Perfect weather and a half-metre swell greeted a record 437 entrants at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.
Red Beach, with strength in numbers, was able to retain the Owen Chapman Cup by a comfortable margin. It was the 57th year of competition for the cup which is contested by clubs in the Northern Region and awarded for overall points. The club notched up its ninth consecutive win.
A brand new trophy – the Jubilee Cup – was up for grabs for the very first time and all competing New Zealand clubs were eligible to win it. This trophy marks Red Beach Surf Club’s 60th year of operation which the club will celebrate in May. The inaugural winner was the Mt Maunganui club who headed off the hosts by just seven points.
Entries on the day came from 19 New Zealand clubs, three of them from the South Island. The Rarangi club from Blenheim had two boat crews on the water and the Christchurch clubs of Waimairi and South Brighton jointly had a handful of competitors.
The visiting Australian branch teams of New South Wales Country and Central Coast - in Auckland for the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series - also fronted for the carnival with 40 competitors. Their appearance at the event added an extra zing with team athletes delivering a number of outstanding performances
The boat & canoe arena saw 24 surf boat crews in action along with 17 canoe crews.
The carnival provided opportunities for athletes to assess their chances of success at the Eastern Regional Championships at Whangamata during Anniversary weekend at the end of January.
For the full set of results from the carnival, click here.
The Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain series gets under way again with Round 2 at Newcastle Beach, New South Wales, this coming Saturday 12th January.
The Gold Coast Bulletin has published an article on Chris Moors in its latest edition. To read the article Chris Digs Deep, click here.
For the full set of results from the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival held on Saturday 5 January, click here. Photo gallery coming soon.