Hansen: Athletes have done the work
SURF LIFESAVING: Former ironman and Alexandra Headland Surf Club coach Jack Hansen has tipped former Coast athlete Ali Day to continue his recent dominance at the Coolangatta Gold.
Hansen takes a handful of athletes into Sunday's 41.8km test of endurance, described as the most gruelling challenge in surf.
Last year's under-19 winner Alex Wright and Brad Doughan will wear the black and gold for the full distance race and Corey Gumner, Campbell Guthrie and Lucinda Kelly in the under-19 short course race.
Doughan is twice Australian Champion Surf Lifesaver.
Hansen said he was a "switched on” young athlete.
"He's put together a good pre-season of training alongside the likes of Wrighty and the young kids. He'll have a good crack,” Hansen said.
"I'm not too sure what to expect but with the work load we've done - and they know they've done the work - they'll be ready to put their foot on the line.”
He said Day, who is a three-time winner of the revived race, would be tough to beat.
"It's hard to go past Ali,” Hansen said.
"But also the likes of Hayden White, Kendrick Louis, Tanyn Lyndon and Hayden White. The open men's is probably the strongest year in a while in terms of numbers and athletes.”