Archives 2012


Lifeguards carry out six rescues at Pakiri

31st December 2012

Rescuers up against tricky surf conditions, rips

Red Beach lifeguards rescued six people at Pakiri Beach on Saturday 30 December.
Over a period of five hours and using rescue tubes and an IRB, the lifeguards brought ashore six young swimmers who were caught in rips just outside the patrolled area. Five of those rescued were of ethnic origin.
“All the rescue situations were potentially serious,” said patrol captain Chris Gurr (right). “There was a 1m-2m surf running and the big surf over the past 10 days created channels and potholes”.
The duty patrol comprised of Jordan Curd, James Hanson, Jayden Bennett, Emma Selman, Amy Davison and Tyler McDowall.
“It was a busy day for everyone,” Chris added.

Footnote: Regional lifeguards at Pakiri have been busy since starting up on Monday 17 December. Several rescues have been effected along with some serious First Aid cases including two knee dislocations in a space of two days.

Carnival programme

31st December 2012

For the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival programme for Saturday 5 January, click here.
For the latest news on the carnival, click here.
Note:  There is only one change to the programme. The Boat & Canoe arena will commence at 9.00 am, not 10.00 am as stated.


Coffee at the club

29th December 2012

Pop in for a coffee & snacks, Monday – Friday

Red Beach Surf Club is serving up great coffee and snacks at the clubrooms, Monday to Friday, every week.
Between the hours of 9.00 am and 1.00 pm you can stop by at the club and enjoy delicious coffee – and the superb view from the deck – in a relaxed atmosphere.
You will also be able to purchase muffins, slices and other things nice. Go on, treat yourself or meet there with friends. At the surf club, where friendships flourish.  Click here …


Aussie flavour for Owen Chapman Cup

29th December 2012

Australian branch team athletes to add an extra zing to the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

The visiting Australian branch teams from Central Coast and New South Wales Country will bring yet another perspective to next weekend’s Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.
They will add to the mix when Red Beach Surf Club plays host to around 400 New Zealand athletes on Saturday 5th January. Read more …


Aussie flavour for the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

29th December 2012

Australian competitors to add extra zing to surf carnival

The visiting Australian branch teams from Central Coast and New South Wales Country will bring yet another perspective to next weekend’s Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.
They will add to the mix when Red Beach Surf Club plays host to around 400 New Zealand athletes on Saturday 5th January.

This time around, the Cup coincides with a separate tri-series contested between the visiting branch teams and a recently announced SLSNR team. The three teams will clash at three separate carnivals, the first of which takes place the day before the Owen Chapman event.

Now in its 57th year, the Owen Chapman is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.The event 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.
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm.

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.

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. The 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 cup which is awarded for most overall points.

The beach events of sprints, relays & beach flags 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 also commence at 9.00 am.  The afternoon programme will see the Iron Man and Diamond Lady events, followed by the Taplin relays, surf ski races and relays with surf races wrapping up the day’s competition.

Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the cup 12 months ago.


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

28th December 2012

Bay of Plenty venue for NZ Surf Boat Series # 2

(Pic) The newly formed Blakey's Angels crew, swept by Craig Dillon, placed second overall in the U21 division at Whangamata in mid-December.

The New Year will see three Red Beach surf boat crews heading for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on Wednesday 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 Red Beach Sirens crew will start the event at the top of the leaderboard in the open women’s division, having won the opening round of the series at Paekakariki earlier this month.
Red Beach’s other crews to start at Whangamata will be the Cab Savs in the open men’s division and Blakey's Angels in the women’s U21 division. Racing starts at 11.00 am.
To read more on the NZ Surf Boat Series, click here.


Rep team named for Trans-Tasman clash

21st December 2012

Eight Red Beach athletes picked for SLSNR team

Red Beach Surf Club has eight of its lifeguards in the 18-strong SLSNR representative team for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series.
They are Jared Pouwhare, Dylan French, Matt Thetford, Lauren Bailey, Jake Hurley, Cole Drinnan, Hannah Williams and Kelsi Boocock.
The SLSNR team will compete against the Australian branch teams from Central Coast and NSW Country in early-January. The first of three surf carnivals in which the three teams will compete will be held at Waipu Cove on Friday 4 January. They will compete again at Omaha (7 January) and at Piha (8 January).
Athletes from the Central Coast and NSW Country branch teams are likely to compete at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 5 January.
To see who is in the SLSNR rep team, click here.


KNG Ironman Series to start

18th December 2012

Chris Moors heads for Perth for Round One of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series at Scarborough Beach

We caught up with Chris Moors to put some questions to him just days out from the start of the KNG Ironman Series. Round One kicks off on Sunday 23 December. Here are Chris’s responses. For the NZ Herald article of 21.12.12, click here.

The Training Programme
Training for the start of the KNG series has been going well and this week is the taper cycle with less than a week to go. All sessions will be as normal up until Wednesday (19 December) but just a little bit lighter in volume than usual.
On Wednesday morning I will go for a swim - a short session of about 3km - instead of doing an Ironman session at the beach.
On Thursday there will be no training as it’s the day of travel to Perth. On Friday and Saturday mornings there’s a 2km-3km swim session in the pool with light craft work in the middle of day. It’s rest time in the afternoons and on Sunday we race.

The Series – Round One
The first round of the KNG series at Perth’s Scarborough Beach, I predict, will be a real mix of emotions, excitement, nerves and tension.
I am trying to go in as relaxed as possible. As my coach Phil Clayton has pointed out, there is no expectation on me to perform, unlike the big guns of the sport, so I have nothing to lose.
At this stage I believe there has been a late change to the order, Board, Swim, Ski. The format involves the following …

- Triple board (like an Ironman race but on board) and a 5 min rest (from when the winner crosses the line.)
- Triple swim, 5 min rest.
- Triple ski, 5 min rest.
- Finishing with a standard Ironman.  Points are cumulative.

It’s hard to pick favourites as it’s the first race of the series but it’s hard to go past Shannon Eckstein. Also in the mix, I believe, will be Ky Hurst and Ali Day.
Looking at the forecast there should be a reasonable shore break, but the forecasts are still pretty long range.

Red Beach’s Aussie Trip
It was great to see so many numbers at Red Beach’s Gold Coast camp and so many new faces I didn’t know. Great to see the next wave of juniors coming through the ranks.
On the whole I think they found it tough with the quality Aussie competition being what it is and the decent swell that built through the week. But the amount of fun they were having was quite evident.
I got to take them for a rock running session in the Tallebudgera Creek in what was very average conditions … a strong current and poor visibility. But it was something new and a lot of fun was had.

Media Coverage
Last Sunday, on free to air TV Channel One, was the KNG preview programme, a 1½ hour general build-up with lots of the top athletes interviewed as well as a wrap-up of the trial I qualified through, the race schedule plus highlights from last year’s KNG series.

Chris Moors

The dates and venues for the KNG series are …
23 December   Scarborough Beach, Perth
12 January       Newcastle Beach, NSW
27 January       Portsea, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
9 February       Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
17 February     Coolum, Sunshine Coast
24 February     Noosa Heads, Sunshine Coast (final)


KNG Series to start

18th December 2012

Chris Moors heads for Perth for Round One of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series

We caught up with Chris Moors to put some questions to him just days out from the start of the KNG Series. Round One kicks off at Perth’s Scarborough Beach on Sunday 23 December. Read more ...

For the NZ Herald article of 21.12.12 on Chris, click here.


Whangamata winners

16th December 2012

Masters canoe crew nails Open Men’s final at Whangamata

(Pic) The Flying Malyons surf canoe crew on their way to winning the six-canoe final at the Whangamata Classic surf carnival. Four open mens crews from Red Beach qualified for the final along with two crews from Karekare.
Meanwhile, in the beach arena, Red Beach's Jake Hurley had a double success by winning both the U16 men's beach flags and beach sprint events.

For the full set of carnival results, click here.

(Pic) Masters men on a mission. The Flying Malyons crew after taking out the Open Canoe race final at Whangamata on 15 December. From left: Shane Minifie, Al Presland, Kevin Cornish, Paul Cleminson.

Selectors’ eyes on Whangamata event

14th December 2012

Surf athletes from Northern & Eastern Region clubs to compete in Whangamata Classic

The SeniorSurf carnival at Whangamata on Saturday 15 December will bring together competitors from surf lifesaving's Northern and Eastern regions.
Around 23 clubs and more than 400 athletes are expected to participate in the event. It’s also the final opportunity for competitors from the Northern Region to impress the selectors who are about to name the SLSNR team for the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series. The carnival is also Round One of this season’s Sonic Race Series.
The events to feature are: Surf races, ski & board races, Iron Man & Diamond events, beach flags & sprints and Taplin Relays. Surf boats and surf canoes will each see three rounds of racing.
For event details & the carnival programme, click here.

Footnote: The first event starts at 9.00 am. The surf boat & canoe arena starts at 10.00 am. High tide is at 9.22 am.

Patrolling at Pakiri

10th December 2012

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 15 December.
The Red Beach club is now entering its fourth summer of patrolling at Pakiri. The decision to patrol there stemmed from the club’s fast-growing membership and the ability to provide highly-qualified lifeguards.
Last summer, from early-December to mid-February, lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 10 rescues and performed 145 preventative actions during the 861 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 10 February.

Footnote: Regional lifeguards will be on duty at Pakiri from 17 December.

Athletes head for Oz

7th December 2012

Competitors to hone their skills on 10-day training camp

A Red Beach Surf Club contingent of 40 athletes, coaches and parents heads for Australia’s Gold Coast this week for a 10-day training camp.
Staying at tourist park accommodation, the group will train out of the Pacific Surf Club under the guidance of six club coaches.
During the first weekend away – 8/9 December – all 29 athletes will compete at the Oceans 38 surf carnival at Dicky Beach at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast.
Fundraising stints including winter BBQs, raffles and the proceeds from an End of Summer Party have contributed to the cost of the tour.
Partners Life Insurance donated a very generous amount of $7,500 which was secured by NZ 1st Financial Services (Mark Morgan-Kemp). Donations from Bryan & Pat Heron and Hiway Stabilizers have also helped to get the team to Australia.

(Pic) Club athletes will compete at Dicky Beach which is located at Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The area was named after the iron steamboat, the SS Dicky, which ran aground during heavy seas in 1893. The remains of the wreck are still on the beach.

Raffle results ...

