Sun­set Beach life­guards haul ma­jor vic­tory

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‘‘"It's re­ally great, we are feel­ing re­ally good be­cause it was touch and go for a while, with Pa­pamoa right on our tails, so that kept us hon­est and work­ing hard’’

The Sun­set Beach Surf Life­sav­ing Club life­guards have reigned supreme once again at the North Is­land an­nual BP Surf Res­cue North Is­land Cham­pi­onships.

It was a tough bat­tle, but the club man­aged to fend off Pa­pamoa com­peti­tors to de­fend the ti­tle, at Taranaki’s Oakura Beach on Satur­day.

63 crews across 12 clubs com­peted in the com­pe­ti­tion, which saw crews com­pete in assem­bly res­cue, mass res­cue, tube res­cue, sin­gle res­cue and teams race across the Un­der 21, se­nior, women’s and premier di­vi­sions.

Sun­set Beach’s coach and com­peti­tor Shane Ed­wards said it was yet an­other fan­tas­tic win thanks to the depth and heart of the club.

‘‘It’s re­ally great, we are feel­ing re­ally good be­cause it was touch and go for a while, with Pa­pamoa right on our tails, so that kept us hon­est and work­ing hard...we had two com­peti­tors in al­most ev­ery age group, so we had a good spread across the com­pe­ti­tion and we worked re­ally well to­gether. We kept at it and we walked away with the ti­tle.’’

There are six weeks un­til the BP Surf Res­cue New Zealand Cham­pi­onships. Ed­wards said while the club has had a hugely suc­cess­ful sea­son, it was im­por­tant not to be­come com­pla­cent.

‘‘Ev­ery­one is pretty amped up at the mo­ment, and that’s good ahead of the cham­pi­onships, be­cause it keeps peo­ple keen to train, and there’s plenty to work on. There’s still a lot of work to do, so we will be train­ing hard over the next few weeks.’’

Event man­ager Todd Velvin said the Sun­set Beach women’s crew of Tay­lor Shrimp­ton, Jemima Fer­rier and Ethan Gra­ham were the most con­sis­tent over the day with three wins from three races.

‘‘They cer­tainly made an im­pres­sion, stak­ing their claim as the top women’s crew to beat head­ing into the national champs.

‘‘Eyes were also on the ex­pe­ri­enced Ed­wards broth­ers (Sun­set Beach) to try and stake their claim for the top premier crew and they man­aged to take out the win in the premier men’s assem­bly res­cue ahead of East End’s Scott Nel­son and Scott Bus­ing.’’

An­ton Bap­tist races home in open teams res­cue.

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