Archives 2008

Five surf boat crews off to Whangamata

29th December 2008

Five Red Beach surf boat crews are heading for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on 2nd January.
The event doubles as Round Two of the Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40 - 50 crews taking part, an all-time high. The growth in numbers points to a widespread interest in surf boat rowing in New Zealand.
Red Beach will have three men’s crews and two women’s crews on the water at the popular Bay of Plenty venue.
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 for open men’s crews starts at 10.30 am. Masters, age grades and women’s crews start together in race 2 at 11.15 am. The short course sprint series gets under way at 12.30 pm.

Four selected for Trans-Tasman team

29th December 2008

Four Red Beach lifeguards have been named in the SLSNR team to contest the Trans-Tasman series.
They are Chris Moors (Open), Dylan French (U19), Caitlin Ryan (U19) and Elise Cuff (U16).
The 18-person SLSNR team will compete against the Central Coast and NSW Country branch teams, both from Australia, in a tri-series during the first week of January.
Dates and venues are: Sunday 4th January – Orewa; Tuesday 6th January – Waipu Cove; Thursday 8th January – Muriwai.
Both branch teams will also compete at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 10th January.

Santa arrives by IRB

22nd December 2008

Santa Claus was given an enthusiastic welcome by JuniorSurf members when he arrived at Red Beach in an IRB just a few days out from Christmas. IRB driver Brian Maney 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, he proceeded up the beach and delighted everyone with a lolly scramble before climbing back into the IRB and disappearing.

Super Surf Camp on again for holidays

11th December 2008

Red Beach is again the venue for the first of two Super Surf Camps to be held in New Zealand in January during the school holidays.
Aimed at youngsters aged from eight-14 years, the camps will focus on developing board and surf swimming skills along with training ethic and personal development. Having a 200m swim badge is desirable.
The two-day camp at Red Beach on 12th/13th January will be conducted on the same lines as the popular JuniorSurf training camps held in Australia.
Heading the 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 12 years. A second camp will be held at Mt Maunganui on 15th/16th January.
For further details contact Lianne Wilson at 09 424 3229 or click to email. For the Super Surf Camp enrolment form, clickhere.
To find out more about the Super Surf Camps, click onto

Regional lifeguards appointed

11th December 2008

Thirteen Red Beach club lifeguards have been selected as regional lifeguards for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.
Starting their holiday jobs on Monday 15th December, they will patrol beaches throughout the northern region, from Baylys Beach and Ruakaka in Northland down to Raglan in the south.
They will be responsible for patrolling on weekdays from Monday to Friday, for periods ranging from five to 10 weeks. Volunteer lifeguards will patrol their beaches during weekends.
Surf Life Saving Northern Region has appointed 81 qualified guards to work as regional lifeguards.

(Photo) Selected as Regional Lifeguards for the holiday period, back row from left: Chester Edwards, Kyle Golder, John Cosgrove, Harry Rowell, Sam Nancarrow, Patrick Maney. In front: Jamie Anderson, Sam Cosgrove, Brock Hart, Jared Pouwhare, Jack Gurr, Kurt Leopard. Absent, Jake George.

Carnival at North Piha

11th December 2008

North Piha is the venue for the next full-day carnival on the surf sports programme for 2008-09. The event on Sunday 14th December is again of key importance for surf athletes wanting to be selected for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League team.
The programme, which may vary according to surf conditions, will feature the following events: Surf Race, Board, Ski, Tube Rescue, Board Rescue, Double Ski, Ironman, Taplin, Beach Sprints, Relays and Beach Flags. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place at North Piha.
The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am with the first event scheduled for 9.00 am.

Note: Omaha is the alternative venue should surf conditions force a switch. A final decision will be made on the Thursday afternoon prior to the carnival.

Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series- Round 1

1st December 2008

Round One of the Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series took place in Wellington over the weekend of 29/30 November.
Saturday’s venue was Titahi Bay for long-course racing, with Oriental Bay the venue on Sunday for short-course racing. Red Beach fielded two men’s crews and one woman’s crew.
For the story and results from the weekend, click here.

Quad bike for surf club

1st December 2008

The club has replaced the quad bike it uses for towing lifesaving equipment on and off the beach.
By way of a grant from the Lion Foundation and through the generosity of Wellsford-based Poland Motors, the purchase of the second-hand bike was made possible.
The club expresses its gratitude to the Lion Foundation for the grant of $5,000 towards the purchase.

Red Beach the venue for two surf events

1st December 2008

The Red Beach club will host two competition events in the space of five days. On Wednesday 3rd December the second Surf Sports Twilight carnival of the season will take place. The programme gets under way at 6.00 p.m. For the Twilight carnival events to be held, click here.
And on Sunday 7th December, Red Beach will be the venue for the Up&Go JuniorSurf carnival commencing at 9.00 am. For the programme of events, click here.

Lifeguard exchange

18th November 2008

Red Beach lifeguards Karl Bogue and Ashleigh Allport have been selected to travel to Australia next month as part of the lifeguard exchange arrangement which the Red Beach club has with Sydney's Collaroy Surf Club.
The exchange has been running since 1995 and the duo will spend two weeks with sister-club Collaroy during December.
The visit provides the opportunity for the Red Beach guards to train and socialise with their Australian counterparts, to patrol a popular north Sydney surf beach and to compete in one of NSW’s premier surf carnivals at Cronulla.
The Collaroy club will reciprocate by sending two of their lifeguard members to New Zealand in January.

Surf boat course

18th November 2008

Red Beach was the venue for a surf boat course held recently for sweeps and rowers.
Sponsored by Heron Plumbing and with assistance from Surf Life Saving NZ, the course provided boaties with an insight into the finer points of sweeping and rowing surf boats.
The keynote speaker was Kim Marsh, author of "The Surf Boat Book" who flew in from Australia to talk on the upskilling of crews to meet the challenges of testing surf conditions.
Also over from Australia was Jack Patison who has swept his Austinmer crews to numerous national titles along with wins in the Ocean Thunder series.

National Jandal Day

18th November 2008

National Jandal Day, Surf Life Saving’s annual appeal day, will take place on Friday 5th 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. And it provides the Red Beach Surf Club with the opportunity to raise vital funds for the training of lifeguards, the purchase of equipment and the everyday running costs.
Surf lifesaving street collectors will be out in force nationwide at all major transport hubs, central city locations, supermarkets and shopping malls.
Because every dollar raised on the day goes straight back to the clubs, we are seeking the help of club members and supporters to collect. If you can assist, please contact the club’s administration officer Debra Cairns at To learn more about National Jandal Day, click here.

Surf carnival at Muriwai

18th November 2008

Muriwai is the venue for the first full-day carnival on the surf sports programme for 2008-09. The event on Sunday 23rd November is again of key importance for surf athletes wanting to be selected for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League team.
The programme, which may vary according to surf conditions, will feature the following events: Surf Race, Board, Ski Relay, Double Ski, Taplin, Board Relay, Ski and Ironman. When the tide drops, Beach Sprints, Relays and Beach Flags will be held. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place at Muriwai. The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am with the first event scheduled for 9.00 am.

Note: Omaha is the alternative venue should surf conditions force a switch. A final decision will be made on the Thursday afternoon prior to the carnival.

Orewa twilight carnival

9th November 2008

Orewa is the venue for the first Twilight carnival on the surf sports programme for 2008-09.
The event on Wednesday 12th November is of key importance for surf athletes keen to be selected for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League team.
Board, ski and surf races feature on the programme along with beach flags and sprints. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place.
To give competitors more race opportunities, the organisers are planning to run a second round of board, ski and surf races although this will depend on how long it takes to get through the first round. The carnival briefing is at 5.30 pm with the first event at 6.00pm.

Pub to Club event won by Red Beach Red Necks

4th November 2008

The Red Beach ‘Red Necks’ surf boat crew swept by Craig Dillon emerged as the winner of the annual Pub to Club surf boat challenge on Saturday 1st November.
Taken on times, the crew finished the event just nine seconds ahead of the Piha A crew swept by Mark ‘Horse’ Bourneville. The Red Beach ‘Cab Savs’ masters crew finished in third spot, three minutes behind the winners.
The event, sponsored by BH Heron Plumbing, saw crews row from the settlement at Puhoi, down the river to Wenderholm then across the ocean to Red Beach to finish in front of the surf clubrooms.
Ideal conditions prevailed for the seven men’s and three women’s crews who left at three-minute intervals to cover the 16km distance.
The Waihi women’s crew, swept by veteran Danny Harris, rowed home first in their division in an impressive time. The U-23 Piha Pirates crew won the age group division.  For the Pub To Club photo gallery, click here.


