THE King of Coolum Thundercats battle kept the crowd enthralled today, with plenty of spills and the frontrunners being forced to retire from the competition due to injury.

Reigning Queensland Thundercats champions Jay and Nathan Durston, racing for Getaway Resort, withdrew after Nathan injured his ribs and had to be taken to Nambour Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

He has been released from hospital but is unable to compete in today's action.

The brothers' retirement leaves the field wide open as the competition continues from 9am to 2pm on Coolum Main Beach on Sunday.

The 10 remaining teams will battle it out for the most points across 10 races.

There were plenty of spills on Saturday after the wind picked up halfway through the day, reaching 16 knots south-easterly, with a 1.5m swell.

Conditions are expected to be even tougher on Sunday, so spectators are sure of an entertaining day of action.


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