If the last 6 months of total commitment towards winning a National Title means anything, rest assured The Kurrawa IRB Crews will be up for this weekends “Grand Final”.
It’s been a while since North Burleigh have been challenged north of the border, but this year our crews clicked into gear at the State Titles a few weeks back at Kawana Waters, taking home overall honours.
Club Coach Scott Wheeler believes the time is right to finish off a great year on a high but understands that this won’t be an easy assignment. “Aussies is an open carnival, there are no age groups. We like to be competitive, race Sunday and the rest will take care of itself. They are capable and have done the training and hope to come home with results,” Wheeler said.
One of the Club’s new recruits last season, Johnny Hagan, is over the moon to be racing in a Kurrawa cap. “I raced for years with Point Lookout but then I got talking with Robbie Fischer and Liam Christie and they suggested I come to the Club. I’m stoked here and the team are young and get on so well plus we all respect Scott (Wheeler) and Ty’s (Greenman) decision making,” Hagan said with a big smile.
Johnny Hagan is one of the drivers in the Surf Race and can’t help but be impressed with the preparation and attention to detail given to boat speed. “Bear (Robert Shillam) is a genius with tweaking the props a few millimetres here and there and he’s forever tuning the engines to get that bit more out of our boats,” Hagan added.
Crews from 80 Clubs across the land will converge on Kingscliff this week with racing kicking off Friday for the 2017 Interstate Championships, followed by club events later that day and across the weekend.
One thing’s for sure…. if we take out the Taplin come Sunday, they may need extra bar staff at the Kingscliff Hotel!