Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol Swipes Third at Red Bull Competition

Jul 25, 2018
Photo by: Greg Mionske/Red Bull Content Pool The Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol team of Randy Townsend, Jenna Parker, Ryan Corcoran and Jarrod Shoemaker (right) take their place at the winners’ podium after placing third in the annual Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition in Atlantic City on July 17.

With thunderstorms brewing off to the north and west on July 17, the annual Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition in Atlantic City was cut short from its standard four events to two. But that didn’t deter the Harvey Cedars Beach Patrol squad.

The quartet of Randy Townsend, Jenna Parker, Ryan Corcoran and Jarrod Shoemaker cleared the first wave in the Surf-Swim Relay to qualify for the Paddleboard Relay – deemed the championship round once race officials determined the weather was going to wreak havoc for the final two events – and ultimately finished third behind winner Ocean City and runner-up Wildwood Crest.

After qualifying for Round 2, Corcoran clocked a time of 3:48.1 to put Cedars in fourth behind Ocean City, Riis Park, N.Y., and Virginia Beach. Parker’s paddle of 5:07.2 kept the Vikings near the frontrunners, before Shoemaker edged the team further with a time of 4:43.5. The captain, Townsend, finished off a solid relay with a time of 3:43.4, the fourth-best time among the anchor paddlers.

Cedars finished with a total time of 17:22.2, about 10 seconds behind Ocean City and seven seconds behind Wildwood Crest. Riis Park finished 14.6 seconds behind Harvey Cedars. Spring Lake was fifth with a time of 18:20.

The only other local beach patrol in what turned out to be the final round was Barnegat Light’s crew of Michael Macchia (4:05.4), Sarah Button (5:23.9), Nolan Kuscan (5:32.6) and Mike Smith (4:39.4), which finished 10th with a combined time of 19:41.5, six seconds ahead of Ocean City No. 2.

Originally, the third round was supposed to feature a run-run-swim-paddle relay and the fourth round was scheduled as rescue relay to include a paddleboard pickup and swim rescue.

The event started with 50 elite lifeguarding teams from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including New York, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. All but one of the top 16 finishes were by New Jersey squads. Ahead of Barnegat Light were Sea Girt in sixth, followed by Avon-by-the-Sea, Longport and Lavallette.  —D.B.

 

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