Five Red Beach surf boat crews are heading for Waihi this weekend to compete in the Tradestaff North Island Surf Boat Championships.
The event is the fourth and final round of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40 - 50 crews taking part.
Saturday's racing will be over the long course distance and Red Beach will have three men’s crews and two women’s crews on the water.
Sunday will see the Champion of Champions event with all crews racing over the short course distance.
A new event on the programme at Waihi will be surf boat racing for U19 women’s crews
The NI Championships get under way at 11.00 am on Saturday and at 8.30 am on Sunday.