Maxibon rowers secure gold win for Marcoola SLSC

There was plenty to be excited about on Sunday, February 18 with the Marcoola ‘Maxibons’ taking out the gold medal at the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open Championships in Lorne, Victoria in the Under 19 surf boat competition. This has been a huge win for the little club who could not be prouder of the outstanding effort, teamwork and success that the crew displayed. Pictured are Jude Lategan, Flynn Smeaton, Steve DeLaurence (sweep), Jordan Elliott and Jack Robbins celebrating their gold medal win. Photo: Malcolm Trees  

THE MARCOOLA ‘Maxibons’, the Under 19 surf boat crew representing Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club, triumphed at the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open Championships in Lorne Victoria from February 15-18 triumphing with the gold medal.  

With the unwavering support of all 130 active senior members and 252 junior members from the club, the Marcoola crews using their cherished surf boat, The Marcoola Flash, gave it their all during the event. The reserve grade crew secured a top eight finish out of the 55 competing teams, while the Under 19 crew, led by sweep Steve De Laurence and comprising Jude Lategan, Flynn Smeaton, Jordan Elliot, and Jack Robbins, seized their second national medal and first national gold.  

General Manager Andy Daly stated that the club was thrilled with the result.   

“Through their sheer determination and hard work, the Marcoola Maxibons continue to achieve great success in this highly competitive sport. To have such an inspiring group of volunteer lifesavers be so dedicated to both their sport and to beach safety here at Marcoola is truly inspiring and we could not be prouder of them.” 

The final saw the five-member crew showcase remarkable skill and determination as they turned around the cans in second place, ultimately crossing the finish line in first place with a strong and dominant finish.  

Since its establishment during the 2018/19 season, the Marcoola boat section and U19s crew have made a significant impact on the surfboat scene. Under the guidance of Sweep Steve De Laurence and Boat Captain Travis Perugini, a team of dedicated rowers has been cultivated, leading to the club’s surf boat section achieving success in Australian surf boat rowing.  

Before the ASRL Open, the Under 19 crew also received national recognition by securing silver in the Australian Short Course series held in December. 

The Marcoola ‘Maxibons’ Under 19s surf boat team in action at the Australian Surf Rowers League competition, which was held in Lorne, Victoria recently. The team took home the gold medal for their efforts. Photo: Malcolm Trees  

In addition to their competition schedule, Marcoola’s surf boat crews fulfil their duties as active patrol members during the regular beach patrol season and also dedicate time to raising crucial funds to support their sporting endeavours.  

Most recently, 18-year-old Jordan Elliot of Buderim was honoured by the State Lifesaving Committee, receiving the Outstanding Rescue Lifesaving Excellence Award for his rescue of two swimmers at the Coolum Bays. 

With no downtime, the Marcoola Maxibons are gearing up to compete at the Queensland State Titles at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast in March and the Australian Lifesaving Championships on the Sunshine Coast in April. 

The Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club is always looking for more active members and encourages enquiries to be made to 07 5448 7311 or via 

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