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Monday 1 February 2010 | Published in Regional

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A recent holiday to Australia’s Gold Coast saw local twins Cailean (left) and Benjamin Henderson meet the superstars of surf lifesaving.

The twins are the sons of Vicki Henderson and grandsons of Maria Henderson of Nikao.

The world’s best men and women were assembled at Kurrawa Beach for rounds one and two of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain professional Ironman series.

With a total prize pool of A$250,000 the athletes are all training hard for a share of the cash and competition is sure to be fierce with reputations on the line at each event.

Both the men’s and women’s fields comprise the world’s best multi discipline surf athletes.

The line-up sees a bevy of current and former world and Australian champions doing battle in the boiling surf of Australia’s east coast.

A typical Iron race comprises of a 500m swim through the surf break and return, a paddle board leg of 500m and a surf ski leg of 700m culminating in a gut-wrenching 100m sprint to the finish line.

A round held over 2 hours sees the athletes complete the course 3 times with minimal rest between each start.

The boys were photographed by their uncle Harvie Allison, whose water sports photography business covers all Australian lifesaving competitions.