Archives 2007

52nd Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

28th December 2007

Close to 300 competitors are expected at the 52nd Owen Chapman surf carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 5th January.
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region's surf athletes and big fields have become the norm.
Now one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Joining the ‘locals’ will be competitors from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington.
The event has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held in 1957. Only clubs from the Auckland region are eligible to win the Cup which is awarded for most overall points.
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.
There are no entry forms or entry fees for the carnival. Team managers need only supply the names of their competitors on a form handed out at the managers' meeting at 8.40 am.
Surf races kick off the programme which starts at 9.00 am. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 12 noon. The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, with the Taplin relays, beach flags and a Tug O’ War wrapping up the day’s competition.
The after-carnival function on the Red Beach Reserve will see prizes awarded to all event winners, with spot prizes also being handed out. Through the support of the business community, the carnival's prize value runs close to $7,000.
For the Owen Chapman surf carnival programme, click here.
To read the history of the Owen Chapman Cup, click here.

Surf Camp at Red Beach

21st December 2007

Red Beach is the venue for the first of two Super Surf Camps to be conducted in New Zealand in January during the school holidays. The 2-day camp at Red Beach, to be held on 7th/ 8th January, will be conducted on the same lines as the popular JuniorSurf training camps held in
Aimed at youngsters aged from 8-14 years, it will focus on developing board and surf swimming skills along with training ethic and personal development.
Heading the training camp is Brett Dowker, the Australian National High Performance Head Coach. Brett has the skills and knowledge to impart to those who attend, regardless of their ability. He will be assisted by a team of highly competent instructors.
The programme is endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia and has been successfully presented to Juniors throughout Australia for the past 11 years. A second camp will be held at Mt Maunganui on 10th/11th January.
To learn more about Super Surf Camps and to print out an enrolment form, click
To find out more about the Super Surf Camp at Red Beach, click here.

Four crews for Whangamata

21st December 2007

Red Beach has four surf boat crews entered for the popular Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on 2nd January.
The event doubles as Round Two of the current season’s Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 30 - 40 crews taking part. The growth in numbers points to a widespread interest in surf boat rowing in New Zealand.
The club will have two men’s crews, the ‘Cab Savs’ Masters who are making a return to the Bay of Plenty venue, and a newly-formed open men’s crew. Joining them will be two of the club’s three women’s crews.
The annual event features two unique types of surf boat racing, namely the 2km Dash for Cash around the island off Whangamata Beach, and the short course sprint series.
The Dash for Cash event, which carries prize money of $1,500, starts at 11.00 am. The short course sprint series gets under way at 1.00 pm.

First anniversary!

21st December 2007

This website notches up its first 12 months of operation on 22 December.
Just one year ago we moved on from a lack-lustre website to something more ambitious … a website for all the divisions of the club. The aim has been to keep it up-to-date at all times with a continuous flow of news, information and photos.
The feedback we’ve received has been extremely positive and we’ve welcomed your comments.
And we keep on breaking records. In October, with the new lifesaving season getting under way, we had a record number of visitors to the site. This was surpassed by the hits received in November, and the December month will establish a new record for the number of visitors to the website.
Whilst we haven’t yet achieved 100% completion – some pages are still under construction – we’re certainly toiling away to meet this objective. In the meantime the website will continue to evolve as we explore a number of new ideas and initiatives. The next 12 months will be just as adventurous.

Santa Claus flies in

21st December 2007

Santa Claus flew in to Red Beach just nine days out from Christmas and was given a rapturous welcome by the youngsters of the club’s JuniorSurf division.
The jolly man arrived in style, flown in by helicopter courtesy of Leigh Hopper of Hopper Developments Ltd.
Decked out in his familiar red outfit, he delighted everyone with a lolly scramble before climbing back into the helicopter and disappearing into the wild blue yonder.

Omanu Beach Classic

13th December 2007

Omanu Surf Club in the Bay of Plenty is staging the Omanu Classic surf carnival on Sunday 30th December.
Heading the programme is the Ian Porteous Ironman which carries $1,200 in prize money, and the Key Research surf boat series which has $1,000 in prize money.
Events for U-16, U-19 and open competitors will include surf races, board races, ski races and a 2km beach run. Men and women in the U-19 and open categories will contest the Ironman event.
Boat crews will compete over a 3-race series, the categories being U-19, U-21 and open men & women.
The carnival, at Omanu Beach in Mount Maunganui, runs from 12 noon to 3.00 pm. For full details and an entry form, click here.

Big interest in Beach Series

13th December 2007

On a recent Tuesday evening we dropped in to Takapuna Beach to find around 20 Red Beach lifeguards and supporters taking part in the weekly Beach Series which attracts hundreds of contestants.
The three disciplines are a 1km ocean swim, a 5km beach run and a 5km surf ski paddle. The 6.15 pm hooter sends all starters away at the same time.
A competitor can participate in any one of the chosen disciplines on race night but can swap and change to participate in all disciplines throughout the season.
We bring you our photo essay on this popular event.
To read more on the Takapuna Beach Series and to check out all the results, click onto

Big jump in entries for surf boat series

4th December 2007

Surf boat rowing in New Zealand is on a roll, judging by the spectacular increase in entries in the Trillian surf boat series.
A record 36 crews are entered for Round One of the series in Wellington this weekend.
The open men’s division will be fought out by 20 crews, while eight crews in each of the open women’s and under-21 divisions will battle it out in the capital.
Racing will take place at Lyall Bay on Saturday, followed by short course sprint racing at the more placid Oriental Bay on Sunday.
Red Beach will be represented by one of its three women’s crews. Taking to the oars will be Daile Lambert, Lorraine Brake, Lizzie Anderson, Karlene O’Halloran and sweep Monty McGougan.
The venues for the three rounds in the New Year are Whangamata (2 January), Waihi (9 February) and Piha (23 February).

Taylor impressive on surf ski in Australia

3rd December 2007

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor has emerged as one of the star performers of the just-concluded International Surf Challenge in Australia.
Competing at Sydney’s Bondi Beach as a member of the New Zealand surf lifesaving team, Erin sealed a great three-test series by beating the best surf ski paddlers in the world in two of her three women’s ski races.
And in the third and final test, she teamed with Kevin Morrison to snare the mixed ski relay title.
Her winning streak was not confined to the Bondi surf. She was also a member of the New Zealand women’s beach relay team which completed a clean sweep by winning the relay event three days in a row.
The Challenge was one of the final events of the ‘Year of the Surf Lifesaver’ which celebrates 100 years of surf lifesaving in Australia.
To read more on the event and to check out the individual and team results of each test, click here.

