Far North Coast surf lifesaving clubs will converge on Port Macquarie this weekend for the Stramit New South Wales Country Championships.
More than 2000 competitors from the six regional branches in NSW will compete in about 220 events over the three days.
Cudgen Headland, Byron Bay and Lennox Head-Alstonville are among the leading contenders.
At last year’s championships, the overall pointscore was won by Warilla Barrack Point on 712, from Cudgen Headland (554) with third-placed Lennox Head-Alstonville on 404.
Lennox Head-Alstonville’s brilliant performance came courtesy of victory in the junior pointscore (on 283 points), ahead of Cudgen Headland (224) and Warilla Barrack Point (214).
Warilla-Barrack Point (498) won the senior pointscore from Cudgen Headland (330), with Port Macquarie third on 236 points.
The Country Championships feature the best regional competitors in all of the traditional surf carnival events, from the beach events like the flags, sprint and sprint relay, to the water events including swim, board and ski races and relays, as well as the multi-discipline events like the prestigious ironman and taplin relay events.
The iconic surf boats will also feature at the carnival and will be a highlight of Saturday’s competition.
Competition kicks off on Friday morning.