Lyndon, Moir tackling the best in water
IT was a tough weekend in Newcastle for former Far North Coast surf lifesaving competitors Tanyn Lyndon and Brodie Moir in the Nutri-Grain Series.
Lyndon finished 18th in the third round of the ironman and 15th in the fourth round.
He now tails the field in overall 18th position behind runaway leader Shannon Eckstein.
"It wasn't the best weekend for me," Lyndon said.
"Mother nature has not been on my side and I'm not getting much luck. I feel really fit and I'll go home and regather and head to North Cronulla and give it my all.
"I have nothing to lose."
Matt Bevilacqua won the third round and Eckstein the fourth.
Eckstein leads the series overall on 89 points from Bevilacqua on 74 and Ali Day on 70.
Moir finished 10th in the third round of the ironwoman and sixth in the fourth round. She is now fifth overall heading into the final two rounds next month.
Georgia Miller and series debutante Kirsty Higgison were the round winners in Newcastle.
Jordan Mercer didn't fare so well but still leads the series from Higgison, Maddy Dunn and Miller.
Higgison, of Noosa, is the daughter of 1984 Olympic swimmer Karen (nee Phillips) and a former Australian junior kayak champion.
She is ecstatic to be performing so well in the Nutri-Grain Series.
"I just tried so hard for so long to crack the series," she said.
"I think all that hard work and all the knockbacks gave me the drive to achieve this."
Lyndon and Moir now represent Gold Coast surf lifesaving clubs.
The final two rounds of the series will be held at North Cronulla Beach on Saturday and Sunday, January 16 and 17.