Surfers will hope for good conditions at Nielson Park Beach this weekend for Pacifique Boardriders’ first meet in the season.
Surfers will hope for good conditions at Nielson Park Beach this weekend for Pacifique Boardriders’ first meet in the season. Rob Barich

Big waves expected

A SOUTH easterly breeze of around 25 knots is expected to greet the Pacifique Boardriders for their first meet of the season this Sunday morning.

The club itself is paddling into the biggest wave of its career, with 23 heats of four or five surfers slated to compete at Nielson Park Beach.

“It really is going to be the biggest year we’ve ever had,” club president Keith Drinkwater said.

“Not only longboard but on the shortboard now we are represented well.”

A string of new, young surfers have joined the club since last season and they have excited the seasoned Drinkwater.

“They’re doing 360 degree spins and they’re only 13 years old,” he enthused.

“I’ve been watching them go about their business in the past few weeks and it’s clear that some of them will make pretty good, Queensland-level surfers this season.”

“Some brilliant young surfers have joined.”

Formerly a longboarding specialist club, they used to lose many of their better surfers when they started riding the shortboard.

“We are versatile here now, probably half and half at the moment and all the shortboarders ride longboard as well,” he said. Veteran Glenn Cunningham and sons George and Ed are touted to achieve big things this year, but are not the only ones bringing in the prizes.

“Many of our older guys are up with the best in the state and as a club we consistently bring in the results each year,” Drinkwater said.

The event this Sunday is the beginning of a hectic schedule of surfing. Next weekend Agnes Water hosts the Reef2Beach, which lures surfers from around Australia.

In May, the Pacifique club will go head to head with the Sunshine Coast, surfing for the first time against Noosa, the home of the long board.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for Bundaberg.



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