7th December 2012

Results for the club’s Australia trip raffle

Hamper # 1: Irene Bullough  Hamper # 2: Lynn Friedrich  Men’s Hamper: Ray Diver  Handmade Quilt: Miriam Vincent  Avon Basket: Gaynor Gledhill  Xmas Cake: Jo Nicholls.
Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets. A total of $1,350 was raised. The club extends its thanks to the following for donating prizes: Pat Olsen (Quilt), Karen Lloyd (Avon Basket), Sue McLeely (Xmas Cake) and the Australian trip parents for their donation of prizes.


JuniorSurf carnival

7th December 2012

Close to 600 competitors expected at Red Beach this Saturday for a full day of competition

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first full-day JuniorSurf Interclub competition of the summer on Saturday 8th December. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach flags, beach sprints, tube rescues and board rescue events. Five competition arenas will be in operation and close to 600 competitors are expected to take part. Saturday's carnival will be the fourth of seven competition events to be hosted by the Red Beach club this summer.

Footnote: The first event is at 8.00 am. The estimated finish time for the carnival is 2.00 pm to enable people to get to Christmas in the Park.

Club athletes show class at surf carnival

3rd December 2012

Top performances ahead of training trip to Australia

(Pic) Lauren Bailey's win in the U19 Ironwoman event was both impressive and a real eye-opener.

Red Beach continued its winning way by taking out the second interclub surf carnival of the summer.
Omaha was again the venue because of the predicted high winds on Auckland’s west coast. Muriwai was to be the venue, however, officials decided on the switch to Omaha a day out from the event.
In flat conditions, the club’s surf athletes served up a number of stand-out performances ahead of the forthcoming training camp on Australia’s Gold Coast.
Lauren Bailey delivered a stunning win in the U19 Ironwoman event while Matt Thetford, Hannah Williams and Mitchell Grant each came away with two individual wins.
Meanwhile, in the boat & canoe arena, Red Beach’s surf canoe crews were dominant in racing.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (114) 1, Mairangi Bay (88) 2, Piha (67) 3, Orewa (57) 4, Muriwai (15), 5, Karekare (9) 6, Bethells Beach (5) 7.
Masters Points:  Red Beach (27) 1, Karekare (5) 2.

Sonic Race Series

3rd December  2013

Sonic Series returns for the 2012/13 season with $1,000 prizes for Ironman & Ironwoman winners

The Sonic Race Series kicks off at the Eastern Surf Sports Carnival in Whangamata on Saturday 15 December.
It will be contested over four rounds across the four events of Ironman, Board, Ski and Swim. The top 10 Ironmen and Ironwomen will also compete in a 3-round Eliminator Grand Final during the Oceans ‘13 event at Mount Maunganui on 22/23 February. All events will be offered in Open Men and Open Women divisions only.
The winners of the Grand Final Ironman and Ironwoman events will receive winners cheques for $1,000 from Sonic Surf Craft. Athletes finishing 2nd and 3rd in the final race will win Sonic prize packs. For further details and the entry closing date, click here …

Event venues & dates:
Whangamata - Saturday 15 December; Oakura Beach – Sunday 13 January; Whangamata – 26,27 January; Ruakaka – 16,17 February.


SLSNR Patrol Champs

3rd December 2012

Red Beach takes second spot at patrol champs

(Pic) The team with their Silver medals, standing from left: Georgia Lloyd, Jack Readman (captain), Dylan French, Mitchell Grant, Jack Gurr (manager). In front: Lauren Williams, Matt Thetford.      Photo by Chris Gurr.

Red Beach lifeguards took out second placing at the 2012-13 Northern Region Patrol Champs held at Omaha on Sunday 2 December.
In flat conditions, Red Beach came out on top in all three water events which included the board rescue, the tube rescue and the rescue relay. Teams were also judged on two rescue scenarios which included a water rescue and a dry land rescue. There was also a CPR assessment. Six clubs from the Northern region took part.

Results:  Muriwai 1, Red Beach 2, Bethells Beach 3, Orewa 4, Piha 5,Kariaotahi 6

Sirens triumph in the chop at Paekakariki

3rd December 2012

Red Beach women’s surf boat crew rows into the top spot in opening round of NZ Surf Boat Series

The Red Beach Sirens crew overcame the elements of blustery conditions and a strong current and chop to row home first in the open women’s 6-boat final at Paekakariki.
Rowing in a borrowed Piha boat, their win in Round One of the NZ Surf Boat Series has given the crew of Zita Talaic, Ashleigh Jenkins, Lorraine Murray, Madison Smith and sweep Monty McGougan the maximum points before they head into the next round at Whangamata on 2 January. To read more, click here …

Dates and venues for the 4-round series are:
Round 1 – Paekakariki, 1st December; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Piha, 2nd February; Round 4 – Waihi, 9th February.

Photos by Jun Tunlayco at www.juntanlayco.com

National Jandal Day

3rd December 2012

Collectors needed by Red Beach Surf Club for National Jandal Day this Friday 7th  December

(Pic) Red Beach lifeguards Kelly Andrew, left, and Zita Talaic accept a donation at their collection point during last year’s Jandal Day appeal.

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.


It's back to Omaha!

Friday 30th November 2012 (3.30 pm)

Interclub carnival # 2 and SLSNR Patrol Champs switched from Muriwai to Omaha

The Surf Sports carnival scheduled for this Saturday 1st December will now be held at OMAHA. Because of the wind conditions being predicted for the weekend on the west coast, the event will move from Muriwai to the east coast venue. All timings remain the same. The first event will take place at 10.00 am.
The SLSNR Patrol Champs will also take place at Omaha on Sunday 2 December.


Regional lifeguards

26th November 2012

Eight Red Beach lifeguards have been employed by Surf Life Saving Northern Region as regional lifeguards for the Christmas-New Year holiday period at Auckland's west coast and east coast beaches. They are: Reid Blackall, Mitchell Grant, Jack Gurr, AJ Maney, Sam Nancarrow, Madeline Readman, Cody Richards & Matt Thetford. A total of 97 regional lifeguards will patrol at beaches in the northern region.


SLSNR Patrol Champs

26th November 2012

Clubs from the Northern region will contest the SLSNR Patrol Championships at Muriwai this coming Sunday, 2nd December.
Red Beach, the second placegetters last summer, will front with a six-person team. Club teams must contain two females, two U16 members and an IRB driver.
Omaha is the alternate venue should conditions at Muriwai prove unsuitable for holding it there.

(Pic) Red Beach team members during last year's patrol champs at Kariaotahi.

Carnival at Muriwai

26th November 2012

Second inter-club carnival of summer this Saturday

The Surf Sports season continues this coming Saturday 1st December with the second full-day carnival at Muriwai.
With the recent taste of action at Omaha and with exams out of the way for many, surf athletes will be eyeing up the opportunity to compete in the west coast surf.
The beach events of sprints and flags head the programme to beat an incoming tide. Also included are the 400m and 2km beach runs.
Other events include board, ski and surf races, the Ironman and Diamond person events as well as a ski relay.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over long course distances with a short course finish.Key times: 8.50 am Team managers’ briefing   10.00 am First event, Beach Sprints   11.00 am Boat/Canoe arena starts.

Footnote: Omaha Beach is the alternate venue if conditions force a switch.

Sirens crew to race in NZ Surf Boat Series

26th November 2012

Red Beach boat crew off to Paekakariki

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew heads to the capital this weekend for Round One of the NZ Surf Boat Series.
Competing at Paekakariki Beach on Saturday 1st December will be Zita Talaic, Lorraine Brake, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith and Kelly Andrew with Monty McGougan as sweep. The crew took out the silver medals in the long course boat event at the NZ Championships in Gisborne last March.
The weekend after Paekakariki, Zita will tie the knot when she marries fellow-lifeguard Tom Burgess.

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:
Round 1 – Paekakariki, 1st December; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Piha, 2nd February; Round 4 – Waihi, 9th February.


Surf athletes turn in top performances

19th November 2012

Impressive showing by club at inter-club carnival

Red Beach’s surf athletes delivered an array of noteworthy performances at the northern beach of Omaha on Saturday 17 November.
Many of the club’s competitors showed the benefit of some solid winter and spring training as they consistently filled the top placings.
A lack of surf meant they had to call on their fitness and stamina to impress the selectors who are wanting to name an SLSNR representative team for the forthcoming Trans-Tasman tri-series. Results …

Overall Points:  Red Beach (117) 1,  Piha (60) 2,  Orewa (55) 3, Mairangi Bay (45) 4,  Muriwai (20) 5,  Bethells Beach (12) 6,  United North Piha (3) 7.    Masters Points:  Red Beach (14) 1,  United North Piha (3) 2.
(Pic) Mitchell Grant was first home in the U16 Ironman event.

Lifeguard refresher

18th November 2012

Last chance for club lifeguards to sit refresher test

Red Beach lifeguards have a final opportunity on Sunday 25 November to get themselves refreshed.
Two refresher sessions have already taken place. All club lifeguards are required to sit the refresher to be eligible to patrol and compete at this summer’s surf carnivals. The start time for the final refresher is 1.00 pm at Red Beach.


Carnival now at Omaha

Friday 16th November 2012 (1.45 pm)

The Surf Sports carnival scheduled for this Saturday 17th November will now be held at OMAHA. Because of the wind conditions being predicted on the west coast, the event will move from North Piha to the east coast venue. All timings remain the same. The first event is at 10.00 am.


Coffee at the club

15th November 2012

Pop in for a coffee & snacks, Monday – Friday

Red Beach Surf Club is serving up great coffee and snacks at the clubrooms, Monday to Friday, from 19 November.
Between the hours of 9.00 am and 1.00 pm you can stop by at the club and enjoy delicious coffee – and the superb view from the deck – in a relaxed atmosphere.
You will also be able to purchase muffins, slices and other things nice. Go on, treat yourself or meet there with friends. At the surf club, where friendships flourish.  Click here …


North Piha carnival

11th November 2012

First surf carnival of summer on the West Coast

The Surf Sports season gets under way in earnest this coming Saturday with a full-day carnival at North Piha.
With the cancellation of last month’s King of Rangitoto event because of adverse weather conditions, surf athletes will be anxious to get into some fully-fledged competition.
The beach events of sprints, relays and flags head the programme to beat an incoming tide. By way of a change, beach relay teams will be of the 2 Male/2 Female format.
Other events include board, ski and surf races, the Ironman and Diamond person events as well as a board relay.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over long course distances with a short course finish.

Key times are: 8.50 am Team managers’ briefing   10.00 am First event, Beach Sprints   11.00 am Boat/Canoe arena starts.

Footnote: Omaha Beach is the alternate venue if conditions force a switch.