Results from 1st Test:  Australia (127), New Zealand (114), Sth Africa (89), Japan (58), Great Britain (52), USA (40).
Results from 2nd Test:  Australia (131), New Zealand (115), Sth Africa (85), Japan (54), USA (50), Great Britain (47).
Results from 3rd Test:  Australia (132), New Zealand (106), Sth Africa (95), Japan (61), USA (47), Great Britain (41).

Muriwai confirmed as venue

30th November 2007

Muriwai Beach has been confirmed as the venue for the Surf Sports inter-club carnival on Sunday 2nd December.
Carnival organisers had been holding off making a decision between Muriwai and Omaha, the alternative beach. Big surf on the west coast at the start of the week has since dropped to around 1 metre, making it possible to hold the marker buoys in place. Competitors had also been hoping for surf conditions to test their skills.
The meeting for team managers is at 9.30 am and the first event, beach sprints, gets under way at 10.00 am while the tide is low.
Also featuring on the programme are surf, board and ski races, board relays and board rescues, the double ski event, the Diamond Person and Ironman events, finishing with Taplin relays. A second arena will see racing for surf boats and surf canoes, starting at 12 noon.
For the full programme of events, click here.

Big names for Owen Chapman carnival

26th November 2007

Red Beach will see a star-studded line-up of competitors at the next Owen Chapman Cup carnival in January.
The event will double as a selection opportunity for the country’s top surf athletes keen to make the New Zealand Surf Life Saving team for the World Championships. The ‘worlds’ are to be held in Germany in August 2008.
The Owen Chapman event, set down for Saturday 5th January, will be a great opportunity for competitors to show their skills and impress the NZ selectors who will be present at the carnival.
“Top athletes such as Paul Cracroft-Wilson and Morgan Foster will go head to head in beach flags and the beach sprint,” said NZ sport manager Mark Weatherall.
“Also featuring will be surf stars Dan Moodie, Glenn Anderson, Michael Buck, Steven Kent and Mike Janes.
“The women will also be keen to impress and the likes of Jo O’Connor, Nikki Cox and Lucy Pengelly are likely to attend,” he added.
For the Owen Chapman Cup carnival programme, click here.

Erin Taylor to compete at Bondi with NZ team

26th November 2007

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor will be footing it with the very best while in Australia as a member of the New Zealand surf lifesaving team.
The 12-strong team, along with a surf boat crew, will take on five other countries at the International Surf Challenge at the end of the month.
Surf Life Saving Australia is hosting this one-off surf sports gala at the birthplace of surf lifesaving, Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach. The competing teams are from Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Japan, South Africa and the USA.
The first of the three tests will take place on Thursday 29 November, with the final test on Saturday 1st December.
Erin will compete in the women's ski race, mixed ski relay, women's beach relay and a 4-person Taplin relay in which she will paddle the ski leg.
The International Challenge, to be held over four days, is a celebration of 100 years of surf lifesaving in Australia. Seven state teams will also participate at Bondi in the Australian Interstate Championships.
To read more about the International Challenge, click here.

Footnote: Erin is a kayaking finalist for the Sportswoman of the Year award at the North Harbour Sporting Excellence Awards night on Friday 23 November.

Twilight carnival at Mairangi Bay, 28 Nov

26th November 2007

Mairangi Bay is the venue for the next Twilight carnival on the surf sports programme.
The carnival kicks off on Wednesday 28th November with the first event at 6.00 pm. Beach sprints and beach flags head the programme, followed by ski, board and surf races. A second arena will see racing for surf boat and surf canoe crews.
The organisers plan to run two races for each of the ski, board and surf race events.
The carnival is a key event for surf athletes wishing to be considered for selection for Auckland’s Lion Foundation Surf League teams to compete at Mount Maunganui in February.
For the full Twilight programme, click here.

New sponsors now on board

19th November 2007

Red Beach Surf Club welcomes three brand new sponsors to its family of sponsors.
They are North Harbour Law, Silverdale Liquor and Pinewoods Motor Park who join current ‘family’ sponsors G J Gardner Homes, Carpet Plus and Subway Whangaparaoa.
Within the club’s Super Six sponsorship line-up are Cranston Homes, Orewa New World and Albany Timber.
The club is delighted to see all sponsors from last year committing again for the 2007/08 season and feels privileged to have the support of such community minded businesses.

Twilight event # 3

19th November 2007

Red Beach will host its third twilight event of the current season when the Up&Go JuniorSurf carnival gets under way this coming Wednesday evening.
The competition is for C group athletes - the 12 & 13 year olds - who will compete in surf races, board races, beach flags, beach sprints and the Diamond event which comprises of a Run-Board-Swim.
Athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the U-14 inter-districts team to travel to New Plymouth are urged to attend this carnival. The briefing is at 4.30 pm with the first event at 5.00 pm.
The first twilight carnival for JuniorSurf was held at Orewa at the start of the month and three more are scheduled to follow the Red Beach carnival.

Coming soon … Jandal Day

17th November 2007

National Jandal Day, Surf Life Saving’s national street appeal, is set to take place on Friday 7 December.
It’s the day on which New Zealanders will be urged to wear their Jandals to help raise funds for the country’s lifeguards.
Just like a school mufti day, Jandal wearers just need to pay up for the pleasure of wearing Jandals which in turn will support surf lifesaving patrols.
National Jandal Day is a joint initiative between Surf Life Saving New Zealand and wine company Bach 22.
Research shows that 74% of New Zealanders believe the Jandal to be a Kiwi icon, and that 81% of New Zealanders own a pair of Jandals.
Surf Life Saving street collectors will be out in force nation-wide on the day at all major transport hubs, central city locations, supermarkets and shopping malls.
Office workers are also being encouraged to take part by registering their workplace online, pledging a donation and wearing their Jandals to work on 7 December.

To make a donation or to find out more about Bach 22 National Jandal Day, visit

IRB’s To Race at Red Beach

7th November 2007

Red Beach is to host an IRB Twilight training carnival this Thursday evening with around eight crews taking part. It’s the second IRB event of the current season; the first IRB Twillight carnival took place at Mairangi Bay on 11 October.
On the programme are 2 x Single Rescue events, 2 x Assembly, 2 x Adapted Mass Rescue and 1 x Tube Rescue. There will be two divisions, experienced and learners with the latter receiving tuition from the more experienced crews.
Red Beach will have two IRB teams entered with powercraft manager Brian Maney on the beach as back-up and coach.
The briefing for crews is at 5.30 pm with a start time of 6.00. To read more, click here.

