HERMOSA BEACH (CBSLA) – Dozens of lifeguards from several Los Angeles County agencies competed Friday night in ocean and beach races to show off their stamina and swimming talents.
Zuma Beach lifeguards were victorious Friday night. They are able to call themselves the toughest lifeguards after winning the competition.READ MORE: CHP Motorcycle Officer Involved In Traffic Collision On Eastbound 105 Freeway At Bellflower Boulevard
Those competing take the contest seriously — but it’s also fun.
“Once you win, everybody else is just beneath you,” said competitor Ian Padilla who has been a lifeguard at Dockweiler Beach for three years.READ MORE: First Weekend Eligible Adults Can Receive Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot In Los Angeles County
They compete in relay races first, followed by a relay swim race to see which team can pull the fastest times. Lifeguards have to train to make the team.
The competition is part of the International Surf Festival. Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Zuma Beach lifeguards have claimed titles in recent years.MORE NEWS: Man Shot And Killed By Huntington Police Saturday As Nearby Crowds Watched U.S. Open Of Surfing