Monday, July 2, 2012

2012 CSLSA Regionals Competition, Sat., July 28th

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From:     Adam Sandler
Subject:     2012 CSLSA Regionals Competition, Sat., July 28th
Date:     July 2, 2012 7:09:26 PM PDT
To:     Will Maguire

Media Contact:
Adam Sandler
(310) 405-4275

For Immediate Release…

Ocean Lifeguards From Across The State to Compete in The 30th Annual 2012 California Surf Lifesaving Championships and California Junior Lifeguard Championships in Newport Beach on July 27 and 28.

The Competition Is One of Eight Held Across The Country Leading Up To The Annual United States Lifesaving Assn. National Championships Set For Cape May, NJ on August 8-11, 2012.

NEWPORT BEACH (July 2, 2012). Nearly 3,000 professional and junior lifeguards will compete in the 2012 California Surf Life Saving Assn. Southwest Regional Lifeguard Championships on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. The two-day event will be held on the south side of the Newport Beach Pier between 18th and 20th Streets, adjacent to the Newport Beach Lifeguard Headquarters located at 70 Newport Pier. It is the first time the event will be held in Newport Beach.

The California Junior Lifeguard Regional Championship for all CSLSA affiliated Junior Lifeguard programs will be held on Friday, July 27, while the events for California Lifeguards and Lifeguard alumni aged 16-75 years will be held on Saturday, July 28. On both days, competition begins at 8 a.m.

“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. “More than 30 lifeguard agencies will be represented in this unique showcase of athleticism and professionalism.”

From surf swims to beach runs, paddleboard and surf boat races, as well as the grueling multi-discipline Ironman and Ironwoman events, lifeguards from agencies such as LA County, California State Parks, Huntington Beach, San Diego, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Long Beach and Santa Barbara, among others, will vie for bragging rights to be called the state’s fittest lifeguards.

The CSLSA Surf Life Saving Championships competition is also a preview to the annual USLA Lifeguard National Championships, which will be held this year in Cape May, NJ on August 8-11, 2012. The event will crown the nation’s top male and female lifeguards, and lifeguard agency.

The California Regional Championships are open to all California Lifeguards and Junior Lifeguards who are members of the USLA ( Non-members may contact their Lifeguard Agency Coordinator or JG program for USLA membership.

 A complete list of events:

California Junior Lifeguard Regional Championship – Friday, July 27

Competition events for age divisions: C- 9-11 years old; B- 12-13 years old;
A-14-15 years old; AA-16-17 years old include: Five JG Individual Events:
Beach Run, Surf Race, Run- Swim-Run, Paddleboard Race, Beach Flags
And four JG Team Events: Rescue Relay, Swim Relay, Run Relay, Paddleboard Relay

California Surf Lifesaving Championship – Saturday July 28

Lifeguard Individual Events:
2 Km Beach Run- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Surf Swim Race- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Paddleboard Race- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Ironman- Open Men, Masters Age Groups
Ironwoman- Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Surfski Race- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Run-Swim-Run- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
American Ironman- Open Men, Men Masters Age Groups
American Ironwoman- Open Women, Women Masters Age Groups
Beach Flags- Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups

Six Lifeguard Team Events:
Surfboat Race- 2 Rowers, Open Men, Open Women, Masters Age Groups
Landline Rescue race- 4 Persons, Open only
Rescue Race- 4 Persons, Open Men,  Open Women
Board Rescue- 2 Persons,  Open Men, Open Women
Taplin Relay- 4 Persons, Open Men, 4 Open Women
Board Relay – 3 persons, Open Men, Open Women

* Open Age Group - Men & Women: 16-29 + any Masters who wish to enter
* Masters Age Group categories - Men & Women: 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-70, 70+

About the CSLSA:  (
The California Surf Lifesaving Association is a non profit (501-C3 tax exempt) organization chartered to promote beach safety awareness and professional open-water lifesaving standards. The 30 CSLSA Chapters/Agencies share the mission, goals and objectives of the CSLSA. The CSLSA (West Coast region) is one of nine regions of the USLA that in turn is affiliated with the International Lifesaving Association (ILS).
As open-water lifesavers, our mission is to promote Beach Safety awareness and Professional Lifeguard standards through public education, training programs, exchange programs, junior lifeguard programs, competition and other means. The ultimate goal is to prevent and reduce aquatic injuries, accidents and death at open-water beaches in the United States and throughout the world.

About the Newport Beach Lifeguards:  (                    
Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguards protect life and property for up to 10 million beach visitors per year on Newport Beach’s 7.2 miles of ocean and 35 miles of bay front with preventative actions and medical assistance.

Every day of the year, lifeguards ensure the safety and provide customer service to the visitors on the beach, boardwalk, piers, and in the ocean. The Marine Division provides the City of Newport Beach with the highest level of lifeguarding services and is recognized as an Advanced Agency by the United States Lifesaving Association.

Newport Beach Marine Safety Headquarters                                                                   
70 Newport Pier, Newport Beach, CA 92663

Accommodations Questions: George Leeper email:
Lifesaving Sport / Lifeguard Competition: Jay Butki email:
Junior Guard Competition: Reenie Boyer & Lori Walton email:
Media Inquiries: Adam Sandler email:

2012 CSLSA Regional Championships Sponsors & Supporters:
Scott Hubbell Productions
City of Newport Beach
Newport Beach Fire Department
Newport Beach Ocean Lifeguard Association
California Surf Life Saving Association
United States Lifesaving Association
Jack’s Surfboards
C4 Waterman
General Mills
Patrick’s Sunscreen
Bud Light
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