PHOTOS: 500 Nippers pumped to race at Coast comp
Warm weather and beautiful surf conditions made for a "great atmosphere" at the Sunshine Coast Nipper Branch Championships where more than 500 youths gathered to compete.
The Sunshine Coast Nipper Branch Championships started at Mooloolaba Beach on Sunday and gave young athletes a chance to qualify for the state titles held at Kirra Beach, Gold Coast next month.
Under 11 board rescue partners Jake Bauer and Lachlan Walker said they loved competing.
"We came third in the cameron and first in the board relay and Jake came fourth in the ironman and I came fifth," Lachlan said.
"It's pretty cool to be racing."
The under 11 to under 12 events were postponed from February 6 and 7 after large swell made conditions unsafe.
Lachlan said the postponement made him more excited to hit the water.
"We were really pumped to race this week, to just get our energy out," he said.
"We are looking forward to qualifying for states against our biggest competitors."
Carnival referee Karen Kinnear said two carnivals, one being nippers from the under 8 to 10 age groups and the other under 11 to 12 age groups were held.
She said more than 500 nippers were racing.
"It's fabulous, the weather gods have been very kind to us today, it's not too hot and the sea is beautiful for the kids they're all having a great time," she said.
"There is lots of cheering, it's a really involved event for the spectators as well as the children.
"It's just a great atmosphere to look from here down to the beach and see so many tents and kids, it's great.
"There is nothing like seeing a surf lifesaving carnival on a beach."
Under 13 to 15 age groups will race at Mooloolaba Beach on February 21.