Massive wave costs Turbos surf boat wincosts the Turbos roundtwo victory

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

BRUTAL surf conditions cost the Tannum Turbos surf boat crew any chance of victory at round two of the VB Queensland Cup at Tugun on Saturday.

Faced with waves upwards of 1.5 metres, the Turbos battled hard in their final to finish in third spot and keep a two-point lead on top of the Queensland Cup ladder.

Turbos sweep and coach Tony Davis was proud of his crew who stood up when the going got tough in the final.

'We have not really experienced those kind of conditions too much before, so to finish third and fight on to the finish, considering our preparation and experience, was something to be very proud of,' Davis said.

The rough conditions resulted in just six teams taking part in the final after 14 had nominated, clearly illustrating the difficulties all crews had with the surf.

The Turbos showed superior early speed to lead the opening stages of the final before a massive wave smashed the boat and cost their winning chances, according to Davis.

'Our boat speed was fantastic early and we led the race until a big wave hit us and we couldn't get out.

'As a result, the three crews who trailed us got a good wave while we were pumping water out and that was enough for them to get away,' he said.

Davis also praised the Turbos' determination to keep going and finish the race 10 seconds inside the required finish time of 12 minutes.

'The effort and hard work we showed when things got tough is going to help us enormously for the rest of the season ahead,' he said.

The Tannum Masters crew also found the going tough at Tugun, finishing a brave fifth in a commendable performance in their final.

The next round of the VB Queensland Cup is on January 29 and 30 at Coolangatta Beach.



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