Come out to the Wrightsville Beach Park Thursday, July 31st to support your local Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Program. We will be selling BBQ plate dinners for $8 to raise the much needed money to send our Competition Team to the United States Lifesaving Association’s national lifeguard competition in Virginia Beach. You can meet all of the members of our Ocean Rescue Program, as well as learn some vital safety information to keep you and your loved ones safe and happy around the water. Local UNCW faculty band, The Schoolboys, will be playing at the WECT Sounds of Summer Concert as well. Special thanks to The Piggly Wiggly for help with the catering. Talk to any Wrightsville Beach lifeguard to get tickets ahead of time, or you can purchase tickets from the Wrightsville Beach Museum. Thank you for your support!
On July 9th and 10th, Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue sent its competition team to compete in North Myrtle Beach, SC at the USLA South Atlantic Regional Championships. For the second year in a row, the team established itself as a powerhouse in the South Atlantic region by winning not only its “small beach” division, but beating out large beaches from as far north as Virginia and as far south as Florida to take the overall top score as well. See More Photos
Highlights from the tournament include first places finishes for Wrightsville Beach in the Landline Rescue Race from the team of Steve Conrad, Hunter Hay, Maurice Peacock, and Lindsey Lynskey, the Rescue Race from the team of Sawyer Dove, Alex Labonge, Jon Mauney, and Sam Proffitt, the women’s Taplin Relay team of Rachel Keith, Kathryn Yarbrough, Lindsey Lynskey, and Shelby Kellerman, as well as individual victories for Maurice Peacock in Beach Flags and Lindsey Lynskey in the surfski and the ironwoman events. Wrightsville Beach also took numerous first place finishes in age group events by Brendan Doyle, Lindsey Lynskey, Rachel Keith, Shelby Kellerman, Greg Miller, Todd Pletcher, Sam Proffitt, and Sean Ruttkay. Full Results
Wrightsville Beach scored a total of 466 points, beating the second place team of Jax Beach, FL with 336.25 points by a comfortable margin. Nags Head, NC finished third overall with a total of 282.75 points.
The Wrightsville Beach team’s extraordinary success in lifesaving competitions comes as a result of a professional and efficient ocean rescue organization able to attract top-level athletes who are dedicated to the highest levels of performance both on the job saving lives and in competition. Wrightsville Beach competition team members volunteer their time to come in before and after work in order to put in the extra fitness and skill training required to excel at the highly competitive tournaments as well as contributing money out of their own pockets to attend and compete at the tournaments. The remaining funds for the specialized equipment needed as well as travel expenses to the tournament locations are raised 100% through tax-deductable donations from local Cape Fear businesses and individuals. Without the generous support from the local community, our team would not be able to attend these tournaments, which bring national publicity and recognition to the fact that Wrightsville Beach has some of the best and safest beaches in the country. Supporting the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Competition team helps to bring positive publicity to our region and encourages excellence in the men and women that protect our beaches and our families. If you or your business is interested in making a tax-deductible donation to help the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue Competition Team travel to the National Lifesaving Championships in August, please contact us at email@example.com to find out how.
Congrats to all those who competed and a special thank you to the lifeguards who worked extra hours to keep Wrightsville Beach beaches safe while the competition team was away.
The 2014 summer season is officially underway! Wrightsville Beach visitors enjoyed gorgeous weather this Memorial Day weekend, while WBOR guards excelled at keeping the hundreds of swimmers we had in our waters safe over the busy weekend.
Come join us in paying tribute to one of our finest, former Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue member, Grey Liston, by participating in the first annual Stoked To Go Out Pier-to-Pier swim on Saturday, May 17, 2014. The 2-mile swim takes place in the beautiful ocean waters of Wrightsville Beach. All proceeds benefit the Grey Liston Memorial Scholarship Fund and the UNCW Swimming and Diving Scholarship Fund.
The 2014 WBOR tryout dates are set!
If you are interested in working as a Wrightsville Beach ocean lifeguard this summer, fill out an application form (http://www.townofwrightsvillebeach.com/Portals/0/EmploymentApplication.pdf) and be at Crystal Pier on the south end of Wrightsville Beach prepared to run and swim on either Sunday, April 27th or Saturday, May 3rd at 8:30am. As usual, the test will consist of a ½ mile ocean swim, followed by a one mile soft sand run, then two rescues. One will be an active victim the other a passive victim.
For more information please see: http://www.usla.org/networking/apply_now.aspx?view=2&id=185090.
Welcome to WBOR’s new webpage! We will be posting news and updates about the Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue squad this summer including updates about the team heading to Virginia Beach in August to compete in the national championships. Keep an eye out for new posts in the coming months and until then, Think Spring!