Red Beach will be awash with top-calibre surf athletes at the 53rd Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival this Saturday.
And joining in the mix will be the two visiting branch teams from Australia– Central Coast and New South Wales Country – who each have an 18-person team of competitors here to contest the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series.
Over the years the Owen Chapman carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and the event has established itself as one of the highlights of the surf carnival circuit.
Joining the Auckland lifeguards will be surf athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. The total number of competitors at this year's event could well exceed 300.
The carnival will also provide opportunities for lifeguards to assess their chances of success at the Northern Regional Championships at Mount Maunganui during Anniversary weekend.
Surf races head the programme which starts at 9.00 am. The surf boat and surf canoe series commence at 12 noon.
The after-carnival function on the Red Beach Reserve will see prizes awarded to all event winners, with spot prizes also being handed out. And club sponsor Bryan Heron is providing cash prizes to the successful surf boat crews.
For the Owen Chapman programme, click here. To read the History of the Owen Chapman Cup, click here.