JuniorSurf AGM

19th May 2014

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will be held on Tuesday 3rd June, 7.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach. The election of officers will be held for the 2014-15 season.
Should anyone be interested in one of the officers roles, please contact chairman Mark Scheib on 021 731 786, or email lemarc@xtra.co.nz
Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.

Prize Giving Night

Dress theme of 'R & B' for night

R & B is the theme for Red Beach Surf Club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 17th May.
Club members have the chance to let their imaginations run riot in deciding on their kit for the occasion. Just arrive dressed as something beginning with the letter ‘R’ or ‘B’ for the club’s big night of the year.
The occasion will also be a celebration of the club's many successes through the 2013-14 season.
The clubrooms lounge will be open from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. We'd like to know if you'll be attending. There's an easy way to let us know ... click here


Red Beach wins Epic IRB Long Haul event

12th May 2014

Club’s IRB crew first home in Bay of Plenty race

Pic: The winning crew, from left: Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman, Jared Pouwhare.

After more than 80km of high-octane IRB racing, Saturday’s Bay of Plenty Epic Long Haul race came down to cereal consumption, brute strength and a sprint up the beach.
The Red Beach crew of Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman and Jared Pouwhare emerged triumphant after more than 2hrs of racing, outsprinting Muriwai’s slick trio of Katherine Reardon, David Butt and Matt Buswell.
Aided by magnificent Bay of Plenty weather and mirror-like seas, eight crews set off from Ohope Beach near Whakatane for the five-leg odyssey – sponsored by McMillan Lockwood Group – through to Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach.  Read more …

Results:  Red Beach (2hrs 19mins) 1, Muriwai  (2:21) 2, Sunset Beach (2:25) 3, Westshore (2:28) 4, Mount Maunganui A (2:34) 5, Papamoa (2:59) 6, Maketu (3:01) 7, Mount Maunganui Beasts (3:03) 8.

Rachel to take on marathon ski paddle

4th May 2014

Sights on Molokai World Championships in Hawaii

Pic: Rachel Clarke prepares for a training paddle at Takapuna Beach.

Red Beach lifeguard Rachel Clarke is undaunted by the prospect of a 51km ski paddle across one of the toughest sea crossings in the world.
The former national surf lifesaving Ironwoman champion heads for Hawaii this month with the goal of winning the Molokai to Oahu ski paddle at the Molokai World Championships.

Paddlers from a number of countries face powerful currents and can surf for hundreds of metres atop swells that can reach heights of more than three metres, in an attempt to cross the 51.5 km (32 miles) of treacherous ocean known as the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones.  Read more …

Gallipoli training row perfectly ship-shape

27th April 2014

Boat rowers steer a course for 2015 Anzac Day G100 commemoration event in Turkey

Red Beach’s ten surf boat rowers who head for Gallipoli next year couldn’t have been happier with their recent Anzac Day training row.
The seven-leg row began shortly after the dawn service at Browns Bay and took a course down Auckland’s East Coast Bays and into the Waitemata Harbour.
Four rowers and a sweep stepped into their surf boat in the pre-dawn darkness following a moving and uplifting ceremony at the Browns Bay cenotaph, right on the beachfront, attended by more than 1,000 people.
The three-hour journey saw the boat make stops at Mairangi Bay, Castor Bay, Takapuna, Narrow Neck Beach, Tamaki Yacht Club and the Viaduct Harbour, finishing at Devonport around 9.30am in time for a 9.45am parade and service.
Crew changes were made at each of the stops and the rowers were accompanied throughout the journey by a Team New Zealand chase boat. Read more …

Pics: The Auckland cityscape was an impressive backdrop as the crew headed for the Viaduct Harbour on the penultimate leg of the training row.
At Devonport, the rowers laid a wreath at the Marine Square war memorial in honour of the surf lifesavers who have given their lives in all conflicts since World War 1. 
Standing, from left: Graham Paterson, Chris McCullough, Duncan Reid, Michael Smith, Gordon Williams. In front, from left: Nikki Darroch, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Emma Stuart, Ashleigh Jenkins.   Photos by Ross Malyon.

Rowers feature on TV1 Anzac Day show

27th April 2014

Three Red Beach surf boat rowers heading to Gallipoli in 2015 made an appearance on TV1’s Breakfast show on Anzac Day.
Chris McCullough, right, Gordon Williams and Zita Talaic-Burgess all commented on aspects of G100, the centenary of the Gallipoli landings when 80 surf boat crews from New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, France and the UK race down the Dardanelles in April next year. The surf boats will arrive at a beach close to where the ANZACs landed in 1915.
Here’s the link to TV1’s Breakfast show. The segment comes on at 1hr 47min 55secs
... http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast/s2014-epfriday-video-5940648

Surf boat rowers prepare for Gallipoli 2015 event

21st April 2014

Anzac Day training row from Browns Bay to Devonport

Red Beach surf boat rowers are preparing for next year’s commemorative race at Gallipoli with a special training row this coming Anzac Day.
The row, involving a team of 10, starts at Browns Bay with the 5.45am dawn parade and 6am service.
The seven-leg journey will take the surf boat and its crew to Mairangi Bay, Castor Bay, Takapuna, Narrow Neck Beach, Mission Bay and the Viaduct Harbour, finishing at Devonport in time for a 9.45am parade and service.
A chase boat, courtesy of Team New Zealand, will accompany the surf boat as it makes its way along the east coast bays. Crew changes will take place at each stopping point. Read more ...