Cab Savs crew to row at World Champs

11th November 2012

Masters boat crew to compete at Rescue 2012

The Red Beach Cab Savs Masters surf boat crew will take on Australia’s top crews when they compete at Rescue 2012 in Adelaide.
Racing for Masters boat crews at the Lifesaving World Championships gets under way on Thursday 15 November at Christies Beach.
The crew of Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid, Nick Laurie with Monty McGougan as sweep could be up for six races on the one day if they make it through to the final. Red Beach are one of 19 crews to contest the 200’s age division and a finals berth is a distinct possibility. The same Red Beach crew became the first-ever international boat crew to win gold at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa in April 2011.
The Cab Savs will go on to contest the open men’s surf boat division on Saturday 17 November before returning to New Zealand.

(Pic) The Cab Savs crew competing at Kurrawa in April 2011.

Canoe training day

11th November 2012

Overall results from the surf canoe training day held at Red Beach on Saturday 3rd November ...

Masters Men:  Red Hot Favourites (RB) 1, Flying Malyons (RB) 2, Karekare No.1  3.
Open Men:  Karekare B 1.
U19 Men:  Young Ones (RB) 1, Andres Angels (RB) 2, Renegades (RB) 3
Masters Women:  Rockin’ Reds (RB) 1, Red Herons (RB) 2
Open Women:  United Gold (UNP) 1, Red Beach Sirens 2, Karekare B 3.
U19 Women:  United Blue (UNP) 1, Red Rockets (RB) 2,  Mairangi Bay B 3.
Mixed Run-Canoe-Run:  Karekare A 1, Karekare/United 2, United A 3.


Westie summer party

11th November 2012

JuniorSurf fundraiser to ‘party up’ for summer

Westie dress is the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s Beginning of Summer party night on Saturday 17th November.
Attendees on the night are being asked to ‘come dressed as a Westie’ for the fundraiser, with prizes being offered for the best dressed table and person.
Previous themes have been Back in Black and Dress Up as your Favourite Singer with both nights pulling in healthy amounts for training equipment, beach gear and the JuniorSurf coaching programme.

When:     Saturday 17th November
Time:       7.00 pm – 12.00 pm
Where:    Red Beach Surf Clubrooms
Tickets:   $10.00 each.  Contact Trishelle at 021 956 055.
The night will feature auctions and raffles and the band ‘No Expectation’ will be playing.


Ocean Athletes cup

11th November 2012

JuniorSurf proud of its newly acquired silverware

The Ocean Athletes trophy, won outright by the club’s JuniorSurf division last summer, now sits proudly in the Red Beach clubrooms.
The club was a convincing winner of the ‘Top Club’ trophy at the Oceans ’12 event – the equivalent of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships for U14 athletes – at Mt Maunganui last February.
One year earlier at the Oceans ’11 event, also at the same venue, Red Beach finished first equal on points with the Papamoa club.  Oceans ’13 will take place from 21-24 February at Mt Maunganui next year.

History of Winners:  2001, 2002, 2003 Mt Maunganui;  2004, 2005, 2006 Westshore;  2007, 2008, 2009 Papamoa;  2010 Lyall Bay ; 2011 Red Beach/Papamoa = ; 2012 Red Beach

Club in running for Harbour Sport award

30th October 2012

Red Beach a finalist for the Club of the Year Award

Red Beach Surf Club is one of three finalists for the Club of the Year title at next month’s Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.
The annual function will take place on Friday 16th November at the North Harbour Stadium. The Excellence Awards are the regional sports evening event where North Harbour’s top athletes, coaches and teams 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 2012, 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.

Lifeguard awards

29th October 2012

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in October when 15 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. Six of the successful candidates are Masters members while the other nine head into the Open, U19 and U16 ranks. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
The most recent qualifications take the tally to 35 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last May.
The 15 successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Ella Blunden, Hannah Everitt, Peter Fortes, David Goodare, Jennifer Hall, Shane Lodge, Elizabeth McGlashan, Ben McKay, Scott Malyon, Connor Mathers, Robert Mellor, Digby Morton, Emma Selman, Caspian Smith, Hannah Williams.


Registration day for JuniorSurf members

25th October 2012

Second day for JuniorSurf registrations this Sunday

The Red Beach Surf Club is again taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the surf clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach this coming weekend:

Date:     Sunday 28th October
Time:    10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along to this registration day 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. A wide range of club clothing will be on sale. Activities for the JuniorSurf division will commence at Red Beach on Sunday 4th November.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you this Sunday, click here.

Opening Day – Sunday 4th November, Red Beach

Tadpoles (5 & 6 yr olds):        9.00 -10.00am.
A, B & C Groups (7-13 yrs):  10.00am – 11.30 am. The Roll Call for all members is 15 mins before the start time.


Long Distance event

15th October 2012

The Long Distance Carnival, surf life saving’s opening event on the Surf Sports programme for 2012/13, kicked off at Red Beach on Saturday 29th September.
More than 130 surf athletes made the most of ideal weather and surf conditions which offered a half-metre swell. We were there to capture the action on the sand and in the surf. For the full set of results, click here …


SLSNZ Pool Champs

15th October 2012

Swimming foursome collects a cluster of medals

(Pic) Red Beach's swim team at the SLSNZ Pool Champs in Wellington, from left: Hannah Williams, Lauren Williams, Kelsi Boocock, Sarah Haggerty.

Four Red Beach club members travelled to Wellington to compete in the SLSNZ Pool Champs held at the Regional Aquatic Centre from 5-7 October.
The team of Kelsi Boocock, Sarah Haggerty, Lauren Williams and Hannah Williams competed in the women’s U15 division and all four returned home with medals. Congratulations!

Results:
Teams: 2nd 4 x 25m Manikin Relay  3rd 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay  3rd 4 x 50m Medley Relay
Individual:  Kelsi Boocock 2nd 200m Free with Obstacles; Hannah Williams 3rd 200m Free with Obstacles; 3rd 100m Rescue medley.

Lifeguard refresher days at Red Beach

15th October 2012

Three dates have been confirmed for the club’s Lifeguard Refreshers at Red Beach. They are:

Sunday 21st October   Sunday 28th October   Sunday 25th November

All club lifeguards are required to sit the refresher test to be eligible to patrol and to compete at this summer’s surf carnivals. The start time for the refreshers is 1.00pm on each of the three days.


Canoe training day

15th October 2012

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to more than 30 surf canoe crews at a canoe training day on Saturday 3rd November.
Last year’s inaugural event, held in response to a resurgence of surf canoe racing in the Northern Region, attracted 31 crews from seven clubs.  Surf canoe crews from the Bay of Plenty and further south are likely starters for next month’s event. For more information, click here.


Registration days for JuniorSurf members

15th October 2012

JuniorSurf Division geared up for summer activities

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 14th October & Sunday 28th 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 4th November.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to either of the registration days. For the registration form, click here.
Opening Day – Sunday 4th November, Red Beach
Tadpoles (5 & 6 yr olds):      9.00 -10.00am.
A, B & C Groups (7-13 yrs):  10.00am – 11.30 am. The Roll Call for all members is 15 mins before the start time.


Pub to Club event

15th October 2012

12 crews slug it out over the 16km journey

The annual Pub to Club surf boat challenge from Puhoi to Red Beach took place on Saturday 6th October with 12 boat crews on the water. We were there to capture the action on the river. For the story, results and photos of the event, click here …


Surf patrol season about to start again

15th October 2012

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 20th 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 for 7-13 year olds. Patrolling hours may be extended on any particular day at the discretion of the patrol captain on duty.

Footnote:  Red Beach lifeguards commence patrols at Pakiri on 15th December.


Pub to Club boat race : 2012

14th October 2012 

The recent Pub to Club surf boat challenge saw two of last year’s winners deliver winning performances again in the race from Puhoi to Red Beach, a 16km journey. Piha A won the open men’s section while Mairangi Magic took out the open women’s race.

Race organiser Gordon Williams picks up the story …

The 12 crews entered made excellent time on the first leg down the river and were anecdotally faster to Wenderholm than anyone could recall. Then it got tough with a westerly wind occasionally swinging towards the south and onto the noses of the boats, all but stalling the lighter crews in the water.
The times were a little slower overall this year which seemed to be belied by the Piha A crew’s time of 1:31:46. However, there were two crews over the 2-hour mark which is unusual but demonstrated just how tough it is to row a surf boat into a westerly wind gusting up to 55km/hr!

There was just one retirement, a women’s crew beaten by a series of persistent gusts that sapped too much from the rowers and discretion became the better part of valour. The Bethells Barracudas, on just their third row together, battled over 2 hours 10 minutes of non-stop rowing to make the finish line. They ended out of the places but nonetheless earned everyone's admiration.

The Piha A crew displayed discipline and class in the trying conditions and ended 3 minutes ahead of the next fastest, the Piha Pistols who won the U23 men's division. Unusually, the U23 division sported the largest number of entries and it was tremendous to see the future of surf rowing in the care of such promising young rowers.

The women's crews lack the power and mass of the men and their race was one of discipline and fitness rather than sheer boat speed. In such conditions the extra few kilos carried by the blokes provided them with the momentum and boat stability to set them up for an easier race … should there be such a thing on such a day.

Results:
Open Men:  Piha A (1:31.46) 1, Piha Boomers (1:36.06) 2, Mairangi Men (1:41.06) 3.
U23 Men:  Piha Pistols (1:34.44) 1, Piha Pirates (1:35.58) 2, Waihi Beach (1:42.39) 3, Sunset Beach (1:47.42) 4.
Open Women: Mairangi Magic (1:46.43) 1, Red Beach Sirens (1:59.08) 2, Bethells Barracudas (2:10.43) 3.
U21 Women:  Muriwai Muzzies (2.04.41) 1.

King of Rangitoto event off

Friday 12th October 2012 (12 Noon)

As a result of extremely adverse weather conditions being predicted for Saturday 13th October, the KING OF RANGITOTO event has been cancelled. The forecast conditions have been deemed as unsafe by the SLSNR Event Management Committee. Read more ...


King of Rangitoto event this Saturday

8th October 2012

Test of fitness across the Rangitoto channel for surf ski & canoe paddlers, surf boat rowers

(Pic) Canoe crews leave Takapuna Beach during last year's King of Rangitoto event.

The King of Rangitoto event makes a return this Saturday, 13th 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.
Entrants must be either 18 years old on race day or be a holder of the Surf Lifeguard award.

Registrations:  From 7.30 am – 8.30 am at Takapuna Beach.  Briefing for all competitors: 8.40 am. Start time:  9.00 am. For more information, click here.