Win free BP fuel for a year

7th November 2007

You can win free fuel for a year by purchasing a $2 safety pin which can be worn on clothing. Go into the draw by purchasing a pin at any BP outlet then registering on BP's website.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand and BP have again joined forces to raise funds for surf lifesaving with this National BP Appeal. The promotion runs from 5th – 18th November.
More FM in Auckland and ZM in the rest of the country are supporting the event with spot prizes and on-air giveaways during the first week of the promotion. To read more, click here.

Pub to Club Event

1st November 2007

The Piha Pirates, an under-23 crew were the winners of the Pub to Club surf boat challenge held on Saturday 27 October.
The race, an annual event organised by the Red Beach club, attracted 11 crews. The 14km course took them down the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach. It was sponsored by Heron Plumbing who contributed over $2,000 in prize value which went to the top-placed crews.
The winning Piha crew completed the course in a time of 1 hour 36:45. A crew from Mt Maunganui came home second in 1 hour 37:29, with the Red Beach masters crew finishing third in 1 hour 37:43.

Results - Men: Piha Pirates U23's 1, Mt Maunganui 2, Red Beach Cab Savs 3, Mairangi Bay Vice 4, Piha U-19 Horses 5, Mairangi Bay Baabaas 6, Orewa U23's 7, Piha U19 Bugseys 8, Muriwai 9, Piha B 10. Women: Red Beach Slappers 1.

Training sessions for Surf Lifeguard Award

1st November 2007

Tuition for candidates wanting to become qualified lifeguards with the Red Beach club will take place each Sunday morning during November. The training will be held in the Red Beach surf clubrooms from 11.00 am with each session lasting 1 ½ hours. The Sunday dates are 4, 11, 18 & 25 November. The Surf Lifeguard Award is a pre-requisite for competing in surf carnivals.
For further information contact awards instructor Kate Randell at 021 187 1470.

Successful Candidates. A total of 14 candidates became qualified lifeguards following a Surf Lifeguard Award exam held during Labour Weekend. Pictured with the examiners are 8 lifeguards from Red Beach and 3 each from Orewa and Omaha surf clubs.

JuniorSurf training

1st November 2007

Coaching for the club’s JuniorSurf division kicked off at the recent opening day which saw a big turnout of youngsters. A spring tide restricted the activities on the beach but it didn’t deter the enthusiasm of those who attended.
Registration numbers for the 2007-08 season are climbing steadily towards last summer's record intake of members.
Parents who are still to register their children can do so at the clubrooms on any Sunday during November between the hours of 12 noon and 1.30 pm. To download a registration form, click here.

Twilight carnival

30th October 2007

Around 80 competitors from 6 clubs took to the water at the first Twilight carnival of the season held at Red Beach on Wednesday 24 October.
The rain held off although wetsuits were a feature as lifeguards braved the chilly conditions to compete in board, ski and surf races. Surf boat racing was also included on the programme.

Chilly start to patrol season

28th October 2007

Cool weather wasn’t exactly what lifeguards throughout the region were hoping for when surf patrols commenced at Labour Weekend. Windy conditions deterred people from heading for beaches, leading to a quiet time for lifeguards.
“Strong winds kept people off,” said Red Beach patrol captain Craig Dillon. “I was on patrol on the Saturday and there were only two people in the water between 11am and 4.30pm.
“There were more people on Sunday but they were walking on the beach. On a good day there would be at least 1,000.”
The club's lifeguards made good use of the quiet weekend checking out their equipment instead.

Masters ahoy!

22nd October 2007

A recent grant from the Lion Foundation has resulted in the purchase of a new twin-hulled surf canoe. Red Beach now has two masters surf canoe crews in training for the summer.

Opening day for JuniorSurf

22nd October 2007

Coaching for the club’s JuniorSurf division kicks off at the Opening Day at Red Beach on Sunday 28th October. Activities commence with a roll-call at 9.45 am followed by coaching for all age divisions at 10.00 am.
Registrations for the 2007-08 season are highly encouraging and are on a par with the pre-season levels for last year.
Parents who are still to register their children can do so at the clubrooms this Sunday from 9.00 am onwards. Further registrations will be taken on Sunday 4th November. To download a registration form, click here.

Surf boat challenge coming up : 27 Oct

22nd October 2007

More than $2,000 will be at stake in next weekend’s Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The event, sponsored by B H Heron Plumbing, will be raced on Saturday 27th October from the Puhoi Pub to Red Beach, a distance close to 14km. Around 14 boat crews have indicated they will be taking part.
The race, a repeat of last year’s successful event, is open to all surf boat crews, male and female. The course is along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach.
The briefing at the Puhoi Pub is at 7.30 am and the first boat will get away at 8.00 am. The entry fee is $40.00 per crew.
For further information contact Craig Dillon at 021 829 632 or click here to send him an email.

Squash success for Cowlard

22nd October 2007

The awards have been piling up for Red Beach squash player Lisa Cowlard.
At the Auckland Squash Excellence Awards night held recently, Cowlard snared three major awards … Most Improved Female player, Master of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year. Just four weeks earlier she picked up the Squash NZ Most Improved Female award for 2007 after a stunning year as an Auckland Senior and Masters rep.
A New Zealand 35-39 champion in 2005 and 2006, Cowlard has made massive strides in 2007, finishing 7th at the recent National Championships. She holds a New Zealand ranking of no. 7 and has just represented this country in the masters test series with Australia.
Cowlard started playing at age 12 in the UK and moved here permanently in 2003, joining the Red Beach Surf Club's squash division. With three youngsters (8, 7 and nearly 6) now at school, she has been able to concentrate a lot more on her squash and the benefits are clearly visible. Congratulations, Lisa.

Twilight carnival at Red Beach : 24 Oct

22nd October 2007

Red Beach is the venue for the first Twilight carnival on the surf sports programme for 2007-08.
The event takes place on Wednesday 24th October with a briefing at 5.30 pm and the first event at 6.00pm. Board, ski and swimming events feature on the programme along with racing for surf boat crews. Because of the 6.30 pm high tide, beach sprints and beach flags will not be run.

