Archives 2009


54th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

24th December 2009

The Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival, the country's longest running club day for surf lifeguards, takes place at Red Beach on Saturday 9th January 2010.
For the Owen Chapman programme, click here.  For the Owen Chapman entry form, click here.  Note: Entries close on Tuesday 5th January. Postal details can be found on the entry form.


Red Beach crews off to Whangamata

24th December 2009

Bay of Plenty venue to host annual event

Two Red Beach surf boat crews will head for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on 2nd January.
The event doubles as Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40-50 crews taking part. The growth in numbers is the result of a widespread interest in surf boat rowing in New Zealand.
The annual event at the popular Bay of Plenty venue 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.


Red Beach lifeguards patrolling at Pakiri

24th December 2009

Picturesque beach, popular with boardriders, now has weekend surf patrols

Red Beach lifeguards have extended their volunteer services by providing surf patrols at the northern beach of Pakiri. The picturesque beach, stretching for 8km on the eastern coastline, is a one hour drive north from Red Beach. Club members began patrolling on Saturday 5th December and will continue with regular weekend patrols through to Sunday 15th February.
The lifeguards are equipped with an IRB, a quad bike, a shelter tent with Red Beach SLSC signage, first aid equipment and they have radio contact with SurfCom based in Auckland.
The Red Beach club has seen a recent surge in its lifeguard membership, making it possible to provide volunteer surf patrols at two beaches.
“We’re receiving positive feedback from day-trippers, local residents and holidaymakers who have approached our lifeguards to express their delight at seeing the patrols at Pakiri,” said Red Beach lifesaving manager Chris Gurr.

To read the NZ Herald story of 29.12.09 on Red Beach lifeguards patrolling at Pakiri, click here.
To read the NZ Herald article regarding a drowning at Pakiri in January 2009, click here.

Coming soon … the story on how the Red Beach Surf Club took the initiative to provide lifeguard patrols at Pakiri.


Keep 'em cold!

24th December 2009

Just the ticket for the summer months …

These nifty can & stubby holders will keep your cold drinks cold! They’re made from 5mm Neoprene and are printed with the surf club logo.   Just $8.00 each or 3 for $20.00. Now on sale across the bar at the Red Beach clubrooms. For postal sales, click here to email an order.


Checking out Pakiri

24th December 2009

Twenty Red Beach lifeguards travelled north to Pakiri Beach in mid-November to check out the conditions and to become familiar with the beach and its surroundings.
The visit was the precursor to the start of weekend patrols at the east coast location and for some of the lifeguards it was their first-ever visit to Pakiri.
They checked out the Pakiri River which flows out to sea just north of the patrolling area and used two IRB’s to journey down the coastline. We caught the occasion on camera.


Surf carnival now at Omaha

18th December 2009

Carnival moving to Omaha Beach with the emphasis on individual racing

The Interclub surf carnival scheduled for Sunday 20th December at Bethells Beach will now take place at Omaha.
The switch has been forced by a predicted 2m-3m swell on Auckland's west coast this weekend, as well as onshore winds. Just four weeks ago, Omaha became the venue for the first Interclub event of the summer because of rugged conditions at the planned venue of North Piha.
Sunday's surf carnival is again of key importance for surf athletes wanting to be selected for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League teams. Back-to-back individual racing features on the programme which will see the following events: 3 x Swim, 3 x Board, 3 x Ski, 3 x Sprint, Beach Flags.
Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place.

The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am with the first event at 9.00 am.

JuniorSurf carnival

11th December 2009

Red Beach the venue for a full day of competition

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first JuniorSurf Inter-Club competition of the summer on Sunday 13th December.  The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach flags, beach relays and the Diamond Person event. Five competition arenas will be in operation.
Between 600 and 700 competitors are expected to take part. Sunday's carnival is the third of five competition events to be held at Red Beach this summer.
The team managers' meeting is at 8.15 am with the first event at 9.00 am.


Carnival at Muriwai

5th December 2009

Emphasis on team events at west coast venue

Muriwai is the venue for the second Inter-Club carnival on the surf sports programme for 2009-10. The event on Sunday 6th December is again of key importance for surf athletes wanting to be selected for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League team.
Team events are the feature of the programme which will see the following: Board Rescue, Tube Rescue, Board Relay, Ski Relay, Double Ski, Surf Teams, Beach Relay and the Taplin Relay. 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 at 9.00 am.

JuniorSurf Twilight

1st December 2009

JuniorSurf twilight event # 2 coming up on Thursday

Mairangi Bay is the venue for the second JuniorSurf twilight competition of the season on Thursday 3rd December.
The Up&Go event is for C group athletes - the 12 & 13 year olds - who will compete in a run swim run, board races, beach sprints, beach relays and a board relay.
Athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the U-14 inter-districts team to compete at Omaha on 23/24 January are urged to attend this carnival.

The team managers' meeting is at 5.15 pm with the first event at 5.30 pm.

Collectors needed!

30th November 2009

Club needs more collectors for National Jandal Day

The club is making an appeal for more collectors for National Jandal Day, surf lifesaving’s annual appeal, on Friday 4th December.
The Red Beach Surf Club receives funding based on the number of collectors it fronts with. Please contact club administration officer Debra Cairns at 09 426 5283 or send an email to offer your services.


Patrols personalised

25th November 2009

Red Beach Surf Club's volunteer patrol groups have been personalised.

The names of the club’s most successful competitors of the past few decades have been given to the club’s seven patrols for the summer.
The Reece patrol has been named after Hayden Reece who won nine New Zealand titles in his three years with the club. Reece is the only Red Beach competitor to have won the NZ Iron Man title which he collected in 1992.
The Harker patrol gets its name from Reg Harker who was labelled many times as the Iron Man of surf lifesaving in New Zealand because of his competitor prowess during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s.
The Pritchard patrol is named after Scott Pritchard who heads the club leaderboard of NZ titles with a tally of 24 gold medals.
The Piper patrol recognises Red Beach’s most successful female competitor Kelly Piper who was prominent in beach sprints, relays and beach flags during the 1990’s.
There is also the Jackson patrol, named after the quartet of Jared, Adam, Jacinta and Anna, who collectively have 28 gold medals from the nationals. The Richards patrol is named after the quintet of Steve, Lance, Ed, Simon & Vicki Richards, all of whom won NZ titles.
And swimmer Tim Fitzsimmons, who won 10 NZ titles while competing for Red Beach, lends his name to the Fitzsimmons patrol.


