The Australian Life Saving Team and the Australian Youth Life Saving Team have dominated on day one of competition at the International Surf Rescue Challenge in Durban, South Africa.
Australia sits on top of both the Open and Youth competitions ladder, ahead of rivals New Zealand and locals South Africa.
The Opens competition was off to splashing start as Prue Davies and Hayden Cotter took out first place in the Female and Male Surf Races.
The dynamic duo from Newport, Lizzie Welborn and Max Brooks followed with a win of their own in the Opens Mixed Board Relay.
Jackson Symmonds from WA came in first in the Male Beach Sprint, while fellow Aussie speedster Elizabeth Forsyth narrowly missed first place to New Zealand in the Female Beach Sprint.
The Aussies dominated in the Mixed Surf Teams, as Ben Carberry, Harriet Brown, Hayden Cotter and Prue Davies swum to a Gold medal ahead of their Kiwi rivals.
The Kiwis pushed the Aussies to their limits as they took out the Open Mixed Ski Relay against Australian Olympians Alyssa Bull and Riley Fitzsimmons.
New Zealand ski paddler and current Nutri-Grain IronWoman Danielle McKenzie also nabbed the gold from Aly Bull in the Open Female Ski Race, while Riley Fitzsimmons held his own and took out the win in the Male Ski Race.
The Open Female Board Race looked like a Nutri-Grain IronWomen final as Kiwi Nutri-Grain IronWomen Olivia Corrin and Danielle McKenzie beat out Aussie competitors Harriet Brown and Lizzie Welborn for first and second.
Australian Ironman Champion Max Brooks was able to secure the last win of the day for the Aussies in the Male Board Race, putting the team 11 points ahead of New Zealand going into day two of competition.
In the Youth Rescue Challenge, the Aussies sit narrowly eight points ahead of New Zealand, going into day two of competition.
Taylah Halliday and Sara Tazaki opened up the Youth competition with a first and second in the Female Surf Race.
In the mixed events, Kaan Karadag and Phoebe Wills-Grace took out first in the Ski Relay, while Adam Palmer and Emma Woods dominated the Board Relay.
Sara Tazaki, Tayla Halliday, Zach Morris and Zachary Tabuai also took out the top spot in the Mixed Surf Teams.
It was an Aussie dominated Youth Male Ski Race as Kaan Karadag and Adam Palmer placed first and second, while Phoebee Will-Grace won in the Female Ski Race.
It was similar story in the Female Board Race as Emma Woods and Ruby Nolan pinched first and second, and Zach Morris crossed first in the Male Board Race.
Australia sits on top in both the Opens and Youth competition headed into day two of competition on Sunday 29 September in Durban, South Africa.
For a list of full results and to follow along on day two head to https://liveresults.co.nz/sls
International Surf Rescue Challenge – Open Competition
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International Surf Rescue Challenge – Youth Competition
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