North Avoca is currently in the pilot phase setting up the very first North Avoca SLSC boat crew.
Surfboat rowing is very much a team sport, you have to rely on every one of your team mates! Surfboats generally weigh around 200kgs, without the oars or crew in it. The crew is made up of four rowers and the sweep. The sweep is the person who stands up the back and steers the boat and sometimes doubles as the coach. In the earlier days of surf lifesaving, the surfboats were used to rescue swimmers in trouble that the belt swimmers couldn’t reach. The boats would regularly brave big seas to rescue bathers in trouble and also patrol for sharks. Since the advent of the IRBs (Inflatable Rescue Boats), the surfboats have been retired from active duty.