Australia has taken a small lead after the first day of
competition at the three-day DHL International Surf Rescue
Challenge held this week in Mt Maunganui, that sees seven countries
from around the world go head to head in surf lifesaving
However, their lead is very slim with New Zealand chasing them
down to sit six points behind in the open category and seven points
in the youth category.
The New Zealand team, dubbed the Black Fins, are the current world
surf lifesaving champions so are batting for pride as they pledge
to work harder for the win at this international event meaning the
fight is set to intensify further over the coming days.
However, there is another close battle emerging further down the
leader board for third between the United States of America and
South Africa separated by a mere two points in the open division.
While the USA currently leads this battle, the South Africans are
vowing to push for the spot later in the week.
Rounding out the open category top five is Japan, who is followed
closely by Great Britain and Canada.
The youth category, with athletes aged under 19 years old, is just
as close with South Africa sitting in third behind Australia and
New Zealand making it a southern hemisphere lock out. Great Britain
is close behind in fourth, while the USA rounds out the top
Ross Merrett, DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge event
manager said it has been a perfect first day with great comradery
between the nations and awesome surf conditions.
"It is great to see the international rivalry here today but also
the support between the teams. Every single athlete is pushing the
limit and it is making for some of the best racing we've seen," he
"Plus the conditions have been perfect. There has been a decent
swell all day and we've seen athletes ride on waves from about 100
meters off shore which just makes for incredible racing. A lot of
the races were extremely close which is also a credit to the
fitness and skill of all of these athletes."
Tomorrow the athletes from each country take a short break from
racing and will visit schools in the area to promote water safety
and getting into surf lifesaving as a professional and leisure
The DHL International Surf Rescue Challenge continues on Saturday
from 8.30am at the Mt Maunganui beach in Tauranga. Spectators can
watch the action for free and cheer on their favourite country.
Full race-by-race results are available on our website at:
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International Surf Rescue Challenge.
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