Locals relish challenging conditions at Eastern Regional Championships

Posted by SLSNZ Media on Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service team has taken an early lead on the first full day of the 2018 Eastern Regional Championships (ERCs), held in Tauranga this weekend.

Following the twilight session held last night, the event continued from 8.00am this morning with 850 athletes from around New Zealand that saw Mt Maunganui finish the day 35 points ahead of their nearest rival.

With 75 athletes, who are also qualified lifeguards, the Mt Maunganui team is one of the biggest but their knowledge of local surf conditions have boosted their results today

Coming in second is Waikanae Surf Lifesaving Club who finished with a 13 point buffer over third place getters, Piha Surf Life Saving Club, ahead the final day taking place tomorrow. Although with dozens of points up for offer tomorrow, the "game is far from over" and second place could still go to any of the top teams.

Rounding out the top five in fourth is Mairangi Bay Surf Life Saving Club with 38 points, only one point behind Piha SLSC, with Omanu Surf Life Saving Club in fifth on 32 points. Omanu SLSC also has a number of top national athletes set to take part in their strongest events tomorrow, meaning they too could be chasing down a podium.

ERCs Event Manager, Mark Inglis, said it has been a challenging day despite "ideal weather conditions" and added the competitors have done extremely well with the relatively big surf.

"The weather has been perfect today but the surf conditions made everything a little trickier. We had a solid swell for most of the day which really tested the athletes but they embraced it and showed us why they are the best in the region.

"Tomorrow is shaping up to a stunner and everyone is really looking forward to it. There are a lot of clubs in contention for podium places so I'm sure it will make for some close racing with athletes pushing themselves to the limit."

The final day of the ERCs starts tomorrow from 7.30am at Mt Maunganui beach in Tauranga, followed by the New Zealand Representative Challenge on Monday. Entry for spectators is free at both events.

Club

Points

Mt Maunganui Lifeguard Service

87

Waikanae SLSC

52

Piha SLSC

39

Mairangi Bay SLSC

38

Omanu SLSC

32

Red Beach SLSC

29

Papamoa SLSC

22

Orewa SLSC

15

Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC

14

East End SLSC

14

Wainui SLSC

11

Lyall Bay SLSC

11

Fitzroy SLSC

9

Waihi Beach Lifeguard Services Inc

6

Waimarama SLSC

5

Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service Inc

5

Waimairi SLSC

5

Whangamata SLSC

5

Midway SLSC

5

Westshore SLSC

5

Taylors Mistake SLSC

4

Bethells Beach SLSP

3

SLSNZ 2018 Easternregionchamps Alanamcisaac 0190 For more information, please contact:

Alana McIsaac
Phone: 027 515 7157
Email: media@surflifesaving.org.nz

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