Men - Red Beach Red Necks (1:23.04) 1, Piha A (1:23.13) 2, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:26.05) 3, Red Beach Icebreakers (1:30.11) 4.
Women - Waihi (1:32.22) 1, Orewa (1:39.29) 2, Red Beach Rebels (1:45.09) 3
Age Group - U23 Piha Pirates (1:27.19) 1, U19 Piha Pistols (1:31.14) 2, U19 Piha Underdogs (1:37.05) 3

30 years of support

4th November 2008

The Pub to Club surf boat challenge coincided with 30 years of support for the Red Beach Surf Club by Bryan Heron. The club presented him with an enlargement of the photograph taken in 1978 when he donated two rescue skis, thus beginning a remarkable era of sponsorship. The above photograph, printed on canvas, was taken in the same spot as the original presentation.

Lifeguard refreshers

4th November 2008

Red Beach lifeguards have the opportunity to complete their Lifeguard Refresher before the summer gets into full swing. There is a choice of dates and each refresher is to be conducted at Red Beach.

Friday 7th November    5.00 pm
Friday 14th November  5.00 pm
Sat 15th November     11.00 am

The refresher components are: i) Theory (written paper)   ii) CPR   iii) Run-Swim-Run iv) Tube Rescue.

Enrol for JuniorSurf

28th October 2008

The Red Beach Surf Club is still taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division. Parents wanting to enrol their children aged from 5 - 13 years can contact club administrator Debra Cairns at the club rooms, ph. 426 5283 or by email
Children can also be enrolled during the JuniorSurf Opening Day on Sunday 2nd November. Be at the clubrooms from 9.00 am onwards. Activities begin on the beach at 10.00 am.  To print out the JuniorSurf registration form, click here.

Pub to Club event for crews

28th October 2008

Close to 15 surf boat crews are expected to take part in the Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 1st November.
The event, sponsored by B H Heron Plumbing, will be raced from the Puhoi Pub to Red Beach, a distance of around 16km. More than $2,000 in prize value will be at stake.
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 9.00 am and the first boat will get away at 10.00 am with 3-minute intervals between boats. The entry fee is $50.00 per crew.
For entry information, email or contact Chris after hours at 021 612 304.

JuniorSurf Opening Day

28th October 2008

The Opening Day for the club’s JuniorSurf division kicks off next Sunday 2nd November.Roll-call is at 9.45 am with activities for the five -13 year olds commencing at 10.00 am.The two registration days held prior to Labour Weekend saw a large intake of JuniorSurf members which augurs well for the coming summer.

Patrols under way

28th October 2008

The hoisting of the flags above the Red Beach surf clubrooms on Saturday 25th October signalled the start of the new patrolling season for 2008-09. The club's volunteer lifeguards are rostered for patrols on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays through to Easter Monday, 13th April 2009.

Surf patrol season about to start again

20th October 2008

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 25th October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend. Patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:

11:00am - 4:00pm Months of October, November, March, April (to Easter Monday)
11:00am - 5:00pm Months of December, January and February.

The patrolling hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the Patrol Captain on duty.

Australian Champs returning to Kurrawa

14th October 2008

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will return to Kurrawa on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2010.
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) recently announced a deal which will secure the future of the event through to 2022.
The ‘Aussies’, as they have become known, will be held on the Gold Coast for three years from 2010 to 2012. The plan is then to rotate them between other Australian states and the Gold Coast every two years.
The championships were held at Kurrawa from 1995 to 2006 then moved to Scarborough Beach in Perth for three years. The dates for the 2010 event at Kurrawa are yet to be announced.
For the full press release from SLSA, click here.

Chilly but refreshing

14th October 2008

Around 180 lifeguards from across the Auckland region braved chilly conditions at Orewa for the mass refresher day held recently.
They were tested on theory, CPR practice, a tube rescue and a run-swim-run 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. Members need to be refreshed to be eligible to compete in surf carnivals.

Calling all Masters …

3rd October 2008

The Top Masters Club Trophy will be up for grabs at the Auckland Championships in February.
Masters races for men and women over 30 years of age will be contested in the events of Board, Ski, Surf Race, Beach Sprint, Boat & Canoe. The Masters age group is a single age group and not broken down by different years. Medals will be awarded and all points will count for the trophy.
The Auckland Championships will be held at Ruakaka during the weekend of 14/15 February 2009.

SLSNZ awards to two surf club members

3rd October 2008

Red Beach stalwarts Edwin Richards and Michelle Newton have been presented with Service Awards by Surf Life Saving New Zealand.
The past few months have seen a trifecta of awards bestowed on Edwin, the club’s JuniorSurf chairman. The award from SLSNZ comes on top of the Distinguished Service Awards he received from SLSNR in June and from the Red Beach Surf Club in July.

Michelle Newton joined Red Beach in 1987 and has served on various committees. She was the club’s Awards Instructor for three years and established a record number of 47 Surf Medallion passes for the club in 1993. For the past 14 years she has been a member of the SLSNR Board of Judges and for 10 years as a New Zealand official in the surf boat arena at the National Championships.

40 years of BP partnership

3rd October 2008

This month, Surf Life Saving and BP celebrate 40 years of partnership.
The sponsorship began following the Wahine disaster in 1968 with BP’s subsidiary Europa donating a new surf boat to Worser Bay Surf Club. The relationship evolved through medical scholarships, Europa Jet Rescue Boats and then through to IRB’s.
BP’s long-term support has enabled Surf Life Saving NZ to develop the most advanced IRB fleet in the world by having one standard type hull and engine used throughout the country.
There are 160 IRB’s sponsored by BP in the 71 surf lifesaving clubs in New Zealand. They are used in more than half of the rescues conducted by surf lifeguards each year.
BP service stations are selling battery-powered toy IRB’s during October, supported by TV advertising.

Lifeguards tested in long-distance event

3rd October 2008

The fitness of competitors was put to the test at the long-distance carnival at Orewa Beach on Saturday 27th September. The event had lifeguards competing in their choice of a 3km beach run, a 5km board paddle or a 10km ski paddle. Surf boat and canoe crews also raced over a 10km distance.
Calm sea conditions and mild spring weather saw the season-opener wrapped up in two hours.

Men’s 3km Beach Run:  T Currie (RB) 1, K Morrison (MB) 2, D French (RB) 3, S Green (Or) 4, D Morrison (MB) 5, L Siddins (Or) 6,
Women’s 3km Beach Run:  K Burke (Om) 1, G Lloyd (RB) 2, D Collins (Om) 3, S French (Rua) 4, C Peters (Or) 5, J Sweetman (Or) 6
Men’s 1km Swim:  P Maney (RB) 1, T Currie (RB) 2, J Pouwhare (RB) 3
U-16 Men’s Board Race:  L Siddins (Or), J Readman (RB) 2, J Davison (RB) 3, C Richards (RB) 4
U-19 Men’s Board Race:  AJ Maney (RB) 1, D French (RB) 2,
Open Men’s Board Race:  D Storey (MH) 1, V Skiffington (RB) 2,
Masters Men’s Board Race:  T Bock (MH) 1, M Dix (MH) 2, P McInnes (MH) 3
Women’s Board Race:  C Ryan (RB) 1
Women’s 5km Ski Race:   J Sweetman (Or) 1, C Peters (Or) 2
U-16 Men’s Ski Race:  S Green (O) 1, T Clarke (RB) 2
U-19 Men’s Ski Race:   R Sweetman (Or) 1, B Hart (RB) 2, K Leopard (RB) 3
Open Men’s Ski Race:  T Mitchell (MB) 1, K Morrison (MB) 2, J Pocock (MB) 3, D Morrison (MB) 4, R Fearon (MB) 5
Surf Boats:   Red Beach Men 1, Red Beach Women 2
Surf Canoes:   Waipu Cove Masters 1, United Nth Piha Ladies 2

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

1st October 2008

The Red Beach Surf Club is taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the surf clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach on the following days:

Dates:   Sunday 12th October & Sunday 19th October
Times:   10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along to either of these registration days to enrol them. Boys and girls aged from 5 - 13 years are eligible to join as JuniorSurf members.
Administrators will be on hand to provide information on age groups, activities, training days and surf carnival competition. Club clothing will be on sale on both days.
Activities for the JuniorSurf division will commence at Red Beach on Sunday 2nd November.
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.

