Archives 2011


Adelaide to host Rescue 2012 event

31st December 2011

Lifesaving World Championships in South Australia

Rescue 2012 will be held in Adelaide, South Australia, from November 7-18, 2012 and will include five separate competitions … the World National Team Championships, the World Interclub Championships, the World Masters Championships, the World Surf Boat Championships and the World Inflatable Rescue Boat Championships.
Rescue 2012 is open to all proficient lifesavers. The Masters competition is open to all proficient lifesavers who are 30 years of age or above.
Athletes can compete in nine separate disciplines … swimming, simulated emergency rescue, Ironman & Ironwoman, surf ski, board, beach sprints, beach flags, surf boats and IRB.
Beach, National teams and all IRB events will be held at Glenelg Beach while Christies Beach will be the home of all Masters, Interclub and surf boat events. The Adelaide State Aquatic Centre will host all Pool events.  Read more ...


Surf League coach

31st December 2011

Red Beach’s Adam Jackson has been appointed coach of the SLSNR open team to contest the Lion Foundation Surf League, making a return to the position he filled in 2009 and 2010.
The event will again be staged at Mount Maunganui over the weekend of 11 & 12 February, with each of the representative teams comprising of eight males and 5 females. The 13 members of the SLSNR open team will be named in mid-January.
Adam had his beginnings in surf lifesaving in 1982 as a Red Beach Nipper member. An outstanding pool swimmer, he won numerous NZ Surf Life Saving Championship titles between 1991 and 2000. The club’s Jackson surf patrol is named after Adam and siblings Jared and Jacinta.


Sunday breakfasts

31st December 2011

Fancy a Big Kahuna or a Reef Runner? They're just two items on the mouth-watering Sunday breakfast menu at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Enjoy breakfast over the bay – a great way to start Sunday – at the Red Beach clubrooms where the meals are just as superb as the view. Available every Sunday from 9.00 am – 12 noon. And while you're at the club, enjoy our popular Espresso coffee.

To check out the Sunday breakfast menu, click here.


56th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

31st December 2011

Big turnout of competitors expected at annual event

The 56th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival, the country's longest running club day for surf athletes, will take place at Red Beach on Saturday 7th January.  Between 350 and 400 competitors are expected to participate.  Read more ...
For the Owen Chapman entry form, click here. For the Owen Chapman programme, click here.
Note:  Entries close Wednesday 4th January. Postal details are on the entry form.


Top surf athletes to compete at Owen Chapman Cup event

31st December 2011
(Pic) The open men's board race at last year's Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the 56th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival Saturday 7th January.

The athletes will be out to impress a number of district selectors who are wanting to finalise their squads and name their teams to contest the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mount Maunganui on February 11 & 12.

The Owen Chapman Cup carnival has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held there in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 56th year, it is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.

Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm. Between 350 and 400 competitors are expected to take part in Saturday’s event.

As one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Along with Northern Region lifeguards there will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day. Current New Zealand champion club Mt Maunganui will be back for the event.

The Owen Chapman carnival ushers in the business end of the surf competition season as athletes begin the countdown to the Eastern Region, Northern Region and NZ Championships. Saturday’s outing will provide them with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events coming up.

Only the clubs from the Northern region are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points.

Surf races kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by board races for both men and women and then the board relays.  The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 10.00 am.  The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, with the Taplin relays and beach flags wrapping up the day’s competition.


Handicap surf race

31st December 2011

Clubbies go crackers for Christmas swim

The pre-Christmas handicap surf race was given a quirky twist when novelty events were thrown in for good measure.
In the lead-up to the swim, club members competed in their patrol groups in a relay of sorts … a beach sprint wearing fins and with candy canes as the relay batons, a three-legged race, a board rescue on JuniorSurf training boards, then finishing with a chariot race. And that’s when the handicap surf race began. We snapped the antics for this photo essay.


Surf sequence shots

31st December 2011

The following sequence of shots was snapped at the JuniorSurf carnival held at Red Beach on 11 December. The event was the final of the C13 girls beach sprint; the judges were last seen scratching their heads over the placegetters.


Surf Shorts

31st December 2011

“Find A Beach” is a new initiative between SLSNZ and State to develop the most comprehensive ‘beach information’ site in NZ. It aims to provide detailed information about our beaches and the activities to enjoy. The first version of the website has gone live; the rest of the website is being readied for a full launch in February. To check out the site, click here …
    
The Northern Region Patrol Championships take place at Kariaotahi Beach on Sunday 22nd January. Club teams comprise of 6 members and all must be qualified in First Aid Level 1 and/or be able to use O2 and defibrillator. Each team must have at least one IRB driver and IRB crew. To read more, click here ...


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

31st December 2011

Bay of Plenty venue for NZ Surf Boat Series # 2

The New Year will see four Red Beach surf boat crews heading for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on Monday 2nd January.
The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 40-50 crews taking part. Crews will race over a short course sprint series in all age divisions.
The 2km Dash for Cash, a feature of the surf boat event at Whangamata in recent years, has been withdrawn from the programme. The event is a casualty of the growth in surf boat rowing; the Round the Island race now suffers the problem of congestion and the potential damage to craft.

Footnote: The meeting for boat sweeps is at 10.00 am. Racing starts at 11.00 am.

Upgrade for squash courts

21st December 2011

The replastering of the club’s two squash courts is now finished. As of mid-December and following the curing process, both courts are back in use. New court doors have been installed and painted.
There is some finishing work and cleaning still to be done. The ventilation grilles are to be replaced and a working bee early in the New Year will give the upper walls a spruce-up.


In the media ...

21st December 2011

The following media stories appear in the press or on the SLSNZ website.

  •     National Jandal Day raises $380,000 for Surf Life Saving

The New Zealand public proved just how much it values the essential service surf lifeguards provide on our beaches when they donated to Surf Life Saving’s national appeal day, raising $380,000 … read more.


Clubbies at Whanga

19th December 2011

Whangamata was the venue for the northern and eastern regional surf carnival, the third full-day surf sports event of the summer. After a run of inclement weather, clubbies were treated to sunny skies and a one metre surf. We were there to catch the action on camera.


Iron Man win to AJ

19th December 2011

Sonic Race Series Iron Man win to AJ Maney

SonicRed Beach’s Alistair ‘AJ’ Maney ran out the winner of the open Iron Man event during the northern and eastern regional surf carnival at Whangamata last weekend.  He finished ahead of a field of top-rated surf athletes in the first round of the Sonic Race Series which will run through the summer.
Fellow club members helping to fill out the top-10 placings were Dylan French (5th) and Jared Pouwhare (8th) who will also contest the follow-up races in the Sonic series. The next round will take place at Oakura Beach, New Plymouth on Sunday 15th January.

To read the NZ Herald article on AJ’s win, click here. To read more on the Sonic Race Series, click here.


Canoe training day attracts 31 crews

12th December 2011

The inaugural canoe training day at Red Beach on Saturday 3rd December attracted a total of 31 surf canoe crews from seven Northern Region clubs. Up from the Bay of Plenty was the Hot Water Beach surf club which fronted with two female crews.
With surf canoe racing on the verge of a growth spurt, crews were treated to four rounds of racing in each age division.
Paddlers had to contend with an uneven surf, however, an underlying swell and a 10-knot nor-easterly wind gave rise to close racing over the shortened course.  Fine weather prevailed for the best part of the event which began at 10.00 am and was wrapped up by 1.00 pm.  Read more …


Selectors to target surf carnival at Whangamata

12th December 2011

Top athletes from Northern & Eastern Region clubs to compete at Whangamata in Sonic Race Series

The SeniorSurf carnival at Whangamata on Saturday 17 December will bring together competitors from surf lifesaving's Northern and Eastern regions.
Around 23 clubs and 400-500 athletes are expected to participate in the event which doubles as a national selection carnival and the first round of the Sonic Race Series.
Events on the programme:  Beach sprints, Surf race x 2, Ski race x 2, Board race x 2, Iron Man & Diamond events, Beach Flags, Taplin Relay (3-person), Surf Teams (3-person). A Mixed Novelty Race for the U16, U19 and Open divisions is also on the programme. Surf boats and surf canoes will each see three rounds of racing.
Starting with Whangamata, the Sonic Race Series will comprise of five rounds of racing in Ironman, board, ski, swim, sprint and flags. The top-10 Ironmen and women will have a bonus grand final during the Oceans ‘12 event at Mount Maunganui in late-February.
For event details & the carnival programme, click here.

Footnote: The team managers’ meeting is at 9.00 am. The first event (sprint arena) starts at 9.30 am. The surf boat and canoe arena starts at 10.30 am, or after the beach sprints are finished.

Canoe training day attracts 31 crews to Red Beach

11th December 2011

The inaugural canoe training day at Red Beach on Saturday 3rd December attracted a total of 31 surf canoe crews from seven Northern Region clubs. Up from the Bay of Plenty was the Hot Water Beach surf club which fronted with two female crews.
With surf canoe racing on the verge of a growth spurt, crews were treated to four rounds of racing in each age division.
Paddlers had to contend with an uneven surf, however, an underlying swell and a 10-knot nor-easterly wind gave rise to close racing over the shortened course.  Fine weather prevailed for the best part of the event which began at 10 am and was wrapped up by 1.00 pm.
One of the highlights was the mixed open race which comprised of two males and two females in each crew, pitting some experienced paddlers against some not so experienced. The winning crew collected a trophy at the after-carnival BBQ and prize giving.
“It was a fun day just for canoe paddlers and very capably run by experienced arena controllers,” said co-organiser Al Presland.   “Everyone was there for fun and enjoyment and a few nice waves made for some unpredictable racing.”
Thanks go to the following …
Noel Kay, Jim Coe, Ken Lee and Al Presland for organising the event and ensuring that it ran smoothly.
The officials who ran the competition arena.
The Red Beach clubbies for helping to set up the arena, for getting the canoes on and off the beach, for manning the BBQ’s and cooking up a couple of hundred sausages and burger patties.
Brian Maney and Peter Kramer for IRB duties.
Dylan Turner for supplying the sausages and patties, Norm Blunden and Ken Lee for supplying the wine and goodies for spot prizes.
Also, thanks to the bread guy for dropping off enough bread to keep everyone happy.

Results:
Open Men:         Kare Kare 1, Sierra (Mairangi Bay) 2, Kariaotahi 3.
U19 Men:           Renegades (RB) 1, Young Ones (RB) 2, Lima (MB) 3.
Masters Men:      Flying Malyons (RB) 1, United North Piha 2, Kare Kare 3.
Open Women:    Kare Kare & Kariaotahi B 1=, Kariaotahi A 3.
U19 Women:      Dans Damsels (UNP) 1, Rockets (RB) 2, Zulu (MB) 3
Masters Women: Coffee Club (RB) & United North Piha 1=, Espresso (RB) 3
Open Mixed:       Kare Kare 1, United B 2, United A 3.


Surf skills tested at Mangawhai Heads

6th December 2011

Red Beach competitors made the most of a 1.5 metre surf at Mangawhai Heads to run out the overall points winners at the second inter-club surf carnival of the summer.  The full-day event was deemed to be a test of fitness and surf skills in preparation for the next carnival at Whangamata on 17 December.  Coming soon ... our photo essay on the event.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (179) 1, Orewa (109) 2, Mairangi Bay (69) 3, Muriwai (40) 4.

