SURF LIFESAVING: The Sunshine Coast will attempt to claim a ninth straight title at Surf Life Saving Queensland's Interbranch Championships.
The state rising stars of the surf have converged on the Gold Coast for the carnival, for competitors aged 17 and under.
It starts with pool events at Palm Beach on Friday night and ends with beach action at Tweed Heads and Coolangatta on Saturday.
The championship also includes two teams from the Gold Coast - Point Danger and South Coast - and Queensland Country, which will encompass clubs north of Hervey Bay.
The Sunshine Coast will be eager to continue is dominance at the event.
"We've got a very strong team again, we just seem to keep producing these really cracking athletes,” team manager Craig Law said.
"We've lost a couple of quality 17-year-olds to the Nutri-Grain (event at Fingal Bay) but we've got some quality 13-year-olds coming through so the Sunshine Coast train just keeps on rolling.
"I'm very confident and think we should be going for nine-in-a-row.”
Some storms were forecast but Law said "most of the thunder and lightning should come from our team.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland surf sports manager Stuart Hogben said there would be plenty of talent on display.
"These athletes really are some of the best young up-and-coming athletes from across the state, and it's really exciting to think that a future Australian or world champion could be amongst those out there competing this weekend,” he said.
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