Local surf clubs East End and New Plymouth Old Boys secured top ten places at the BP Surf Lifesaving IRB national championships at Waihi Beach.
When the championships were called off early on the second day due to adverse surf conditions, East End were confirmed in third place with 30 points, while NPOB finished seventh on 14 points. Fitzroy finished in eleventh-equal place with four points while Opunake were unplaced.
The defending champions Sunset Beach from Port Waikato finished first with 60 points, followed by second place-getters St Clair (Dunedin) on 35 points.
The Top Under-22 Men’s Team trophy was a tie between East End and New Plymouth Old Boys, while St Kilda (Dunedin) won the award for Top Under-19 Men’s Team.
For East End, their third placing this year means the club has been in the top three for IRB racing for ten consecutive seasons.
The BP New Zealand IRB Championships mark the end of the 2017-2018 Surf Life Saving New Zealand competition season.