JuniorSurf Twilight event

25th November 2009

JuniorSurf competition gets under way for summer

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first JuniorSurf twilight competition of the season on Friday 27th November.
The Up&Go event is for C group athletes - the 12 & 13 year olds - who will compete in surf races, board races, beach flags, beach relays and the surf teams event.
Athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the U-14 inter-districts team to compete at Omaha on 23/24 January are urged to attend this carnival.   Friday's carnival is the second of five competition events to be held at Red Beach this summer.

The team managers' meeting is at 5.15 pm with the first event at 5.30 pm.

Carnival now at Omaha

21st November 2009

Weather and surf conditions force a switch in venue

The Surf Sports carnival scheduled for this Sunday 22nd at North Piha has been switched to Omaha Beach.
Because of a change in the weekend’s weather forecast and the expectations of a growing swell on the west coast, the first Inter-Club event of the summer will now be held at the Northland venue. Officials felt that the conditions at North Piha would not be conducive to a successfully run event.
The unchanged programme will feature the following events: Surf Race, Board, Ski, Flags, Sprints & Ironman. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place. Surf boat events will contribute points to the district surf boat championships. The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am. The first event starts at 9.00 am.


Carnival at North Piha

16th November 2009

First Inter-Club surf carnival of summer this Sunday

North Piha is the venue for the first Inter-Club surf carnival of the summer. The event on Sunday 22nd November is seen as a participation carnival to give athletes the chance to race multiple times in a short space of time in individual events.
The programme, which may vary according to surf conditions, will feature the following events: Surf Race, Board, Ski, Flags, Sprints & Ironman. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will also take place at the west coast location.  The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am and the first event is scheduled for 9.00 am.

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

JuniorSurf activities

13th November 2009

Sunday morning training and activities are now in full swing for Red Beach’s JuniorSurf division.
The Opening Day on Sunday 1st November saw a highly organised start to the season with ideal weather conditions.
Throughout November, JuniorSurf training will take place every Sunday at Red Beach. Roll-call is at 9.45 am with activities for the five -13 year olds commencing at 10.00 am.
Parents are still able to enrol their children. To print out a registration form, click here.


Changerooms at club close to completion

13th November 2009

Completion of the changerooms at the club is drawing nearer. The major refurbish of the downstairs ablution block was linked to the construction of the new deck which is proving to be a big hit with club members.
The changerooms, already in use, are having the finishing touches applied. The alterations have been made possible through the generosity of a number of companies and individuals who have donated time and materials to aid the project.
The Red Beach club acknowledges the generosity of two companies in particular – B H Heron Plumbing and Allproof Industries – who got right in behind the project with their donations of materials, fittings and/or labour.
The club also thanks the following for their support by way of time and materials: Golder Residential (Steve Golder), CD Contractors (Craig Dillon), D & H Steel (Dean Pouwhare), Triton Bricklaying (Phil George), Hutchinson Consultants, Steve Leopard, Phil Little, Bob McConnell, Philip Taylor.
Surf club patron Bryan Heron and his company of B H Heron Plumbing donated a significant amount of time and labour for the reconstruction of the downstairs changerooms.

(Photo) The Jackson family business of Allproof Industries was also to the fore with the donation of fittings for the changerooms project. From left: Adam, Jacinta, Ian, Maureen, Jared. The Jackson name was prominent in surf lifesaving competition during the 1980's and 1990's. Both Jared and Adam achieved New Zealand surf lifesaving rep status.

Wine fundraiser

13th November 2009

The Red Beach Surf Club is offering quality wine as part of its fundraising programme for the building improvements project.
The labels are distinctive. The Chardonnay 2009 label shows Red Beach as it was in the 1950’s. The Sauvignon Blanc 2008 label features the famous Pohutukawa tree landmark. The Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009 label shows the Red Beach surf club's first building when it was opened in 1959.
All 3 wine varieties are priced at $14.90 per bottle. You can check out the quality with your own taste test ! They are currently sold over the bar at the Red Beach clubrooms.
To order these quality wines, print out the order form which provides all the purchase details.


Pub to Club results

13th November 2009

Puhoi to Red Beach event for surf boats & surf skis

Surf Boats:
Open Men – Piha Boomers (1:29.12) 1, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:30.53) 2, Mairangi Vice A (1:32.48) 3, Muriwai (1:34.37) 4, Mairangi Vice B (1:38.25) 5
U23 Men – Piha Pirates (1:38.44) 1
U19 Men – Piha Pistols (1:32.17) 1, Piha Doggies (1:40.27) 2, Bethells Buttheads (1:40.48) 3, Orewa (1:47.14) 4, Red Beach (1:59.27) 5
Open Women – Orewa White (1:37.30) 1, Red Beach (1:41.03) 2, Bethells Babes (1:44.33) 3, Bethells Beavers (1:53.18) 4
Surf Skis:
Men – J Pocock (1:30.20) 1, C Moors (1:31.28) 2, N Bryant (1:43.00) 3, C Hart (1:45.50) 4, J Curd (1:53.47) 5, J Pouwhare (1:56.50) 6, J Readman (1:56.55) 7
Women – K Pocock (1:33.12) 1, C Ryan (1:37.24) 2, L Bailey (1:56.55) 3
Masters – B Maney (1:47.00) 1, M Taylor (1:56.30) 2, S Moors (2:03.00) 3
Double Ski – T & R Jacka, Piha (1:29.01) 1


King of Rangitoto

13th November 2009

The King of Rangitoto event, last held in 2003, made a return to the competition programme when it took place on 31st October.
The course for surf boat crews and ski paddlers was over a 5km distance from Takapuna Beach to McKenzie Bay on Rangitoto Island where all craft were beached. Competitors then ran to the Rangitoto summit and back to their craft, a distance of 7km. Then it was a 5km paddle or row back to Takapuna to complete the course.
We bring you our photo essay on the well-attended event.


National Jandal Day

13th November 2009

National Jandal Day, Surf Life Saving’s annual appeal day, will take place on Friday 4th 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 of the lifesaving operation. Surf lifesaving street collectors will be out in force 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, click here. To learn more about National Jandal Day, click here.


Twilight carnival at Mairangi

11th November 2009

Mairangi Bay is the venue for the first Twilight carnival on the surf sports programme.

The carnival kicks off on Thursday 12th November with the first event at 5.30 pm. Surf races and the Run-Swim-Run event head the programme, followed by board race and board rescue events. Beach sprints and beach flags wrap up the evening’s competition.


