AEST, with legends Karla Gilbert and Ky Hurst leading the commentary.

Racing commences tomorrow from 8am at Tugun Surf Life Saving Club.

For further information on the event including updates and programming, visit Surf Life Saving Queensland.