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Caitlin’s crew into K4 500m final at Rio

20th August 2016

Classy K4 crew makes Olympic A final at Rio

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Two powerful paddles have propelled the New Zealand K4 kayaking crew of Jaimee Lovett, Kayla Imrie, Aimee Fisher and Caitlin Ryan into the biggest race of their lives.

The quartet, making their Olympic debuts in Rio de Janeiro, scorched across the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in 1min 34.778secs to advance to tonight's Olympic A final. Gold medal favourites Hungary and world champions Belarus advanced directly to the final by winning their heats, while Germany won the other semifinal in 1:34.710.

After finishing third in their heat, Ryan believes the most satisfying aspect is their speed endurance, after stunning many teams last year with their speed off the start line.
"People discount it, but we've got that endurance now," she said. "You've either got endurance or you don't and we can't be counted out at the end of the race either. All of us trust each other to finish well and we've shown that here."
But it's the manner in which the K4 has raced - smooth, unruffled and confident - that has particularly impressed.

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"We never really knew what we had in us," Ryan said. "We had not much expectation but as we came together and kept working, we thought 'why not?' We've got the potential, we've done the training and now it's becoming more real as time goes by."
The Kiwis made history before they even picked up a paddle in anger, becoming the first New Zealand women's K4 to compete at the Olympics. The last men's team was in 1992.

The crew qualified at last year's world championships and placed fifth and third at two World Cup regattas this year.

Story courtesy of Jamie Troughton, Dscribe Media
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Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan in training before leaving for the Rio Olympics.

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

20th August 2016

JuniorSurf Division geared for summer activities

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The Red Beach Surf Club is taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the surf clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach on the following days:

Dates:    Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th October
Times:   11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along to either of these registration days to enrol them. Boys and girls aged from 4 - 13 years are eligible to join as JuniorSurf members.

Administrators will be on hand to provide information on age groups, activities, training days and surf carnival competition. Club clothing will be on sale on both days. Activities for the JuniorSurf division will commence at Red Beach on Sunday 30th October.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to either of the registration days. For the registration form, click here

Opening Day – Sunday 30th October, Red Beach
Tadpoles (4, 5 & 6 yr olds):  9.00 am - 10.00 am.
A, B & C Groups (7-13 yrs): 10.00am – 11.30 am. The Roll Call for all members is 15 mins before the start time.

For further information contact Sidah Russell 027 471 8571 or Kirsty Rutledge-Malyon 021 888 142.

Winning club … JuniorSurf Northern Region Championships 2016

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New breakfast menu

20th August 2016

BreakfastThere’s a brand new Sunday breakfast menu in place at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Give your Sunday a kick start with an Avocado Smash, a Hash Brown Stack or Creamy Mushrooms. Or maybe the Sweetcorn Fritters and the add-ons that can go with it. And if you're really hungry, go for the Full Cooked Breakfast. It all comes out of our brand new 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.

To check out the new Sunday breakfast menu, 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.

Eastern Region Pool Champs at Te Rapa

18th August 2016

Red Beach the top club from the Northern Region

Te Rapa Day One
Photo by Emily Lyndon.

After two days of the 2016 Eastern Region Pool Champs, Red Beach finished in third place on overall points. The club came away from the Te Rapa pool as the top achiever from the Northern Region.
The outstanding results achieved by the club's swimmers underscored all the hard work that went into training which paid off big-time!
Close to 200 competitors from 13 clubs took part. Red Beach, with 35 athletes, had the second largest squad at the Waterworld venue.
The Red Beach results from both days can be found in the Results section, click here


Events coming up

13th August 2016

Sat 20 Aug    SLSNR Pool Interclub # 2, Nat Aquatic Centre

Sat 27 Aug    Red Beach Surf Club Trivia/Quiz/Auction night, Red Beach Primary School, 7.00pm

10,11 Sept    SLSNR Pool Championships, Nat Aquatic Centre

Th 22 Sept    Ladies Night (Movie fundraiser), Bridget Jones's Baby, Hoyts Cinema, Stanmore Bay

Sat 24 Sept   SLSNZ AGM, Heritage Hotel, Auckland, 4.00pm

Sat 24 Sept   SLSNZ National Awards Dinner, Heritage Hotel

Th 29 Sept    SLSNR AGM

7-9 Oct          SLSNZ Pool Championships, Auckland

Sun 9 Oct      JuniorSurf Registrations, Clubrooms, 11am-2pm

Sat 15 Oct     SLSNR Long Distance Carnival, Orewa

Sun 16 Oct    JuniorSurf Registrations, Clubrooms, 11am-2pm

22,23 Oct      NZ Surf Boat Trials, Mt Maunganui

Sun 30 Oct    JuniorSurf Opening Day, Red Beach


Awards given at AGM

8th August 2016

Four club members recognised for their services

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Kevin Cornish, left, and Craig Gledhill with their awards.

Four Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and to the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting. The recipients were members of either the SeniorSurf or JuniorSurf divisions. 
A Service Award was presented to Kevin Cornish while Recognition Awards went to Craig Gledhill and Jan Saull.  A Recognition Award was made posthumously to Nick Saull.
Citations were read out to the meeting in support of the honours.