Long Distance event

1st October 2012
(Pic) Runners, swimmers, paddlers & rowers compete in the season-opener at Red Beach

The Surf Sports season for 2012/13 got under way with the Long Distance Event at Red Beach on September 29, with more than 130 surf athletes taking part.   Results ...

Overall Points:  Red Beach (55) 1, Mairangi Bay (22) 2, Orewa (20) 3, Muriwai (19) 4, Piha (12) 5, Omaha (10) 6, Whangamata (3) 7=, United Nth Piha (3) 7=, Bethells Beach (3) 7=, Karekare (1) 10.

Pub to Club event for surf boat crews

1st October 2012

Boat crews to row the Puhoi River to Red Beach

Around 15 surf boat crews are expected to take part in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 6th October.
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 11.00 am and the first boat will get away at 12 noon 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.
Email gordon.williams@telstraclear.co.nz for entry information or contact Gordon after hours at 021 755 885. For the Pub To Club flyer, click here.


Chris Moors qualifies for the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain series

24th September 2012

Red Beach lifeguard one of five competitors to qualify at Tugun Beach

Red Beach’s Chris Moors has qualified for this year’s A$400,000 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series in Australia.
For the 2011 New Zealand Ironman champion it was a case of ‘third time lucky’ in gaining entry to the high-profile event.
The final qualifying round took place at Tugun Beach on the Gold Coast over the weekend of 15/16 September. In ideal conditions, 56 men and 38 women fought for the final positions to join the sport’s elite in the six-round KNG series starting in Perth on December 23.
At Tugun, contestants had to race over an M shaped course with a 400m soft sand run between transitions. Two races were held on the Saturday with race three on Sunday morning. Points which accumulated from Saturday’s races determined the finalists for Sunday, with points carried through to the final.
Chris’s first and second placings on the Saturday put him in the box seat for Sunday’s final encounter in which he placed third.
The top five male competitors – with Chris the only Kiwi amongst them – qualified for the KNG series.  Eleven of Australia’s top Ironman contestants have already been confirmed for the series, bringing the total number of qualifiers to 16.
Chris, competing in Kurrawa surf club colours, was elated with his success.
“I’ll be taking a mini-break of a week or so to relax and unwind before getting back into training,” he said. In the lead up to the qualifying round at Tugun, training was full-on and included structured gym training twice a week.
He will now join Kurrawa clubmate Ky Hurst, already in the first group of 11 qualifiers, in training for the opening round of the KNG series – a long-distance Ironman enduro - in Perth.
The dates and venues for the series are …

23 December    Perth
12 January       New South Wales (beach TBA)
27 January       Portsea, Victoria
9 February       Surfers Paradise
17 February     Coolum, Sunshine Coast
24 February     Noosa Heads (final)

(Pic) Chris Moors covering the M shaped course on his ski.
(Pic) Contestants were required to do a 400m soft sand run between each of the transitions.
(Pic) The five KNG qualifiers at Tugun, from left: Mitch Miller (Northcliffe), Tom Atkinson (Queenscliff), Wade Krieger (Burleigh Heads), Chris Moors (Kurrawa), Josh Minogue (Mooloolaba).

IRB Challenge agony

24th September 2012

Lifejacket oversight proves costly

(Pic) Red Beach's IRB crew members on Ahipara Beach in the Far North for the 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge.  From left:  Jack Readman, Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare.

Red Beach’s sole entry in the recent 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge was first to cross the finish line, only to incur a two minute penalty which relegated the crew to third place overall.
By way of an oversight, one of the crew members wasn’t wearing a lifejacket during two legs of the journey.
Crews from as far south as Wellington made up the 29-strong field to contest the 20th anniversary of the event. Racing was from Scott’s Point at the northern end of 90 Mile Beach down to Ahipara.
Red Beach was represented by the open men’s crew of Jared Pouwhare, Dylan French and Jack Readman.
“The crew totally smashed it to cross the line first,” said support crew member Mark Readman who provided the land support with Dean Pouwhare. "But we’ll be back next year.” he added.

Results:  Sunset Beach A (2.28.54) 1, Paekakariki (2.29.00) 2, Red Beach (2.30.10) 3, Omaha Beach 1 (2.30.29) 4, Paekakariki (2.34.36) 5, Muriwai (2.35.46) 6, Bethells Beach (2.38.27) 7, Maranui (2.38.28) 8, Bethells Beach (2.39.00) 9, United North Piha (2.40.26) 10.

Red Beach awarded the Gudsell Trophy

24th September 2012

Red Beach has been awarded the Gudsell Trophy for gaining the most Surf Lifeguard Awards during the 2011/12 season.
The trophy was presented to Debra Cairns at the DHL In It For Life Awards function in Wellington on September 22. She was one of the club instructors who saw 49 club members gain the lifeguard qualification.
It’s the third occasion on which Red Beach has taken out the award, having won it in 1977 (jointly with the Whakatane club) and again in 1993.
The inaugural winner was the South Brighton club in 1956.

Footnote:  The London Trophy was won by Far North Surf Rescue for the highest number of Surf Lifeguard Awards gained as a ratio of membership. They won the trophy with 750 points, based on nine people qualifying, two instructors from a base of 10 qualified and refreshed lifeguards.
(Pic) Club administrator Debra Cairns with the Gudsell Trophy which was presented to Red Beach for achieving the highest number of Surf Lifeguard Awards (49) during the 2011/12 season.

50 Year Badges

24th September 2012

Five Red Beach club members have become recipients of 50 Year Badges, presented by Surf Life Saving New Zealand, for having been active in the movement for 50 years or longer.
They are club captain Chris Gurr, George Cowper, and Life Members Reg Harker (right), Lance Richards and Wayne Pritchard.
None of the five could be in Wellington to attend the recent DHL In It For Life Awards function to receive their badges. They will now be presented with them at the club’s 60th Jubilee celebration in May 2013.


SLSNR Long Distance event at Red Beach

16th September 2012

Runners, swimmers, paddlers & rowers to compete in season-opener on Saturday 29 September

The Long Distance carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 29 September will launch the 2012-13 surf sports season.   The morning’s competition starts with a 2km beach run at 10.00 am, followed by a 1.5km swim. Paddlers can choose from either a 5km board paddle or a 10km ski paddle, with shorter distances for U16 competitors.
Surf boat rowers and canoe paddlers will also compete to test their fitness levels. All registrations are at 9.30 am.
    2km Beach Run - 10.00am start - followed by:
    1.5km Swim
    10km Ski and Boat
    7.5km Canoe and U16 Ski
    5km Board paddle (U16, 2.5km Board paddle)

Competition Uniform:
All competitors must wear their club cap. All participants must wear a Hi-Vis vest - Yellow, Orange, Pink, Green or Red – during the event. No vest, no race. Swimmers are urged to wear a wetsuit. They must wear a Yellow cap which will be provided.
Footnote:  Non-qualified competitors will be required to register, sign a waiver and wear a numbered Orange cap.


JuniorSurf events for the 2012-13 season

15th September 2012

JuniorSurf division celebrates its 40th anniversary

The full programme of JuniorSurf events for the 2012-13 season is now available … click here.
Activites commence on Opening Day - the first training day for all age groups - on Sunday 4th November.
Red Beach will again host the first JuniorSurf Interclub carnival on Saturday 8th December, a full-day event which attracts around 600 competitors.
The highly popular five-day camp in the New Year for JuniorSurf families will be held at picturesque Pakiri Beach.
And from 21-24 February at Mt Maunganui, Red Beach will defend its Ocean Athletes title at the Oceans ’13 event.


SeniorSurf events for the 2012-13 season

15th September 2012

The full programme of SeniorSurf events for the 2012-13 season is now available … click here.
The first beach event – the Long Distance Carnival – will kick start the season on Saturday 29th September at Red Beach.
One week later, on Saturday 6th October, Red Beach will again host the Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge from Puhoi to Red Beach.  The King of Rangitoto event takes place on 13th October at Takapuna Beach.
Surf carnival venues for the summer include North Piha, Muriwai, Whangamata and Ruakaka, leading up to the premier event, the NZ Championships at Mt Maunganui from 7-10 March 2013.


IRB qualifications

15th September 2012

Red Beach lifeguards pass test with flying colours

(Pic) Packing up the equipment at the end of the IRB exam at Bethells Beach.

Red Beach Surf Club now has 14 more qualified IRB drivers for lifeguard patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri this summer.
Sixteen club members were at Bethells Beach recently to be examined for Driver and Crewman awards.
“All the candidates were faced with a very messy and challenging west coast surf, and hammered by a 20 knot northerly wind,” said club powercraft manager Dean Pouwhare.
“It wasn’t the expected 3.5m surf but closer to shore it was 1.5m - 2.5m where the exam was conducted.  All the Red Beach candidates were very well trained; there were no flips and no real issues. It was one of the better run exams we’ve attended,” he added.
The successful candidates extended their thanks to Brian Maney, Mark Readman and Dean Pouwhare for providing them with the skill to take the exam in their stride.
Crewman Awards:  Thomas Burton, Campbell Busby
Driver Awards:  Jacob Lee, Briar McLeely
Crewman & Driver Awards:  Stephanie Busby, Carol Gjaltema, Pierre Gjaltema, James Hanson, Toby Hurley, Peter Kramer, Eddie Marukore, Sean O’Kane, Madeline Readman, Nick Saull, Kevin Stinson, Owen Wilson.


Club to host seven events this summer

15th September 2012

Red Beach Surf Club will host seven competition events this summer. The first event out of the blocks will be the SLSNR Long Distance Carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 29th September, to be followed a week later by the Puhoi Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The dates and the events are:

Sat 29th September  Long Distance Carnival
Sat 6th October         Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge
Sat 3rd November     Canoe Training Day
Sat 8th December     JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
Fri 14th December     JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 3
Sat 5th January         Owen Chapman Cup Carnival

The club will also host the 24th annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on a date yet to be announced.


Club to host seven events this summer

15th September 2012

Red Beach Surf Club will host seven competition events this summer. The first event out of the blocks will be the SLSNR Long Distance Carnival at Red Beach on Saturday 29th September, to be followed a week later by the Puhoi Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The dates and the events are:

Sat 29th September       Long Distance Carnival
Sat 6th October              Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge
Sat 3rd November          Canoe Training Day
Sat 8th December          JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
Fri 14th December         JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival # 3
Sat 5th January             Owen Chapman Cup Carnival
Sun 20th January          Open Water Swim


Lifeguard refresher days at Red Beach

15th September 2012

Three dates have been confirmed for the club’s Lifeguard Refreshers at Red Beach. They are:

  •     Sunday 21st October  
  •     Sunday 28th October
  •     Sunday 25th November

All club lifeguards are required to sit the refresher test to be eligible to patrol and to compete at this summer’s surf carnivals. The start time for the refreshers is 1.00pm on each of the three days.


