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JuniorSurf carnival

22nd November 2017

Over 500 registrations for first JuniorSurf event

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The first JuniorSurf Interclub carnival of the summer takes place at Orewa Beach this Saturday 25 November.
The event is for competitors aged 10-13 years who will compete in Beach Sprints & Relays, Board races, the Run Swim Run event, Board Relays for U10 & U12 athletes and a Mixed Rescue Relay for U14 competitors.
Five competition arenas will be in operation with more than 500 young athletes registered to take part. Saturday's carnival is a participation event and finals won't be run.

For more information on the carnival, click here

Footnote:  The first event is at 8.00 am and the estimated finish time is 2.00 pm. High tide is at 12.45 pm.

Muriwai surf fires up Red Beach athletes

19th November 2017

Strong club culture to the fore at surf carnival

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The start of the U19 women's surf race at Muriwai.

Red Beach athletes had the opportunity to test their skills in West Coast surf when the second Interclub carnival of the summer was held at Muriwai Beach on Saturday 18 November.
It was by far the biggest turnout of Red Beach competitors at a Northern Region surf carnival for a number of years and many excelled in the conditions, a testing surf at a tad over one metre at times.
The club produced three Ironman winners in the men’s divisions … Daniel Cairns (open), Hamish Gledhill (U19) and Kalani Gilbertson (U16).
And there were successes across the board for the club’s athletes which gave Red Beach an overall points win for the day.
The club’s Masters also came away with an overall points win to repeat their success at Waipu Cove two weeks earlier.

For the full set of results from Muriwai, click here

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Red Beach Moe Bros

15th November 2017

Club members chasing moustache dollars

Movember LogoMovember, the month formerly known as November, is a moustache growing charity event held in November each year to raise funds and awareness for men’s health.
Red Beach’s Movember team is well placed on the leader board with over $5,000 raised, a mean feat considering there are some major companies taking part e.g. Fonterra.
It’s an awesome cause, so either sign up to ‘grow a mo’ and seek sponsors or donate to one of the members already taking part.

For more information click onto Red Beach SLSC Moe Bros Facebook page.

Events coming up

19th November 2017

Sat 25 Nov      JuniorSurf Interclub Carnival # 1, Orewa

30 Nov-3 Dec  International Surf Challenge, Mt Maunganui

9 & 10 Dec      Whangamata Classic

Sat 16 Dec      Mount Monster event, Mt Maunganui

Sun 17 Dec     JuniorSurf training & Christmas Party

Tues 2 Jan      NZ Surf Boat Series, Round 2, Whangamata

Sat 6 Jan        Owen Chapman Carnival, Red Beach, 8.00 am

9-14 Jan         Junior 5-Day Camp, Mangawhai Heads

Sat 13 Jan      JuniorSurf Interclub Carnival # 2, Ruakaka

Sat 13 Jan      Nthn Region IRB Championships, Ruakaka

Sat 13 Jan      NZ Surf Boat Series, Round 3, Fitzroy

Tues 23 Jan    JuniorSurf Twilight # 1, Mairangi Bay

26 - 28 Jan     ERCs, Mt Maunganui (starts Friday 4.00 pm)

Mon 29 Jan     NZ Representative Challenge, Mt Maunganui

To view events on the SLSNZ Calendar, click here

Strong showing by club at Waipu Cove

5th November 2017
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Club swimmers await the start of the Run Swim Run event.

The first Interclub carnival of the Surf Sports season kicked off at Waipu Cove on Saturday 4 November.
Around 80 Red Beach athletes escaped Auckland’s rain for Northland’s fairer climes and delivered some impressive results.
With a surf of up to one metre, some of it a bit tricky for the novices, the club’s competitors displayed the gains they’ve made in their fitness and skill levels, clearly the result of some well-planned coaching programmes.
Many have advanced noticeably since last summer and will be keen to take on the West Coast surf when Interclub Carnival # 2 takes place at Muriwai on Saturday 18 November.
Red Beach Masters came out on top at Waipu Cove for overall points.

For the full set of results from Waipu Cove, click here

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The Red Nicks canoe crew in action at Waipu Cove. They won the five-race series in the Open division. From left: Mark Simpkins, Dave Goodare, Russell Hansen, Colin Wilcock.        Photos by Ross Malyon.

Check the weather

5th November 2017

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Impressive showing by U16 swim quartet

24th October 2017

Three Gold medals and an SLSNZ record

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Three Gold medals were achieved by the U16 men's swim team at the National Aquatic Centre. From left: Patrick Makgill, Jonathan Selman, Flynn Southcombe, Henry Williams.

The Red Beach U16 men’s swim team of Patrick Makgill, Jonathan Selman, Flynn Southcombe and Henry Williams delivered some dazzling performances at the recent SLSNZ Pool Championships.
The quartet swam to Gold medals in the 4 x 25m Manikin Relay, the 4 x 50m Medley Relay and established a New Zealand record in the 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay, bettering the time set by a Waikanae team in 2009.
All four boys began their lifesaving activities in Red Beach's JuniorSurf ranks.

Makgill and Selman were also impressive in their individual U16 events, collecting a mix of 10 Gold, Silver and Bronze medals between them.
The Open Mixed team of Rachel Hare, Emma Clarke, Wilrich Coetzee and David Van Der Star also swam superbly to take the Gold in the 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay. Coetzee went on to pick up two Bronze medals from individual events.
The medal tally for the club’s Senior swimmers was 6 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze medals.

For the full set of Pool Champs results, click here

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The Open Mixed team of, from left: Rachel Hare, Wilrich Coetzee, David Van Der Star and Emma Clarke won Gold in the 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay.    
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Masters in fine form at pool champs

23rd October 2017

11 Gold, 1 Silver, 6 Bronze at National event

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Red Beach Masters at the National Aquatic Centre. From left: Digby Morton, Keryn Corrigan, Ian Gunthorp, Kevin Cornish.

Red Beach Masters swimmers showed their mettle at the recent SLSNZ Pool Championships at the National Aquatic Centre on 14/15 October.
Ian Gunthorp, in the 70+ age category, came away with three gold medals then teamed with Tim Russell for a fourth gold in the 30-39 Line Throw event.
Lauren Harrod (40-44) and Digby Morton (60-64) each collected three gold medals. The other gold medallists were Tim Russell, Kevin Cornish and Keryn Corrigan with one apiece.

Overall Masters Points: Orewa 1, Red Beach 2, Mairangi Bay 3.

For the full set of results, click here.

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Rachael Duff, Lauren Harrod & Jen McDermott at the SLSNZ Pool Champs.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Juniors perform well at Pool Champs

21st October 2017

Nationals haul of 5 Gold, 5 Silver, 6 Bronze medals

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Texon Rolston, left, and Jasper Cornish created a new New Zealand record at the SLSNZ Pool Championships in mid-October.

Red Beach’s young swimmers made quite a splash at the recent SLSNZ Pool Championships at the National Aquatic centre on Auckland’s North Shore.
The duo of Jasper Cornish and Texon Rolston established a New Zealand record in the U12 men’s 100m Tube Swim with patient & fins, clocking up a fast time of 1:14.91 which was more than five seconds clear of the second placegetters.

Jasper Cornish (11) ended the championships with 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze medal while Millie Middleton (11) came away with 3 Silver and 3 Bronze medals.
Jesse Welsh, Jett Curteis and Robbie Davies each collected two Gold medals from Mixed U13 team events.

For all Junior results (Sessions One & Two), click here

Surf patrol season about to start again

18th October 2017

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

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Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 21 October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend. Patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:

11:00am - 4:00pm  October, November, March, April
11:00am - 5:00pm  Months of December, January, February

On Sundays, Red Beach lifeguards with an IRB will be on the beach at 10.00 am when JuniorSurf activities get under way for 7-13 year olds. Patrolling hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the patrol captain on duty.

Footnote:  Red Beach lifeguards commence patrols at Pakiri Beach on Saturday 16 December.

Long Distance event

8th October 2017
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Swimmers await the start of the 1.5km swim.

The Long Distance Carnival, surf life saving’s opening event on the Surf Sports programme for 2017/18, kicked off at Red Beach on Saturday 7th October.
More than 100 surf athletes took on the slightly choppy surf conditions on boards, skis and in surf boats. A number of entrants in the 1.5km swim braved the cool conditions and passed up the opportunity to wear wetsuits. The opening event, the 2km run, coincided with a high tide and most runners opted for running shoes to cover the circuit around the streets of Red Beach.

For the full set of results, click here …

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The start of the 2km run.
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Blake Readman, left, and Kalani Gilbertson finished one, two in the U16 men's 2.5km board event.        Photos by Ross Malyon.

Become a sponsor
30th September 2017

Sponsors & donors sought for the 2017-18 season

Red Beach Surf Club is actively seeking Business House sponsors and donors to enable it to maintain its lifesaving services at both Red Beach and Pakiri and provide safe, protected beaches.
The club also provides valuable training in surf sports, water safety and beach education for youth within the Hibiscus Coast Community and beyond.
It is a firm belief that teaching children water safety is of paramount importance and having the right equipment to do this is equally important.
To meet these needs, Red Beach Surf Club promotes a four-tiered sponsorship and donation programme at the following levels …

  • GOLD Sponsor      $6,000
  • SILVER Sponsor   $2,500
  • BRONZE Sponsor  $ 500
  • Business House Sponsor $200   Please help us grow our Business House membership

Red Beach Surf Club welcomes any sponsorship or donations that you are able to provide. Alternatively, if you are aware of companies that may be interested in providing sponsorship, please contact the club’s sponsorship manager Ange Moore at 022 656 8082 or send an email to rbssponsor@redbeachslsc.com

Thank you for supporting Red Beach SLSC … we look forward to hearing from you!

