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 7th January.
This summer’s carnival will have an international flavour with the visiting NSW Country Branch representative team having confirmed 20 competitors for the event. And members of the Central Coast Branch team, also in the country for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series, are likely to compete.
The event has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 61st 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.
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.
Beach sprints and relays kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by board races and relays and then the Iron Man and Diamond events. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 10.00 am.
Returning to the programme is the Candy Stripes Eliminator event in which contestants compete against the clock.
For the Owen Chapman Cup Programme & Entry Form, click here
For the history of the Owen Chapman Cup carnival, click here