SURF LIFESAVING: The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is set to return to the Sunshine Coast in 2021.
More than 7000 competitors from more than 300 clubs across the country are expected to converge for the sport's marquee event.
The carnival should be officially announced at Alexandra Headland on Friday morning, via Surf Life Saving Australia president Graham Ford and Sunshine Coast deputy mayor Tim Dwyer.
The championships, dubbed The Aussies, was held on the Sunshine Coast last year, breaking a 36-year drought.
That nine-day edition welcomed about 20,000 guests to the region and injected millions of dollars into the local economy.
The carnival produced some memorable highlights, including Shannon Eckstein embracing local ironman legend Grant Kenny enroute to an eight national title.
The 2021 competition is expected to be held at the same beaches, including Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.
Local participants are likely to be in the thick of the action too. The region boasts several youth state and national title holders.
The event is set to include a youth championships, masters divisions and an open championships.