By Casey O'Connor
The Kirra Surf Life Saving Clubs is one of the oldest clubs on the Gold Coast. The club is housed in the Kirra Pavilion one of the most iconic buildings on the Gold Coast but Kirra is far from the biggest Surf Club on the coast nor the wealthiest. That proved no deterrent last weekend when they added to their status as one of the leaders in the high octane sport of Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) racing.
Competitors from Queensland and around the country last weekend descended on Kingscliffe for the 2019 Australian National Titles.
The Kirra club book ended the Queensland State Titles they won a few weeks ago taking out the 2019 Australian National Titles. Finally a win for the Queenslanders.
The sport has flown under the radar for a long time. Many people are far more au fait with the better known summer disciplines we relate to surf carnivals. However should you ever find yourself in difficulty in the surf, more often than not it will be a very competent IRB crew that come to your aid.
If at any time that happens to you on Kirra Beach you can be assured you are in great hands. Not only are the Kirra crews Australian and Queensland title holders, several also have World Titles in their kit bag.
Not bad for a little club with a big history and a passion for IRB racing. Congratulations Kirra Kids.