Archives 2010

55th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

23rd December 2010

The Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival, the country's longest running club day for surf athletes, will take place at Red Beach on Saturday 8th January.
For the Owen Chapman programme, click here.
For the Owen Chapman entry form, click here.
For details on the after-carnival entertainment, click here.
Note: Entries close on Tuesday 4th January. Postal details are on the entry form.

Whangamata results

23rd December 2010

Overall points for Northern Region clubs: Red Beach (171) 1, Orewa (126) 2, Piha (122) 3, Mairangi Bay (101) 4, Muriwai (39) 5, Bethells Beach (6) 6.
For the full set of results from the Interclub surf carnival held at Whangamata on Sunday 19 December, click here. The results are listed for the top 6 place getters; the points have been calculated for Northern Region clubs only.

Northern Arena complex nearing completion

23rd December 2010

Opening of new fitness centre on 22 January

The new, multi-million dollar swimming pool complex at Silverdale is well on the way to completion. Northern Arena will have two 25m pools of seven and eight lanes respectively, as well as two smaller pools for teaching. It will also have three group fitness rooms, a free weights area, a cardio area overlooking the pools, and a physio clinic.
Three of the pools within the complex have been completed and are currently in use for assessments for learn-to-swim programmes.

Surf Shorts

23rd December 2010

Club members Phil Anderson & Freda Harper tied the knot on Saturday 18 December. The wedding took place at Furneaux Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. Very best wishes to you both.
U19 lifeguard and competitor Nivana Johnson has been appointed Deputy Head Girl at Massey High for when the new school year begins in 2011. Congratulations.
Blair Cranston has been appointed to the newly formed Regional Management Committee (RMC) for the Northern Region of SLSNZ which represents the 17 clubs located in the area. He is one of a six-member committee, five of whom were elected by the Northern Region clubs. The sixth member is an SLSNZ representative. The group will meet once a month to ensure that the Northern Region clubs continue to perform as they always have and to ensure a communication link with SLSNZ.

Masters swimmer and club member Ian Gunthorp took out a win in the recent Masters 60-64 age group of the Ocean Series which was raced from Bayswater to the Viaduct. He also won in the same age group in the Russell-Paihia race on Saturday 11 December.

Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

23rd December 2010

Bay of Plenty venue for NZ Surf Boat Series, Round 2

Five Red Beach surf boat crews will head for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on Sunday 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 Bay of Plenty venue features two unique types of surf boat racing: the 2km Dash for Cash which will start offshore, and the short course sprint series.  Start times: Dash for Cash at 10.30 am. Sprint series at 12 noon.

Large turnout for Whangamata event

17th December 2010

Between 350 and 400 competitors are expected to take part in this Sunday's inter-club surf carnival at Whangamata. And more than 30 boats and canoes will race in the boat arena. Organisers expect the final programme to be influenced by the weather and at 2.00 pm they will assess progress and determine the continuation of events.
The programme will see the following events: Beach sprints (9am start), Beach Flags, Surf Race, Run Swim Run, Board race, Board Relay, Ski Race, Ski Relay, Ironman/Diamond event and Taplin Relays. Racing for surf boats and surf canoes will start at 10.00 am.
The team managers’ briefing is at 8.30 am with the first event at 9.00 am.

Red Beach lifeguards named for rep team

9th December 2010

Six Red Beach lifeguards, including Australia-based Chris Moors, have been selected for the SLSNR Trans-Tasman rep team to travel to Australia next month.  The 18-person team will compete in a three-test series against teams from Central Coast and New South Wales Country branches.
The Red Beach members selected are Chris Moors, AJ Maney, Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare, Naomi Young and Caitlin Ryan.
The team will tour from 7-15 January, competing first at Sydney’s Queenscliffe Beach on Saturday 8 January. The three-test series will take place on the Central Coast at Ocean Beach (9th January), North Avoca (11th) and MacMasters Beach (12th).

Patrolling at Pakiri

9th December 2010

Surf patrols at Pakiri about to start up again

Red Beach lifeguards will be back at the popular northern beach of Pakiri to continue their volunteer surf patrols from Saturday 18 December.
The Red Beach club began patrolling Pakiri last summer as a result of its fast-growing membership and the ability to provide highly-qualified lifeguards.
During the patrolling period from early-December to mid-February, lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 11 rescues and performed 150 preventative actions during the 683 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 13 February.

Lifeguard exchange

9th December 2010

Red Beach lifeguards Georgia Lloyd and Mitchell Cairns have been selected to travel to Australia this 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 10 days with sister-club Collaroy, billeted with two families. 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 a major carnival at North Cronulla on 18 December.
The Collaroy club will reciprocate by sending two of their lifeguards to New Zealand in January.
(Photo) Georgia Lloyd and Mitchell Cairns will spend 10 days in Sydney in December on the Collaroy-Red Beach lifeguard exchange scheme.

JuniorSurf carnival

9th December 2010

Around 600 competitors expected at Red Beach this Sunday for a full day of competition

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first JuniorSurf Inter-Club competition of the summer this Sunday. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach flags, beach sprints, beach relays, Cameron relays and the Diamond Person event. Five competition arenas will be in operation and close to 600 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 9.10 am with the first event at 9.30 am.

National Jandal Day

22nd November 2010

Collectors needed by Red Beach Surf Club for National Jandal Day, Friday 3rd December
National Jandal Day is the day on which New Zealanders are urged to wear their jandals to help raise funds for the country’s lifeguards. And it provides the Red Beach Surf Club with a golden 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 are needed at 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.

Carnival at Muriwai

22nd November 2010

Emphasis on back to back individual racing at west coast venue this Sunday 28th

Muriwai is the venue for the first SeniorSurf carnival on the surf sports programme for 2010-11. The event on Sunday 28th November is of key importance for surf athletes wanting to be considered for selection for the Auckland Lion Foundation Surf League teams.  The programme will see the following events: Surf Race, Run Swim Run, Board Race, Ski Race, Double Ski, Ironman & Beach Flags. 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.

Garage Sale at club

22nd November 2010

The Red Beach Row-Bots surf boat crew is having a Garage Sale at the Surf Club next Saturday and is asking for your support. Find the bargain hunter within and come find yourselves a gem! Amongst the items on sale will be clothes, books, toys, baking, bric-a-brac and many other pre-loved goods.
When: Morning of Saturday 27th November
Time: 7.00 am onwards      Where: Red Beach Surf Club
The crew is looking for pre-loved and unwanted items to sell. If you have such items please get in touch. Collection by trailer can be arranged. Contact Emma at 021 0252 5925 or send an email to

Surf Centenary Book

22nd November 2010

‘Between The Flags’ book a sumptuous history of 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand … now on sale

To coincide with the ‘Summer of the Surf Lifeguard’, the centenary book Between The Flags is now available.  It’s a history of surf lifesaving in New Zealand and of the men and women who have been involved in our volunteer organisation.
The hard cover book has 416 pages and hundreds of photos in colour and black & white. They capture a broad and rich picture of an organisation that has become part of a nation’s identity. It’s an ideal Christmas gift.   To find out more about the book and where to purchase it click here.

JuniorSurf Twilight

22nd November 2010

Club to host JuniorSurf twilight event this Friday 26th

Red Beach is the venue for the first JuniorSurf twilight competition of the season on Friday 26th November. The event is for C group athletes - the 12 & 13 year olds - who will compete in surf races, board races, beach sprints and beach flags. Athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the U14 inter-districts team to compete at Mt Maunganui on 4th February 2011 are urged to attend this carnival.
The team managers' meeting is at 5.15 pm with the first event at 5.30 pm.

Pub to Club results

14th November 2010

Puhoi to Red Beach event for surf boats, held Saturday 13th November.

Open Men – Piha Pistols (1:30.00) 1, Piha Boomers (1:30.46) 2, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:36.31) 3, Mairangi Munters (1:51.38) 4.  U23 Men – Piha Pistols (1:30.00) 1, Piha Pirates (1:39.02) 2, Muriwai (1:51.26) 3.  U19 Men – Waihi (1:39.20) 1, Red Beach (1:49.40) 2.  Open Women – Mairangi Bay (1:40.58) 1, Orewa White (1:50.26) 2, Piha (1:56.50) 3, Orewa Pink Ladies (2:05.05) 4. U21 Women – Piha Coladas (1:48.07) 1, Bethells Babes (1.53.17) 2, Orewa Red (1:56.47) 3.

Top 10 finish for Chris in ‘The Gold’

9th November 2010

Chris Moors snares a ninth placing in Coolangatta Gold event

An outstanding ninth placing for Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors in the gruelling Coolangatta Gold event is the best result ever achieved by a Kiwi competitor.
The winner was Caine Eckstein who claimed his fourth Coolangatta Gold title.  The Northcliffe competitor blitzed the field, finishing more than 15 mins in front of his nearest rival.
Organisers ordered a ‘deep water’ start for the opening ski leg after a strong sou-east wind overnight created a testing 1.5m swell at Kurrawa, the starting point.  It meant a tough paddle for all ski competitors heading into the southerly chop.   Read more ...

Report on Coolangatta Gold event on the Gold Coast

9th November 2010

Chris Moors has provided us with this exclusive report on his participation in the gruelling Coolangatta Gold event held on the Gold Coast on Sunday 7th November.

