RACING HARD: Thundercats in action at Coolum Beach.
RACING HARD: Thundercats in action at Coolum Beach. John McCutcheon

Thundercats roar in race for crown at Coolum

THUNDERCATS: Four-time state champions Jay and Nathan Durston overcame early engine trouble to be crowned champion crew at the King of Coolum surf cross event on Sunday.

The nation's fastest inflatable catamaran teams converged on the Sunshine Coast for the annual two-day event but the brothers prevailed.

Racing for Getaway Resort, the duo was forced out of one of the initial races but bounced back to claim a breakthrough result.

"We've finally taken the title," pilot Jay said via an event media release.

"We've been racing in the event since it started and always had mechanical hiccups or been beaten by better teams on the day but luckily this year, we just scraped in with a win.

"We had one breakdown on Saturday and ended up missing a race, so that put us back a bit on the points.

"But we managed to stay consistent for the rest of weekend and posted enough race wins to take the title."

A challenging 1m swell on Saturday made way for glassy conditions and faster times yesterday.

Novice competitors Jesse and Levi Johnson claimed second place in the main event, 20 points behind the Durston brothers and snaring first place in the 'modified class'. The event drew plenty of spectators.

The event got off to a dramatic start, when pilot Andrew Pomas hit the first wave of the day hard and was transported to hospital for observation after jarring his neck.

Co-pilot Tye Wood suffered a dislocated shoulder.

"The conditions were a challenge out there on the first day," Brisbane Thundercats president and new title-holder Nathan said.

"There was a bit of a big swell and a big break on the sandbank."

The event drew plenty of spectators.

"King of Coolum is fantastic every year," Nathan said.

"Even the locals seem to love us. They're always asking questions and we've never been without a crowd here at Coolum. It's an unreal feeling."


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