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BEN CARLSON MEMORIAL

TOURNAMENT

Ben' Story
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     It occurred at the end of a busy 4th of July weekend that was marked by warm conditions, abnormally large and turbulent surf, and giant crowds. Newport Beach Lifeguards made 562 rescues that holiday weekend. Many of those were dramatic lifesaving events that resulted in relieved and reunited families, but the next rescue would not.   At 5:15 pm, Newport Beach Lifeguards Ben Carlson and Gary Conwell were patrolling beyond the large surf in an NBLG rescue boat when they spotted a distressed swimmer. Ben jumped from the boat and after a long swim made contact with the man.  As they began to make their way back out to the rescue boat, both were hit by a large wave and taken over the falls.

BENS STORY

The distressed swimmer made it to the surface and was rescued, but Ben was missing. A 3-hour search ensued that included members from 7 agencies including Newport Beach Lifeguards, Fire, Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol, Huntington Beach Lifeguards, Laguna Beach Lifeguards and State Parks. Ben was eventually located more than a half a mile away from the original rescue location at 8 pm and was transported by Newport Beach Paramedics to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. He was the first and only Newport Beach Lifeguard to die in the line of duty since the service was formed in 1923. 

Ben had just turned 32 and had proudly served as a Newport Beach Lifeguard for over 15 years. He was a lover of the ocean and an accomplished and dedicated waterman having surfed big waves around the world and explored the beaches on distant shores. Ben was a Division 1 Collegiate water polo player at UC Irvine and a strong, competitive swimmer. He gained his love and appreciation of the water from his family who introduced him to the ocean during a lifetime of beach-going, surfing and sailing. The statue of Ben was gifted to the City of Newport Beach by the Ben Carlson Memorial & Scholarship Foundation, a group of family, fellow lifeguards and friends who all loved Ben. The funds were provided by many incredible individuals and organizations, some of whom are listed on the plaques surrounding the memorial. The Foundation continues to operate in Ben’s name, providing annual scholarships, serving under-resourced children and most importantly working to develop and improve systems to protect lifeguards and the public from a wonderful, but non-forgiving ocean.

BEN CARLSON MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

INFORMATION

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PREPARE:

with Junior Olympic Qualifiers, Futures Superfinals, and Junior Olympics just around the corner, there is no better time to prepare.

MISSION:

The Ben Carlson Memorial Tournament was formed to offer high-quality competition in the Inland Empire, in memory and honor of Etiwanda High School and University of California Irvine water polo player/alumnist, and Newport Beach Lifeguard Benjamin M. Carlson, who sacrificed his life to save another's July 6th, 2014. Ben's memory lives on through his family, friends, water polo, surfing, and love for the sea. We play in his honor and memory. You can find a statue of Ben in front of the Newport Beach pier.

DATE:

June 8th & 9th, 2024

HOST:

Rancho Tsunami Water Polo Club

DIVISIONS:

10u Coed, 12u Boys, 12u Girls, 12u Coed, 14u Boys, 14u Girls, 16u Boys, 16u Girls, 18u Boys, and 18u Girls

AGE DETERMINATION:

Age as of August 1st, 2024

QUARTERS DURATION:

(5 minutes) 10u Coed, (6 minutes) 12u & 14u, (7 minutes) 16u & 18u.

ENTRY FEES:

$900 per team - All teams must enter online via the online entry system. After you have entered your teams, you will be invoiced with your club's total. All payments must be made in advance of the competition. There will be no in-person payments accepted. Please note you are not fully entered into the tournament until we have your payment. Should we reach our maximum # of teams before receiving your payment you will be dropped from the event. More information on payments will be made available soon.

LOCATIONS:

Rancho Cucamonga and surrounding communities.

AWARDS:

Team Medals for 1st, 2nd, 3rd by flight

ENTRY DEADLINE:

Friday, May 30th, 2024

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR:

Kevin Nesbit, info@ranchotsunami.com, (951)533-8789

 

REGISTER HERE:

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