Pub to Club event for surf boats & skis

4th November 2009

Surf boat crews will be joined by surf ski paddlers when they head down the Puhoi River for the annual Pub to Club event on Saturday 7th November.
Between 15 and 20 boat crews - male & female - will race for cash prizes on offer from B H Heron Plumbing.
In previous years, ski paddlers have had their own mid-winter Pub to Club race. The two events have now been combined.
The course is along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach, a distance of around 16km.
The briefing at the Puhoi Pub is at 10.00 am and the first boat will get away at 10.45 am with 3-minute intervals between boats. Ski paddlers will also start at 10.45 am.
For surf boat information, contact Chris McCullough after hours at 021 612 304, or email chris.mccullough@xtra.co.nz For surf ski information, contact Vaughan Skiffington at 021 401 444.


IRB event at Omaha

4th November 2009

First IRB carnival of season, Sunday 8th November

IRB crews will get the chance to hone their skills for next month’s North Island IRB Champs when they compete at Omaha this Sunday.
The Omaha Surf Club is hosting the first IRB carnival of the summer which will see the events of Tube Rescue, Mass Rescue, Assembly Rescue and Single Rescue. An Open Teams Rescue Race is also on the programme which caters for Senior, U21 and Women’s crews. Red Beach will be represented by two U21 crews.
The North Island IRB Champs will be held at Whangamata on 12/13 December.
Registrations at Omaha take place at 9.15 am. The first event, the Tube Rescue gets under way at 10.00 am.


NZ Surf Boat Series

30th October 2009

Entries have opened for the NZ Surf Boat Series for 2009/10.
The rapidly growing interest in surf boat rowing points to a bumper season when the series kicks off at Wellington's Titahi Bay at the end of November. The events that make up the series are:

28 November Titahi Bay : Wellington Super Surf Boat Series
2 January Whangamata : Surf Boat Spectacular
6 February Waihi : North Island Surf Boat Championships
20 February Piha : Big Wave Classic
For full information on the NZ Surf Boat Series, click here.


King of Rangitoto

30th October 2009

After an absence of several years, the King of Rangitoto event makes a return this Saturday 31st October. The event is open to surf ski paddlers as well as surf boat and surf canoe crews.
The course involves a 5km paddle or row from Takapuna Beach to McKenzie Bay on Rangitoto Island where all craft are beached. Then it’s a run to the Rangitoto summit and back to the craft, a distance of 7km over rugged terrain. Boat and canoe crews need to have a minimum of two carry out the run to the summit.
Competitors then complete the 5km paddle or row back to Takapuna Beach where the event ends.
Registrations for the event take place from 7.30 am at Takapuna Beach. The event gets under way at 9.00 am.


SLSNZ Awards to four club members

30th October 2009

SLSNZ Life Membership to Graeme Danks

Four Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving New Zealand for their services to the movement.
Graeme Danks has been made a Life Member of SLSNZ. He joined Red Beach in 1971 and has filled numerous administrative roles including four years as club president. In the early-90’s he was chairman of the Auckland SLSA for three years. He was the association’s delegate to the NRC’s for seven years, a beach inspector for six years and for the past 34 years he has been a member of the Board of Judges and an NRC’s official. He has been a Nationals official for 27 years. For five years he has served as president and/or chairman of the Waihi surf club.
George Cowper was presented with a Distinguished Service Award. He joined Red Beach in 1971 and filled numerous administration roles in the club through the 1980’s and 1990’s. He was the gear steward for five years, a committee member for 13 years and club president and chairman for four years. George has been a member of the Auckland Board of Judges and a competition official for the past 21 years. He has served as a Nationals official for 19 years.
Cherie Dillon and Scott Pritchard were the recipients of SLSNZ Service Awards which were presented at the awards function in Wellington in September.


Surf patrol season under way again

30th October 2009

Volunteer lifeguard patrols commenced at Red Beach on Saturday 24th October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend. The official patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:

11:00 am - 4:00 pm Months of October, November, March, April (to Easter Monday)
11:00 am - 5:00 pm Months of December, January and February.
A surge in membership has resulted in an extension of patrolling hours at Red Beach. On each patrolling day there are now two patrol shifts with the first shift commencing at 9.00 am. The second shift ends at 5.00 pm.


Hypnotist to return

30th October 2009

World renowned hypnotist Dave Upfold returns for two nights in November to assist the Red Beach Surf Club with its fundraising efforts.
His show The Hilarious Hypnotist was well received when it ran for 3 nights in September. It will be back on Thursday 5th & Friday 6th November at the Whangaparaoa College auditorium. Tickets are $20 per head. The show is rated ‘comedy at its best’ and offers two hours of side-splitting fun and laughter.
To purchase tickets, contact the Red Beach Surf Club at 09 426 5283, or click here to email your request.


Lifeguard Refresher Day

12th October 2009

The SLSNR Lifeguard Refresher Day is coming up on Saturday 17th October at Orewa Beach. Registrations get under way at 9.30 am and lifeguards will be able to start their refresher as soon as they have registered.
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.


Registration days for JuniorSurf members

4th October 2009

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 11th October & Sunday 18th 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 1st November.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to either of the registration days. For the form, click here.


Hilarious Hypnotist a fundraiser for surf club

1st September 2009

World renowned hypnotist Dave Upfold will be assisting the Red Beach Surf Club in a major fund raising drive in late-September.
His show The Hilarious Hypnotist will run for three nights on 28,29,30 September at the Whangaparaoa College auditorium. Tickets are $20 per head.  The show is rated ‘comedy at its best’ and offers two hours of side-splitting fun and laughter. The fund raising drive is sponsored by 89.9 Times FM Radio. To read more about the show and where tickets can be purchased, click here.


IRB driver awards lead to club record

1st September 2009

The nine IRB driver awards obtained in one day by Red Beach lifeguards have established a new record within the club.
The exam, which took place at Piha on Auckland's west coast in August, saw all nine Red Beach candidates qualify as drivers for the inflatable rescue craft. Those to pass were: Kevin Cornish, Shane Minifie, Brock Hart, Alistair Presland, Joshua Cholmondeley-Smith, Kurt Leopard, Stephen Payne, Jack Readman and Joshua Davison.
Meanwhile, Dean Pouwhare and Mark Readman have qualified as IRB instructors and Brian Maney is just two exams away from obtaining the IRB district examiner's award.