The 2010 Coolangatta Gold race kicked off at 8:20am for the Open Men’s division, with Masters, Under 19s and teams heading off earlier. Organisers made a call on the tricky surf conditions and decided on a water start out the back of the break. Due to road works in Surfers, the course was altered so the start and finish was at Kurrawa with the distance made up by heading up to Surfers and back. This added another aspect to the race as you passed others coming back from the turn around and was mentally challenging on the final run having to pass the finish line and then go back to it. For logistical reasons I was happy with Kurrawa being the start and finish because it’s the club I have joined.

The paddle down to the turning mark at Northcliffe was high intensity and high pace, with runners assisting on the way down. I was happy with the light head wind on the way back to Coolangatta. My ski start was not ideal as I found myself mid-field and didn’t make the front pack. I worked my way to the front of the second pack, then settled into a comfortable wash riding pattern. I came off the ski in 22nd place, feeling reasonably fresh.

Had a good crack at the swim, dived in at the beginning with a fellow training partner who was a known strong swimmer and hung onto his feet most of the way. The swim leg felt long, particularly in the latter stage. I came out of the swim in 12th place.

I picked up one position in the beach run to the board leg. Mentally I struggled on the board with an average start, negotiating the waves and then struggled for rhythm once I was in clear water. I managed to maintain my position and caught a good wave at the end.

I began the final beach run in 11th place, feeling reasonable, and started really hitting the sugar in the first stages. I made up a place about 5km into the run and another about 3km from the end. Running conditions for the last leg were very hot.

I picked up most ground in the swim and run legs, getting overall the 10th fastest time in the swim and 5th in the run for Open Men.

Overall I finished 9th and achieved my goal of top-ten and won a couple of dollars in the process. Upon completion I was uncomfortably hot and shattered, however, the Kurrawa recovery team was great with food and ice baths on offer. By the evening I was feeling better - definitely not 100% - but partied into the night celebrating our efforts.

Nutrition and hydration were big factors in the race and I planned it out with help and advice from my coach Phil Clayton. The morning began at 5:30am to give time for a large breakfast of proteins and carbohydrates to settle. I had a team of handlers who raced around the course on scooters to assist in passing me gear, food, drinks and race progress updates. I took a camel back for the ski, had carbohydrate gels with fluid at each transition, a small protein shake at the board paddle, jelly beans and flat Coke during the final run. However, even doing my best to replace fluids and experiencing stitch in the swim leg, after the race I weighed in at the lightest I have been for years.

In writing this today I’m feeling sore and ready for a nap. Overall I’m stoked with the race and the general feeling of accomplishment.

Lifeguard awards

9th November 2010

A total of 22 Red Beach club members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award during an examination held at Muriwai Beach on 7 November. Congratulations to all the successful candidates.
Louise Aitken, Matthew Beneka, Emma Butterfield, Tim Cameron, Joe Duffet, Kristin French, Miles Ganley, Lisa Gill, James Grieve Jnr, Chanelle Jones, Kimberleigh Jones, Jacob Lee, Imogen Ling, Briar McLeely, Max Marshall, Jacob Miller, Molly Parker, Alice Renouf, Xavier Rice, George Stafford, Nicholas Teesdale, Steph Widmer.  Congratulations also to Jake George on obtaining the Surf Instructors Award.

Handicap surf race series under way

9th November 2010

The club’s first handicap surf race of the summer series attracted 49 entries at Red Beach on Friday 5 November. The results from Race 1 are:
Masters Men: Owen Wilson 1, Mark Readman 2, Nic k Saull 3. Masters Women: Heather All ison 1, Annette Lee 2. Open Men: Phil Anderson 1, Joshua Cholmondeley-Smith 2, AJ Maney 3. Open Women: Serena Ball 1 . U19 Men: Joshua Davison 1, Jack Readman 2, Jared Pouwhare 3. U19 Women: Caitlin Ryan 1, Georgia Lloyd 2. U16 Men: Matt Thetford 1, Ethan Hutchinson 2, Jordan Curd 3. U16 Women: Daly Tuilaepa 1, Maddy Readman 2, Briar McLeely 3. Team points after 1st Club Night: Harker Patrol (26 pts), Piper Patrol (26), Masters (22), Fitzsimmons Patrol (20), Jackson Patrol (13), Reece Patrol (13), Richards Patrol (10), Pritchard Patrol (3).

Pub to Club event for surf boat crews

9th November 2010

Flotilla of surf boats to start in Puhoi River event

More than 20 surf boat crews are expected to take part in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 13th November.
The event, with B H Heron Plumbing as the key sponsor, will be raced from the Puhoi Pub to Red Beach, a distance of around 16km. Prizes for all divisions will be up for grabs as well as spot prizes.
The race 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 12 noon and the first boat will get away at 12.45 pm 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

Kiwis line up in Coolangatta Gold

6th November 2010

Chris Moors will lead the New Zealand charge in Sunday's iconic Coolangatta Gold surf lifesaving race on the Gold Coast.
Red Beach's Moors had been doing heavy endurance training with Tauranga's Mike Janes throughout the Queensland winter, but Janes has pulled out of the gruelling 46km race to focus on the start of the lucrative Australian ironman series a week later.
Moors and Janes both made the finals day of the highly competitive ironman trials - Janes got through on a wildcard - but 26-year-old Moors said it had been a great boost. Read more ...

Bumper start for JuniorSurf activities

2nd November 2010

Solid turnout for Opening Day at Red Beach

Sunny weather and an ideal tide contributed to an impressive Opening Day for the club’s JuniorSurf division. With the new season’s registrations at a particularly healthy level, beach activities got under way with a flourish. We were there to capture some of the action.
Children can still be enrolled. To print out the registration form, click here.

Sea drama for Chris

2nd November 2010

Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors is having to use a borrowed ski to complete his preparation for the Coolangatta Gold event on Sunday 7 November.
A massive wave destroyed his brand-new Gibbons ski and paddle while training off the Gold Coast in mid-October. He was ski training with a group of fellow-clubbies at the time, in the region of the Gold Coast Seaway.
“I caught a massive bomb – about three times overhead - and it all went pear-shaped,” said Chris. “The tide was going out so I had to ditch the ski and climb aboard another ski for the long paddle back to shore. I’ll be using the borrowed ski for the Coolangatta Gold,” he added.
The destroyed ski was found several days later, 22km out to sea, off Stradbroke Island. It was holding together in one piece although snapped in two places.
Mark Stephenson, a past member of the Red Beach club, will also be competing in Sunday’s Coolangatta Gold event as a member of Sydney’s Queenscliffe club. While competing for Red Beach in 2000 at Oakura Beach, Mark won the NZ U16 Iron Man and U16 Surf Ski titles.

Surf patrol season under way again

2nd November 2010

Rescue carried out at Red Beach

The sunniest Labour Weekend in 30 years heralded the start of volunteer lifeguard patrols for the summer. Patrolling at Red Beach began on Saturday 23 October and will continue through to Sunday 3 April.
“The brilliant weather drew good-sized crowds to the beach and we had a good muster of lifeguards for each of the three days of patrolling,” said lifesaving manager Chris Gurr.
Around 7.00pm on Saturday evening, off-duty lifeguards in the clubrooms spotted a male kayaker in apparent difficulty out by the pylon beyond the Red Beach reef. Because of the choppy conditions whipped up by an easterly wind, he appeared to be struggling to make it back to shore.
Club members Craig Dillon and Brian Maney launched an IRB to pick up the kayaker who was quite cold and miserable but appreciative of the rescue.
The patrolling hours at Red Beach are:
11:00am - 4:00pm October, November, March & April
11:00am - 5:00pm December, January & February.

Footnote: Red Beach lifeguards will commence patrols at Pakiri on Saturday 18th December.

King of Rangitoto

2nd November 2010

The King of Rangitoto event took place on 16 October and we bring you the first of two photo essays. The follow-up essay will appear soon. For the full set of results, click here.

Lifeguard refreshers

2nd November 2010

The mass refresher day for Red Beach lifeguards took place at the club a week prior to the start of the patrolling season. We bring you our photo essay on the event.

IRB racing coming up

2nd November 2010

North Piha the venue for the first IRB carnival

IRB crews will be able to put their racing skills to the test when the first IRB carnival of the season kicks off on Saturday 13th November at North Piha.
The three age divisions are Senior Men, Women and U21 Men. The events are a Single Rescue, a Mass Rescue and an Assembly Rescue. The West Coast venue will give crews the opportunity to race prior to the North Island Championships at Waihi in December.  Registrations at North Piha are from 12.15 pm. The first event starts at 1.00 pm.

Centenary stamps

2nd November 2010

New Zealand Post have just released a series of stamps commemorating Surf Life Saving in New Zealand in its centenary year. The five stamps are available as collector packs and in sheets. You can order them online at NZ Post or purchase the stamps from your Post Shop from 3 November.

Coolangatta Gold

2nd November 2010

The Coolangatta Gold is the toughest Ironman and Ironwoman race on the surf sports calendar and it will take place on Australia’s Gold Coast on Sunday 7th November. Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors is currently living in Australia and, as a member of the Kurrawa Surf Club, is in training for the event. To read more about the Coolangatta Gold, click here or click here.

Gifts of IRB engines from Pub Charity

2nd November 2010

Pub Charity are helping Surf Life Saving celebrate its centenary by providing a brand new IRB engine to every surf club in New Zealand. The gift of a 30hp engine to each club is a result of Pub Charity’s recognition of the important role of surf lifesaving in our communities. The engines will carry a commemorative 100 Years/Pub Charity logo and the distribution to clubs will begin as soon as shipments arrive.

