Before boarding the flight to Dunedin we were warned that there could be fog which might delay landing in Dunedin. However this did not happen and we arrived to a somewhat overcast day with little wind. That all changed on the drive North when it started to rain and then the clouds descended – this did not bode well for a day at the Beach.

When we parked outside the club house the drizzle had stopped but the wind was strong and we realized there would be a strong wind chill factor. Beanies were extracted from the ones which were to be given as spot prizes and then every article of clothing donned and off we went to join the competitors and officials.

What on the face of it seemed to be a small gathering actually turned out to be about eleven clubs but 42 teams. Surf conditions were very muddled and it was trying for everyone especially the patients because of the cold. There was exciting close racing especially between Sumner, St. Kilda and Taylors Mistake. It must have been home from home for the teams from Kaka Point and Oreti in the wild South. New Brighton were also up there with the best together with St. Clair. There were also teams from North Beach, Spencer Park, Waimairi and South Brighton. It was good to see Kaka Point finish 4th in the Under 21 Tube Rescue.

Prize giving was held at St Kilda’s Club House and was most enjoyable with a great atmosphere. As always we are honoured to be part of the Surf Life Saving family and the wonderful band of officials who give their time tirelessly.

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