Red Beach’s McDermott family of four, all qualified lifeguards, are teaming up to tackle the Mount Monster event at Main Beach, Mt Maunganui on Saturday 16 December.
It’s believed that they will be the first family group to participate as a team in the Monster since the inaugural event in 2013. All are in solid training for it.
A challenging endurance event, it combines the best of surf sports with a touch of multisport. Mike McDermott will do the 5km run along the sand, wife Jen will carry out the Run-Jump-Swim over a 1.2km distance, 16-year-old Dylan will paddle the 6km board leg while Conor (14) will paddle the 12km ski leg.
“We see it as not just an amazing experience but as a connection between the four of us,” said Jen. “We considered doing it a year ago then decided to take it on this year while we’re all injury free.”
Pictured: The McDermott family, from left: Conor, Dylan, Jen, Mike.