Lifeguards from several SLO County beaches gathered at Morro Strand Beach last week for their annual skills competition. Teams from Morro Bay, Cayucos, Avila and Pismo took part in various individual and tag-team races — paddling around and between Pillar and Morro Rocks, an ocean swim through the surf, and beach flags. The competition is for bragging rights and to foster inter-agency cooperation, and no doubt a little good clean fun as well. The team from Oceano took first place this year, with Morro Bay second and Pismo third, so next year’s games will be in Oceano. MB lifeguard Mac Reinhart won the ‘Iron Guard’ event, and Adam Lohnes won beach flags. As for team events, Morro Bay took first in the swim relay, and second in the rescue board relay.
– Photos by Neil Farrell