Healthy haul of medals at Oceans ’18

9th March 2018


Red Beach’s Junior members delivered some top performances at the recent Oceans ’18 event at Orewa.
The club came away with a haul of 10 medals which propelled it into fourth place on overall points. It also emerged as the top club in the Northern Region.

Pictured above:  Gold medallists in the U11 Mixed Beach Relay, from left:  Ngaawai Simpkins, Mahana Demeulemeester, Ashton Savage, Nathan Jennings.

Red Beach was represented by a team of 82 athletes, the biggest number ever fielded at the U14 NZ Championships.
Unfortunately, this year’s event was marred by inclement weather by way of strong easterly winds and king tides, giving rise to challenging conditions which saw the fourth and final day cancelled.
Officials had to make a tough decision on the morning of the last day after the swell meant they could not set up a course for the Board Rescue and Tube Rescue events to ensure that racing would be fair to all athletes.

Red Beach collected 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze medals at Oceans ’18. Here’s our gallery of all the club’s medallists.

Overall Points, Top 12 Clubs:
Mt Maunganui (46) 1, Lyall Bay (40) 2, Whakatane (28) 3, Red Beach (26) 4, Mairangi Bay (23) 5, Omanu (23) 6, Waikanae (22) 7, Waihi (21) 8, Orewa (19) 9, Midway (16) 10, Papamoa (15) 11, Fitzroy (13) 12.


Marissa Porteous was a double gold medallist, winning the U14 Beach Flags and the U14 Beach Sprint.

Billie Harwood won Gold in the U11 Women's Beach Flags.

Akira Gardiner won Gold in the U13 Men's Beach Flags.

Silver medallists in the U13 Mixed Beach Relay, from left:  Jakob Currin, Maya Grover, Katrina Hall, Akira Gardiner.

Silver medallists in the U12 Mixed Beach Relay, from left: Jack Sykes, Jonelle Little, Maddie Rist, Jasper Cornish.

Ngaawai Simpkins won Bronze in the U11 Women's Beach Flags.

Jakob Currin won Bronze in the U13 Men's Beach Flags.

Kaiha Gilbertson won Bronze in the U12 Men's Board Race.