To read the 'Rodney Times' front page article, click here

Footnote: Red Beach’s surf boat rowers heading to Gallipoli in 2015 are … Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid, Mike Smith, Graham Paterson, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Emma Stuart & Nikki Darroch. Six supporters bring the G100 travel group to 16 members.

Gold medalists at NZ Champs, Whakatane

13th April 2014

Red Beach athletes came away from the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Whakatane’s Ohope Beach with a total of 32 medals. The haul comprised of 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Red Beach had a record 123 competitors taking part in the 3-day event.
Our photo essay gives recognition to those who won titles at the Nationals.

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew capped off a highly successful season by winning the open women’s long course surf boat final. From left: Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith, Katrina Gouldstone, Shane O’Halloran (sweep).
Winners of the U16 women’s Taplin relay, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.
Matt Thetford was dominant in taking out the U19 men’s board race final, winning by a comfortable margin.
Naomi Young won her much sought-after gold medal in the open women’s beach flags event.
Lauren Bailey retained her title in the U19 women’s 2km beach run.
Red Beach won the U16 men’s beach relay final for the third consecutive year. This year’s winners are, from left:  Izaak Scheib, Calvin Vari, Adrian Vasiljevic, Liam Fannin.
Briar McLeely lifted the U19 women’s ski race title in a tight finish.
Winners of the U16 women’s board rescue final, Hannah Williams (left) and Rebecca Pearce.                         
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf boat rowers off to Gallipoli in 2015

7th April 2014

Centenary event to feature a Gallipoli landing by 80 surf boat crews

Pic: Boats land at ANZAC Cove in April 1915. A Red Beach surf boat crew will be there in April 2015 for the centenary celebrations.

Poppy Logo(copy)A Red Beach surf boat, rowed by club lifeguards, will be one of many surf boats to feature in the 100th anniversary of the famous landing at Gallipoli by the ANZAC’s.

The Gallipoli 100, or G100, is a surf boat event taking place in April 2015 and will involve around 80 surf boats manned by Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Turkish surf lifesavers. The crews will row over a 75km distance, including racing and staging, with the location being the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula. Rowing will take place over two days, 23 & 24 April. The crews will proceed to a landing near where the ANZAC’s landed 100 years earlier.

Gallipoli(copy)In 1915, many lifesavers and future lifesavers fought at Gallipoli, however, a number of the pre-war lifesavers did not return home.
Surf boats will be shipped to Turkey for the event and a number of them will be handed over to the Turkish surf lifesaving authorities at the close of the centenary celebrations.
One of the objectives is to continue the training of Turkish surf boat crews which has been under way since 2010. Another is to assist in developing a culture of surf lifesaving within Turkey, a country which has a particularly poor water safety record with many drownings per year around its stunning coastline.

The event is endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia and the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL). Military History Tours (MHT) is heading the travel and accommodation arrangements.

To check out the Gallipoli 100 website and watch a short video on the event, click here


Double success for club at Mangawhai

6th April 2014

Red Beach wins SLSNR Patrol Championships and Rookie Challenge in big surf at Mangawhai Heads

Pic: Red Beach's successful patrol team, from left: Jack Readman, Hannah Williams, Madeline Readman, Rebecca Pearce, Cody Richards, Daniel Peacocke.  Photo by Mark Readman.      

Red Beach lifeguards were to the fore at Mangawhai Heads when they lifted the SLSNR Patrol Championships Trophy for the very first time, heading off two teams from Bethells Beach.
The successful team comprised of Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman, Cody Richards, Madeline Readman, Hannah Williams and Rebecca Pearce. The club’s previous best result was a second placing at Muriwai last season.
The two metre surf, although even, provided testing conditions for all competitors. In the first event, the mass rescue, one team’s IRB flipped.
At the conclusion of all events for the patrol championships, Red Beach emerged with a comfortable points win.

Pic: The team in action at the SLSNR patrol championships.

Mangawhai Heads turned on a powerful 2m surf for the SLSNR Patrol Championships & Rookie Challenge, held jointly on Saturday 5th April.The club’s Rookie members emulated the feats of the seniors by winning the Rookie Challenge. Making up the successful Red Beach A team were Connor O’Leary-Lodge, Jade Tuilaepa, Kees Kramer, Emma Hildesley and Sean Casey. They headed off Mairangi Bay B and Muriwai A to take out the overall points win.
Twelve teams took part in the Rookie Challenge, three of them from Red Beach.

Pic: The Beach A team following their Rookie Challenge win. From left: Emma Hildesley, Kees Kramer, Jade Tuilaepa, Connor O'Leary-Lodge, Sean Casey.

Red Beach bags 32 medals at NZ Champs

30th March 2014
  • Top club from Northern Region at Nationals
  • Red Beach’s female athletes to the fore
  • Hannah Williams the club’s most successful competitor with 7 medals 
Pic: Winners of the U16 women’s Taplin Relay, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.   

Red Beach’s surf athletes returned from the National Championships at Whakatane’s Ohope Beach with a haul of 32 medals. They collected 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze medals over the three days of competition.
The club’s representation was a record 123 competitors, the largest number of the nearly 50 clubs taking part. And in the mix were seven surf boat crews – the most ever for Red Beach – and nine surf canoe crews.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points. Read, see more …

Overall points, top 15 clubs: Mt Maunganui (176) 1, Papamoa (99) 2, Red Beach (81) 3, Piha (60) 4, Fitzroy  (51) 5, Mairangi Bay (35) 6, Midway (35) 7, Orewa (33) 8, Waikanae (32) 9, Waimairi (25) 10, St Clair (24) 11, Omanu (22) 12, Titahi Bay (20) 13, Lyall Bay (18) 14, Muriwai (18) 15.