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Check out the tides

30th September 2017

The tide chart is a popular link on this website. If you're wanting to know the tide times for a specific day on either coast, right through 2017 & 2018, click here

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Youngsters impress at ER pool champs

26th September 2017

JuniorSurf swimmers in full flight at Te Rapa pool

Millie JasperA team of six JuniorSurf swimmers from Red Beach delivered some outstanding performances at the recent Eastern Region pool championships.
Held at the Te Rapa Waterworld over the weekend of 23,24 September, the event attracted 205 athletes from North Island clubs.
All six Red Beach swimmers came away with ribbons for placings while Jasper Cornish, right, and Millie Middleton, below, collected gold medals for being Millie 2the top performers in their respective U12 age groups.
Club swimmers can now look forward to the SLSNZ Pool Championships at Auckland’s National Aquatic Centre in mid-October.

Jasper Cornish (U12) : 1st 50m Swim with Obstacles; 1st 2 x 50m Tube with patient & fins relay (with Texon Rolston); 1st 50m Brick Carry without fins; 1st 50m Swim with Fins; 2nd 50m Rescue Medley.
Millie Middleton (U12) : 1st 50m Swim with Obstacles; 1st 50m Rescue Medley; 1st 50m Swim with Fins; 2nd 50m Brick Carry without fins.
Nathalie Fuentes (U14) : 1st 50m Swim with Fins.
Texon Rolston (U11) : 1st 2 x 50m Tube with patient & fins relay (with Jasper Cornish); 3rd 50m Brick Carry without fins.
Team of Millie Middleton, Nathalie Fuentes, Thea Stout, Hannah Turner (U14): 2nd 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay; 2nd 4 x 25m Brick Relay.
Overall Club Points:  Mt Maunganui (305.5) 1, Papamoa (228) 2, Whakatane (89) 3, Omanu (67.5) 4, Waihi (45) 5, Red Beach (37) 6, Orewa (34) 7, Mairangi Bay (33) 8, Whangamata (18) 9, Piha (10) 10, East End (10) 11, Whiritoa (3) 12.

For the full set of results from the event, click here

Service Awards for Red Beach stalwarts

24th September 2017

Club members receive SLSNZ Service Awards

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Kevin Cornish & Colleen Murphy with their SLSNZ Service Awards.

Two Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving New Zealand for their services to the movement. Service Awards were presented to Kevin Cornish and Colleen Murphy at the Awards of Excellence function held at Auckland’s Heritage Hotel on Saturday 23 September.
Red Beach Surf Club extends its heartiest congratulations to you both.

To read the article "SLSNZ Awards of Excellence Winners Announced", click here

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The SLSNZ Awards of Excellence Function under way at the Heritage Hotel.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

IRB qualifications

23rd September 2017

Nine new IRB drivers, nine Crew awards and a new IRB Instructor for the club

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Red Beach’s successful candidates following the IRB exam at Bethells Beach.

Red Beach lifeguards recorded an impressive pass rate at an IRB exam held at Bethells Beach on Sunday 17 September.
Nine club members gained their IRB Drivers award and a further nine passed the Crewman exam. James Hanson (21) was successful in obtaining the IRB Instructor award.
The west coast beach threw up 3 metres of challenging, heavy and dumping surf for the exam. It had been scheduled for the previous weekend but had to be postponed because of large and unfavourable surf conditions.

“Our training course ran for 12 weeks and all candidates put in a huge effort to obtain their respective awards,” said powercraft manager Peter Kramer. “We look forward to seeing them all on our beaches this summer.”
The club extends a big ‘thank you’ to Peter and his team of helpers who provided instruction to the lifeguards during the course.

IRB Instructor: James Hanson
IRB Drivers (9):
Jade Hughes, Seamus Kelly, Dylan McDermott, Justin Parkes, Te Maia Pihema, Brendon Rutledge-Malyon, Kade Scheib, Garry Stout, Justin Vasiljevic.
IRB Crewmen (9):
Emma Clarke, Matthew Clarke, Jon Fortes, Seamus Kelly, Lachie Nicholls, Te Maia Pihema, Brendon Rutledge-Malyon, Kade Scheib, Garry Stout.

Club athletes named for SLSNR squads

23rd September 2017
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Rachel Hare has been named for two SLSNR High Performance squads.

Nine Red Beach athletes have gained selection for three Northern Region High Performance Squads for the 2017-18 season. Congratulations to the following ...

Emerging Talent Squad:  Patrick Makgill, Blake Readman, Kalani Gilbertson
Pool Development Squad:  Rachel Hare, Tania Denvir, Patrick Makgill
NZRC High Performance Squad:  Rachel Hare, Kees Kramer, Rowan Gjaltema, Sam Readman, Chelsea Grant

16 more lifeguards

23rd September 2017
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IMGRed Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks grew earlier this month when 16 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates who were last year’s Rookies will now move into U16 ranks. The Red Beach candidates notched up a 100% pass rate ... congratulations to all. And a big 'thank you' to Wade Downey and his team of instructors for the time they devoted to training up the candidates.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Toni Campbell, Leah Clark, Josie Cornish, Bethany Enright, Kalani Gilbertson, Angus Henare, Olivia Kayes, Mary Kramer, Oscar McKenzie-Linnell, Connor McDermott, Keeva Marinthe, Grace Ryan, Joshua Sanderson, Aria Thompson, Jamie Ward, Maia Young.

2 years of Nationals

23rd September 2017

NZ Championships return to Gisborne in 2018

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The Nationals were last held at Gisborne’s Midway Beach in 2015.

The venues and dates for the New Zealand Championships over the next two years are:

2018 Midway Beach, Gisborne 15-18 March
2019 Mt Maunganui, BOP 21-24 March

Other dates in 2018 & 2019 ...
2018 NZ Pool Championships, 12-14 October, National Aquatic Centre, Auckland
2019 Oceans ’19, 7-10 March, Mt Maunganui

New breakfast menu

23rd September 2017

BreakfastThere’s a brand new Sunday breakfast menu in place at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Give your Sunday a kick start with Sweetcorn Fritters, a Pancake Stack or Creamy Mushrooms. Or maybe the Eggs Bennie with Salmon or Bacon, or the Kumara & Roast Veg Hash Cakes. And if you're really hungry, go for the Big Red Beach Brekkie. There's even more and it all comes out of our club kitchen.

Enjoy breakfast over the bay – a great way to start Sunday – at the Red Beach clubrooms where the meals are just as superb as the view. Available every Sunday from 9.00 am – 12.00 noon. And while you're at the club, enjoy our popular Espresso coffee.

Check out the new Sunday breakfast menu, click here

From JuniorSurf to world champ kayaker

16th September 2017

Meet Caitlin Ryan at JuniorSurf registration days

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When Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan enrolled with the club as a five-year-old it was the beginning of a stellar career in the sport of surf lifesaving which has propelled her into the ranks of a world-class athlete.
Parents who bring their children to Red Beach’s JuniorSurf registration days will have the opportunity to chat to Caitlin about her time as a Junior and how she climbed the ladder of success to become the club’s tenth Olympian and, more recently, a world champion kayaker.

Registration Days: Sunday 17th September and Sunday 1st October, 11.00am – 2.00pm, at the Red Beach clubrooms.

Caitlin spent eight years in the club’s Junior ranks, developing lifesaving skills that saw her become a highly successful competitor. In 2006 she won the SLSNR under-14 Sportswoman of the Year award as well as the Rookie Lifeguard of the Year award.
Also in 2006, on turning 14, she obtained her Surf Lifeguard award and soon found her strengths in ski paddling where she won a number of New Zealand titles. The next step was kayaking, an Olympic sport, and this paved the way to her representing New Zealand at the 31st Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

U16 men swim to a record in pool relay

3rd September 2017

NZ record snared in 4 x 25m Manikin Relay

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The Red Beach quartet of Jonathan Selman, Patrick Makgill, Henry Williams and Flynn Southcombe set a new NZ record on Day Two of the SLSNR Pool Champs.
Swimming in the U16 men’s 4 x 25m Manikin Relay, the team powered home in a time of 1:31.90, more than 11 seconds ahead of the second placegetters.
The record was one of 11 to fall on the second and final day of the championships at the National Aquatic Centre.
Day two brought out more Red Beach winners, see below, as well as a number of second and third placegetters who delivered impressive performances.

U16 Men 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay             Jonathan Selman, Flynn Southcombe, Patrick Makgill, Henry Williams
U12 Men 2 x 50m Patient Tow with Fins    Jasper Cornish, Texon Rolston
60-64 Men’s 100m Manikin Tow w/Fins     Digby Morton
U16 Men 4 x 25m Manikin Relay               Jonathan Selman, Patrick Makgill, Henry Williams, Flynn Southcombe (NZ record)
U16 Men 50m Manikin Carry                     Jonathan Selman
U16 Men 100m Manikin Carry with Fins    Patrick Makgill
U16 Men Line Throw Relay                       Jonathan Selman, Flynn Southcombe

For the full set of results from Session Three, click here
For the full set of results from Session Four, click here

Pool champs record for Patrick Makgill

3rd September 2017

NZ record time set at SLSNR Pool Champs

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IMG 2166Red Beach's Patrick Makgill, right, broke a New Zealand record when he set a new time of 18.43 secs in the U16 men’s 50m Swim with Fins event.
It was one of 10 NZ records to fall on Day One of the SLSNR Pool Champs at the National Aquatic Centre on Auckland’s North Shore.
Junior swimmer Jasper Cornish was the most successful Red Beach swimmer on Day One at the pool, notching up three individual wins in U12 men’s events. The wins came in the 50m Swim with Fins, the 50m Rescue Medley and the 50m Brick Carry.

For the full set of results from Session One, click here
For the full set of results from Session Two, click here

Winners are grinners

3rd September 2017

Red Beach winners at SLSNR Pool Champs

IMG 9576Congratulations to the following Red Beach individuals and teams for their winning performances on Day One at the SLSNR Pool Champs. Three individual wins were notched up by Jasper Cornish, right.
A record 370 competitors from 13 clubs are taking part over the two days at the National Aquatic Centre. Red Beach is represented by 48 swimmers.

