By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SURF life savers from across the region will converge on Tannum beach this morning for round one of the Senior Wide Bay Capricornia premiership.
Tannum Sands will look to hold on to its surf boat crown, having never lost the premiership since the concept was introduced four or five years ago.
However, it will be a makeshift boat crew with the junior team having their first hit out together and a number of reserves being called into the Tannum Turbos senior crew due to some crew being unavailable.
Club president Tony Davis said the action would not just be on the water.
Davis said the beach sprints and flags would also hold a high level of competition.
Davis named state champion Ryan Bartholemew as one of the club's leading starts in the sprints.
Brian Carroll is also expected to return from injury in the senior sprints, along with Chris Marlow.
Davis said the competition would be between three areas, Emu Park, Bundaberg and the local crew.
"We're in the top three every year and won it a couple of years ago, so it's usually a close battle,'' Davis said.
However, Davis admitted Emu Park had the advantage due to a high quality coaching team.
"Emu Park are very strong as they have a lot of highly accredited coaches up there,'' Davis said.
But Davis said Tannum had also benefited from a coaching change with Brian Carroll taking on the beach component, resulting in noticeable improvements.
The action will start at Tannum from 10.30am, with the canteen and refreshments available and spectators welcome.