Thundercats Roar Into Town Reigning 'Kings' a no-show for fifth title race Coolum Beach will become Thundercat Central this weekend as it hosts the fifth annual 'King of Coolum' surf cross race (July 8-9).
Close to ten of the nation's best Thundercat crews are primed and ready to conquer the famously unpredictable surf at Coolum to take the sports' ultimate title win. Jointly presented by Coolum Business and Tourism Assoc and Brisbane Coast Thundercats, 'King Of Coolum' has become Australia's premier Thundercat event and continues to attract the highest-ranking Thundercat pilots and co-pilots in a no-holds barred battle for supremacy.
The high-speed, high-action surf racing event will be held over two days and, with a predicted 3ft swell promising plenty of spectator thrills and spills, it's the perfect family-friendly way to end Queensland's winter school holidays.
"We're excited to see the Thundercats back on the beach for King Of Coolum," Coolum Business and Tourism President, Murray Noyce said.
"Sadly, we've lost so many of our high profile events over the past few years and hosting a free, family-friendly and exciting event like this is one way we can try and boost the local economy.
"The timing of the event coincides with school holidays which gives everyone another reason to visit Coolum. And of course, the boys love coming here to show off their racing skills to an appreciative audience. "
Several crews will take on Coolum's break for the first time this year, and the absence of multiple winners and current 'Kings of Coolum', Nick Routledge and Tony Aitkenhead means the title is most definitely up for grabs.
"Nick and Tony are taking a break from racing this year. Nick has raced for the majority of time the sport has been in the country, which is around 15 years so I think he's earned the break," explained Brisbane Coast Thundercats President, Nathan Durston.
"And to make it even more interesting, multiple runners-up James and Charles Riley are out this year as well. It's definitely opened up the title to all-comers.
"The young Jesse Johnson is one to watch. He's only competed in a handful of races on the Gold Coast so far but he's proven to be on the 'race pace' by always ending up at the pointy end of the leader board. He's very quick," Nathan added. As Queensland titleholders for the past four years running, Nathan Durston and his brother Jay are also hoping to ramp up the challenge and come away with their first King of Coolum crown.
"We've placed pretty well in every King Of Coolum event so far, but the Riley brothers and current champs Nick and Tony have always managed to get the extra points on the day. With both of them not racing, it just might be our turn this year," Nathan said.
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.
The free 'King of Coolum' event will be held in front of Coolum Beach Surf Club between 9am and 2pm on both Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of July 2017. Local business members have sponsored individual boats and the surf-cross format always delivers plenty of adrenalin-fuelled excitement and a fun beachside atmosphere.
Thundercats King of Coolum
9am - 2pm
8 July - 9 July 2017
Brisbane Coast Thundercats, Queensland Wide
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