THE Portland Surf Lifesaving Club’s IRB Squad should be confident of a strong carnival season this year after spending last weekend fine tuning their skills alongside former Australian IRB Champions Brian and Lisa Happ.
Inflatable Rescue Boats (IRB) are the row boats of the 21st Century and have become an integral part of surf life-saving, and IRB carnivals help hone the skills of the life-saver, in terms of both skill and speed.
The Portland Club, which is based at CapeBridgewater, is fortunate to have a close relationship with the former Australian Champions, who have trained the local squad on a number of occasions and have played a significant role in the incredible success the IRB team has had.
Last year, in only its third season, Portland contested a number of finals at the State and National Championships and had two members represent Victoria at the Australian Championships
IRB racing is proving to be extremely popular and appears to be leading a resurgence of interest in surf life-saving.
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