Lifeguard Refresher Day

26th September 2008

The SLSNR Lifeguard Refresher Day is coming up on Saturday 11th October at Orewa Beach. Registrations commence at 9.30 am and the refresher start time is 10.30 am.
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.

Programme for long distance carnival at Orewa

16th September 2008

The long-distance surf carnival at Orewa on Saturday 27th September will kick-start the 2008-09 surf sports season.
The event will include a 3km Beach Run, a 10km Ski paddle, a 5km Board paddle and a 1km swim. Surf boat rowers and canoe paddlers will also compete over the 10km course. The start time is 10.00 am and the courses will be explained on the day.

Cranston on SLSNR board

16th September 2008

Red Beach club member Blair Cranston was elected to the five-person Board of Surf Life Saving Northern Region (SLSNR) at its recent AGM.
Blair is a JuniorSurf coach for Red Beach and competes in the Masters division in surf canoe racing. He is the managing director of Cranston Homes Ltd.
Two Red Beach club members were re-elected to operational committees. They are Vaughan Skiffington (Sport) and Mark Rice (JuniorSurf).
A further three club members were re-elected to standing committees. They are Mike Taylor (Allocations), Ed Richards (Honours & Awards) and Graeme Porter (Judiciary).

U-23’s category for surf boats

16th September 2008

An under-23 category for men’s crews is being introduced to surf boat racing in New Zealand for the coming season. It will replace the current under-21 category.
The new age category will make its first appearance at Round One of the Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series in Wellington on November 28 & 29.
The decision to introduce it was made after more than 12 months of research, consultation and discussions. An under-23 surf boat category is raced in Australia.
A decision to introduce the same category for women has been deferred until a review is completed after the 2009 Nationals in Gisborne.

Red Beach crews in 90 Mile Beach event

16th September 2008

IRB crews had to contend with a choppy one metre surf in the recent Classic IRB Challenge held at Northland’s 90 Mile Beach.
The annual event attracted 18 crews which raced in the surf line, parallel to the beach, over the 54 mile distance from Scott’s Point to Ahipara. There were two compulsory refuelling stops for crews during the journey.
Red Beach fielded three IRB crews which included the only all-women’s crew in the race. All made it to the finish line. Providing back-up for the Red Beach lifeguards were Dean Pouwhare, Brian Maney and Vaughan Skiffington.
The event was won by the East End club from Taranaki. Four IRB’s failed to complete the course.

Rescue 2010 in the UK

9th September 2008

With Rescue 2008 recently completed in Germany, the focus will now switch to Rescue 2010 in the UK.
The Rescue 2010 Life Saving World Championships will take place at Newquay, Cornwall and the surrounding areas during two weeks of competition in June/July 2010.
Surf Life Saving Great Britain (SLSGB) will host the event on behalf of the International Life Saving Federation (ILS).
Activities will centre on Newquay which is, not surprisingly, Cornwall’s most popular holiday destination.
To check out the website on Rescue 2010, click here.

(Photos) Fistral Beach in Newquay, Cornwall, the UK’s most famous beach and home of British Surf and Lifesaving. During Rescue 2010 it will be the venue for the National Teams Lifesaving World Championships and the Inter-Club Lifesaving World Championships. It will also host the World Championships for Masters, Surf Boats and IRB’s.
Fistral will also be R2010 beach party central where you can pick up a bargain in the trade village, relax in the beer tent and enjoy the hospitality areas

Club to host five events

9th September 2008

Red Beach is to host five competition events this summer. The dates and the events are:
• Sat 1st November Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge
• Wed 3rd December SeniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 2
• Sun 7th December JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
• Sat 10th January Owen Chapman Cup Carnival
• Wed 11th February JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 4
In addition, the club will also host the 20th annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on Sunday 1st February 2009. For the full Surf Sports Calendar for 2008-09, click here.

Red hot Quiz Night

9th September 2008

Patrons who attended the club’s recent Quiz Night have hailed the fundraising event as an unqualified success.
And so too have the JuniorSurf organisers with $6,500 raised for training equipment for the coming summer. Parents and supporters packed the Red Beach surf clubrooms and added to the fun by dressing up in something Red.
At different tables were the Red Berets, the Gingas, the Red Winers and the Red Indians who ran out the ultimate victors with 90 points.
The resident MC’s were Mark Readman and Roy Herbert who hosted the evening and the auction with dexterity and hilarity. Rumour has it they may soon have their own sitcom show. Attendees bid on 23 different auction lots with the two biggest - one being a helicopter flight for five - going for $700 each.

Lifeguard exchange

9th September 2008

The Red Beach club will be sending two of its U19 lifeguards to Australia in December as part of the Lifeguard Exchange arrangement it has with Sydney's Collaroy Surf Club.
The programme has been running since 1995 and the Red Beach lifeguards selected will spend two weeks with sister-club Collaroy during December.
The visit provides the opportunity for the lifeguards to train and socialise with their Australian counterparts, to patrol a popular north Sydney surf beach and to compete in one of NSW’s premier surf carnivals at Cronulla.
The Collaroy club will reciprocate by sending two of their members to New Zealand in January.
Expressions of interest are now being sought from club members and those wishing to be considered need to apply in writing to the club by 30th September. An email providing full details on the exchange has been sent to all eligible club members.

Training sessions for Surf Lifeguard Award

3rd September 2008

Tuition is now under way for candidates wanting to become qualified lifeguards with the Red Beach Surf Club. Training sessions for the Surf Lifeguard Award are as follows:
Wednesdays: 7.00 pm Red Beach clubrooms. Sundays: 9.30 am Red Beach clubrooms
The Surf Lifeguard Award is a pre-requisite for competing in surf carnivals. For further information contact Awards Instructor Chris Randell at 027 289 5780.

Four new IRB drivers

3rd September 2008

Four more Red Beach lifeguards are now qualified to drive the club’s inflatable rescue boats.
Dean Pouwhare, Jared Pouwhare, Thomas Clarke and Shauni Furniss obtained the IRB Drivers Award at an examination held at Piha in late-August.
“It was one of the highest standards of candidates that have been put forward for an IRB Driver’s exam,” said the SLSNR examiner.
Club members with their Surf Lifeguard Award who would like to obtain the IRB Drivers Award should contact IRB instructor Brian Maney at 0274 906 622.

New Administration Officer

25th August 2008

Red Beach Surf Club has appointed Debra Cairns as its new administration officer.
Debra became associated with the club in 2004 when her 3 children joined the JuniorSurf division. At the same time she became a member of the JuniorSurf committee and served on it for four years which included one season as secretary.
For the past two years she has been the club’s Funding Co-ordinator, the Rookie Co-ordinator and a JuniorSurf official for SLSNR events.   Last season she was a member of the club’s Management committee, serving as Treasurer.   At the club’s Prizegiving Night in May, she received the award for outstanding achievement over the 2007-08 season.
Debra will be looking after the administration matters for the SeniorSurf, JuniorSurf and Squash divisions of the club.

SLSNR Pool Champs

25th August 2008

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at the Millennium Institute on Auckland’s North Shore over the weekend of 13th & 14th September.
The Saturday programme is for U16, U19, Open and Masters competitors and runs from 3.00 pm to 8.30 pm. Sunday’s programme for U10, U12 and U14 competitors runs from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm.
At stake will be the Cosgrove Trophy which was won on overall points by Red Beach in 2006. The club was runner-up to Piha at last year’s event.
The SLSNR championships are a forerunner to the NZ Pool Championships in Wellington on 3,4,5 October.
The location of the Millennium Institute is 17 Antares Place (off Apollo Drive), Mairangi Bay. For full information on the event, click here.

Deck construction under way

25th August 2008

Construction of the long-awaited deck at the Red Beach clubrooms is now under way.Work began on Saturday 9th August when a digger moved onto the site to excavate the foundations by digging 12 holes for the support columns. Volunteer labour is being provided by working bees which have been on the site each weekend since the initial dig.
The deck, when completed, will be accessible from the club lounge and will include a lifeguard observation post. It will extend over an area of 150 square metres. The current phase of construction, which will also see improved ground floor ablutions, represents stage one of the total building project. Completion of this stage is expected prior to Christmas.
Our next update will provide details of all stages of the project and the plans to create a first class club facility.

90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge Coming Up

25th August 2008

The 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge is coming up again on Saturday 6th September. The event, hosted by Far North Rescue, is raced from Scott’s Point to Ahipara. Red Beach will field two or possibly three crews. 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.

