Skimmons siblings help squad to final round

Anne Skimmons exits the surf during the first round of this year's Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition. Skimmons helped Sea Girt reach the coveted final round. STEVE WEXLER
ATLANTIC CITY — It was only one year ago when Point Boro alums and siblings Anne and Joe Skimmons were competing for Sea Girt Beach Patrol on two separate teams in the annual Red Bull Surf and Rescue competition in Atlantic City. Joe’s team did not make the cut into the final round while Anne and her squad went on to compete in the final round of eight. This year though, another two Sea Girt teams competed but Joe and Anne got the opportunity to compete alongside each other on the same squad. “It feels great. She’s such an amazing competitor,” said Joe on competing in Tuesday’s event with his older sister. “She inspires me.” The Skimmons siblings competed with Peter Fittin and Todd Sudol in this year’s competition. The squad competed strong against 48 different teams. “There are a lot of high end athletes that can compete at the World level who are coming to Red Bull,” noted Anne. Both Sea Girt squads reached the fourth and final round of the competition, along with three Ocean City teams, Longport, Harvey Cedars and Ship Bottom. The final round was a relay event that included a 250-meter swim, a 450-meter prone paddle and a two-person 700-meter row. Joe kicked off the event with the swim while Anne handled the second leg on her paddleboard that she named Maid Marian II. “I wasn’t too happy with it but I gave it all I had in the last round of the competition,” admitted Joe. “I was pretty gassed.” Joe came across the line in sixth and Anne took off with Maid Marian II in hand for the prone paddleboard portion of the race. “I come to paddle,” stated Anne. “I paddled in the last round and I did pretty well in the run actually. I’m primarily a runner and a paddler and I do swim at school.” The Skimmons siblings competed well side-by-side this year. To be in the final round of eight squads out of the 48 that started the competition speaks volumes to the strength of the overall beach patrol. And of course, competing with a sibling made Tuesday’s event that much better. “He’s my brother. We look up to each other and he’s a phenomenal swimmer,” praised Anne. “I wanted nothing more than to compete side-by-side with my little brother. He’s not so little anymore but he proved himself today absolutely.”

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