2014 South Atlantic Regional Champions!

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

Rescue Board Rescue Race

Kathryn Yarbrough enters the water in the Rescue Board Rescue Race.

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.

Landline Rescue Race

Kyle Miess and Josh Drew pull swimmers to shore in the Landline Rescue Race.

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 wboceanrescue@gmail.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.

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