(Photo caption) Vehicles and IRB’s at last year’s event, parked up at Te Paki Stream and waiting for the tide to drop before driving up the beach to Scott’s Point for the start of the IRB Classic.

The rise and rise of Erin Taylor

4th August 2008

With the Olympic Games about to get under way in Beijing, we take a pictorial look at Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor, the first-ever female to represent New Zealand in flat water kayaking at an Olympics.
She’s a talented young woman who has performed well in every sport she has participated in – swimming, netball, surf lifesaving and now kayaking – and we track her successes during the past few years.
Erin's had a rapid rise in kayaking and we can reflect on having in our midst a Kiwi sportswoman with the X factor. To read the article Taylor-made for a Career in Kayaks by journalist Kevin Tutty, click here.

(Photo essay captions ...)
Red Beach, November 2000: Alongside some newly sponsored training equipment, 13-year-old Erin Taylor (right) with Lauren Johnson and James Clarke. All three were top competitors in the surf club’s JuniorSurf division.
March 2002: At the age of 14 and competing for the very first time at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, she won the U16 Women’s Beach Flags event at Mount Maunganui.
March 2004: At Kurrawa on the Gold Coast, Erin Taylor became the first-ever Red Beach competitor to win a medal at the Australian Championships. She placed third in the U-19 Surf Ski event.
March 2005: Winning the U19 Surf Ski race title for the first time at the NZ Championships at Mount Maunganui.
March 2005: Red Beach's gold medallists in the U19 Women’s Ski Relay at the NZ Championships, Mount Maunganui. From left: Erin Taylor, Jodie Johnson, Jane Moors. Taylor collected a third gold medal for the U19 Taplin Relay.
March 2006: The TV interview following her win in the U19 Surf Ski race at the NZ Championships in New Plymouth where she retained her title. Taylor was a key competitor for Red Beach when the club won the Allan Gardner Trophy for top New Zealand club for overall points at the championships. Even Nostradamus didn’t see it coming.
March 2006: Erin Taylor with Red Beach surf coach Vaughan Skiffington at the NZ Championships. It was Skiffington who suggested that she give kayaking a go because it was similar to surf ski paddling and also an Olympic sport. “I thought that was a really good idea,” said Taylor.
March 2006: Erin Taylor (right) winning the Australian U19 Surf Ski title at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast, finishing ahead of Australian paddler Elyse Yardley from the North Wollongong club. Taylor was one of 73 starters in the event and made her way to the 16-berth final after displaying top form in the heats, quarters and semifinals.
November 2007: Erin Taylor made her representative debut as a member of the New Zealand surf lifesaving team at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, the birthplace of surf lifesaving in Australia. She was a member of the 12-strong Kiwi team, along with a surf boat crew, to compete with five other countries in the International Surf Challenge.
Taylor provided one of the highlights in an otherwise Australian-dominated event. She caught her international rivals napping with a dominant display on her ski and sealed a great three-test series by beating the best surf ski paddlers in the world in two of her three ski races.
She was also a member of the New Zealand women’s beach relay team which completed a clean sweep by winning the beach relay event three days in a row.
December 2007: The New Zealand surf lifesaving team on Bondi Beach at the conclusion of the International Surf Challenge. Held over four days, the event was a celebration of 100 years of surf lifesaving in Australia. Erin Taylor is pictured fourth from the left in the front row. The stint with the New Zealand team in Australia temporarily ended Taylor’s foray into surf lifesaving.
On her return to New Zealand she was back on Auckland’s Lake Pupuke to resume her steely focus on making the kayaking team for the Beijing Olympics.
May 2008: Erin Taylor was officially named in the New Zealand kayaking team to compete at the Beijing Olympics. She will contest the K1 500m event.
Watching the 2004 Athens Olympics sowed the seeds of an Olympic dream for the teenage Taylor. Her initial goal was the 2012 London Olympics, however, Beijing quickly came into contention when she began to make rapid progress in the sport.
The four paddlers who make up New Zealand’s Olympic kayaking team are currently in training in Rockhampton, Queensland and are about to head to Beijing. From left: Steven Ferguson, Erin Taylor, Mike Walker, Ben Fouhy. The kayaking heats begin on Monday 18th August, with Taylor on the water on Tuesday 19th.

Life Membership of Collaroy for Geoff Small

4th August 2008

Red Beach Surf Club life member Geoff Small has been made a life member of the Collaroy Surf Club in Sydney.
The honour was bestowed on him at Collaroy’s Annual General Meeting held on 3rd August.
Geoff joined the Collaroy club when he and his family moved to Australia in 1991, soon after receiving Red Beach Surf Club’s top award.
He was Collaroy’s secretary from 1992-1994 and was instrumental in forging the sister-club arrangement with Red Beach SLSC. This led to the Lifeguard Exchange scheme between the two clubs.
Geoff became heavily involved in many aspects of Collaroy’s administration and during the 1990’s he served on the committees for the Golf Day, the Bowls Day, East Coast Masters, Sponsorship, Expenditure Review and the Annual Report.
His current committee involvement includes: Constitution (96-08), Bowls Day (00-08), East Coast Masters (00-08), Competitors’ Support (01-08), History (05-08), Premises (05-08).
He has been Collaroy’s International Liaison Officer since 1993, the Branch Delegate (04-07) and the team manager to the Australian Titles since 2005.
The Red Beach Surf Club extends hearty congratulations to Geoff Small on receiving this highly prestigious award.

Awards made at AGM

28th July 2008

Three Red Beach Surf Club members were given recognition for their services to the club when awards were handed out at the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 27th July.
Edwin Richards, the club’s JuniorSurf chairman was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his services to surf lifesaving and to the club since joining in 1978.
Mike Taylor, who was re-elected as Club President at the meeting, was the recipient of a Recognition Award. He has served as chairman of the SeniorSurf division, as the club’s Fundraising Officer and as a delegate to SLSNR. He has also been involved in IRB instruction for club lifeguards.
Craig Dillon, although not present at the meeting, was also the recipient of a Recognition Award. He has been the club’s Surf Boat Captain for the past four seasons and his total dedication to surf boat competition has established Red Beach as one of the top surf boat clubs in the country.

Have a go at Squash!

28th July 2008

Business House Squash gets under way at the Red Beach courts on Thursday 7th August. It will be open to non-members as well as players of any squash standard.
Business House competition will run every Thursday evening for approx. 8 weeks. Four teams play from 6.00 – 8.00 pm with the actual playing time organised by the team members. Another 4 teams play from 8.00 – 10.00 pm. Each team entered will play equal amounts of early and late sessions.
If you would like to play Business House Squash, send an email to one of the following:
Damien Barry or Dawn Ross
A few days are required to put the teams together so be sure to register before Thursday 31st July.

Mid-winter storm fury

27th July 2008

One of the worst storms to lash Auckland in the past decade delivered its fury to the east coast yesterday.
Red Beach was buffeted by hurricane-force winds which saw a turbulent surf crashing onto the rocks on the beachfront. The unbelievable strength of the wind made it difficult to stand upright in the carpark alongside the clubrooms.
It was caused by a weather bomb which left a trail of destruction across the North Island.
Around 1.00 pm, at the time of the high tide, two of the club’s IRB crews departed with the IRB’s to attend a rescue call-out at neighbouring Stanmore Bay.

Pub to Club paddle

27th July 2008

Favourable sea conditions greeted paddlers in the recent Pub to Club event organised by the Red Beach Surf Club.
The occasion was the sixth annual paddle which took entrants from the Puhoi Pub to the Red Beach Surf Club, a distance of almost 19km.
It was a far cry from last year’s paddle in which entrants had to contend with rough weather and choppy sea conditions described as ‘not at all pleasant’.
Between 20 and 30 paddlers on single surf skis, double skis and ocean kayaks covered the course which took them down the Puhoi River to Wenderholm then on to the transition stage at Hatfields Beach. They then headed back out to sea, past Orewa Beach then on to Red Beach.
Single Ski 1st R Clarke Double Ski 1st D Pouwhare/M Readman, 2nd M Taylor/P George, 3rd B Maney/B Cranston U-19 Ski 1st K Leopard U-16 Ski 1st M Ryan Surf Boat 1st Muriwai

Regional Lifeguards

11th July 2008

Applications for the Regional Lifeguard Service are now open. If you would like to apply to be a Regional Lifeguard for the 2008-09 season, click here. Applications close on Wednesday 1st October.

