Piles of sand is transported to Maroochydore Beach in time for the Queensland Surf Live Saving Titles today.
Piles of sand is transported to Maroochydore Beach in time for the Queensland Surf Live Saving Titles today. john mccutcheon

Race on the beach - ironman effort to put sand back in place

CONTRACTORS pushed into the shallows at Maroochydore yesterday morning as they raced the tide in a bid replenish the beach in time for the start of the 81st Queensland Surf Life Saving Titles today.

Dump trucks lined up on the beach north of the clubhouse pushing to get on to the beach the volume of sand needed to withstand the next high tide at 4.06pm.

More than 2000 competitors from as far north as Port Douglas and south to Rainbow Bay are on the Sunshine Coast for three days of competition meant to test the region's capacity to handle the Australian Surf Life Saving Titles in 2016.

Heavy seas since Australia Day stripped metres of sand from Coast beaches forcing relocation of water events this weekend to Mooloolaba.

Only surfboat racing and beach events will be staged at Maroochydore.

The championships start from 7am with senior division competition, with the main event tomorrow and Sunday.

Sunshine Coast Council, which will spend around $750,000 to bring the national titles here in 2016, has outlaid $20,000 to recreate a beach at Maroochydore.

Coastal engineer Denis Shaw said the spend was value for money because it ensured Maroochydore had a beach for the swarms of holiday makers who would hit the Coast next weekend for the Easter holidays.

The tides this week were favourable with less than half a metre separating the top of a low high tide and the bottom of the low tide.

That will change over Easter when tides are expected to reach highs in excess of 1.95m and with lows bottoming out at 0.3m.

The shift of the boats back to Maroochydore will greatly relieve pressure on parking and traffic at Mooloolaba Spit, where some 5000 competitors and spectators will vie for space with fishers who will be looking to take advantage of calm conditions to go off shore for the first time in nearly two months.

The public ramp car and trailer parking bays are expected to begin filling up well before dawn as fishers prepare to head out to sea.

At Maroochydore, spectators and competitors are being directed to parking at the Maroochydore Rugby Union grounds at Cotton Tree.

It will be more difficult at Mooloolaba with surf life saving officials urging people to either catch public transport or park away from the Spit and walk in from Mooloolaba SLSC.

The two crescent-shaped car parks opposite the public boat ramps have been closed for championship use and a gear trailer storage area.

The area will be the site of food and merchandising stalls, the Surf Safe Expo, carnival administration and media facilities.

SLSQ's traffic management plan aims to minimise traffic flow impact and are hopeful surrounding Mooloolaba streets can accommodate 500 cars.

"Parkyn Pde will experience slightly higher than normal traffic during the event, but will have minimal impact for the businesses along Parkyn Pde,'' according to the traffic plan.

It is estimated that 300 to 400 vehicle parking spaces would give users the option of a five to seven-minute walk to the event precinct.

SLSQ will also work with Maroochydore SLSC to run shuttle buses between the two venues for its officials further reducing car-parking requirements.

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