The Invitational

This season reverts back to the tried and true, a straight shoot-out of New Zealand’s best surf sports athletes in a winner takes all event!



The Invitational is a fast-paced representative event within Surf Lifesaving. New Zealand’s best and fittest lifeguards will form teams of 12 (6 male, 6 female) and 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 New Zealand’s best Coaches & Team Managers via The Athlete Draft.


The Invitational 2023 will be fought out at the below date, time and location:
– Sunday 10th December 2023, Whangamata Beach, 10am-2pm



Applications are now open for any U15, U17, U19 & Open athletes who wish to be considered for selection via The Draft.

NOTE: those drafted in The Invitational, will not be eligible for U17 Regional Challenge selection (excluding last minute injury/illness cover).


 Athletes who complete this application will be eligible to be drafted into any one of the teams by it’s respective management group.


 All athletes must hold a refreshed Surf Lifeguard award at the time of competition.

 Entry fee: $25


For those interested to be involved, follow the below links:


Athlete Applications: Click here (close 31st October 2023)

Coach and Team Manager EOI’s: Click here 




For all event updates, click here to follow the event on Facebook.



If you have any questions or for further information regarding event program & logistics, please contact SLSNR Sport Manager Zac Franich (


DISCLAIMER: By completing this application, you are acknowledging that you will be available to compete at this competition and that you will abide by the SLSNZ Code of Conduct (found here).




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