Carnival a summer highlight

The start of the mixed surf race at Red Beach Surf Club’s first Candy Stripes Eliminator in 2016. The Eliminator returns as part of the Owen Chapman Cup next month for the first time since 2017. Photo, Ross Malyon

The Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival has been a feature of summer at Red Beach Surf Club for 65 years.

More than 300 surf lifesavers from the Northern and Bay of Plenty regions, along with competitors from clubs further south, are expected to take part in the event on Saturday, January 16.

For spectators, it’s a chance to see many of the country’s top competitors in action for a full day of competition in the water and on the sand.

The carnival will also see the return of the Candy Stripes Eliminator event in which contestants compete against the clock in a series of surf competition disciplines. (Candy Stripes refers to the red and white colours in the ‘ladder’ of the club’s competition caps).

The Owen Chapman carnival ushers in the business end of the season as athletes begin the countdown to the Eastern Region, Northern Region and NZ Championships. The Owen Chapman Cup provides them with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events.

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