Free fuel for a year

2nd November 2010

Win a year’s supply of BP fuel

Surf Life Saving NZ is giving you the opportunity to win BP fuel. Keep an eye out for the Pin promotion which runs until March 2011. Simply purchase a pin badge for $10 from BP service stations, supermarkets and shopping centres. Every pin purchased will put you in the draw to win a year’s supply of BP fuel.  For details, visit

Squash Club AGM

20th October 2010

The Red Beach Squash Club has it’s Annual General Meeting coming up on 28 October at the Red Beach clubrooms. The club is now accepting nominations for committee positions. To learn more about these positions, click here.
Meeting Date: Thursday 28th October Time: 7.30 pm

Enrol for JuniorSurf

20th October 2010

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 JuniorSurf secretary Lianne Wilson, ph. 424 3229, or email
Children can also be enrolled during Sunday training days. Be at the clubrooms from 8.30 am onwards. Activities begin on the beach at 9.45 am. To print out the JuniorSurf registration form, click here.
JuniorSurf activities at Red Beach commenced on Sunday 31st October.

SeniorSurf Events Programme 2010/11

20th October 2010

The SeniorSurf competition programme for the 2010/11 season is available. To check it out, click here.

Surf patrol season about to start again

20th October 2010

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 23rd 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
11:00am - 5:00pm Months of December, January and February.

On Sundays, Red Beach lifeguards with an IRB will be on the beach at 10.00 am when JuniorSurf activities get under way. The patrolling hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the Patrol Captain on duty.

Footnote: Red Beach lifeguards will commence patrols at Pakiri on Saturday 18th December.

Squash Club AGM

19th October 2010

The Red Beach Squash Club has it’s Annual General Meeting coming up on 28 October at the Red Beach clubrooms. The club is now accepting nominations for committee positions. To learn more about these positions, click here.
Meeting Date: Thursday 28th October Time: 7.30 pm

Tenderfoot Tournament

19th October 2010

Here's a chance to try your hand at Squash!

The Red Beach Squash Club is having a Tenderfoot Tournament on Saturday 30th October at the Red Beach courts.
It’s a fun, one-day tournament for F Grade players or below as well as new players who would like to try their hand at squash.
When: Saturday 30th October Times: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Entry: $25.00 to enter.  Entries must be in by Sunday 24 October. You can register with one of the following: Dawn Ross 021 171 6025 or Simon Hallamore 0274 396 406 or click here.

Big weekend ahead

12th October 2010

The weekend of October 16 & 17 is a busy one for the club and its members. It’s just one week out from the opening of the surf patrol season at Labour weekend. Here’s what’s on …
* Saturday 16th  King of Rangitoto event

* Saturday 16th   Las Vegas Night at the club

* Sunday 17th   JuniorSurf Registrations, 10am – 1.00

* Sunday 17th  Lifeguard refreshers & BBQ, from 1.00

New fitness centre to open in Silverdale

12th October 2010

Northern Arena complex will have two 25m pools

A multi-million dollar swimming pool complex is well on the way to completion at Silverdale.
Northern Arena will have two 25m pools of seven and eight lanes respectively, as well as two smaller pools for teaching. It will also have three group fitness rooms, a free weights area, a cardio area overlooking the pools, and a physio clinic.  Spearheading the project are father-and-son Mark & Matthew Saunders along with three-time Olympian Dean Kent. Matthew is a former competitive swimmer and Red Beach surf lifeguard.
Northern Arena is due to open in January, although it is hoped to have a section of the complex ready for assessments for learn-to-swim programmes in December.

King of Rangitoto

12th October 2010

The King of Rangitoto event makes a return on Saturday 16th 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. Registrations take place from 7.30 am at Takapuna Beach. The event gets under way at 9.00 am.

Lifeguard refreshers

12th October 2010

The Lifeguard Refresher Day for Red Beach lifeguards takes place at the club this coming weekend.
When:  Sunday 17th October from 1.00 pm.
All lifeguards need to be refreshed to SLSNZ standards. Being refreshed is also a requirement for competing in surf carnivals.
A club BBQ which follows the mass refresher will give lifeguards the opportunity to meet the other members of their surf patrol. Volunteer patrols commence on Saturday 23rd October, the first day of Labour weekend.

Tip Top the newest sponsor of SLSNR

12th October 2010

Surf Life Saving Northern Region has a brand new sponsor in Tip Top. The goal of the partnership is to bring together the enjoyment of the beach and the good times of summer in a safe and memorable way.
Tip Top will be supporting JuniorSurf events, Beach Education, Surf to School and City Nipper programmes. They will also be involved with National Jandal Day by providing staff as collectors.
For surf clubs there will be fundraising opportunities to use Tip Top caravans to sell ice creams at key SLS and community events, with profits going back to the clubs.

Our physio in Delhi

12th October 2010

Red Beach Surf Club boat captain Chris McCullough is one of a group of Kiwi physios currently in Delhi to look after the NZ Commonwealth Games athletes.
The Commonweath Games Health Team comprises of nine physios, three massage therapists, a sports psychologist as well as nutritionists. Chris is one of the two physios who will be treating a group of team members who do not have a designated physio. This group of around 60 competitors come from archery, gymnastics, weightlifting, boxing, judo, tennis, bowls and table tennis.
Chris, a member of Red Beach’s Cab Savs masters boat crew, is not daunted by the fact that he will be working up to 14 hours a day while in Delhi. “I’ll still find the time to make use of the local gymnasium in the International zone within the Games Village to maintain fitness,” he said.
He will be staying in the village with the New Zealand team, returning home around mid-October.

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

12th October 2010

Red Beach Surf Club geared for summer

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 10th October & Sunday 17th 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 31st October.
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.

Club Casino Night

12th October 2010

The Red Beach Surf Club is putting the fun into fund raising with a fabulous Las Vegas Night at the clubrooms. Members, friends and supporters are invited to attend.
When:   Saturday 16th October
Where:  Red Beach Clubrooms
Tickets: Only $10 per person. You’ll receive $1 million in funny money with the option to purchase more.
Kick-off is at 7.00 pm and the gaming tables will be open from 7.30 - 10.30 pm. Throughout the evening there will be raffles and auctions. Tickets are available from the club or by email, click here.

Surf boot camp

4th October 2010

Team building will be the focus of Red Beach Surf Club’s Boot Camp at Tawharanui during the weekend of October 9 & 10.
Between 30 and 40 club members from U19 and U16 ranks, along with parents, will descend on Tawharanui for a two-day camp for team building activities and to get acquainted with one another. A large number of the group were Rookies last summer and have now moved into the U16 division to become patrolling lifeguards for the first time.
Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays and native coastal forest. The park is a 50 mins drive north of Red Beach.

Report on Kellogg’s trials on Gold Coast

27th September 2010

Chris Moors reports on the Kellogg’s trials held on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 18/19 September

As you may be aware, I trialled for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series held at Tugun recently. It was a cool event to be a part of, with 69 males and 49 females from all over Australia trialling for the 8 positions that were up for grabs for each gender.
The event was made better by the fact we had some decent swells rolling in … 4ft sets breaking heavy at times, with big lulls between the sets. In the mornings it was nice and glassy but in the afternoons it chopped up. Read more …

Centenary Dinner a memorable event

27th September 2010

Celebration of 100 volunteer years

Surf Life Saving NZ celebrated 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand recently with a glittering Gala Dinner at Auckland’s Langham Hotel. The function also launched the Summer of the Surf Lifeguard to begin the 2010-11 season. More than 530 people attended the event, including the Governor General the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, and the Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith. Around 25 Red Beach members and club supporters were also present for the celebration.

SLSNZ Awards for two club members

27th September 2010

Recognition for services to the movement

Red Beach lifesaving manager Chris Gurr was the recipient of both a Service Award and a Distinguished Service Award, and club coach Vaughan Skiffington was presented with an SLSNZ Service Award recently. The awards were made for services to surf lifesaving and were handed out at the DHL In It For Life awards function held at a luncheon at the Maritime Museum at the Auckland Viaduct.

Nicki on SLSNZ board

27th September 2010

Red Beach club member Nicki Nicol has been appointed to the board of Surf Life Saving NZ. Nicki had her beginnings in surf lifesaving at the age of 12, spending two summers in Red Beach’s Nipper/Cadet ranks as Nicki Cambie before obtaining her Surf Bronze Medallion in 1984.
An accomplished ski and board paddler, and highly proficient in 4-Place and 6-Place drill events, she emerged as one of the club’s top competitors, gaining selection for Auckland women’s rep teams on numerous occasions. She was a member of the NZ U21 kayak team in 1988/89.
Nicki went on to win two National titles and a string of silver and bronze medals. She was a key competitor for Red Beach in winning the Allan Gardner Trophy in 1991 and 1992.
Nicki is General Manger for Fuels with BP and currently lives in Wellington with husband Rob and two young daughters.

SLSNR Pool Champs

27th September 2010

The SLSNR Pool Champs were held recently at the West Wave Pool in Henderson. Red Beach club members took out second placing for the club on overall points. We bring you our photo essay on the event. For the overall results, click here.

Cracker Black fund raising night at club

27th September 2010

Back In Black was the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s recent Quiz Night & Auction at the club. The fund raising stint pulled in $7,500 for training equipment, beach gear and the division’s coaching programme.
A bumper crowd of supporters and parents packed into the clubrooms and at different tables were the Witchy Poos, the Black Eyed Peas and the Nearly Deads. MC Roy Herbert, right, carried off the auction which saw patrons bidding on close to 25 different auctions lots which included a day out on a family launch, a stunt flight in a plane and Ryobi power tools. The bulk of the crowd stayed on for the All Blacks vs Wallabies game on the big screen.