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


Regional lifeguards appointed

6th December 2011

Seven Red Beach club members have been appointed as Regional Lifeguards for the summer. They are Louise Aitken, Daniel Cairns, Joshua Davison, Jack Gurr, Georgia Lloyd, AJ Maney and Matt Thetford. The majority of the lifeguards will commence patrol duties on Monday 19th December.


National Jandal Day

5th December 2011

Surf lifeguards were out in force on Friday 2nd December wearing their lifeguard uniforms – and Jandals – to collect for surf lifesaving’s annual street appeal for funds. We caught up with several Red Beach collectors.

(Pic) Zita Talaic, centre, and Kelly Andrew accept a donation at their collection point in Takapuna’s Hurstmere Road.
(Pic) Collecting outside the Countdown Supermarket in Barry’s Point Rd, Takapuna, from left: Matt Dillon, Nick Teesdale and Wade Heather.

Upgrade for courts

5th December 2011

Re-plastering under way for both squash courts

Maintenance is under way on Red Beach’s two squash courts, both of which have been awaiting some much-needed repair work. The courts are being completely re-plastered and the maintenance work will include the replacement of the doors and the ventilation grilles.
Re-plastering commenced on Monday 21st November and the work is expected to take two weeks to complete. The courts will be done consecutively.


Patrolling at Pakiri

5th December 2011

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 17 December.
The Red Beach club began patrolling Pakiri two years ago as a result of its fast-growing membership and the ability to provide highly-qualified lifeguards.
Last summer, during the patrolling period from early-December to mid-February, lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 16 rescues and performed 65 preventative actions during the 582 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 12 February.


JuniorSurf carnival

5th December 2011

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

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first full-day JuniorSurf Inter-Club competition of the summer on Sunday 11th December. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach flags, beach sprints and the tube rescue and board rescue events. Five competition arenas will be in operation and between 600 and 700 competitors are expected to take part. Sunday's carnival will be the fifth of seven competition events to be hosted by the Red Beach club this summer.

Footnote: The team managers' meeting is at 8.00 am, the first event is at 9.00 am and the estimated finish time for the carnival is 4.00 pm.

U16 training camp

28th November 2011

Focus was on team building at Tawharanui camp

(Pic) 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.

Team building was the focus of Red Beach Surf Club’s U16 Training Camp at Tawharanui Regional Park in mid-October.
Between 50 and 60 club members from the club’s U16 ranks, including parents, camped just 60m from the beach for two days of team building and getting to know one another.
A large number of the group were Rookies last summer and have now moved into the U16 division as qualified lifeguards.
A highlight of the camp was the Team Challenge, a mix of physical activities and intellect, including map reading skills, which was won by a team of parents.
“One of the things we achieved was to get the young people enthused,” said surf coach Vaughan Skiffington.  “We’re now seeing a healthy increase in the numbers attending mid-week training sessions.”


Surf carnival action at Mangawhai Heads

28th November 2011

Surf athletes to head north again for competition

Mangawhai Heads is the venue for the second full-day carnival on the surf sports programme for 2011-12.
The event on Saturday 3rd December is the first time that a SeniorSurf carnival has been held at the northern beach since the Auckland Champs were staged there in February 2005.
Sprints and flags head the programme which kicks off at 10.00 am. Other events include a 400m Run, a Run Swim Run, Surf races, Ski & Board races and the Ironman & Diamond events. Ski & Board Relays will also be held, finishing with a Taplin Relay. Surf boat and surf canoe racing won’t take place at Mangawhai.
The number of arenas used will depend on the conditions on the day. The carnival is scheduled to conclude at 4.00 pm.  For event information, click here.


Canoe training day

28th November 2011

Surf canoe racing growing in popularity

Red Beach’s surf canoe paddlers are hosting an inter-club canoe racing event at Red Beach on Saturday 3rd December.
The inaugural Classic Surf Canoe Training Day will see short course and long course racing which will involve seven clubs from the Northern region.
A total of 34 canoe crews will take part in the event, covering the age divisions of U19, Open & Masters for male and female crews. The organisers are keen to trial a new event, an open mixed race.
The programme commences at 10.00 am and the events will be split into morning and afternoon sessions for racing.


Handicap surf race results from 2 races

24th November 2011

Next handicap surf race this Friday 25th, 6.00 pm

The cumulative points from the first two handicap surf races of the new summer series are:
Open Men: Vaughan Skiffington (9), Sam Young (7), AJ Maney (6), Dylan French (6), Jared Pouwhare (5), Joshua Cholmondeley-Smith (1).  Open Women: Serena Ball (6), Caitlin Ryan (5).  U19 Men: Jordan Curd (6), Karl McMurtrie (6), Toby Hurley (5), Reid Blackall (4), Joshua Davison (3), Daniel Cairns (2).  U19 Women: Georgia Lloyd (6) 1, Nivana Johnson (5) 2.  U16 Men: Pierre Gjaltema (6), Nick Wilson (6), Jake Hurley (5), Matt Thetford (5), Josh Mittendorff (4), Jack Lloyd (4), Jacob S (3), Luke Crouch (3), Adam Jenkinson (2), Thomas Burton (1), Ben Jenkinson (1), Campbell Busby (1).  U16 Women: Kelsi Boocock (11), Rebecca Pearce (9), Maddy Readman (6), Elle Blunden (3).  Masters Men: Dermot Smith (12), Steve Moors (9), Owen Wilson (8), Peter Kramer (4), Nick Saull (4), Brian Maney (3), Paul Cleminson (2), Norman Blunden (2), Kevin Cornish (2), Dave Jenkinson (1), Alistair Presland (1), Brett McMurtrie (1).  Masters Women: Marie Stutz (12), Kathy Kramer (8), Wendy Taylor (5), Helen McMurtrie (4).
Team Points after 2 Races: Harker Patrol (41), Reece Patrol (41), Jackson Patrol (37), Pritchard Patrol (35), Piper Patrol (27), Fitzsimmons Patrol (21), Richards Patrol (14).

Red Beach on top at first surf carnival

21st November 2011

Red Beach finished with an overall points win at Waipu Cove during the first surf sports carnival of the summer.
With an across-the-board effort from its competitors, the club ran up 140 points to head off Orewa, Piha and Mairangi Bay.  Flat conditions and a strong off-shore wind prevailed during the full-day event.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (140) 1, Orewa (104) 2, Piha (82) 3, Mairangi Bay (68) 4, Muriwai (50) 5, United Nth Piha (17) 6, Waipu Cove (9) 7, Bethells Beach (6) 8, Karekare (5) 9.

Full the full set of results ... click here.


National Jandal Day

21st November 2011

Collectors needed by Red Beach Surf Club for National Jandal Day, Friday 2nd 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 and maintenance 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 surf 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.


JuniorSurf Twilight

21st November 2011

Club to host JuniorSurf twilight event this Friday

Red Beach is the venue for the first JuniorSurf twilight competition of the season on Friday 25th November. The event is for C group athletes - the 12 & 13 year olds - who will compete in surf races, board races, beach sprints, beach flags and the Diamond Person event. Athletes wishing to be considered for selection for the Northern U14 NPC team to compete at Mt Maunganui on 9th/10th February 2012 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 2011

Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge, Saturday 12th November

(Pic)  Red Beach's two women's crews, the Sirens (foreground) and the Rowbots, await the starter's call for the 16km row down the Puhoi River to Red Beach.

Open Men: Piha A (1:23.22) 1, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:26.02) 2, Muriwai (1:27.10) 3, Piha Boomers (1:27.42) 4, Orewa (1:31.19) 5.  U23 Men: Piha Pirates (1:27.36) 1, Piha Pistols (1:30.35) 2.  U19 Men: Waihi (1:38.39) 1, Piha Chargers (1:41.39) 2.  Open Women: Mairangi Magic (1:30.09) 1, Red Beach Sirens (1:36.11) 2, Piha Pussycats (1:40.23) 3, Red Beach Rowbots (1:50.13) 4.  U21 Women: Piha Coladas (1:38.52) 1, Muriwai Ladies (1.51.00) 2.


Waipu Cove carnival

14th November 2011

First surf carnival of the summer at Northland venue

Waipu Cove is the venue for the first SeniorSurf carnival on the surf sports programme for 2011-12. The event on Saturday 19 November will give surf athletes the opportunity to test their skill and fitness levels at this early stage of the summer.
Sprints and flags head the programme which kicks off at 10.00 am. Craft events feature prominently and include Board Rescue, Ski, Double Ski and Board racing. The Surf Race and Run Swim Run events will also be held.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over short course and long course distances, getting under way at 11.00 am. The carnival is scheduled to conclude at 4.00 pm.
The team managers’ briefing is at 9.20 am. Boats & canoes need to be registered by 10.00 am. To check out the event information, click here.


Sonic Race Series has a summer launch

7th November 2011

The countries top surf athletes can look forward to the launch of the Sonic Race Series this summer.
The series, which kicks off at the Eastern Surf Sports carnival at Whangamata on 17 December, will feature five rounds of racing in Ironman, board, ski, sprint and flags. The top 10 Iron men and women will also have a bonus grand final round during the Oceans ’12 event at Mt Maunganui in late-February.
The series will be raced in the open age groups with the top-10 finishers in each round collecting series points.  Read more …


JuniorSurf boards

7th November 2011

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members and their families have taken advantage of a shared board purchase scheme which has given the 10-13 year olds of the B & C divisions the opportunity to have their own boards for training and competition.
The club’s JuniorSurf committee introduced the scheme at the end of last summer and 13 families have taken advantage of it.  The youngsters were able to select their preferred designs and colours for the boards.


King of Rangitoto

7th November 2011

The annual King of Rangitoto event took place on Saturday 8th October with a large turnout of contestants. We were there to capture the action for the following photo essay.  For the full set of results, click here.


Become a sponsor!

7th November 2011

Join up as a Business House Sponsor for the season for just $150 ... get the chance to have your company name & logo signwritten on a ski or board

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club invites you to join up as a Business House Sponsor for 2011/2012.
The club is seeking 150 Business House Sponsors to donate $150 each to help ensure it has enough equipment, facilities & training to produce some of the best lifeguards in New Zealand and to provide safe, protected beaches. All Business House Sponsors will receive the following:

  • Certificate of Appreciation to display at their business premises
  • Name of business displayed at the Red Beach SLSC clubrooms
  • Name of business & contact details listed on the Sponsor Page of our website
  • Associate membership of Red Beach SLSC for the 2011/2012 season for 2 people
  • Invitation to attend our Sponsors’ Day on Sunday 20th November

In addition, all Business House Sponsors will go into a draw to win their business name & logo on one of 5 new competition surf skis or boards. The draw will be held at our Sponsors' Day on Sunday 20th November 2011, which will be held at the Red Beach clubrooms with a BBQ, complimentary drinks and entertainment.  Read more …


Awards night looms for Harbour Sport

7th November 2011

Red Beach a finalist for the Club of the Year Award

Red Beach Surf Club has been named as a finalist for the Club of the Year title at next month’s Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.
The annual function will take place on Friday 18th November at the North Harbour Stadium. The Excellence Awards are the regional sports evening event where North Harbour’s top athletes, coaches and administrators are profiled and their achievements celebrated. The awards recognise exceptional performances, efforts and contributions to sport in the North Harbour region.
If successful, it will be Red Beach’s second Club of the Year title for 2011, having won the surf lifesaving Club of the Year award at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence night in June.
To check out the finalists for all the categories, click here.

