Yamba to welcome Nippers for North Coast carnival

Yamba Surf Club will play host to all clubs in the Far North Coast Branch on Sunday when Nipper competitors from clubs as far north as Kingscliff south to our home beach, participate in the first Nippers Branch carnival of the season on Main Beach.

It will be a case of ‘many hands make light work’ if our Nipper parents respond to calls for assistance and contribute to the setting up of the carnival from 3pm Saturday and again from 7am Sunday morning. Nippers co-ordinator, James Forbes, is keen to receive more offers of assistance for work party and water safety during the day.

The carnival will be underway by 9am on Sunday and Nipper parents are encouraged to arrive early and be organised for the full day’s program ensuring they have fold up chairs, plenty of sunscreen, hats, water bottles and snacks under the club tent. Nippers should be in club swimwear and bring pink singlets and club competition caps. There is often a lot of waiting at carnivals as events take extra time to run with the larger numbers of competitors. The day should conclude around 3.30pm.

Last weekend, a senior ‘Oceans 38’ carnival was held at Tugun SLSC on the Gold Coast. Yamba’s Kalani Ives competed well again and although unluckily out of the placings in the surf race and ironwoman events, she finished a very close second in the  U/15 female board race after leading for much of the event.

The Carl Schaeffer handicap surf race continues each Sunday at Main Beach at 11.30am. Last week it was a race of the brothers as Max Gilbert off 230 secs crossed the line in first place ahead of his younger brother Gus off 220 secs. Jimmi Schaeffer took out third position off a  handicap of 130 seconds.

The first monthly pointscore of this season has been won by Jane Lawrence, however, Max Gilbert now holds a 2 point lead over Jane in the overall season pointscore following his win last Sunday.

Volunteer patrols continue on Saturday and Sunday each weekend and patrol members are reminded of the importance of getting replacements if unable to attend a rostered patrol. This is particularly important this weekend with so many extra people on Main Beach for the Nippers carnival.

Yamba Surf Club office is open every Mon, Wed and Fri between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Please contact the club for any further enquiries by phoning 66462463 or emailing Nipper carnival enquiries can be directed to

Patrols this weekend:

Saturday November 9th   9am-1pm   Patrol 1  J. Ryan (C)

Sunday November 10th   9am-12.30pm   Patrol 2  P. Ridgway (C)

Sunday November 10th   12.30pm-4pm   Patrol 3  M. Saunders (C)

Cathy Dougherty

Action from last year’s Nippers carnival. File photo