Cal­i­for­nia dream­ing

Bray People - - Fundraiser In Aid Of Lesotho Project - Myles BUCHANAN

THE SANDY beaches of Brit­tas Bay re­sem­bled some­thing out of a Cal­i­for­nian surf movie over the week­end as clear skies and bright suns greeted Ire­land’s top life­guards as they bat­tled it out for the Na­tional Surf Life­sav­ing Cham­pi­onships.

It cer­tainly proved a worth­while event for the Wick­low team as the men won the over­all surf award and picked up the pres­ti­gious Pres­i­dents Prize for the first time.

Over 400 com­peti­tors from all over Ire­land took part in the two day event in­clud­ing teams from Clare, Cork, Done­gal, Dublin, Gal­way and Kerry. How­ever, most of the spec­ta­tors saved their cheers for the Wick­low par­tic­i­pants.

Or­gan­ised and run by the Wick­low Wa­ter Safety/Surf Life­sav­ing Club, the event was for­tu­nate enough to co­in­cide with some good weather for a change.

The cham­pi­onship also aimed to de­velop the life­sav­ing skills of youngsters and en­cour­age their in­volve­ment in the sport.

Some of the events mak­ing up the cham­pi­onship in­cluded surf races where com­peti­tors swim around a 400 me­tre course be­fore re­turn­ing to shore, and a res­cue tube mis­sion in­volv­ing a res­cue swim­mer head­ing out to sea and se­cur­ing a res­cue tube to a pa­tient.

A num­ber of in­di­vid­ual hon­ours were col­lected by mem­bers of the Wick­low Wa­ter Safety/Life­sav­ing Club but the big­gest hon­our of all ar­rived when the men were pre­sented with the Pres­i­dent’s Prize for the first time in the clubs his­tory hav­ing man­aged the best pool and surf points.

The tri­umphant team con­sisted of broth­ers John and Scott Mor­ton, Ai­dan Maguire, Greg Duffy, Joe Crosson and Pa­trick Costello.

Wick­low Wa­ter Safety/Surf Life­sav­ing Club’s ‘Nip­pers’ get­ting ready for the cham­pi­onships at Brit­tas Bay.

Grat­tan and Finian Neville en­joy the day.

Katie and Linda O Neill from the Wick­low Wa­ter Safety/Surf Life­sav­ing Club.

Aoife Fitz­patrick and Joan Mor­ton.

Joe Crossan and Ai­dan Maguire, mem­bers of the vic­to­ri­ous Wick­low mens team.

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