Footnote:  Club members will be advised by email on the purchase of tickets to the Harbour Sport function.

Surf Lifeguard Awards

7th November 2011

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in October when 23 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. Ten will move into the club’s under-16 division and 13 will take part in Masters activities. The most recent qualifications take the tally to 44 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last May. Surf Instructor Awards were achieved by Kasey Cairns and Beth Seedhouse.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates were: Jayden Bennett, Kelsi Boocock, John Brooke, Thomas Burton, Campbell Busby, Steph Busby, Greer Donovan, Wade Downey, Carol Gjaltema, James Hanson, Anna Harkin, Brett McMurtrie, Eddie Marukore, Lea Mueller, Nic Myers, Sean O’Kane, Emma Ryder, Nick Saull, Dermot Smith, Marie Stutz, Dylan Turner, Sharon Turner, Zac Van Der Water.

Pub to Club event for surf boat crews

7th November 2011

Surf boat crews to row the Puhoi River to Red Beach

Around 20 surf boat crews are expected to take part in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 12th November.
The event, with Bryan & Pat Heron as the primary sponsor, will be raced from the Puhoi Pub to Red Beach, a distance of around 16km. The race is open to all surf boat crews, male and female, with cash and spot prizes up for grabs in all divisions.
The course is along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach.
The registrations and briefing take place at the Puhoi River car park at 7.45 am and the first boat will get away at 9.00 am with 2-minute intervals between boats. The entry fee is $60.00 per crew which includes the after-race BBQ and refreshments at the Red Beach clubrooms.
For entry information, email chris.mccullough@xtra.co.nz or contact Chris after hours at 021 612 304


Surf patrol season about to start again

16th October 2011

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 22nd 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 17th December.


Lifesavers worth $2b to Aussie economy

13th October 2011

NZ Herald article on the value of lifeguards

We all know lifeguards play a vital role making our beaches safer, but now a new report has measured their exact value in cold, hard cash.
According to professional services firm PwC, surf lifesavers in NSW are worth A$1.6 billion ($2 billion) a year to the economy - just under half the total A$3.6 billion annual value of the national surf lifesaving movement.
In hours alone, volunteer surf lifesavers donated time worth A$21 million during 2009/2010.
You can then add on the economic value of saving lives and preventing injury.
The PwC report says an extra 600 lives would have been lost on nationwide beaches and coastal waterways if it were not for surf lifesavers. To read the full article in the NZ Herald, click here.


Milestone for Pat

11th October 2011

50 Years Badge presented to Pat Olsen

Red Beach Surf Club stalwart Patricia Olsen has been presented with Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s 50 Years Badge, given to long-service members of the movement who have notched up 50 years of surf lifesaving activities.  The badge was presented to Pat during the SLSNR Pool Championships held in September.  In July, she became the first female to be awarded a Life Membership of the Red Beach Surf Club ... read more.


Chris in NZ ‘A’ team

11th October 2011

New Zealand representative status for Chris Moors

Red Beach lifeguard Chris Moors, right, has become the newest club member to be named as a New Zealand representative in surf lifesaving. He has been selected for the New Zealand ‘A’ team to compete in Australia next month.
The team, comprised of six men and six women, will represent SLSNZ at two Australian ocean/beach carnivals over the weekend of 26-27 November.
Eight of the team will compete at Coffs Harbour in New South Wales while the four beach exponents will compete at Redcliffe on the Sunshine Coast. To see who made the team, click here.


SLSNZ Service Award

11th October 2011

New Zealand Service Award for Brian Maney

(Photo) Red Beach club member Brian Maney, right, after receiving his SLSNZ Service Award from SLSNZ Life Member Graeme Matheson.  The award was presented at the AGM held in Hamilton in September.


Long Distance event

11th October 2011

The 2011/12 surf sports season got under way on 1st October with the Long Distance carnival at Red Beach.  Competitors braved chilly conditions and blustery weather, having to contend with a choppy surf whipped up by an onshore wind.  We bring you the first of two photo essays on the morning's events.  For the results, click here.


Pool championships

11th October 2011

The club’s SeniorSurf and JuniorSurf members competed at the SLSNR Pool Championships held at Henderson’s West Wave Pool in September. We bring you our photo essay on the event.   For the full set of results, click here.


Enrolment numbers up for JuniorSurf

11th October 2011

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf administrators are buoyed by the large number of youngsters who have enrolled with the club for the coming summer.
Two registration days have been held and the number of 5-13 year olds who have signed up is quite noticeably ahead of the corresponding period last year.
The club has had a very positive response to its JuniorSurf training programmes and is confident that it is on track for another bumper season with its activities.
A third registration day will be held at the Red Beach clubrooms on Sunday 16th October, from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm.
The Opening Day for JuniorSurf members is Sunday 30th October at 9.45 am.
For a JuniorSurf registration form, click here.


U16 training camp

11th October 2011

Team building will be the focus of Red Beach Surf Club’s U16 Training Camp at Tawharanui Regional Park during the weekend of October 15 & 16.
Between 40 and 50 club members from the club’s U16 ranks, including parents, will descend on Tawharanui for a two-day camp for team building activities. 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.
(Pic) Tawharanui Regional Park is a 50 mins drive north of Red Beach.


King of Rangitoto event this Saturday

4th October 2011

InterClub Challenge introduced to the event

The King of Rangitoto event makes a return this Saturday, 8th 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.
This year’s event also features the InterClub Challenge. The combined times (4 people) of the first two males, first veteran male (50+) and first female from each club will decide the winner.
Registrations take place from 7.30 am at Takapuna Beach. The event gets under way at 9.00 am. For more information, click here.


Close result from pool championships

4th October 2011

Just one point separated Red Beach from Piha who ran out the overall winners at the recent SLSNR Pool Championships.
Piha, on 307 points, retained the Cosgrove Trophy with Red Beach finishing on 306. It was the sixth occasion on which the trophy has been contested.
Nine clubs from the Northern region took part along with Papamoa and Whangamata from the Bay of Plenty.  SeniorSurf and JuniorSurf competitors contributed to the overall points.

Results (Nthn Region clubs only):  Piha (307) 1, Red Beach (306) 2, Mairangi Bay (207) 3, Muriwai (105) 4, Orewa (83) 5, United North Piha (25) 6, Mangawhai Heads (12) 7, Raglan (8) 8, Bethells Beach (5) 9.  For event results, click here. Coming soon … our photo essay on the pool champs.

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

25th September 2011

Red Beach Surf Club gearing up for the 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 2nd October, Sunday 9th October, Sunday 16th 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 30th 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 registration form, click here.


SLSNR Long Distance event at Red Beach

25th September 2011

Competition gets under way on Saturday 1st October

The Long Distance carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 1st October will kick-start the 2011-12 surf sports season.   The morning’s competition will include a 2km beach run which will be followed by a 1.5km swim. Paddlers will get to test their fitness by choosing either a 5km board paddle or a 10km ski paddle. Surf boat rowers and canoe paddlers will also compete over the 10km course.  Competitor registrations are at 9.30 am and the first event, the 2km run, gets under way at 10.00 am. Non-qualified members are allowed to compete but must wear an orange SLSNR cap.


Black and Blue Night

21st September 2011

Show your true colours at the Surf Club this Saturday!

It’s Black & Blue Night at the Red Beach Surf Club this coming Saturday. The All Blacks are playing France so dress up, Kiwi or French, in black or blue!
When:    Saturday 24th September, 5.30 pm.
Games:  Matches (2) live on the big screen. The first game is at 6.00 pm.
Menu:     There’s a great menu, the kitchen is open from 6.00 – 8.00 pm.
Bring the family … invite your friends. There are spot prizes. And try your luck with the raffles. For further details, click here. All funds raised on the night will go towards the SeniorSurf coaching programme.


SeniorSurf events for 2011-12 season

13th September 2011

The full programme of SeniorSurf events for the 2011-12 season is now available … click here.
The opening event – the SLSNR Pool Champs – will kick start the season on Saturday 24th September at Henderson’s West Wave Pool.
One week later, on Saturday 1st October, Red Beach will host the Long Distance Carnival.  The King of Rangitoto event takes place on 8th October at Takapuna Beach.
Surf carnival venues for the summer include Waipu Cove, Mangawhai Heads, Whangamata, Mount Maunganui and Ruakaka, leading up to the premier event, the NZ Championships in Gisborne from 15-18 March.


Sand speedsters …

13th September 2011

The beach events of sprints, relays and beach flags feature prominently in surf lifesaving competition. Lifeguards who specialise in these events, preferring to sidestep the water and craft events, are affectionately known as ‘land crabs’.  On the other hand, some surf athletes are able to show a clean pair of heels across the sand. We bring you our photo essay on the club’s ‘sand speedsters’.


SLSNR Pool Champs

13th September 2011

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at Henderson’s West Wave Aquatic Centre on Saturday 24th September.
The day will see pool events for SeniorSurf and JuniorSurf competitors with both divisions intermingled for the full session. The warm-up is at 8.00 am and the morning session starts at 8.30 am. The third and final session ends at 4.00 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 information on events, times, age groups and procedures, click here.


Tana Umaga drops in

13th September 2011

DHL Volunteer Day at the Red Beach Surf Club

Former All Black captain Tana Umaga, right, was at the Red Beach Surf Club for the recent DHL Volunteer Day. DHL staff members were present to help spruce up the clubrooms ahead of the opening of the new patrol season.
Umaga is DHL’s NZ ambassador for Rugby World Cup 2011 and is supporting DHL staff who volunteer their time to help surf clubs prepare for the summer.  It is the third consecutive year that DHL staff members have done volunteer work at Red Beach.


Surf officials needed

28th August 2011

Red Beach Surf Club is looking to its members to volunteer their services as surf carnival officials.
The club has one of the biggest representations of surf athletes and is needing to be better represented with surf officials at local and regional events.
Club members, especially parents, who would like to officiate are not required to have a Surf Lifeguard Award. And there are perks! While on the beach you are well looked after with food and refreshments.
If you would like to put your name forward, please contact club administrator Debra Cairns at the club office, ph: 426 5283 or email here.


90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

28th August 2011

Four Red Beach crews likely to take part

The 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge is coming up again on Saturday 10th 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 has two crews confirmed for the event with a further two crews likely to race.  To read more about the event, click here.


JuniorSurf quiz night hits the high notes

28th August 2011

Record amount raised at quiz and auction night

Music was the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s recent quiz and auction night which raised more than $9,000 for training equipment.
The bulk of the money raised will go towards the purchase of training boards for all of the age divisions. Swim fins are also on the shopping list. A professional auctioneer took charge of the auction which saw the highest bid going for a 3-night stay at a Lake Tekapo bach, including 2 adult air fares.
More than 120 packed the premises dressed as 60’s and 70’s rockers, rastafarians, Spice girls, The Doors, Cher, Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart. The prize for the best dressed group went to Men at Work.
The JuniorSurf organisers of the quiz night have rated it a huge success, a lot of fun and want to thank everyone who attended, especially the donors of prizes for the auction.


Regional Lifeguards

18th August 2011

Applications for Regional Lifeguards are now open. If you would like to apply to be a Regional Lifeguard for the 2011-12 season, click here.  Applications close on Friday 30th September. The testing dates for Northern Region lifeguards are 5th & 12th October, followed by beach testing on 22nd October.
Note:  Regional lifeguards are now under the control of the National Lifeguard Service (NLS), a partnership programme delivered by surf lifesaving and territorial land authorities to supplement the volunteer weekend patrols.