90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

12th September 2012

20th anniversary of the Far North event

(Pic) IRB crews at Scott's Point await the start of an IRB Challenge.

Red Beach will be represented at this weekend’s IRB Challenge in the Far North by an open men’s crew wanting to have a crack at winning the title.
Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare and Jack Readman will crew the IRB with land-based back-up being provided by Dean Pouwhare and Mark Readman.
The IRB Challenge on Saturday 15th September is hosted by Far North Rescue in conjunction with SLSNR. It’s the 20th year of the event which is raced from Scott’s Point at the northern end of 90 Mile Beach down 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.
To read more about the event, click here.


Pool Champs dead-heat

10th September 2012

Red Beach dead-heated with Piha at the SLSNR Pool Championshsips at Henderson’s West Wave Aquatic Centre on 25th August. The equal points win saw the Cosgrove Trophy return to the club - on a share basis - for the first time since 2006. We bring you our photo essay on the event.


SLSNR Pool Champs joint win to Red Beach & Piha

27th August 2012

Club shares the Pool Championships trophy

Red Beach has ended a five-year drought at the Northern Region Pool Champs by dead-heating the annual event with Piha on overall points.
Competing at Henderson’s West Wave pool, the club matched Piha on points. In third place was Papamoa from the Bay of Plenty.
Piha Surf Club has won the event for the past five years. Red Beach last took out the title in 2006.
The Pool Champs, which saw 11 surf clubs participating, involved competitors from SeniorSurf, JuniorSurf and Masters.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (113.5) 1, Piha (97.5) 2, Papamoa (86) 3, Mairangi Bay (59) 4, Mt Maunganui (22) 5, Bethells Beach (12) 6, Whangamata (11) 7, Orewa (9) 8, Kariaotahi (5) 9, Muriwai (4) 10.
(Pic) The Cosgrove Trophy won by Red Beach at the 2012 Pool Champs at West Wave.  Previous winners have been ... 2011 Piha, 2010 Piha, 2009 Piha, 2008 Piha, 2007 Piha, 2006 Red Beach (inaugural competition for trophy).

Past and Present function a success

16th August 2012

Red Beach Surf Club members from the 1950’s were amongst the guests at the club’s Past & Present function held recently.
Reg Harker, Allan Anderson and Doug Ellis – all members of the winning 6-Man R&R team at the 1958 National Championships – were present for the dinner.
Lifeguards and competitors spanning all six decades of the club were able to mix and mingle and renew acquaintances with friends they hadn’t seen in many years.
All 80 tickets to the evening were snapped up within days of going on sale, and those present rated the event as highly successful and enjoyable. We bring you our photo essay on the evening.


SLSNR Pool Champs

12th August 2012

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at Henderson’s West Wave Aquatic Centre on Saturday 25th August.
The day will see pool events for JuniorSurf, SeniorSurf and Masters competitors with all three divisions combined 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.
For information on events, times, age groups and procedures, click here.


‘Have a go’ day for keen surf canoeists

12th August 2012

An opportunity to get into surf canoeing

Red Beach’s surf canoe division is holding a ‘Have A Go’ day at Red Beach for anyone who may be interested in surf canoe paddling but wants to try it first.
When:   Sunday 19th August, 11.00 am
Who:     Male & female, all age groups … U19, Open, Masters
What to Wear: Ideally a wetsuit or clothing that will keep you warm. You’re likely to get wet!
For more details, contact one of the following:
Alistair Presland   021 530 0178  robnal@xtra.co.nz  or
Michelle Downey  021 959 414    michelle@travelcafe.co.nz


Club camp a hit at Raglan

31st July 2012

Raglan was the venue for a training and familiarisation camp for Red Beach lifeguards on the last weekend of the July school holidays.
Around 25 young members travelled south on a fine Friday morning and were welcomed by a small Raglan surf with glassy conditions. Accommodation for two nights was at the Raglan Surf Club.
Friday evening in the clubrooms saw the first round of Master Chef, won by Briar McLeely for her home-made hamburgers, followed by games which drew a big round of laughs.

Saturday morning saw an early rise to take on a 3-hour hill climb/trek, climbing cliffs with chain ropes over logs and a ‘fun walk’ across razorback ridges.
The group arrived back to a very good Raglan surf and spent the rest of Saturday afternoon either surfing on the Raglan points or off the beach.

Saturday evening saw the second round of Master Chef. With democratic voting, the winning nod went to the chefs who cooked up Subway meat balls. The loosers had to run round the tower with buckets of water and eggs waiting for them. Fortunately for the runners, they were able to dodge the egg throwers who just happened to be poor shots.
The after-dinner entertainment saw a couple of rounds of charades which proved highly enjoyable.

Rain on the Sunday morning didn’t deter the group from getting in a good surf before packing up and heading home.
A big ‘thank you’ is extended to the Raglan Surf Club for the use of their premises.

Vaughan Skiffington, Club Coach


Kayakers at training

31st July 2012
(Pic) Olympic kayakers Lisa Carrington and Erin Taylor (centre of photo) took a training session in surf ski paddling with a group of young Red Beach lifeguards in late-April. Days later, the women flew to Europe to base themselves in Germany for nine weeks to continue their pre-Games training and build-up for the Olympics. The duo arrives in London on 1st August.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

Erin moves into Games mode

31st July 2012

Erin Taylor in final preparation for the 2012 London Olympics

Red Beach lifeguard and kayaker Erin Taylor will become a double Olympian when she partners Lisa Carrington in the K2 500m event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
We’ve been in contact with Erin to ask her about the duo’s pre-Games training in Germany and what they can expect during the days leading up to competition at the Games venue at Eton Dorney.

Q:   Where have you been domiciled for the past few weeks?
Erin:  Lisa and I have been staying in Munich for the past 9 weeks. We’ve been training on the Munich Olympics regatta course.

Q:   Are all the kayakers there with you?
Erin:   No, there’s just Lisa and me. Ben has been training in London and Steve, Darryl and Teneale have been training in Italy.

Q:   What are your current training venues?
Erin:  Mainly the regatta course here in Munich. We also went to Milan, Italy last week to where the Australian girls were training to do some pre-Olympic racing with them.

Q:   How have you found the weather and the training conditions?
Erin:  Awesome!! The water is always pretty calm and consistent which makes training here very enjoyable. Also, it's nice to be on a regatta course so we can clearly see the marked buoys for interval training and it's easy for our coach to cycle along the side and see us paddling. The weather has been great too!

Q:   What side trips have you done while there in Germany?
Erin:  We have been really lucky and have had the opportunity to do quite a bit of sightseeing mainly because we have been here so long. There are lots of beautiful lakes around that we have been on day trips to and we have also been to the mountains and a place called Berchtesgaden. We also went on a train and day trip to Salzburg.

Q:   When do you fly to the UK?
Erin:  On Wednesday the 1st August

Q:   Will you be staying at the Games Village?  It’s been getting a lot of TV coverage.
Erin:  No, we’ll be staying at a satellite village closer to where we race at Eton.

Q:   How far is your accommodation from the kayaking venue and where is the venue?
Erin:  Around 25mins from where we race at Eton Dorney.

Q:   Where will you train in the lead up to competition?
Erin:  On the course at Eton. There are specific times that we can use the course around the rowing timetable.

Q:   When do you first compete in the K2 500 with Lisa?
Erin:  The heats are on Tuesday the 7th August.

Q:   How has the training been progressing?
Erin:  So far so good. We are really pleased with how our preparation has been going and are definitely starting to look forward to getting there and racing!

Thanks, Erin. The entire surf lifesaving fraternity wishes you and Lisa – and the other Kiwi kayakers – all the very best in competition.

Erin 2
Lisa Carrington, left, and Erin Taylor during a training session in Europe.

Awards made at Club AGM

29th July 2012

Seven club members recognised for their services

Seven Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and to the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting.
Surf boat captain Chris McCullough, right, although unable to be present at the meeting, was the recipient of a Recognition Award. Bob McConnell, the clubhouse custodian for the past seven years and JuniorSurf coach Kevin Stinson also received Recognition Awards.
Presentations were also made to retiring treasurer Tamar Hart and JuniorSurf committee member Michelle Downey for their services.
JuniorSurf administrators Mark Scheib and Tavita Tuilaepa who couldn’t be present at last year’s AGM to receive their Recognition Awards were duly recognised at the most recent AGM.


30 years of squash

24th July 2012

The Red Beach Squash Club will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a function in the clubrooms on Saturday 1st September.
Invitations have been extended to squash club members, past and present, to attend the function which will mark 30 years since the formation of squash at the club.
To learn more about the function on 1st September, click here.
Contact Gaynor Heather at 027 485 3966 or Yvonne Dey at 021 143 5772,  Yvonne.Dey@iag.co.nz

Footnote: The Red Beach Surf Club is the only surf lifesaving club in New Zealand which has squash courts as part of its premises.

Rescues for summer

22nd July 2012

23 rescues carried out at two beaches

(Pic) Liam Blunden, Norm Blunden and Jordan Curd on duty at Pakiri in January.

Red Beach lifeguards carried out 23 rescues during the 2011-12 summer.  At Red Beach, where the patrolling season ran from 22 October – 9 April, there were 13 rescues.
At Pakiri, an hour’s drive north of Red Beach, 10 rescues were effected during a shorter patrolling season from 17 December – 12 February. Patrolling statistics for the two beaches are:
Patrolling Hours:  Red Beach 2,320 hours; Pakiri 861 hours (excluding paid lifeguards).
Rescues: Red Beach 13, Pakiri 10.  First Aids: Red Beach 42, Pakiri 11


Olympians take surf ski training sessions

19th July 2012
(Pic) Paul MacDonald, centre foreground, with Red Beach athletes just before heading out on a late-afternoon ski training session.

Three former Kiwi Olympians have given their time to coach the club’s U19 and U16 athletes in ski paddling.
All three – who have represented New Zealand in kayaking – have provided mid-week training for club members during the recent school holidays.
Red Beach cub stalwart Ed Richards (Los Angeles, 1984), JuniorSurf Chairman Mark Scheib (Barcelona, 1992) and Paul MacDonald (Los Angeles,1984) have taken turns to pass on their skills and show paddling techniques to the group of athletes.


