The Los Angeles County Surf Lifesaving Association (LACoSLA) competed against over 30 teams and 400 professional lifeguards at the United States Lifesaving Association National Championship in Virginia Beach, Virginia, from August 9-11, 2018, and brought home bragging rights as the best and the fastest lifeguarding pros around. The Howard Lee National Championship Team trophy was awarded to LACoSLA, which consisted of 47 current and former lifeguards from the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division.
“Our skills in all the events, especially our expertise in the paddle board, surf ski, and dory boat led to the victory,” said participant and Lifeguard Section Chief Chris Linkletter.
Every point truly matters in this competition. LACoSLA blew the competition away with a staggering 1244.252 points. That’s over 400 more points than the second place team that consisted of twice as many competitors (88) from Monmouth, New Jersey. Noteworthy contributors to that point tally include Ocean Lifeguard Jenna Solberg who took first place in the Overall Point Title for her third year in a row and Ocean Lifeguard Kelsey Cummings following up in a very close second. Ocean Lifeguards Renae Jackson and Coral Kemp also finished in the top ten of open scoring. For the men, Ocean Lifeguards Jake Miller, Brian Murphy and Kevin Fink all finished in the top ten as well.
LACoFD’s Junior Guards participated in the Junior Guard and U19 Championships that took place on August 8, also in Virginia Beach. Junior Guard Sophia Arky placed second in the U19 Division (ages 16,17,18) and Junior Guard Hunter Ray placed fourth in the A Division (ages 14,15).
Congratulations to the entire team on the prestigious win! It is a testament to the incredible talent and skill of the professionals who work (and worked) for the LACoFD Lifeguard Division.