Pete n’ Pat to Egypt

27th September 2010

World Champs beckon for Red Beach officials

Red Beach surf club stalwarts Peter and Pat Olsen, above, are about to head for the Land of the Pharaohs. They will be joined by fellow club member Patsy Horne to officiate at the Life Saving World Championships at Mamoura Beach, Alexandria.
All three have been appointed as officials for International competition. Peter, with more than 20 years experience in surf boat arenas, will then head to his favourite – the boat arena – to officiate while Pat takes up her duties in the arena for Masters events. Patsy will officiate at International club events. Collectively, the trio has close to 60 years experience as judges and officials.
“The organisation and preparations started 18 months ago and it’s all about to happen,” said Pat. “The accommodation is in a village complex and this will be the headquarters for all activities, meetings, party time and the likes, both on and off the beach. It seems that this will be a very friendly champs,” she added. A total of seven judges from New Zealand will be travelling to Egypt.

Report on Kellogg’s trials on the Gold Coast

20th September 2010

Chris Moors reports on his participation in the Kellogg’s trials held on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 18/19 September

As you may be aware, I trialled for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series held at Tugun.

It was a cool event to be a part of, with 69 males and 49 females from all over Australia trialling for the 8 positions that were up for grabs for each gender. The event was made better by the fact we had some decent swells rolling in … 4ft sets breaking heavy at times, with big lulls between the sets. In the mornings it was nice and glassy but in the afternoons it chopped up.

Rounds 1 and 2 were held on Saturday. For the guys it was three heats of 23 (x2) and for the girls there were two heats of 24 (x2). Everyone did these rounds and the top 20 in each gender, based on points, went through to final on the Sunday.

The races were similar to a normal surf ironman event, just a fair bit longer. A rough estimate of the distances were: 800m swim, 800m run, 1.2km ski, 800m run, 1km board, 800m run to finish. Each round was a different order for swim/ski/board, but the same distance.

I was pretty stoked to qualify in 18th spot and make the final on Sunday after finishing 5th in round 1, and 8th in round 2.

The final on Sunday was pretty intense and another step up in pace from the rounds on Saturday. The surf skills and pace of the top guys is pretty impressive. I managed to finish 18th in the final, a bit gutted I didn’t make the cut on one hand but happy on the other that I was not totally outclassed.

Sadly, no Kiwis made the cut this year. The Kiwi trialists included Dan Moodie, Mike Janes, Dan Nelson, Ollie Puddick, Maddison Boon and me. Out of the Kiwis, only Mike Janes, my Kurrawa training partner, and myself made the finals.

I would love to see more Kiwis, particularly Red Beach clubbies, having a crack at it in future years. A few words of advice, turn up as fit as possible and be prepared to hurt a bit. I gained a lot out of racing at this level and would recommend it to any up and coming budding ironperson.

The full list of finalists and qualifiers can be found on the SLSA website, click here.

Chris Moors

Centenary Dinner

17th September 2010

Gala dinner to mark 100 volunteer years

Surf Life Saving NZ will celebrate 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand next weekend with a glittering Gala Dinner. The evening at Auckland’s Langham Hotel, on Saturday 18th September, will also launch the Summer of the Surf Lifeguard to begin the 2010-11 season.
More than 530 people are attending the function, including the Governor General the Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, and the Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith.
The DHL ‘In It For Life’ Awards function will take place the following day, Sunday 19th, at the Voyager Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour.

SLSNR Pool Champs

17th September 2010

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at the West Wave Aquatic Centre in Henderson this Saturday 18th September. The one-day event will see pool events for SeniorSurf competitors during the morning session with the warm-up beginning at 8.00 am. The afternoon session for JuniorSurf swimmers starts at 1.30 pm. Competitors will be required to wear club caps to be more identifiable. They do not need to hold the Surf Lifeguard Award.
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.

Cold conditions for season opener

17th September 2010

Cold, miserable conditions put a dampener on the first surf sports event of the season, the Long Distance Carnival held at Mairangi Bay on Sunday 11th September.
The weather conditions clearly affected the turnout of athletes, however, those who did well in the choppy surf showed the benefits gained from winter training. Around 26 runners lined up for the 2km road run which preceded the mass starts for swimmers, board paddlers, ski paddlers, canoe paddlers and surf boat rowers who competed over varying distances. For a full set of results, click here.

Rescue 2010 set for Alexandria, Egypt

17th September 2010

Rescue 2010, the Lifesaving World Championships, will take place next month in the coastal city of Alexandria in Egypt. Pool events will take place at the Olympic Swimming Pool of Alexandria and ocean events will be held at Mamoura Beach.
Over 3,000 athletes and more than 1,000 delegates, officials and team managers will be involved in the event which takes place from 2 – 17 October 2010. The Championships are a combination of three World Championships: National teams, Masters and Interclub teams. To check out the Rescue 2010 website, click here.

Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain trial at Tugun this weekend

16th September 2010

Club coach Vaughan Skiffington reports on the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Iron Man trial in which Chris Moors will be competing

Chris Moors will be putting his fitness to the test this weekend when he heads into the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Iron Man trial at Tugun on the Gold Coast.
The Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain is the professional Iron Man series in Australia which offers good prize money. Some years ago there were the Uncle Toby’s and the Kellogg’s series and the guys back then made some big money in the clash of the breakfast cereals with most of the top guys being set up for life. Now, the money is not quite so good but it is still not bad for the top athletes.
The men and women in the Kellogg’s series are some of the best surf athletes in the world and are superb in the water. For example, Wes Burg is now coaching Andy Irons and Joel Parkinson (pro surfers). Irons just claimed victory in Tahiti at the recent ASP Tour event. Some of the names you may know are Ky Hurst, Haley Bateup and, for the older members, Trevor Hendy. These athletes have become household names in Australia and we get to see them in TV commercials now and again.

I remember the Uncle Toby’s series as one of the hardest races I ever did; it was about 35C when competitors lined up at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. Back then, there were 3 heats of about 60 athletes each and the top 10 went through to the final. Chris Moors has 2 x 40minute heats on Saturday with the accumulated points putting the best through to the final on Sunday.

The race itself is in the course distance; it is not a sprint and it’s not long distance for an Iron Man race so it never gives you enough time to settle into a rhythm. And what makes it so tough is that every budding surf Iron man from around Australia will be there. Saying the competition is hot is an understatement. Chris will be getting in and footing it with the best. It will make the races the most challenging that he has ever been in thus far in his surf career.

How well will Chris do? I honestly don’t know. But what I can say is that he will know he has been through the ringer by the end of Saturday and if he gets through to the final on Sunday he will have to do it all over again. But all that pain will go away if he manages to qualify. So that might be the best cure.   Good luck Chris, we’ll be thinking about you.

Vaughan Skiffington

Club to host five events this summer

7th September 2010

Red Beach is to host five competition events this summer. The dates and the events are:
Sat 13th November Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge (surf boats only)
Fri 26th November JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 1
Sun 12th December JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
Sat 8th January Owen Chapman Cup Carnival
In addition, the club will also host the 22nd annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on a date yet to be announced.
The annual Pub to Club event for surf boats is scheduled for Saturday 13th November.

IRB driver awards lead to club record

7th September 2010

15 IRB Driver awards & two IRB Instructor awards

The IRB driver awards obtained by Red Beach lifeguards in two pre-season exams have established a new record within the club.
The exams, which took place at North Piha and Piha on Auckland's west coast in August, saw 15 Red Beach candidates qualify as drivers for the inflatable rescue craft. Those to pass were: Scott Williams, Wade Heather, Jayson Hodgson, Liam Cunningham, Kyle Blunden, Matt Dillon, Caitlin Ryan, Kasey Cairns, Karl Bogue, Dalton Haase, Georgia Lloyd, Lauren Bailey, Melissa Gracie, Matt Hanson and Niklas Livock.
The IRB Instructor awards went to AJ Maney and Jake George.

Helicopter reunion

7th September 2010

A reunion to mark 40 years of Auckland’s helicopter rescue service will take place in Auckland on November 26th & 27th.  Seven Red Beach Surf Club members, both past and present, have been members of the helicopter squad since its formation in 1970. If you haven’t been contacted for your current physical and email addresses, contact Warren Smith at

Wild Food Night

7th September 2010

A Wild Food Tasting night has put one of Red Beach’s under-19 surf boat crews on track in its efforts to compete in Australia.
The fundraising night, held recently in the clubrooms, saw a sell-out crowd feasting on such delicacies as wild pork from the spit, wild duck, Spanish rabbit stew, braised venison, mussels from the BBQ, oysters au naturale, whitebait fritters, ostrich meat, smoked eel, fish roe, biltong and smoked fish eyes. Mountain oysters were also thrown in for good measure.
The crew will spend seven days across the Tasman in January where they will have the opportunity to train under Australian conditions and compete at the Young Guns surf boat carnival at Collaroy. One of the organisers confirmed that the amount raised on the night was ‘very worthwhile’.

Chris in training for Coolangatta Gold

7th September 2010

Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors has based himself on Australia’s Gold Coast with his sights firmly set on the Coolangatta Gold event in November. Having joined Kurrawa Surf Club, he’s training under head coach Phil Clayton, a past world Ironman Champion, and has immersed himself in a full-on training programme. Chris is one of a team of athletes in training for the same event with a specific programme for the Gold. Read more …

SLSNR Long Distance Carnival coming up

7th September 2010

Competition gets under way this coming Saturday

The long-distance surf carnival at Mairangi Bay on Saturday 11th September will kick-start the 2010-11 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, the 2km run, gets under way at 9.30 am. Non-qualified members of SLS are allowed to participate in this event.

