Red Beach Surf Club will play host to many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday 4th January.
The event has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held there in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 58th year, it is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm. Around 400 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event.
As one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Along with Northern Region lifeguards there will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day.
The Owen Chapman carnival ushers in the business end of the surf competition season as athletes begin the countdown to the Eastern Region, Northern Region and NZ Championships. The Owen Chapman outing will provide them with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events coming up.
Only the clubs from the Northern region are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points. However, the Jubilee Trophy will be awarded to the club which finishes at the top of the points table, visiting clubs included.
Surf ski races and relays kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by surf races for both men and women.
The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 12.30 pm because of the mid-morning high tide. The Iron Man, Diamond Lady and Taplin relay events fill out the afternoon’s programme.
Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the Owen Chapman Cup at last summer’s carnival.
For the programme of events, click here