The Byron Bay Gold Medal winning march past team.
The Byron Bay Gold Medal winning march past team.

Challenging surf for Nippers

Brunswick Heads main beach and Torakina Beach were awash with Nippers from the North Coast as Brunswick Junior Surf Lifesaving Club (BJSLC) held its first branch carnival on Sunday.

Organisers said it was a great success, despite challenging surf conditions at the main beach.

Younger Nippers ran their races at Torakina beach instead, protected from the swell.

“We were really lucky to have Torakina beach because otherwise the younger nippers may have missed out on competing,” BJSLC spokesman Ian Heineger said.

“It was a big positive to have so many beginners there having the opportunity to participate.

“Also, one of the BJSLC competitors, Ella Heineger, will be going on to represent Far North Coast at Nora Head as part the inter-branch team.”

Byron Bay started the day well at 6am with Jy Timperley taking first place in the U12s surfing competition and Tom Rowley second.

By 8.30am surf conditions in front of the surf club forced the under 8s to under 12s to Torakina Beach while the 13s and 14s faced the rough surf.

The under 13s and 14s continued the winning streak taking gold for the traditional march past, Byron then took third place in the all-age relay followed with another gold medal win in the Buchanan relay.

The under 9s and 10s were able to complete their swim, board and ironman events just before the northerly delivered unwelcome bluebottles.

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