The country’s top surf athletes will gather on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for the start of the Australian Ironman and Ironwoman Series.
Eighteen athletes will compete in the first two rounds of the series at Coolum Beach.
Defending Ironman champion – Ali Day – says eight-time winner Shannon Eckstein stine will be the one to beat.
Ali Day: “He’s been around for so long now. He’s just about arguably the greatest Ironman ever so it is very scary turning up and racing him. He’s just an amazing athlete and definitely, obviously the one to look out for in this years series.”