Senior surf life saving event Robe

The Surfboat Carnival is taking place tomorrow at Long Beach, Robe, with great viewing available from the beach with parking close by.

For the last two years Peter Carter has hosted the Surfboat Carnival.

The carnival will start at 10am at the third ramp, although if the weather is too rough the event may need to relocate closer to the second ramp.

In previous years there have been about a dozen crews from South Australia with two or three from Victorian Surf Life Saving Club’s.

Events will include male and female races ranging from the Senior and U23 crews to ones where the crews comprise older rowers who still enjoy the sport, but do not row actively.

The standard of rowing amongst the senior crews in very high.

This event will be the last of four carnivals used to select the team to represent the state at the Australian championships in January.

The Henley Beach team was last year’s winner of the Robe carnival and will be represented as will the Somerton team that represented South Australia in NSW earlier this year.

The action is fast and furious and potentially dangerous, in heavy surf rowers must wear head protection.

Races start about every ten minutes with the  boats having to negotiate the inshore surf, row out to buoys placed about 400 metres off shore and then row back trying to catch a wave that will carry them to the beach.

The teams must also try to ensure that the boat does not go broadside onto the wave and risk being capsized.

It is not uncommon, especially amongst the junior to see rowers washed overboard and boats turned upside down.

The community is welcome to come along on the day to support the fast paced action of the teams.