Passing of a boatie

18th August 2011

Red Beach Surf Club members are mourning the death of surf boat rower and club lifeguard Jonathan East, right, who passed away on 15 August after a brief illness.
Jonathan (34) joined Red Beach in December 2009 and gained his Surf Lifeguard Award a month later. For the past two summers he rowed for the Rednecks boat crew and then the Redliners crew.
At the club’s prize giving night in May 2010 he was the inaugural winner of the Craig Dillon Cup for Most Improved Male Rower for the 2009-10 season.
The club extends its sincere sympathy to Jonathan’s family and to all who knew him.


NZ Surf Boat Series dates for 2011-12

12th August 2011

First of four rounds starting in December

Surf Life Saving NZ has announced the dates and venues for the 2011-12 NZ Surf Boat Series.
3 December:   Wellington Super Surf Boat Event, Paekakariki
2 January:       Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular
4,5 February:  North Island Surf Boat Championships, Waihi
25 February:   Piha Big Wave Classic, Piha


Newest Life Member

12th August 2011

Patricia Olsen the first female Life Member

Red Beach club stalwart Patricia Olsen has become the first female to be awarded a Life Membership of the Red Beach Surf Club.
The award was presented at the club’s Annual General meeting held on July 31st. Unbeknown to Pat, her family was also present in the clubrooms to witness the presentation.  Read more …


Awards made at AGM

12th August 2011

Eleven club members recognised for their services

A total of 11 Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting of the club.
The recipients were members of either the SeniorSurf or JuniorSurf divisions.  Along with the Life Membership to Patricia Olsen there were three Distinguished Service Awards, three Service Awards and four Recognition Awards.  The presentations were made by club patron Bryan Heron.

Photos: Peter Olsen, left, and Graeme Porter received Distinguished Service Awards. The third awardee, Colleen Murphy, was unable to be present at the AGM.
Service Awards were presented to Patsy Horne, Chris Gurr and Serena Ball.
Kevin Cornish received a Recognition Award.  The three other awardees, all unable to attend the AGM, were Mark Scheib, Tavita Tuilaepa and Roy Herbert.

Collaroy Centenary

12th August 2011

Sister club to celebrate 100 years of surf lifesaving

Red Beach’s sister club Collaroy in Australia celebrates its centenary in October.  The celebrations will take place over the weekend of 28,29,30 October with Red Beach Surf Club members in attendance.

Friday       ‘Centenary Sippers’  – a meet and greet evening at the Collaroy Surf Club
Saturday  The Centenary Ball at Harbord Diggers Club, Freshwater Beach
Sunday     Memorial Day festivities on Collaroy Beach which will see Nipper activities, a club BBQ and a specially organised surf boat regatta.
To find out more about the 100 Year Celebrations, visit the Collaroy Surf Club website ... click here


Club to host 6 events this summer

12th August 2011

Red Beach Surf Club is to host six competition events this summer. The first event out of the blocks will be the SLSNR Long Distance Carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 1st October. The dates and the events are:

Sat 1st October   Long Distance Carnival
Sat 12th November   Puhoi ‘Pub to Club’ Surf Boat Challenge
Fri 25th November   JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 1
Sun 11th December   JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
Sat 7th January   Owen Chapman Cup Carnival

In addition, the club will also host the 23rd annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on Sunday 4th March 2012.


Surfernatural …

12th August 2011

The 2010-11 season was a highly successful one for the Red Beach club and its surf athletes, resulting in two major awards … the Senior Competition Club of the Year and the Junior Competition Club of the Year. As the season unfolded, club members were able to hone their skills and develop their competitive strengths as they headed towards the NZ Championships. We bring you the first of our Surfernatural photo essays.


Musical Quiz Night

12th August 2011

JuniorSurf ‘on song’ for quiz & auction fundraiser

Music is the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s big Quiz Night on Saturday 20th August.
Attendees on the night are being asked to ‘dress up as your favourite singer or band’ for the fundraiser.
Previous themes have been Dress in Red and Back in Black. Both nights have pulled in healthy amounts for training equipment, beach gear and the JuniorSurf coaching programme.
When:      Saturday 20th August
Time:        Arrive 6.30 pm, start 7.30 pm
Where:     Red Beach Surf Clubrooms
Tickets:    $15.00 per person.  Contact Trishelle at 021 956 055 or Kathy at 021 719 776.
The organisers are seeking donations of products and services which can be auctioned on the night. Can you assist?


Pat Olsen now a Life Member

7th July 2011

Patricia Olsen the first female Life Member of Red Beach SLSC

Red Beach club stalwart Patricia Olsen has become the first female to be awarded a Life Membership of the Red Beach Surf Club. The award was presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on July 31st.
Pat began her lifesaving career in 1950 when she joined Milford Girls Surf Club and for eight years served as Club Captain and Secretary.

She joined Red Beach Surf Club in 1971 and in the late 70’s served as the club’s Social Convenor. She maintained a close connection during the time her two sons were involved as Nippers and then as lifeguard members.

In the late 1980’s she competed at the first NZ Masters event and continued to take a strong interest in Masters events.  At the World Champs at Red Beach in 1991, where she was one of the organisers, she won 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze medal.

In 1987 she joined the Auckland Board of Judges and has remained a member through to this day, giving a total of 24 years’ service. She became a Nationals judge in 1991 and has maintained this role right through to the present time, a total of 21 years. She has officiated at the Northern Regional Championships for 17 years.

For eight years from 1990 up to 1999 she was an R&R coach for Red Beach, with her young charges successful in NRC’s competition.  Her last stint at R&R coaching was in 2005 – with her U19 team winning the NRC’s title – just before Surf Lifesaving NZ dropped the event from the Nationals.

She has Service Awards and Distinguished Service Awards from both Auckland and New Zealand Surf Lifesaving.  In 2002 she was named as Auckland’s Surf Official of the Year.

Pat was a hard-working member of the organising committee for the 50th Owen Chapman Cup carnival in 2006 and she has helped with the organising of the Owen Chapman event ever since. She has officiated at the World Rescue Championships, travelling to Florida, Italy and Egypt in the process.


Red Beach wins Club of the Year award

20th June 2011

Red Beach scoops up nine awards at the Awards of Excellence night including …       

  • The supreme award for Club of the Year
  • Senior Competition Club of the Year
  • Junior Competition Club of the Year
(Pic) Red Beach club president Mike Taylor, left, with SLSNZ president Bob Harvey following the presentation of the Club of the Year award.

Red Beach Surf Club carried off nine awards from Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence night.  They included the prestigious Club of the Year award, the Senior Competition Club of the Year as well as the Junior Competition Club of the Year.
Vaughan Skiffington was presented with the DHL Surf Coach of the Year award and becomes a national finalist, while Dean Pouwhare collected the trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft.
Red Beach also won all four Sportsman awards which covered the Open, U19, U16 and U14 divisions.
In accepting the Club of the Year award, club president Mike Taylor paid tribute to the efforts of Vaughan Skiffington for coaching, and Chris Gurr for the club’s patrolling efforts at both Red Beach and Pakiri.  “It’s the very first time that Red Beach has won Club of the Year and it’s an honour,” he added.

(Pic) Close to 400 guests attended Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence night held at the Eden Park function centre.

Club snares all four Sportsman awards

20th June 2011

Red Beach competitors took out all four sportsman awards at the Awards of Excellence function.
Chris Moors picked up the Sportsman of the Year trophy, the U19 Sportsman award went to Dylan French, the U16 award went to Joshua Pickering-Ross while JuniorSurf competitor Izaak Scheib collected the U14 trophy.

(Pic) Chris Moors was named as the DHL Sportsman of the Year.  He won the coveted Ironman title at the NZ Championships at Mt Maunganui, having already picked up the NRC’s Ironman title. In November 2010 he achieved a personal objective of a top-10 finish in the gruelling Coolangatta Gold event, the best-ever result by a Kiwi competitor.
(Pic) Dylan French took out the U19 Sportsman of the Year award. He was the stand-out performer at the Auckland Championships at Ruakaka, winning 13 gold medals. At the NZ Championships he came away with three gold, three silver and one bronze medal.
(Pic) Joshua Pickering-Ross following his success in winning the U16 men’s beach sprint at the NZ Championships. He collected the U16 Sportsman of the Year award.
(Pic) Izaak Scheib was the winner of the U14 Sportsman of the Year award.  Mitchell Grant and Jake Hurley, both Red Beach club members,were the other two finalists in the U14 category.

Vaughan top coach

20th June 2011

Red Beach coach Vaughan Skiffington has taken out the DHL Surf Coach of the Year award. The presentation was made at the Awards of Excellence function at Eden Park. He first won the award in 2006 after Red Beach won the Allan Gardner Trophy for top New Zealand club in the same year. Vaughan is now a national finalist for the NZ Coach of the Year award to be presented in September.


Powercraft award

20th June 2011

Dean Pouwhare was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Power Craft at the Awards of Excellence function.  During the course of the 2010-11 season he saw to the accomplishment of 15 IRB Driver awards, four IRB Instructor awards and an IRB Examiner award.  He regularly maintains the club’s four IRB’s and shares his vast amount of mechanical know-how with Red Beach’s IRB crews.


Ocean Athletes

20th June 2011

In February this year, Red Beach’s JuniorSurf division fulfilled an ambition to win Ocean Athletes .  It did so by dead-heating with the Papamoa Surf Club at the Oceans ’11 event at Mt Maunganui. For the club’s 10-14 year old competitors the win was the pinnacle of a highly successful season. We bring you this photo essay of the club’s JuniorSurf members in action.


Countdown to the Excellence Awards

9th June 2011

Red Beach Surf Club finalists have been notified

The countdown has begun for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 18th June. Up to 400 guests will be attending the evening at the Eden Park Function 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. Tickets to the function are $60 each, inclusive of a 3-course dinner. Details on ticket purchasing have been emailed to club members. If you require tickets, click here.   Get set for a great night!


JuniorSurf AGM

9th June 2011

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will be held this coming Sunday 12th June, 4.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach.
The election of officers for the 2011-12 season will take place at the AGM. Parents and members are encouraged to attend.


In the media ...

6th June 2011

The following media stories appear in the press or on the SLSNZ website.  To read more, click on the link to get to the story.

  • Lifesavers ‘in tough times’. Sources say a Surf Life Saving NZ restructure has been a costly mistake (Herald On Sunday article) … read more
  • Daniel Moodie rips into sponsor hunt … read more
  • Between The Flags centenary book for sale … read more
  • Be ready to become a roadside lifesaver … read more

The Gallipoli 100

29th May 2011

Gallipoli landing by surf boat crews

Surf boats will feature in the 100th anniversary of the famous landing on Gallipoli by the ANZAC’s.
To take place in April 2015, the Gallipoli 100 is a surf boat race involving 100 surf boats manned by Australian and New Zealand lifesavers.  Surf boats are to be shipped to Turkey for the event which will feature 100 surf boat crews racing over a 100km distance with the location being the Dardanelles, Aegaen Sea and Gallipoli Peninsula. The crews will proceed to a beach near where the ANZAC’s landed 100 years before.

Back in 1915 there were many lifesavers and future lifesavers who fought at Gallipoli, however, a number of the pre-war lifesavers did not return home.

