The California Surf Life Saving Association Southwest Regional Lifeguard Championships will take place Friday and Saturday in Newport Beach — the first time the events will be held in the city.
“This is a big event for us to host,” said Jennifer Schulz, a Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman, in an email.
About 3,000 professional and junior lifeguards will compete in events, which will take place on the south side of the Newport Beach Pier between 18th and 20th streets, Schulz said in an emailed release.
The Junior Lifeguards events will be held Friday with the California Lifeguards and Lifeguard alumni events for ages 16 to 75 will be held Saturday. Events both days begin at 8 a.m. Lifeguards from Los Angeles County, California State Parks, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Long Beach and Santa Barbara will compete in competitions including surf swims, beach runs, paddleboard and surf boat races as well as Ironman and Ironwoman events.
“This two-day California Surf Life Saving Championships event is a terrific way for the public to observe how current and future ocean lifeguards from up and down the state use their lifesaving training and experience in a highly-competitive environment,” said Jay Butki, Competition Chair of the CSLSA, in a statement. “More than 30 lifeguard agencies will be represented in this unique showcase of athleticism and professionalism.”
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