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.

Surf Lifeguard Award training to start

26th July 2016

First of two courses commences Tuesday 2 August

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Red Beach lifeguards carry out volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri beach during the summer months.

Tuition for those wanting to become a qualified lifeguard for the summer gets under way next Tuesday evening, 2nd August at the Red Beach clubrooms. Each session will run for approx. 90 minutes. The exam for the award is on 25 September.

This will be the first of only two courses of instruction for the 2016/17 season. The second course will start on 27 September with the exam on 20 November.

Start Date:   Tuesday 2nd August
Start Time:   7.30 pm (check in 7.15 pm)
Venue:          Red Beach Surf Club, Ngapara Street

If you want to be on one of these two courses and haven't yet registered, email your contact details and the course date you prefer to info@redbeachslsc.com
If you know of anyone who is interested in obtaining the Surf Lifeguard Award, please have them send an email to request training dates and details on what is involved in sitting for the award.


Trivia Quiz & Auction night coming soon

15th July 2016

Annual themed fundraiser on Saturday 27th August

Trivia Night

Red, White & Brew

7th July 2016

American themed fundraiser at the Surf Club

Uncle SamClub members and supporters decked themselves out in the colours of the Stars n’ Stripes for the club’s big fundraising event of the year, the Red White & Brew night held on 2nd July.
Guests were entertained with live music, supped on American beer and generously supported the raffles and auctions held during the evening. An Eric Clapton guitar was snapped up at auction for $1,500. The club wishes to express its thanks to all who attended and supported the fundraiser.
Proceeds from the event are being applied to coaching and equipment for the coming season.

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Photos by Leigh Morton.

JuniorSurf members collect SLSNR awards

2nd July 2016

For the full list of SLSNR winners, click here

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Red Beach’s Junior members regained the trophy for the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships which were held over two days in February at Orewa Beach.
With the trophy following its presentation at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on 25 June, from left: Patrick Makgill, Flynn Southcombe, JuniorSurf chairman Dylan Turner, Blake Readman, Ben Mellor.
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Flynn Southcombe won the U14 Sportsman of the Year trophy at the Awards of Excellence night. Red Beach’s Patrick Makgill was also a finalist in the category.
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There were 40 Red Beach members and supporters at the function which was held at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf.  A total of 350 people were in attendance.

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.

Tribute to Nick Saull

30th June 2016
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An emotional tribute was paid to Nick Saull by Red Beach club members and supporters when they gathered recently at Red Beach to remember him.
Club members formed a guard of honour along the beachfront, then assembled on the water in IRBs, surf boats, surf canoes and on boards and skis. Balloons were released by the rowers and paddlers to honour him.
Nick (47), a club lifeguard, died tragically on June 13 when he was struck by rigging while aboard the 20m yacht Platino in rough seas while heading to Fiji.
He was farewelled at a funeral attended by around 800 people at the QBE Stadium in Albany on Monday 27 June.

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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Life Membership of SLSNR for Pat Olsen

26th June 2016

Honour bestowed at Awards of Excellence function

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Red Beach Surf Club stalwart Patricia Olsen has become just the fifth woman to be made a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Northern Region.
She was presented with the prestigious award at the Awards of Excellence night held at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on 25 June before a gathering of 380 guests.

Pat began her lifesaving career in 1950 when she joined Milford Girls Surf Club and for eight years served as Club Captain and Secretary.  Read more ...

Footnote:  Women who have been made Life members of either Auckland SLSA or Surf Life Saving Northern Region are:  Muriel Brown (1957), Abbie Day (1977), Valerie Walton (1991), Patricia Reid (2012), Patricia Olsen (2016).

Honour for Michelle

26th June 2016

Recipient of SLSNR Distinguished Service Award

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Red Beach SeniorSurf chairperson Michelle Newton was presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the recent Awards of Excellence night.
She joined Red Beach in 1987, gained her Surf Medallion and competed for the club for six consecutive years. She obtained her Instructor’s Certificate in 1988 and was a member of the Surf Committee for four years from 1991 to 1995.

In 1992/93 she put through a record 47 Surf Lifeguard awards and was awarded the Mainzeal Trophy for Instructor of the Year. In total, she put through 91 Lifeguard Awards during her three years as Chief Instructor.  Read more …


Interclub pool events

20th June 2016
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Two additional Interclub pool events will be held, SLSNR has announced. They are scheduled for 30th July and 20th August and will be held at the National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millenium, Mairangi Bay.
The purpose of the two Interclubs is to provide swimmers with more opportunities to race pool events, particularly the more technical events.
They will also assist athletes to fine-tune their skills before the SLSNR and SLSNZ Pool Champs take place. Entries are now open for the two Interclubs.

