New surfers set to take allcomers

SURFING: The Pacifique Board Riders Club is entering an era of unprecedented success with the next wave of Bundaberg surfers making a splash on the Queensland circuit.

First established in 1968, the club was a long boards only affair until the committee opened its doors to short boarders in 2008.

President Keith Drinkwater said with the shorter boards had come an influx of keen younger surfers, with numbers jumping in the past two years from 120 to 150.

“It’s created another dimension to the club and revitalised it,” he said.

Drinkwater claims his up and coming grommets will be a force to be reckoned with on the Queensland circuit this year.

“They’ve improved so much and they’re holding their own against the southern clubs, turning heads and securing placings,” he said.

The club will travel to Agnes Water for this weekend’s Reef to Beach surf competition, with Drinkwater tipping Pacifique youngsters to take their northern rivals by storm.

“We’re expecting our guys to make a strong representation,” he said.

“We’ve had some good surf lately so they’re practised up and ready to go.”

He named Pacifique juniors, Ed and George Cunningham, Mitchell Beyer, James Anbrey, Daniel Coombes, Demi Giovannoni and Casey Hensler as being the surfers to beat.

“We’ve got 12-year-olds doing aerials, floaters and 360s; it’s incredible. Some of the younger guys have even stepped up to long boards and are popping 360s on them which has surprised a few of the old timers.”

The next Pacifique Boardriders tournament is scheduled for March 21.

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