Chris Moors in training for the Coolangatta Gold event

5th September 2010

Chris reports from his training base on the Gold Coast

Hello fellow Red Beach Clubbies,

I decided to compete in the Coolangatta Gold Ironman race this year which is coming up on Sunday 7th November. This involved my moving from Red Beach to the Gold Coast to train and prepare for the event.
I joined Kurrawa SLSC and am training under head coach Phil Clayton, a past world Ironman champion. The training is pretty full on, mentally rewarding and challenging at the same time. We train twice a day with Sundays off.

Sessions can be very long, particularly the Saturday morning Ironman session which is always 3hrs plus. The weekend of 28/29 August saw the first full course run-through at pace, so 46km, approx. 5 hour session.

The advantage of being over here is huge; the level of competition is such a step up.  I am part of a team of athletes all training for the same event with a specific programme for the Gold. The climate is ideal, we train on the race course in a range of possible race day conditions. Oh, and I get to see big turtles and humpback whales.

In terms of big names I often train with Hayley Bateup (although currently injured) and can’t wait till Ky Hurst comes back from Europe so I can train with him.

To support myself over here I have a boat building job. I build DKG surf boats - like the Flying Heron boats at the club - and we also build a range of outrigger canoes, “Tiger Canoes” and SLS surf skis too. Lucky for me, my boss is very understanding of my training commitments and I work around my training times. He is actually the Kurrawa IRB coach, so is heavily involved in surf.

I hear that many of you guys are ski paddling though the winter at Red Beach; you’re harder than me. I think I have acclimatised to the warmth so you wouldn’t get me out there. Keep up the good work!

I am going to base myself over here for the coming summer season but will return for the major competitions. Hope to catch up and see you all then.

Chris Moors

50 years of service

3rd August 2010

Ross Malyon recognised for 50 years of service to the Red Beach Surf Club

Red Beach Surf Club’s recent Annual General Meeting provided an excellent opportunity to recognise long time club member Ross Malyon. A large gathering - for an AGM – which included life members and other club stalwarts were present to see him recognised for 50 Years of service to Red Beach.

Having joined in the 1959-60 season, Ross didn’t take long to become involved in the management of the club, serving as secretary in 1963-64 & 1964-65. Following the obligatory ‘OE’ he returned to the club’s management in the 1971-72 season and has served a further 39 years in a variety of official and unofficial roles including ‘club photographer extraordinaire’ and club historian.

Ross’s drive and energy assisted the club in working through challenging times in the early 70’s after the club had survived going into recess. He was then instrumental in the construction of the current clubrooms which opened in 1983.

Coming from a swimming background, Ross enjoyed competitive success through eight years of surf canoeing with his surf canoe crew winning numerous titles in the late 70’s including the New Zealand open surf canoe title in 1977.

He was made a Life Member of Red Beach in 1976 and received the same recognition from SLSNR in 1992. In that same year he received the Queens Service Medal (QSM) for services to surf life saving. In 2004 he was bestowed Life Membership of SLSNZ and in 2009 he was presented with the SLSNZ 50 Years Service award.   Story & photo by Mike Taylor.

New patrol trophy

3rd August 2010

Won by the Piper Patrol for the 2009/10 season

Red Beach’s new Patrol of the Year Trophy will be up for grabs again this coming summer. The trophy features a signals chart which used to hang on a wall in the old clubrooms before they were demolished in December 1982. The chart ended up on top of a pile of debris in the nearby creek before being retrieved by Chris Gurr and stored for ‘future use’. It has been given a makeover and will now be awarded annually to the club’s top patrol group.
The inaugural winner for the 2009/10 season was the Piper Patrol comprising of William Lloyd, Kurt Leopard (co-captains), Alistair Presland, Joshua Davison, Kasey Cairns, Melissa Gracie, Georgia Lloyd, Jasmin Cornish, Robyn Presland, Owen Wilson, Kevin Stinson, Tyler Baldwin, Paul McGinley & Jeff Pope.

Gala dinner to mark 100 volunteer years

3rd August 2010

SLSNZ to celebrate 100 years of surf life saving in NZ

Surf Life Saving NZ is about to celebrate 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand with a glittering Gala Dinner. The evening at Auckland’s Langham Hotel, on Saturday 18th September, will also launch the Summer of the Surf Lifeguard to begin the 2010-11 season.
The Red Beach Surf Club wants to hear from members – past & present – who would like to attend the function. Tickets are $145 per person or $1,300 for a 10-seat table; the ticket price includes a three-course dinner and beverages. To make a booking through the Red Beach club, click here.

Members pursue IRB driver qualifications

3rd August 2010

Twenty Red Beach club members having been taking on the west coast surf at both Piha and Muriwai on recent weekends to put the finishing touches to their IRB driving skills. Since May, all have been in training for the IRB driver’s award and 15 will head for North Piha on the west coast on 8th August for the examination. A further four members will sit the exam for the IRB Instructors Award.
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. We bring you our photo essay on the IRB training sessions.

NZ Surf Boat Series

3rd August 2010

Surf boat series to start up again in December

Dates and venues have been confirmed for the NZ Surf Boat Series for 2010-11. Wellington’s Titahi Bay will be the venue for the first round of the series when it kicks off in December.
Sat 4 Dec Round # 1 : Titahi Bay, Wellington
Sun 2 Jan Round # 2 : Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular
5, 6 Feb Round # 3 : Nth Island Surf Boat Champs, Waihi
Sat 12 Feb Round # 4 : Big Wave Classic, Piha

Recognition awards to six club members

3rd August 2010

Awards made at club’s annual meeting in July

Six Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and to the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting. All the recipients are parents of members in either the JuniorSurf or SeniorSurf divisions. Club president Mike Taylor made the presentations.

Photos (2):  Recognised for their services to the club’s JuniorSurf division, from left: Jenny Readman, Owen Wilson, Lianne Wilson.   Also receiving Recognition Awards, from left, Grant Davison, Brian Maney and Phil George.

90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

28th June 2010

The 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge is coming up again on Saturday 4th September. The event, hosted by Far North Rescue in conjunction with SLSNR, is raced from Scott’s Point at the north end of 90 Mile Beach to Ahipara in Northland.
The race is run in stages to test each crew’s skills and stamina as well as the reliability of the equipment. The top crews are expected to take 2 ½ - 3 hrs depending on conditions. Red Beach is likely to have four crews taking part in the race.  To read more about the event, click here.

2010-2011: Summer of the Surf Lifeguard

15th June 2010

The coming season, to be known as the Summer of the Surf Lifeguard, will be launched at a glittering Gala Dinner in Auckland on 18th September. The event at the Langham Hotel will celebrate 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand. More than 900 people from throughout New Zealand and across the Tasman are expected to attend.  The season will culminate with the Centenary Nationals in Christchurch from 10th-13th March 2011. To learn more about the Gala Dinner and the centenary celebrations, click here.

Big attendance for Excellence awards

15th June 2010

The recent SLSNR Awards of Excellence function at the Ellerslie Racecourse Convention Centre saw 435 guests in attendance. Red Beach club members were amongst the award winners and we bring you the results and photos from the night.  For the full list of award winners, click here.

Recognition given to four club members

15th June 2010

Distinguished Service Award for Patsy Horne

Four Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for their services to the movement. The presentations were made at the Awards of Excellence function.
Patsy Horne was presented with a Distinguished Service Award. Originally a member of the South Brighton club, she joined Red Beach in 1985 and has filled the roles of ladies captain and R&R coach. For three years she was a member of Auckland rep teams and won three gold medals at the World Masters event at Red Beach in 1991. She was the Director of Surf Sports for SLSNR for four years and for the past 17 years she has been a member of the Board of Judges, officiating at surf carnivals. At national level, Patsy has been a judge for 17 years.

Chris Gurr was the recipient of a Service Award. Also from South Brighton, Chris joined Red Beach in 1982 and made his mark as an R&R coach with his young charges winning national medals. On three occasions he coached rep teams for Australian tours. For five years he was a member of the ASLSA helicopter squad and for 8 years a member of the Board of Judges. For six years during the 1980’s he was a Nationals judge. Chris spearheaded the establishment of patrols at Pakiri by Red Beach lifeguards during the summer of 2009/10.

Club coach Vaughan Skiffington was presented with a Service Award. At age 14 he obtained his Surf Lifeguard Award and developed into a top competitor, winning numerous national titles. Vaughan has been a committee member for eight years and on the fundraising committee for four years. He has been the club coach for the past 10 years, winning the NZ Surf Coach of the Year award in 2006.

Brian Maney, who also received a Service Award, has been a JuniorSurf coach for nine years and a committee member for nine years. He was the club’s powercraft manager for two years and has been the club’s IRB instructor for the past four years. Brian was the first Red Beach club member to obtain the IRB Examiner’s award.

Red Beach members collect four awards

15th June 2010

The SLSNR Awards of Excellence night delivers up success for four Red Beach club members

The Club Administrator of the Year award went to Ross Malyon who has been the club’s executive officer for the past 18 years. He is the club’s publicity officer and a photographer for both Red Beach and SLS Northern Region, capturing surf lifesaving activities both locally and nationally. He has also co-ordinated the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival for the past 36 years. Ross is the convenor of the Club Awards sub-committee, a trustee of the BH Heron Lifeguard Development Trust and the club’s historian.

