Three Red Beach surf boat crews headed to Wellington last weekend for the opening round of the NZ Surf Boat series.
Around 36 crews and 188 competitors entered for what also doubled as the first selection event for the New Zealand and NZ Development crews wanting to race in the 2016 ASRL Open in NSW, Australia in February.
Red Beach’s two men’s crews, the Boomers (Open) and the Pirates (U23) both had podium finishes, each finishing second in their respective finals.
The Open men’s division comprised of three heats, two semis and a final. North Beach came home first in the final ahead of the Red Beach Boomers with Titahi Bay in third place.
Conditions at Lyall Bay were flat but with the odd runner and there was an offshore cross wind gusting at up to 35 knots.
“Rowing home was a real effort and it took a lot of guts. Crews had to row into a cross-chop as well,” said Red Beach sweep Bugsy O’Halloran.
With six crews in the U23 men’s division, the results were determined by a five-race series. Whangamata finished first, followed by Red Beach and Orewa.
In the open women’s division, Red Beach was represented by two rowers from each of the Bangers (open) and Rabbits (U23) crews, placing fourth overall.