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Just over 800 surf athletes from 35 clubs will compete over the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) during Anniversary weekend. Red Beach has 98 lifeguards entered for competition.
The event sees a switch from Mt Maunganui – the host venue for many years – to Whangamata further up the coast. A 2m swell is forecast for both Saturday & Sunday.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by competitors as the springboard for the premier event which will be back at Mt Maunganui in March.
Saturday’s events at Whangamata get under way at 8.00 am with surf races and there’s also an 8.00 am start on Sunday. The boat & canoe arena commences at 9.00 am on each day.
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Warm, sunny conditions prevailed for the 111 swimmers drawn to Red Beach for the 24th open water swim.
With calm sea conditions, entrants in the annual event had the choice of either a 1.5km or 3.0 km swim which started and finished in front of the surf club.
Red Beach lifeguards were to the fore over the two distances. Ethan Hutchinson and Reid Blackall were first out of the water in the 1.5km swim.
Soon after, in the 3.0km swim, the first three to finish in the non-wetsuit category were AJ Maney, Scott Williams and Cole Drinnan. The Deyal Cosgrove Trophy was awarded to Maney for the fastest time.
Red Beach master swimmer Anna Jackson recorded the fastest time for women over the 3km distance.
Red Beach open water swim results: 1.5km 3.0km 3km Males, no wetsuit 3km Females, no wetsuit