Thundercats return to Marcoola for series opener

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Marcoola will play host to Queensland’s best Thundercat crews this weekend as they return to the coast for the opening round of the 2016 State Surf Cross Series. 

To be held on the beach in front of Marcoola Surf Club on April 9-10, this year’s Queensland Thundercat Surf Cross Series will see defending champs Jay and Nathan Durston line up against a host of new Pilots and Co-Pilots determined to prove themselves in a full-tilt battle for round-one supremacy.

The high-profile, Gold Coast based Durston brothers racked up their third title win at Alex Headlands in November last year and are looking forward to this weekend’s series opener. 

“We always look forward to competing on the Sunshine Coast; it's a great weekend of racing up there. We get lots of exposure and the locals love it,” said Queensland Champion Co-Pilot, Nathan Durston.

Whilst the boys’ closest rivals and persistent runners-up Nick Routledge and Tony Aitkenhead (Team Mountain Trees) wont be competing during the first round, crowd favourites the Riley brothers (Team Metricon) are sure to mount a title assault alongside some of the rookie crews.

“There are a few new guys coming through that are showing some speed. We’re definitely not ruling out the likes of Trent Cook or Ricky Blazely; these guys have both only done one club day and have no fear,” Nathan explained. 

“We’re feeling confident for the first round this weekend though. We are constantly retuning our props to get the very maximum grip and speed out of each one and consistently training and trying setups to always go that one step better. We have setups ready for everything that Mother Nature – and the other crews- throw at us.”

The high-flying Thundercat inflatable racing boats have become a permanent fixture on the Sunshine Coast sporting calendar, holding most of their premier races here since first debuting at Coolum in 2012. 

This year however, the public will only have two chances to catch the thrill-seeking crews in action with the only other local race scheduled for Coolum in July. 

“Apart from this weekend’s race at Marcoola, we’ll be returning to the coast in July for our annual ‘King Of Coolum’ title race,” Brisbane Coast Thundercats President, John Kerrisk said. 

“The Surf Cross Series final, scheduled for November, will however be moving to the Gold Coast this year.  So we encourage the public to take the opportunity to come along and cheer the boats on. We’ll be racing right out the front of the Marcoola Surf Club, so there’ll be plenty of great vantage points. 
“We’re always looking for more people to get involved too. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport to get into and whilst it’s highly competitive, the guys have an incredible amount of fun out on the water. I encourage anyone interested in finding out more to come along on the weekend and have a chat to us,” he added.   

The sport of Thundercat Racing features 4.1m long inflatable Catamaran-style boats, specifically designed for action in the surf. The boats can reach speeds of up to 90 km per hour and jump up to 6 metres in the air – making it an exciting, family-friendly spectator sport.

The first round of the 2016 Queensland Thundercat Surf Cross Series will be held on Marcoola Beach between 9am and 2pm on Saturday 9th and Sunday the 10th April 2016. 

Presented by Brisbane Coast Thundercats, April’s Surf Cross Series is supported by Marcoola Surf Club and Neptune Marine. For more information, visit 

2016 Queensland Thundercat Surf Cross Series
9am and 2pm
Saturday 9th and Sunday the 10th April 2016
Marcoola Beach (infront of surf club)

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