Top surf event celebrates athletes

Friday, 6 March 2020

Photos: TSB Nationals 2019. CODY KEEPA

The TSB Nationals Surf Life Saving Championships (TSB Nationals 2020) is being held at Midway Beach, Gisborne from March 12 to 15.

It is the pinnacle Surf Lifesaving event of the season with almost 1400 athletes registered to attend this iconic event.

From Masters who have lost track of the number of TSB Nationals they have attended to 15-year-olds experiencing the event for the first time, TSB Nationals caters to all levels of participation and almost all aspects of Surf Life Saving.

Spectators will see New Zealand representatives, canoes, surf boat crews, surf swimmers, beach sprinters, ski and board paddlers all having a crack at being the next National champion.

Event name: TSB New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships

Where: Midway Beach, Gisborne

When: March 12 to 15, 2020
The last day of the competition will be available to watch free to air on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel. Go to​ to subscribe.


  • 1389 competitors
    • 291 Masters athletes
    • 1098 Open age athletes

Age groups:

  • U16
  • U19
  • U23
  • Open
  • Masters

 Individual events:

Beach Sprint 
Run Swim Run
2km Beach Run
Surf Race
Beach Flags
Board Race
Ski Race
Diamond Race  

Team events:

Beach Relay
Board Rescue
Surf Teams
Ski Relay
Double Ski
Board Relay
Taplin Relay
Mixed Surf Boat Relay
Tube Rescue
Canoe Race – Long Course
Canoe Race – Short Course
Surf Boat Race – Long Course
Surf Boat Race – Short Course

Masters events:

Beach Sprint
Beach Relay
Beach Flags       
Surf Teams
Run Swim Run  
Ski Relay
Ski Race
Board Relay
Board Race        
Taplin Relay
Surf Race (three person)             
Canoe Race – Short Course
Surf Boat Race – Short Course
Double Ski         

Competing clubs:

Bethells Beach SLSP
East End SLSC
Fitzroy SLSC
Foxton SLSC
Mooloolaba SLSC - QLD, Australia
Kaka Point SLSC
Lyall Bay SLSC
Mairangi Bay SLSC
Maranui SLSC
Midway SLSC
Mt Maunganui LS
Muriwai VLS
Nelson SLSC
New Brighton SLSC
New Plymouth Old Boys SLSC
Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC
Omaha Beach SLSC
Omanu SLSC
Opotiki SLSC
Opunake SLSC
Orewa SLSC
Otaki SLSC
Paekakariki Surf Lifeguards
Palmerston North SLSC
Papamoa SLSC
Pukehina SR
Rarangi SLSC
Red Beach SLSC
Riversdale SLSC
South Brighton SLSC
St Clair SLSC
St Kilda SLSC
Sumner SLSC
Sunset Beach LS
Taylors Mistake SLSC
Titahi Bay SLSC
Waihi Beach LS
Waikanae SLSC
Waikuku Beach SLSC
Waimairi SLSC
Waimarama SLSC
Wainui SLSC
Waipu Cove SLSC
Warrington SLSC
Westshore SLSC
Whakatane SLSC
Whangamata SLSC


For more information please contact:

Melanie Louden
Media and Communications Manager
Surf Life Saving New Zealand
021 757 433