Surf Sports offers a prime training ground for the physical and psychological demands of saving lives in the surf. It is an opportunity for lifeguards to practise, refine and demonstrate their prowess in the many different physical areas of surf life saving – with all events being based on practical aspects of lifesaving. Starting at Junior Surf level, members as young as seven get to enjoy the fun and excitement of pitting themselves against each other, and members of other clubs. Regardless of ability or interest, events range from Club based competitions to District and National U14 Championships. Our Junior Surf progamme organises an annual carnival competition against members of the local clubs. Our qualified lifeguards can participate in a range of District, Regional or National Surf Events, which help build their peak performance for the New Zealand Championships held in March. Events span the range of rescue skills and test competitors’ strength, fitness and agility in swimming, running, paddling a Surf Ski, board or canoe, rowing a surfboat. The Trust Waikato Pauanui Surf Life Saving Club has had success at both local and regional level.