Trans-Tasman series

19th July 2012

Surf Shorts

Trans-Tasman Series … Teams from Australia’s Central Coast and NSW Country branches will be here this summer to compete against an SLSNR representative team. A Tri-Series will take place in January on the 4th, 7th and 9th at venues yet to be announced. The Tri-Series is a biennial event; a Northern Region team competed in Australia in January 2011.


SLSNR Pool Champs

19th July 2012

The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at Henderson’s West Wave Aquatic Centre on Saturday 25th August.
The day will see pool events for JuniorSurf, SeniorSurf and Masters competitors with all three divisions combined 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.
For information on events, times, age groups and procedures, click here.


Red Beach wins Club of the Year again

4th July 2012
  •     Back-to-back wins for Club of the Year

  •     Senior Competition Club of the Year

  •     Junior Competition Club of the Year

(Pic) Club president Mike Taylor, right, with Surf Life Saving Northern Region CEO Pam Elgar and the Club of the Year Trophy which Red Beach has won for the second consecutive time.

Red Beach Surf Club scooped up nine trophies at the recent Awards of Excellence night held at the Ellerslie Convention Centre. They included the supreme award – Club of the Year – which was won by Red Beach for the second consecutive year. And it’s the first time that a Northern Region club has achieved back-to-back wins since it was first presented in 2000-2001. The club will now carry the honour into its 60th Jubilee celebrations in May 2013.
The club also won the trophies for Senior Competition Club of the Year and Junior Competition Club of the Year. Red Beach won the same two trophies at last year’s awards ceremony.
Mark Readman was presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to JuniorSurf, Briar McLeely collected the U16 Sportswoman of the Year award and Izaak Scheib took out the U14 Sportsman of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
The club also collected the points trophies for winning the Northern Region Championships for SeniorSurf and JuniorSurf. Red Beach also won the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup for the 10th consecutive time.

Club of the Year Award : History of Winners

2000-01  United North Piha   2001-02  Kariaotahi   2002-03  United North Piha   2003-04  Mangawhai Heads   2004-05  Not awarded   2005-06  Orewa   2006-07  Muriwai   2007-08  United North Piha   2008-09  Mairangi Bay   2009-10  Piha   2010-11  Red Beach   2011-12   Red Beach.


Recognition for Mark

4th July 2012

Mark Readman collected the award for Outstanding Contribution to JuniorSurf. He is the Gear Steward for the club’s JuniorSurf division and puts in a phenomenal amount of time managing and maintaining club gear.
Last summer, Mark spent much of his time at Sunday training sessions with his A9 group. He coached the Ocean Athletes B group which led to the club’s overall points win. He is also a member of the SLSNR JuniorSurf Organising Committee.
As a qualified IRB instructor, he is one of three who train Red Beach candidates for IRB awards. Last summer, he helped to organise and run the buoy laying courses for IRB event guarding.


U16 trophy for Briar

4th July 2012

Briar McLeely collected the U16 Sportswoman of the Year Award at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence function. Last summer she was a key member of the SLSNR U16 team at the Lion Foundation Surf League. She then went on to win seven gold medals at the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka.
At the NZ Championships held at Gisborne in March, Briar was the most successful competitor from the Northern Region, coming away with four gold medals including the U16 women’s surf ski title.


U14 award for Izaak

4th July 2012

JuniorSurf competitor Izaak Scheib was the winner of the U14 Sportsman of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Last February he was again selected for the SLSNR U14 representative team at the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mt Maunganui. The team won the U14 title for the second year in a row. Izaak also enjoyed success at the Northern Region Surf Championships and was a key player in Red Beach’s winning the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup as well as the Oceans 12 event on overall points.


Winners are grinners

4th July 2012
(Pic) Red Beach Surf Club members and supporters celebrate the club's successes at the Awards of Excellence evening held at the Ellerslie Convention Centre. The club came away with nine trophies including the prestigious Club of the Year award.  Click on the photo to enlarge it.

SeniorSurf trophies

4th July 2012
(Pic) Club president Mike Taylor with the Northern Region Senior Championships Trophy, won at Ruakaka, and the trophy for Senior Competition Club of the Year.

JuniorSurf trophies

4th July 2012
(Pic) JuniorSurf chairman Mark Scheib with the Northern Region Junior Championships Trophy and the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup, both of which were won over the same weekend at Orewa Beach.

The Robot Lifeguard

21st June 2012

Meet Emily, the robot lifeguard. How long before we see her on New Zealand beaches?

Machines have been replacing people for years - but could a robot really replace a lifeguard? Spencer Kelly went to Zuma Beach in Malibu, California to meet Emily - a robot lifeguard.
And he put Emily to the test too. Will she be able to rescue Spencer alone in the ocean and all at sea? To watch the video, click here.


2013 Aussie Titles

21st June 2012

North Kirra and Tugun are the host venues for the 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

North Kirra and Tugun beaches will host the 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships from 15-21 April, following a decision to shift the event from Kurrawa Beach.
North Kirra will be the primary venue for the water, craft and beach events, while Tugun will host the surf boat competition. It is anticipated that all finals, including surf boats, will be held at North Kirra.  Read more …

(Pic) Tugun Beach on Queensland's Gold Coast.

20 Lifeguard awards

6th June 2012

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in May when 20 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. All the successful candidates will move into the club’s under-16 division next summer. The most recent qualifications take the tally for the 2011-12 season to 48 Surf Lifeguard awards gained.
The successful candidates were:  Boys - Bradley Beneka, Jack Cranston, Louis Davidson, Charlie Dee, Lewis Gjaltema, Jake Morgan-Kemp, Izaak Scheib, Alex Shepherd, Joshua Smith, Calvin Vari, Adrian Vasiljevic, Nicholas Wilson.
Girls - Jacinta Borer, Yasmine Brooke, Georgia Henare, Cerys Holleron, Molly Hunter, Tyler McDowall, Sinead Payne, Rebecca Pearce.


Top award to Kevin

6th June 2012

Club lifeguard Kevin Cornish was presented with the President’s Cup for Best Clubman at Red Beach’s recent prize giving night.
As a patrol co-ordinator, carrying out patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri, he obtained his IRB Instructor’s award, trained IRB drivers, instructed JuniorSurf members on Sundays and provided tuition to Surf Lifeguard Award candidates.
As well as competing in Masters and open surf canoe racing, he is spearheading a resurgence in canoe racing within the club, having trained four under-19 canoe crews last summer.
Kevin has been named as one of the three finalists for the SLSNR Volunteer of the Year award at the forthcoming Awards of Excellence function.
For the results from the club prizegiving, click here.


Prize Giving Night

6th June 2012

The club capped off a highly successful season with an equally successful prize giving function in mid-May. With Formal to Normal as the dress theme, the clubrooms were packed to capacity to give recognition to those members who excelled in both surf lifesaving and surf sports during the past summer. Here’s our photo essay on the evening.


Countdown to the Excellence Awards

6th June 2012
  • Red Beach a finalist for Club of the Year

  • Club has finalists in 10 Sports Award categories

Red Beach Surf Club is one of five finalists for the Club of the Year award at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 30th June.
And the club has finalists in all eight Sportsman and Sportswoman categories. Chris Moors and AJ Maney, right, are both up for Sportsman of the Year while Caitlin Ryan is one of three finalists for the Sportswoman of the Year award. Meanwhile, Vaughan Skiffington is one of four finalists for Coach of the Year and Red Beach’s U16 women’s surf team is in the running for Competition Team of the Year.
Kevin Cornish, who won the Clubman of the Year award at the Red Beach prize giving, is a finalist for Volunteer of the Year and Dean Pouwhare will be seeking back-to-back wins for Contribution to Powercraft.
For all the Awards of Excellence finalists, click here.


Tickets on sale for Excellence Awards

6th June 2012

Tickets can now be purchased for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 30th June. Up to 400 guests are expected to attend the evening at the Ellerslie Event Centre. The night will recognise the outstanding efforts of those members who have excelled in their chosen areas of expertise including Lifesaving, Sport and Administration during the past summer. Tickets to the function are $60 each, inclusive of a 3-course dinner. Details on ticket purchasing have been emailed to club members and a bus has been organised to transport members to and from the venue. Get set for a great night!  Tickets must be ordered by 12th June ... click here.


SLSNR Awards Night

25th May 2012

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. The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards. We suggest you enter these details in your diary or on your calendar …
When: Saturday 30th June, 7.00 pm   Where: Ellerslie Events Centre
Tickets: $60 per person which includes dinner.  Cash bar.
Tickets can be ordered now. Email Debra Cairns … click here


Erin off to Olympics

20th May 2012

Erin Taylor poised to become a double Olympian

(Photo) Erin Taylor, left, with Gordon Walker (coach) and Lisa Carrington.

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor was given a warm farewell in the clubrooms recently by friends, family and fellow lifeguards before flying off to Europe to compete in two kayaking regattas. She will then be based in Munich for a two-months build-up before heading to London to compete with Lisa Carrington in the K2 500m event at the 2012 Olympic Games.


Aussies set for Perth

20th May 2012

Australian Championships to be held in Perth in 2014

With the Gold Coast venue for the 2013 Aussies yet to be decided, it has been announced that Scarborough Beach in Perth will host the 2014 event. Read more ...

(Pics) Above and below, Scarborough Beach in Perth, the venue for the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in 2007, 2008 & 2009.

Rookies - 2011/12

20th May 2012

Class of 2012

(Pic) Red Beach Surf Club’s Rookie members from the 2011/12 season. They will move into the club's Under-16 ranks next summer.
Front row, from left:  Ella Blunden, Sinead Payne, Tyler McDowall, Rebecca Pearce, Georgia Henare, Yasmin Brooke, Cerys Holleron, Emma Selman, Molly Hunter, Jacinta Borer.
Back row, from left:  Alex Shepherd, Lewis Gjaltema, Adrian Vasiljevic, Charlie Dee, Jake Morgan-Kemp, Nicholas Wilson, Izaak Scheib, Kelvin Vari, Jack Cranston, Bradley Beneka, Josh Smith.

JuniorSurf AGM

20th May 2012

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will be held on Tuesday 5th June, 7.30 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach. The election of officers will be held for the 2012-13 season.
Should anyone be interested in one of the Officers roles and joining the JuniorSurf committee, please contact Sally Mellor on 0210 263 4423, or email sallyjmellor@gmail.com and then come along on the night of the 5th June. Parents and members are encouraged to attend.


