Chloe Wade throws up sand competing in last year’s Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival. The carnival is back again this year and is the first of the season for Sunshine Coast clubs.
Chloe Wade throws up sand competing in last year’s Rainbow Beach Nippers Carnival. The carnival is back again this year and is the first of the season for Sunshine Coast clubs. Craig Warhurst

Nippers gear up for first carnival

RAINBOW Beach nippers will smear on the sunscreen ahead of hitting the sand and surf for a new season this weekend.

The season is being launched officially this Saturday with the Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club hosting the first nippers carnival on the calendar.

For participants aged between eight and 14, Rainbow Beach Surf Life Saving Club manager Brad Robb said up to 800 nippers from clubs along the Sunshine Coast were expected to take part in the carnival.

Robb was, however, keeping his eye on the weather conditions as the big event approached.

“The weather has been really poor this week and hopefully it will clear in time for the weekend,” he said.

The carnival enjoyed perfect conditions last year with plenty of sun and next to no swell.

A year earlier, organisers were forced to cut the carnival program short owing to wet weather.

Robb said Rainbow Beach would benefit as a whole from the carnival if the weather played along.

“Local businesses really benefit from the carnival and if it’s called off, they really do feel the effects,” he said.

Rainbow Beach nippers started their season two weeks ago but poor conditions have limited their time on the beach, making this Saturday’s carnival even more important.

Robb encouraged the public to come along and cheer on the local nippers as they battle with their Sunshine Coast counterparts.

“It’s not an overly competitive atmosphere because we encourage the kids to have a go and have fun,” he said.

“But we are looking forward to seeing what talent we have in the ranks.”

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