Surf patrol season under way

22nd October 2007

Lifeguard patrols commenced on Saturday 20th October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend.
The Red Beach club has started the 2007/08 season with more than 70 qualified lifeguards who are rostered for the volunteer patrols through to Easter Monday, 2008. A further dozen club members are receiving tuition for the Surf Lifeguard Award to become qualified for beach patrols.
Patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:
11:00am to 4:00pm  Months of October, November, March (to Easter Monday)
11:00am to 5:00pm  Months of December, January, February.
The patrolling hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the Patrol Captain on duty.

People's Choice Award

15th October 2007

B H Heron Plumbing has emerged as the 2007 winner of the Business In The Community People’s Choice Award. Given for services to the community, the award was presented at the recent BNZ Waitakere Business Awards function. The event was attended by more than 500 people.
It’s been a significant year for club patron Bryan Heron. The People’s Choice Award award comes hard on the heels of the MNZM he received in the New Year honours in January and the Life Membership awarded by the Red Beach Surf Club in July.

Lifeguards Refreshed

15th October 2007

More than 220 lifeguards from across the Auckland region assembled at Orewa recently for the mass refresher day. They were tested on CPR practice, a tube rescue, a run-swim-run and theory, in preparation for the opening of the surf lifesaving season at Labour Weekend. Red Beach lifeguards who couldn’t attend will be given the chance to become ‘refreshed’ on a day to be organised by the club.

Lifeguard Refresher Day

10th October 2007

The SLSNR Lifeguard Refresher Day is being held this coming Saturday 13th October at Orewa Beach. Registrations begin at 9.30 am with a start time of 10.30 am. The refreshers were originally scheduled for Sunday 14th October.
Supported by B H Heron Plumbing, it’s the day on which all lifeguards are given the opportunity to become ‘refreshed’ for surf patrol work. Lifeguards must complete the refresher course to be eligible to compete at surf carnivals.
The refresher components are: i) Theory (written paper) ii) CPR iii) Run-Swim-Run iv) Tube Rescue.
Candidates are required to present themselves on the day in their yellow DHL lifeguard shirts and red DHL lifeguard shorts.
All lifeguards who refresh on this day will take home goodies provided by SLSNR.

(Photo) Lifeguards at last year's mass refresher await the release of yellow and red balloons. Each balloon represented a life saved in the northern region during the previous summer.

JuniorSurf registration days

30th September 2007

The Red Beach Surf Club is taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach as follows:
Dates: Sunday 7th October and Sunday 14th October
Times: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to either of the registration days. Just click here.

Wet conditions for season opener

24th September 2007

The rain was the big spoiler at the first surf sports event of the 2007-08 season, the Long Distance Carnival, held at Orewa on Sunday 23rd September.
The weather conditions clearly affected the turnout of competitors, however, those that did take to the surf showed the benefits gained from winter training.
Just a handful of runners lined up for the 4km beach run which preceded the mass start of swimmers, board paddlers, ski paddlers and surf boat rowers who competed over varying distances.
For Red Beach, Chris Moors and Sam Cosgrove finished one,two in the 1500m swim while Vaughan Skiffington and AJ Maney finished in the same sequence in the 5km board race.
In the 7km ski race for competitors under 16, Caitlin Ryan was the first woman home while Kurt Leopard was the first to finish in the men’s section. Each won a Bennett ski paddle for their efforts.Peter Clarke paddled home first in the Masters 7km surf ski race.
Five surf boat crews raced over a 14km course which started and finished in front of the Orewa surf club.

Scrub-up at club

17th September 2007

The clubrooms came in for a spring spruce-up at a working bee held recently. A solid turn-out of members, parents and supporters from all sections of the club arrived with water-blasters, spades, brooms, dusters, cleaners and plenty of elbow-grease to give the premises a make-over both inside and out.
The patrolling season begins on Saturday 20th October, the start of Labour weekend, and runs through to Easter.

Club to host 4 competition events

17th September 2007

Red Beach is the venue for four SLSNR surf sports events this summer with three of them falling mid-week.
Just four days after the opening of the patrolling season at Labour weekend, the first Twilight carnival for qualified lifeguards will take place. This event is scheduled for Wednesday 24th October.
The club will then host the second IRB Twilight event of the season on Thursday 8th November.
Two weeks later, on Wednesday 21st November, the UP&GO JuniorSurf Twilight carnival for C group (12,13 years old) competitors will be held.
And the 52nd Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival, Red Beach's own club day, will take place on Saturday 5th January.

For the updated Surf Sports Calendar for 2007-08, click here.

SLSNZ Awards to four club members

17th September 2007

Four Red Beach club members have been presented with service awards by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.

Patricia Olsen has received a Distinguished Service Award for services to the surf lifesaving movement. She started with Milford Girls SLSC in 1950 as both club captain and secretary. She has coached Red Beach R & R teams and has been on organising committees for the World Masters event at Red Beach in 1991, the Owen Chapman carnival and the club’s 50th Jubilee celebrations. She has been a member of the Auckland Board of Judges for the past 20 years and a Nationals judge for 17 years.

Gary Richards was also the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award. He joined South Brighton SLSC in 1956 and for 17 years filled various roles including treasurer, club captain and delegate before joining Red Beach in the mid-70’s. A career move took him to Wellington in 1978 and he was a member of the Paekakariki club for nine years before returning to Red Beach as a non-active member. He served on the club committee and was club delegate to Auckland SLSA for four years. He has been a member of the Board of Judges in Auckland, Wellington and the Bay of Plenty for a total of 30 years, and a Nationals judge for 24 years. In 2005 he was presented with a 50 Years Service Badge.

Graeme Porter has received a Service Award for services to the movement. He first joined the Paekakariki club in 1977 then moved to Auckland and joined Red Beach in 1987. He has been an active competitor and has filled the club roles of captain, committee member, powercraft manager and IRB instructor over a period of 10 years. He has also served on numerous organising committees including the World Masters event held at Red Beach in 1991. He has managed the Auckland Kellogg’s Surf League team for three years and is currently a member of the SLSNR Judiciary Committee. Graeme has been a member of the SLSNR Board of Judges for 13 years and a Nationals judge for six years.

Peter Young was also the recipient of an SLSNZ Service Award. He had his beginnings in surf lifesaving in 1965 with the Orewa surf club where he was an active member and competitor, filling numerous administration roles over an 11 year period. He was also a member of the Board of Judges for 13 years. He became involved with Red Beach in 1997 when his four children joined the club. For the past five seasons he has been Red Beach’s coach for sprints, relays and beach flags.

