Tannum Turbos turn on the power
THE Tannum Turbos under-19 surf boat crew claimed victory as well as dislodging a monkey off their backs at the VB Queensland Cup premiership at Coolum Beach on Saturday.
The Turbos turned on the power to easily win the under-19 final by 70-80 metres before backing up to record its best-ever A grade performance the following day, securing a top eight position.
Crew sweep Tony Davis said regaining the Queensland Cup has been one of the Turbos' major goals for the season, the crew of Matt Bellert, Joel Sherwood, Shannon Chynoweth and Jason Bedford not only taking out Saturday's final but the overall premiership victory.
Davis said winning the final, contested in rough conditions, also ended a recent run of outs with the Mooloolaba team having scored a series of recent victories over the Turbos in big events.
'We needed (the win),' Davis said. 'The five of us knew that we couldn't go another week of having Mooloolaba knock us off.
'We did make mistakes. It was not a perfect execution of skills work, but we handled the conditions well and our boat speed was good.'
Davis was left to lament a wrong decision, albeit made in a split second, which forced his crew to lose control on a wave with a spot in Sunday's A grade final in the offing.
As it turned out, the top eight finish was still the Turbos' best in senior competition, in any of its incarnations, topping a top-12 finish earlier in the season.
The crew will compete at Sunday's Interocean Surfboat Carnival at Kurrawa before backing up for next week's Australian Championships at the same venue.