Sunset Beach New Zealand Champions

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service has finished the season by winning the iconic BP New Zealand IRB Championships.

Held last weekend at Waipu Cove, Sunset Beach have claimed the title for the second year in a row following an extremely close battle with Dunedin’s St Clair Surf Life Saving Club.

Sitting first equal at the end of Saturday 1 April, the Port Waikato team pulled into the lead on Sunday after securing wins in the men’s tube rescue, women’s tube rescue and women’s single rescue events, among other top placings.
The annual event attracted 83 crews this year, from around the country. Both Sunset Beach and St Clair had eight crews, meaning the contest was neck-and-neck the entire weekend.
Lewis Powell and Hogan Shrimpton were awarded the prestigious trophy for New Zealand Premier Men’s top IRB crew. They just beat Shane and Mark Edwards by one point so Sunset Beach have first and second top IRB crews in New Zealand. Taylor Shrimpton retained her Top New Zealand Women’s Crew title with her crewman, Gemima Ferrier.

Sunset Beach have described the win as a ‘perfect way to end the season by retaining the New Zealand Top Club Trophy for Surf Rescue on day two of the NZ Surf Lifesaving BP Surf Rescue Championships.’

The club also stated that this back to back win feels even better than last year, with their Premier Men’s teams stepping up and grabbing the title with excellent performances.

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service are now the first and second top IRB crews in New Zealand after back to back wins last weekend. Photo by Alana McIsaac

Sunset Beach Lifeguard Service have claimed the iconic BP New Zealand IRB Championships for the second year in a row. Photo by Glennys Smith.