U12 Men’s 50m Swim with Fins              Jasper Cornish
U12 Women’s 50m Swim with Fins        Millie Middleton
U12 Men’s 50m Rescue Medley              Jasper Cornish
U14 Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay     Jesse Welsh, Nathalie Fuentes, Kate Rogers, Hannah Turner
U12 Men’s 50m Brick Carry                      Jasper Cornish
U16 Men’s 50m Swim with Fins              Patrick Makgill (NZ record)
60-64 Men’s 50m Swim with Fins           Digby Morton
40-44 Women’s Swim with Fins              Lauren Harrod
U16 Men’s 100m Rescue Medley            Jonathan Selman
U16 Men’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay            Jonathan Selman, Patrick Makgill, Flynn Southcombe, Henry Williams
Open Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay    Rachel Hare, Emma Clarke, Emily Lyndon, Taryn Banks

World champ status for Caitlin Ryan

29th August 2017

Gold medal at Kayak World Championships

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Caitlin Ryan, left, and Lisa Carrington after winning their heat in the K2 500m event.

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan elevated herself to the ranks of world champion following her Gold medal success in the Czech Republic last weekend.
Competing at the Kayak World Championships, she paired with fellow Olympian Lisa Carrington to take out the K2 500m event, with their comfortable win testifying to the paddling power of this dynamite duo.
A day earlier they won their heat to progress to the final after notching up the fastest time of the day (1:41.371) and they joined Hungary’s Tamara Takacs and Ninetta Vad (1:42.073) and Slovenia’s Spela Ponomarenko Janic and Anja Osterman (1:43.749) who also progressed straight from the heats.

Caitlin and Lisa also collected bronze medals on the last day of the championships when they teamed up with Kayla Imrie and Aimee Fisher for a very tight third placing in the final of the K4 500m event.
Just 12 months ago, Caitlin became Red Beach Surf Club’s tenth Olympian when she competed in the K4 event in Rio de Janeiro.
She became just the second female from the club to compete at the Games. Erin Taylor competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and at the London Olympics in 2012.
Both were destined for greatness, having cut their teeth on ski events at surf lifesaving carnivals and then progressing to kayaking. Caitlin joined Red Beach as a five year-old Nipper member and then followed a pathway to success.

Club administrators take out top trophies

13th August 2017

Major awards for two club members

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Dylan Turner with the Volunteer of the Year award.

Red Beach Surf Club chairman Dylan Turner won the highly acclaimed Volunteer of the Year award at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence night.
Dylan, who is also the chairman of the JuniorSurf division, took out the honour ahead of two other finalists.

Club Administrator Debra Cairns also came away with a top award after winning the Club Administrator of the Year trophy. Three people were in the running for this award.
The annual function, attended by 350 guests, took place at Shed 10 on Queen’s Wharf.
Heartiest congratulations to you both for your sterling work for the club.

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Debra Cairns with the Club Administrator of the Year trophy.  
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Masters show might!

13th August 2017

Red Beach snares the SLSNR Masters Trophy

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From left: Mark Scheib, Kelly O'Dea, Kathy Kramer, Peter Kramer, Ross Malyon, Kevin Cornish, Andrew Giles, Richard Rogers, Sharon Turner, Dylan Turner.

Red Beach Masters competitors did enough last summer to regain the Masters Competition Club of the Year trophy for the 2016-17 season.
Their efforts came to fruition when they were awarded the trophy at the recent Awards of Excellence Night held at Shed 10, Queens Wharf in the city.
Points towards the trophy are accumulated from the SLSNR Championships (NRCs), the SLSNR Pool Championships and the SLSNR Interclub carnivals #1 and #2 held during the first half of the season. The club last won the trophy during the 2014-15 season.

JuniorSurf collects the spoils of success

13th August 2017

Club lands three major competition trophies ...

  • Junior Competition Club of the Year
  • SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships Trophy
  • Cath & Eddie Millar Cup
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Present at the Awards of Excellence Night to receive the three trophies, from left:  Pippa Nicol, Angus Henare, Kevin Cornish, Richard Rogers, Dylan Turner, Kalani Gilbertson, Mary Kramer.                 Photo by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach collected three major trophies at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence night, establishing itself as the top JuniorSurf club in the region for the 2016-17 season.

The prestigious Competition Club of the Year trophy was earnt from points achieved at the SLSNR Pool Championships in September 2016 and the SLSNR Junior Championships held at Orewa Beach in early-February.
Three of the club’s Junior members were finalists on the night in two sports categories ... Kalani Gilbertson and Angus Henare for the U14 Sportsman of the Year, and Pippa Nicol for the U14 Sportswoman of the Year.

Recognition for Red Beach club stalwarts

13th August 2017

SLSNR Service Awards presented to four members

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SLSNR Service Award recipients, from left:  Mark Scheib, Kevin Cornish, Blair Cranston, Colleen Murphy.         Photo by Ross Malyon.

Four Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for their services to the movement. Service Awards were presented to Colleen Murphy, Mark Scheib, Blair Cranston and Kevin Cornish at the annual Awards of Excellence function held at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on Saturday 12 August with 350 people present. Red Beach Surf Club extends its heartiest congratulations.

To read more about these Service Award recipients, click here ...

Club Annual Report

6th August 2017
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Red Beach Surf Club’s Annual Report for the 2016-17 season is now available for viewing. It’s a 40-page document full of photos, reports and statistics from last summer. We’re confident you’ll find it both interesting and enjoyable.
To view the Annual Report, click here

Mark Scheib elected as club president

31st July 2017
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Mark Scheib, Red Beach Surf Club's new president.

Red Beach stalwart Mark Scheib was installed as Club President at the 64th Annual General Meeting of the club held recently.
He was elected unopposed and takes over from Mike Taylor who has served as president for the past 10 years.
In welcoming Mark to the position, club chairman Dylan Turner paid tribute to the sterling work carried out by Mike who was the Surf Committee chairman for two years before taking up the reins of president in 2007.
“Mike has taken the club to new levels during his tenure and we extend a huge vote of thanks to him,” said Dylan.

16 more lifeguards

21st November 2016
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IMGRed Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 16 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates will now move into Masters, Open, U19 and U16 ranks. Several JuniorSurf parents were also successful in obtaining the award. The Red Beach candidates notched up a 100% pass rate. Congratulations to all. And a big 'thank you' to Wade Downey and his team of instructors for the time they devoted to training up the candidates.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
David Bavage, Lauren Davey, Rachael Duff, Rosa Harkin, Seamus Kelly, Lucy Marlow, Jeppe Mathiassen, Eileen Mowat, Lachlan Nicholls, Sidah Russell, Teresa Russell, Bea Schuster-Lewis, Jonathan Selman, Mark Simpkins, Christine Smith, Garry Stout.

Omaha surf carnival

13th November 2016

Training pays dividends for Red Beach athletes

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The start of the men's surf race at Omaha for all age groups.

Red Beach’s surf athletes showed how they are tracking when they delivered some solid performances at Omaha on Saturday 12 November.
It was a mixed bag of weather for the Harcourts SLSNR Interclub carnival # 1 with competitors, officials and spectators having to dodge the rain showers and brave the cool conditions.
Board, ski and beach sprint events were run in a 3-race series format to test the fitness and stamina of the athletes.
For the full set of results, click here

Note:  More photos from the carnival will be posted to the Red Beach Facebook pages.

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The Red Beach Boomers crew in action in the open men's surf boat division.
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Kees Kramer about to take out the U19 men's Ironman event.
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The Red Beach Rubber Duckies canoe crew won all their three races in the U19 women's division. From left: Georgia Parker, Charlotte Green, Kayla Rickaby, Olivia Falloon.               Photos by Ross Malyon.

Canoe training day

30th October 2016

Calm conditions to test crew fitness & stamina

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The Red Beach Rockin' Reds crew won all their five races in the Masters women's division. From left: Kathy Kramer, Amanda Jones-Prichard, Sharon Turner, Kelly O'Dea.

CanoeRed Beach Surf Club’s recent Canoe Training Day attracted 12 crews which had their stamina and fitness put to the test in the flat conditions.
Sunny weather prevailed for the sixth annual event which witnessed some spirited racing and hard-out finishes. Six Northern Region clubs were represented and all crews had a minimum of five races.

The stand-out crews were Karekare in the open men’s division, racing all other male crews, and the Red Beach Rockin’ Reds in the Masters women’s division with five wins apiece. Red Beach’s U19 women’s crew also took out five wins.
The programme, which took two hours 15 mins to complete, finished with a Mixed Run-Canoe-Run event. The combined crew of Karekare and Red Beach emerged as the winners of the three-race series.

Open Men:   Karekare A Team
Masters Men:  United Again 1, Bethells Beach Burglars 2, Red Beach 3
Masters Women:  Red Beach Rockin’ Reds 1, Red Beach B 2, Bethells Beach Boogie Broads 3
U19 Men:  Kariaotahi Muffin Stuffers 1
U19 Women:  Red Beach 1, Kariaotahi Sugar Babes 2
Mixed Run-Canoe-Run:  Red Beach/Karekare 1
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The Karekare A crew in the open men's division.
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Red Beach's U19 women's crew. From left: Kate Harkin, Rosa Harkin, Brittany Vari, Melanie Wilcock.                   Photos by Ross Malyon.

2 years of Nationals

29th October 2016

NZ Championships return to Christchurch in 2017

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The pier at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. The Nationals were last held here in 2004 and were scheduled to be held at the same beach in 2011, however, the Christchurch earthquake forced a last-minute switch to Mt Maunganui.

The venues and dates for the New Zealand Championships over the next two years are:

2017    New Brighton, Christchurch    16-19 March
2018    Midway Beach, Gisborne        15-18 March

Swell forecast

24th October 2016

Want to know the sea swell forecast for the next 7 days around the New Zealand coastline? Click here

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Cold, wet conditions for opening carnival

16th October 2016

Long Distance event competitors hit by a downpour

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Arriving for the Long Distance Carnival at Orewa after paddling from Red Beach, from left: Emma Clarke, Flynn Southcombe, Jonathan Selman.

