Sil­ver Smiths in res­cue boat

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Brothers Jake and Luke Smith scored triple sil­ver at last week­end’s 2013 New Zealand BP In­flat­able Res­cue Boat ( IRB) Surf Res­cue Champs at Waipu Cove.

The brothers, who rep­re­sent Mairangi Bay Surf Club, were one of the 35 crews in the un­der-21 sec­tion and com­peted in the tube res­cue, mass res­cue and as­sem­bly res­cue, win­ning sil­ver in each.

They had an over­all sec­ond place fin­ish, one point be­hind Pa­pamoa Surf Club.

It was close rac­ing – so close that elec­tronic tim­ing was needed to con­firm first and sec­ond in the tube res­cue.

It was a fan­tas­tic re­sult for the pair, be­cause it was only their sec­ond com­pe­ti­tion to­gether as a crew.

IRB rac­ing is a great spec­ta­tor sport of­fer­ing thrills and spills as the boats nav­i­gate only the surf.

IRBs are now used in more than half of all res­cues at our beaches.

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Brothers: Mata­mata’s Luke and Jake Smith came home from the New Zealand Surf Res­cue Champs with three sil­ver medals.

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