‘Oceans’ is the pinnacle National Event for Junior Surf competitors.
Rookie and Cadets age groups compete for top honours at the Under 14 New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships.
The event sees young athletes from all around New Zealand take part in a multitude of events that imitate a real-life rescue including board rescues, beach sprints, and swimming for kids aged 10 and older, who are split into Under-11, Under-12, Under-13 and Under-14 age categories.
It is held over 4 days in early March and involves around 800 competitors. It is to be held at Mount Maunganui (early accommodation booking is essential).
East End has an excellent, very comprehensive training program set up for athletes. The program requires commitment on the part of the athlete and covers swim, board and land-based events.
As the Water based training is more intensive to be part of water-based Ocean’s squad, you need to be able to complete the 200m Swim in 4 minutes. This requirement does not apply if you just wish to do the land event training.