Red Beach Surf Club will play host to the region’s top surf athletes when it stages the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday 4 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 64th 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 lifeguards and close to 250 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event.
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.
Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the trophy at last summer’s event.