The New Year will see four Red Beach surf boat crews heading for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on Monday 2nd January.
The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40-50 crews taking part. Crews will race over a short course sprint series in all age divisions.
The 2km Dash for Cash, a feature of the surf boat event at Whangamata in recent years, has been withdrawn from the programme. The event is a casualty of the growth in surf boat rowing; the Round the Island race now suffers the problem of congestion and the potential damage to craft.