PHOTOS: SoCal Lifeguard Championships, Taplin

Lifeguards from up and down the coast of southern California competed in the Southern California Lifeguard Championships and Judge Taplin Relay Saturday at the Hermosa Pier.

Under the bright glow of spotlights, lifeguards from across southern California battled it out Saturday night at the Southern California Lifeguard Championships hosted at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

The evening's events included the Judge Taplin lifeguard medley relay which, according to the event's website, is the most prestigious lifeguard event in the United States and started in 1936.

Each 18-person relay team consisted of six runners, six paddlers and six swimmers who competed against other in a relay that included running, paddling and swimming.

This year, the L.A. County Central team took home the win with the L.A. County Southern team placing second.

Because lifeguards still had to patrol the coast's beaches during the day, the event was held after dusk under 90,000 watts of light. The large lighting truck, according to its operator, is normally used to light movie sets during nighttime shoots.

Also included in the night's competition were the final events of the Wieland Shield competition, which pits California's lifeguards against lifeguards from Victoria, Australia.

For the first time since 2000, the Californians beat out the Australians to take home the shield.

Alexander Starr August 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
John Schreiber August 06, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Alexander, what you are seeing is the El Segundo plant, not the Redondo one.
Fred Reardon August 06, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Yes, it is too bad El Segundo just rolled over and let that plant get renovated. It seems like that thing is running with more vigor than ever filling the south bay and the LA Basin with even more toxic chemicals. If we had the foresight to take advantage of LA Counties incredible natural resource...the sun, we could have easily thrown up some concentrated PV or module based PV farms in the high desert and eliminated this toxic fossil fuel burning behemoth that is just going to bite us later with increased health costs, decreased opportunity costs and landscape pollution for generations. People in the high desert are hurting for jobs. Instead of letting a fossil fuel based power company come in renovate, pollute the landscape and air for the next 50 years, we should have taken steps to live smarter and create jobs in Lancaster, Palmdale, Apple Valley, Barstow, Palm Springs, etc. We have the technology. We just have to use it. We have to be smart and not cower to large companies that want to make a huge profit at the expense of our quality of life and our families health.
Bon Pierce August 06, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Those are some awesome photos. Tough conditions.
Alexander Starr August 06, 2012 at 08:26 PM
John, I know it's the El Segundo plant. The picture captures the true industrialization that has ruined so many CA beaches. Now, imagine a new powerplant in RB for another 50+ years destoying our beaches and air....That's a picture of INSANITY! Nopowerplant.com


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