Competitors at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 6 January will be wanting to put in some top performances.They will be aware that the Northern Region selectors will be on hand, needing to name Open and Youth teams for the NZ Representative Challenge at Mt Maunganui on Monday 29 January.
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. Saturday’s event will provide athletes with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events coming up.
The carnival 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. Up to 300 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event.
Saturday’s event will be impacted by a king tide just before midday. The carnival 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 carnival.