ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (May 1, 2018) – Open to beach patrols from Long Island to Virginia Beach, Red Bull Surf + Rescue returns to Atlantic City, New Jersey on Tuesday, July 17th for the fourth year in a row. Red Bull Surf + Rescue is the premiere lifeguarding event on the East Coast, challenging 50 teams of elite ocean athletes over four rounds of competition to crown the champion patrol on the Mid-Atlantic Coast. This year’s competition will feature more intense competition, a new-four round elimination format and the biggest awards in the event’s history taking place at a new venue directly in front of Bungalow Beach.
Eligible teams consist of four professional lifeguards including at least one female athlete. All of the competing athletes must be current members of the beach patrol they represent, with the exception of one alumnus per team. The 2018 contest format consists of traditional lifeguarding disciplines with a new Red Bull Rescue Championship Round that will bring all four team members together in a brutal, back to back rescue scenario combining the skills demanded of ocean lifeguards on beaches around the world.
“Red Bull Surf + Rescue not only showcases the athletic prowess and ocean skills of the professional guards protecting our shores every summer, but also pays tribute to the passion and commitment of those who make protecting our communities and our oceans their priority,” says Red Bull Surf + Rescue Technical Director Bruckner Chase. “This year may prove to be the highest level of competition we have ever seen, and the Champion patrol will be tested like never before.”
In this year’s four-round competition, each patrol will compete in at least two rounds. Round 1 features all 50 teams in a 250-meter box course Surf Swim Relay. The top 25 teams advance to the Round 2 ‘A’ Pool with the bottom 25 teams advancing to the Round 2 ‘B’ pool. Round 2 will challenge the teams to a 500-meter apex Paddleboard Relay with the top 14 teams from Pool “A” and the top 2 teams from Pool “B” advancing to Round 3. Sixteen teams will start Round 3’s Run/Run/Surf Swim/ Paddleboard Relay with the top 8 teams moving on to the final, Championship Round. In this final round, the remaining teams will complete the unique Red Bull Rescue format comprised of a grueling double rescue scenario of a Paddle Pick-up and Swim Rescue with all four team members crossing the line together to claim the 2018 Red Bull Surf + Rescue title.
The winning beach patrol will receive a 2018 Polaris® GENERAL® 4 1000. This machine embodies the athletes and teams competing for it. With the hardworking heart of a RANGER® and the performance of a RZR®, this vehicle will enhance surf and rescue teams. They can now boost their beach coverage, and allow beach gowers the added confidence to enjoy their adventure.
Atlantic City, New Jersey is home to one of the oldest beach patrols in the country where the history of ocean lifeguarding can be traced back to the late 1800’s. For over a century, top surf lifesaving athletes have honed their abilities off the beaches of Atlantic City and along The Jersey Shore, making it the ideal location for this fourth annual clash of the titans. Registration will open on May 25th. To register or for more information, please visit: