Esperance Twilight life savers head to rainbow races

Esperance represented: Lawson Baker and Max Campbell, the Iron Man starting line and Steve Baker. Photos: Esperance-Goldfields Surf Life Saving.

Esperance represented: Lawson Baker and Max Campbell, the Iron Man starting line and Steve Baker. Photos: Esperance-Goldfields Surf Life Saving.

The Esperance Goldfields Surf Lifesaving Club travelled to Bremer Bay last weekend to compete in the Rainbow Coast Carnival.

This event was held over two days.

The first day at Blossom's Beach and the second day at Town Beach the mouth of the Bremer Bay Estuary.

Albany and Denmark Surf Lifesavings Clubs joined with Esperance Goldfields to commence the carnival midday on Saturday.

West Australian Surf Lifesaving were present supplying top level coaches for each discipline, board, swim, sprinting, flags and relay's.

The coaches observed the competitor's thru-out the carnival and provided feed-back to competitors and club coaches each day.

This was extremely helpful for the all the competing Clubbies.

Albany and Denmark had large numbers on the beach, while Esperance Goldfields were limited in numbers but not on skill and ability.

Saturday saw a breezy beach with sets of larger waves coming in a pulse of two to three waves which were dumping quite heavily.

Swimmers and board paddlers needing to keep their wits about them when the conditions picked up.

Some swimmers were caught in the bigger waves, being pulled over the wave as it dumped.

This is called going over the falls.

No injuries resulted as the water was deep enough to avoid being slammed into the sand.

The waves certainly livened up the water events.

The only water event including surf skis was the iron man which had Steven Baker and Sean Hazeldean, completing the famous event in good time with-out any incidents in the wave zone with the longest of the equipment and the hardest to control in the dumping waves.

The highlight for the Esperance lifesavers was the efforts put in by our male cadets, Max Campbell, Charlie Buckman, Lawson Baker, Jack Riley, Casey Crutenden and Tamar Gill were amazing in the big surf.

They applied all their skills to each competition, swim, board and iron man.

Was wonderful to see the red, yellow and whites caps up with the leaders of each leg.

The work that cadet coach Steve Baker has put in with the young lifesavers was evident with the top 3 or 4 places in each event.

Sunday morning saw the boys continue with the success.

Each event, sprint, flags and relays had Esperance gathering places and points towards the final tally.

At end of competition Esperance finished in second place.

This was a wonderful achievement from a limited number of competitors travelling to Bremer Bay for the Rainbow Coast Carnival.

Surf Patrols will commence for the summer on Sunday, December 1 at Twilight Beach in conjunction with Cadet training and nippers program.

Let's continue to support this valuable service and make the 2019/2020 season a super successful one.