Close to 80 athletes will represent 12 of New Zealand's Surf Life Saving Clubs at this year's Australian Surf Life Saving Championships starting tomorrow.
They will join over 7000 athletes from 313 Australian Surf Clubs to compete in over 400 beach and ocean events at North Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast.
Known as The Aussies, the annual national champs is taking place from March 25 to April 2.
Twenty nine athletes from Mount Maunganui are taking part, making up the largest group of Kiwis. Red Beach have 12 athletes and Omanu Beach have eight. Mairangi Bay, Paekakariki, Titahi Bay and Papamoa each have five athletes entered with Wainui (3), Piha (2), East End (2), Lyall Bay (1) and South Brighton (1) also taking part.
A number of other Aussie-based Kiwi athletes will also be representing their Australian clubs.
This year's Aussies comes just one week after the TSB Bank New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships and Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says many of the athletes will be primed and ready to tackle the Aussies.
"The water temperature was pretty cold in Christchurch so I'm sure they're looking forward to racing in the Gold Coast's warmer weather, he says.
"We wish them the best of luck at this year's event and hope to see them up there on the dias."
For more information or to follow the live results visit https://sls.com.au/aussies/
Lisa Smith, Media & Communications Manager, SLSNZ
Phone 0276 488 823