RACERS: An Alexandra Headland crew in action.
RACERS: An Alexandra Headland crew in action. KIM MARTIN

Surf boats action at Alex a perfect lead-up to Open

SURF BOATS: Alexandra Headland club captain Greg Craven expects the open men's surf boat crew there to challenge for this month's prestigious Australian Surf Rowers League Open title at Shellharbour.

An event on their home break on Saturday - round two of the Queensland Cup - should provide them with the perfect lead-up.

"This is pretty much the last race before we go away so it's is a really good warm-up,” Craven said.

"Our open men are looking really strong and I think conditions (at Alex) will favour them. They'll be able to get through the break and really lengthen out to take on the others.”

"Their focus is on making sure everything they're doing is right for the Open.”

The crew won a race at Maroochydore recently and is stocked with the right attributes to fare well in New South Wales.

"They've got the right combination of rowers, in size and strength and fitness,” Craven said.

"Steve Davies is one of the best sweeps in Australia so you always know you're going to be okay with him steering you along.

"It's then down to the conditions and luck and how the boys are on the day.”

The Shellharbour race will feature all of the team crews, including Bulli, Avoca, Currumbin, Northcliffe and near neighbour and rival Maroochydore.

Two or three of the latter are expected to compete at Alexandra Headland on Saturday as well, when several divisions will be contested.


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