The Volunteer of the Year award went to Chris Gurr who was overseas at the time of the function. As the club’s lifesaving manager he pursued a vision to have lifeguards patrolling at Pakiri, a one hour drive north, seeing it as an opportunity to provide a lifeguard service for thousands of beach-goers at a popular beach. He then set the wheels in motion to get patrols under way. It was a colossal challenge and he put in an incalculable amount of time to oversee the operation. On numerous occasions he put on a lifeguard uniform and fully involved himself in patrolling. Footnote: Red Beach lifeguards carried out 11 rescues at Pakiri over the summer.

Alistair 'AJ' Maney was the winner of the U19 Sportsman of the Year award. He also won the award in 2008.  Madeline Readman was the winner of the U14 Sportswoman of the Year award. Matt Thetford with the JuniorSurf Auckland Championships points trophy won by Red Beach JuniorSurf members last summer. The event, held over two days in February, saw the club amass 759 points to finish 405 points clear of its nearest rival. It was the club’s third consecutive win.

Footnote: Matt was a finalist for the U14 Sportsman of the Year award.

Trans Tasman Tri Series next summer

4th June 2010

The Trans Tasman Tri Series will feature on the surf calendar of events for the 2010-11 season. Surf Life Saving Northern Region will send a team of athletes to Australia’s Central Coast in January to compete against teams from Central Coast and NSW Country branches. The series takes place every two years, with the two branch teams having competed in New Zealand in January 2009.

Photo: Terrigal Beach on Australia’s Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. Terrigal is one of the most popular residential and holiday resort centres in the area. The beach is a possible venue in the 3-test series next January.

Rescues at Pakiri

4th June 2010

Red Beach lifeguards carried out 11 rescues during the first summer of patrolling at Pakiri Beach. Volunteer patrols commenced on 5th December 2009 and were maintained until Sunday 15th February, running up a total of 683 patrol hours. The patrol statistics are: Rescues: 11 Searches: 2 First Aids: 27 Preventative Actions: 150.

High performance squad announced

4th June 2010

20 Red Beach club members selected for SLSNR squad

Pics:  Selected for the High Performance squad, from left: AJ Maney, Jared Pouwhare, Dylan French, Scott Williams. The quartet won the U19 surf teams race at the NZ Championships in March.   Below: Also named in the squad, from left: Caitlin Ryan, Lauren Bailey, Kasey Cairns.

Surf Life Saving Northern Region has named 58 young surf athletes in its High Performance squad for 2010-11. A total of 20 Red Beach lifeguards have been included in the group to participate in training and testing opportunities in the lead up to the new season.  Representative opportunities will include the Trans Tasman Tri Series tour to Australia’s Central Coast in January, along with the Lion Foundation Surf League teams.

Red Beach members in the squad: Lauren Bailey, Tyler Baldwin, Kasey Cairns, Sam Cosgrove, Elise Cuff, Joshua Davison, Dylan French, Brock Hart, Kayla Herbert, Ethan Hutchinson, Georgia Lloyd, AJ Maney, Briar McLeely, Joshua Pickering-Ross, Jared Pouwhare, Madeline Readman, Mitchell Ryan, Caitlin Ryan, Matthew Thetford, Scott Williams.

Countdown to the Excellence Awards

4th June 2010

Red Beach one of 5 finalists for Club of the Year

The countdown has begun for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 12th June.  More than 400 guests will be attending the function at the Ellerslie Racecourse Convention Centre. The night will honour members in all areas of the organisation from administration to sporting excellence. Red Beach members feature amongst the finalists that have been announced. The club has also learnt that it is one of the five finalists for the Club of the Year award.  Tickets to the function are $60 each, inclusive of a 3-course meal. Details on ticket purchasing have been emailed to club members. Get set for a great night!

AJ Maney picked for development squad

16th May 2010

Red Beach’s AJ Maney has been selected for the NZ Development Squad for 2010/11. The NZ selectors named their squads following the Nationals held at Ohope Beach in March. AJ delivered a string of Ironman successes throughout the summer and capped it off by winning the U19 Ironman title at the NZ Championships.  To check out the NZ squad selections, click here.

Collaroy centenary

16th May 2010

Collaroy Surf Club, Red Beach's sister club in Australia, celebrates its centenary in 2011. The celebrations will take place over the weekend of 28,29,30 October, as follows:
Friday  Cocktail Party at the Long Reef Golf Club
Saturday  Formal Ball at Harbord Diggers, Freshwater Beach
Sunday  Surf Carnival or similar at Collaroy Beach
We'll keep you posted on the arrangements as we learn about them.

(Photos)  Above and below, Collaroy Beach with the ‘Young Guns’ surf boat carnival in progress, January 2008.

IRB crew training

16th May 2010

20 candidates in training for IRB qualifications

Red Beach has its biggest-ever squad of lifeguards in training for IRB crewman and driver awards. Twenty club members have shown their interest in obtaining the qualifications. Training commenced at Red Beach this month and will move to the west coast beaches of Piha and Muriwai on the weekends ahead. Instructing the squad are Brian Maney, Dean Pouwhare and Mark Readman.

Photo:  Instructors Brian Maney & Dean Pouwhare (standing at left) with 15 of the 20 IRB candidates at a training session at Red Beach.

Surf boat trophies

16th May 2010

Three new trophies for presentation annually

Three brand new trophies for the club’s surf boat rowers were presented at the recent prize giving night. The Terry Marsh Trophy for the top surf boat crew went to the Cab Savs crew of Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid, John Mark, Nick Laurie and Craig Dillon (sweep). Terry Marsh was a foundation member of the Red Beach club and is a current Life member.  The Craig Dillon Cup for the most improved male rower went to Jonathan East, and the Mike Smith Cup for the most improved female rower was awarded to Jenny Randell. To see all the award winners for 2009/10, click here.

Centenary of surf lifesaving in NZ

16th May 2010

The centenary of surf lifesaving in New Zealand which takes place in 2010 will mark 100 years since the first lifesaving patrols were started.  Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) was not officially formed until 1932 and so the New Zealand body itself is not celebrating 100 years of existence.
The first clubs to be established were New Brighton and Lyall Bay, both in 1910. To mark the occasion, the New Zealand Championships will be held at New Brighton, Christchurch in March 2011.  The celebrations will see a Centenary Gala Dinner in Auckland on Saturday 18th September 2010 at The Langham Hotel.  A special website has been designed for the Centenary celebrations which will be held during the 2010-2011 'Summer of the Surf Lifeguard'. To check out the Centenary website, click here.

Beach flags action

16th May 2010

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.

Going back in time

3rd May 2010

The club capped off a highly successful season with an equally successful prize giving function at the clubrooms recently. The theme of Back in Time gave rise to a ton of originality in the outfits worn. Dressing up has never been more in fashion! Here’s our photo essay on the evening.

Prize Giving Night

19th April 2010

‘Back In Time’ theme for Red Beach club function

Back In Time is the theme for the club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 1st May. Club members have the chance to let their imaginations run riot in deciding on their kit for the occasion. Details on ticket purchases have been advised by email.

Surf patrols closed

6th April 2010

Easter weekend traditionally marks the end of summer when surf lifeguards conclude their volunteer beach patrols.  At Red Beach, patrols were maintained through the Easter weekend and the last volunteer patrol of the season was carried out on Monday 5th April. Patrols for next summer will resume on 23rd October, the start of Labour Day weekend.

Swimming with Moko

3rd April 2010

Around 25 Red Beach lifeguards found time during the recent NZ Championships at Ohope Beach to visit Moko the dolphin.  They found the friendly mammal, currently a big hit with tourists, at the Whakatane river mouth and took the opportunity to swim with him.

Photos supplied by Robin Moors and Dean Pouwhare.

The reel thing …

3rd April 2010

At the recent SeniorSurf club championships, club members took part in a surf belt race which was slotted into the programme as a retro event. Five complete surf reels were pulled out of storage, dusted off and lined up on the beach.
For most competitors it was their first-ever experience with a reel, line and belt. The equipment disappeared from the competitive scene when the 4-Place event made its departure at the NZ championships in 2005. We bring you our photo essay on the event.

Christchurch to host Nationals in 2011

3rd April 2010

The 2011 NZ Surf Life Saving Championships will take place at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch. To be known as the Centenary Nationals, the event will mark 100 years since the establishment of surf lifesaving in New Zealand. Masters events will take place on Thursday 10th March and the Nationals will run from 11th-13th March 2011. New Brighton last hosted the event in 2004.

Surf patrols to end on Easter Monday

3rd April 2010

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 5th April. Patrols for next summer will resume on 23rd October.

Impressive results for club at Ohope

29th March 2010

Red Beach collects six titles at NZ Championships

Red Beach competitors have returned from the New Zealand Surf Life Saving Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane with 6 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals.  In the tussle for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in fourth place on overall points. A total of 42 clubs from throughout New Zealand took part in the three-day event.

Overall Points:  Mt Maunganui (108) 1, Papamoa (75) 2, Mairangi Bay (62) 3, Red Beach (55) 4, South Brighton (49) 5, Midway (47) 6, Orewa (45) 7=, NPOB (45) 7=, Waikanae (39) 9, Piha (37) 10, Westshore (36) 11, Lyall Bay (26) 12=, Ocean Beach Kiwi (26) 12=, Titahi Bay (18) 14, Taylors Mistake (17) 15, Wainui (14) 16, Paekakariki (13) 17, St Clair (12) 18, Fitzroy (11) 19, Omanu (9) 20.

National champions!