To check out the Gallipoli 100 website and watch a short video on the event, click here

Pic: Boats land at ANZAC Cove in April 1915.

Lifeguard awards

29th May 2011

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 21 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The majority will move into the club’s under-16 division next summer. The most recent qualifications take the tally for the 2010-11 season to 45 Surf Lifeguard awards gained.

The successful candidates were:  Andrey Bobnev, Jaime Busby, Isobel Butler, Lachlan Chambers, Jessica Cornish, Georgia Cox, Luke Crouch, Brandon Douglas, Jordan Downey, Mitchell Grant, Britney Haddad, Olivia Hamlin, Jake Hurley, Toby Hurley, Pia Huston, Adam Jenkinson, Ben Jenkinson, Jack Lloyd, Karl McMurtrie, Josh Mittendorff, Nieve Richards.

Rescues for summer

19th May 2011

Red Beach lifeguards carried out 20 rescues during the 2010-11 summer.  At Red Beach, where the patrolling season ran from 23 October – 3 April, there were four rescues.
At Pakiri, an hour’s drive north of Red Beach, 16 rescues were effected during a shorter patrolling season from 18 December – 13 February.  Patrolling statistics for the two beaches are:

Patrolling Hours:  Red Beach 2,550 hours; Pakiri 582 hours (excluding paid lifeguards).
Rescues: Red Beach 4, Pakiri 16 First Aids: Red Beach 43, Pakiri 16

Jungle Fever night

19th May 2011

There was an invasion of exotic animals at Red Beach Surf Club’s recent prize giving night. With ‘Jungle Fever’ as the theme there were plenty of members who went bananas to show off their wild side.  The night had a safari like feel about it, the get-ups were exotic and one could have been led to believe that Tarzan would swing in with Jane.  We were able to catch the fever theme on camera.


Gisborne the venue for 2012 NZ Champs

19th May 2011

Nationals venues announced for next three years

Gisborne will host the State National Surf Life Saving Championships in 2012 at Midway Beach. The dates have been set for 15th-18th March.  Gisborne last hosted the premier event in 2009.  Surf Life Saving NZ has announced the Nationals venues through to 2014. They are:

2012  Gisborne     2013  Mt Maunganui     2014  Whakatane
For the three-year National Events Calendar, click here.


SLSNR Awards Night

19th May 2011

It’s coming up … Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night.  This is a major event on the surf lifesaving calendar and an evening all club members can look forward to. We suggest you enter these details in your diary or on your calendar …
When: Saturday 18th June, 7.30 pm    Where: Eden Park Function Centre, Walters Rd, Kingsland  Tickets: $60 each (includes dinner, cash bar).  Contact Debra Cairns by email to advise your ticket requirements … click here.


Award Winners : 2010-11

15th May 2011

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prizegiving Night on Saturday 14th May 2011.

Kavanagh Cup   U19/U16 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit  Louise Aitken/
                                                                                     Jared Pouwhare

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U19                         Jared Pouwhare

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U19              Louise Aitken

Jackson Family Cup   Most Improved Senior Man           Chris Moors

Watts Trophy   Most Improved Senior Woman                Serena Ball

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                Patrick Maney

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Caitlin Ryan

D F Mitchell Mem. Cup  Best Overall Ironman Performer Chris Moors

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                               Masters Canoe Crew

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Kelly Andrew

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Kyle Blunden

Terry Marsh Trophy  Top Surf Boat Crew                        Red Roosters U19 Crew

Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Chris Moors

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Centennial IRB Voting
                                                                                             Action Group


Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Daniel Cairns
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member           James Grieve Snr

Patrol of the Year Award   Top Patrol Team                    Pritchard Patrol

Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                       Norman Blunden


Catch Jungle Fever!

16th April 2011

The call is out for all Red Beach party animals

Jungle Fever is the theme for Red Beach Surf Club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 14th May. Club members have the chance to let their imaginations run riot in deciding on their kit for the occasion. The night will also be a celebration of the club’s many successes through the 2010-11 season. Details on ticket purchases have been advised by email.


Club receives new IRB by popular vote

12th April 2011

Red Beach Surf Club a clear winner with more than 13,000 votes in New Zealand-wide promotion

Red Beach Surf Club has been presented with a new IRB and motor for winning the most votes in a promotion which ran through December and January.
The promotion, jointly organised and sponsored by BP and Surf Life Saving NZ, was in celebration of 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand.  A total of 72 New Zealand clubs were eligible to win the prize.
The IRB was presented by BP’s New Zealand managing director Mike McGuinness to surf club president Mike Taylor at a ceremony held at BP Dairy Flat.
BP has been a key supporter of surf life saving for the past 43 years. Surf club IRB’s throughout New Zealand carry the BP Surf Rescue branding on the hulls.

Top 5 Surf Life Saving Clubs voted by the public:  Red Beach (13,663), Orewa (7306), Papamoa (2877), Bethells Beach (2821), Paekakariki (1231). To read more on the SLSNZ website, click here.


Bronze for Chris Moors

11th April 2011

Chris Moors has picked up a bronze medal in the Open Taplin Relay at the Aussie Titles. He was a member of one of the two Kurrawa teams which reached the final of the prestigious event.
Fellow Aucklander Nick Malcolm was also in the team to collect a bronze.
For Chris, the medal was some consolation for not reaching the final of the Open Iron Man. In his semifinal, he didn’t place in the top eight to go through.
Some of the biggest names in surf lifesaving also failed to qualify for the Iron Man final, read more …

Meanwhile, Red Beach competitors reached semifinals at the Gold Coast venue but didn’t progress further.
Jared Pouwhare was unplaced in his U19 board race semi while Lauren Bailey came in 12th in the U17 ski race semi.  Naomi Young got as far as the quarter finals of the Open Women’s beach flags.


Report from Kurrawa

6th April 2011 (Wednesday)

Club coach Vaughan Skiffington reports on Day 2 of the Aussie Titles under way at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast

Jared Pouwhare has progressed to the semis of the U19 men’s board event at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships currently under way at Kurrawa.
And fellow club member Lauren Bailey, below, has reached the semis of the U17 women’s ski race.

Competitors have has to contend with a challenging one metre surf which is quite normal for Kurrawa. It’s not huge but it breaks heavy on the shore and on the bank if you’re unlucky.
Yesterday, the opening day, we were faced with squally showers and blustery winds while today it was a bit better – no rain but windy during the afternoon’s competition.

Jared competed yesterday in the board heats, qualifying for the quarter finals. He also did well in the U19 Iron Man event, using it as a warm-up for the board quarter.  His ninth placing in the Iron Man does not get him through to the next round.  It’s a restricted event – he was the only Kiwi in it – and only state finalists can contest the event.
He did very well in the board quarter, starting strongly and moving into fourth position around the course.  He had a good paddle through the two breaks and finished sixth with some room for improvement.  Nevertheless, he’s through to the semis which is a fine effort.  He will have to race like a demon to reach the final and once there, anything can happen. But the competition is very tough.
Jared's only other event is the U19 surf race in which he will need a wave or two.  He races the board semi on Saturday.

Lauren Bailey competed today in the board event, placing fourth in her heat in challenging surf, however, she didn’t progress further.
She races in the ski semi final on Thursday, wary of the surf, however with practice in timing the waves she’s getting better and better. It will come down to timing.


Cab Savs crew now Aussie champions!

4th April 2011

First-ever international surf boat crew to win gold at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Red Beach’s Cab Savs boat crew have written themselves in the history book with their success at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast.
Competing at Kurrawa in the final of the Masters 200 division, the crew of Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid and Nick Laurie crossed the finish line in first place to become the first-ever international surf boat crew to win an Australian gold medal.  Read more ...


Cab Savs surf boat crew now Australian champions

4th April 2011

Red Beach the first-ever international surf boat crew to win gold at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Red Beach’s Cab Savs boat crew have written themselves in the history book with their success at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast.
Competing at Kurrawa in the final of the Masters 200 division, the crew of Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid and Nick Laurie crossed the finish line in first place to become the first-ever international surf boat crew to win an Australian gold medal.

The crew made a flying start in the heats, picking up two firsts and a second in the division which attracted 22 crews.  The elimination round saw them place third which was enough to take them through to the semi-final where they finished third.

In the final, the Cab Savs lined up on buoy 5.  To their left were last year’s champion crew South Curl Curl while on their right were Forster, the NSW age group champions.
“Conditions had evened out from the previous day of heats, however, the surf was at 1.5 metres and there were some big sets coming through,” said Red Beach boat captain Chris McCullough.

“We had a clean start and led through the surf line with some big calls being made by sweep Monty.
We went into the turn first although came out of it level with South Curl Curl and Forster,” he added.

From halfway home, all three boats were on the same wave.  With just 100m to run, the Forster boat broached and flipped off the wave, leaving Red Beach and South Curl Curl to slug it out.

When the Cab Savs managed to punch through a wave, South Curl Curl were held back.  Sweep Monty then called for a huge effort to get over the hump of the wave in front of them.  South Curl Curl began to come through, only to get caught in the wave hump.  Red Beach then went on to cross the finish line and win by 1 ½ - 2 boat lengths.

“It was a great race and the Aussies were very complimentary to us on our win,” said McCullough who expressed appreciation to Jase Bean of South Coast Boats for the loan of his boat.  “It was a beauty;  it was like we were using our own boat.”


Surf patrols end for the summer

4th April 2011

Volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach have ended for the summer.  The red & yellow patrol flags went into storage when the final patrol came off duty on Sunday 3 April.
Summer patrols at Pakiri finished on 13 February.  Patrolling for next summer will resume at Red Beach on Saturday 22 October, the beginning of Labour Weekend.


Handicap surf races

4th April 2011

We announce the overall winners of the handicap surf race series, 2010-11 season

The final handicap surf race of the summer, held on Friday 1st April, attracted 19 starters and had a novelty factor.  See the pics below.

Overall Results:
Open Men:  V.Skiffington (62) 1, P.Anderson (36) 2, S.Young (30) 3
Open Women:  S.Ball (48) 1, N. Young (6) 2
U19 Men:  J.Pouwhare (31) & K.Leopard (31) 1=, D.French (30) 3.
U19 Women:  G.Lloyd (51) 1, C.Ryan (45) 2, N.Johnson (34) 3,
U16 Men:  E.Hutchinson (39) 1, J.Curd (33) 2, D.Cairns (29) & R.Blackall (29) 3=
U16 Women:  L.Bailey (53) 1, L.Aitken (46) 2, B.McLeely (42) 3
Masters Men:  M.Readman (35) 1, D.Pouwhare (27) 2, J.Hutchinson (26) 3
Masters Women:  M.Stutz (30) 1, H.Allison (17) 2, M.Downey (14) 3
To view a handicap surf race on YouTube, click here


Fishing competition that got away

3rd April 2011

Successful outcome in spite of cancellation

Squally weather along with sea conditions that were deemed unsafe dashed all hopes of the surf club’s inaugural fishing competition going ahead.
Nevertheless, a last-minute rush on ticket sales saw around 300 people descend on the Red Beach clubrooms during the late-afternoon for the pre-planned draw of prizes and a BBQ meal.
The names of all registered anglers went into the draw for the fishing category prizes as well as 52 spot prizes.  The top spot prize, a Bradley Smoker valued at $1,200 was won by Mark Selman of the club’s JuniorSurf division.  Earlier in the day he had landed a snapper which weighed in at just over 17lbs. When auctioned, it pulled in $120.
“We’re indebted to the sponsors as well as all the volunteers,” said Wade Downey who co-organised the event with Ken Lee. “Without their support we couldn’t have achieved a successful outcome.”
He confirmed that the fishing competition will be on again for late-March 2012.  The money raised from the cancelled event will go towards the upgrading of the surf club facilities.