The presentations were made at the DHL 'In It For Life' Awards luncheon at the Hotel Intercontinental in Wellington on Saturday 15th September.

SLSNR Pool Champs results

15th September 2007

Piha emerged as the winners of the northern region surf lifesaving pool swim championships held on Saturday 8th September.
The West Coast club took out the Cosgrove Trophy with a total of 119 points, heading off Red Beach who finished with 99 points.
The event, held at the Millennium Centre on the North Shore, catered for swimmers from both the JuniorSurf and SeniorSurf divisions of surf clubs, with all points counting towards the overall results.

Overall Points: Piha (119), Red Beach (99), Muriwai (50) Orewa (50).

Olympics for Erin?

13th August 2007

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor has kept her Olympics dream alive by finishing seventh in the B final at the world canoeing championships in Germany.
She was competing in the K1 500m event in Duisberg during the weekend of 11/12 August.  That result has kept her in contention for next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, having met the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s demands of a top-16 finish in Germany.
However, there is one final hurdle before she gets the nod. There will be a race-off between Erin and her Australian opponent in Sydney next March for the Olympics berth.
If successful, she will become New Zealand’s first woman Olympic kayaker. To read the article on Erin Taylor from the Herald on Sunday, click here.

Mike Taylor at helm

13th August 2007

Mike Taylor is the club’s new president, having been elected to the position at the annual general meeting held on 29th July. He succeeds Bob Dey who has served in the role for the past seven years.
Taylor has been the chairman of the SeniorSurf committee for the past two seasons and the Red Beach delegate to Surf Life Saving Northern Region for three years. He will continue to attend SLSNR meetings in his role as club president. He was recently elected to the Allocations Committee of SLSNR.
There was a record turn-out at the Red Beach annual meeting with close to 70 people in attendance. Several changes to the club’s constitution were adopted, however, a move to change the club name was soundly defeated.
Chris Randell was elected chairman of the SeniorSurf committee, succeeding Mike Taylor.

90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

13th August 2007

The 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge is coming up again on Saturday 1st September. The event, hosted by Far North Rescue, is raced from Scott’s Point to Ahipara. The race is run in stages to test each crew’s skills and stamina as well as the reliability of the equipment. To read more about the event, click here.

SLSNR Pool Champs

13th August 2007 (Updated)

The SLSNR Pool Championships will take place at the Millennium Institute on Auckland’s North Shore on Saturday 8th September. The programme gets under way at 6.00 pm with events for under-14 competitors. Events for those aged over 14 years start around 8.00 pm.
At stake will be the Cosgrove Trophy (right) which was won on overall points last year by Red Beach. More than 200 competitors from 11 surf clubs took part, which was double the entry from the 2005 event.
The programme is the same as for the SLSNZ pool champs to be held in Wellington from 28-30 September.
The organisers are needing up to 60 helpers for timekeeping and poolside duties at the Millennium Institute. The location is at 17 Antares Place (off Apollo Drive), Mairangi Bay. For full information on the event, click here.

Regional Lifeguard & BeachEd positions

13th August 2007

One of the benefits of being a lifeguard and a member of Surf Life Saving Northern Region is the employment opportunities.
They are available either in full-time, part-time of fixed term positions. SLSNR is now calling for applications for Regional Lifeguard and BeachEd Instructor positions.
Applications for BeachEd Instructors close on 21st August 2007. Applications for the Regional Lifeguard Service close on 1st October 2007. For more information and application forms, click here.

Life Membership for Heron

6th August 2007

Red Beach surf club patron Bryan Heron was made a Life Member of the club at its annual general meeting on Sunday 29th July.
Bryan became associated with the Red Beach club in 1978 when he sponsored several training boards for the Nipper division of the day. He then followed up with equipment including rescue tubes, single skis, double skis and more Nipper training boards.
His company B H Heron Ltd gave massive support to the building of the new clubrooms in 1982 by donating all the labour for the roofing and the plumbing.
The very first Heron surf boat was given a champagne launch at Red Beach in 1988, followed by the ‘Flying Herons’ boat in 1995 and then the launch of ‘Flying Herons II” in 1999. To date there have been no less than six Red Beach boats which have proudly displayed the Heron signage.
The club now has in place, courtesy of Bryan & Pat Heron, the Heron/Red Beach Lifeguard Development Trust which will serve the club well in the years to come.
“Bryan has given the Red Beach club much more than equipment and a Trust. He has given our members, over the years, reasons to stay committed to surf lifesaving,” said club executive officer Ross Malyon.
“He has made things possible for the club to achieve, because without his support throughout 29 years there would have been much that just couldn’t have happened. Participation in the Ocean Thunder surf boat series in Australia is one thing that comes to mind,” he added.

Awards made at AGM

6th August 2007

A total of six awards were made at the AGM of the club on Sunday 29th July. Bryan Heron, the club’s patron for the past 11 years, was made a Life Member following a 29 year association with Red Beach.
Steve Moors was the recipient of a Recognition Award. He has served as treasurer of the SeniorSurf division for the past five years and continues in that role.
Also to receive Recognition Awards were Chris Randell and Peter Young for their services to the club.
Distinguished Service Awards were presented to Cherie Dillon and George Cowper for their contributions and many years of service to the Red Beach club and to the surf lifesaving movement.

Pub To Club event

6th August 2007

Ski paddlers line up for the fifth annual Pub to Club event which took place on Sunday 15th July.
Contestants paddled down the Puhoi River to the ocean and then headed for Hatfields Beach for a registration check. From there it was a paddle back out to sea through challenging and choppy conditions which were best described as ‘difficult’, past Orewa then on to Red Beach where they finished.
First home were Orewa’s Andrew Towns and Zac Franich who finished 1,2 respectively. Vaughan Skiffington paddled home third. Kurt Leopard was the first under-16 ski competitor to finish while the duo of Mark Stephenson and Chris Tilman came home first on a double ski. The Muriwai crew were the only entry in the surf boat section.
The journey ended with a hearty cooked breakfast in the Red Beach clubrooms. To view photos from the event, click here.

