Spirited running, rowing, swimming, and paddling were all on display during the inaugural Bush Classic lifeguard tournament in Ortley Beach on Wednesday.
Lifeguards from Midway Beach, Harvey Cedars, Ship Bottom, Lavallette, Barnegat Light, Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park, and Ortley Beach converged for an exciting evening under mostly clear skies.
Competitors battled it out in a variety of events, including 1000-foot row, surf medley (run, swim, paddle, and row), boat-swim, paddle, swim, and boat races.
After the scores were tallied, Harvey Cedars walked away as the victors.
Ortley Beach Surf Rescue changed the name of its annual lifeguard tournament to honor its retired supervisor, Pete Bush.
Final score: 1st, Harvey Cedars; 2nd, Ship Bottom and Barnegat Light (tie); 4th, Ortley Beach.
1000-foot row: Ship Bottom, Ortley Beach, Harvey CedarsSurf medley: Barnegat Light, Lavallette, Harvey CedarsBoat-swim: Ortley Beach, Lavallette, Harvey CedarsPaddle: Barnegat Light, Ship Bottom, Harvey CedarsSwim: Harvey Cedars, Harvey Cedars, Barnegat LightBoat: Ship Bottom, Ortley Beach, Lavallette