Saturday 30 July             Pool Interclub # 1
Saturday 20 August        Pool Interclub # 2
10/11 September           SLSNR Pool Championships
7-9 October                     SLSNZ Pool Championships


Caitlin Ryan will be our tenth Olympian

12th June 2016

Red Beach lifeguard on the road to Rio

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IMG 9399Caitlin Ryan, above and at right, is set to become the club’s tenth Olympian when she competes in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Like her nine predecessors, all of whom are either past or present Red Beach members, she will compete in kayaking at the Games of the 31st Olympiad.
And she will be 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.

Caitlin joins Kayla Imrie, Aimee Fisher and Jaimee Lovett in the first ever women’s K4 to head to the Olympics. All four have backgrounds in surf lifesaving.

Those from the Red Beach Surf Club 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), Erin Taylor (2008, 2012).

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Pub to club paddle

23rd May 2016

More than 40 club members - ski paddlers, canoeists and IRB crews - participated in the recent Pub to Club paddle. Ideal conditions prevailed for the 16km journey down the Puhoi River to Wenderholm then across the ocean to Red Beach. The event, part of the club's winter training programme, took place on Sunday 15 May.  For more pics, click here

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Launching surf skis onto the Puhoi River.
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The journey from Puhoi to Wenderholm.           Photos by Ross Malyon.

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).

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

2 years of Nationals

24th April 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 have been announced. They are:

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


New breakfast menu

24th April 2016

BreakfastThere’s a brand new Sunday breakfast menu in place at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Give your Sunday a kick start with a Classic Salmon Bennie, a Hash Brown Stack or Creamy Mushrooms. Or maybe Ciabatta French Toast and the add-ons that go with it. And if you're really hungry, go for the Full Cooked Breakfast. It all comes out of our brand new 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.

To check out the new Sunday breakfast menu, click here


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.

Medallists at Oceans

8th March 2016

Congratulations to the following JuniorSurf members who were successful in picking up medals at Oceans ’16 at Mt Maunganui.
The club also extends its congratulations to all everyone in the 76-strong group of club athletes who gave their very best in their events, many of whom made it to finals.

GOLD - 8 medals  
Patrick Makgill / Blake Readman 
U14 Men’s Board Rescue
Patrick Makgill / Flynn Southcombe
U14 Men’s Tube Rescue
Flynn Southcombe  
U14 Men’s Surf Race
Ethan Anderson    
U12 Men’s Beach Sprint
Pippa Nicol     
U11 Women’s Board Race
Pippa Nicol     
U11 Women’s Diamond Race
Akira Gardiner
U11 Men’s Beach Flags
Jakob Currin 
U11 Men’s Beach Sprint
SILVER - 3 medals  
Flynn Southcombe
U14 Men’s Run-Swim-Run
Blake Readman
U14 Men’s Board Race
Kees O’Leary-Lodge  
 U11 Men’s Run-Swim-Run
BRONZE - 7 medals  
Patrick Makgill       
U14 Men’s Run-Swim-Run
Freya Dooley, Jonathan Selman,  
U14 Grand Cameron Relay
Flynn Southcombe, Mollie Nicol,
 
Blake Readman, Alexsia Bingley
 
Kalani Gilbertson  
U13 Men’s Board Race
OIiver Howarth  
U12 Men’s Beach Sprint
Pippa Nicol    
U11 Women’s Run-Swim-Run
Akira Gardiner  
 U11 Men’s Beach Sprint
Toby Lewis   
U11 Men’s Diamond Race

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

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Check the weather

18th December 2015

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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New coach installed

16th December 2015

IMG 0371Red Beach Surf Club has appointed Jack Gavin, right, to coach the club’s expanding group of surf athletes. He is now working alongside long-serving coach Vaughan Skiffington to implement a far-reaching training programme that will enable the club’s competitors to further develop their surf abilities and hone their skills.

The programme covers the disciplines of surf swimming, board & ski paddling and beach events.
Jack (25), a primary school teacher by profession, returned recently from eight months overseas. For several years he coached alongside Gisborne surf coaching identity Matt Sutton. Read more ...


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

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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.
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Flashbacks …

10th April 2012

Series 20 … photographs from yesteryear

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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.
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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).
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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.

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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.
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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.
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1981 :  Above & below … the wreck of Red Beach’s Blue Bonnet surf boat in big surf during the Auckland Championships at Piha.
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Flashbacks …

22nd November 2010

Series 18 … photographs from yesteryear.

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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.
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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.
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November 1972:   Following the official launch ceremony, the crew of “Schweppesmanship” took the new boat for a row through the Westhaven breakwater.
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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.

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1973:  Red Beach club members during a lighter moment at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, Oakura Beach, New Plymouth.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Early-December 1982:  The old surf clubrooms just before the demolition team moved in.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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1966:  Club competitors from the 1965-66 season. Two of the group are current Life Members of Red Beach.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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1950’s Red Beach:  The beachscape featured on a colour postcard.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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 …

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Red Beach, Komodo Island, Indonesia

4th July 2008

Our pictorial beach series continues …

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 …

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 …

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 ...

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Red Beach, Greece

24th January 2008

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

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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.
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The crystal-clear blue waters contrast the stunning red-coloured sands, all set against a prolific cliff background.
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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.
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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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