29th March 2010

We bring you our Golden Gallery of Red Beach competitors who won a total of six national titles at the New Zealand Championships held at Ohope Beach in mid-March.  We extend our congratulations to all winners on their particularly fine achievements.

Rookie Challenge win to Red Beach

29th March 2010

Red Beach has won the Rookie Challenge for the fourth consecutive year.

The club’s 5-person Red team, with a winning margin of nine points, was one of 13 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 also participated in a surf teams race, tube rescue relay, board rescue relay and a beach relay.

Results:   Red Beach Red (195) 1, Piha Red (186) 2, Muriwai (177) 3, United Nth Piha (172) 4, Mairangi Barracudas (161) 5, Piha Green (156) 6, Red Beach White (155) 7, Mairangi Wahoos (153) 8, Mairangi Marlins (152) 9, Orewa Blue (142) 10, Kariaotahi/Red Beach (131) 11, Orewa White (130) 12, Blue Fins (128) 13
Pic: Red Beach’s winning team, from left: Xavier Rice, Matt Thetford, Briar McLeely, Maddie Readman, Reid Blackall. Photo supplied by Sue McLeely.

SeniorSurf Club Champs : Saturday 20th

16th March 2010

The annual Club Championships for members of the SeniorSurf division take place this Saturday 20th March 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.
New to the Club Champs programme will be a fun retro event in which lifeguards compete within their patrol groups. Full details are being sent out to club members.
Registrations: 1.30 pm First Event: 2.00 pm. Club BBQ at the conclusion of all events.

Red Beach wins on final points count

9th March 2010

Auckland Championships title to Red Beach on the final points count

Red Beach has had its Auckland Championships win confirmed now that all surf boat points have been added to the points attained at the Trillian Trust event at Ruakaka last month.  Club competitors were in sizzling form over the two days of competition to regain the trophy which was last won in 2007. Leading the charge for Red Beach was AJ Maney who came away from Ruakaka with 11 gold, three silver and two bronze medals. He also clinched a rare double in winning both the U19 and open Ironman events.

Overall points:   Red Beach (553.5) 1, Orewa (539.5) 2, Mairangi Bay (431) 3, Piha (331) 4, Muriwai (141) 5, Bethells Beach (39) 6, United North Piha (35) 7, Kariaotahi (23) 8, Raglan (14) 9, Whangarei Heads (4) 10, Ruakaka (2) 11

Red Beach teams share cup victory

9th March 2010

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf teams place first equal in Cath & Eddie Millar Cup competition

The annual Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event delivered an astounding result with Red Beach’s Red and White teams dead-heating for first place.  Boisterous surf conditions and drifts at main Omaha Beach forced a switch to the southern end where the surf conditions were ideal.  Northern Region clubs fielded teams of 18 competitors each, comprising of six members from each of the A, B and C age groups. The events contested were beach sprints and relays, beach flags, surf teams races, board relays, board rescues and a Diamond relay.
“Who would have thought that we’d go one better than the first and second placings achieved by our teams last year,” said C group team manager Mark Readman with surprise.
It was the eighth consecutive time that Red Beach has won the trophy and the only occasion of a dead-heat since it was first contested in 1975.

Overall Points (based on age group placings): Red Beach Red & Red Beach White (6 pts ea) 1=, Orewa Blue & Mairangi Bay (9 pts ea) 3=, Muriwai Gold (18) 5, Piha Black & Piha Red (22 pts ea) 6=

Tsunami warning ends Ocean Athletes

9th March 2010

Final day of events cancelled

Events on the fourth and final day of the Ocean Athletes event were abandoned because of the tsunami alerts.   After a morning of drama along the New Zealand coastline, surf officials pulled the plug at 11.00 am Sunday for reasons of safety. Police on the beach at Mount Maunganui allowed only six people onto the beach at a time to clear away equipment.   Whilst many onlookers watched events unfold from the slopes of Mt Maunganui, the cafes on the beachfront were busy. The Chilean quake registered 8.8 on the Richter scale. Footnote: JuniorSurf training at Red Beach on Sunday morning was cancelled.

Winners at Ruakaka

9th March 2010

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 event with three arenas in operation. Nevertheless, congratulations to all who gave their best and delivered some highly impressive results.

Magic from Masters!

9th March 2010

Red Beach Masters win at Auckland Championships

Red Beach’s Masters competitors have won the Masters Points Trophy for the second consecutive year. Competing at the Auckland Championships held at Ruakaka, they headed off Mairangi Bay by three points for the overall points trophy.
Overall points: Red Beach (57) 1, Mairangi Bay (54) 2, Orewa (27) 3, United (17) 4, Omaha (15) 5, Muriwai (13) 6

Gold medalists at Ocean Athletes!

9th March 2010

For the Day 3 results & overall points, click here.

Gold Medal to Red Beach in the U12 Men's Board Relay  Winners of the U12 Board Relay event, from left: Lewis Gjaltema, Izaak Scheib & Jack Cranston. The trio won the same event at the Auckland JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa 3 weeks ago.
Gold medal to Lewis Gjaltema in the U12 Beach Flags event  Lewis Gjaltema, above, collected his second Gold medal at Ocean Athletes when he won the U12 Beach Flags event.  In the U13 Beach Flags event, Jake Hurley picked up the Silver and Mitchell Grant took out the Bronze.
Gold medal to Red Beach in the U12 Tube Rescue event  Izaac Scheib, left, and Levon Hutchinson were first across the line in the U12 Tube Rescue at the Ocean Athletes event. On the opening day, Levon won the Silver medal in the U11 Run-Swim-Run event and Sam Haggerty picked up the Bronze.
Gold & Bronze to Red Beach in the U12 Mixed Beach Relay  Gold medalists at Ocean Athletes in the U12 Mixed Beach Relay, from left: Ella Martin, Izaak Scheib, Sinead Payne, Lewis Gjaltema.  In the same event, the bronze medal went to the relay team of Grayson Barnes, Jacinta Borer, Joshua Smith and Jade Tuilaepa.
To read about the opening day of the Ocean Athletes Championships at Mount Maunganui, click here.

Ohope all set for the NZ Championships

9th March 2010

Ohope ready to host surf lifesaving’s pinnacle event

Ohope Beach, Whakatane is at the ready to play host to the NZCT Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,500 competitors, including Masters, compete on the sand and in the surf over four days.
The action at the Bay of Plenty venue will start with the Masters events on Thursday 11th March, finishing on Sunday 14th March.  The event itself is huge - 44 clubs from throughout New Zealand will attend - with 102 titles to be decided in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions. Additionally there are 142 Masters titles up for grabs.
To read more about the 2010 Nationals, click here. For the final programmes for Thursday-Sunday, click here.

Millar Cup event at Omaha : Sun 7 March

1st March 2010

Red Beach has a proud history of the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event with 23 wins

JuniorSurf competition continues this weekend at Omaha Beach with the annual clash of clubs for the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup on Sunday 7th March.
Clubs from the Northern Region are eligible to field teams of 18, with each team comprising of six competitors from each of the A,B & C age groups.
Red Beach, with two teams entered, will be looking to retain the points trophy it won last summer. The Millar Cup was first contested in 1975. Sunday's events commence at 9.00 a.m. with beach sprints and relays.

Ocean Athletes under way at Mount

25th February 2010

National event for JuniorSurf athletes

A team of 48 JuniorSurf athletes from Red Beach, the biggest group from SLSNR, has descended on Mount Maunganui to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
Competitors aged from 10-14 years are participating over four days of competition from 25-28 February. Close to 700 athletes from 39 clubs around New Zealand are participating in more than 1,000 races.
Ocean Athletes event attracts surf lifesaving stars from Australia ... click here.

California Lifeguard Exchange

24th February 2010

Nominations are now being called for two lifeguards to represent Surf Life Saving Northern Region on the annual California Lifeguard Exchange.
Since 1969, senior lifeguards have been selected from clubs in the Northern Region to visit lifeguard agencies in California. The exchange is a structured learning experience, and is an opportunity for outstanding guards who show the ability to enhance surf lifesaving in this country.
With the assistance of the host organisation – California Surf Life Saving Association – the exchange guards are given the opportunity to participate in patrolling activities, to witness and practise the use of different types of rescue equipment, and to observe alternative beach management programmes and administrative structures. Applications close Friday 5th March.  For further details and an application form, click here.

Ironman threepeat to AJ at Surf League

16th February 2010

Red Beach’s Alistair 'AJ' Maney has achieved a remarkable hat-trick of back-to-back Ironman wins at the Lion Foundation Surf League. Competing in his third year as a member of 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 sixth consecutive Ironman win in the interprovincial surf competition. Maney also delivered back-to-back board race wins and he finished first with Dylan French in the surf teams race on the opening day of competition.
Red Beach clubmate Dylan French was also outstanding for the U19 team. He paired with Piha swimmer Kirsty Wannan for back-to-back wins in the mixed tube rescue event and placed second in the surf teams race on day 2. Caitlin Ryan, also a member of the U19 team, was well placed in the Ironwoman and board events. After two days of competition, the Northern Region U19 team finished in second place to Bay of Plenty with Hawkes Bay third.

