Two hundred professional lifeguards from around the state competed on Siesta Key Beach at the 2021 USLA Southeast James P. “Mac” McCarthy Regional Surf Lifesavings Championships. Thankfully, red tide was not severe, said organizer Robert Martini, a Sarasota County Beach Lifeguard Lieutenant EMT.
The two-day competition consisted of 16 events, including surf swimming, surf rescues and land races. Winners go to the U.S. Lifesaving Association championships in Galveston, Texas, in August, and the winner there will be invited to represent World Team USA. Here's a look at the action.