Waves have ironman great Leech excited for Sunday's big one

GO GET ‘EM GIRLS: Jordan Mercer (left) and Alyssa Bull will compete in the final round of the Nutri Grain Series on Sunday.
GO GET ‘EM GIRLS: Jordan Mercer (left) and Alyssa Bull will compete in the final round of the Nutri Grain Series on Sunday. Geoff Potter

IT WAS a kid-in-the- candy-store moment for Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman's Guy Leech as he studied a surf prediction website at the Noosa Heads Surf Club on Tuesday.

"They say it's going to be four to six foot up until Saturday," the former ironman superstar turned promoter said with real excitement.

"Any ironman racing is good, but a big surf brings another element into racing where these supreme athletes are able to show off their skills.

As he spoke, line after line of perfect-looking four footers were peeling out from the national park all the way to First Point where surfboard riders were scrambling to get their fill of this moving feast. By Wednesday the east coast low had moved south taking the bigger break with it, but Swellnet was still predicting three foot in Noosa for Sunday.

Leech's glee at what heights this Sunday's ironman series final might reach was not lost on his former paddling mate from the 1980s, Sunshine Coast Division 11 Councillor Russell Green.

"It shows that Noosa's breaking well - this is the sort of surfing that legends like (Bob) McTavish speak about when they used to surf Noosa," Cr Green said.

It will be up to the likes of Noosa's rising ironwoman star Jordan Mercer and 17-year-old rookie Alexandra Headland competitor Alyssa Bull, who placed third at Coolum last weekend, to contemplate some challenging racing conditions.

Both declared themselves up for whatever rolls in.

Sunday's eliminator racing will have a 11.30am start for the ironwomen and the 1.15pm showdown for the ironmen at Main Beach.

Topics:  ironman, noosa heads



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