Business House Sponsors

May 2012

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club extends its thanks and appreciation to the following who supported the club during the 2011-12 season:

Dil’s Funeral Services                   RNB Transport Ltd               Hair Designers   
Silverdale Tyres & Alignment        Ashton Garage Doors           Eddie Law 100%
Forrest Funeral Home                  Red Beach Doctors               Wade Motors Ltd
Hornibrooke Dolan Ltd                 Astley Construction              Inspect It
Rosebuds Solutions Ltd                Gecko Construction              Brin Wilson Boats
Lloyds Property Services              Accounting Works                Swimmerbro
Laurinda Personal Training           Taylor Made Nutrition           Clipper Furniture  
IBG Insurance Broker Group         Airey Consultants Ltd           Marlin Transport
Cranston Homes Auckland            Cabra Holdings Ltd              Heat Pump Guys
AJ Electrical Engineering Ltd         Hopper Developments         Clean Spot
Vlatkovich & McGowan Lawyers    Kern Consultants Ltd           EndOf.co.nz 
JT Schipper Family Trust              Hannah’s House ELC            Travel Café
WT Partnership Infrastructure       Frontline Plumbing              Gerry Hogan
Andrew Duff Architectural Ltd       Hibiscus Painters Ltd           Rodney Times
Smith & Sons Hibiscus Coast        Hibiscus Coast Dental          Climate Control
North Harbour Marine Electrical    Taylor Family Trust              Exeloo Ltd  
Coast Physio Group Ltd                Ray Driver Gibstopper         Te Hopai Holdings


New breakfast menu

19th April 2012

There’s a brand new Sunday breakfast menu in place at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Give your Sunday a kick start with a Quiche Supreme or a Clubman Special. Or try Adam & Eve on a Raft. But if you’re really hungry, go for the Big Breakie.
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.


Prize Giving Night

19th April 2012

Dress theme of ‘Formal to Normal’ for club function

Formal to Normal is the theme for Red Beach Surf Club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 12th May. Club members will have the opportunity to dress with an air of sophistication for the club’s big night of the year. The occasion will also be a celebration of the many successes through the 2011-12 season. Details on ticket costs have been advised by email.
Tickets to be purchased in advance ... no door sales.
SATURDAY 12th MAY - DON'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE!


Surf patrols closed

11th April 2012

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 Monday 9 April.
Summer patrols at Pakiri finished on 12 February.  Patrolling for next summer will resume at Red Beach on Saturday 20 October, the beginning of Labour Weekend.


Photo competition

11th April 2012

The club’s recent photo competition attracted a high standard of entries and we announce the winners and runners-up. The judge was Bill Sheridan, honorary photographer with the Collaroy Surf Club in Sydney.


Fishing competition

11th April 2012

Fishing fundraiser lures close to 200 anglers

(Pic) Norm Blunden with his prize catch of a 12.86 kg kingfish.

Red Beach Surf Club’s recent fishing contest pulled in close to 200 entrants, and organisers have deemed it a huge success.
The fundraising venture, sponsored by Hutchinson Consulting Engineers, has reeled in around $7,000 towards the purchase of surf lifesaving equipment. Anglers met with fine weather but lumpy seas as they cast their lines in a wide variety of fishing spots.
The biggest fish landed was a 12.86kg kingfish, caught by club lifeguard Norm Blunden in the Tiri channel. It took the top prize in the section for open species table fish, sponsored by Orewa New World.
Other major sponsors were Kern Consultants (biggest snapper), Hiway Stabilizers (biggest kahawai) and Todd Cooper of Harcourts for the junior section.


Adelaide to host Rescue 2012 event

10th April 2012

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.
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 ...


Athletes at Aussies

10th April 2012

Red Beach Surf Club sent eight of its young athletes to the Gold Coast in March to compete at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.  Surf conditions at Kurrawa forced the transfer of the event down the coast to North Kirra Beach where this pic was taken.

(Pic) Standing, from left: Daniel Cairns, Briar McLeely, Kelsi Boocock, Courtney Spencer, Madeline Readman, Matt Thetford. In front, Louise Aitken & Lauren Bailey.

Red Beach quinella at Rookie Challenge

10th April 2012

Red Beach teams finish first & second at Omaha

(Pic) The Red Beach White team which placed first in the Rookie Challenge at Omaha Beach. From left: Jacinta Borer, Adrian Vasiljevic, Nicholas Wilson, Lewis Gjaltema, Sinead Payne.

Red Beach took out the top two placings at the Pub Charity Rookie Challenge at Omaha Beach in March. A total of 17 teams, representing eight Northern Region clubs, took part in the event.
The winning White team scored 197 out of a possible 205 points, heading off the club’s Blue team which finished with 186 points. Red Beach’s Green team came home fifth.
The overall result was a fitting finale for Rookie instructor Debra Cairns who is stepping down after six years in the role, having notched up five wins in that time.
To view all placings & points, click here.

(Pic) Members of Red Beach’s White, Blue and Green teams at the Rookie Challenge. All move into the club’s under-16 ranks next summer.

Red & White Night !

10th April 2012

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.


Uniden helps keep managers in touch

10th April 2012

Club lauds its communications at NZ Championships

(Pic) Team managers Mark Readman, left, and Tere Ryan using their UHF radios on Midway Beach.

Wireless communications company Uniden was right with the Red Beach Surf Club during the recent NZ Surf Life Saving Championships in Gisborne.
Uniden loaned the club six UHF radios that enabled its coach and team managers to maintain constant contact, no matter where they were located on Midway Beach. The radios, once fully charged, provided all-day use.
“The radios were great in that they helped us to keep in touch, enabling our communications to run very smoothly,” said Mark Readman.
The Red Beach Surf Club extends its thanks and appreciation to Uniden for helping the club with its on-the-beach communications.


Kelsi scores a bronze

1st April 2012

Talented teen Kelsi Boocock (14) has collected a bronze medal at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing in the under-15 women’s Rescue Tube Race at Kurrawa, she swam into a fourth placing in her semi-final then put in a determined effort in the final to achieve a podium finish.
In Australia, this event does not include a patient; it’s a straight race to the marker buoy wearing fins and towing a rescue tube.
Kelsi also swam in the final of the U15 women’s surf race but was unplaced.  She is one of eight young Red Beach athletes with coach Vaughan Skiffington on the Gold Coast for the Aussies.


Surf patrols to close this Easter Monday

1st April 2012

Easter weekend traditionally marks the end of summer as surf lifeguards prepare to wrap up their volunteer beach patrols.
At Red Beach, patrols through the Easter weekend will run from 11.00 am – 4.00 pm with the last volunteer patrol on Monday 9th April.
Since Labour weekend, surf lifeguards throughout New Zealand have performed 989 rescues and put in over 187,000 volunteer hours (as at 19.3.12).
Patrols for next summer will resume on Saturday 22nd October.


Fishing  Competition

30th March 2012

Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition is on!

It’s ‘all go’ for Saturday 31st March. Take care out there while you enjoy the fishing. We’ll see you at the weigh-in.
Dinner tickets will be available at the door for non-fishers who would like to join us.
For contestants weighing in fish, we hope to be able to keep 70 snapper back for filleting for the dinner, but it would be good if you can make plans to take your fish with you.
‘TIGHT LINES’ EVERYONE !


Still time to catch fishing competition

28th March 2012

Tickets can still be purchased for the Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition this Saturday, 31 March. Up to 300 anglers are expected to compete for a wide range of prizes and all anglers will go into the draw to win a Bradley Smoker.
The event, sponsored by Hutchinson Consulting Engineers, has a fishing zone which takes in the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula to south of the Tawharanui Marine Park.
Entry tickets are $30 per angler and $20 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 surf lifesaving equipment.
For more information on the fishing competition and the entry application form, click here


Erin Taylor named in 2012 Olympic squad

27th March 2012

Kayaker set to become a double Olympian

(Photo) Erin Taylor during a kayak training session on Lake Pupuke.

Red Beach lifeguard Erin Taylor has been named in the NZ kayak squad to compete at the London Olympics in August.
Erin, who became the country’s first-ever female kayaker to compete at an Olympic Games – Beijing in 2008 – will partner Lisa Carrington in the K2 500m event in London.
The duo were successful in winning this event at the Australian Nationals at Penrith in mid-March, posting a new personal best time. At the Games, Carrington will also compete in the K1 200m event.
The male athletes named for the squad, yet to be ratified by the NZOC, are Ben Fouhy, Steven Ferguson and Darryl Fitzgerald.

For the news article from Radio Sport, click here. For the announcement from Canoe Racing NZ, click here.

(Photo) Lisa Carrington, left, and Erin Taylor at Takapuna's Lake Pupuke.

Eau dear …

27th March 2012

In lifesaving competition, the surf can be the great leveller. It can also result in bloopers and unplanned outcomes.  We caught the following quirky moments on camera during the NZ Championships at Midway Beach in Gisborne.


Young athletes head to more competition

27th March 2012

Club members to compete on the Gold Coast

(Pic) The Red Beach team awaiting the flight to Australia.

Eight Red Beach lifeguards, fresh from competing at the NZ Championships in Gisborne, have flown to the Gold Coast for the Australian Championships.
All eight athletes will compete in under-17 age division events at Kurrawa during the four days of the iconic event which has attracted around 7,000 competitors. Led by club coach Vaughan Skiffington, right, they will compete across a spectrum of events including ski, board, tube & surf races and Iron Woman as well as board relays and Taplin relays. The Aussies – the name often applied – is the largest sporting event of its kind in the world.
The Red Beach team comprises of Daniel Cairns, Matt Thetford, Lauren Bailey, Louise Aitken, Madeline Readman, Briar McLeely, Kelsi Boocock and Courtney Spencer. The chaperone is Jenny Readman.


U19 boat crew to compete at Kurrawa

27th March 2012

Medalists from Midway off to Australian Champs

(Pic)The Roosters U19 boat crew charges through the surf at Midway Beach.

The Red Beach Roosters U19 surf boat crew is set to compete at Kurrawa on the Gold Coast. Starting on Wednesday 28 March, the young crew will row in the round-robin series of the under-23 division. Participating in the older age group is seen as a warm-up for when the crew moves into under-19 racing three days later.
The crew of Matt Hanson, Nick Teesdale, Matt Dillon and Josh Everitt picked up two bronze medals at the recent NZ Championships while competing in the short course and long course surf boat events.
“We’re very fortunate in that we have the use of a Mooloolaba surf club boat, oars and pump, even one of their tents,” said boat sweep Craig Dillon (above).
The crew, along with Red Beach supporters, will attend the boaties’ convention at Jupiters Casino at the end of the Australian championships.


