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sixth consecutive national crown.

However, the elite crew will find foes in both Queensland’s Kurrawa who upstaged the champions in last month’s 2018 QLD titles and NSW Title winners Kiama Downs, who found themselves as bridesmaids to North Burleigh in 2017.

In 2018 a record number of surf lifesaver’s will compete at this year’s National titles with more than 1,000 competitors from 46 Surf Life Saving clubs around Australia fine-tuning their IRB skills for the weekend of racing ahead.

Of this record figure in 2018, one-third of competitors across all the events are women, including 50 open IRB drivers.

Returning for their second year the Master’s event will kick off the event on Friday morning. Followed by a high-octane State of Origin showdown on Friday afternoon with the Interstate tiles which have been dominated by Queensland who are aiming for a 10th consecutive Interstate title this year.

With a low-pressure system travelling up the coast, conditions have been forecast to be challenging for the motoring craft enthusiasts.

Surf Life Saving Australia’s Chief Executive Officer Adam Weir highlighted the importance of the event and the significance of IRBs as a primary rescue device for surf lifesavers across the country.

“In 2017 IRB crews performed 1,350 rescues across the country,” Weir said.

“IRB competition whilst fast-paced and exciting also assists us in developing and enhancing the skills our crews use for saving lives every year.

“The Championship provides an opportunity for surf lifesavers to test these skills against other crews in simulated rescue events, with the aim of providing a better service to the community.

“This year’s IRB Championships are expected to be another fantastic event and Surf Life Saving Australia welcomes spectators and encourages residents to head along to catch the action on Thirroul Beach for the Championships.”

Please find below events schedule and completing clubs.

Event Schedule          Friday 13 July

Australian & Interstate IRB Championships Opening Ceremony & March Past from 7:30am

Australian IRB Masters Competition from 8:00am

Interstates IRB Competition from 2:00pm

 Saturday 14 July

Australian IRB Opens Competition from 8:00am

Sunday 15 July

Australian IRB Opens Competition from 8:00am

Competing Surf Life Saving Clubs

Aldinga BayMudjimba
Alexandra HeadlandMullaloo
Barwon Heads 13th BeachNewport
Bribie IslandNobbys (NSW)
BrightonNorth Burleigh
Brighton (SA)North Cronulla
BroadbeachOcean Grove
Catherine Hill BayPoint Lookout
Caves BeachPort Noarlunga
Coogee (NSW)Queenscliff
Coolum BeachScarboro
Dicky BeachSoldiers Beach
ElwoodSoldiers Beach
ForsterSouth Maroubra
FrankstonSouth Melbourne
Helensburgh Stanwell ParkStockton
Kawana WatersTerrigal
Kiama DownsThirroul
KurrawaWilliamstown Swimming and LSC (Inc.)
Miami Beach
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