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NZ Surf Boat teams announced

The teams were selected yesterday at round two of the New Zealand Surf Boat series. File photo.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand has announced the selection of two surf boat crews representing New Zealand at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge.

They were selected on Tuesday following the second round of the New Zealand Surf Boat Series, the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular.

The crews join the Muriwai Meerkats (Open Women) and Orewa Aces (Under 23 Women) which were selected following the New Zealand Surf Boat Trials held at Mt Maunganui on Saturday November 11.

Together, the four crews will represent New Zealand at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Surf Boat

Challenge which will take place on February 17 at Elouera Beach in New South Wales and will be incorporated into a full weekend of Surf Boat action as part of the ASRL Open event.

The Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge consists of a three race series for the men’s crews, and same for the women’s with combined points accumulating to a champion nation which will be presented with the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge trophy.

The three races will be made up of two long course events and one short course event. The

Open crews will also be accompanied by two New Zealand Under 23 crews who will race against the Open crews in the three race series, and whose results count towards an overall Under 23 points table.

Surf Life Saving New Zealand thanks selectors Neil Watts, Brett Hamer, Bruce Matheson and also the volunteer officials that assisted in running the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular.

Open Men- Red Beach

Jed Wright

Chris Carew

Hayden Smith

Shamus O’Halloran

Shane O’Halloran (Sweep)

Under 23 Men- Whangamata

Brandon Dromgool

Josh Kerridge

Lyndon Vickers

Sam Stockley

Andrew Jujnovich (Sweep)

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