by Steele Taylor
SURF LIFESAVING: Emerging surf sports star Lana Rogers has had her first proper tilt at the Coolangatta Gold, and she can't wait to do it again.
The Noosa Heads youngster finished a promising fifth in her maiden attempt at the 41.8km race, which consists of ski paddling, swimming, board paddling and running.
She clocked 4hr27min22sec to be just over four minutes behind three-time winner Courtney Hancock, amid a high-quality line-up of athletes
"I learnt a lot in my first Coolangatta Gold. I'm really happy to have another go next season,” she said.
"It's not the result I was hoping for, but I'm still very happy with the list (of contenders) who were lined up to do it.”
Rogers qualified for last summer's Ironwoman Series final but was ruled out with a foot condition.
She's since bounced back into action and she relished her Gold experience on Sunday.
"I like it because it's a long race that not everybody can do,” she said.
"It's a tough one. You love it once you do it. I just want to do it again.
"It's a test for your body and the race gets tougher each leg you do.
"I had a race plan and probably didn't stick to it once I started, but it's all good.”
Rogers says she feels relatively good post-race and she is now eager to compete in the new-look summer series, the Ocean6, which starts in Sydney later this month.
"I'm going to have fun with it this year,” she said.
Alexandra Headland's Campbell Guthrie finished third in the under-19 men's race.