CAVES Beach Surf Life Saving Club has surrendered its NSW Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB) Championship crown for the first time in 10 years.
After a weekend of gruelling competition, Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club snatched the title from Caves Beach.
Nineteen clubs from around the state descended on the Mid North Coast during the last weekend of June to contest the championships.
Strong winds and choppy surf forced the competition to be relocated to Arakoon, but that did not deter Kiama Downs, who won the NSW IRB Premiership Series earlier in the month.
Caves Beach came in third with 70 points, behind South Maroubra on 74 and Kiama Downs on 95.
Catherine Hill Bay was fourth on 24 points.