Thundercats are go for high octane spills at Alex

Thundercats in action at Alexandra Headland on Saturday morning.
Thundercats in action at Alexandra Headland on Saturday morning. Mark Furler

SOME of Queensland's best Thundercat drivers have converged on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, offering high octane thrills and spills to beachgoing spectators.

The thrill-seeking pilots and co-pilots are going head-to-head for a shot at the Queensland Thundercat Surf Cross Series title at Alexandra Headland.

Racing kicked off on Saturday morning and will continue throughout tomorrow.

The championship round are showcasing the best inflatable catamaran crews in a high-octane, full-throttle battle for supremacy.

The event is taking alongside a surf carnival at Alexandra Headland, providing beachgoers with plenty to see on a hot November day.

There were some early spills this morning with one of the co-pilots falling out of boat as it crashed over a wave.

Some solid swell, together with the wind, have created some tricky conditions.

For several of the crews, it's the first time back into competition since July's King Of Coolum event. Conditions were pretty wild that weekend and a couple of boats sustained some heavy damage.

Series leaders Nick Routledge and Tony Aitkenhead (Team Mountain Trees) will face some stiff competition from defending Queensland champs Jay and Nathan Durston (Team Neptune Marine 1) as they attempt to make it three state titles in a row.

But with the points tally so close, both crews will have to work extra-hard to stave off challenges from others, including King Of Coolum winners Jacob Gaby and Rob Van der Westhuizen (Team I Can I Will), who are in third place.

While most of the Thundercat crews hail from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, local co-pilot Sam Trevor will again team up with Michael Geale.

Trevor, a Yandina Creek resident, received a sporting achievement award for winning the King Of Coolum B-grade race, and the pair will be looking to prove themselves after spending the past few months perfecting their strategy.

The Thundercat racing boats have become a permanent fixture on the Sunshine Coast's sporting calendar.

Representative crews from the Gold Coast and Brisbane first debuted the sport at Coolum Beach via a demonstration race in 2012, and crews have returned each year since.

Topics:  alexandra headland boats racing thundercats

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