Squally rain showers failed to dampen the enthusiasm of close to 100 lifeguards at the recent Long Distance Carnival.
The event, held at Orewa Beach on Saturday 19 October, was the Northern Region's opening carnival on the Surf Sports calendar for 2019-20. Competitors aged from 14 years through to Masters (30+) participated.
Rain fell during the start of the opening event, the 5km beach run which drew 36 starters.
What followed took the form of a long-course endurance event – similar to the Mount Monster – with a run, swim, ski and board component.
Swimmers covered a 2km distance, board paddlers raced over a 6km course and ski paddlers had a 12km distance to cover in slightly choppy conditions with offshore winds.
The crews of larger craft – surf boats & surf canoes – competed over a 12km distance.
Red Beach had 13 teams and one individual athlete – Lachie Nicholls – competing over the course. Teams were mixed with the club's oldest members joining forces with Rookies.