Ohope Beach in Whakatane is poised to host the State NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,600 competitors from nearly 50 clubs competing on the sand and in the surf over four days.
The Bay of Plenty venue will witness a ton of action starting with Masters‘ events on Thursday 6 March, through to the final event on Sunday 9 March.
Surf athletes from throughout New Zealand will be vying for more than 100 titles. A number of international athletes will also take part.
Red Beach has registered a record 123 competitors for the events from Friday to Sunday, the highest number of all the clubs entered. And taking to the surf will be seven surf boat crews and nine surf canoe crews. Masters athletes, competing on Thursday only, take the club’s overall competitor count to 130.
With the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event. The NZ Championships were last staged at Ohope Beach in 2010, and prior to that in 2008.
For the Nationals programmes, click here
For the Ohope Beach site plan, click here
For surf club cap colours, click here
For the swells forecast, click here
Our photo essay on the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka gives recognition to the Red Beach athletes who won titles during the two-day event. We weren't able to capture all winners on camera, however, we extend congratulations to all the NRC medal winners who delivered some very notable performances. Red Beach won the championships for the fifth consecutive year.
The annual Club Championships for SeniorSurf athletes will take place on Saturday 1st March at Red Beach. And for the first time, separate events for Masters competitors are to be included in the programme.
Up for grabs will be the six Champion Lifesaver titles for men and women in the Open, U19 and U16 divisions.
Club members will get to compete in beach sprints, board and ski races, surf races and beach flags. The same events will be contested by Masters – male & female – on a cumulative points basis to find the overall winners.
The Champion Lifesaver trophies will be awarded to the competitors in each of the six divisions who gain the most overall points.
Registrations: 1.30 pm at the clubrooms. First event: 2.00 pm
Full details of the Club Championships are being emailed to club members.
Footnote: All members who won cups & trophies at last year’s Club Champs are requested to return them to the clubrooms.
Organisers of Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition advise that the event won’t be taking place this year. They are confident it will make a return in 2015.
Despite the absence of several key competitors, Red Beach emerged as the winner of the Northern Region Championships over the weekend of 15/16 February.
With strength in numbers and many notable performances, the club scored the overall points trophy at Ruakaka for the fifth straight year.
In the Masters division, Red Beach finished first equal with Mt Maunganui on 45 points each.
NRC's photo gallery coming soon.
For the full set of NRC results, click here
Ruakaka Beach will see two days of top surf lifesaving action when the Northern Region Championships get under way at the weekend. It will be the ninth consecutive year for the event at the popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme starts at 9.00 am with the 2km Beach Run for all age divisions, including Masters. This is followed by surf races for individuals and teams, the mixed double ski event, ski relays, double ski races, board relays and ski & board events. Long course racing for boats starts immediately after the 2km beach run. Beach sprints and relays wrap up the afternoon programme.
Sunday’s events commence at 9.00 am with the Lifesaver Relay which was introduced to the NRC’s programme a year ago. This is followed by the Run Swim Run and then the Ironman and Diamond events, tube rescues, board rescues and Taplin relays. Short course racing for boats & canoes also gets under way after the Lifesaver Relay.
To view the NRC’s programme for both days, click here
Club wins points trophy for seventh consecutive year
Red Beach’s JuniorSurf athletes have successfully defended 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.
A total of 550 competitors aged from seven – 13 years, representing 10 clubs, took part in the weekend event.
Red Beach, with strength in numbers over all three age divisions, claimed the overall points trophy for the seventh consecutive year.
For all the results from the Championships, click here
Red Beach’s JuniorSurf competitors have retained the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup by a comfortable margin.
Competition for the trophy was held in conjunction with the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach over the weekend of 1 & 2 February. It was the third time that this format has been adopted with specific events designated for Millar Cup points.
Red Beach finished with 80 points, a total of 20 points clear of the runners-up to claim the trophy for the 12th consecutive time.
Red Beach was one of eight clubs which took part in a representative style surf competition at Whangamata on Anniversary Day. The clubs invited to participate were those that achieved a top-ten placing on points at the 2013 Nationals.
Each club fielded an 18-person team, made up from a mix of U16, U19 and Open competitors, male and female. Events were based on those held at the Trans-Tasman clashes between SLSNR, Central Coast and NSW Country.
Our photo essay on the Eastern Regional Championships at Whangamata gives recognition to the Red Beach athletes who won titles during the Anniversary weekend event. We weren't able to capture all winners on camera, however, congratulations to all the successful competitors who delivered some highly impressive results. Red Beach finished the championships with 13 titles and placed second on overall points, one spot better than last year.
For the full set of results from the ERC's, click here
The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew will be sporting the Silver Fern this Saturday when they represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge in Australia.
The crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew and sweep Shane O’Halloran will line up against an Australian women’s crew in a three-race series at Stockton Beach, NSW.
The Titahi Bay men’s crew will also represent New Zealand at the Challenge, taking on an Australian men’s crew. Racing gets under way at 12 noon with a 30 mins break between races.
To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here
Around 480 competitors aged 7-13 years will be participating in the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach this weekend. A total of 14 clubs have entered – three of them from the Bay of Plenty – and the two days of competition will focus on individual and team events.
For the third consecutive year the programme will see the inclusion of the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event, to be run in conjunction with the championships. Red Beach is the current holder of the cups for both events.
Because of king tides during the weekend, competition gets under way at 9.30 am on Saturday and 10.30 on Sunday.
For the programme and the site plan, click here
Red Beach lifeguards Lauren & Hannah Williams, on holiday at Mangawhai Heads, have rescued five people from a dangerous situation in boisterous surf at the northern beach.
To read the NZ Herald article, click here.
The club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in November, December & January when six more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award.
Three are Masters members and the other three will head into U19 and Open ranks. These six qualifications take the tally to 45 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last April.
The 6 new club members to obtain the award are:
Intense competition can be guaranteed when 960 lifeguards hit the surf and the sand during the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) during Anniversary weekend.
It will be the second consecutive year that the Coromandel venue has hosted the event.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving carnival after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by competitors as the springboard for the premier event which will be staged at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in March.
Saturday’s events get under way at 8.00 am with Ironman heats in the two water arenas and beach relays in the sprint arena. There’s also an 8.00 am start on Sunday. The boat & canoe arena also commences at 8.00 am on each day.
For the ERC's programme & site plan, click here