It was another big turnout on Takapuna Beach for Race 4 of the State Beach Series Tuesday night. Conditions for competitors on top of the water were near perfect but for those in the water; the temperature was a little cooler than expected.

Newcomer Ben Gillies was first ashore in the men's 1km swim, 6 seconds ahead of youngster Jackson Cropp who has now placed in the top three in all four races. The race has up to this week been dominated by Olympic hopeful Steven Kent who's currently out of the country competing in Germany from where he will head to the Gold Coast for more training in his bid to gain Olympic selection. In the women's event, last years' winner Brenda Russell racked up her second win of the season. "It was much colder than I expected which made breathing harder," Russell said. She and NZ Surf Lifesaver Kirsty Wannan are fighting hard as they both chase the top spot.

The Men's 5km Ski Paddle has seen three of the country's best ocean paddlers contesting top spot. Paddlers took to the ocean on an outward tide and it was Olympian Steven Ferguson who hit the beach first, making it three from four, 19 secs ahead of fellow olympian Ben Fouhy and Travis Mitchell. Rachael Dodwell was the first woman home.

It was a lazy evening workout on the beach for Tara La Grange in the 5km run as she headed the women's field home by almost two minutes making it four wins from four starts while Nick Sutherland ran home first in the men's race.

Troy Houston navigated his way around the 3km course to win the Men's Stand Up Paddle while Stacey Smith was first home in the women's event.

Race results are shown below the photo gallery.

Photos by Sam Mayhew. You can view larger pics on the photo gallery page.

Results: State Beach Series, Race 4

Ocean Swim 1000/1500m – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 GILLIES, Ben 13m 45s 100.00
2 CROPP, Jackson 13m 51s 99.48
3 ANDERSON, Ross 14m 02s 98.60

Ocean Swim 1000/1500m – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 RUSSELL, Brenda 14m 44s 100.00
2 ROSEWARNE, Nicole 14m 53s 99.29
3 WANNAN, Kirsty 14m 56s 99.07

Beach Run 5km – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 SUTHERLAND, Nick 18m 07s 100.00
2 SELEZNEV, Kostya 18m 24s 98.92
3 MASON, Finn 18m 41s 97.84

Beach Run 5km – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 LA GRANGE, Tara 19m 13s 100.00
2 RYAN, Lesley 21m 48s 91.07
3 MASON, Grace 21m 54s 90.75

Surf Ski Paddle 5km – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 FERGUSON, Steven 26m 47s 100.00
2 FOUHY, Ben 27m 06s 99.18
3 MITCHELL, Travis 27m 48s 97.37

Surf Ski Paddle 5km – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 DODWELL, Rachael 32m 28s 100.00
2 BUTT, Georgia 35m 48s 93.13
3 SIMPSON, Dene 40m 25s 84.40

Stand-Up Paddle 3km – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 HUSTON, Troy 22m 26s 100.00
2 STEPHENSON, Jeremy 22m 45s 99.05
3 HOUGHTON, Mark 22m 48s 98.87

Stand-Up Paddle 3km – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 SMITH, Stacey 26m 35s 100.00
2 LYTHE, Alana 27m 50s 96.78
3 STUART, Victoria 27m 51s 96.77

Board Paddle 3km – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 BUTT, Stephen 27m 36s 100.00
2 SIDDINS, Mitchel 28m 23s 98.03
3 VANDERPUTTEN, Harry 30m 43s 92.47

Board Paddle 3km – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 WILSON, Emma 27m 36s 100.00
2 CAMPLIN, Brita 30m 25s 93.16
3 STEPHENSON, Vanessa 31m 50s 89.89

Junior Beach Run 2.5km – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 HADDY, Josh 10m 53s 100.00
2 ELLIOT, Luke 11m 40s 95.13
3 SAXBY, Toby 11m 41s 95.03

Junior Beach Run 2.5km – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 HARDEN, Brieanna 11m 10s 100.00
2 LOUGHLIN, Eloise 11m 20s 99.01
3 GOOD, Samantha 11m 42s 96.73

Junior Swim – Male

Place Name Time Points
1 ELLIOT, Aidan 5m 01s 100.00
2 HARDEN, Joshua 5m 10s 97.87
3 MCPHEAT, Adam 5m 27s 94.08

Junior Swim – Female

Place Name Time Points
1 BROOKE, Elle 4m 34s 100.00
2 WALKER, Emma 4m 44s 97.41
3 HARROWER, Lauren 4m 58s 93.94