This weekend will see the New Zealand High Performance Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Trial taking place at Maranui Beach in Wellington.
A total of 12 crews from 11 different Surf Life Saving Clubs around the country will race in a three round series in Mass Rescue, Rescue and Tube Rescue events.
The selectors will be looking to select one Open Men's and one Open Women's crew to represent New Zealand at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships in Adelaide later this year.
They will also be looking at future development areas with identifying potential talent for the 2020 Lifesaving World Championships.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand Sport Manager Mike Lord says New Zealand last had a representative IRB team compete at the 2003 Tri-Nations Challenge at Mount Maunganui with a crew of Chris Scott and Jaron Mumby from Opunake.
"It's been a while since we've had a national team compete on an international stage so it's an exciting time to be involved in IRB racing," he says.
Racing begins at 9am.
Good luck to all those taking part.
Mike Lord, Sport Manager
Phone 0274 571 025