Close to 200 athletes from 17 different Surf Life Saving Clubs will head to Waipu Cove this weekend for the first round of the 2016 BP Surf Rescue Series, the North Island Championships.
Four events including the assembly rescue, mass rescue, tube rescue and single rescue will be contested across the Under 21, Senior, Women's and Premier divisions. The event line up will be finished off with a team's race which, last season, was won by Papamoa.
The Bay of Plenty Club also took out the overall points at last season's event held at Fitzroy, Taranaki. They finished on 70 points, well ahead of Sunset Beach in second (43) with Waimarama (31) in third.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says Papamoa continues to dominate IRB racing and they'll be the ones to watch out for on Saturday, along with crews from Paekakariki and Sunset Beach.
"It will be a fantastic event at the first major IRB based sports event of the season. The crews are geared up and ready to race. It's sure to be a great weekend of fast and exhilarating racing from some of the best IRB racers in the country," he says.
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