Heavy rain and cold temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of athletes at the first carnival of the season at Orewa Beach.
The Harcourts SLSNR Long Distance event began with a 2km beach run and then the heavens opened for the swimmers, paddlers and rowers as they awaited the starter’s gun.
In the 2km beach run, Lauren Johnson was the first female to complete the course while Jen McDermott won the Masters run. Second placings in the run went to Seamus Kelly (U16 men) and Sophie Hildesley  (U16 women).

In the 1.5km swim, Red Beach’s Rachel Hare was the first swimmer back to the beach while Sean Casey (U19) and Flynn Southcombe (U16) won their age divisions. Matthew Clarke swam home second to Southcombe. Second placings were also achieved by Emma Clarke (U19) and Tania Denvir (U16).
In the 7.5km canoe paddle, the U19 women’s crew of Kayla Rickaby, Georgia Parker, Charlotte Green and Olivia Falloon were first to complete the course. The Red Beach Rockin’ Reds crew of Kathy Kramer, Kelly O’Dea, Sharon Turner and Teresa Russell won the Masters section.

For the full set of results, click here ...

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Lauren Johnson was the first woman to finish the 2km beach run.
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Rachel Hare came home first in the 1.5km swim.
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The Red Beach U19 women’s canoe crew was first back to the beach. From left: Charlotte Green, Kayla Rickaby, Olivia Falloon, Georgia Parker.    
Photos by Ross Malyon.

SLSNZ Pool Champs

12th October 2016

Red Beach swimmers impress in the pool

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The SLSNZ Pool Championships were held over three days at the National Aquatic Centre on Auckland's North Shore.

Outstanding swim performances by club members at the recent SLSNZ Pool Championships gave Red Beach a top-five finish on the overall points table. Finishing in fifth spot, it was the best result to date by the club, having achieved an eighth placing overall for each of the two previous years. A record 603 competitors from 31 clubs took part. 
The event, staged over three days at the National Aquatic Centre, resulted in a hefty medal haul for the club's 10 year-olds through to Masters.

Masters show mettle at Pool Champs

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Red Beach's Master Swimmers were a force to be reckoned with, notching up an overall second placing on the points table, the club's best-ever Masters result.
Scott Rice (35-39 category) came away with three Gold medals while solid swimming performances were delivered by other Red Beach competitors who saw podium finishes.

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Masters swimmer Scott Rice established a New Zealand record in the 100m Swim with Obstacles, 35-39 age group.

For the Red Beach results over 3 days, click here

Masters on top at SLSNR Pool Champs

29th September 2016
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Red Beach Masters competitors delivered some solid performances at the recent SLSNR Pool Championships. Their across-the-board efforts saw them finish at the top of the points table at the two-day event which was held recently at the North Shore Aquatic Centre.
The next major outing for the Masters will be the SLSNZ Pool Champs, to be held over three days on 7,8,9 October at the same venue.

SLSNR Masters Pool Champs Results:
Red Beach (63) 1, Orewa (39) 2, Piha (25) 3, Mairangi Bay (9) 4, Omaha (5) 5.

Lifeguard awards

29th September 2016
Bronze Passes 25

IMGRed Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 14 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates will now move into Masters, Open, U19 and U16 ranks.
The exam was held at Red Beach in wet and windy conditions; the high tide up to the rocks forced all candidates to carry out a road run in place of a beach run. They were also challenged with new theory exams being rolled out this season. Along with what they had been taught, the candidates had to rely on common sense to get them through to a successful outcome.

Congratulations to all those who passed. More candidates from Red Beach will be sitting the exam in November.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Alexsia Bingley, Matthew Clarke, Matthew Denvir, Freya Dooley, Olivia Falloon, Jon Fortes, Charlotte Green, Jason Hamblyn, Rachel Hare, Lachlan Horne, Patrick Makgill, Ben Mellor, Kata Simpkins, Flynn Southcombe.

21st September 2016

Two New Zealand Pool Records to Jasper Cornish

Red Beach JuniorSurf member Jasper Cornish (10) broke two New Zealand pool records at the recent SLSNR Pool Championships. Congratulations, two fantastic achievements!

  • U11 Men  50m Swim with Fins    Time: 28.40 secs
  • U11 Men  50m Rescue Medley    Time: 35.57 secs
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Jasper Cornish with his SLSNZ certificates, alongside swim coach John Gatfield.

Success at Worlds in an unfamiliar boat

18th September 2016

Boomers crew achieves Bronze medal placing in a surf boat they'd not previously rowed in

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The Red Beach Boomers surf boat rowers are enjoying some well-deserved time off in Europe after collecting a Bronze medal at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands.
Boat sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran has sent us the following report ...
“When competing at the Worlds, the crews who don’t have their own surf boats have to rely on pool boats and there is no guarantee as to what boat a crew will get to row in for any heat, semi or final. Nothing was different at Noordwijk in The Netherlands where the surf boats were racing.
“The Boomers rowed in three different boats from heat one through to the final. In the final, our lads rowed in a boat they’d never used before. Read more ...

JuniorSurf events

18th September 2016
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The programme of JuniorSurf events for the coming season is available for viewing on this website.
The SLSNR and National Pool Championships kick-start the season, leading into the two JuniorSurf registration days on 9th & 16th October.
The division will have its Opening Day on Sunday 30th October and members will get their first taste of competition for the summer when Red Beach hosts the JuniorSurf Inter-Club carnival on Saturday 3rd December.
For the very first time there’s a participation carnival for the Under 10s at a venue yet to be named. The Junior Championships and Eddie Millar Cup are scheduled for 4 & 5 February at Orewa Beach, while the Oceans ’17 event will again be held over four days at Mt Maunganui.

For the full JuniorSurf programme, click here …

Open Water Swim

18th September 2016
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Open Swim 2The 28th Open Water Swim will take place at Red Beach on Saturday 22 January 2017.
Organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with Roskill Master Swimmers, entrants will have the opportunity to swim either 1.5km or 3km, with the course starting and finishing in front of the surf club. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years.
Up for grabs will be the Deyal Cosgrove trophies to be awarded to the first man and first woman to complete the 3km course without wetsuits. The start time is 2.00 pm.

For registration details and the entry form, click here

SLSNR Pool Champs

11th September 2016

Check out Red Beach's results from both days

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For the results achieved by Red Beach competitors at Sessions 1,2,3 & 4 of the SLSNR Pool Championships at the Aquatic Centre, click here

Bronze at Worlds for Boomers boat crew

10th September 2016
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The Red Beach Boomers in action in The Netherlands.

The Red Beach Boomers surf boat crew has claimed a podium finish at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands after placing third in the final of the open men’s surf boat race.
In a photo finish at Noordwijk Beach, the crew of Jed Wright, Hayden Smith, Shamus O’Halloran, Charlie Graham and sweep Shane O’Halloran were awarded the bronze medal.
The gold went to French crew Hossegor who placed second at the Worlds in 2014. The silver medal went to Blue Bali from Porthtowan in the UK.
In the qualifying heats, the Boomers notched up a first and two second placings to reach the final. Choppy conditions prevailed at Noordwijk for the racing.

For the Lifesaving World Champs website, click here

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Bronze medals for the Boomers crew.
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Noordwijk Beach in The Netherlands, venue for the Lifesaving World Championships.

Red Beach to host six events this summer

9th September 2016
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The start of a board race at last year’s JuniorSurf Inter-Club carnival at Red Beach.

Red Beach Surf Club will host six competition events this summer. The first event out of the blocks will be the Canoe Training Day on Saturday 29 October.
The 61st Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival and the annual Open Water Swim will both be held in January. And the popular family fishing competition will be back for a fifth time in March.
The dates and the events are:

Sat 29 October          Canoe Training Day
Sat 3 December         JuniorSurf Inter-Club Carnival # 1
Sat 7 January            Owen Chapman Cup Carnival
Sun 22 January         Open Water Swim
Tues 14 February      JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 2
March (date TBA)      Family Fishing Competition

Check the weather

9th September 2016

To check the weather forecast for the next 5 or 10 days, click here and enter your city in the search box.

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Become a sponsor

5th September 2016

Sponsors & donors sought for the 2016-17 season

Red Beach Surf Club is actively seeking sponsors and donors to enable it to maintain its lifesaving services at both Red Beach and Pakiri and provide safe, protected beaches.

The club also provides valuable training in surf sports, water safety and beach education for youth within the Hibiscus Coast Community and beyond.
It is a firm belief that teaching children water safety is of paramount importance. Having the right equipment to do this is equally important.
To meet these needs, Red Beach Surf Club promotes a three-tiered sponsorship and donation programme at the following levels …
  • Super Six Sponsors             $6,000     Read more ...
  • Family of Sponsors              $2,500
  • Business House Sponsors   $200
Red Beach Surf Club welcomes any sponsorship or donations that you are able to provide. Alternatively, if you are aware of any companies that may be interested in providing sponsorship, contact the club’s sponsorship manager Ange Moore at 022 656 8082 or send an email.
Thank you for supporting Red Beach SLSC … we look forward to hearing from you!
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SeniorSurf events

5th September 2016

Programme of SeniorSurf activity for 2016-17

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The programme of SeniorSurf events for the coming season is available for viewing on this website. It kicks off with the SLSNR Pool Champs at the Aquatic Centre on Saturday 10th September.
The Whangamata Classic will now be held over two days in December and the 61st Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival will be contested at Red Beach on Saturday 7th January. The NZ Championships will take place at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch for the first time since 2004.
And to wrap things up, the surf lifesaving events of the World Masters Games will be held at Takapuna Beach on 22 & 23 April 2017.

For the full SeniorSurf programme, click here ...

