State bodyboard titles to be held at Harrington

HARRINGTON will host the second round of the NSW bodyboard titles from Friday to Sunday

The three-day event will wrap up the two-event series.

Total points from the previous round in Kiama and the upcoming event in Harrington will be tallied and used to select the team to represent NSW at the 2014 national titles, which will take place at the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour in August.

The day before round Surfing NSW will coordinate a free coaching day and Surfing NSW's free CPR and board rescue course Surfers Rescue 24/7 with professional bodyboarder and IBA World Tour competitor David Winchester.

Winchester - who is a multiple IBA World Tour event champion - is excited to offer a wealth of knowledge to the grassroots bodyboarding community through this coaching and development clinic.

"I'm stoked to come on board with Surfing NSW and hope I can help improve the growth of grassroots bodyboarding in the near future," Winchester said.

"I appreciate all the luxuries bodyboarding has afforded me and I'm excited if I can help any other aspiring bodyboarders to help chase their dreams as well."

"This is the first time Harrington has been utilised by Surfing NSW as an event location and we're proud to welcome all competitors to the Greater Taree area and the Harrington/Crowdy Head beaches," Surfing NSW event manager Luke Madden said.

"Surfing NSW has joined with Greater Taree Council for a two year partnership which will see the event hosted on the Mid North Coast or 2014 and 2015."

"We are excited to be hosting the second round of the NSW Bodyboard State Titles at Harrington," council's team leader tourism and public relations, Donna Hudson said.

"This event will really showcase our beautiful beaches in the Manning Valley and we hope conditions remain good for the competition."

"This is a great new partnership with Surfing NSW and is sure to benefit the whole of the region, with people coming from all over the State," Hudson added.

"We look forward to welcoming participants, supporters and officials arriving for the round."

Surfing NSW will implement a free club challenge at the second State Title round with the winning club from the round claiming $250 and the overall winner from both rounds claiming $500.

Competition will start at 7.30 each daywith the call for the days schedule and location confirmed via the event hotline at 6:.5am. The event hotline is 0458 247 212.

For more information on both bodyboard state rounds check out surfingnsw.com.au

The NSW Bodyboard State Titles Round 2 is proudly sponsored by Greater Taree City Council, HIF, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Carve, Ohana Ocean Athletics and Surfing NSW.

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