Orewa to host Oceans 18

Rodney Times - - FRONT PAGE - RE­NEE CLAY­TON

For the first time, O¯ rewa Beach is the des­ti­na­tion for New Zealand Surf Life Sav­ing’s largest ju­nior surf com­pe­ti­tion.

From March 1 to 4, hun­dreds of surf life­savers will flock to O¯ rewa to take part in this year’s Un­der 14 New Zealand Surf Life Sav­ing Cham­pi­onships also known as, Oceans.

For the past 16 years the Oceans car­ni­val has been held at Main Beach, Mount Maun­ganui.

This year the NZSLS Board de­cided O¯ rewa would host the event as the beach meets their ex­pec­ta­tions when it came to venues and par­tic­i­pa­tion num­bers and safety stan­dards.

New Zealand Surf Life Sav­ing’s, Mike Lord said the event is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing young chil­dren to pur­sue a fu­ture in life guard­ing.

‘‘Last year’s event saw 898 en­tries from 46 Surf Life Sav­ing Clubs around New Zealand from as far North as Waipu Cove to as far South as St Clair in Dunedin.

‘‘This year is likely to be around the same fig­ure.’’

This year NZSLS has teamed up with Sony.

To cel­e­brate, Sony is giv­ing away 2 XB10 speak­ers.

To go in the draw email, ed­i­tor@rod­ney­times.co.nz with your full name, ad­dress, con­tact num­ber and a rea­son why you should win.

En­tries close on Fe­bru­ary 23 and the win­ner will be con­tacted by the providers.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Orewa beach will host NZ’s largest ju­nior surf com­pe­ti­tion in March.

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