High Performance squad members

6th August 2007

A total of 17 Red Beach surf club members have been named in the High Performance Squad which was announced recently by Surf Life Saving Northern Region. They are:
Under-16: Alysse Baldry, Shauni Furniss, Kurt Leopard, Jared Pouwhare, Caitlin Ryan.
Under-19: Alex Beer, Alistair Maney, Keziah George, Ellen Young.
Open: Sam Cosgrove, Chester Edwards, Lauren Johnson, Patrick Maney, Chris Moors, Jane Moors, Vaughan Skiffington, Erin Taylor.

Surf Sports Calendar for 2007/08 season

6th August 2007

Dates have been confirmed for surf sports competition for the coming summer. The majority of venues have been named while several have yet to be announced.
Competition gets under way with the 90 Mile IRB Race in the Far North on Saturday 1st September. One week later, on 8th September, the SLSNR Pool Championships take place at the Millennium Institute. Orewa is the venue for a Long Distance carnival on Sunday 23rd September.
Dates for both Senior Surf and JuniorSurf competition events have been set. To view the calendar click here.

Distinguished Service Award, By George!

17th June 2007

Red Beach club stalwart George Cowper has been presented with a Distinguished Service Award from Surf Life Saving Northern Region.
The presentation was made at the recent Awards of Excellence night held at the ASB Lounge, Eden Park which was attended by a record 440 people.
George became the club’s Gear Steward in 1987 and held the position for five years. From 1992 until 1996 he was Red Beach’s president, then continued to serve on the club’s Management Committee for a further four years. He was the clubhouse custodian for a period of seven years.
At district level he has been a member of the Board of Surf Sports for 13 years, Equipment Officer for six years and on the Surf Sports committee for four years. Up until 2006 he was the Inspector of Competition Equipment for 16 years. He has been a member of the Board of Judges since1988 and is a familiar face at surf carnivals as the starter in the surf boat arena.
At New Zealand level he has been a Nationals official for the past 18 years, and for 10 years of this time he has served as the Competition Equipment Inspector. Congratulations, George.

Caitlin's a winner

17th June 2007

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan, in just her first season out of JuniorSurf ranks, has picked up the U16 Sportswoman of the Year Award.
She was named as the winner at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night held at the ASB Lounge at Eden Park.
Caitlin has had a meteoric rise in surf competition. She is a multi-talented young lady with across-the-board abilities in ski, board, swim, tube rescue and beach relay events. Throughout the past season she has been to the fore in these disciplines and was consistently achieving top placings in ski and board events.
At the District Championships at Ruakaka last February she collected four gold medals. Her wins, all in the under-16 division, came from the ski and board events along with the board relay and the beach relay. Caitlin was also in top form at the NZ Championships in Gisborne, winning the under-16 ski race and the under-16 board rescue event with Keziah George. She also collected four bronze medals. Congratulations, Caitlin.

Pub to Club event

17th June 2007

The fifth annual Pub to Club event, from the Puhoi Pub to the Red Beach club, is set to take place on Sunday 15th July.
The paddle, down the Puhoi River to the ocean, then past Orewa to Red Beach, is open to all surf ski, kayak, surf canoe and outrigger paddlers, and surf boat crews. The journey ends with a hearty cooked breakfast in the Red Beach clubrooms at the conclusion of the event.
The briefing at Puhoi is at 8.00 am, with a start time of 8.15 am. The entry fee of $20 per person includes the cooked breakfast/brunch at the club. Enquiries to Anne Golder 09 426 8347 or Doug Stephenson 09 426 8894. For an entry form click here.

Spypedo on patrol

11th June 2007

One of the patrolling craft used to watch over 93 swimmers during the Open Water Swim at Red Beach last March was a Spypedo, built by lifeguard Chris Moors.
The craft was the result of a university project where the aim was to design and produce a motorised water craft capable of being powered by an 8hp Yamaha motor. The objective was to have it travel as far as possible in 30 seconds from a standing start.
Chris, along with fellow student Jarrod Hall, had six weeks to design and build it. The fibreglass hull has a polystyrene core while the rest of the craft is built in a high density foam skinned in fibreglass and carbon fibre where additional rigidity and strength were needed.
Most of the construction cost was sponsored, with the two students jointly putting $350 into it. Without sponsorship, it would have cost between $3,000 and $4,000 to build.
The Spypedo was sold recently on Trade Me.

A trusted charity

9th June 2007

When it comes to trusted charities, Surf Life Saving New Zealand is top of mind with the New Zealand public. Surf Life Saving New Zealand was ranked 6th in the 2007 New Zealand Readers Digest survey of trusted charities. Others in the top six included the SPCA, Royal Foundation for the Blind and the Cancer Society of New Zealand. Read more.

Big increase in JuniorSurf numbers

28th May 2007

The club’s JuniorSurf division has finished the 2006/07 season with a dramatic increase in membership numbers.
There are 341 registered members aged from five years to 13 years, showing a 40% increase on the previous season (2005/06) which resulted in 244 members. Leading up to that record number the JuniorSurf division had: 2004/5 – 199 members, 2003/04 (226), 2002/03 (217), 2001/02 (192).
The big surge in numbers can be put down to a number of factors such as population growth in the Hibiscus Coast area, the image of surf lifesaving as a healthy outdoors recreation, and the sustained promotion of the club’s activities through the local news media (Rodney Times).
It is also believed that the popular TV programme “Piha Rescue” has played a part in developing awareness of lifeguarding and helping to boost club numbers. The fourth programme of the series is scheduled to begin in October.
Red Beach club administrators have also been to the fore in recruitment drives, and they have a number of successful programmes in place for the running of the division and the coaching of members.
The club has had more than its share of successes over the years. In March, it won the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup for the sixth consecutive occasion – a record – having won it 22 times on the 33 occasions it has been contested.
Also in March, Red Beach won the Rookie Challenge at Takapuna for the very first time.

