The Southport Swich surf boat crew tackles testing conditions during last weekend’s championships.
The Southport Swich surf boat crew tackles testing conditions during last weekend’s championships. Supplied

Southport Swich crew excels

TWO months after earning their bronze medallions with Southport Surf Lifesaving Club, four talented Ipswich competitors have achieved a historic result.

The members of the Southport Swich surf boat crew reached the final of the Gold Coast City titles and South Coast Branch Championships last weekend.

“This is an extraordinary effort,” said coach and sweep Mike Chep. “It was a fearless performance in big seas off Mermaid Beach.”

Cam and Trent Beasley, Matthew Kuss and Rhys Bennett battled through the competition rounds against quality opposition to reach the final.

“The South Coast Branch comprises 13 of the best surf life saving clubs in Australia and to reach the final of any event in this branch is a tremendous effort,” Chep said.

“This is the first time in 10 years that Southport has had a junior surf boat crew. It’s the first time ever that the representative junior surf boat crew for a well credentialed club like Southport Surf Life Saving Club have all hailed from Ipswich.”

Battling through 1-2 metre waves, the Ipswich teenagers finished fourth in the final, beaten by the Mermaid Beach crew, North Burleigh and Point Lookout.

After the championships, the boys returned to their club and patrolled the beach at Southport – thinking about the upcoming state and Australian championships at Kurrawa Beach in April.



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