Omanu looking to master surf conditions again

Mount Maunganui's Amy Barron (left) and Libby Bradley get in some board rescue training ahead of this week's national surf lifesaving championships. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media

Omanu Surf Lifesaving Club's masters juggernaut looks set to roll on at TSB national championships in Gisborne.

The Bay of Plenty club will be searching for an 11th-consecutive crown in the over-30s division, boasting a 39-strong contingent which dwarfs all other local clubs.

Omanu also have 43 under-16, under-19 and open competitors competing, with their competition starting Friday and carrying through until Sunday.

The club also boast new competition tops, also sponsored by TSB Bank.

Mount Maunganui will also be looking to continue an impressive streak; the club - which features a 79-strong senior squad and 14 masters - has won the Allan Gardner Trophy as top club for the last seven years, capturing a 10th title overall last year on home sand.

Papamoa also has 22 open competitors and seven masters competing, while Opotiki, Whakatane, Pukehina and Waihi Beach are the other Bay of Plenty clubs attending.

TSB New Zealand surf lifesaving championships

Where: Midway Beach, Gisborne

When: March 12 to 15, 2020

The last day of the competition will be available to watch free to air on the Sky Sport Next YouTube channel. Go to to subscribe.


1389 competitors

- 291 Masters athletes

- 1098 Open age athletes


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