World Masters Games

2nd September 2016
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The World Masters Games will take place in Auckland from 21-30 April 2017. It’s the world’s largest multi-sport event and it’s expected to attract 25,000 athletes from 100 countries. There will be 28 sports competing at 45 venues.
Surf Life Saving is one of the sports and Takapuna Beach will be the venue over the weekend of 22-23 April.
With widespread interest being shown by Red Beach Masters members, the club is creating a database of athletes who would like to participate in this major event.

If this is you, we want to hear from you!
We have created an Expression of Interest form which you can complete and return to the club, click here

Check out the World Masters Games website, it has the answers to the questions you probably have … click here

Record amount from club quiz fundraiser

31st August 2016
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Back to School was the theme for the club’s recent Trivia & Auction night on 27 August. It drew an enthusiastic and energetic crowd of quizzers, many of whom were decked out in old school uniforms.
The record proceeds from the night, projected to be between $23,000 and $25,000, exceeded the amount raised 12 months earlier. The proceeds will go towards gear and equipment purchases for the coming season.

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An auction under way at the Trivia & Auction Night.

Club Annual Report

31st August 2016
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Red Beach Surf Club’s Annual Report for the 2015-16 season is now available for viewing. It’s a 40-page document full of photos, reports and statistics from last summer. We’re confident you’ll find it both interesting and enjoyable.
To view the Annual Report, click here

Red Beach Olympians

18th August 2016
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With the Olympic Games in full swing at Rio de Janeiro, here are two flashback pics to when Red Beach Surf Club members were selected to represent New Zealand in kayaking and wear the Silver Fern.
In 1984, Ed Richards (above, centre) competed in the K2 1000 event at the Los Angeles Olympics. With him are Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald who also competed at LA.
In 2008, Erin Taylor (below) was selected to compete at the Beijing Olympics and again in 2012 at the London Olympics.
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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach Olympians

6th August 2016
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With the 2016 Olympic Games underway in Rio, here’s a flashback to 1992 when three Red Beach club members were in training at Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s North Shore, preparing for the Barcelona Olympic Games.  From left: Ian Ferguson, Mark Scheib, Steve Richards.            Photo by Ross Malyon.

Major rescue award won by Jack Smith

2nd July 2016

Presentation of SLSNR Rescue of the Year award

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Jack Smith at the club’s prize giving night in April when he took out the Colin Ash Cup for Oustanding Achievement, awarded for the gallant rescue he carried out at North Piha in November 2015.

Club boatie Jackson Smith has become the first-ever Red Beach lifeguard to win the prestigious SLSNR Rescue of the Year award for his rescue at North Piha last November.
He was announced as the recipient of the Brian James Wilson Memorial Trophy at the Awards of Excellence Night held on 25 June. The inscription on the trophy reads “In Recognition of the Most Meritorious Auckland Surf Rescue of the Year”.

In May, Jack travelled with his family to Wellington to receive a bravery award for the rescue. It was presented at the NZ Search and Rescue Council Awards function held at the Grand Hall of Parliament.
Jack is in the running for the SLSNZ Rescue of the Year award. The winner will be named at the National Awards Dinner to be held at Auckland’s Heritage Hotel in September.

Footnote:  Brian Wilson was a Red Beach club member before he passed away. The trophy was first presented in 1985.

Looking ahead 3 yrs 

Diary17th May 2016

Here's a diary look at some major events coming up during the next three years …

2016    Rescue 2016 : Lifesaving World Championships, Netherlands. From 1-18 September. Eindhoven & Noordwijk.

2017    NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, New Brighton, Christchurch, 16-19 March

2017    Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, North Kirra Beach, 25 March-2 April

2017    World Masters Games, Auckland, 21-30 April. Surf Life Saving events at Takapuna Beach.

2018    NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, Midway Beach, Gisborne, 15-18 March

2018    Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, Scarborough Beach, Perth, April (dates TBC).

2018    Rescue 2018 : Lifesaving World Championships, Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, South Australia. 17 November - 2 December 2018.

225 National Titles

28th April 2016

Red Beach Surf Club has won 225 National titles during its 63 year history.  The club's first title was won in 1958 at South Brighton, Christchurch when the Senior 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation team took out the Nelson Shield, the blue riband event of the NZ Championships.

The greatest number of gold medals collected by the club at a national event was in 2006 at New Plymouth when 17 titles were won.
The current tally of 225 is inclusive of the titles won at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in March 2016.
The club has won the Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy for overall points at the NZ Championships on four occasions. The wins came in 1991 (Gisborne), 1992 (New Plymouth), 1993 (Mt Maunganui) and 2006 (New Plymouth).

The Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy, symbol of national supremacy, has been won by Red Beach on four occasions.

Winners at Nationals

2nd April 2016
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The Red Beach Pirates U23 men's surf boat crew at Ohope Beach, Whakatane. The crew won Gold in the Long Course event and Silver in the Short Course event at the 2016 NZ Championships.
From left:  Ryan Davenport, Max Anstis, Rhye Jacka, Kyle Lennon, Shane O'Halloran (sweep). Absent - Luke Tomlinson. With Dazzler  the car.
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The Red Beach U16 men's board relay team at Ohope Beach, Whakatane after winning the Gold medal in their event. From left: Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Sam Readman.                                     Photos by Ross Malyon.

Nationals medallists

2nd April 2016

Congratulations to the following SeniorSurf members who were successful in picking up medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in March.
The club also extends its congratulations to everyone in the 108-strong group of club athletes who gave their very best in their events, many of whom made it to finals.

GOLD – 2 medals  
U23 Men's Surf Boat - Long Course
Max Anstis, Ryan Davenport, Rhye Jacka, Kyle Lennon,Luke Tomlinson, Shane O’Halloran 
U16 Men's Board Relay 
Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Sam Readman
SILVER – 4 medals  
U23 Men's Surf Boat - Short Course
Max Anstis, Ryan Davenport, Rhye Jacka,
Kyle Lennon, Luke Tomlinson, Shane O’Halloran
U16 Men’s Ski Race
Sam Readman
U16 Men's Board Rescue
Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer
U16 Men's Beach Relay 
Rowan Gjaltema, Hamish Gledhill,
Kade Scheib, Sam Readman
BRONZE - 5 medals  
U16 Women’s Beach Flags
Sophie Hildesley
U16 Men’s Beach Sprint  
Rowan Gjaltema
U16 Men’s Board Race
Hamish Gledhill
Open Women’s Iron Man
Briar McLeely
U19 Women's Surf Boat - Short Course
Jessica Cornish, Georgia Cox, Tyler McDowall,
Briana Smith, Shane O’Halloran (sweep)

Red Beach seawall repairs to commence

2nd April 2016

Reprinted from the Hibiscus Coast Matters, issue of 16.3.16

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The seawall at Red Beach, pictured, is to be repaired, starting after Easter - a major project that is expected to take around six to eight weeks to complete.
In many ways, the beach is a smaller scale version of Orewa and suffers similar erosion issues and storm damage (albeit on a smaller scale).
As a result, the rip-rap wall along it is now broken apart or covered by sand in places, exposing the edge of the adjacent public reserve.
Auckland Council obtained resource consent to repair 86m of the wall towards the end of last year - the consent was not publicly notified.
The wall, designed to protect the grassed reserve above the beach from wave and storm damage, is to be repaired from Red Beach Surf Club to the boat ramp at Bay St.
Read more …

Red Beach juniors excel at Oceans '16

8th March 2016

Haul of 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 7 Bronze Medals

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Patrick Makgill, left, and Flynn Southcombe winning the U14 men's tube rescue event at Oceans '16. Both athletes were double-gold medallists at The Mount.

Red Beach Surf Club’s junior lifeguards have returned from the Oceans ’16 event at Mt Maunganui with a haul of 18 medals.
The club sent its biggest-ever contingent – 76 athletes aged 10-14 years – picking up eight gold, three silver and 7 bronze medals from the annual event.
The carnival was the high point of the summer for the 896 athletes who came from 45 clubs around New Zealand.  Individual and team events were held over four days in stunning weather and with a surf to spice things up.
Three Red Beach athletes came away as double-gold medallists … Flynn Southcombe, Patrick Makgill and Pippa Nicol. Collectively they also bagged an array of silver and bronze medals.  Read more …

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Pippa Nicol won both the U11 board and U11 Diamond events at Oceans '16.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Lumpy conditions for open water swim

28th February 2016
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Winners of the 3.0km swim without wetsuit … Dean Foster and Rachel Hare with results recorder Sharon Turner.

Entrants in the 27th annual open water swim at Red Beach met with some challenging conditions when it was staged at Red Beach on Saturday 27 February.
The event, again jointly organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with the Roskill Masters Swim Club, attracted 57 swimmers. For just the second time it was linked to the Fine Ocean Swimmer Series for 2015-16.

Swimmers had the choice of either a 1.5km or 3.0 km distance which started and finished in front of the surf club. Prominent ocean swimmer Dean Foster won the men’s 3.0km swim for the second consecutive year while Rachel Hare took out the women’s 3.0km swim. Both swam in the non-wetsuit division. Red Beach lifeguard Dylan French swam home first in the 1.5km swim.

For the open water swim results, click here

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Red Beach’s Dylan French, left, finished first in the 1.5km swim.
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Swimmers get the starter's whistle for the 27th open water swim at Red Beach. 
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Ocean waves

28th February 2016

Photo # 179 in our series on ocean waves.

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Red Beach on top at JuniorSurf Champs

10th February 2016

SLSNR points trophy back in the trophy cabinet

Red Beach Surf Club’s Junior athletes have regained the Northern Region Championships points trophy following two days of competition at Orewa Beach.
The club’s young competitors put in some sparkling performances to finish the championships comfortably clear of their nearest rival.
Over 600 competitors aged from seven – 13 years, representing 14 clubs, took part in the weekend event which saw a mixed bag of weather and some challenging surf conditions. Four of the clubs were from outside the Northern region. Read more …

Overall Points (Northern Region clubs):  Red Beach (214) 1, Orewa (158) 2, Mairangi Bay (123) 3, Piha (38) 4, Muriwai (36) 5, Bethells Beach (10) 6, Karekare (5) 7,  Mangawhai Heads (5) 8, Omaha (5) 9, Waipu Cove (3) 10.

