Rodney Times : January 6th 2011
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Thursday, January 6, 2011 Lifestyle & Rural Specialists Building better for less 09 299 7855 | www. econobuilt.co.nz What a surf carnival District special: The start of the under-16 women’s surf race during the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach last year. This summer’s event – the 55th challenge for the cup – will take place on Saturday. Photos: ROSS MALYON The place to be: The crowd at the Red Beach carnival last summer. The event attracted a record 400 competitors last year and the place will be hopping again this Saturday when Red Beach defend the cup which they have won on the past six occasions. A FESTIVAL of choices awaits holiday makers this weekend. In Whangaparaoa, the Red Beach surf club hosts many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the 55th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival. The carnival is always con- tested at Red Beach and is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf lifeguards. It is one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit and the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Joining the Auckland lifeguards will be competitors from the Bay of Plenty, Gis- borne, Hawke’s Bay, Tara- naki and Wellington. Some of their counterparts from the South Island are also expected at the event. The carnival provides opportunities for competitors to assess their chances of suc- cess at the Northern Regional Championships coming up at the end of January. Only clubs from the Auck- land district are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup. An interesting twist to this annual event is that many local lifeguards will not be competing. They will be in New South Wales as members of the Trans-Tasman team to com- pete in a tri-series against the central coast and New South Wales country branch teams. Red Beach and Orewa club members account for 13 of the 18-person team. That leaves the door wide open for the next tier of surf athletes who will be keen to step up to the plate in their absence. Surf selectors will be on hand to seek out the top tal- ent with a view to picking their representative squads for regional competition in February. A record 400 competitors took part in the event last summer and similar numbers are expected to compete on Saturday. Board races and relays kick off the programme which starts at 9am. They will be followed by surf ski races for both men and women and then the ski relays. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races com- mence at 10am. The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, with beach events wrapping up the day’s competition. – Ross Malyon Action-packed holiday issue This special holiday issue of Rodney Times is packed with things to do and see over the holiday break. This Saturday the main events are the surf carnival at Red Beach, the Waitemata A&P show at the Puhoi domain and the Puhoi Woodchop (P12). Follow the wine trails at Matakana or Kumeu (P4-7), visit our stunning regional parks (P10-11) or get acquainted with upcoming events at What’s On (P23), including the Parachute Music Festival at Mystery Creek (P15), the Kumeu hot rod show (P8) and the Auckland Folk Festival (P14). If that all sounds a bit too energetic, curl up and read about them or tackle the giant crossword (P24) and the puzzles on pages 13 and 16.
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