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