Cath & Eddie Millar Cup:  Orewa (53) 1, Red Beach (52) 2, Mairangi Bay (39) 3, Piha (19) 4, Muriwai (16) 5.

O/Chapman Results

10th January 2016
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For the full set of results from the 60th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival held at Red Beach on Saturday 9th January, click here

Overall Points (SLSNR Clubs):
Orewa (153) 1, Red Beach (131) 2, Piha (111) 3, Mairangi Bay (69) 4, Muriwai (10) 5, Sunset Beach (5) 6, Kariaotahi (3) 7, Omaha (2) 8, Bethells Beach (1) 9.
Jubilee Cup Placings (All participating clubs):  
Mt Maunganui (127) 1, Orewa (96) 2, Red Beach (89) 3, Piha (76) 4, Mairangi Bay (47) 5, Omanu (15) 6, Muriwai (9) 7, Waihi (5) 8, Sunset Beach (5) 9, Titahi Bay (3) 10, Wainui (3) 11, Kariaotahi (3) 12, Omaha (2) 13, Bethells Beach (1) 14.

For the Owen Chapman carnival photo gallery, click here

Swell forecast

27th December 2015

Want to know the sea swell forecast for the next 7 days around the New Zealand coastline? Click here


Ocean waves

9th December 2015

Photo # 178 in our series on ocean waves.

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Check out the tides

10th November 2015

The tide chart is a popular link on this website. If you're wanting to know the tide times for a specific day on either coast, right through 2015 & 2016, click here

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Flashbacks …

28th October 2015

Series 21 … photographs from yesteryear

1994:  Scotty Stevenson, left, with Hugh Roberts after winning the Jnr Men U18 Tube Rescue event at the Auckland Champs, Mangawhai Heads in March 1994.

Did you know ... SKY Sport Rugby commentator Scotty Stevenson was a Red Beach lifeguard during the 1990's. He joined the club in 1992 as an U16 member, having been a Nipper with Ruakaka for 4 years. Scotty progressed through the U16 and U19 ranks and, after one year in Open ranks, moved on to pursue his career.
Affectionately known as 'Sumo' - a nickname which has stuck to this day - he was a strong surf swimmer and won titles at the Auckland Champs in the Tube Rescue event. He is currently the editor of SKY Sport the Magazine and writes for the NZ Herald.

The future look …

11th June 2013

Architect’s drawings reveal new look for clubrooms

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The architectural drawings showing how the Red Beach surf clubrooms will look in the future are now available for viewing on this website … click here.

60 years ago …

4th June 2013

A drowning shaped the history of Red Beach SLSC

The following article on the formation of the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club appeared in the “8 O’Clock” sports newspaper on Saturday 6th June, 1953. The club has now been offering its volunteer lifeguard and patrolling services for 60 years.

Flashbacks …

10th April 2012

Series 20 … photographs from yesteryear

March 1993:  Red Beach Surf Club’s Nipper representative team which won the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup at Mangawhai Heads in March 1993. 
Can you spot the following team members?  Vaughan Skiffington, Serena Ball, Steven Ferguson, Chris Whitehead, Philip Taylor, Justin Taylor, Isaac Kett.   Click on the photo to enlarge it.
February 1981:   Red Beach Surf Club’s first IRB, launched at Red Beach on 21.2.81, two years before the opening of the new clubrooms. The presentation of the IRB was made possible through joint sponsorship from the Northcote and Birkenhead Lions Clubs.  Pictured, from left: Rob Ferguson and Malcolm Beattie (both from Auckland SLSA), Trevor Hefford (Birkenhead Lions), Lance Earney (Northcote Lions).
January 1996:   Red Beach and Collaroy lifeguards at Mt Maunganui for the NRC’s. It was the summer of the inaugural Lifeguard Exchange between the two clubs. At left, Vaughan Skiffington and Hugh Roberts who travelled to Collaroy in December 1995, with Blake White and Nathan Tucker from the Collaroy Surf Club.

Olympians from Red Beach club ranks

31st December 2011

IMGIt’s a little known fact that there are nine Red Beach surf club members, past and present, who have competed at the Olympic Games.

All have represented New Zealand in kayaking, while Steven Ferguson has also represented his country in swimming. Ferguson, along with older brother Alan, was a member of the club’s JuniorSurf division for three seasons in the early-nineties.   Those to have worn the Silver Fern are:

Don Cooper & John Leonard (both in 1976), Ian Ferguson (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992), Edwin Richards (1984), Stephen Richards & John MacDonald (1988, 1992), Mark Scheib (1992), Steven Ferguson (swimming 2000, kayaking 2004, 2008).  Red Beach's very first female Olympian was Erin Taylor, above, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. She joined the club's JuniorSurf ranks at the age of 12 and went on to become a top competitor in surf lifesaving.

Flashbacks …

6th June 2011

Series 19 … photographs from yesteryear.

1992 :  Hayden Reece, winner of the NZ Ironman event at New Plymouth and a key competitor in Red Beach's winning the Allan Gardner Trophy that year.  Reece was the last competitor from the Auckland region to win the Ironman at the Nationals until Red Beach's Chris Moors picked up the title in March 2011.
1967 :  The Red Beach March Past team at a Muriwai surf carnival. The day included a competition between an Auckland team and a visiting USA team.  Auckland won the event.
1981 :  Above & below … the wreck of Red Beach’s Blue Bonnet surf boat in big surf during the Auckland Championships at Piha.

Flashbacks …

22nd November 2010

Series 18 … photographs from yesteryear.

March 1981:  Every one an Iron Man!  Two well-known father-son combinations … the Kennys of Australia and the Harkers of New Zealand, each one of them an Iron Man in surf lifesaving.  From left ...
Hayden Kenny – Australia’s first national Iron Man champion when he won the title in 1966.
Grant Kenny – The first Australian to win both the Junior and Open Iron Man Championships at the same Australian Nationals.  While in New Zealand in 1981, Grant also won the Senior and Junior Iron Man titles at New Plymouth.
Kim Harker – An Otago Iron Man representative at the 1981 Nationals at Oakura Beach.
Reg Harker – Regarded in surfing circles as the Iron Man of surf lifesaving in New Zealand during his era.       Photo by Ross Malyon.
November 1972:   The Red Beach surf boat crew of the day in its brand new “Schweppesmanship” craft, competing in a boat race from Muriwai to North Piha.  The crew, from left: Jack Young, Colin Brady, Paul Ranby, Terry Marsh, Paul Von Zalinski.
Days after the event, the boat was signwritten and given an official launch at Westhaven by the Mayor of Auckland Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson on 14.11.72.
November 1972:   Following the official launch ceremony, the crew of “Schweppesmanship” took the new boat for a row through the Westhaven breakwater.
January 1975:   Red Beach club members who attended the Piha Lifeguard Training School held over four days, from left:  Ted Taylor, Geoff Small, Ross Malyon.   All are current Life Members of the Red Beach club; Geoff is also a Life Member of sister-club Collaroy in Australia.

Club Cap Colours

3rd August 2010

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Flashbacks …

15th June 2010

Series 17 … photographs from yesteryear.

1973:  Red Beach club members during a lighter moment at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, Oakura Beach, New Plymouth.
1976:  NZ Championships, Paekakariki.  Mandy Glover became Red Beach's first female competitor to win a National title.  She was presented with a new rescue tube by Reg Harker for winning the open women's tube rescue event. Standing alongside her is the rescue 'patient' Carol Harker who also received a gold medal.
1982/83:  A Red Beach surf boat crew competing on the west coast. The wearing of life jackets during racing was compulsory.  Ted Taylor is sweeping the boat.

Flashbacks …

16th May 2010

Series 16 … photographs from yesteryear.

1958 Nationals:  Red Beach’s March Past team at South Brighton Beach, Christchurch for the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.     Standing, from left: Fred Dennerly, Doug Ellis, Gary Chapman, Roy Woodall, Ross Warman, Tony Marsh, Graham Wolf, Paul Ranby.  In front: Allan Anderson, Reg Harker.
NRC's Carnival 1980:   Red Beach's U-18 Taplin relay team at Mt Maunganui.   From left:  Bryce Brown, Tony Olsen, John Alderman, Andrew Olsen, David Ross, Eamonn Murphy.
Clubrooms 1983:  The Red Beach Surf Club just prior to its official opening in March 1983 by Prime Minister Robert Muldoon.  The sandy area became the tarsealed car park during the summer which followed.

Flashbacks …

4th August 2009

Series 15 … photographs from yesteryear.

1963 Nationals:  The legendary Reg Harker heads off Maranui's Brian Crowder to win the final of the open men's surf race at the NZ Championships held at Westshore Beach, Napier in 1963. Harker was aged 25 at the time.  Brian Crowder passed away June 2009.  Photo from the Westshore SLSC collection.

Flashbacks …

18th June 2009

Series 14 … photographs from yesteryear.

1985 Touring Team:   In December 1985, Red Beach sent a team of 16 junior lifeguards – all aged 14-18 years – on a 12-day tour to Queensland.
Primarily an educational visit, the team members were able to check out lifeguarding operations and compete against their counterparts on the Gold Coast.
Training for the team began in April 1985 with regular sessions at Red Beach and pool swimming at Auckland’s Tepid Baths.
Fundraising got under way at the same time to raise the $25,000 required to fully finance the tour.
The team managers were Geoff Small and Ted Taylor.  The team was coached by Chris Gurr, Lance Richards and Paul Kayes.
The touring party was hosted by the Southport Surf Life Saving Club and used the Southport Nippers surf headquarters as their base and for accommodation.

Flashbacks …

10th June 2009

Series 13 … photographs from yesteryear.