Pub to Club event

4th July 2008

The sixth annual Pub to Club event, from the Puhoi Pub to the Red Beach club, is set to take place on Sunday 20 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, surf boat and outrigger paddlers. The journey ends with a hearty cooked brunch and prize giving in the Red Beach clubrooms at the conclusion of the event.
The briefing at Puhoi is at 9.45 am, with a start time of 10.00 am. The entry fee of $20 per person includes the cooked brunch at the club.
Enquiries to Doug Stephenson 09 426 8894, or Anne Golder 09 426 8347. For an entry form, click here.

Erin on the podium in Poland

30th June 2008

Erin Taylor has achieved the first-ever podium finish for a New Zealand female kayaker at a World Cup regatta. She finished third in the A final of the K1 500m event in Poznan, Poland.
Racing in lane one, Taylor pulled out all the stops to score a personal best time of 1:50.590. Nine women lined up for the final.
“It was great to do a PB and also stand on the podium,” she said after the race.
She admits to having a lot of improving to do ahead of the Beijing Olympics, adding that she knows how much faster she has to get to reach the world’s best.
The four Kiwi kayakers arrive in Rockhampton, Queensland this week for a five-week build-up before flying to Beijing.

JuniorSurf AGM : 6th July

25th June 2008

The Annual General Meeting for the JuniorSurf division of Red Beach SLSC will be held on Sunday 6th July, 4.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach. The election of officers for the 2008-09 season will take place at this meeting. All parents and members are most welcome to attend. For enquiries, email

Change of date for Ocean Athletes 2009

15th June 2008

Because of the change of date for next year’s New Zealand Championships, the 2009 Under-14 Ocean Athletes event will now take place from Friday 27th February – Sunday 1st March. It will be held at Main Beach, Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty.

Distinguished Service Award to Ed Richards

15th June 2008

Red Beach JuniorSurf Chairman Edwin Richards 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.
Ed had his beginnings with the South Brighton club in Christchurch before moving to Auckland. He joined the Red Beach club as a patrolling lifeguard in 1978 and competed with distinction in ski and canoe events.
As a committee member for several years he served as gear steward, instructor and deputy captain while maintaining a high competitive interest. For four years he was a member of the Auckland Surf Lifesaving rep team and in 1987 was the top achiever at the Auckland Championships, winning six gold medals.
From 1991-1997 he was a New Zealand selector and in the mid-nineties was the NZ Development Squad Coach.
He has been a member of Red Beach’s JuniorSurf Committee for five years, serving as chairman for the past two seasons. Ed also represented New Zealand in kayaking at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Top surf athletes 2007-08

15th June 2008

Three Red Beach lifeguards were amongst the sports award winners at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night. All were recognised for their outstanding sports achievements during the 2007-08 season.
Dylan French took out the under-16 Sportsman of the Year Award in just his first season competing for Red Beach. He has excelled in Iron Man, surf and board events and emerged as the top U-16 Iron man competitor in the Northern region. At the NZ Championships he collected 3 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Caitlin Ryan was presented with the under-16 Sportswoman of the Year award for the second year in a row. A multi-talented surf athlete with across-the-board abilities in ski, board, swim, tube and beach relay events, she broke an 11-year old record in winning 13 gold medals at the Auckland Championships. At the NZ Championships she won 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Alistair ‘AJ’ Maney scored the under-19 Sportsman of the Year award after achieving excellent results in board, ski, swim and Iron man events. He achieved back-to-back wins in the Iron Man at the U-19 Surf League, and emerged as the top competitor from the Northern Region at the NZ Championships. He came away with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal. He also collected gold and silver medals in under-17 ski events at the Australian championships.

2009 Surf Nationals moved to Gisborne

15th June 2008

The NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which were to have been held in New Plymouth in 2009 have been transferred to Gisborne.
It was found that the event, scheduled to be held from 5th – 8th March at Oakura Beach, clashed with the NZ Age Group Swim Championships in Wellington.
The SLSNZ Board of Directors, in reaching its recent decision to switch venues, acknowledged that many lifeguards throughout the country would be at the swimming champs.
Midway Beach will now host the event from 12th – 15th March, with the NZ Masters Championships taking place on Thursday 12th.
With the surf lifesaving championships being the premier event of the surf sports year, it was felt there was a need to have as many surf athletes as possible taking part.
The mid-March dates in Taranaki weren't viable because of another major event there which created accommodation problems. The Australian Championships are being held from 17-22 March 2009 at Scarbourgh Beach, Perth.

Erin celebrates 21st with a kayaking win

10th June 2008

Erin Taylor marked the occasion of her 21st birthday last Sunday with a kayaking win.
Competing at the opening World Cup canoeing regatta in Hungary, she was first across the line in the K1 500m B final.
Taylor did a personal best of 1:52.83 in her heat to show that she continues to improve. She went on to finish fourth in her semi-final from which the first three placegetters qualified for the nine-berth A final.
A year ago, she was 17th in the event. Last weekend's win placed her 10th overall.
The next cup regatta is in Duisberg, Germany on June 13.

Website milestone!

26th May 2008

We’ve arrived at another milestone for this website in the number of hits received, a total of 20,000 to date. Since the launch in December 2006 it took 12 months to notch up the first 10,000 visits to the site. We regarded that as quite an achievement, given that we are a surf lifesaving club and not a shopping cart site. We’ve now reached the figure of 20,000 hits in the 17 months since launch which points to the ever-increasing number of visits to this website. We’d like to thank you for the interest you are showing.

Alphabet antics

26th May 2008

The club’s recent Prize Giving Night had ‘Alphabet’ as its theme, with everyone encouraged to dress up as something starting with the first letter of their first name. The sell-out night saw a myriad of colourful costumes and lots of originality which suggests that everyone loves to dress up for these occasions! Here's our photo essay on the night. Click on a photo to enlarge it.

SLSNR Awards of Excellence

26th May 2008

It's almost here ... Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night which takes place on Saturday 7th June.
The finalists have been named and will receive due recognition at the function to take place at the ASB Lounge at Eden Park. The evening will also incorporate the 75th Jubilee celebrations of SLSNR.
Tickets to the function are $55 per head and need to be ordered through Claire Maney by Wednesday 28th May. Contact details have been sent by email to all club members. Get set for a great night!

Erin Taylor bound for Beijing Olympics

15th May 2008

New Zealand’s first female Olympic flat water kayaker

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor has created history by becoming the first woman to represent New Zealand in flat water kayaking at the Olympic Games.
Her Olympic dream has become a reality after training in flat water paddling for just over two years. There is no doubt that her surf lifesaving background has helped substantially.
She paddled into contention last March when she beat her Australian counterpart Alana Nicholls by 1 ½ boat lengths in the women’s K1 500m at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
She also set one of her fastest 500m times by winning the race-off in 1:53.77. At 20 years of age she has a ranking of number 14 in the world.
Taylor joins Ben Fouhy, Steven Ferguson and Mike Walker in New Zealand’s Olympic kayaking team to compete in Beijing in August.
The four paddlers head for Europe on 25 May to compete in World Cup regattas in Budapest, Germany and Poland during June. From the beginning of July they will spend five weeks training in Rockhampton before flying to Beijing. The team is coached by Olympic gold medallists Ian Ferguson and Paul MacDonald. To read the NZ Herald article of 17.5.08, click here.

Moments of summer

4th May 2008

It’s been a mighty summer and we’ve spent a lot of time on some great beaches. That’s presented us with opportunities to capture on camera our 'moments of summer'.

Club wins Rookie Challenge

16th April 2008

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members have snared the Perry Foundation Rookie Challenge for the second year in a row to wrap up a highly successful summer for the club.
The 5-person ‘Red’ team which took out the win was one of 16 club teams participating in the event held in choppy conditions at Mairangi Bay. Red Beach also entered a White and a Blue team.
All Rookie lifeguards were judged on a scenario and theory test which involved first aid treatment of a dislocated shoulder and the rescue of one patient from the water.
Teams then participated in a surf teams race, tube rescue relay, board rescue relay and a beach relay around a sand circuit in which the baton was a rescue tube.
Two teams – Red Beach Red and Orewa White – finished on 190 points each, however, the title was awarded to Red Beach on a count back for scoring higher points in the scenario section.

Overall Points:  Red Beach Red (190) 1, Orewa White (190) 2, Mairangi Bay A (187) 3, Orewa Blue (181) 4, Orewa Red (177) 5, Red Beach Blue (171) 6, Sunset Beach (159) 7, Piha Red (158) 8, Red Beach White (154) 9, United North Piha (131) 10.

