Thundercats make a splash on the Coast in series opener
THE battle of the Brisbane Coast Thundercats roared into life on the Sunshine Coast yesterday with 11 teams fighting for victory in the State Cross Series opener.
The 4.1m-long inflatable boats reached speeds up to 90kmh and often flew up to six metres over the surf as they rocketed off the top of waves.
Sadly the Sunshine Coast was under-represented in the event with no local teams signing up to take part.
Instead it became a battle between reigning Queensland champion Neptune Marine and fellow Gold Coast crew Mountain Trees.
The latter eventually prevailed, pilot Nick Routledge and Tony Aitkenhead steering their new boat to victory.
Event spokeswoman Kim Anderson said the pair enjoyed competing on the Sunshine Coast.
"They love coming here as they get embraced," she said.
"They get the crowds and see that the people love the excitement of it all."
Best flip of the day went to Joel Damme and his co-pilot Gaby who managed to stand in the air while going backwards.
While there are no Sunshine Coast teams in the series, the Brisbane Coast Thundercats club often stages events on the Coast.
"There's been a big resurgence of the sport in Queensland," she said.
"It kind of disappeared for a while but the club is trying to get more people involved. We'd love to see a club started here on the Coast.
"It's inexpensive to get into if you're looking for an extreme sport."
She said organisers hope to have a Sunshine Coast club up and running within six months.
"Ultimately our aim is to get more people involved and competing in the sport," Mrs Anderson said.
If you'd like to sign up for a Sunshine Coast thundercats team visit brisbanecoastthundercats.com.au