November 1980:  Red Beach Surf Club's original clubrooms in a dilapidated state, two years before the building was demolished.  The premises were opened in 1959 and served as the club's headquarters for 24 years.
Early-December 1982:  The old surf clubrooms just before the demolition team moved in.
7th December 1982:  Demolition of the building is well under way.  It was put out to tender and went for $1,800.  The new clubrooms, nearing completion, can be seen in the background.
December 1982:  A week prior to Christmas, the old surf club was completely gone.  At left is the old toilet block which has since been replaced by a more modern convenience.  Landscaping along the beachfront took place in the years that followed.
The land occupied by the old surf club is now the Red Beach Waterfront Reserve on which the Owen Chapman carnival prize giving has sometimes taken place.

Club’s first 50 years available on DVD

9th April 2009

Red_Beach_DVD_Jacket_1.jpgA DVD on the Red Beach Surf Club’s first 50 years is available for purchase.

This is the presentation which won acclaim when shown at the club’s 50th Jubilee celebration banquet in May 2003.   It’s a memorable combination of film and photos spanning 50 great years of club activities and competition.

The response from people wanting to purchase the DVD as a keepsake resulted in good sales, to the point that remaining stocks are low and there won’t be a production repeat.

The DVD is now back on sale, available for the low price of $15.00 plus packing & postage.  To print out an order form, click here.

Flashbacks …

10th March 2009

Series 12 … photographs from yesteryear.

1992:  Winning the NZ Championships for the second time.  Red Beach club members on Oakura Beach, New Plymouth after winning the prestigious Allan Gardner Trophy for overall points at the championships.
Early 1900's:  Red Beach, surrounded by farmland, at the turn of the century. The leaning pohutukawa tree in the centre of the picture has become a Red Beach landmark and thrives to this day.

Flashbacks …

24th February 2009

Series 11 … photographs from yesteryear.

1991:  Winning the NZ Championships for the first time.  Red Beach club members on the dais at Midway Beach, Gisborne after winning the prestigious Allan Gardner Trophy for overall points at the championships.
1975:  Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach.  The legendary Reg Harker (centre) with son Kim and daughter Carol, limbering up before the start of the events.

Flashbacks …

5th February 2009

Series 10 … photographs from yesteryear.

1959:  The opening of the Red Beach clubrooms.  The building served as the surf club’s headquarters for 24 years before being demolished in 1983 when the club’s existing clubrooms were opened. This building was situated on the land which is now the Red Beach Waterfront Reserve.
1989:  The Red Beach Masters March Past team competing in the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Mt Maunganui.

Flashbacks …

20th January 2009

Series 9 … photographs from yesteryear.

1976  :  Red Beach club member Andrew Olsen receives the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup from cup donor Eddie Millar following the club's overall points win in 1976.  The trophy was first contested in 1975.
1991 : 1st World Masters Surf Life Saving Championships.   Red Beach Surf Club hosted this inaugural event which drew a very large turnout of New Zealand and overseas competitors for three days of masters competition.
Held from 29 November to 1 December 1991, it was an outstanding event conducted in fine, warm weather.  Red Beach fielded the second largest team of competitors, 43 in total.
The organising committee was made up entirely of Red Beach club members and drew high praise for the event which is still talked about to this day.       One of the highlights was the erection of a viewing stand capable of seating 600 people which extended out over the water.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Red Beach landmark

20th January 2009

The big leaning pohutukawa on Red Beach is one tree which has to be measured by its length rather than by its height.

If it hadn’t been for a stiff south easterly one January day in 1918, the old tree would be much taller today.

A man who lived at Red Beach probably longer than anyone else, the late Mr Stan Bayes, remembered the day the tree went over.

He and his older brother, Arthur, had been down at the beach watching Auckland holiday makers working on their boats.   They left the beach just five minutes before the tree went over.

The Bayes family owned a farmhouse, which is still standing, and tended most of the land which is now in the Red Beach suburb.

When the boys returned to the beach from the house they were amazed to see the tree nearly on its side.  The pohutukawa was then nearly 30 years old and it did not occur to anyone that it should be removed. Just as well.

Gradually over the years the tree, still bound by its roots to the bank, appeared to right itself by continuing to grow upward.

Stan Bayes regarded the tree as a great landmark and a really important part of the beachfront scene.                      Click on the photo to enlarge it. 

Flashbacks …

6th January 2009

Series 8 … photographs from yesteryear.

1988:  Heron surf boat launch.  The very first surf boat provided by Bryan Heron to the Red Beach Surf Club was given a champagne launch at Red Beach in October 1988.  It was part of a sponsorship package from B H Heron Plumbing which included a new double ski, sponsored shirts and other club gear.
1988:  6-Man team.   Red Beach's 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation drill team competing in a surf carnival at North Piha on Auckland's west coast in December 1988.
1914:  Red Beach, surrounded by farmland, in a photo believed to have been taken around 1914.

Flashbacks …

29th December 2008

Series 7 … photographs from yesteryear.

1975:  The launch of Red Beach Surf Club’s new surf canoe “Big Rooster” by Robert Muldoon, seated in the canoe, just days after he was elected Prime Minister of New Zealand in November 1975.
1957:  Owen Chapman, the donor of the cup to foster surf lifesaving competition amongst the four Auckland east coast clubs of Red Beach, Orewa, Mairangi Bay and Eastern United who patrolled at Browns Bay.
The inaugural event was held in early-January 1957 to entertain the campers and holiday-makers from Pinewoods Motor Park. The Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival now spans more than 50 years.
To read the history of the Owen Chapman Cup, click here.
Late 1950’s:   The 4-Man Alarm drill event being contested by a Red Beach team at an Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.  The spectators were holiday-makers from Pinewoods Motor Park and the surrounding areas.

Flashbacks …

22nd December 2008

Series 6 … photographs from yesteryear.

1958:  NZ Championships, Christchurch.  The fledgling Red Beach club, just five years old, was competing at the National Championships for the very first time. The venue was South Brighton and the club was there to compete in a number of events including the 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation drill event.
The sea conditions were turbulent and most event finals were cancelled.  However, the 6-Man R & R final went ahead and Reg Harker, an outstanding surf swimmer, drew the marble to swim as the beltman.  There was a massive rip running and it was very cold.  Harker reached his buoy long before any of the other beltmen; two of the finalists did not make it to the buoys.
The time difference gave the Red Beach team a distinct advantage when converted into points. When all drill points were calculated, Red Beach emerged as the winner of surf lifesaving's blue riband event to take out the coveted Nelson Shield.
1958:  NZ Championships, Christchurch.  Red Beach's Reg Harker (right) has just completed a remarkable swim through turbulent seas to reach the marker buoys in the final of the 6-Man R & R event.  He prepares to step out of his belt and hand it to reelman Graham Wolf.
1958:  Red Beach's first New Zealand title.  Winners of the Nelson Shield for the Senior 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation event at South Brighton, Christchurch.
Back row, from left:  Graham Wolf, Ross Warman, Doug Ellis, Roy Woodall.   Front row, from left:  Allan Anderson, Toby Mitchell (Club President), George Perry (Coach), Reg Harker (Captain). 
Footnote - The 6-Man R&R event has ceased to be a competition event in surf lifesaving.  It's final appearance was at the NZ Championships in 2001.

Flashbacks …

1st December 2008

Series 5 … photographs from yesteryear.

1966:  Club competitors from the 1965-66 season. Two of the group are current Life Members of Red Beach.
1976:  Club members at Red Beach prior to a Paddlenduro fundraising stint which raised $5,000 towards the new surf clubrooms.
The surf canoe sponsors at the time were Big Rooster, Jerry Clayton Motors, Orewa Trust and Chrysler Outboards.  During the mid-seventies, Red Beach was the dominant club in surf canoe racing with five open men's canoe crews.
1976:  Millar Cup Winners.  Red Beach Nipper members after winning the Cath & Eddie Millar cup in March 1976.  Cherie Dillon, kneeling second from right, was one of the members.

Flashbacks …

18th November 2008

Series 4 … photographs from yesteryear.

1974 : The first female lifeguards.  Although the Red Beach Surf Club was founded in 1953, female lifeguards were not part of the club until they were officially accepted as members in 1974.
Pictured above, six of the eight female members who obtained their Surf Medallions in 1974 to become fully qualified lifeguards with Red Beach.  From left: Mandy Glover, Carolyn Hogan, Sally Glover, Ruth Mannall, Carol Harker, Carol-anne Clarke.
1950's:  Owen Chapman Carnival.  The Red Beach 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation team being judged during an Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach during the late 1950's.
1972:  Surf boat launch.  The club's new surf boat "Schweppesmanship" being given a lemonade launch by the Mayor of Auckland, Sir Dove-Meyer Robinson, at a ceremony held at Westhaven on 14.11.72.
The crew, from left:  Terry Marsh, Colin Brady, Paul Ranby, Jack Young, Paul Von Zalinski.

Flashbacks …

4th November 2008

Series 3 … photographs from yesteryear.

1973:  The first Nipper members.  At the start of the 1973/74 season, the Red Beach club introduced Nipper members to its ranks.  Initially there were 20 boys aged from seven - 13 years with Gary Faircloth as their instructor.
At the time, the Red Beach Surf Club was an all-male domain. Female lifeguards were not part of the surf club until they were officially accepted as members by way of a change to the club’s constitution at the AGM in July 1974. The Nipper division was re-named the JuniorSurf division in later years.
1981: The demise of a surf boat.  Red Beach's surf boat "Blue Bonnet" met with a tragic ending while being rowed at the Auckland Championships at Piha on Auckland's west coast.  While charging down the face of a 5m wave and full of water, the boat decided it wanted to be a submarine and kept going until it met the sandy seabed.
The 'Auckland Star' evening newspaper ran the story and it was picked up by the Metropolitan Life Assurance Company who went on to donate a new surf boat to the Red Beach club. It was appropriately named "Metropolitan Life" and its launch coincided with the announcement of a $150,000 sponsorship of the Metropolitan Life Youth Programme. The sponsorship was to support the country's nine surf lifesaving districts with recruitment and training for Nippers.

Flashbacks …

28th October 2008

Series 2 … photographs from yesteryear.