Gold & silver medals to AJ Maney in Perth

7th April 2008

Alistair ‘AJ’ Maney has capped off a remarkable season in the surf by collecting gold and silver medals at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth.
Competing for the Gold Coast club of North Burleigh, Maney picked up his gold medal in the under-17 men’s ski relay event.
Then, in the flat water of Scarborough Beach, the venue for the championships, he paddled home second to Bulli’s Ben Griffiths in the final of the under-17 men’s ski race to take out the silver medal.
He was also a member of North Burleigh’s under-17 surf team which placed fourth and drew additional points for the club.
For the results of all the New Zealanders competing in Perth, click here and go to Live Results.

Beach Series win to Moors

30th March 2008

Chris Moors has taken out the men’s 1km ocean swim section of the Takapuna Beach Series for 2007-08.
He notched up seven wins from 13 starts in the 17-race series, heading off swim veteran Brent Foster and Mairangi Bay’s Brady Campbell on overall points.
The final result was based on each competitor’s best 10 finishes in the series which started on 7 November and finished on 18 March.
The Beach Series involved three disciplines, the 1km ocean swim, a 5km beach run and a 5km surf ski paddle. Competitors could participate in any one of the chosen disciplines on race night. For the overall results from the Beach Series, click here.
Chris has headed off to Perth for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships where he will compete in the board race, surf race and Iron Man events at Scarborough Beach.

Overall Results for Men's 1Km Swim: Chris Moors (999.17) 1, Brent Foster (998.58) 2, Brady Campbell (982.73) 3, Ross Anderson (979.19) 4, Tim Bowen (966.40) 5.

Bon voyage, Serena

30th March 2008

Surf club stalwart Serena Ball was given a warm send-off by club members before flying to South America to start her OE.
The farewell function in the clubrooms came hard on the heels of her gold medal achievement at Ohope Beach where she was a member of Red Beach’s winning ski relay team.
Serena will be in Ecuador for a month to learn Spanish before heading down to Peru, Chile and Argentina.
Mid-June will see her in Panama and Mexico for three months before flying to London to teach physical education. Then it’s a stint in Thailand and South East Asia for two months before arriving back in New Zealand at the end of January.
Can our newly qualified lifeguards then expect some hard physical training with instructions in Spanish?

Jade’s clean sweep

30th March 2008

Red Beach competitor Jade Tuilaepa was the top performer at the Up&Go JuniorSurf Auckland Championships held recently at Orewa. The seven-year-old dynamo swept all before her, collecting five gold medals from all five events held in her age group.
She won the Boogie Board race, the Run-Wade-Run, the Diamond race, the Beach Sprint and then the Beach Flags event. It’s her third season with the Red Beach club, having joined the Tadpole division at the age of five.
Jade’s father Tavita is the coach for the boys and the girls in the A7’s group which took out 20 of the 30 available medals in their age division at the championships.

Erin Taylor in contention for Beijing Olympics

30th March 2008

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor has become eligible to compete as a kayaker at the Olympic Games in Beijing in August.
Taylor (20) paddled the very fast time of 1:53.77 to beat her Australian counterpart Alana Nicholls by 1 ½ boat-lengths in the women’s K1 500m at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
Nicholls beat her comfortably in the original Oceania qualification race two weeks ago, but New Zealand officials successfully protested against unfair conditions.
The complaint was over clumps of weed on the Penrith course which hampered the progress of Taylor and fellow New Zealand kayaker Troy Burbidge. The International Canoe Federation upheld the protest and ordered the races be re-run.
“The selection is yet to be confirmed but it should be straightforward,” said a jubilant Taylor who has a world top-16 rating.
But it wasn’t good news for Burbidge who lost to Australian Tony Schumacher by ¾ of a boat-length in the men’s K1 500m qualification race.
Taylor will join Ben Fouhy, Steven Ferguson and Mike Walker at Beijing, pending New Zealand Olympic Committee approval.
She will also create history by becoming New Zealand’s first-ever woman flatwater paddler at an Olympics.

SLSNR 75th Jubilee

30th March 2008

This summer marks the 75th official season for Surf Life Saving Northern Region. To celebrate, SLSNR is hosting a Jubilee weekend with a wide variety of activities. Registrations close Wednesday 2nd April.
When: Friday 11th - Sunday 13th April 2008.

Jake George named in leadership group

22nd March 2008

Red Beach club member Jake George is one of seven lifeguards named by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for the 2008 Perry Foundation Leadership Group.
The group will undertake a 10 months programme of events and projects that will help develop their individual skills.
The group was selected from those who attended the 2007 Perry Foundation Leadership camp and, following that experience, made application to be part of the 2008 Leadership Group.
The group will be responsible for the development, management and delivery of a number of events and programmes that will occur this year. They will be assisted by SLSNR personnel.
The events include the Youth Development Camp, the Outward Bound course, the Rookie Challenge, the Youth Forum and the Club Management Training Programme.
Leadership Group: Jake George (Red Beach), Caroline Cave (Raglan), Russell Scoones (Mairangi Bay), Claire Fitzjames (Omaha), Jacqueline Hickey, Rebecca Coldicutt, Fleur Wong (all Piha).

Big medal haul to Red Beach

22nd March 2008

Top Auckland club at NZ Championships

Red Beach delivered a raft of outstanding performances at the recent national surf lifesaving championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane.
Competitors collected 11 gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals during the course of the three-day event, enabling Red Beach to emerge as the top club from the Northern region.
In the tussle for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, Red Beach finished in third place behind Midway (Gisborne) and Westshore (Napier). Close to 50 clubs from throughout New Zealand took part in the championships.
Competitive successes were right across the board with the under-16 men’s and women’s divisions being key contributors to the points table.

Overall Points:   Midway (94) 1, Westshore (88) 2, Red Beach (77) 3, Mairangi Bay (65) 4, Mt Maunganui (64) 5, Lyall Bay (32) 6, Papamoa (26) 7, Orewa (26) 8, Piha (24) 9, Titahi Bay (21) 10, Fitzroy (18) 11, Waikanae (17) 12, East End (17) 13, Waimairi (17) 14, Muriwai (16) 15, Ocean Beach Kiwi (15) 16, South Brighton (13) 17, Wainui (11) 18, North Beach (10) 19, NPOB (10) 20.

National champions!

22nd March 2008

We bring you our Golden Gallery of Red Beach competitors who won a total of 11 national titles at the recent NZ Surf Life Saving Championships held at Ohope Beach. We extend congratulations to all winners on their particularly fine achievements.

(Photo captions)
Chris Moors and AJ Maney won the very first title decided at the Nationals, the open men's Board Rescue event.
Keziah George and Caitlin Ryan teamed up to win the under-19 women's Board Rescue event at Ohope. They won the under-16 event at the 2007 Nationals.
The duo of AJ Maney and Sam Cosgrove were first back to the beach to claim the under-19 men's Board Rescue title.
Terrific Trio. Lauren Johnson, Serena Ball and Caitlin Ryan handled the Ohope surf with aplomb to take out the open women's Ski Relay title.
Jared Pouwhare and Dylan French charged across the finish line in the under-16 men's Board Rescue event to snare the national title.
Caitlin Ryan was all class in winning the under-16 women's Ski Race title. She came away from the championships with 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.
In the fiercely fought open men's Board Relay event, AJ Maney, Chester Edwards and Chris Moors put in blistering performances to nail the win.
Jared Pouwhare, Brock Hart and Dylan French continued their string of wins in the under-16 men's Taplin relay event to take out the national title.
Brock Hart, after displaying marked progress in ski paddling all summer, capped off the season with a fine win in the under-16 men's Surf Ski event.
Jared Pouwhare, Kurt Leopard and Dylan French made sure the season's hard training paid off by taking out the under-16 men's Board Relay event.
Red Beach's eleventh title came with the winning of the Senior Surf Teams race by Chris Moors, Sam Cosgrove, Jake George and AJ Maney. The team was presented with the Bone of Goodwill Trophy (above) which was given to the NZ Surf Life Saving Association by the SLSA of Australia. It was first contested in 1934 and won by the Lyall Bay Club from Wellington.
The trophy has been won by Red Beach on three previous occasions, in 1993, 1995 and 1996.