Eau dear …

3rd April 2011

In lifesaving competition, the surf can be the great leveller. It can also result in bloopers and unplanned outcomes.  We caught the following mishaps on camera during the season just ended.


Cab Savs at Kurrawa

3rd April 2011 (11.45 am Sunday)

Great start by club's boat rowers on Gold Coast

The Cab Savs protest the start of a race at Kurrawa. All boats were recalled to the start line.      Photo by Bill Sheridan.

The Red Beach Cab Savs surf boat crew made a flying start in their age group racing at Kurrawa yesterday.
Competing in the Masters 200 division at the Australian Championships on the Gold Coast, they notched up two heat wins from two starts. A total of 22 crews are racing in the division. Conditions were described as a tricky 2m surf. The third heat as well as semis and a final are being held today.


SLSNR Awards Night

1st April 2011

It’s coming up … Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night. We suggest you  enter these details in your diary or on your calendar …
When: Saturday 18th June    Where: ASB Lounge, Eden Park.   We’ll provide further information when it becomes available.


196 National Titles

29th March 2011

Red Beach Surf Club has garnered 196 National titles during its 58 year history.  The club's first title  was won in 1958 at South Brighton, Christchurch when the Senior 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation team took out the Nelson Shield, the blue riband event of the NZ Championships.
The greatest number of gold medals collected by the club at a national event was in 2006 at New Plymouth when 17 titles were won.
At the Centenary Nationals held at Mt Maunganui in March 2011, Red Beach picked up a further nine titles.
The club has won the Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy for overall points at the NZ Championships on four occasions. The wins came in 1991 (Gisborne), 1992 (New Plymouth), 1993 (Mt Maunganui) and 2006 (New Plymouth).

(Pic) The Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy which has been won by Red Beach on four occasions.

Surf patrols end this weekend

29th March 2011

Volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach come to a close this weekend.  The Red & yellow patrol flags will go into storage when the final patrol comes off duty on Sunday 3 April.
Summer patrols at Pakiri finished on 13 February.  Patrolling for next summer will resume at Red Beach on Saturday 22 October, the beginning of Labour Weekend.


YouTube footage of Red Beach at Mount

28th March 2011

When the Centenary Nationals took place earlier this month at Mt Maunganui, a tsunami warning on the Saturday restricted events to beach sprints and relays.  We now bring you exclusive YouTube footage of some of this action, courtesy of Simon Reynolds, who has combined it with water events held on the Sunday … click here


Plaudits for BNZ

25th March 2011

Club benefits from the BNZ’s Closed for Good project

Red Beach Surf Club was on the receiving end of some charitable assistance earlier this month when Bank of New Zealand employees spent a full day at the club.
It was all part of the bank’s Closed for Good initiative in which staff members closed their business for the day and ventured out to help with projects that benefited local communities right across the country.
Around nine BNZ employees put in time at the surf club to paint inside the clubrooms, clear up the gear sheds and carry out maintenance work.  Red Beach surf club extends a big ‘thank you’ to the Bank of New Zealand for the work put in by its employees.  It is greatly appreciated.


Chris in the media

25th March 2011

Chris Moors’ achievement in winning the NZ Iron Man title has not gone by unnoticed by the Australian media, especially with the Queensland State Titles coming up this weekend.  To read an article on Chris in the Gold Coast Bulletin, click here.


Fishing competition

Posted Friday 25th March, 6.30 pm

Good evening all anglers …

As you are probably well aware, the weather is not on our side. Due to the unpredictability of it, we have made the decision to not proceed with Saturday's fishing competition.  We are still going ahead with dinner and prize giving and would like to see you all at the Red Beach clubrooms from 4.30pm for an enjoyable evening with loads of spot prizes.  If you’re not there you won’t be in for a prize.
This was a very hard decision for us to make, as you can imagine, with all the planning and hours that have gone into it. We have based our decision on guidelines from other fishing competitions and the current Met Service update.  See you on Saturday!


Masters at the Mount

25th March 2011

Red Beach Masters competitors were out in force at the Centenary Nationals earlier this month. Around 23 club members donned Speedos and sucked in the oxygen to strut their stuff on the sands of Mt Maunganui.  Life Member Reg Harker escaped the ravages of the Christchurch earthquake and was back in Red Beach colours to compete in water and craft events. We bring you our photo essay on the event.


March Past back for Centenary Nationals

25th March 2011

Red Beach March Past team stomps the sand again

In celebration of 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand, the NZ Championships at Mt Maunganui saw the reinstatement of a historic tradition - the March Past.  Lifeguards of all ages were able to represent their clubs in this special event.  Red Beach was represented with Ed Richards as the flag bearer and lifesaving legend Reg Harker wearing the surf belt.
Last held in 1998, the March Past is for many an iconic memory in the history of surf life saving. Its spirit lived on once more with the highly colourful Centenary Grand Parade which was complete with the familiar March Past music.  We bring you our photo essay on the event.


Fishing competition

25th March 2011

There’s still time to hook into this Saturday’s event

More than 230 anglers will be casting their lines during the surf club's inaugural fishing competition this Saturday. The club has set a limit of 300 entries for the event, sponsored by Forme Structural. The fishing zone takes in the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula to south of the Tawharanui Marine Park.  Entry tickets are $25 per angler and $15 for junior (under 14) anglers. The entry fee includes a BBQ for competitors at the Red Beach Surf Club at the conclusion of the event. To print out an entry form, click here.


SLSNZ squads named

22nd March 2011

Red Beach’s Chris Moors, right, who achieved a personal triumph in winning the NZ Open Iron Man title at the recent Centenary Nationals, has been named in the World Championships Squad for 2011/2012.
Fellow club members Dylan French and Caitlin Ryan have been selected for the NZ Development Squad.
Both squads, named at the conclusion of the Nationals at Mt Maunganui, have been selected for a 12 months period beginning on 13 March 2011. To check out the selections for both squads, click here.


Red & White Party Night

21st March 2011

Red Beach Surf Club members and supporters were big on numbers at the club’s recent Red & White Party Night to celebrate the successes of the season.  The dress-up theme, naturally enough, was Red & White with MC Vaughan Skiffington pulling no punches during the Kangaroo Court proceedings. We were there to capture the crowd on camera.


Nationals elation

17th March 2011
  •         Red Beach wins premier Open Taplin event
  •         Chris Moors triumphs in the Open Iron Man
  •         U19 boaties land their first-ever national title
Red Beach’s Open Taplin Relay team fired on all six cylinders and led from start to finish to clinch the premier title of the NZ Championships. The club last won the Open Taplin event in 1997, also at Mount Maunganui.   On the dais, from left:  Sam Cosgrove, Jared Pouwhare, Paddy Maney, William Lloyd, Dylan French, Chris Moors.  Sam Cosgrove celebrated his 21st birthday on the same day as the Taplin win.  Click to enlarge.

Red Beach surf club members have returned from Mount Maunganui highly elated with the club’s successes at the 2011 Centenary Nationals.
Around 1,200 competitors from throughout New Zealand took part, with Red Beach emerging in third place on overall points from the 43 clubs present. The medal count saw Red Beach finish with 9 Gold, 12 Silver and 3 Bronze.
The event, originally scheduled for New Brighton Beach in Christchurch, was relocated to the Mount because of the earthquake devastation in the southern city.
There was another blow when a tsunami warning forced the cancellation of all water events on the Saturday, leaving almost two days of events to be crammed into the final day of the championships.

Overall Points (top 12 clubs):  Mt Maunganui (129.25) 1, Papamoa (83.75) 2, Red Beach (69.5) 3, Mairangi Bay (52) 4, Piha (49) 5, Midway (44) 6, New Plymouth OB (38) 7, Omanu (33) 8, South Brighton (32) 9, Lyall Bay (30) 10, Ocean Beach Kiwi (28) 11, Fitzroy (27) 12.

Red Beach grabs a Millar Cup quinella

8th March 2011

Red Beach’s Red & White teams take top two spots at the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup surf carnival

Red Beach’s two JuniorSurf teams contesting the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup delivered the club a quinella by finishing first and second in the 2011 challenge for the trophy. The club also collected the age group trophies for winning the A & B divisions.
The event, held at Omaha Beach, saw six clubs front with 10 teams collectively. Each team comprised of 18 members, made up from three boys and three girls from each of the three age groups.
The events contested were board relays, board rescues, surf team relays, Diamond relays, beach flags, beach sprints and a four-person beach relay.
It is the ninth consecutive occasion that Red Beach has won the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup.

Age Group Results:  A Group - Red Beach Red 1, Red Beach White 2, Orewa Blue 3.  B Group – Red Beach Red 1, Red Beach White 2, Orewa Blue 3.  C Group – Orewa Blue 1, Red Beach Red 2, Mairangi Bay Blue 3.
Overall Points for Cup:  Red Beach Red 1, Red Beach White 2, Orewa Blue 3, Mairangi Bay Blue 4, Orewa White 5


Fishing competition

8th March 2011

Big interest in surf club’s fishing competition

More than 200 anglers have purchased tickets for the inaugural fishing competition on Saturday 26 March. The club has set a limit of 300 entries for the event, sponsored by Forme Structural. The fishing zone takes in the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula to south of the Tawharanui Marine Park.
Entry tickets are $25 per angler and $15 for junior (under 14) anglers. The entry fee includes a BBQ for competitors at the Red Beach Surf Club at the conclusion of the event. The money raised will go towards the upgrading of the surf club facilities. To print out an entry form, click here.


Dylan equals record

8th March 2011

13 Gold medals won by Dylan French at Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka

Red Beach U19 competitor Dylan French, with a stunning haul of 13 Gold medals from the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka last month, has equalled the record held by fellow club member Caitlin Ryan.
French, the star performer at the championships, picked up five individual titles and added a further eight Gold medals from team events. His individual wins, all in the U19 division, came from the surf race, run-swim-run, board, ski and Iron Man events.
The haul could have been 15 Gold medals. He also won the Open run-swim-run and the Open Iron Man events, however, he wasn’t officially entered in them.
Caitlin Ryan snared the record in 2008, also at Ruakaka. It had stood for 11 years and was held by Mairangi Bay’s Katie Pocock.


BH Heron Plumbing celebrates 50 years

8th March 2011

Red Beach Surf Club patron and Life member Bryan Heron recently celebrated 50 years in business as Heron Plumbing.  The anniversary function to mark the occasion, held at the Reece premises in Henderson, was attended by around 250 people.  Red Beach club members were also present for the celebrations.  Bryan and his company have been a major sponsor of the Red Beach club for 32 years.
Pics: Pat & Bryan Heron at the 50th anniversary celebration function for Heron Plumbing.
Save water, shower with a lifeguard.   Red Beach boaties were on hand to promote Methven Showers at the Heron anniversary function. Showering, without soap, from left:   Ashleigh Jenkins, Wade Heather, Emma Stuart.


