Ocean Assault series delivers Byron top-10 finish
The club sent just 12 competitors to the event that had 47 clubs and over 900 entrants in the four rounds of competition.
But compared to the nine clubs who finished above them, including winners Northcliffe, who had over 100 competitors, Byron Bay’s contingent was tiny.
Byron coach Glen Lawrence put it down to the culture within the club.
“We’re lucky to have a strong group of girls who push each other to a higher level,” Lawrence said.
“The squad itself pushes higher and higher.
“It’s excellent. We’re going to aim to try and hold our top 10 position for the rest of the year.”
Lawrence was still shocked the club finished with 112 points and matched it with North Burleigh (159) and Currumbin (123).
“It surprised me,” he said. “It is a high level carnival.
“We’ve got five or six people getting places. A lot of them are ironmen or women so they get points in a few different events.
“Anyone who makes a final gets points.”
Kim Chappel was one of the stand-out performers over the weekend, finishing fourth in the Open women’s ski in an extremely classy field on Saturday.
“It was an outstanding field,” Lawrence said.
“She was up against Olympic paddlers.
“She was in the sprint finish today as well.”
Former Byron Bay member Brodie Moir won the open women’s surfboard for North Burleigh.