Girls hit beach
BEACH babes will take the stage this month to determine who will be the Sea FM Bundaberg Summertime Surf Girl.
Eighteen girls will compete for the title which is currently held by Steffanie Hoopert - who is looking forward to the announcement.
“I am sure whoever is picked will do a great job,” she said.
“They are such a lovely group and they all get along so well, it will be a tough group to judge.”
Miss Hoopert won her title last year and has loved every moment of the experience, she has mixed feelings about handing her title over.
“I will be sad, but I am so grateful for the opportunity, I am happy to hand it all over to the next girl to experience the joys and happiness that I have had as surf girl,” she said.
“I'm sure the next girl will be lovely and very deserving, I really wish them well and want them to enjoy it because it will be over before they know it.”
The entrants have already had a number of weeks of dance rehearsals and taken part in events including Bundy In Bloom, media judging, photo shoots and classes with Cynthia Hoogstraten.
This year is the first time bikinis have not been mandatory and organiser Marilyn McGregor said this has had a positive impact.
“This has made such a positive difference, entrant numbers have definitely increased,” she said.
“A lot of people have a hard time getting up in front of people in a bikini.”
This year is the 40th time the event has been held in Bundaberg and with six winners of the Conrad Jupiters Summer Surf Girl state competition, Bundaberg Surf Life Saving is the most successful club in the contest.
The 93.1 Sea FM Summertime Surf Girl Gala Ball will be held from 6pm on October 24 at the Bundaberg Civic Centre.
Tickets can be purchased for $50 at Rush Surf Clothing and Travel World on Bourbong Street for $50 which includes entry, a light supper and great entertainment.