The 2010 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships kicked off yesterday under blue skies and smooth seas at South West Rocks.

With almost 2000 competitors expected to take part in the three-day event, the juniors took to the beach and water to contest a range of individual and teams events.

Competitors as young as seven battled it out, with championship title holder Warilla-Barrack Point SLSC ending the day on top in the overall pointscore.

Northern club Lennox Head-Alstonville finished up second after great performances from a particularly strong junior contingent.

Mid North Coast favourites Coffs Harbour, with the largest team in the competition, are currently in third place.

Competition continues on Saturday with the Open and Masters competitors, along with the surfboat racing.

OVERALL POINTSCORE – DAY ONE

1. Warilla-Barrack Point 192
2. Lennox Head-Alstonville 188
3. Coffs Harbour 104
4. Cudgen Headland 94
5. Tacking Point 86
6. Byron Bay 83
7. Sawtell 48
8. Bellinger Valley-North Beach 41
9. Port Macquarie 36
10. Shellharbour 26
11. Yamba 25
12. Woolgoolga 23
13. Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore 22
14. South West Rocks 20
15. Black Head 18
16. Nambucca Heads 18
17. Mollymook 16
18. Urunga 16
19. Brunswick 13
20. Taree-Old Bar 13
21. Forster 12
22. Cabarita Beach 11
23. Wauchope-Bonny Hills 8
24. Nowra-Culburra 6
25. Shoalhaven Heads 6
26. Kiama Downs 4
27. Kempsey-Crescent Head 3
28. Macksville-Scotts Head 2
29. Cape Hawke 1

PICTURES: Lyteeka Currie, from Yamba, who won the Under-9 Surf, Board and Beach Sprint events, and Lennox Head-Alstonville’s Scarlett Fahey in the Under-11 Ironwoman, (courtesy of Surf Life Saving NSW).