U19 Results: Bay of Plenty (196) 1, Northern Region (184) 2, Hawkes Bay (165) 3, Wellington (147) 4, Gisborne (147) 5, Taranaki (142) 6, Canterbury (136) 7, Otago (119) 8
Open Results: Taranaki (195) 1, Northern Region (178) 2, Bay of Plenty (164) 3, Gisborne (157) 4, Hawkes Bay (145) 5, Canterbury (137) 6, Wellington (118) 7

Red Beach dominant at JuniorSurf champs

16th February 2010

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf competitors put in some sparkling performances to see the club retain the Auckland Championships points trophy by a handsome margin.
The event, held over two days at Orewa Beach, saw the club amass 759 points to finish 405 points clear of its nearest rival. More than 900 competitors aged from seven-13 years, representing 13 clubs, took part in the championships, a record number for the event.  Red Beach showed its strength over all three age divisions to give the club its third consecutive win.

Results:    Red Beach (759) 1, Orewa (353.5) 2, Mairangi Bay (308) 3, Piha (144.5) 4, Muriwai (77) 5, Waipu Cove (42) 6, Ruakaka (30) 7, Mangawhai Heads (28) 8, Bethells Beach (26) 9, Omaha (24) 10, United North Piha (17) 11, Onemana Beach (11) 12, Kariaotahi 13.     For a full set of results from the Championships, click here.

JuniorSurf activities have a wider focus

16th February 2010

The club’s JuniorSurf division has been reflecting on its recent successes at the Auckland Championships.
"The pleasing aspect is that a lot more of our athletes won medals, not just the elite competitors,” said JuniorSurf chairman Chris Barnao.
“The division has a lot of depth and the talent is widespread. The successes achieved are the result of constantly fine-tuning our systems and working on our structures and processes to develop the fitness and skills of our young members," he added.
“Coaching and instruction not only goes into developing good athletes, it also focuses on surf lifesaving as an activity. This is borne out by the fact that we had two of our members win the boys' and girls' division of the recent Champion Rookie competition.”

Website milestone!

16th February 2010

100,000 hits to date!

We’ve reached a major milestone for this website which has just notched up 100,000 hits in a tad over three years.
Following the launch of the site in December 2006 it took 12 months to achieve the first 10,000 hits and two years to achieve 50,000 hits. We’re seeing amazing growth and what makes it remarkable is the fact that we are a surf lifesaving club and not a shopping cart site. We’d like to thank you for the interest you are showing.

Ocean Athletes set for Mount Maunganui

16th February 2010

National event for JuniorSurf athletes

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members will soon head for Mount Maunganui to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
Club competitors aged from 10-14 years will participate over four days of competition starting on Thursday 25th February.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed 10 years and has grown in size to become one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s most successful surf sport events. Close to 700 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

16th February 2010

Fifth consecutive year at popular Northland location

Ruakaka is again the venue for the Auckland Championships over the weekend of 20/21 February.
Saturday’s programme gets under way at 8.00 am with IRB events. Commencing at 11.00 am are run-swim-run events, board & ski relays, tube rescues, beach flags and Taplin relays.
The boat arena will only see surf canoe crews in competition. The Auckland Champs surf boat titles have already been decided and most boat crews will be competing at Piha. Sunday’s programme starts at 9.00 am with beach sprint & relays, followed by all remaining events.
To view the final programme for each day, click here.

Surf boat crews to take on Piha surf

16th February 2010

Surf boat crews will take on Auckland’s west coast surf this coming Saturday in the Piha Big Wave Surf Boat Classic.
The event doubles as Round 4 of the New Zealand Surf Boat Series and race organisers expect 30-40 crews to take part.
Preceding it on Friday, and also at Piha, will be the Trans-Tasman surf boat challenge with Australian crews flying in for the event.

NRC’s at the Mount

11th February 2010

Torrential rain on the second day of the Northern Regional Championships at Mount Maunganui resulted in the abandonment of the carnival.  The event was called off at 1.00 pm Sunday with numerous events still to be run including the surf teams finals and the Taplin relays. Local club Papamoa won on overall points, its first victory in the 40 year history of the NRC's.  Red Beach’s three titles came when Dylan French ran out the winner of the U19 surf race. He also featured in the club’s U19 board relay win with AJ Maney and Jared Pouwhare.  Red Beach also retained the open board relay title with Chris Moors, Patrick Maney and AJ Maney sharing in the victory. This year’s NRC’s attracted a record 980 entries.

Open Water Swim

7th February 2010

Club lifeguards Dylan French and Georgia Lloyd won the respective Deyal Cosgrove trophies for finishing first in the male and female divisions at the recent Open Water Swim.
The two trophies were up for grabs for the winners of the 3km distance without a wetsuit being worn. It was the 21st year of the event, held at Red Beach, with the surf club again running it in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club.
A total of 108 swimmers registered for the event and they had the choice of either a 1.5km or 3km swim, with the course starting and finishing off Red Beach. Sunny weather and a flat sea were the conditions on the day.

For the 1.5km swim results, click here. For the 3.0km results, click here.

Red Beach members in Surf League teams

7th February 2010

Five Red Beach club members have been named in the Northern Region teams to compete in the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mt Maunganui on 13/14 February.
Seven district teams from throughout New Zealand will compete in the Open division and eight teams will battle it out in the U19 division over the two days of Surf League competition.
The Red Beach lifeguards selected for the Northern Region teams are: Open: Chris Moors, Naomi Young  U19: Dylan French, Alistair Maney, Caitlin Ryan.
Red Beach's Adam Jackson is the coach for the SLSNR Open team. To see who’s in the district teams, click here.

Record entries for NRC’s at the Mount

27th January 2010

A record 980 entries have been received for the two days of the Northern Regional Championships at Mt Maunganui this weekend.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by surf athletes as the springboard for the premier event at Ohope Beach in mid-March. Events get under way at 7.45 am on both Saturday and Sunday.
For the NRC's memo, click here. For the NRC's programme, click here.

Patrolling at Pakiri

21st January 2010

Red Beach lifeguards have racked up almost 600 patrolling hours at Pakiri Beach since first putting out the patrol flags on 5 December last year. The hours put in by the volunteers are calculated through to Sunday 17 January.

A great spell of sunny weather has drawn large numbers of holidaymakers to the popular beach, many of whom have chatted with the lifeguards and thanked them for the service they are providing. A number of the beach-goers are believed to have re-booked into the nearby holiday park for next summer because of the Pakiri surf patrols.
The lifeguards have effected seven rescues, with five of the rescues occurring during the weekend of 16/17 January. There have also been 30 first aid cases ranging from cuts, jellyfish stings, sprains, torn ankle tendons and bleeding noses. Additionally, there have been three successful searches and more then 90 preventative actions carried out.
“The Red Beach lifeguards we roster for the Pakiri patrols are all volunteers; none of them are paid,” said club lifesaving manager Chris Gurr.
“There’s been no financial support and the Red Beach club is using its own resources and equipment to maintain the Pakiri patrols,” he added.
“Nevertheless, the beach and its conditions are a challenge for our lifeguards and we’re enjoying it.”

(Pics) Pakiri Beach on New Year's Day. By mid-afternoon, lifeguards gave the head-count at around 500 people. On the following day, around 1,000 people were estimated to be in the water and on the beach at one time.
Red Beach lifeguards Liam Cunningham, left, and Jeff Pope on patrol at Pakiri Beach on New Year's Day.
Pakiri Beach, looking north, taken from a vantage point 2km south of the patrolled area. Pakiri is a one hour drive from Red Beach.

Red Beach retains Owen Chapman Cup

21st January 2010

Red Beach Surf Club had to call on all its resources to stave off a fierce challenge from neighbouring club Orewa at the recent Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival. It was the 54th challenge for the trophy, held at Red Beach, with the host club retaining it with a 10 point winning margin. A record 408 competitors fronted for the event, held in perfect weather but with surf athletes denied any assistance from surf.
Competitors came from 16 clubs across the North Island. Eight of the clubs were from the northern region and five were from the Bay of Plenty. There was also representation from Ocean Beach Kiwi (Hawkes Bay), New Plymouth Old Boys and Wellington’s Titahi Bay to add spice to the carnival which saw many outstanding performances.
The Owen Chapman carnival 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 event is the longest running club day for surf lifeguards in New Zealand and quite possibly Australasia.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (151) 1, Orewa (141) 2, Mairangi Bay (91) 3, Piha (52) 4, Muriwai (29) 5. Scroll down for a full set of results from the carnival.

Open Water Swim at Red Beach : 24th Jan

21st January 2010

Around 100 swimmers of all ages are expected to hit the water during next Sunday’s annual open water swim.
Organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club, it will be the 21st year of the event.
Contestants will have the opportunity to swim either a 1.5km or 3km distance, with the course starting and finishing off Red Beach. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years. The start time for the swim is 2.00 pm. To print out an entry form, click here.

Red Beach members named in rep teams

21st January 2010

Six 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 Omaha this weekend, 23/24 January. Those selected are:

Under-16 team: Joshua Pickering-Ross, Mitchell Ryan (right)
Under-14 team: Madeleine Readman, Briar McLeely, Matt Thetford, Jake Hurley.

The club congratulates you all on your selection and wishes you every success in this weekend’s competition.

Successful Rookies

21st January 2010

Red Beach Rookies Matt Thetford and Madeleine Readman made a clean sweep of the recent Champion Rookie competition when they respectively won the male and female awards.  The annual event, which took place at Waipu Cove during the weekend of a JuniorSurf carnival, saw 80 participants from surf clubs throughout the northern region. The majority were 13 years of age and in their last season in the JuniorSurf division of their clubs.  Contestants were judged on lifesaving theory, a run-wade-run and a run-swim-run with fins and a rescue tube.

Photo:  Rookie co-ordinator Debra Cairns, centre, with Rookie champions Matt Thetford and Madeleine Readman at Waipu Cove.