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 6 January.
The event has always been contested at Red Beach; it was first held in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 62nd year, it’s 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.
An added incentive for Northern Region athletes at this summer’s event will be the presence of the SLSNR selectors. They are wanting to name Open and Youth teams for the NZ Representative Challenge at Mt Maunganui on Monday 29 January.
Athletes can look forward to the Candy Stripes Eliminator which is back on the programme as the feature event for the third consecutive year.
This year’s carnival will be impacted by a king tide just before midday. The organisers have set an earlier starting time of 8.00 am to take advantage of the available beach area.
Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the Owen Chapman Cup at last summer’s event.