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Bondi Rescue star on board for championships at Merewether Beach

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Bondi Rescue lifeguard and surf lifesaver Anthony “Harries” Carroll will add some star power to this weekend’s 2022 NSW Board Riding Championships at Merewether Beach.

The prestigious event is returning to the sporting calendar on 8 and 9 October, with 96 competitors representing 28 clubs in 20 categories.

An inaugural team event – including one youth (U13-U17), one female and one masters (30+) competitor – will also take place on Sunday morning.

After a false start in September following wild conditions in the Hunter, participants are registered to hit the water across the short and longboard titles.

Bondi Rescue star Anthony “Harries” Carroll.

And, it promises to be a fairytale return for the state championships.

“Board riders are fundamental tools to saving lives, we’re the pillars of the surf community, out in the water you can see everything,” Carroll said.

The man made famous by established TV show Bondi Rescue will compete, as he has numerous times in the past, across the longboard category, looking to add to his suite of NSW medals.

His motivation, however, has changed over the years from success in the water to success out of it.

“I’m 46, I’ve competed for so many years and won heaps of state titles,” Carroll said.

“But, I want to firstly be a great example for my two boys, get them involved in the ocean and invest in being safe and saving lives and giving back to the community.

“It’s a dream come true to have had the success I’ve had but for me, with my children, I just want them to give back.”

Carroll said the beach would be “pumping” for the longboard and teams’ events.

“The organisers couldn’t have selected a better location,” he stated.

“It’s such an iconic place, Merewether Beach, the things I think of are four-time world champion Mark Richards is from Merewether.

“To have an event like this back on, it’s so important because some of these board riders who have come through the clubbie scene have gone on to be championship surfers – Tom Whittaker, Luke Hitchings, Rod Kerr, it’s become historical.

“It’s also a reminder that if you’re a surfer, just get in there and do it, join a club, why wouldn’t you?

“Lifesaving gave me so many opportunities, the brand itself is incredible, it doesn’t matter what you do, from driving an IRB to being down the front doing the sausage sizzle, it’s the collective.”

And, of his chances, Carroll remained coy.

“I’m ready to dance, we’ll leave it at that,” he said with a laugh.

The 2022 NSW Board Riding Championships will feature:

  • Youth Female Malibu Long Board
  • Youth Male Malibu Long Board
  • Open Female Malibu Long Board
  • Open Male Malibu Long Board
  • 30-49 Female Malibu Long Board
  • 30-49 Male Malibu Long Board
  • 50+ Male Malibu Long Board
  • 50+ Female Malibu Long Board
  • U13 Male Short Board
  • U13 Female Short Board
  • U14/U15 Male Short Board
  • U14/U15 Female Short Board
  • U17/U19 Male Short Board
  • U17/U19 Female Short Board
  • Open Male Short Board
  • Open Female Short Board
  • 30-49 Male Short Board
  • 30-49 Female Short Board
  • 50+ Male Short Board
  • 50+ Female Short Board

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