Winner of the 2009 Summertime Surf Girl Quest Laura Stack.
Winner of the 2009 Summertime Surf Girl Quest Laura Stack.

Surf Girl quest is called off

THERE will be a noticeable gap in the social calendar this year, with the Bundaberg Summertime Surf Girl quest being called off for only the second time in its history.

The annual fundraiser for Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club — which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary — has long been a fixture in the city's social scene, but surf club secretary Lynda Cremer said they could not find enough people willing to commit the time and energy to organise the huge event for 2010.

“It's been getting more and more difficult to get the girls and get people through the door, and it gets more and more expensive each year,” Mrs Cremer said.

“It takes so much energy to organise it, and sometimes the return isn't worth all that — the grog sales have gone down by about 35% in the past few years and that's where we make most of our money.

“The other thing was the timing between us and the statewide Summer Surf Girl contest. Because of when we hold it, the Bundaberg winners end up doing nothing for six months before they can enter the state Surf Girl, which finishes about 18 months later.”

But fear not — the event will not disappear from the calendar altogether.

Mrs Cremer said the club was looking to hold the Summertime Surf Girl event in March or April next year, partly to give 2009 winner Laura Stack a timely transition into the Surf Life Saving Queensland Summer Surf Girl gala held on the Gold Coast.

She said the event would also be reformatted and may continue to run at that time of year in future so it did not clash with other social events and also complemented the state Surf Girl contest.

“We'll probably reduce the number of entrants and we're thinking about upgrading it to a dinner/dance sort of event,” Mrs Cremer said.

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