NZ rep status for Erin

28th May 2007

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor is one of three talented teenagers who have been selected for the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Team. The selections were based on top performances at the NZ Championships held at Gisborne in March.
Ski paddler Taylor, Ironman star Dan Moodie and beach sprinter Chelsea Maples are among the new faces in a 12-strong New Zealand team to compete at the International Surf Teams Challenge in Bondi, Australia at the end of the year. Read more …

Champion Lifesavers

28th May 2007

The Club Championships for the SeniorSurf division were held at the tail-end of the season to determine the winners of the Champion Lifesaver awards.
Club members were required to compete in a surf race, a tube rescue, surf ski and board races, a beach sprint and beach flags. The Champion Lifesaver trophies were won by the competitors in each of the six divisions who gained the most overall points.
Senior Men (Harris Trophy)  1st Chris Moors  2nd Vaughan Skiffington 3rd Daniel Johnson
Senior Women (Glover Cup)  1st Erin Taylor  2nd Serena Ball  3rd Naomi  Young
Men U-19  (Ross Malyon Trophy) 1st Chester Edwards  2nd = Kyle Golder & Patrick Maney
Women U-19 (Donna Murray Trophy)  1st Lauren Johnson 2nd Rachel Clarke Clarke 3rd Ellen Young
Men U-16 (Stephenson Family Cup)  1st Alistair Maney 2nd Jared Pouwhare 3rd = Alex Beer, Kurt Leopard, William Seedhouse                                                    
Women U-16 (Corrigan Family Cup)  1st Caitlin Ryan  2nd Keziah George George  3rd Alysse Baldry

Club prizegiving revelry

28th May 2007

The clubrooms were full to capacity with guests at the surf club’s recent end-of-season Prizegiving function. The theme for the evening was ‘Dress As Someone/Something You’d Like to Be For a Night’ which inspired many to front in a myriad of great get-ups.
Along with the aspiring All Blacks were Wilma Flintstone, Wonder Woman, Batman, Spiderman, Al Capone, Cat Woman, Ghandi, Mother Teresa and the Lady in Red. They were joined by Marilyn Monroe, an angel with a glowing halo, a policeman, a ghost, a bear, a panda, pirates and technogods. Even an aspiring surf boat sweep.
Amongst the guests were the club’s sponsors who joined in the fun of the night. For a full list of the winners of club awards, click here.

Charity premiere

28th May 2007

The latest in the Fantastic Four movie series, The Silver Surfer is out in cinemas on 20th June.
Surf Life Saving Northern Region & 20th Century Fox have announced that the charity premiere for the movie will be held at SkyCity Broadway, Newmarket on Wednesday 20th June.
You can support surf lifesaving and be one of the first people in New Zealand to see the movie. Get together with your friends, family and work colleagues and have a great night out at the movies. You will also have the opportunity to win some fabulous seat prizes.
When: Wednesday 20th June, 8.30 pm  Tickets: $20.00 per person

To purchase tickets contact Avan Polo on 09 303 9335 or send an email to

Awards of Excellence Night coming up

28th May 2007

Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night is coming up on Saturday 16th June.
This year’s event, to take place at the ASB Lounge at Eden Park, will be the opportunity to honour those members in all areas of the organisation from administration to sporting excellence.
Red Beach has again made a number of nominations and 12 club members have reached the finals in their respective categories.
Tickets to the event are $50 each and can be ordered through SeniorSurf secretary Anne Golder at The close-off date for ordering tickets through the club is 31st May.

Surf Life Saving on TV2

5th March 2007

Two major surf life saving events will feature on our television screens during March and April.
For six consecutive weeks starting on Sunday 11 March, the Lion Foundation Surf League, which was held at Mt Maunganui in February, will screen on TV2 at 4.30 pm.
The New Zealand Championships at Gisborne will screen on two consecutive Sundays, 22 & 29 April, also on TV2 at 4.30 pm.

Stunning wins in kayaking for Erin Taylor

5th March 2007

Erin Taylor has pulled off two significant wins at the National Sprint Kayaking Championships held on Auckland’s Lake Pupuke.
Her first triumph came on the first day of racing when she claimed the K1 1000m national title, beating close friend and titleholder Katie Pocock by a comfortable margin. She finished in a time of 3:59:74 which was 4:68 seconds clear of Pocock.
Of the second day of the championships she took out the K1 500m title to complete a notable double.
“My biggest hope was in the 500m race, but I was thrilled to win the 1000m race on the Saturday,” said a delighted Taylor.
Pocock had won the K1 500m title nine years running and was hoping to make it 10 in a row. In both races, Taylor came from behind to take line honours.
Taylor’s third win of the weekend came in the K2 1000m race in which she teamed with Pocock to take out the event.
Rachel Clarke was another Red Beach lifeguard to find herself on the winners’ podium at the kayak championships. She paired with Lisa Carrington from Whakatane to collect two gold medals following some impressive paddling performances.
Together they nailed first placing in the Under-19 women’s K2 500m and 1000m events. Both are members of and race for the North Shore Canoe Club.

Nine medals won at Ocean Athletes

5th March 2007

Red Beach JuniorSurf members have returned from the NZ Under-14 Ocean Athlete Championships with a haul of nine medals.
A total of 42 clubs competed over the three days of the event which was held at Mt Maunganui. Red Beach emerged in sixth place overall and as top club in the northern region.
Talented youngster Laura Marlow collected two gold medals following wins in the 10 year old Beach Flags and Beach Sprint events.
In the Beach Flags event for 10 year old boys, Matthew Keenan proved too speedy for the opposition and snared a gold medal.
And Alexis Sadgrove picked up Red Beach’s fourth gold when she came home first in the Beach Sprint final for 11 year old girls.
A fifth gold medal was won by the 10 year old mixed beach relay team.
Meanwhile, Steen Lemon placed second in the 12 year old boys Beach Sprint to claim a silver medal. He also collected a bronze when Red Beach came home third in the 12 year old mixed beach relay. And Jordan Downey also took out a bronze medal for his third placing in the 10 year old boys Beach Sprint.
Another silver medal was picked up by the 11 year old mixed beach relay team.
“The Papamoa and Mt Maunganui clubs used their local knowledge to take out first and second places on overall points in demanding surf conditions,” said Red Beach JuniorSurf coach Chris Barnao.
“Not only were there some big waves out the back, the shore break was vicious. You should see the grazes on my chest from being driven into the bottom whilst body surfing. The kids really got smashed around,” he added.
Red Beach had 51 competitors aged from 10-14 years at Ocean Athletes. Included in this figure were five 9 year olds who competed in the 10 year old age group and performed very well.

Overall Points, top 15 Clubs:  Papamoa (96) 1, Mt Maunganui (59) 2, Waikanae (43) 3, Lyall Bay (35) 4, Westshore (27) 5, Red Beach (24) 6, Midway (23) 7, Whakatane (22) 8, Omanu (15) 9, Paekakariki (14) 10, Piha (13) 11, Orewa (10) 12, Spencer Park (7) 13, NPOB (7) 14, Mairangi Bay (7) 15.   To read more about Ocean Athletes click here.