Four days of surf action at The Mount

8th March 2011

Pinnacle event of season relocated to Mt Maunganui

The National Championships, the premier event on the surf lifesaving calendar, get under way this Thursday at Mt Maunganui.  The Christchurch earthquake forced the relocation of these Centenary Nationals from New Brighton beach to the Bay of Plenty venue.
Starting with a day of Masters (over 30’s) events, almost 1,500 surf athletes will participate in the surf and on the sand during the four days of competition. For the NZ Championships programme, click here.


Winners’ gallery

8th March 2011

The club’s SeniorSurf athletes were in impressive form at the recent Northern Region Surf Life Saving Champs held over two days at Ruakaka, picking up 46 titles to give Red Beach an emphatic points win. We bring you our photo essay on some of the winners.

Matt Thetford heads for the finish flags to take out the U16 Iron man event.
The trio of Nivana Johnson, Caitlin Ryan & Georgia Lloyd teamed up to win the U19 Taplin relay and the U19 Board relay.
Paddy Maney cruises home to take out the Open Men's Board Race event.
The Open Men's canoe crew of Shane Minifie, Kevin Cornish, Al Presland & Paul Cleminson won all three races in the Long Course canoe event to earn their Gold medals.
Winners of the U16 Women's Board Relay, from left:  Lauren Bailey, Briar McLeely, Daly Tuilaepa.
Kellin Downey lunges for the last flag to take out the U19 men's Beach Flags event.
Winners of the U19 Men's Board Relay, from left:  Jared Pouwhare, Kurt Leopard, Daniel Cairns.
Briar McLeely, left, and Lauren Bailey sprint for the finish flags to win the U16 Women's Board Rescue final.
Club coach Vaughan Skiffington emerges from the Ruakaka surf as the winner of the Open Men's surf race.
Jared Pouwhare, left, and Dylan French teamed up to win the U19 Men's Tube Rescue final. The duo also won the U19 Board Rescue final.
Caitlin Ryan was a comfortable winner of the U19 Women's Surf Ski race.
Paddy Maney, left, and Chester Edwards collected the Open Men's Board Rescue title.
Winners of the U16 Men's Board Relay, from left:  Ethan Hutchinson, Matt Thetford, Daniel Cairns.

Red Beach, Papamoa share top honours

27th February 2011

Club’s dead-heat on overall points at Oceans ’11 to claim New Zealand’s JuniorSurf crown

Red Beach has fulfilled its ambition to win Ocean Athletes, and it did so by dead-heating with the Papamoa Surf Club at the Oceans ’11 event.
After four days of competition in which young surf athletes aged 10-14 years displayed outstanding skills in the Mount Maunganui surf, Red Beach was just one point ahead when the final event, the Grand Cameron Relay was raced.  Papamoa placed third in the event, taking them to equal points with Red Beach.
One of the stand-out performers was Red Beach’s Jade Tuilaepa who claimed four individual Gold medals. They came from the U11 girls beach flags, surf race, board race and the Diamond event.

Overall Points for Oceans ’11:  Red Beach (61) 1=, Papamoa (61) 1=, Mt Maunganui (44) 3, Midway (31) 4, Omanu (30) 5, Whakatane (23) 6, Whangamata (22) 7, Lyall Bay (20) 8, East End (17) 9, Waikanae (16) 10=, Wainui (16) 10=.
To see the overall points for all clubs, click here.     To read about the epic finish to Ocean’s 11, click here

YouTube footage of champs at Ruakaka

25th February 2011

The Regional Championships took place at Ruakaka Beach during the weekend of 19/20th February.  We bring you exclusive YouTube footage, courtesy of Simon Reynolds, on some of the events held on the first day of the Champs … click here.

Photo: The Red Roosters surf boat crew crashes through a wave while competing in the U19 long course event at Ruakaka. The crew went on to take the Silver medal in the final.

Izaak swims to Gold

25th February 2011

Two more medals for Red Beach at Oceans ’11

Izaak Scheib put in a powerful performance to collect a Gold medal in the Run-Swim-Run event at Oceans ’11.  Competing in the U13 division, he was first across the line on Day Two of the Ocean Athlete championships at Mt Maunganui.
The duo of Levon Hutchinson and Sam Readman picked up a Silver medal for Red Beach when they came home second in the Tube Rescue event for under-12 boys. To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.

Club points tally after Day Two:   Mt Maunganui (17) 1, Red Beach (14) 2=, Waikanae (14) 2=, Papamoa (14) 2=, Midway (12) 5, Omanu (9) 6, Sth Brighton (5) 7=, Orewa (5) 7=, NPOB (5) 7=.

Nationals relocated to Mt Maunganui

24th February 2011

The NZ Surf Life Saving Championships for 2011 will now take place at Mt Maunganui.  The devastation caused by the earthquake in Christchurch has made it unrealistic to hold the Centenary Nationals at New Brighton Beach.  The State-sponsored event will be held at The Mount on the existing dates of 10th-13th March. To check out the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.


Gold for Jade!

24th February 2011

Red Beach wins 4 medals on Day One of Oceans ‘11

Jade Tuilaepa has snared a Gold medal in the Under-11 Beach Flags final at Oceans ’11.
The win came on the opening day of the Ocean Athletes event at Mt Maunganui, the equivalent of the NZ Championships for JuniorSurf competitors aged 10-14 years.
In other finals for Beach Flags, Jake Hurley took out the Silver in the Under-14 final while Mitchell Grant picked up the Bronze medal.
And in the Under-13 final of Beach Flags, Lewis Gjaltema collected a Silver medal.
The Run-Swim-Run event was called off because of challenging surf conditions and will be held later in the programme. To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.

Club points tally after Day One:  Omanu (9) 1, Red Beach (8) 2, Midway (6) 3, Waikanae (4) 4=, NPOB (4) 4=, East End (3) 6=, Paekakariki (3) 6=.

NZ Championships

22nd February 2011

With regard to today’s devastating earthquake in Christchurch, Surf Life Saving NZ will be making an announcement within 48 hours on an alternative location for the NZ Championships in March.
To check out the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.


Runaway win for Red Beach at Ruakaka

21st February 2011

Club retains the overall points trophy

Red Beach’s across-the-board strengths enabled the club to score an emphatic win at the Regional Championships held at Ruakaka.
Competing over two days at the Northland venue, club athletes delivered some sparkling performances to see Red Beach finish 168 points clear of its nearest rival.
Perfect weather and a one metre surf blended together to provide ideal conditions for competition.

Overall Points (top 5 clubs):  Red Beach (332) 1, Piha (164) 2, Orewa (107) 3, Mairangi Bay (99) 4, Muriwai (51) 5.
Masters Points Trophy:  Red Beach (22) 1, Mairangi Bay (16) 2, Orewa (5) 3.

Coming soon ... our Gallery of Winners from Ruakaka.


Oceans ‘11 all set for Mount Maunganui

21st February 2011

National event for JuniorSurf athletes

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members are about to head for Mount Maunganui to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
A total of 55 club competitors aged from 10-14 years will participate over four days of competition starting on Thursday 24th February.  Oceans ’11 is a special event during the summer of surf sport celebrating 100 years of surf life saving in New Zealand.
As a unique way of recognising the significance of the event this season, surf athletes will compete for special limited edition “100 Years of Surf Life Saving” medallions.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed 11 years and has grown in size to become one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s most successful surf sport events, attracting around 700 young athletes.
To read the very latest on Ocean’s 11, click here.


Club Champs coming

21st February 2011

The annual Club Championships for members of the SeniorSurf division will take place on Saturday 26th February at Red Beach.
Up for grabs will be the six Champion Lifesaver titles for men and women in the Open, U19 and U16 divisions. Club members will get to compete in beach sprints, tube rescues, board and ski races, surf races and beach flags.
The Champion Lifesaver trophies will be awarded to the competitors in each of the six divisions who gain the most overall points.
Registrations will be taken at the beach from 9.00 am with the first event getting under way at 9.30 am.
Full details of the Club Championships are being emailed to club members.


Pakiri after big wet

18th February 2011

Wild weather on Sunday 23 January forced the cancellation of the annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach.  Up and down the coast, high tides left debris high on dunes and reserves.  At the southern end of Red Beach a yacht, reported stolen from Okahu Bay, was destroyed on rocks after it broke its anchor.  At Pakiri, the club’s container of patrol equipment was washed 60m further inland by the high seas. We bring you the pics taken before the big clean-up and the return of the container to its usual position.


Podium finishes for club surf boat crews

18th February 2011

The recent North Island Surf Boat Championships held at Waihi Beach resulted in podium finishes for three Red Beach surf boat crews.
The Cab Savs crew won all their races comfortably to stay at the top of the leaderboard for the day and take out the gold medal in the Masters division.
The Red Beach Sirens, rowing in the Open Women’s final, finished in third place.  And the U19 Red Roosters crew also placed third in their final.


Rep team achievers

18th February 2011

A total of 15 Red Beach club members were selected for the Northern Region rep teams to compete in the Festival of Surf Sport at Mt Maunganui earlier this month.
Eight members competed in the NPC's (U16’s and U14’s) and seven members contested the Lion Foundation Surf League (U19’s and Open). The club extends its congratulations to all those who were selected and for delivering some great performances.

The Northern Region U14 team snared the Gold medals at the National Provincial Championships at Mt Maunganui.  The Red Beach members in the team were, from left:  Rebecca Pearce, Izaak Scheib, Jake Hurley, Mitchell Grant.
The Northern Region U16 team picked up the Silver medals at the NPC's at the Mount.  Red Beach members in the team were, from left: Briar McLeely, Tyler Baldwin, Ethan Hutchinson, Lauren Bailey.
In the U19 division of the Lion Foundation Surf League, Northern Region collected the Bronze medals.  Red Beach members in the team were, from left: Jared Pouwhare, Dylan French, Caitlin Ryan.
Four Red Beach members were selected for Northern Region's Surf League team at the Mount.  From left:  AJ Maney, Patrick Maney, Chris Moors, Naomi Young.

Get set for the fishing competition!

18th February 2011

Red Beach Surf Club all set to hook a big one!

Up to 300 anglers will compete for a wide range of prizes in the club’s inaugural fishing competition on Saturday 26 March.
The event, sponsored by Forme Structural, has a fishing zone which takes in the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula to south of the Tawharanui Marine Park.
Other sponsors giving support to the event are Kern Consultants (biggest snapper), Allied Work Force (biggest kahawai), Taylormade Nutrition (open species table fish) and Todd Cooper/Harcourts (Junior section).
Entry tickets are $25 per angler and $15 for junior (under 14) anglers. The entry fee includes a BBQ for competitors at the Red Beach Surf Club at the conclusion of the event. The money raised will go towards the upgrading of the surf club facilities. To print out an entry form, click here.


Huge points win for JuniorSurf athletes

18th February 2011

Red Beach claims Auckland Championships points trophy for fourth consecutive year

Red Beach’s young surf athletes were in dominant form to take out the JuniorSurf Auckland Championships Points Trophy by a massive margin over the weekend of 13/14 February.
The Tip Top sponsored event, held at Orewa Beach, attracted around 725 competitors aged from 7-13 years.  Red Beach finished the championships 420 points clear of its closest rival.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (825.5) 1, Orewa (405.5) 2, Mairangi Bay (337) 3, Piha (176) 4, Muriwai (127) 5, Bethells Beach (53) 6, Mangawhai Heads (28) 7, Omaha (18) 8, Ruakaka (13) 9, Kariaotahi (12) 10, United North Piha (11), Waipu Cove (5) 12 .

