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The 2016 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships are on!

The exciting Australian Surf Life Saving Championships competition are hitting the Sunshine Coast this year at Maroochydore, Alexandra Headland, Coolum and Mooloolaba from Saturday, April 16th until Sunday, April 24th.

Held annually, this competition brings thousands of members from more than 300 surf clubs all over Australia together to see who has the strongest all round team in the water, and it's the biggest event of its kind in the entire world.

After 20 years, the championship commonly known to locals as "The Aussies" finally returns to the Sunshine coast to feature a two-kilometre open swimming race, sprinting races, short-board and long-board races, free community activities, a chance to meet legendary surfing stars, great food and more!

While most of the competitions are for official members of the surf clubs, anyone 16-years-old or older can join the the Aussie Ocean Swim race that starts on Sunday, April 17th at 8:00 am with a modest entry fee to join in the action too.

All participants of this spirited race receive an honorary Aussies swimming cap as a souvenir to remember the occasion, and a few lucky winners of the race will also get to home with medals.

While the various championships will each take place at three different beaches, Coolum Beach will be the site of the board-riding portion of the competition.

This beautiful spot is right next to the Coolum Beach Holiday Park, the Coolum Surf School and Tickle Park. This board-riding rescue surfing event is highly popular because it's one of the most difficult contests to win and really tests life-saving skills in an extreme way.

If you're coming to the Sunshine Coast for the Aussies, why not stay at The Point Coolum hotel. This hideaway spot is just a four-minute drive from Coolum Beach, and one can even take a leisurely stroll down to the main action.

Staying at 'The Point' means guests could leave right before the events start and still get to the championships before missing anything, and leaving the event is that much easier too for those staying at the hotel.

The Point at Coolum Beach boasts many one, two or three-bedroom villas with private balconies, complete kitchens to make visitors feel right at home and awe-inspiring, oceanic views.

In fact, these spacious balconies provide guests with a more private vantage point from which to watch the world go by, a shaded spot that looks down right over the beach where someone can calmly observe the bigger picture with a cold drink in their hand.

Don't miss the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships this April, it will definitely be a fun event to remember.

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