Club Champs loom

5th March 2007

The annual club championships for the SeniorSurf Division take place on Saturday 10 March. Up for grabs will be the six Champion Lifesaver titles for men and women in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions.
Club members will get to compete in beach sprints, tube rescues, board and ski races, surf races and beach flags.
The Champion Lifesaver trophies will be awarded to the competitors in each of the six divisions who gain the most overall points.
The majority of individual events carry trophies which will be presented at the club’s prizegiving night in May. Registrations will be taken from 9.00 am with the first event getting under way at 9.30 am.

Achievement award for Erin

3rd March 2007

Erin Taylor has been selected as the Hibiscus Coast Young Achiever for 2006.
She has been honoured for her kayaking achievements and her endeavours to represent New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The presentation of the Wayne Stanley-Hunt Memorial Trophy was made to Erin by Rodney mayor John Law and Rodney District Councillor Bill Smith. To mark the occasion, about 20 Red Beach lifeguards watched the proceedings from the water’s edge following a late-afternoon training session.
Erin was also presented with a cheque for $3,000 from the Hibiscus Coast Young Achievers’ Trust.
Previous recipients of the award have included sports people, musicians, singers and a pilot.

Double success for crews

3rd March 2007

Red Beach’s two surf boat crews each displayed top form to notch up wins at the recent North Island Surf Boat Championships.
Waihi Beach was again the venue, however, a lack of surf meant that crews had to call on sheer fitness and boat speed to make it through the heats and semis to reach the finals.
Red Beach’s A crew almost blew their chances in the seven-boat final. Going into the turn and leading by more than a boat length, the stroke oar became tangled in the turning can, causing the boat to drag the whole straddle line.
The crew managed to free the oar from the line but it enabled the field to catch up. With 150 metres to the finish, the Red Beach and Piha crews jumped clear of the other boats, however, it was a tight finish with Red Beach taking out line honours.
The Red Beach Masters crew, pitched against five other crews in their division, were unbeaten in the three-race series and claimed the overall points win. For the crew, it was another confidence builder for when they travel to Perth at the end of March for the Australian Championships.

The Start. Red Beach's A crew started in the centre of the field in the open men's final at Waihi.
The Finish. Red Beach took out line honours ahead of Mt Maunganui, Piha and Titahi Bay.
North Island Winners. Matt Kirke, Rodney Stephens, Scott Hurdley, Steve Westlake and Craig Dillon after their win in the open men's surf boat final at Waihi.
Winning Masters. Chris McCullough, John Mark, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid and Robert Allport were unbeaten in all masters races at the North Island surf boat champs.

Red Beach dominant at Auckland Champs

26th February 2007

By a convincing margin, Red Beach took out the SLSNR District Championships for 2007at Ruakaka.
At the conclusion of all events, the club had notched up 547 points to head off Mairangi Bay (415) and Orewa (326) to claim the overall points win.
Held over the weekend of 17/18 February in perfect weather conditions but with less than one metre of surf, the club established an early points lead on the first day of competition. With a concerted effort from club members it built on its lead as it moved through day two of the events.

In terms of gold medal wins, many club members excelled. Leading the charge for Red Beach was Patrick Maney with a haul of eight gold medals, predominantly from board events. Close behind, with seven golds, was all-rounder Lauren Johnson who built her collection from board events, along with the beach events of flags, sprints and relays.

Sam Cosgrove was outstanding in swimming events to garner six golds, while Chester Edwards, Rachel Clarke and Caitlin Ryan came away from Ruakaka with five golds apiece.
Meanwhile, Chris Moors and Keziah George ended the weekend with four gold medals each.
A feature of the weekend for Red Beach was the winning of all six divisions of the board relay, a feat never before accomplished at the Auckland Championships.   For a full set of results, click here.

Winning Trio. Winners of the men's under-19 Board Relay event at Ruakaka, from left: Patrick Maney, Chester Edwards, Kyle Golder.

Ten club members in Surf League teams

22nd January 2007                                                                                                                                               

Ten Red Beach club members have been named for the 2007 Lion Foundation Surf League teams to compete at Mount Maunganui in February.
Lauren Johnson who has been displaying top form this season while still an under-19 competitor, has been propelled into the SLSNR Open team. She is joined by Chris Moors who returns to the team which has won the Open division honours for the past two years.
Vaughan Skiffington and Jane Moors have been drafted into the Otago team while Lance Gilbertson will compete for the Bay of Plenty.
Selected for the Under-19 SLSNR team for the Surf League are Chester Edwards, Sam Cosgrove, Patrick Maney and Rachel Clarke. Their efforts will be crucial in assisting the team to defend the title won at the same venue in 2006. Meanwhile, Ellen Young has been drafted into the Western Districts under-19 team.
The Surf League, to be televised for TV2, will take place at Mount Maunganui during the weekend of 10th and 11th February.

New Year Honours for Heron

22nd January 2007

Red Beach surf club patron Bryan Heron has been recognised in the New Year honour’s list.
He has been made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his community work with a wide variety of clubs and organisations, focusing on youth.
Bryan has been Red Beach’s patron for the last 11 years and a sponsor since 1978. His association with Red Beach started when close friend John Glover, who was Red Beach's club captain at the time, suggested surf life saving as a good cause to support.
“It’s a great honour to be recognised for doing something highly enjoyable and credit must also go to my wife Pat,” he says.
“She is also actively involved and without her support I wouldn’t have been able to do it.
“I’ve teamed up with her and so we get to spend plenty of time together,” he adds.
Although actively supporting a host of sports, including squash and athletics, surf lifesaving has a special appeal, he says.

“It’s a sport where youth learn discipline through helping people by saving lives and it builds healthy bodies and minds,” he adds.

Hat trick of Owen Chapman Cup wins

22nd January 2007

Red Beach notched up its third consecutive Owen Chapman Cup win when it took out the honours on Saturday 6th January.
The club had too much class and depth for its opposition and retained the prestigious trophy with a margin of 83 points. It was the 51st year of competition for the cup and one of the widest points margins in recent times.
The stand-out competitor for Red Beach was Patrick Maney who ended the day with six wins. Close to 230 of New Zealand’s top lifeguards took part.
With plenty of highlights, competitors gave everything as they tried to impress the Northern Region selectors who were on hand to watch individual performances.

Final points: Red Beach (210) 1, Mairangi Bay (127) 2, Orewa (88) 3, Muriwai (37) 4, Piha (7) 5, Bethells Beach (5) 6, Ruakaka (4), Raglan (4) 7=, United NP (1) 9.