Archives 2006

High & Dry at R'Toto's Bar

December 2006
In Flight. The Flying Herons surf boat suspended from the ceiling at the R'Toto Pub & Cafe in Takapuna.  The boat made its appearance at the popular drinking spot in September 2006.

Santa Arrives in an IRB

22nd December 2006                                                                                                                        

Santa Claus was given an enthusiastic welcome by JuniorSurf members when he arrived at Red Beach in an IRB just eight days out from Christmas. IRB driver Graeme Porter brought Santa ashore where he was quickly surrounded by the youngsters who had raced to the water’s edge to greet him.
Decked out in his familiar red outfit, and wearing a lifejacket, he proceeded up the beach and delighted everyone with a lolly scramble before climbing back into the IRB and disappearing.

Red Beach Lifeguards in Touring Team

22nd December 2006

Ten Red Beach lifeguards have been selected to represent Surf Life Saving Northern Region in an 18-strong team to travel to Australia in the New Year.
The team leaves on January 12 and will first compete in a surf carnival at Killcare Beach, New South Wales, on Saturday January 13.
It will then compete against teams from Central Coast and NSW Country branches in a three-test series during the week of January 15 at three beaches on the Port Macquarrie coast.
Selected for the team are: Chris Moors, Jane Moors, Erin Taylor, Chester Edwards, Patrick Maney, Lauren Johnson, Alistair Maney, Sam Cosgrove, Rachel Clarke and Keziah George.
The team manager is John McBride and the assistant manager is Wayne Franich. Jason Pocock is the coach and Miriam Ellis will travel with the team as chaperone.

Fierce Competition Expected at Owen Chapman Carnival

22nd December 2006

New Zealand’s top surf athletes will descend on Red Beach on Saturday 6th January for the annual Owen Chapman Cup Surf Carnival.
They will be out to impress a number of district selectors who will be on hand to pick their squads for the surf league teams. These teams will contest the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mount Maunganui in February.
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm. The club’s organisers are expecting a large turnout which may well eclipse the record 300 competitors who attended the 50th year of competition for the cup last January.
The Owen Chapman carnival has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held there in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs.
Now one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Joining the Auckland lifeguards will be competitors from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. And some of their counterparts from the South Island are also expected at the event.
The carnival will also provide opportunities for competitors to assess their chances of success at the Northern Regional Championships coming up at the end of January.
Only clubs from the Auckland district are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points.
Surf races kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by board races for both men and women and then the board relays. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 10.30 am. The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, with beach sprint, relays and beach flags wrapping up the day’s competition.
Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the cup on the past two occasions.

Surf Life Saving Masters Set for Gisborne in 2007

22nd December 2006

Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club is to host the 2007 Masters Day on 15th March 2007 at Gisborne's Waikanae Beach.
The day will be a social and fun occasion with plenty of activities encompassing all age groups and individuals as well as teams. There is a special invite to past 6-Man R & R (Nelson Shield) teams to reform for the day, fixed positions ... no pressure here!
A lifeguard refresher is not required to compete on the day. For additional information and the entry form, click onto

We've Made It!

22nd December 2006

The waiting is finally over. We've moved onfrom an old, outdated website to something more ambitious ... a website for all the divisions of Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club. It's been a mad rush to go live with the site prior to Christmas, and while some pages are still under construction, work on the site will carry on in the days and weeks ahead. And as time goes by our new-look website will continue to evolve as we pursue the aim to keep it as up-to-date as we possibly can.
There's always plenty to report in surf life saving and we want to bring you the news via this website. Check it out on a regular basis by bookmarking the site. Visit the photo gallery because we'll be adding new pics all the time. And if it's information you want, move through the menu buttons to track down whatever it is you're looking for. Enjoy your navigation.