Hamish Miller takes out brutal Mount Monster Surf Life Saving race
Hamish Miller finally broke through for victory in New Zealand's premier long distance surf lifesaving race today, winning the Mount Monster event in Mount Maunganui. The 19-year-old eased home in two hours 20 minutes and 36 seconds, held over 25km and four legs along the Bay of Plenty coastline.
NZ Olympians tackle gruelling Mount Monster Multisport challenge
Kiwi open water swimmer Kane Radford and K4 paddler Kayla Marie were among the contestants that were competing in Tauranga.
Miller secures first Mount Monster win
In the five years of the Dexion Mount Monster there has not been a reception for the winner like Hamish Miller got on Saturday. The popular 19-year-old Mount Maunganui clubbie finally achieved a long-held ambition by winning the brutal four-legged endurance test. Former junior Black Fins captain Miller led from start to finish in the 25km event that involves a 5km beach run, 1.5km ocean swim, 12km surf paddle to Omanu and back before a final gut-busting 6km board paddle and a short sand sprint to the finish line.....
Team title at Mount Monster to Gisborne clubbies
GISBORNE surf lifesavers were among the top placings in the Mount Monster at Mount Manganui on Saturday. Midway’s Matt Scott and Tayler Reid were part of the winnning team in the gruelling multi-discipline event comprising a five-kilometre beach run, 1500m swim, 12km surf ski paddle and 6km board paddle and sprint to the finish line at the Mount’s main beach. Reid, recently named in the New Zealand team for the triathlon at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games next year, did the run and Scott did the swim. Under the team name The Shark Tank, the pair combined with Andrew Trembath (board) and Kurtis Imrie (ski) to top the 66-team field in 2 hours 16 minutes 58 seconds.
Monstrous challenge at Mount Maunganui for Coast to Coast dual champion Sam Clark
Sam Clark knows all about hurting himself, but freely admits this weekend's Mount Monster may just take him into a new realm of pain. The Whakatane multisport star - who won his second Coast to Coast title in fearless style earlier this year - has added an intriguing element to New Zealand's biggest surf lifesaving endurance race. While the 5km beach run along the Mount Maunganui coast, the spectacular 1500m swim leg which includes a jump off Moturiki Island's blowhole and the 12km ski leg to Omanu and back hold no fears for Clark, he's conscious of his inexperience with the final 6km board paddle bringing him home. "I can see three out of the four disciplines going pretty well," the 27-year-old said.
Mount Monster to start at Mount Main Beach this weekend
What lifeguards regard as a fun sporting event is on a different level to most athletes. But even by their extreme standards, the aptly named Mount Monster is a superior test of mental toughness, physical courage and range of skills. The event that starts and finishes on Mount Main Beach from 10am tomorrow has four gruelling parts — a 5km beach run, 1.5km ocean swim, 12km surf paddle to Omanu and back and a 6km board paddle before the sand sprint to the finish line. What makes the Mount Monster so unique is athletes have to run to the end of Moturiki (Leisure) Island and leap off the end of the blow hole into the turbulent swell below to start the ocean swim. Scary? You bet!....