Four club IRB crews to take on challenge

1st September 2009

Four IRB crews from Red Beach are entered for the 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge on Saturday 5th 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 Long Distance Carnival coming up

1st September 2009

The long-distance surf carnival at Mairangi Bay on Sunday 20th September will kick-start the 2009-10 surf sports season.
The event will include a 2km Beach Run, a 10km Ski paddle, a 5km Board paddle and a 1.5km swim. Surf boat rowers and canoe paddlers will also compete over the 10km course. Competitor registrations are at 9.00 am and the first event gets under way at 9.30 am.


Club to host five events this summer

1st September 2009

Red Beach is to host five competition events this summer. The dates and the events are:

* Sat 7th November Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge (surf boats & skis)
* Fri 27th November JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 1 (C group)
* Sun 13th December JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
* Sat 9th January Owen Chapman Cup Carnival
* Sun 24th January Open Water Swim, 2.00 pm

For the full SeniorSurf Sports Calendar for 2009-10, click here.Red Beach hosted the full-day JuniorSurf carnival in December 2008.


IRB driver awards lead to club record

1st September 2009

The nine IRB driver awards obtained in one day by Red Beach lifeguards have established a new record within the club.
The exam, which took place at Piha on Auckland's west coast in August, saw all nine Red Beach candidates qualify as drivers for the inflatable rescue craft.
Those to pass were: Kevin Cornish, Shane Minifie, Brock Hart, Alistair Presland, Joshua Cholmondeley-Smith, Kurt Leopard, Stephen Payne, Jack Readman and Joshua Davison.
Meanwhile, Dean Pouwhare and Mark Readman have qualified as IRB instructors and Brian Maney is just two exams away from obtaining the IRB district examiner's award.


SLSNR Pool Champs

4th August 2009

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson Sunday 6th September.
The one-day event will see pool events for JuniorSurf members during the morning session with warm-up beginning at 9.00 am. The afternoon session for SeniorSurf competitors starts at 1.00 pm.
At stake will be the Cosgrove Trophy which will be awarded to the club gaining the most overall points on the day. For further information on the pool champs, click here.


Fire guts surf club

4th August 2009

Lyall Bay's surfing community is vowing to rebuild the Maranui Surf Life Saving clubhouse and cafe, after a fire gutted the heritage building. Club records and memorabilia dating back to 1911 were destroyed in the fire, which began about 1.30am on Saturday 1st August. To read more on the story from Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper, click here.


Awards made at club's AGM

4th August 2009

Nine 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 26th July.
Red Beach stalwart Patricia Olsen was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for her services to surf lifesaving and to Red Beach SLSC since joining in 1971.
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 22 years and a Nationals judge for 19 years.
Vaughan Skiffington was presented with a club Service Award. Having won two National titles as a 14 year old, he went on to become one of the club’s most successful competitors. Since 2001 he has been Red Beach’s Sports Coach and a member of the SeniorSurf committee.
At the 2006 NZ Championships he led the club to its winning the Allan Gardner Trophy for top club with a record medal haul. He then won the NZ Surf Coach of the Year award. For three years he has been a member of the Fundraising & Sponsorship Management committee and he has been to the fore in developing a new coaching structure.
Steve Cosgrove also received a Service Award. He was appointed to the club’s JuniorSurf committee in 1996 and remained a member of it for six years. During this time he was also involved in coaching the youngsters of the JuniorSurf division. In 2002 and for two years he was the chairman of the division as well as its head coach.
In 2004 he helped establish the Pool Championships in Auckland, later donating the Cosgrove Trophy for pool competition. He has also been a member of the SLSNR Board of Directors.
Doug Stephenson was also the recipient of a Service Award. In 1998 and for two years he was a member of the JuniorSurf committee and then became the chairman of the SeniorSurf committee for three years.
He has also served as Gear Steward, Powercraft Officer and Liaison Officer for the Red Beach/Collaroy lifeguard exchange scheme. He was also the organiser for the Pub to Club paddle event for three years. More recently he has been a member of the building sub-committee for the club’s new deck.

(Photos)Recognition Awards were presented to Sue McLeely, the JuniorSurf division treasurer for the past five years, and to Debra Cairns, currently the club's administration officer.
Also receiving Red Beach Recognition Awards were, from left, Mark Readman, Blair Cranston and Dean Pouwhare.

Regional Lifeguards

4th August 2009

Applications for the Regional Lifeguard Service are now open. If you would like to apply to be a Regional Lifeguard for the 2009-10 season, click here. Applications close on Friday 18th September.

Note: Before your application can be processed by the Red Beach club, you need to be a financial club member for the new season. You are also required by SLSNR to carry out your rostered club patrols at Red Beach.

Members pursue IRB driver qualifications

4th August 2009

Ten Red Beach club members took on a mean and ugly 2m surf at Piha on a recent weekend to put the finishing touches to their IRB driving skills.
Since May, all have been in training for the IRB driver’s award and will be back at the west coast venue this month for the examination.
All candidates have now completed the written component of the exam and with more than 10 hours of driving time behind each of them, the club is poised for a record number of qualified drivers within its ranks.
Dean Pouwhare will be going for the IRB Instructor’s award while Brian Maney will be pursuing the District Examiner’s award for IRB’s.


Erin Taylor to compete in kayak world champs

4th August 2009

Beijing Olympian and Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor is currently in Halifax, Canada and poised to compete at the kayak world championships starting August 12.
To read the Sunday Star Times article (2nd August) on Erin's kayaking ambitions, click here.


Surf expressions

29th June 2009

In sport, you can often tell what someone is thinking, not by their words but by their face. Different situations bring on different emotions and facial expressions.
Then there are competitor expressions, which is what we captured on camera at last summer’s surf carnivals. We bring them to you in this photo essay.


Top volunteer award to Dean Pouwhare

18th June 2009

Powercraft manager Dean Pouwhare collected the prestigious Volunteer of the Year award at the recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence function. Held at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, it attracted around 400 people.
The award was given in recognition of Dean’s contribution to the Red Beach club. Along with maintaining the club’s three IRB’s through his mechanical know-how, he is involved with the training of IRB drivers. Through the summer he has regularly assisted club coach Vaughan Skiffington with the training of club lifeguards for competition. He also served as the U19 manager at surf carnivals and was the team manager at the NZ Championships in Gisborne.
Always to the fore at towing gear to and from carnivals, Dean has spent considerable time repairing damaged gear. He has also been a pivotal member in the construction of the club’s new deck and he has carried out more than his share of patrolling the beach.
At the club’s prize giving night in May, Dean was the recipient of the award for the Best Patrolling Member as well as the Best Clubman award.