Junior Squash open days

22nd March 2008

The 2008 Squash year has arrived and the Squash club is kicking off the season with two ‘Open Days’.
They will take place on two consecutive Sundays, 6th and 13th April and prospective new members are most welcome. To read more about the Open Days, click here.

Red Beach on top at JuniorSurf Champs

22nd March 2008

Red Beach pulled off a stunning victory at the recent Up&Go Auckland JuniorSurf Championships, finishing more than 200 points clear of its nearest rival.
It was an across-the-board effort with all age divisions contributing handsomely to the overall points.
The all-day event, held at Orewa Beach, replaced the annual Cath & Eddie Millar Cup competition.
The championships were originally scheduled for a weekend in February but were cancelled because of atrocious weather and sea conditions.
Almost 700 competitors took part in near-perfect weather conditions.

Overall Points: Red Beach (614) 1, Orewa (403) 2, Mairangi Bay (333) 3, Piha (141) 4, Ruakaka (50) 5, Muriwai (43) 6, Waipu Cove (43) 7, United N-P (14) 8, Mangawhai Heads (11) 9, Omaha (11) 10, Sunset Beach (4) 11, Raglan (4) 12, Bethells Beach (3) 13.

Destination Ohope

10th March 2008

Ohope Beach, Whakatane, is at the ready to play host to this week's NZCT Surf Life Saving Championships which will see almost 1,400 competitors, including Masters, compete on the sand and in the surf over four days.
It's 36 years since the Nationals were staged at Ohope Beach (above) back in 1972. The Bay of Plenty venue will see a ton of action action starting with the Masters events on Thursday 13th March, through to the wind-up on Sunday 16th March.
The event itself is huge - nearly 50 clubs from throughout New Zealand will attend - with more than 100 titles to be decided in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions.
The logistics are impressive - four arenas will be used over 1,500m of beach - with a special grandstand to be erected.
Red Beach will have a total of 67 competitors at Ohope, including five surf boat crews which is a record for the club. Masters competitors will boost this number to around 80.
And with the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event.

For the full 4-day programme, click here.  For a map of the competition arenas, click here. For today's weather in Whakatane, click here. For the Ohope Beach surf report & forecast, click here. To read about Ohope's 36-year wait, click here.

NRC's confirmed for the Mount in 2009

7th March 2008

The Northern Regional Championships will be back at Mount Maunganui in 2009.
The NRC management committee, at their recent debrief meeting, confirmed Main Beach, Mount Maunganui as the venue for next January.
There had been speculation that the two-day event would move to Waihi Beach next summer.
During the next few months the organisers plan to conduct a survey on future venues for the NRC’s.

Caitlin's golden collection

3rd March 2008

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan proudly displays the 13 gold medals she won at the 2008 Auckland Surf Life Saving Championships at Ruakaka in February.
She broke the previous record of 11 gold medals which was set by Mairangi Bay’s Katie Pocock at the Auckland Champs held in 1997 at Waipu Cove.

Red Beach in the medals at Ocean Athletes

3rd March 2008

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf division has returned from the Ocean Athletes event with 13 medals.
Club members picked up 3 gold, 3 silver and 7 bronze medals and finished the 3-day competition at Mt Maunganui in sixth spot on overall points. Close to 30 clubs from throughout New Zealand took part. For story and full results, click here.

New date for Club Champs

3rd March 2008

The SeniorSurf club championships, postponed because of bad weather on Saturday 1st March, have been rescheduled.
Because of the difficulty in arranging a weekend date, the event will now take place mid-week at Red Beach on Wednesday 5th March. The programme remains unchanged.
Registrations: From 5.30 pm.  First Event: 6.00 pm sharp.
Masters events have been added to the programme. There are two categories, 30-49 and 50+ with competitors able to take part in a surf race, ski race, board race and a beach sprint. Club members are invited to stay on for a BBQ at the conclusion of events.

Ocean Athletes set for Mount

26th February 2008

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members head for Mount Maunganui this coming weekend to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
A total of 56 club competitors aged from 10-14 years will participate over three days of competition starting on Friday 29th February.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed eight years ago by Sensor Promotions in Tauranga. Since then, the event has developed into one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s most successful surf sport events. Close to 1,000 young athletes attend this national event every year, making it one of the largest children's events in the country.
To read the very latest on Ocean Athletes, click here.

Change of carnival venue

26th February 2008

The Surf Sports carnival scheduled for this coming Sunday at Mangawhai Heads has been switched to Red Beach.
Last weekend’s storm has resulted in erosion on the beach at Mangawhai, making it difficult to gain access.
With a high tide of 3.40 pm, beach sprints and beach flags head the programme. Next up are surf, board and ski races, to be followed by the Run Swim Run event, board relays and ski relays. The 3-person Taplin relay event wraps up the day.
The briefing for team managers is at 9.30 am and the beach events get under way at 10.00 am. Racing for surf boats & surf canoes will also get under way at 10.00 am.
For competitors, it’s the final opportunity for a hit-out before the NZ Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in mid-March.

SeniorSurf Club Champs

25th February 2008

The annual club championships for the SeniorSurf Division take place on Saturday 1st March at Red Beach.
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. Details have been posted to club members.
All trophies will be presented at the prizegiving night in May.
Registrations will be taken at the beach from 9.00 am with the first event getting under way at 9.30 am.

Important Notice : Open Water Swim

23rd February 2008 (12 noon)

19th Annual Open Water Swim, Red Beach

Due to weather and sea conditions, the 2008 Open Water Swim scheduled for Sunday 24th February at Red Beach has been cancelled. We look forward to seeing all open water swimmers at Red Beach in 2009 for the 20th anniversary swim.

Important Notice : JuniorSurf Champs

23rd February 2008 (7.15pm)

Up&Go JuniorSurf Champs, Orewa Beach

Due to weather and sea conditions, the events scheduled for Sunday 24th February at Orewa have also been cancelled. Click onto the website ...

Winners at Ruakaka

21st February 2008

Our photo essay on the Auckland Championships at Ruakaka gives recognition to the many Red Beach athletes who won titles during the weekend.
We weren't able to capture every winner on camera, such were the demands of the two-day event with three arenas in operation. Nevertheless, congratulations to all who gave their best and delivered some highly impressive results.

Open Water Swim

21st February 2008

The 19th annual Open Water Swim gets under way at Red Beach this Sunday, 24th February.
Organised jointly by the Roskill Masters Swim Club and the Red Beach Surf Club, the event is expected to attract around 100 swimmers. To read more about the event, click here.
To print out an entry form, click here.

Golden haul, and a record, for Caitlin Ryan

21st February 2008

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan came away from the Auckland Surf Life Saving Championships at Ruakaka with a distinctly golden glow.
She was not only the outstanding competitor at the two-day event, she rewrote the history books with a haul of 13 gold medals.
The previous record was held by Mairangi Bay’s Katie Pocock who won 11 gold medals at the Auckland Championships held at Waipu Cove in 1997.
Caitlin picked up seven gold medals on the first day of competition, unaware there was a record to be broken. Just a handful of Red Beach people knew the weekend’s target was 12, however, they didn’t let on because of the concern they had for putting pressure on the talented teenager.
On the second day of competition, she didn’t disappoint and cruised home with a further six gold medals. The weekend’s wins came from two individual events and 11 team events. Surprisingly, she missed out on the Diamond Lady event by a matter of metres which would have given her a final tally of 14 golds.
To her collection she added four silver and three bronze medals.

Overall Results: Mairangi Bay (552.5) 1, Red Beach (517) 2, Muriwai (325.5) 3, Piha (245) 4, Orewa (179) 5, Ruakaka (45) 6, United North Piha (22) 7, Omaha (21) 8, Bethells Beach (19) 9, Kariaotahi (15) 10, Whangarei Heads (8) 11.

Auckland Champs at Ruakaka

12th February 2008

Ruakaka is again the venue for the Auckland Championships this coming weekend. The Ruakaka surf club is hosting the two-day event for the third consecutive year at the popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme gets under way at 11.00 am with beach sprints, followed by beach flags and beach relays.
Water events commence with the Run Swim Run, followed by ski relays, board rescues and tube rescues. The boat arena will see short course racing for surf boats and surf canoes. Board relays wrap up the first day of competition.
Sunday’s programme starts at 8.00 am with a March Past for all competing clubs, followed by ski and board races. The presentation of medals takes place at the conclusion of all events. For the full two-day programme, click here.

