Lifesavers converge on Kingscliff

THE New South Wales Surf Life Saving Championships start today at Kingscliff, with the state's finest junior lifesavers battling it out.

The event has been billed as the second-largest surf sports carnival in the country and will attract thousands of people to the Tweed region. Almost 8000 competitors will take part, with an anticipated 12,000 supporters and spectators making an appearance.

Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club is hosting the event, and Surf Life Saving NSW president Tony Haven said he believed they are up for the challenge.

“I'm sure the Cudgen Headland team of volunteers are looking forward to welcoming elite surf sports competitors from around the State,” Mr Haven said.

A patrolled swimming area for the general public will be in front of the Cudgen Headland Surf Life Saving Club on the Saturdays and Sundays of competition.

The rest of the beach will be closed for competition.

Alternative patrolled beaches can be found nearby at Salt, Cabarita Beach and Fingal Head.

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