Hundreds of entrants expected at surf carnival

UP to 600 competitors will be on hand this weekend as Kiama SLSC hosts the 2014 South Coast Branch Championships.

This event comes just two weeks after the NSW Country Championships in Mollymook where the region performed exceptionally well, with more than half of the region's clubs in the top 20 clubs competing.

"It is always a great honour to be selected to host the South Coast Branch Carnival, with the club last hosting the carnival in 2008 as part of our centenary celebrations.

"It allows the members to come to Kiama and compete in challenging and unfamiliar surrounds," Kiama Surf Club president Nick McInerney said.

"Kiama SLSC has a proud history in running a number of various successful surf carnivals over the years and I am sure that our members will do everything possible to ensure this is also a huge success for the Club, South Coast Branch and all the competitors.

"I urge members of the public to come down and have a look for themselves.

"Action will get under way from 9am on Saturday for the senior competitors and 8.30am on Sunday for the Nippers."

Competitors as young as 15 will be on hand to contest events on the beach as well as in the water.

The blue ribbon iron man/women events will be contested after the swimming and board races, meaning competitors will be well and truly ready to give their all.

Ski races, board, ski and taplin (swim, board and ski) relays will follow, along with the board rescue events.

The junior nippers carnival will get under way from 8am, with one of the first events being the prestigious All Age Sprint Relay featuring one runner from each of the seven age groups.

Competitors will then compete in beach sprints, flag events on the beach and wade, swim, board and iron person events in the water.

At midday the carnival will halt for the traditional March Past, which will be followed by a presentation of this year's Junior Life Savers of the Year.

The winners of these awards will represent the South Coast Branch at a camp, in the lead up to the announcement of the State Junior Life Saver of the Year at the NSW State titles in March.

The carnival will then continue, with board rescue and relay events in the water the next highlight.

Warilla and Shellharbour will be hard to beat for the overall pointscore title, but with the unpredictable surf, anything could happen on the day.

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