Nipper numbers could hold the key to deciding this year’s Lower North Coast Branch Surf Life Saving Championships to start at One Mile Beach at Forster this weekend.
The titles will conclude with the board riding section to be held later this month.
It would appear the championship will be a three-way race between traditional heavyweights Forster, host club Cape Hawke and Black Head.
Forster are the defending champions and will again start favourites.
The senior (under 15s to masters) will be decided on Saturday with the nippers (under eights to 14s) on Sunday.
“Forster will be strong on both days and with Cape Hawke at home, they should also have good numbers,’’ branch coach Kevin Boag said.
“Black Head‘s numbers will be down in the nippers, so that will probably count against them.’’
Pacific Palms is enjoying a resurgence in the nipper ranks and are expected to be competitive on Sunday.
Events will start from around 8.30 on both days.