Boarders take to flooded netball court for flying stunts
IT takes a special kind of craziness not to mention nerves of steel to see the wake boarding potential of a flooded netball complex.
But in the middle of all the fear and panic generated by Cyclone Marcia one of the sport's best, former world champion Mitch Langfield, seized the day.
There are 14 courses of eight-inch block work visible in the wall whose top edge became a rail for Langfield and mate Riley Lamb's exploits.
There is another three feet of wall below surface level which is rock hard concrete.
For three hours on Saturday the pair took turns, propelled by their old lawn mower motor power winch with variable speed controls, flying across the water, over ramps and along the wall and seat tops.
Capturing the action was Matthew Flinders graduate Hugh Burke who was also on hand to shoot the World Surfing League Pipe Masters on Oahu's North Shore won by Coolum's Julian Wilson.
There were plenty of bruises from bad falls as Langfield and Lamb pushed their limits but no real damage done.
"They know what they're doing," Burke said of the adventure.
Each ride would require the rope to be pulled out to its full extent. The winch was then engaged quickly pulling the riders up to the plane before their home-made ramp launched them into the air.
They deploy their personal fun machine where ever they can find a body of water.
That usually is creeks and other flooded water courses.
On this occasion the regularly-flooded Fisherman's Road, Maroochydore, netball courts proved too hard to resist.