Kiama Downs takes second round of IRB premiership

Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club has won both round one and two of the 2019 Sharkskin NSW IRB Premiership Series.

The competition was held at The Lakes SLSC on the Central Coast from May 18 to May 19.

SLSNSW Surf Sports Manager Rob Pigeon said conditions for the event were tough.

While the strong south swell delivered waves to the south-facing beaches, The Lakes was protected which gave the 23 teams the opportunity to lift their speed game after negotiating a dumping shore-break.

Kiama Downs' team manager Stephen Strong has been racing IRBs with his club since 1983, the year he completed his Bronze Medallion.

He says his team is beyond stoked with the back-to-back wins.

Kiama Downs lifesavers compete at the Interstate and Australian IRB Championships at Cudgen Headland SLSC in 2017.

Kiama Downs lifesavers compete at the Interstate and Australian IRB Championships at Cudgen Headland SLSC in 2017.

"We're all buzzing," he said.

"We had six additional members competing this weekend, which allowed us to field teams in the women's and Under 23s divisions.

"Everyone stood up and our team's racing was flawless. You only have to watch the finals to see how tight it was. There would be six teams across the beach right on the line.

"The speed, skill and accuracy of the races this season is great."

On top of their overall point score win, the Kiama Downs team were thrilled to take out the premier race.

"We want to stay strong," Stephen said.

"After each round, you've got to sit down with the team and break down each race before getting back into the water and refining each movement."

Round three will be held at Cape Hawke SLSC on the Lower North Coast on June 1 - June 2.

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