SLSNR Service Award for Peter Olsen

18th June 2009

Red Beach surf club stalwart Peter Olsen was presented with a Service Award at the recent Awards of Excellence night.
Peter had his beginnings with Red Beach in 1969 as the clubhouse custodian, filling this role for several years. In the mid-seventies he assisted with coaching the cadets of Red Beach’s Nipper division.
In 1991, Peter joined the Auckland SLSA Board of Judges and has officiated at local carnivals, the NRC’s and the NZ Championships right up to the present time. For three years he was the Health & Safety Officer for SLSNR.
Peter is a familiar figure in the boat arena at surf carnivals; he also officiates at the NZ Surf Boat series held in Wellington, Whangamata, Piha and Waihi.


90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge Coming Up

10th June 2009

The 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge is coming up again on Saturday 5th 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.
(Pic) 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.


Kayak silver to Erin Taylor in Hungary

10th June 2009

Beijing Olympian Erin Taylor has snared a silver medal in the women’s K1 1000m final at Szeged in Hungary.
Competing in the third round of the World Cup event, Taylor finished second in her heat and progressed to the final after becoming the fastest qualifier from the semifinals.
With a recorded time of 4:22.12 in the final, Taylor finished less than one-and-a-half seconds behind gold medallist Katrin Wagner-Augustin of Germany and more than a second ahead of bronze medallist Bridgitte Hartley of South Africa.
A week earlier she finished fourth in the K1 1000m final at Poznan in Poland.
Taylor, a Red Beach lifeguard, is now a sure bet for a spot in the New Zealand team at the 2009 World Canoe Championships in Halifax, Canada, from August 12-16.


JuniorSurf AGM on 7th June

28th May 2009

The Annual General Meeting for the JuniorSurf division of Red Beach SLSC will be held on Sunday 7th June, 4.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach.
The election of officers for the 2009-10 season will take place at this AGM. All parents and members are encouraged to attend.
For enquiries, email juniorsurf@redbeachslsc.com or contact JuniorSurf chairman Ed Richards, 021 928 503.


Beach flags action

18th May 2009

During the past summer we captured on camera a wealth of action as competitors played it out in the beach flags event. We bring you a selection of the pics taken.


Tickets for the SLSNR Awards Night

18th May 2009

Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night is coming up on Saturday 13th June.
This year’s event, to take place at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, will be the opportunity to honour those members in all areas of the organisation from administration to sporting excellence.
Red Beach has submitted a number of nominations for the awards on offer. The finalists will be notified by 25th May. Tickets to the event are $30 each and can be ordered through Claire Maney by email ... click here.


Project Groundswell

18th May 2009

Project Groundswell is a proposal for the restructuring of surf lifesaving in New Zealand to better support the delivery of services.
In short, the proposal requires the abolishment of all nine districts – to be replaced by four regions – with SLSNZ assuming responsibility for providing all support services directly to clubs. To read the Project Groundswell document, click here.


Awards of Excellence Night

16th April 2009

Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night is coming up on Saturday 13th June.
This year’s event, to take place at the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna, will be the opportunity to honour those members in all areas of the organisation from administration to sporting excellence.
Red Beach will be submitting a number of nominations for the awards on offer.
The format will differ to that of previous years in that the night will not include dinner. Tickets to the event are $30 each and purchase information will follow soon.


Surf patrols to end on Easter Monday

12th April 2009

Easter weekend traditionally marks the end of summer as surf lifeguards prepare to conclude the volunteer beach patrols.
At Red Beach, patrols through the Easter weekend will run from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm with the last volunteer patrol on Monday 13th April.
Since Labour weekend, surf lifeguards throughout New Zealand have performed more than 1,470 rescues and put in over 185,000 volunteer hours.
Patrols for next summer will resume on 24th October.


Ohope Beach to host Nationals in 2010

30th March 2009

The NZ Surf Life Saving Championships are returning to Ohope Beach in the Bay of Plenty for 2010.
Surf Life Saving NZ announced the decision in January, one of the reasons for the return being the huge success of the event in March 2008. Nearly 1,500 athletes are expected to descend on the venue again for four days of competition. Masters events will be held on Thursday 11th March.
The Nationals will run from 11th-14th March 2010.


Club members win Beach Series swims

30th March 2009

For the second year in a row, Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors has won the men’s 1km ocean swim section of the Takapuna Beach Series for 2008-09.
He notched up seven wins from 14 starts in the 16-race series, heading off former pool swimmer Ross Anderson and Mairangi Bay’s Brady Campbell on overall points.
Meanwhile, Anna Jackson has taken out the women’s section of the 1km swim, scoring 10 wins from 14 starts.
In 1998, as Anna Robson, she won the open women’s surf race/belt race double for Red Beach at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships in Gisborne.
The final results for the Beach Series were based on each competitor’s best 10 finishes in the series which started in November and finished on 17 March.
Overall Results:
Men's 1Km Swim:  Chris Moors (998.31) 1, Ross Anderson (997.43) 2, Brady Campbell (981.43) 3, Luke Siddins (968.49) 4, Sam White (953.27) 5.
Women’s 1Km Swim:  Anna Jackson (1000.00) 1, Brenda Cockcroft (996.59) 2, Johanna O’Connor (993.34) 3, Kirsty Wannan (976.10) 4, Bailey Elliott (959.93) 5. For the full set of results for the Beach Series, click here.


Red Beach earns its Nationals medals

23rd March 2009

Top Auckland club at NZ Championships

Red Beach competitors have returned from the recent national surf lifesaving championships at Midway Beach, Gisborne where they collected 4 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals.
The club also achieved its sought-after top-five finish and emerged as the top club from the Northern region.
In the tussle for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, Red Beach finished in fourth place behind Midway, Mt Maunganui and Westshore. A total of 42 clubs from throughout New Zealand took part in the three-day event.
Despite the buffeting they received from the Midway beach surf which reached three metres at times, and almost wintry conditions, club athletes delivered some notable performances.

Overall Points:  Midway (138) 1, Mt Maunganui (78) 2, Westshore (64) 3, Red Beach (45) 4, Mairangi Bay (42) 5, Piha (33) 6, Papamoa (32) 7, Titahi Bay (32) 8, South Brighton (32) 9, Lyall Bay (31) 10, Orewa (30) 11, NPOB (27) 12, Fitzroy (26) 13, Wainui (24) 14, Paekakariki (21) 15, Waimairi (12) 16, East End (11) 17, Taylors Mistake (10) 18, St Clair (9) 19, Waikanae (8) 20.