Regional Champs at Ruakaka : 19/20 Feb

18th February 2011

Sixth consecutive year at popular Northland location

Ruakaka Beach will see two days of top surf lifesaving action when the Trillian Trust Northern Region Championships get under way on the weekend of 19/20 February.
Saturday’s programme starts at 8.30 am with IRB events.  Commencing at 12.30 pm are surf races for individuals and teams, ski races & relays, double ski races, board relays and run-swim-run events. The day will conclude with beach sprints and beach relays. Short course races for canoes and boats also commence at 12.30 pm.
Sunday’s programme commences at 9.00 am with Iron Man events; beach flags will wrap up the day’s activities.
Masters events for men and women include surf races, ski and board races, the Iron Man event, beach flags and beach sprints. To view the Saturday & Sunday programmes, click here.


Red Beach wins IRB

14th February 2011

Club polls the most public votes for Centenary IRB

With online voting going at full throttle in the closing stages of the race to win a brand new IRB, Red Beach powered home to finish more than 4,000 votes clear of its nearest rival.
The promotion, jointly organised and sponsored by BP and Surf Lifesaving NZ, was in celebration of 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand.
A total of 72 New Zealand clubs were eligible to win the inflatable rescue boat, motor and trailer valued at $26,000. Voting began on 7 December and ended on 31 January.
The Red Beach Surf Club would like to thank everyone who cast their vote for the club.
To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.


Winners at NRC's

14th February 2011

Our photo essay on the Northern Regional Championships at Mt Maunganui gives recognition to the Red Beach athletes who won titles during the two-day event. We weren't able to capture every winner on camera, such were the demands of the event with several arenas in operation. Nevertheless, congratulations to all our NRC winners and placegetters who delivered some highly impressive results. Red Beach finished the championships with nine titles and in third place on overall points.

Overall Results (top 11 clubs): Mt Maunganui (91) 1, Papamoa (90) 2, Red Beach (78) 3, Midway (67) 4, Piha (53) 5, Mairangi Bay (49) 6, Ocean Beach Kiwi (33) 7, Orewa (29) 8, Omanu (25) 9, South Brighton (21) 10=, Wainui (21) 10=.

JuniorSurf Champs

9th February 2011

JuniorSurf Champs at Orewa this weekend

The Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships take place at Orewa this weekend, 12/13 February. Around 725 competitors are entered for the Tip Top sponsored event. Competition gets under way at 9.00 am on Saturday for the individual events of Beach Flags, Beach Sprints, Board Races, Surf Races, the Run Wade Run and the Diamond Person events. Sunday’s programme, comprising of team events, also kicks off at 9.00 am.


Northern Arena opens

8th February 2010

The Northern Arena swimming and fitness complex in Silverdale opened on 22 January. A plaque to mark the opening was unveiled by Prime Minister John Key. We were there to capture the event on camera.

(Photo) Red Beach lifeguards took part in the seven-team relay event, a highlight of the opening ceremony. From left: Louise Aitken, Lauren Bailey, Dylan French, Georgia Lloyd, Daly Tuilaepa, Jacob Lee.

Record entries for NRC’s at the Mount

28th January 2011

A record number of 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 Centenary Nationals at New Brighton Beach, Christchurch in mid-March. Events get under way at 7.45 am on both Saturday and Sunday. For the NRC's programme, click here.


Lifeguards rescue 11 at Pakiri Beach

24th January 2011

Red Beach lifeguards have carried out 11 rescues at Pakiri since the start-up of surf patrols in mid-December.
So far this summer, club lifeguards have put in 420 hours of patrolling time at the northern beach. They have conducted two searches and responded to over 20 First Aid cases.
With the blessing and support of Ngati Wai, the volunteer patrols will continue through to Sunday 13 February.  Lifeguards have also been on duty Monday to Friday since 20 December and the mid-week patrols will carry on until 28 January.


Squash Tournament

24th January 2011

B Grade Tournament at Red Beach Courts

The Red Beach Squash Club will host a B grade tournament at the Red Beach Courts from Thursday 10th - Saturday 12th February.  Registrations: Contact Simon Hallamore 0274 396 406 or Dawn Ross 021 171 6025.  For further details on the tournament, click here.


Swim cancelled

24th January 2011

Strong winds and rough sea conditions forced the cancellation of the 23rd annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on 23 January. The Red Beach Surf Club and the Roskill Masters Swim Club look forward to seeing all open water swimmers for the event in 2012. The date will be announced at the start of next summer.


Red Beach members in Surf League teams

24th January 2011

Seven Red Beach club members have been named in the Northern Region teams to compete in the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mt Maunganui on 5/6 February.Seven district teams from throughout New Zealand will compete in the Open division and seven teams will battle it out in the U19 division over the two days of Surf League competition. Those selected are: Open Team: Chris Moors, Patrick Maney (right), AJ Maney, Naomi Young. U19 Team: Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare, Caitlin Ryan. A team from New South Wales will also be competing in the Open division. To see who’s in the district teams, click here.


Red Beach members in U16 & U14 teams

24th January 2011

Eight 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 National Provincial championships at Mt Maunganui on Friday 4 February. Those selected are- Under-16 Team: Lauren Bailey, Tyler Baldwin, Ethan Hutchinson (right), Briar McLeely. Under-14 Team: Mitchell Grant, Jake Hurley, Rebecca Pearce, Izaak Scheib.
The National Provincial Championships event is the Surf League counterpart for surf lifesaving’s younger athletes and rising stars. It will take place as a curtain raiser for the 3rd test of the DHL International Surf Challenge, also at Main Beach, Mt Maunganui. For further information on the NPC teams, click here.


Crew has a blast at Young Guns event

18th January 2011

Red Beach’s U19 boat crew was one of 92 crews which took part in the Young Guns surf boat regatta at Sydney’s Collaroy Beach on 16 January. Racing against some of Australia’s top in-form boat crews, the Red Beach rowers were just pipped at the post in their semi-final. Roving photographer Bill Sheridan sent us the following pics.
To check out The Manly Daily story and pics on pgs 18 & 19 of today's issue (18 Jan), click here. To check out the Young Guns results, click here.


JuniorSurf carnival

18th January 2011

Red Beach was the venue for the Tip Top JuniorSurf carnival held on Sunday 12 December, with 650 competitors aged from 7-13 years taking part.  We bring you the second of two photo essays on the day’s events.


SLSNR Patrol Champs

18th January 2011

Less than 15 points separated the seven teams which contested the Northern Region Patrol Championships at Waipu Cove on 16 January.
The Patrol Champs event is simulated to actual lifesaving activity with the combination of some traditional events coupled with scenarios that require a team response to everyday lifesaving emergencies.
Red Beach was represented by a team of six lifeguards and finished in fifth place. For the results from the Patrol Champs, click here.


Open Water Swim at Red Beach : 23 Jan

18th January 2011

More than 100 swimmers of all ages are expected to hit the water during Red Beach Surf Club’s annual open water swim on Sunday 23 January.
Organised by the Red Beach club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club, it will be the 22nd 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 1.30 pm. To print out an entry form, click here.


Owen Chapman Cup win to Red Beach

13th January 2011

Runaway win for Red Beach at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

Red Beach competitors in the U19 and U16 divisions delivered the club its seventh consecutive Owen Chapman Cup win on Saturday 8th January.
In what was expected to be a closely fought contest, Red Beach went into overdrive to take out the 55th challenge for the trophy, sealing the day with a winning margin of 81 points.
The event was conducted in perfect weather conditions with a small surf to make the competition more interesting.
A total of 335 competitors fronted for the event which saw a record 32 surf boat crews and 22 canoe crews in the boat arena.  A total of 17 surf clubs took part.
Missing from the carnival were 13 elite competitors from Red Beach and Orewa who were with the 18-person Northern Region team in New South Wales for the Trans-Tasman competition series.
Prizes worth a total value of $5,000 were donated by the business community. The Owen Chapman Cup carnival is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.

Overall Points for the Owen Chapman Cup:  Red Beach (196) 1, Orewa (115) 2, Mairangi Bay (76) 3, Muriwai (51) 4, Kariaotahi (18) 5, Piha (14) 6, Ruakaka (8) 7, Bethells Beach (5) 8.   For all the results, click here.

SLSNZ exhibition to celebrate 100 years

13th January 2011

Interactive exhibition captures the history of New Zealand surf clubs, the volunteers & the stories.

To celebrate 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand, SLSNZ has its ‘Between the Flags’ exhibition touring the country. Amongst the items on display are an interactive rip model, an IRB ride and touch screens for all the surf clubs in New Zealand. We recently caught up with the exhibit and bring you the following photos.  The exhibit can be seen at the following locations ...
Auckland:        7-12 Jan  Aotea Square, Auckland City
Orewa:            14-19 Jan  Orewa Domain
Mt Maunganui: 25 Jan - 7 Feb  Marine Parade
Auckland:        11-14 Feb  Auckland Viaduct
Christchurch:   10-14 March  New Brighton Beach


Patrolling update

13th January 2011

Lifeguards at Red Beach and Pakiri have carried out five rescues so far this summer. Patrolling commenced at Red Beach on Saturday 23 October and at Pakiri on Saturday 18 December. The following statistics cover the period up until Tuesday 4th January.
Rescues: Red Beach 2, Pakiri 3 Preventative Actions: Red Beach 164, Pakiri 19 First Aids: Red Beach 29 Searches: Red Beach 2.


Vote for Red Beach!

13th January 2011

Thanks for visiting us. While you’re here, please vote for Red Beach Surf Club to win a new IRB with motor and trailer valued at $26,000. To cast your vote, click here.
To celebrate 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand, SLSNZ and BP are giving a brand new IRB to the New Zealand surf club that wins the most votes.
The Red Beach Surf Club carries out volunteer patrols at both Red Beach and Pakiri and an IRB is an essential item of rescue equipment at both beaches.
Please cast your vote for Red Beach and then watch the progress on the leader board to see how the voting is going. To vote for Red Beach, click here.


Centenary March Past at Nationals

10th January 2011

Red Beach March Past team to stomp the sand again

In celebration of 100 years of surf lifesaving in New Zealand, the NZ Championships in March will see the reinstatement of a historic tradition - the March Past. Lifeguards of all ages will have the opportunity to represent their clubs in this special event.
Last held in 1998, the March Past is for many an iconic memory in the history of surf life saving. Its spirit will live on once more with the Centenary Grand Parade at the 2011 Nationals.  To read more about this special event, click here.


Whangamata turns on surf for boaties

10th January 2011

Whangamata turned on a boat-friendly surf of up to one metre for the recent Surf Boat Spectacular. The event attracted 60 crews from throughout New Zealand - an increase of 10 on last year - and it doubled as Round 2 of the NZ Surf Boat Series. Red Beach was represented by five crews. We bring you our photo essay on the day’s racing.
Overall Results: Open Men: Titahi Bay 1, Mt Maunganui 2, Piha 3. U23 Men: Piha Pirates 1, New Brighton 2, Paekakariki 3. U19 Men: Titahi Bay 1, Waihi 2, Red Beach ‘Red Dragons’ 3. Open Women: Mt Maunganui 1, Mairangi Bay 2, Titahi Bay 3. U21 Women: Whakatane 1, Rarangi 2, Piha Coladas 3.