2020 New Zealand Surf Boat Trial: CANCELLED
EVENT CANCELLED (28 October, 2020)
SLSA & SLSNZ have been continuing to observe developments regarding Trans-Tasman government travel restrictions and requirements. Unfortunately, together we have had to come to the tough decision to cancel the 2021 Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge between Australia and New Zealand. The 2021 event was due to be hosted by New Zealand at Waihi Beach 6-7 February as part of the annual North Island Surf Boat Championships. Although there has been some progress with limited international travel between the countries, with mandatory quarantine periods likely to remain into next year, the Trans-Tasman is not feasible to be held in February.
We appreciate the disappointment crews will experience not being able to compete at Trans-Tasman as planned in February 2021. Accordingly, SLSA & SLSNZ will continue discussions about potential Trans-Tasman competition for when further easing of restrictions, and removal of mandatory quarantine eventuates.
As a result of this decision the NZ Surf Boat Trial, scheduled to be held on Sunday 6th December at Whangamata SLSC will also be cancelled. SLSNZ are investigating a number of racing options for all interested crews on the Sunday as an alternative. The Whangamata Classic/Surf Boat Series Round 1 will continue on Saturday 5th December as scheduled.