Masters strike gold

23rd March 2009

Red Beach masters competitors were amongst the winners on the opening day of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships in Gisborne.
Swimming in the 60-69 age division, Ian Gunthorp won both the surf race and the run-swim-run. The Cab Savs surf boat crew rowed powerfully to win the 200+ short course boat event and Red Beach also raced away with a win in the 160+ beach relay.


Four-in-a-row for Sam

23rd March 2009

Talented teen Sam Cosgrove can lay claim to having won four national board rescue titles at four consecutive NZ Championship events.
The key has been Sam’s outstanding swimming strengths and a competitive attitude that takes a lot of beating. Whatever the surf lifesaving event, Sam always gives it 110%.
At the 2006 nationals in New Plymouth, Sam paired with William Lloyd to win the U16 board rescue event.
In 2007 he linked up with Patrick Maney to win the U19 title at Gisborne’s Midway Beach.
In 2008, Sam’s board rescue partner was AJ Maney and they took out the title at Ohope Beach, Whakatane.
And now, in 2009, Sam and AJ have retained their U19 board rescue title in Gisborne. That's a great string of wins.


Millar Cup action

23rd March 2009

Red Beach’s two JuniorSurf teams contesting the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup took out first and second placings in the 2009 challenge for the trophy.
The event, held at Mairangi Bay on Sunday 8th March, saw seven clubs front with 11 teams collectively. We were there to capture the action.


Success for Red Beach in Rookie Challenge

10th March 2009

Red Beach has won the Rookie Challenge for the third consecutive year.
The club’s 5-person ‘Red’ team, with a winning margin of 10 points, was one of 22 club teams competing in the event at Omaha Beach.
All Rookie lifeguards were judged on a scenario and theory test which involved first aid treatment of a dislocated shoulder and the rescue of a patient from the water.
Teams then participated in a surf teams race, tube rescue relay, board rescue relay and a beach relay.

Results:  Red Beach Red (197) 1, Orewa White (187) 2, Piha Red (180) 3, Orewa Blue (173) 4, Muriwai A (172) 5, Mairangi Marlins (171) 6, Red Beach Blue (167) 7, Waipu Warriors (154) 8, Mairangi Barracudas (150) 9, BMC (145) 10, Kariaotahi A (143) 11, Mairangi Blue Fins (143) 12

Red Beach excels at JuniorSurf Champs

10th March 2009

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf athletes were running red hot at the District Championships held recently at Orewa Beach, running up more points than the combined totals for the second and third placed clubs.
We were there on day two of the event to capture on camera the action and the successes.


Red Beach bags a Millar Cup quinella

10th March 2009

Red Beach's 'Red' team following their win in the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup competition. The team also collected the three age group trophies.
Red Beach’s two JuniorSurf teams contesting the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup delivered the club a rare quinella by finishing first and second in the 2009 challenge for the trophy.
The event, held at Mairangi Bay on Sunday 8th March, saw seven clubs front with 11 teams collectively. Each team comprised of 12 members, made up from two boys and two girls from each of the three age groups.
The events contested were board relays, board rescues, surf teams relays, Diamond relays, beach flags, beach sprints and a 12-person beach relay.
The success of Red Beach’s winning ‘Red’ team stemmed from its overall points wins in all three age groups. It was the seventh consecutive occasion that Red Beach has won the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup.

Overall Points:  Red Beach Red (159.5) 1, Red Beach White (142.5) 2, Orewa A (127) 3, Piha A (123) 4, Orewa B (121) 5, Mairangi Bay (111) 6, Muriwai A (64) 7, Piha B (53) 8, Ruakaka (51) 9, Muriwai B (44) 10, Omaha (23) 11. For the full set of results from the Millar Cup, click here.
(Photo) Red Beach's 'White' team which placed second in the Millar Cup competition, enabling the club to achieve a rare one-two finish in the event.

Destination Gisborne

10th March 2009

Midway Beach in Gisborne is poised and ready to host the NZCT Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,400 competitors, including Masters, compete on the sand and in the surf over four days.
Gisborne - where the sun first rises in the world - will see a ton of action starting this Thursday 12th March, through to the wind-up on Sunday 15th March.
A total of 42 clubs from throughout New Zealand will participate, vying for more than 100 titles to be decided in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions.
The Nationals were last staged at Midway Beach in 2007. Gisborne also hosted the event in 2003 and 2001.
Red Beach will field a total of 70 competitors including five surf boat crews. Masters competitors will boost this number to around 85.
And with the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event.

For the draft event programme, click here. For the number of entries per event, click here. For the weather in Gisborne, click here. For the Midway Beach surf report & forecast, click here.

Patrol hours change

10th March 2009

With the arrival of March, patrol hours have changed. From Saturday 7th March until the end of the patrolling season on Easter Monday 13th April, the minimum patrol hours are from 11.00am – 4.00 pm.
Surf lifesaving clubs are encouraged to extend patrol hours as required.


Impressive results from Ocean Athletes

10th March 2009

Red Beach JuniorSurf members have returned from the NZ Under-14 Ocean Athlete Championships with a haul of 14 medals.
The event, held at Mt Maunganui, saw the club finish in third equal place overall and as top club in the northern region.
It was the best-ever result for Red Beach, scooping up eight gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
The club’s stand-out performer was Izaak Scheib who garnered four gold medals in the U11 age group. He was first home in each of the surf race, board race and run-swim run. He also featured in the winning U11 Beach Relay team with Lewis Gjaltema, Ella Martin & Jacinta Borer. Scheib also collected two bronze medals … in the U11 Diamond event and in the U12 Tube Rescue in which he paired with Mitchell Grant.
In the Beach Flags events, Jordan Downey and Mitchell Grant finished one-two in the U12 age group; Lewis Gjaltema won the U11 age group and Amanda Barnao took out the U12 final.
The club’s beach sprinters were also to the fore. Jake Hurley and Jordan Downey finished one-two in the final of the U12 age group and Joshua Pickering-Ross collected a silver medal in the U14 division.
Meanwhile, Lewis Gjaltema added a bronze medal to his two golds when he placed third in the U11 Board race.

Overall Points, top 15 Clubs:  Papamoa (87) 1, Omanu (37) 2, Waikanae (35) & Red Beach (35) 3=, Lyall Bay (34) 5, Mt Maunganui (24) 6, Orewa (18) 7, NPOB (16) 8, Paekakariki (15) 9, Westshore (11) 10, Midway (11) 11, Wainui (9) 12, Mairangi Bay (8) 13, Whangamata (7) 14, East End (7) 15.  For the full set of results from Ocean Athletes, click here.

