See lifeguards battle the elements and each other in this year’s Red Bull Beach Patrol.
In Durban this weekend? Watch SA’s best lifeguards do battle in the second Red Bull Beach Patrol. The core of the SA lifesaving scene lies with the clubs,” explains Barry Lewin, Sportive Director for Red Bull Beach Patrol. The event – now in its second year – is open to all-comers, but is really about testing the skills of the lifeguards in a unique event. “The aim is to showcase the heroes in our community,” Lewin says, “the guys and girls who go out and save lives every weekend.”
The format of the event then, is designed around showcasing some of the best lifesaving ‘action’.
“It’s all skills based,” says Lewin. “So the overall winner won’t just be the person who can run the fastest or swim the fastest – the whole event is going to happen in the surf zone (in and out of it) – which is why we’ve done a backline start to try and maximise the amount of skill required to take part in the event.
n terms of seeing this action first-hand, there can few better venues than Durban’s iconic North Beach.
“It will be very very easy to access the action,” says Lewin. “All the events are going to go around the pier so spectators will be able to witness all the action.”
“And then Durban’s winter…We have the most unbelievable conditions in KZN during the winter – there really is no better place to be in winter.”
Who’s going to win? According to Lewin, 2015 pro category champ Wiseman Mvumbu will be the guy everyone will be chasing. “He came through a development programme and now makes his living saving lives,” says Lewin. “He’s also made himself into an unbelievable athlete who can win big events and his impressive race CV is growing.”
Also there, will be many members of the National Lifesaving team who competed in Japan over the past weekend.
Make no mistake about it though – while there is an overall title on the line, pride is really what is at stake. “There is a lot of (friendly) rivalry between the clubs and even between the individual towers where the pros are stationed,” says Lewin. “There is a lot of respect at stake.”
Anywhere in the KZN area on Sunday 10 July get down to North Beach for a great vibe and hot action.
All the info you need is here.
About Red Bull Beach Patrol
After a successful splash in 2015, the 2016 edition of Red Bull Beach Patrol is here again and ready to make waves! And if you feel you know what to expect after last year’s lifesaving challenges, then get ready for this year’s all-new format. Swim, paddle and ski in the surf around Durban’s iconic North Beach pier to move up and qualify for the gruelling 4 part finale.
All lifesaving challenges will be happening in the surf zone where your skills in the waves, and the handling of yourself and your craft are key. It’s a full day event where we will see some of South Africa’s heroes in the lifesaving community doing their best. But entry is open to everyone, so come take on the lifesavers in their own game. And even if you’re not charging through the surf, there’ll be plenty of excitement for supporters on the shore.
How To Enter
You can taste the salt and victory already, but before you dive straight in we need your details. To take part in the Red Bull Beach Patrol 2016 event, fill in the online application form here.
The day will consist of 4 races.
• Surf Swim
• Paddle Board
• Surf Ski
• The Finale
The first 3 races (swim, board and ski) should take 15 minutes to complete with a cut-off time after 30 minutes. On the day registration is from 7:30 – 8:30. Event starts at 9am and will be done by 1:30pm.
The finale is expected to take 20 minutes to complete with a combination of 4 legs in one event: swim, paddle board, ski paddle, and finally a run down the pier and a swim to shore.