The 57th annual International Surf Festival was in full swing on Friday evening as LA County Lifeguards showed off their ocean skills at the Hermosa Beach Pier.

The guards participated in a 6-lifeguard run relay and the Bud Stevenson Intracrew Medley Relay.

The Bud Stevenson race, held at night under lights after the lifeguards finish their day jobs, consists of two runners, four swimmers, four paddlers, one surf ski paddler, and four two-person dory boats. The winning team gets bragging rights for the year.

The teams represent all of the beaches operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, including Cabrillo-Torrance-Redondo; Hermosa Beach; Manhattan Beach; Dockweiler; Venice; Santa Monica; Will Rogers; Malibu; Zuma Beach; and the Baywatch Rescue Boat Crews.

The Friday night race is a precursor to the Judge Taplin three-mile medley relay Saturday night, one of the signature events of the popular surf festival that celebrates beach sports and culture. The other key events are the Charlie Saikley Volleyball Tournament and the Dwight Crum Pier-to-Pier Swim.

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