Outstanding win for JuniorSurf athletes

24th February 2009
Red Beach’s JuniorSurf athletes delivered some outstanding performances to easily retain the overall points trophy at the recent Auckland Championships.
The event, held over two days at Orewa Beach, saw the club amass 689 points to finish 334 points clear of its nearest rival. Just over 740 competitors aged from seven – 13 years, representing 14 clubs from Northern Region, took part in the championships.
"Winning the overall points trophy for the second consecutive year is the result of the coaching programmes we've been developing over the past few seasons," said JuniorSurf chairman Ed Richards.
"We've managed to build a strong base with the calibre of our coaches, we have a great bunch of youngsters and we have the support of the parents which have proven to be the right ingredients for this success," he added.
Results:  Red Beach (689) 1, Orewa (355) 2, Mairangi Bay (324) 3, Piha (175) 4, Muriwai (77) 5, Waipu Cove (75) 6, United Nth Piha (29) 7, Bethells Beach (28) 8, Mangawhai Heads (25) 9, Ruakaka (17) 10, Kariaotahi 11, Omaha 12 , Sunset Beach 13, Whangarei Heads 14.

Winners at Ruakaka

24th February 2009
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. For the full set of results from the Champs, click here.

Website milestone!

24th February 2009

50,000 hits to date!

We’ve arrived at another milestone for this website in the number of hits received, a total of 50,000 to date.
Following 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 reached the figure of 50,000 hits in a tad over two years 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.


Ironman double for AJ at Surf League

24th February 2009

For the second time in as many years, Alistair 'AJ' Maney, left, notched up a significant Ironman double at the recent Lion Foundation Surf League.
Competing for Northern Region’s U19 team, he was a comfortable winner of the event on both days at the Mount Maunganui venue. It gave him his fourth consecutive Ironman win in the interprovincial surf competition.
Red Beach clubmate Sam Cosgrove, right, was also outstanding for the U19 team through his swimming strengths. Both he and Maney were members of the winning Dearlove Relay team on both days of the surf league. Cosgrove scored another win when he paired with Piha’s Kirsty Wannan in the mixed tube rescue event.
After two days of competition, the Northern Region U19 team won outright with 201 points, heading off Bay of Plenty (175) and Wellington (149).


Masters show mettle

24th February 2009

Red Beach’s Masters competitors wove a special magic to win the brand new Top Masters Club Trophy at Ruakaka recently.
Eight clubs fielded Masters, all over the age of 30, who competed in a range of water and beach events which were held in conjunction with the District Championships.
Red Beach snared five wins … Jared Jackson in the surf race, Ed Richards in the ski race, Dean Pouwhare in the beach sprint and the Red Beach canoe crew in both the long course and short course events.
Overall Points:   Red Beach (50) 1, Mairangi Bay (46) 2, Muriwai (16) 3, Whangarei Heads (10) 4, United NP (8) 5, Waipu Cove (7) 6, Orewa (2) 7, Kariaotahi (1) 8.


Winners at Ruakaka

24th February 2009

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. For the full set of results from the Champs, click here.


Club Champs results

24th February 2009

The Club Championships for the SeniorSurf division took place at Red Beach recently to determine the winners of the Champion Lifesaver awards.
Club members were required to compete within their age groups 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 groups who gained the most overall points.
Results:
Open Men. Chris Moors (28) 1, Sam Young (21) 2, Josh Cholmondeley-Smith (8) 3
U19 Men. Dylan French (27) 1, Jared Pouwhare (22) 2, Kurt Leopard (13) 3
U16 Men. Mitchell Ryan (22) 1, Rory Donovan (21) 2, Cody Richards (12) 3
Open Women. Serena Ball (27) 1, Naomi Young (23) 2
U19 Women. Caitlin Ryan (30) 1
U16 Women. Elise Cuff (28) 1, Georgia Lloyd (21) 2, Melissa Gracie (10) 3


Ocean Athletes set for Mount Maunganui

24th February 2009

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members head for Mount Maunganui this coming weekend to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
A total of 47 club competitors aged from 10-14 years will participate over three days of competition starting on Friday 27th February.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed nine years and has grown in size to become 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.


Auckland Champs at Ruakaka

11th February 2009

Ruakaka is again the venue for the Auckland Championships this coming weekend, 14/15 February.
The Ruakaka surf club is hosting the two-day event for the fourth consecutive year at the popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme gets under way at 9.00 am with IRB events. The programme for the afternoon starts at 12 noon and will include run-swim-run events, ski relays, tube rescues and board rescues, followed by the heats for sprints, relays and beach flags.
The boat arena will see short course racing for surf boats and surf canoes, from heats through to finals.
Sunday’s programme starts at 8.00 am with a March Past for all competing clubs, followed by sprint and relay finals. Other remaining events will then follow. To view the programme for each day, click here.


Masters Trophy up for grabs at Champs

11th February 2009

The Top Masters Club Trophy will be up for grabs at the Auckland Championships at Ruakaka this weekend.
Masters races for men and women over 30 years of age will be contested in the events of board, ski, surf race, beach sprint, as well boats & canoes. 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 new trophy.


Club Champs loom

11th February 2009

The annual Club Championships for members of the SeniorSurf division will take place on Saturday 21st February at Red Beach.
Up for grabs will be the six Champion Lifesaver titles for men and women in the Open, U19 and U16 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 of the Club Championships are being posted to club members. Registrations will be taken at the beach from 9.00 am with the first event getting under way at 9.30 am.


Scratch to Win!

5th February 2009

The Warehouse is again supporting Surf Life Saving with a Scratch to Win promotion.
On sale now are 180,000 ‘In it for Life’ Scratch to Win tickets at $2 each at all The Warehouse stores throughout New Zealand.
The prize pool includes: 1 x Holden Barina valued at $17,990, 1 x $5,000 Travel Voucher, 1 x Nokia 2505 Cellphone, 10 x Supertooth Bluetooth Car Kits, 1000 x $20 BP Fuel Vouchers, 2000 x Toy IRB’s plus thousands of instant prizes of Moro Bars & Chupa Chups.
Surf Life Saving NZ is aiming to raise $100,000 from the promotion to support volunteer lifeguards and public education programmes throughout the country. Tickets are on sale until the end of February.


