The annual Yeppoon Surfing Festival at Big Dune, Farnborough Beach, will provide some good rides this weekend.
The annual Yeppoon Surfing Festival at Big Dune, Farnborough Beach, will provide some good rides this weekend. Brett Wortman

Talent on show

THE hottest surfing talent from around Queensland will take to Capricorn coast tomorrow to begin what will be a massive weekend of surfing at Big Dune, Farnborough Beach.

The competitive spirits will reach fever pitch as Surfing Queensland prepares to host its annual surfing festival.

SeaQ Boardriders president Matt Luck said this year's Capricorn Resort Yeppoon Surfing Festival was one of only two surfing events held outside the Gold/Sunshine Coast areas each year.

"It's a great time of the year, which sees many of our junior and senior SeaQ Boardriders members challenging their friends from other areas," he said.

"In the past, the club has had a high level of success and I have no reason to doubt that this will not be the same this year."

Finding the perfect wave is sure to be everything in the competition, and last year proved lucky for Brett Murray, who bagged a beauty to score 13.67 points to win.

"He is a local Yeppoon fellow and is expected to return this year," Luck said.

Despite local conditions not always being favourable for surfers, Luck is confident this weekend will produce some good rides.

"After the recent rain and storm predictions, the surf has been surprisingly good," he said.

"With strong wind predictions today, hopefully they will ease into some perfect conditions for this weekend."

The competition features men's and women's open aged short and long board events, with SeaQ Surfing grateful for the opportunity to host such an event.

"Competitions such as this, brought to our doorstep, are a great opportunity for sport in the region and I congratulate Surfing Queensland for continuing this annual event on their surfing calendar," Luck said.

"This is also an occasion for the community, surfers and budding surfing enthusiasts to either participate in this event or enjoy watching the level of surfing skills played out in our own backyard."

With approximately 100 competitors from across the region expected to turn out for the event, Luck looks forward to them providing some good entertainment for locals.

"I encourage everyone to come along and cheer on the local lads and girls as they go about their surfing business," he said.

"The club will have burgers and drinks available on the day, so just bring your beach chair, sunglasses and hat to see what promises to be a great couple of days."

Events will include under-13 boys' and girls' short board, under-18 boys' and girls' short and long board, open men's and women's short and long board, as well as over-40 men's and women's short and long board.

The weekend event culminates in the finals and presentations on Sunday and also the drawing of the winner of the Gavin Nash handcrafted surfboard.

"Thanks to our 2012 sponsors GNS Surfboards, Coaltrain, McDonald's, Ripcurl Yeppoon and Phil Lea Builders for their continued support in our club," Mr Luck said.

Action is set to begin tomorrow at 8am at Big Dune, Farnborough Beach.



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