Close to 300 competitors are expected at the 52nd Owen Chapman surf carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 5th January.
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region's surf athletes and big fields have become the norm.
Now one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Joining the ‘locals’ will be competitors from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington.
The event has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held in 1957. Only clubs from the Auckland region are eligible to win the Cup which is awarded for most overall points.
The carnival will also provide opportunities for competitors to assess their chances of success at the Northern Regional Championships coming up at the end of January.
There are no entry forms or entry fees for the carnival. Team managers need only supply the names of their competitors on a form handed out at the managers' meeting at 8.40 am.
Surf races kick off the programme which starts at 9.00 am. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 12 noon. The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, with the Taplin relays, beach flags and a Tug O’ War wrapping up the day’s competition.
The after-carnival function on the Red Beach Reserve will see prizes awarded to all event winners, with spot prizes also being handed out. Through the support of the business community, the carnival's prize value runs close to $7,000.
For the Owen Chapman surf carnival programme, click here.
To read the history of the Owen Chapman Cup, click here.