Finn Askew at last year’s Board Riding event. Finn finished second in the Under 13 Male event. South West Rocks Surf Life Saving Club membersFinn Askew andTaylah Maybon will be taking to the waveson the Central Coast from Friday for the 2016 NSW Surf Life Saving Board Riding Championships.
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After a positive response to staging the state’s premier board riding championships as a separate event, the three-day competition will again be held as a stand-alone event with the Central Coast playing the role of hosts.

Over 120 competitors from Cudgen Headland in Northern NSW through to Shellharbour on the state’s South Coast will be making the journey to the picturesque beach.

Competition for entry was fierce with the lifesavers having to qualify for the State Titles through their respective branches. Those that missed out on qualifying positions were added to the wait-list or entered as a wildcard entry.

The championships are open to both male and female competitors in the Long Board and Short Board categoriesand will feature Masters Athletes on Day 1, Youth (U13-15) on Day 2, and Open competitors (U17- Open) on the final day. Heats will be 20 minutes long and there will be semis and finals as required.

NSW Surf Sports Coordinator Luke Stigter is confident of a successful competition.

“It’s an exciting opportunity for our lifesavers to show off their surfing skills, and I know they’re all looking forward to it. There’s a buzz around all types of surfing at the moment with the inclusion of the sport in the Tokyo Olympics,” Mr Stigter said.

“Soldiers Beach is a southern facing beach and is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the conditions. I’m sure it’s going to be a fantastic competition and we wish all the competitors the very best of luck,” he concluded.

With the swell playing such a vital role in the competition all eyes will be on the forecast.

The 2016 NSW Board Riding Championships begin this Friday August 19 at Soldiers Beach with competition commencing at 8am.

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