SURF STUDIO: Surf season only just beginning in FNQ
While the Summer Season has just ended for most surf lifesaving club across Australia, in the northern parts of Australia things are just getting started.
In Episode One of Surf Studio we spoke with Cairns SLSC surf lifesaver Zara Chauvin-Hartmann who tells us about the unique lifesaving experiences in North Queensland.
In the Summer months from November to May, Far North Queensland is at a higher risk of marine stingers being present, but Chauvin-Hartmann says that it is not the only thing the volunteer patrollers look out for.
“In general, we start from about April and go through to November, which is completely the opposite to big clubs down south,” she said.
“The reason we start so our patrol season so early is because of our Marine stingers … from November to May our beaches are flooded with stingers.
“But there’s also crocs, seas snakes, stingrays, a few shovel-nosed sharks … every day is different, and you never know who’s going to come and visit.”
Chauvin-Hartmann said that surf lifesaving and the community in Far North Queensland is really unique and special, because it is so different from other clubs down south and offers a range of other challenges for lifesavers every day.
“In Far North Queensland we’re exposed to different conditions to down south. They have big waves and rip currents,” she said of the other Surf lifesaving clubs on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts of Queensland.
“But there’s so much exciting knowledge to learn about marine stingers and that’s what makes u so different from other clubs.”
When it comes to surf sports, Chauvin-Hartmann said that what the North Queensland clubs lack in big swell they make up for in their attitude and willingness to give it a go.
“Our surf up here is not big at all,” she said of the small conditions that North Queensland beaches regularly see.
“We would actually train in a lake at a cable ski park in our off-season before coming down south and we’d look at the 6-8 ft swell and go ‘right…let’s give this a crack’.”
To hear more about Zara Chauvin-Hartmann and the unique surf lifesaving experiences in Far North Queensland, make sure you tune in to the first episode of Surf Studio – sls.com.au/surf-studio/
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