Five surf boat crews to race at Waihi

5th February 2009

Five Red Beach surf boat crews are heading for Waihi this weekend to compete in the Tradestaff North Island Surf Boat Championships.
The event is the fourth and final round of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40 - 50 crews taking part.
Saturday's racing will be over the long course distance and Red Beach will have three men’s crews and two women’s crews on the water.
Sunday will see the Champion of Champions event with all crews racing over the short course distance.
A new event on the programme at Waihi will be surf boat racing for U19 women’s crews
The NI Championships get under way at 11.00 am on Saturday and at 8.30 am on Sunday.


Red Beach lifeguards are head prefects

5th February 2009

Two Red Beach lifeguards have been appointed head prefects at Orewa College.
Sam Swaffield (right) and Britany Lloyd, both Year 13 students at the college, are the Head Boy and Head Girl respectively.
Both joined the Red Beach Surf Club during the 2007-08 season and have since obtained their lifeguard qualifications.
Sam is a member of the club’s U19 surf canoe crew while Britany (right) is in the U19 women’s canoe crew. Fellow crew member Calais Rata has been made a prefect at the college.
The club congratulates Sam, Britany and Calais on their appointments.
From Speedos to school uniforms: Red Beach lifeguards Britany Lloyd and Sam Swaffield are the new head prefects at Orewa College for 2009. Photo supplied by Orewa College.


Surf League event

5th February 2009

The 2009 Lion Foundation Surf League gets under way at Mt Maunganui this coming weekend.
Eight district teams will compete in each of the Open and U19 divisions on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th February. Red Beach lifeguards selected for the Northern Region teams are:
Open: Chris Moors    U19: Sam Cosgrove, Alistair Maney
Red Beach's Adam Jackson is the coach for the SLSNR Open team. To see who’s in the district teams, click here.


Open Water Swim at Red Beach : 1st Feb

30th January 2009

The 20th annual Open Water Swim takes place at Red Beach this coming Sunday 1st February at Red Beach.
Organised jointly by the Roskill Masters Swim Club and the Red Beach Surf Club, it is expected to attract around 100 swimmers. The event gets under way at 2.00 pm.
To read more about the event, click here.To print out an entry form, click here.


Surf boat crews to take on Piha surf

30th January 2009

Three Red Beach surf boat crews will take on Auckland’s west coast surf this coming Saturday, 31st January, in the FreshUp Piha Classic Big Wave surf boat series.
The event doubles as Round 3 of the Trillian Trust Surf Boat Series and race organisers expect 30-40 crews to take part.
Competing for Red Beach will be two men’s crews – the Red Necks and the Icebreakers – as well as the Mavericks women’s crew.
The Piha organisers are expecting a surf of 1.5m – 2m when racing gets under way at 10.30 am.


Red Beach members named in rep teams

30th January 2009

Three Red Beach club members have been named by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for the under-16 and under-14 rep teams. Both of the 10-strong SLSNR teams will compete in the Inter-District championships at Mt Maunganui this weekend. Those selected are:
Under-16 team: Elise Cuff
Under-14 team: Joshua Pickering-Ross, Tyler Baldwin


NRC’s at the Mount

20th January 2009

Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty is again the venue for the two days of the Northern Regional Championships this coming weekend.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and more than 800 competitors are expected to take part. For the NRC's programme, click here.  For the NRC's beach plan, click here.


Surf camp a success

20th January 2009

The Super Surf Camp held at Red Beach on 12 & 13 January is set to return in 2010 following another successful outcome.
It was a follow-up to the camp held one year ago and 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 49 youngsters aged from 7-13 years who attended the two-day camp were JuniorSurf members from several clubs in the northern region.
It was run by Brett Dowker, the Australian National High Performance head coach with the assistance of Andrew Newton from the Mt Maunganui club.
To view the YouTube video taken by the kids at the camp, click here.


Cab Savs boat crew to row in Sydney

20th January 2009

The Red Beach Cab Savs masters boat crew will compete in two surf carnivals across the Tasman during the Australia Day weekend.
The crew of Chris McCullough, Duncan Reid, Mike Smith, Gordon Williams and Monty McGougan (sweep) will row in the Reserve grade for surf boats at Manly on 24 January and at Freshwater on 26 January.


Owen Chapman Cup win to Red Beach

14th January 2009

With strength in numbers, Red Beach won the 53rd Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival for the fifth consecutive year.
In ideal conditions and with a surf to pep things up, the club finished with a winning margin of 53 points to head off Orewa, Mairangi Bay and Piha who filled the minor placings.
A record 375 competitors fronted for the event, easily surpassing the total of 300 lifeguards who took part in the 50th year of competition for the cup back in 2006.
Surf athletes came from 16 clubs across the country along with the two Australian branch teams of Central Coast and New South Wales Country. The Australian visitors, here for the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series, added spice to the carnival with many outstanding performances.
The event has grown in stature to become New Zealand’s third biggest surf carnival after the NZ Championships and the Northern Regional Championships. It has come to be regarded by lifeguards as a tournament that regularly attracts top athletes and provides top competition.
The boat and canoe arena saw a record number of 22 surf boat crews in action, again highlighting the growing interest in surf boat competition.
In the open men’s division, Red Beach pulled off a trifecta by finishing one-two-three in the six-boat final. And the club’s Monty’s Mavericks crew won the final of the open women’s division.
Piha took out both the U23 and U19 men’s boat finals.

Overall Points for Owen Chapman Cup:
Red Beach (178) 1, Orewa (125) 2, Mairangi Bay (95) 3, Piha (62) 4, Muriwai (39) 5. For the full set of Owen Chapman Cup results, click here.


Top competition for Owen Chapman Cup event

6th January 2009

Red Beach will be awash with top-calibre surf athletes at the 53rd Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival this Saturday.
And joining in the mix will be the two visiting branch teams from Australia– Central Coast and New South Wales Country – who each have an 18-person team of competitors here to contest the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series.
Over the years the Owen Chapman carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and the event has established itself as one of the highlights of the surf carnival circuit.
Joining the Auckland lifeguards will be surf athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. The total number of competitors at this year's event could well exceed 300.
The carnival will also provide opportunities for lifeguards to assess their chances of success at the Northern Regional Championships at Mount Maunganui during Anniversary weekend.
Surf races head the programme which starts at 9.00 am. The surf boat and surf canoe series commence at 12 noon.
The after-carnival function on the Red Beach Reserve will see prizes awarded to all event winners, with spot prizes also being handed out. And club sponsor Bryan Heron is providing cash prizes to the successful surf boat crews.
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