Red Beach retains iconic trophy

7th January 2020

A concerted effort
by Red Beach surf athletes was a key factor in the retention of the Owen Chapman Cup on Saturday 4 January. Red Beach won the trophy for a third consecutive time.
The annual carnival, hosted by the Red Beach Surf Club, was the 64th year of competition for the iconic trophy which was won by a margin of 66 points. Mairangi Bay and Orewa finished second and third respectively.
Close to 230 competitors were registered for the event which is the longest-running club day in Australasia for surf athletes. It has always been hosted by Red Beach.
The start to the carnival saw partly cloudy conditions and a cool offshore wind that put paid to any chance of surf. By late morning, the sun broke through to warm things up.

Pictured above: The Red Beach Rigs canoe crew won 3 races from 3 starts in the Open Men's division.

The three Red Beach placegetters in the U19 Beach Flags event. From left: Freya Dooley 2nd, Renee Benney 1st, Jessica Lane 3rd.

Nine clubs from the northern region were represented, along with two clubs from outside the region … Omanu and Lyall Bay. The standard of competition seen on the day was close to what competitors can expect at the NZ Championships in March.
The Owen Chapman Cup can only be won by a club from the Northern region. Also up for grabs was the Jubilee Trophy for all-comers to the event; it too was won by Red Beach.

The next outing for athletes will be the Eastern Regional Championships to be held over two days at the end of January.

Owen Chapman Cup Overall Points:
Red Beach (196) 1, Mairangi Bay (130) 2, Orewa (114) 3, Bethells Beach (11) 4, Omaha (8) 5, Muriwai (6) 6, Sunset Beach (5) 7, Piha (2) 8.

For the full set of results click here ... Results 2020

Click to check out the 64-year history of  Owen Chapman Cup Winners