Wrightsville Beach Ocean Rescue will be among the competitors at this week’s South Atlantic Lifesaving Association (SALA) Championships in Carolina Beach. The two-day event, which ends Thursday, July 16, matches lifeguards from Virginia Beach, Va., to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., in competitions that test skills essential for ocean rescue. The competition is held at the Marriott Courtyard Oceanfront in Carolina Beach.
On Wednesday, lifeguards competed in board rescues, taplin relays, rescue races and beach relays. Thursday, the lifesavers will face off against each other in a 2-kilometer beach run, surf races, board races, run-swim-run races, board rescue races, surf ski races, beach flags, and Ironman and Ironwoman races. Separate men’s and women’s races are held for most events, while the surf race and 2k run also separate racers by age.
Wrightsville Beach lifeguards have historically performed well in the competition. In 2008, WBOR finished third in the small beach competition of lifeguard teams with less than 50 members. By 2013,WBOR finished first overall in the regional competition, beating even the large beach teams of more than 50 team members, states the WBOR website. In 2014, WBOR placed third in its division in the national championships, finishing 10th overall.