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Neil Dearberg from Alex headland and Gary Barben from Coolum battle it out to reach the last flag in the 60+ event. Gary was the winner.
Neil Dearberg from Alex headland and Gary Barben from Coolum battle it out to reach the last flag in the 60+ event. Gary was the winner. Alistair Brightman

COMPETITIORS did their best to tame the weather and their rivals during the first Masters Carnival of the season at the Hervey Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

The northerly wind brought choppy conditions on the water with it but none of the more than 100 competitors, who came from around Queensland to compete, seemed to mind.

Hervey Bay competitor Phil Munson, taking part in the men's 35-39 competition, said it was good to get the season underway.

“We've got a few people from the Sunshine Coast here today and they are used to the big waves,” he said.

“They won't mind these conditions.”

Competitors aged between 30 and 70 years came from Noosa, Maroochydore, Alexander Headlands, Kawana Waters, Bundaberg, the Fraser Coast and Mooloolaba to compete on Saturday.

Organiser Chris Donnelly, from Hervey Bay, who competed in the men's 50-54 division, said the turn out of 114 competitors was pleasing.

“It's the first masters carnival of the season - the first main carnival,” he said.

“A lot of these guys are having a hit out before the World Masters in Sydney.

“A few have come here to warm up before the event.

“It's great to get the season underway.”

Lionel Krause, from the Sunshine Coast, said he enjoyed coming to the Fraser Coast to compete and looked forward to coming back every year for the masters carnival.

“It's the most laid back and relaxed.”


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