Ironman double for AJ Maney at Surf League

6th February 2008

Red Beach’s Alistair 'AJ' Maney notched up a significant Ironman double while competing at the recent Lion Foundation Surf League.
Competing in Auckland’s under-19 team, he was a clear winner of the event on Day One at Mount Maunganui. On Day Two, in an extremely tight finish, he crossed the finish line just centimetres ahead of Canterbury competitor Tim Johns.
As part of his build-up, AJ spent two months training with the North Burleigh club in Queensland before returning to Auckland in mid-January.
Red Beach clubmate Sam Cosgrove was also outstanding for Auckland through his swimming strengths. Named initially for the under-19 team, he received a last-minute call-up to compete in Auckland’s Open team and acquitted himself well in both teams.

Lifeguard exchange

6th February 2008

Red Beach, through its sister-club relationship with the Collaroy surf club in Sydney, has just hosted two young Collaroy members by way of a lifeguard exchange scheme.
Andrew Brown and Mark Broome were in New Zealand in January and attended the Northern Regional Championships with Red Beach club members.
The inaugural exchange took place in December 1995 when Vaughan Skiffington and Hugh Roberts spent two weeks in Australia as guests of the Collaroy club.

Four surf boat crews to compete at Waihi

6th February 2008

Four Red Beach surf boat crews are entered for the Trillian Trust Surf Boat event at Waihi.
Round Three of the series kicks off on Saturday 9th February and organisers are expecting up to 40 crews to take part. Saturday’s long-course event also doubles as the Tradestaff North Island surf boat championships 2008.
The open men’s crew will be looking to emulate the first placing achieved by Red Beach at last year’s event. There is just one change to the crew which sprang the surprise win at Whangamata in early-January during Round Two.
Red Beach will also have its three women’s crews rowing at Waihi. One crew is entered in the Open Women’s division, while the other two will row in the Novice Ladies division which is restricted to first year rowers only.
The Champion of Champions surf boat racing takes place at Waihi on Sunday 10th February.

Red Beach club members named in rep teams

24th January 2008

Five Red Beach club members have been named by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for their under-16 and under-14 rep teams.

Both of the 10-strong SLSNR teams will compete in the Inter-District championships at Oakura Beach, New Plymouth on the weekend of 9th/10th February. Those selected are:  Under-16 Team: Dylan French, Caitlin Ryan, Shauni Furniss. Under-14 Team: Cody Richards, Kayla Herbert.

Surf Camp to return in 2009

24th January 2008

The Super Surf Camp held at Red Beach in early-January is set to make a return in 2009 following a successful outcome.
It was conducted on the same lines as the popular JuniorSurf training camps held in Australia. The camp focused on developing board and swimming skills as well as training ethic and personal development.
The 38 youngsters aged from 8-13 years who attended the two-day camp were JuniorSurf members from a number of clubs in the northern region.
It was run by Brett Dowker, the Australian National High Performance head coach with the assistance of Michael Buck. It is scheduled to return on 15th/16th January 2009.
To read the Super Surf Camp newsletter, click here.

NRC’s at the Mount

24th January 2008

Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty is again the venue for the Northern Regional Championships during Auckland’s Anniversary weekend.
The next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships, it will take place on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th January with a record 38 surf clubs participating.
There are 835 competitors in what is the largest NRC's held for some years.
To view the event programme, click here.To view the NRC's beach plan, click here.

Surf League teams

16th January 2008

The 2008 Lion Foundation Surf League teams have been announced. Seven district teams will compete in the League’s open division on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February at Mt Maunganui Beach. Nine district teams will do battle in the under-19 division.Red Beach lifeguards selected for the Northern Region teams are:
Open: Chris Moors, Jane Moors, Lauren Johnson  Under-19: Sam Cosgrove, Alistair Maney

Lauren's Shark encounter

15th January 2008

Red Beach lifeguard Lauren Johnson thought her number was up when she encountered a shark at Omaha Beach yesterday.
Working as a Regional lifeguard at the popular holiday spot north of Auckland, she spoke of the terror as the shark sank its teeth into the inflatable rescue boat she was riding in with fellow lifeguard Kris O’Neill.
They were checking out reports of sharks when their 3.8m craft was attacked by a four-metre bronze whaler. To read the article from the New Zealand Herald, click here.

Carnival at Orewa

11th January 2008

Orewa is now the venue for the next Surf Sports carnival on Sunday 13th January.
It was to have been held at Piha, however, surf officials decided on the switch after giving consideration to a number of factors.
There is a slight change to the programme. It now starts with beach sprints, followed by beach relays and beach flags. Next up are surf, board and ski races, to be followed by board relays, board rescues and double ski races. Diamond person, Ironman events and Taplin relays wind up the day.
The briefing for team managers is at 9.30 am and the beach events get under way at 10.00 am. The surf boat arena starts up at 12 noon.
The carnival is the last opportunity for competitors to impress the selectors and gain berths in Auckland’s Lion Foundation Surf League teams.

Red Beach retains Owen Chapman Cup

9th January 2008

A strong turnout by Red Beach competitors gave the club the edge to retain the Owen Chapman Cup on its home beach on Saturday 5th January.
It was the 52nd year of competition for the trophy and just three points separated Red Beach and Mairangi Bay at the lunch-break.
However, Red Beach pulled out all the stops during the afternoon’s events and went on to win the carnival for the fourth consecutive year, finishing ahead of Mairangi Bay by 21 points.
Close to 300 competitors representing 20 clubs across the country battled it out on the sand and in the tricky surf thrown up by a north-easterly wind.
The carnival was notable for the presence of members of the NZ representative team which competed in the International Surf Challenge at Bondi at the end of November.
The shining star for Red Beach was Caitlin Ryan who featured in six wins. Along with three team wins she pulled off individual wins in the under-16 board race, ski race and Diamond Lady events.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (147) 1, Mairangi Bay (126) 2, Orewa (97) 3, Muriwai (31) 4, Piha (16) 5.  For a full set of results, click here.

Training sessions for Surf Lifeguard Award

9th January 2008

Tuition for candidates wanting to become qualified lifeguards with the Red Beach club begins again on Sunday 20th January.
The training will be held in the Red Beach surf clubrooms from 11.00 am with the session lasting 1 ½ hours. There is no tuition on Sunday 27th January, however, it will resume on Sunday 3rd February.
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.

Whangamata winners

7th January 2008
(Pic) The Red Beach open men’s surf boat crew in high spirits after winning the short course final of the Trillian Trust surf boat event at Whangamata Beach. From left: Steve Westlake, Rodney Stephens, David Schumacher, Richard Beaumont, Craig Dillon (sweep).

Red Beach's newly formed surf boat crew came up trumps in winning the open division of the short course surf boat final at Whangamata recently.
The event, held in a testing surf of up to one metre, was the second of four rounds of the Trillian Trust surf boat series.
It was the crew's first competitive outing in surf boat racing but the win was no fluke.
With 20 crews competing in the open division, Red Beach notched up two wins and a second in their three heats to emerge as top qualifier for the semi-finals.
In the six-boat final, Red Beach was flanked by Mt Maunganui and trans-Tasman champions Titahi Bay, the pre-race favourites.
The three crews drew level in the last 50 metres, however, Red Beach pulled ahead by several metres in the closing stages to give Steve Westlake the edge in the sprint to the finish line.
Earlier in the day, the crew finished a close second to Titahi Bay in the annual Round the Island surf boat race.
A record 41 crews raced at Whangamata, including 14 women's crews and seven age-group crews. Round three of the series is at Waihi Beach on 9th February.

Overall Results:

Open Men A Final: Red Beach 1, Titahi Bay 2, Mt Maunganui Yellow 3, Piha 4, Mt Maunganui White 5, Whakatane 6. Open Men B Final: Mairangi Bay Vice 1, Waihi 2, Bethells Beach 3, Whangamata 4, Red Beach Cab Savs 5, Mairangi Bay Barbarians 6. Women's A Final: Titahi Bay 1, Mt Maunganui 2, Red Beach A 3, Whakatane 4, Bethells Beach 5, Orewa 6. Women's B Final: Paekakariki 1, Lyall Bay 2, Red Beach Black Widows 3.

Website milestone!

7th January 2008

It’s just a little over 12 months since this website was launched on 22 December 2006 and we’ve reached the milestone of 10,000 visits to the site. We regard that as quite an achievement.
To be expected, the biggest number of hits, or just on 70%, are from website visits here in New Zealand. The balance comes from no less than 50 other countries around the world. And while we continue to receive an ever-increasing number of hits, we’ll keep surfing towards the next milestone.