1950’s Red Beach:  The beachscape featured on a colour postcard.
1978:  The start of the B H Heron sponsorship.  Bryan Heron, standing at left, made a presentation of two rescue skis to Red Beach club captain John Glover while surrounded by some of the club’s Nipper members.   Thus began a remarkable era of Heron sponsorship which flourishes to this day.
1972:  Cyclone fury at Red Beach.  In the aftermath of Cyclone Carlotta which struck the country in January 1972, waves pounded the Red Beach foreshore, forcing the lifeguard patrol to close the beach for the period of the high tide.  Onlookers stood on the beachfront, watching the surging surf in awe.
The result of Cyclone Carlotta was a huge surf which formed 300m beyond the reef at Red Beach. The club’s surf boat crew launched “Miss Rothmans” and rowed out past the breakers.  Rather than risk being smashed against the rocks while returning to the beach, the crew put into Stanmore Bay where the surf was much more subdued.

Flashbacks …

14th October 2008

We bring you our new pictorial series featuring photographs from yesteryear.

Series 1 … black & white pics from the archives.

1959:  The opening of the Red Beach clubrooms.  The building served as the surf club’s headquarters for 24 years before being demolished in 1983 when the club’s existing clubrooms were opened.  This building was situated on the land which is now the Red Beach Waterfront Reserve.
1965:  The legendary Reg Harker after winning the NZ Belt Race title for the first time.  On the same weekend in Christchurch he also won the NZ Surf Race title to achieve the 'double', the most popular success among all lifeguards at the championships.   He went on to claim the Belt Race title on four consecutive occasions and he won the Surf Race title four times. 
Harker became known as the ‘iron man’ of surf lifesaving in New Zealand during the 1960’s because of his outstanding abilities in competition.  He was made a Life Member of the Red Beach club in 1967 and currently lives with his wife Faye in Papamoa.

Red Beach, Peru

3rd September 2008

Our pictorial beach series continues …

Peru, the third largest country in South America, is located on the continent’s west coast bordering the Pacific Ocean.
Paracas is a small fishing village 250km south of the capital of Lima, or three hours by road. It’s at the entrance to the Paracas National Reserve, one of the world’s most valuable and impressive coastal habitats. It’s where the desert and the sea come together in spectacular landscapes.
Red Beach is located on an astonishingly beautiful stretch of coast, surrounded by rugged cliffs, a desert and a lot of sand which make up the National Reserve.  It is also known as La Playa Roja (the red beach) with the colour of the sand coming from the granite cliffs.  The scenery is beautiful and it was in this rich area that ancient civilizations once flourished.
Paracas is a natural wildlife sanctuary and aquatic life flourishes on the coast. The winds, the sea temperature and other weather factors have created a habitat for more than 200 bird species along with marine life including sea lions, penguins, red and white flamingos and the visiting huge Andean Condor.
Paracas National Reserve also has huge sea lion colonies. Scores of sea lions can be seen lazily basking in the sun while condors and giant sea turtles ease their way through the water. Offshore are islands with a wide range of bird species including penguins, cormoranes, gulls, puffins and many others.

Red Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia

4th July 2008

Our pictorial beach series continues …

Among the thousands of small islands of Indonesia is one called Komodo, a mountainous stretch of volcanic rock covered with grass, palms and small pockets of jungle. The island, at 35km long, is part of Komodo National Park, 200 nautical miles to the east of Bali. The park is a World Heritage site and encompasses a number of islands, the largest of which are Komodo, Rinca and Padar. The region has around 4,000 inhabitants.
Red Beach, located on the eastern side of Komodo Island, is an exotic white sandy beach tinted pink by fragments of red coral. This popular anchorage is known for its beautiful underwater scenery which ranks it amongst the best in the world for snorkeling which is excellent over a healthy shallow reef. Diving is at the reef edge where the bottom drops down to 25 metres.  Above the water, many wood carving and pearl jewellery entrepreneurs ply their wares by boat.
In the sea, the vibrant colours and exotic life enchant divers and snorkelers alike as endless schools of fish ride the waterways rushing up from deep sea vents. Below them the seabed is covered with a thick carpet of fluorescent corals and marine invertebrates - an underwater photographer’s paradise. The island, along with a few others nearby, is the sole habitat of the world’s largest lizard, known as the Komodo Island monitor or more popularly, the Komodo dragon. Red Beach is located just in front of the old dragon feeding station, directly across the bay from Komodo Village.
Komodo dragons can reach 3 metres in length and weigh up to 100kg. They are the top predators in their habitat and feed on wild boar, deer, water buffalo, dogs, goats, rats, snakes, smaller dragons, and once in a while – humans.
They hunt by ambush, hiding in the scrub brush along trails.   Despite their lumbering appearance, they can move with alarming speed when they want to. They can’t sustain a long chase, but all they need to subdue their prey is one bite.   The Komodo dragons carry poisonous bacteria in their mouths so if they don’t immediately catch their prey, the attack is often fatal.   Using their long forked tongues, they track the scent of their prey as the wounded animal slowly weakens from the infected bite, a process that can take several days.
The Komodo dragon is an endangered species and there are approximately 6,000 in existence.

Red Beach, Crete

16th April 2008

Our pictorial beach series continues …

With its cobalt blue waters, sun-bleached cottages, ancient ruins and red sandstone cliffs, Crete's Red Beach is picturesque to say the least.  It’s a famed 'clothing optional' beach located near Matala in the south of Crete, the largest of the Greek islands which lies approximately 160km south of the Greek mainland.
Made famous in 1968 when hippies from across Europe flocked to its shores, the resort at Red Beach has remained a favorite for its rustic charm and its tolerance.
Beautiful yet secluded, it can be reached only by water or on foot which involves a steep climb followed by a steep descent, in about half an hour from the village of Matala.
Red Beach takes its name from the ochre colour of the sand.  While it doesn’t necessarily exude the same stunning red colors of Red Beach Santorini, it is indeed picturesque in its own right, set against golden hills and cliffs which provide a setting for some sparce, green vegetation.
Most often during the busier summer months, you can rent shade umbrellas and beach lounging chairs, but at times there are no rentals and it’s just you, your towel and whatever else you bring.
Matala View, on the hill above Red Beach, looking towards Matala Village. The ascent is steep but the view is worth the trouble and the effort.  The tricky hike down to Red Beach affords some sweeping sights of the beach and the water, set against the coast’s cliffs.
At the north side of the beach the rocks are carved into ancient Minoan and Egyptian shapes, carried out a number of years ago by a Belgian man by the name of Gerard.
Red Beach Crete is primarily known for its affiliation as a 'clothing optional' beach. Predominantly, this section of the beach is kept at the northern side, however there is no strict rule against straying from this section without covering yourself.
But, do not think that you have to strip to enjoy Red Beach Crete as there is ample tolerance for all.

Red Beach, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

3rd March 2008

Our pictorial beach series continues …

Red Beach, also known as Playa Caracas or Playa del Corcho is one of the best-loved beaches on the small lush island of Vieques, 6 miles off the coast of Puerto Rico.  The beach is a long stretch of powdery white sand, leading into the crystal-clear Caribbean water that turns shades of turquoise and green as it gets deeper.
Vieques Island was once the site of a large US Navy base. It found its freedom in 2003 when the Navy pulled out, creating conservation land where the bases once stood, and the island is just beginning to get its ‘tourism legs’.  
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States and the Navy used Red Beach for recreation before they left, whiling away the time on this stunning beach with soft sand and even softer water.
Snorkeling here is excellent. You won’t get the variety of colours that a coral reef or rocky pier would afford but you will see stingrays, schools of smaller fish and possibly even a dolphin if you go out far enough.
The beach is framed by gently rolling green hills in the near distance. A number of small uninhabited islands and outcroppings can be seen not too far offshore.  But while you’re on the beach you can pamper your feet on the soft white sand, get the perfect tan and enjoy life the Caribbean way. 

Red Beach, Rio 

6th February 2008  

Our pictorial beach series continues ...

Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) wins over the tourists with its exotic, luxuriant and strange glamour. Surrounded by coconut and bamboo trees, this place is just another charming oasis of peace and calm in Rio de Janeiro, blessed with cacti, orchids, bromeliads and grassy bushes.
Praia Vermelha, known for its steeply sloping sands, is well sheltered at the foot of the Urca hill. It is found in a predominantly residential neighbourhood with an intimate small-town atmosphere. Boating is popular here.
The beach offers a stunning view of the Sugar Loaf mountain, named for its shape, which rises 396m above sea level. It offers a breathtaking panorama of Rio’s majestic beauty, with built-up areas nestled between magnificent bays and dazzling beaches on one side and abruptly rising mountains from the water, on the other side, in Guanabara Bay.

Red Beach, Greece

24th January 2008

Our new pictorial beach series on Red Beach locations around the world …

Red Beach, found on the Greek island of Santorini, is a mesmerizing stretch of red sand that is set against a stunning backdrop of scaling red cliffs. As if Santorini weren’t beautiful enough, with its volcanic landscape and picturesque caldera, Red Beach adds the extra touch that helps to make the island one of the most desired tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea.
The crystal-clear blue waters contrast the stunning red-coloured sands, all set against a prolific cliff background.
Located on the southern coast of Santorini in the area named Akrotiri, Red Beach is truly majestic and you would be hard-pressed to find a beach anywhere in the world that mixes such a color scheme. Often busy during the peak summer months, beachgoers to Red Beach Santorini may find it a bit crowded, especially due to the fact that the close proximity of the cliffs to the water leaves a fairly thin strip of beach.
Some who visit Red Beach Santorini merely park the car and stand atop the cliffs for a view down, but it is worth it to make the trek down to get the full experience. The beach can also be accessed by boat from the port of Akrotiri and the port at Fira. The sun can be very strong here, and the sand is not the most comfortable to sit on, thus many choose to bask under shade umbrellas and beach lounging chairs. Nearby there are taverns and eateries offering meals and snacks.


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