Maranui attends a number of Junior Carnivals during the season. This season we have carnivals on Saturday and Sunday with the first one at Worser Bay on Sunday 3rd December. These are FUN events when all clubs in the Capital and Coast region come together to compete on the beach.
All members need to be registered on the SLSNZ portal so we can enter athletes for carnivals and courses. Every member receives a unique SLSNZ number. We are unable to enter athletes into carnivals if you have not registered via the SLSNZ portal.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER - https://webportal.surflifesaving.org.nz/new-membership/
JUNIOR CARNIVAL DATES 2023/2024
Junior Surf Starts: 5th Nov 2023 - 10th of March 2024. Maranui Club rooms
U7 - U10, 10am - 11am (signed in by 9.45am) U11 - U14, 10am - 11.30pm (signed in by 9.45am)
U8 - U14 Carnival: 3rd December 2023 Worser Bay
* NOTE: There will be NO regular Junior Surf sessions on carnival days as all coaches will be at the carnivals.
Christmas Shared Lunch. 10th December Maranui Club rooms
U8 - U14 Carnival 12th January CRC Fitzroy, New Plymouth
21st January. Riversdale beach, Wairarapa
3rd February 2024 Maranui Club rooms
Maranui SLSC hosting. Full day
U8 - U14 Carnival. 14th February 2024 Titahi Bay Twilight event
Last Junior Surf session for the season
Sunday 10th March 2024. Maranui Club rooms
Oceans' 24. Thursday 22 Feb - Sunday 25 Feb 2024. Mount Maunganui Beach
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO club Junior Surf at Maranui SLSC on carnival days as all coaches will be at the carnival. U7s don’t compete at carnivals (this applies to all clubs).
WHAT TO EXPECT:
Carnivals normally start early in the morning and finish early afternoon - take plenty of food and water.
Wellington is not known for its tropical weather - take warm and dry clothes. Polar fleece blankets are also great to keep athletes warm, especially in the wind.
Athletes must arrive at the stipulated time.
All athletes must sign in at the red Maranui tent
RED high visibility safety vests and competition caps are mandatory at carnivals.
Red Hi Vis vest & Competition Cap (Forget these - you are unable to compete)
No Board shorts
WETSUITS: The decision to allow wetsuits will be made by the Event Referee depending on water temperature and weather conditions on the day of the event. Before a decision is made, consultation will be held with Team Managers, who are then responsible for communicating the decision to their members. It is recommended that parents prepare for events by always packing a wetsuit for your athlete(s), regardless of the weather forecast. This way if a ruling is made to allow wetsuits your child will not be hindered in any way.
WHAT TO PACK: Togs - NO board shorts, wetsuit, thermal for under wetsuit (if your child feels the cold), hi-vis red vest, competition cap, swim cap, goggles, sunscreen, sunhat, plenty of food, water and towels. Lots of dry towels – wet towels on a cold body are ineffective and could make them colder. Something warm to put on in between events. Pack for the conditions.
AGE GROUPS: All athletes will compete in their age groups according to their DOB as at 30 September as per SLSNZ guidelines.
EVENT LIST FOR CARNIVALS:
U11 - U14
Beach Flags, Beach Sprints, Surf Race, Board Race, Diamond
U8 - U10
Beach Flags, Beach Sprints, Run – Wade – Run, Boogie Board
Board Race (200m Badge Holders Only and time permitting)
Events may be subject to change, depending on entries and surf/weather conditions.
PLEASE NOTE: There is NO club Junior Surf on carnival days as all coaches will be at the carnival. U7s don’t compete at carnivals.
Junior surf carnivals are fantastic fun and help grow the confidence of your child.
We highly recommend each junior member attend to help with their personal growth.
Beach Sprint (U8 - U14) - This is a straight running race.
Beach Flags (U8 - U14) - This is a sprint up the beach to claim a baton. There will always be fewer batons than competitors; the competitor who does not get a baton is eliminated from the competition. All competitors lie face down with toes on the start line, heels together, hands on top of each other and head up facing out to sea. On the command “heads down” chins are placed on the hands and competitors must stay still. At the whistle competitors get to their feet as quickly as they can and run to get a baton.
Run-Wade-Run (Wading Race) (U8 - U10) - This is a beach/water event. Competitors run from the starting line on the beach into the water then wade out and around two markers and back into shore where they sprint to cross the finish line.
Run-Swim-Run (U11 - U14) - This is a beach/water event. Competitors run from the starting line on the beach into the water then swim out and around two markers and back into shore where they sprint to cross the finish line. All competitors must have completed their 200m badge.
Surf Race (U11 - U14) – This is a swimming race. The course length varies by age-group, but will be no longer than 200m. Competitors usually swim left to right around the course and return to shore and sprint to cross the finishing line. All competitors must have completed their 200m badge.
Boogie Board Race (U8 - U10) – The race starts at the water’s edge with all competitor’s board leashes attached to their arms. They race out and around two markers and back into shore. Competitors must cross the finish line in contact with their board. No fins required.
Board Race (U10 - U14) - This is a paddle board race. Competitors start at the water’s edge holding their board. On the starter’s whistle they race out into the water, paddle out and around three markers and back into shore to the finish line. Competitors must cross the line in contact with their board. If a competitor loses their board after the last buoy/marker, they can swim the remainder of the course. All competitors must have completed their 200m badge.
Diamond Race (Wading & Bodyboard) (U8s, U9s, U10s) – This is a fun event. The order of events is wade, then bodyboard. Competitors run from the starting line on the beach into the water then wade out and around two markers and back into shore. Competitor’s grab their Bodyboards (boogie board) attach the leash to their arms. They race out and around two markers and back into shore.
Diamond Race (U11 - U14) – This is a multi-discipline event. The order of events is swim, board, run. The competitor swims out and around two markers, returns to the beach and picks up their board. They return to the water, paddle out and around the markers, returning to the beach, dropping their board at the flags then sprint to the finishing line. All competitors must have completed their 200m badge.
Cameron Relay (U11 - U14) – This is a multi-discipline team event. The order of events is swim, board, run - but done in a team of 4. The first competitor runs and tags the swimmer who swims out and around two markers, returns to the beach and tags the paddler who runs to the water and paddles out and around the markers, returning to the water’s edge, tagging their runner who then sprints to the finishing line. All competitors must have completed their 200m badge.
CHECKLIST FOR CARNIVALS
Red Hi-vis Vest
Clothing to match the weather conditions
Plenty of food & water
Sun block – even though the weather may be wet, if there is wind you want to protect from windburn
Lots of dry towels – wet towels on a cold body are ineffective and could make them colder
Tarpaulin, a plastic sheet or rubbish bag to cover over athlete to keep the wind/rain out
Keep the athlete moving by doing star jumps, jogging, running on the spot
Sun block (lots of it)
Water (to keep hydrated)
Umbrella (protect from the sun)
Ice and Ice bucket to keep drinks and self cool
Long sleeved lightweight top or shirt
Lightweight trousers to protect legs from the sun