If you’ve ever visited Zuma Beach on a busy summer weekend, you’ve probably seen our LA County Lifeguards in action making rescues. You may have even thought to yourself, “We have the best lifeguards in California.” If so, you would have been right—at least according to a recent friendly competition among lifeguards that took place in Hermosa Beach.

Lifeguards from Zuma Beach won the 2021 Bud Stevenson Lifeguard Intracrew Medley Relay on Friday, July 31, during the first night of the International Surf Festival’s Lifeguard Events. The two nights of racing are part of a four-day surf competition and take place at night since the guards work during daylight hours. The winners get bragging rights to be called the “Toughest Lifeguards of the California Coast.”

The medley relay consists of running, swimming, paddling, surf-skiing and Dory racing.

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