TAKING TO WATER: Rhys Drury with some of his star students (from left) Laura Pettigrew, Chloe Travers, Brittany Stark and Shay Travers.
TAKING TO WATER: Rhys Drury with some of his star students (from left) Laura Pettigrew, Chloe Travers, Brittany Stark and Shay Travers. Warren Lynam

TV gig talking about surf right up Drury’s lane

FORMER Sunshine Coast ironman Rhys Drury says the Channel 9 broadcast of the Nutri-Grain Series is going to change the way fans look at the sport.

Drury will be part of the new-look broadcast of the professional surf lifesaving series which will be unveiled to viewers when round one is aired tomorrow.

The 2007 Coolangatta Gold champion will commentate alongside Tim Gilbert, ironman legend Trevor Hendy, journalist Roz Kelly and skateboarder Corbin Harris.

Channel 9 has taken over the broadcast rights for the 2013-14 series from Channel 10 and wasted no time mixing things up.

It introduced a new reality television show, Deep Water, based around the athletes and announced five of the six rounds would be on a delayed telecast.

Only the final round at Coolum will be shown live, but Drury said the extra time had been used to polish the final product and it was worth the wait.

"Channel 9 has gone all out with all the camera angles," he said.

"There are GoPros on all the boards and skis, so there will be camera views that we haven't seen before.

"There are Seabobs - which are like little motorised submarines - with cameras on them out in the water, so they can track under the athlete or alongside them in the swim.

"It looks unreal and provides a lot of different angles."

Drury hung up his budgie smugglers after the 2011-12 series, but still stays active on the beach as a Sunshine Coast Council lifeguard and as a coach at Maroochydore Surf Club.

He said the approach to make his broadcast debut had come as a shock and he was excited for the new career opportunity.

"I was really nervous," he said.

"There was a bit of a push to get me to do it, but I was stoked with the chance.

"I did some screen tests with Channel 9 and they liked what they saw.

"It was daunting, but it's just talking about surf lifesaving, which I love."

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