Give It A Go And Step It up

Give It A Go And Step It up

After an exciting season in different venues from the Harbour Crossing Auckland, Paihia Classic Bay of Islands, Capital Classic Wellington, La Grande Swim Akaroa and Sand To Surf Mt Mauganui, this seasons’ New Zealand Ocean Swim Series will come to a climax on March 31st with its State King of the Bays North Shore event.

Over 1,300 people will participate in the season finale in North Shore City with four distances: 200m State OceanKids, 300m Give It A Go and 1000 km Step It Up on Takapuna Beach, and the 2.8 km I’m Going Long from Milford Beach to Takapuna Beach.

The State OceanKids is for children aged between 6-10 years old and consists of a 200m shallow water swim along the shore line. The Give It A Go is an introduction to ocean swimming. The Step It Up Ocean Swim is an achievable distance for individuals with swimming experience and a steppingstone to the I’m Going Long event which is meant for the most experienced individuals.

Participants can donate what they can to the official charity of the series: Surf Life Saving NZ. Everyone who donates receives a free gift: Surf Life Saving NZ 100 Year Centenary key ring ($10), Surf Life Saving NZ toy IRB boat ($20), Surf Life Saving NZ Teddy Bear ($40) or a Surf Life Saving NZ Centenary book ($90).

The series point totals on the elite side heading into the State King of the Bays finale are as follows:

1. Kane Radford, 298.85
2. Stefan Talbot, 289.51
3. Graham O’Grady, 289.31
4. Jonathan Pullon, 287.69
5. Jay Cadman-Kennedy, 282.10
6. Jonathan Whittle, 273.38
7. Trent Grimsey, 199.76
8. Casey Glover, 196.43
9. Steven Kent, 194.08
10. Phillip Ryan, 192.38

1. Brenda Russell, 287.99
2. Candra Hansen, 269.75
3. Melissa Gorman, 200.00
4. Charlotte Webby, 199.83
5. Kirsty Wannan, 188.83
6. Johanna O’Connor, 187.91
7. Samantha Harnett, 185.74
8. Cara Baker, 197.45
9. Grace Sommerville, 100.00

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Steven Munatones