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Lifeguards hold relay competition in Ocean Beach

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Thursday, lifeguards from across San Diego put their skills to the test in a friendly competition.

The Annual Ron Trenton Memorial Lifeguard Relays were held in Ocean Beach.

The Ron Trenton Memorial Lifeguard Relays are usually held in Mission Beach, but this year changed locations to Ocean Beach.

A beach crowd, supporters and their families lined the beaches to cheer on lifeguards who really showed what it takes to keep beachgoers safe.

Lifeguards from the South Mission to North Pacific and La Jolla beaches were ready to take back the tittle.

The relays are named after the veteran lifeguard who was lost at sea while piloting his private plane from Catalina to San Diego in 1997.

"I am so excited, thrilled and proud," said Debbie Gaydos, a lifeguard parent. It was her first year to cheer on her son.

"It's awesome for the little kids to see this and for parents to see this. This is a a great thing for everyone to enjoy," she said.

The event is also a great way to promote water safety.

"These are the people that are protecting you at the beach, and it's good to see them bond together and work together," said Nathan Lesser, a junior Lifeguard intern.

The 12-leg relay included lifeguards competing in: water rescue skills, landline rescues, running-diving over waves, swimming, and even paddle boarding.

Tyler Richter,a junior lifeguard intern, said he hopes to compete one day. "These are all the guys I look up to," he said.

The competition is not only about bragging rights, but about camaraderie.

Ocean Beach took the title for the second year in a row.

"I know what it is to win, and I know what it is to lose. I know what it is to come together as a team," said Daryl Pawlack, Central lifeguard team captain.

Last year was the first year Ocean Beach took the title, and before that it had been since 1997.

Central Division which covers Mission and Pacific Beach has been known to dominate the relays.

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