Coolum Beach will host the third annual ‘King of Coolum’ Thundercats Race on July 11-12, welcoming over a dozen of the nation’s top Thundercat crews to battle the waves and each other for a chance at securing the ultimate title win.
To be held over two exciting days, the annual ‘King Of Coolum’ Race has become Australia’s premier Thundercat event and continues to attract New Zealand’s top Thundercat crews to our shores for a friendly weekend of Trans-Tasman rivalry.
Thundercat racing is a high-speed extreme water sport, featuring 4.1 metre-long inflatable catamaran-style surf boats that can reach speeds of up to 90 km per hour and jump up to six metres in the air, providing plenty of thrilling action for spectators.
This year, reigning ‘Kings of Coolum’ Nick Routledge and Tony Aitkenhead will face a tough A-Grade line-up, including former New Zealand Champion Chris Brown and his co-pilot, Cameron Adshead (racing for Coolum’s Getaway Resort) as well as 2014 Queensland Champions, the Durston brothers.
The elite champs are racing for Coolum Surf Club in 2015 and will be hoping to secure their third crown in a row. With a new racing hull launched earlier this year, Pilot Nick Routledge is confident of mounting a strong title defence.
“Tony and I are racing in a new hull that proved to be consistently fast in all conditions in the Queensland titles at Marcoola earlier this year, where we secured a win over last year’s state champs,” Mr Routledge said.
“We have tuned, tested and tweaked two of the propellers from last year and we’re confident this will help us defend the King of Coolum crown.
“Chris Brown from New Zealand will be hard to match but we always love a challenge! Let’s just hope the engine handles the torque from the new mods for two days straight.”
Local co-pilot Sam Trevor will be lining up against a strong B-Grade field this year. A Yandina Creek resident, Mr Trevor made his Thundercat racing debut in last year’s King of Coolum event and as a keen Coolum surfer, hopes first-hand knowledge of his home break will give him and Pilot Michael Geale a solid advantage.
“My first time racing Thundercats was with Michael in his ‘Cool Banana’ boat at last year’s event; but we were racing mountain bikes together before that,” Mr Trevor said.
The boys have been consistently competitive in the state title series and are expecting to place better than ‘middle-of-the-pack’ at King of Coolum.
“We’ll be racing in a new boat and representing Coolum Seaside Apartments this year. Michael and I have been working hard on our starts and speed and we’re pretty confident that we’ll do well.”
“Ultimately, it would be great to have the support of the local crowd and bring home a trophy for Coolum. I’d love to see some more local guys take up the sport; the beaches are great for it here and anyone who wants to know more should come and chat to us on the beach.”
‘King of Coolum’ is presented by Coolum Business and Tourism Association and Brisbane Coast Thundercats Club.
“Local business members have sponsored individual boats and the surf-cross format always delivers plenty of excitement for spectators,” said Noel Mooney, Coolum Business and Tourism President.
“We love having the Thundercats race here in Coolum and the crews really enjoy the venue. We can’t wait to welcome them back to town and with the Kiwis again taking part; visitors can expect a thrilling weekend of healthy rivalry.”
The free ‘King of Coolum’ event will be held on Coolum Beach between 9am and 2pm on both Saturday and Sunday the 11th and 12th July 2015. 14 boats will be competing across both A and B Grade divisions.
King of Coolum
Sunday the 11th and 12th of July 2015
9am and 2pm
For more information, visit http://coolumbusinessandtourism.com.au/specials/king-of-coolum-thundercats-race/
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