Carnival proves a good hit-out
SURF lifesavers from across the region have dodged the bad weather and sharpened their skills for a busy season ahead.
About 120 took part in the Far North Coast branch carnival at Byron Bay.
Members of the Byron Bay, Cudgen and Lennox Head clubs largely dominated the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday.
With predicted bad weather thankfully staying away, carnival referee Bryan Lyndon said it had been a great chance for participants to show their skills.
"They have all been training hard," he said.
"It was good for them to have a run before the Gold Coast carnivals and other forthcoming events.
We were keeping an eye on the storms as they were all around us. Fortunately they missed us (and) the conditions were good.
"Considering the weather, there was a good roll-up.
"It was a good event and we are happy with how it went."
An Irish side, on its way home after competing in the Rescue Life Saving World Championships in Adelaide, also competed.
The team gave the locals a run for their money, winning the men's open ski relay.