MID North Coast will be represented by three clubs at this weekend's 2021 NSW age championships at Lake Macquarie.
Port Macquarie, Tacking Point and Wauchope-Bonny Hills Surf Life Saving Clubs will head south with 30 competitors for the four-day competition at both Redhead and Blacksmiths Beach.
The age championships are open to members in the under-9s through to under-14s age groups who have participated in the junior activities program (Nippers) through their surf club this season.
In 2021 the event is split due to COVID restrictions between Swansea Belmont SLSC which will host the water events and Redhead SLSC which will host the beach events.
Swansea Belmont has hosted 14 NSW championship events but this is their first time and president David McCallum said his members can't wait to be part of the event.
"The sand is primed for two weeks of junior and opens beach competition," he said.
"Our members and the locals are excited to not only have the chance to compete at home but also watch some of the country's best athletes right here at Redhead."
Jeff Mowbray has been part of the Swansea Belmont SLSC championship organising committee and work party for over 20 years.
The local legend is looking forward to having Blacksmiths Beach full of Nippers again this week. He says despite the forecast, the surf conditions are looking great.
"We've had the beach cleaned and it's all coming together," Mowbray said.
"There's a little bit of a sand drop from the large seas but we're expecting it to level out. There's plenty of room on the beach for tents and we've got all the COVID entry and exit points set up ready to go."
He said the surf conditions should be great.
"There are gutters in between the banks which are separating the water areas nicely and there's a perfect little wave breaking about 60 metres offshore right down into the Under 9s and 10s area in the southern corner.
"Even with the forecast swell, we're hoping it should be a good, safe bank for everyone."
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