The paddleboard series has 12 races and 16 divisions for 2020.
Fort Lauderdale's South Beach Launching Area (600 Northbound Seabreeze Boulevard)
The date for the 18th Annual Gene Bergman 10-Mile Row, Paddle & Surfski, here in Fort Lauderdale, will be Monday, January 6th, with a 10:00 AM start time.
This race, initiated in 1981 by Erik Jersted & Gene Bergman (originally called the FLBP 10-Mile Row), has been held consistently since then, and typically fields 10-15 surfboats. In recent years, we have opened it up to paddlers and surf skis.
We want to try to get as many New Jersey boat crews as possible for this year's event. We will do our best to provide boats and accommodations. Please let me know if you are interested in being in attendance:
The competition will begin at 10:00 AM on the beach in the South Beach Launching Area at 601 Seabreeze Boulevard (Northbound S.R. A1A).
This watercraft competition will require rowers and paddlers travel approximately 1.5 miles south to the north jetty at Port Everglades. After turning at the jetty, rowers/paddlers will continue straight out two miles to the whistle/bell buoy then diagonally back to the South Beach Launching Area. They will then row north 5 miles to Lifeguard Tower #20 at N.E. 18th Street, and then back to a finish at the South Beach Launching Area.
More than 40 men and women from across the state are expected to compete in the competition, which is named in honor of former Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue Captain and Aquatics Chief, Gene Bergman.
The fee for the competition is $20 and entry forms are required.
For more information regarding the competition or to receive an entry form, please contact Lieutenant Jim McCrady - Fort Lauderdale Ocean Rescue:
Contact: JMcCrady -at- fortlauderdale -dot- gov
Two girls and dad on the beach in Chicago. Ugh.
This is one way to address the shortage of lifeguards.
If you see someone being attacked by a shark while you are in the vicinity, would you try to help the person or get out of the water?
Lola Correa posted:
Get out of the water first, then attempt to help the person by throwing a flotation device or rope or something. Creating two victims that need rescuing is no help to anyone especially the first responder rescuers. The first rule of professional rescuers like Firefighters and EMS is “scene safety.” If you your self become another victim you’re doing no help at all especially to the original victim.