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Northern Region High Performance Programme

25th September

'The Invitational' is a new event format to be delivered in the 2020/21 season on the Sunday of the Whangamata Classic (6th December). The intention for this event is to attract the best available Surf Sports talent in New Zealand to provide a high-level racing experience.
8 teams of 12 (6 male, 6 female) will complete a team based program covering all disciplines on the beach (Swim, Board, Ski, Sprints & Flags). Teams will have no age restrictions.
Teams will be led by a selection of the countries best Coaches & Team Managers.
Applications are now open for any U15, U17, U19 & Open athletes who wish to be considered for selection. All selected athletes will receive a competition vest and jacket. 
Athletes who complete this application will be eligible to be drafted into any one of the eight teams by it's respective management group.
All athletes must hold a refreshed Surf Lifeguard award at the time of competition.
Entry fee: $25.
Applications close 18th October.
If you have any questions or for further information regarding event program & logistics, please contact SLSNR Sport Manager Zac Franich (






21st August, 2020


SLSNR Board & Ski Squad Announcement

In a new initiative, the below members have been named into respective Board and Ski squads by a selection panel. These selections have been ratified by the SLSNR Sport Operational Committee (SOC), as part of SLSNR’s High Performance strategy. The intent is to provide an opportunity for our established & elite athletes to hone their skills with developing athletes also invited to learn & observe in the same environment.

Similar opportunities are currently being developed for the IRB & Boat fraternity with key influencers being engaged within these areas.

We aim to build on this program in the coming seasons, offering similar opportunities to Beach, Pool, Swim & Iron athletes.

Those named in the Board & Ski squad are invited to the below training days:

  • Ski Training Day- Mairangi Bay, 8am-6.30pm (POSTPONED TO 14th November)
  • Board Training Day, 31st October, Red Beach, 8am-6.30pm

These training days will include training sessions & workshops, delivered by coaches who have depth of knowledge in their respective areas that contribute to performance. The selection panel reserves the right to invite any additional athletes & coaches to participate in the above event for development purposes.

Congratulations to those named on gaining selection to the respective SLSNR Squads.



Dave Shanks

Chair- SLSNR Sport Operational Committee (SOC)