Club meets with success at Nationals in Gisborne's surf

25th March 2012

• Top Auckland club at NZ Championships

• Briar McLeely the club’s most successful competitor with 4 Gold, 1 Bronze

(Pic) Standing proudly on the winners' dais for snaring the U16 men's beach relay title at the Nationals, from left: Jordan Downey, Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant.

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 19 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Gisborne’s Midway Beach, they collected 8 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals over three days of intense competition.

In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in fourth place on overall points. A total of 41 clubs – represented by more than 1,200 competitors – took part in the event.

The club’s female athletes were to the fore, winning the bulk of Red Beach’s medals. Briar McLeely, right, in only her second year in under-16 ranks, picked up four gold and one bronze medal. Her individual success came in winning the final of the U16 women’s surf ski race in a toughly fought battle with a Fitzroy competitor at the finish. She also collected medals in the women's U19 division for board and ski relays.

A stand-out performance was delivered by Caitlin Ryan, right, in her first year in open ranks. She won the open women’s ski race from a final line-up stacked with top talent. She commented before the final that she would be happy with a medal of any hue.  Winning the prestigious race was a major coup although the line judges had to look at video footage to confirm the placings. Caitlin, who began her lifesaving career in the club’s JuniorSurf ranks, won the U19 ski title at last year’s Nationals.

Tight finishes were witnessed over all three days of the championships and video footage was need on numerous occasions to determine winners and placegetters.
One decision resulted in a dead-heat in the open men’s surf race when two swimmers ran side by side through the finish flags.

In the open men’s board relay, the trio of AJ Maney, Chris Moors and Jared Pouwhare were a class act in the 2.5m surf. They led from start to finish to clinch the title.

A number of the club’s younger athletes, at their first-ever Nationals, also featured in podium finishes. Kelsi Boocock and Courtney Spencer teamed up to take gold in the final of the U16 women’s tube rescue event.  And in the U16 men’s beach relay final, the quartet of Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey and Jake Hurley raced away with the title. All four were in JuniorSurf ranks last summer.

Georgia Lloyd, Louise Aitken and Briar McLeely were clear winners of the U19 women’s board relay. Georgia and Briar were then joined by Lauren Bailey to paddle home first in the final of the U19 ski relay.

On the Saturday, when the Midway surf reached 2.5 metres, all under-16 events were moved along the beach to Waikanae for the more subdued surf. That decision proved to be a godsend for the club’s young swimmers. The quartet of Briar McLeely, Courtney Spencer, Madeline Readman and Kelsi Boocock went on to win the U16 women’s surf teams race. By the end of the weekend there were eight gold medals in the bag!


Club finds success in testy Gisborne surf

25th March 2012

• Top Auckland club at NZ Championships

• Briar McLeely the club’s most successful competitor with 4 Gold, 1 Bronze

(Pic) Briar McLeely, left, managed to hold off a Fitzroy competitor to win the final of the U16 women's surf ski event.

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 19 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Gisborne’s Midway Beach, they collected 8 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals over three days of intense competition.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in fourth place on overall points. A total of 41 clubs – represented by more than 1,200 competitors – took part in the event. Read more …

(Pic) Red Beach's competitors and supporters had a great vantage point to watch the NZ Championships unfold at Midway Beach.

Tickets on sale for fishing competition

25th March 2012

Tickets are on sale for the Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition on Saturday 31 March. Up to 300 anglers are expected to compete for a wide range of prizes and all anglers will go into the draw to win a Bradley Smoker.
The event, sponsored by Hutchinson Consulting Engineers, has a fishing zone which takes in the Hauraki Gulf, the Coromandel Peninsula to south of the Tawharanui Marine Park.
Entry tickets are $30 per angler and $20 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 surf lifesaving equipment.
For more information on the fishing competition and the entry application form, click here


Club hauls in 4 more titles on final day

18th March 2012 (Day Three at Nationals)

Red Beach’s female athletes to the fore on the last day of the NZ Championships

(Pic) The winning of the open women’s ski race title was a major coup for Caitlin Ryan, standing on the dais with the Wales SLSA Trophy.

Red Beach athletes collected a further four national titles – all of them by the club’s female competitors - on the third and final day of the NZ Championships.
The last day in Gisborne saw a more subdued surf of around 1.5 metres which made for better conditions on a day jam-packed with finals. See pics for the winners.
Silver medals went to Georgia Lloyd in the U19 women’s board race as well as in the U19 women’s tube rescue when she paired with Lauren Bailey to finish second.
Meanwhile, the Red Beach Sirens boat crew rowed into second place in the final of the women’s long course surf boat event. Earning the medals were Zita Talaic, Ashleigh Jenkins, Lorraine Murray, Madison Smith and Monty McGougan (sweep).
The Roosters surf boat crew collected two bronze medals for their third placings in the U19 short course and long course events. The crew comprised of Matt Dillon, Joshua Everitt, Matt Hanson, Nick Teesdale and Craig Dillon (sweep).
On overall points, Red Beach ended up in fourth position from the 41 competing clubs.

Overall Points for Nationals (top 15 clubs): Midway (102.5) 1, Mt Maunganui (98) 2, Papamoa (89) 3, Red Beach (58) 4, Mairangi Bay (52) 5, Piha (35) 6, Lall Bay (33) 7, NPOB (31) 8, Ocean Beach Kiwi (27) 9, Waikanae (26) 10, Orewa (25) 11, St Clair (24) 12, Wainui (21.5) 13, Westshore (19) 14=, Fitzroy (19) 14=.

For the Sunday results, click here, go to 'Results'

(Pic) Courtney Spencer, left, and Kelsi Boocock took out the title in the U16 women’s tube rescue event.
(Pic) Briar McLeely was all class in winning the final of the U16 women’s ski race. She ended the Nationals with four Gold and one Bronze medal, making her the club’s most successful competitor.
(Pic) The winners of the U19 women’s ski relay, from left:  Georgia Lloyd, Lauren Bailey, Briar McLeely.     Photos by Ross Malyon.

Three more titles

17th March 2012 (Day Two at Nationals)

Club wins 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals on second day of NZ Championships in Gisborne

(Pic) The trio of AJ Maney, Chris Moors and Jared Pouwhare were a class act in the 2.5 metre Midway surf. In the open men's board relay event, they led through all the transitions to emerge as clear winners.

Red Beach athletes were in top form to haul in a further three titles at Midway Beach today. Competing in a surf that came up overnight, sending in waves of around 2.5 metres, three teams and two individuals added to the medal tally.
The club took out the Open Men's and U19 Women's board relay titles, as well as the U16 Women's surf teams race. In the beach flags arena, Naomi Young collected a silver medal in the Open Women's event while Jake Hurley also took a silver medal in the U16 Men's division.

Overall points after Day Two: Papamoa 47, Mt Maunganui 41, Midway 37, Red Beach 32, Ocean Beach Kiwi 21, Lyall Bay 20, NPOB 19, Mairangi Bay 14, St Clair 12, Orewa 12.

For the Saturday results, click here, go to 'Results'

(Pic) Clear winners of the U19 Women's Board Relay in the very challenging Midway surf, from left:  Georgia Lloyd, Louise Aitken, Briar McLeely. When this photo was taken, the second and third placegetters were still to cross the finish line.
(Pic) Winners of the U16 Women's Surf Teams race, from left:  Briar McLeely, Courtney Spencer, Madeline Readman, Kelsi Boocock. The title was won at Waikanae Beach when all U16 events were transferred to take advantage of the more subdued surf conditions. Photos by Ross Malyon.

Gold medal winners!

16th March 2012 (Day One at Nationals)

Club's first gold medal won by U16 beach relay team

(Pic) Red Beach's U16 beach relay team gave it their all to run away with the title at Midway Beach. From left:  Mitchell Grant, Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Jordan Downey.

Red Beach athletes picked up a Gold, two Silvers and two Bronze medals at Gisborne's Midway Beach today. We bring you the medalists in the photo essay below.
For the Friday results, click here, scroll to 'Results'

(Pic) AJ Maney, left, teamed up with Chris Moors to pick up the Silver medal in the open men's board rescue event.
(Pic) Silver medalists in the open women's beach relay, from left: Lauren Johnson, Georgia Lloyd, Lauren Bailey, Naomi Young.
(Pic) Matt Thetford and Reid Blackall came home third for the bronze medal in the U16 men's board rescue event.
(Pic) Briar McLeely, left, and Kelsi Boocock collected the bronze medal in the U16 women's board rescue.


Masters in Gisborne

15th March 2012
(Pic) Marie Stutz collected three gold medals at Midway Beach for the board, ski and Ironwoman events in the 50-59 years division.

Red Beach competitors showed their mettle at Gisborne’s Midway Beach today during the NZ Masters Surf Life Saving Championships.
Marie Stutz, competing in the 50-59 years division, won the ski, board and Ironwoman events to pick up three gold medals.
The Cab Savs boat crew won all three of their races to emerge as overall winners in the short course event and collect the title.
The men’s surf team in the 160+ years division also finished first on points to take out the win.
Meanwhile, Red Beach’s Coffee Club surf canoe crew put in some solid paddling to collect gold in the 160+ years women’s division of the short course event.
For the full set of results, click here, scroll to 'Results'


Nationals events

12th March 2012

The final programmes for the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships in Gisborne have been released.
For the Masters programme … click here.
For the events on Fri, Sat, Sun … click here.
For the Midway surf report & forecast … click here.

Check out this website for news & photos while the NZ Championships are in progress.


Gisborne ready to host NZ Champs

8th March 2012

Record number of Red Beach athletes to compete in the season’s premier event at Midway Beach

Midway Beach in Gisborne is poised and ready to host the State NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,400 competitors from 41 clubs competing on the sand and in the surf over four days.
Gisborne - where the sun first rises in the world - will witness a ton of action starting on Thursday 15 March, through to the final event on Sunday 18 March.
Surf athletes from throughout New Zealand will be vying for more than 100 titles to be decided in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions.
The Nationals were last staged at Midway Beach in 2009. Gisborne also hosted the event in 2007, 2003 and 2001.
Red Beach will field a record 103 competitors including surf boat and surf canoe crews.
And with the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event.

For the draft event programmes, click here. For the recommended travel routes, click here. For the number of competitors per club, click here. For the Midway surf report and forecast, click here


Winners’ gallery

7th March 2012

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

(Pics) AJ Maney heads for the finish flags to take out the Open Iron Man event. He also won the Open Board race.
The duo of Courtney Spencer, left, and Kelsi Boocock teamed up to win the U16 Tube Rescue.
Jared Pouwhare, left, and Dylan French sprint for the finish flags to win the Open Tube Rescue. They also paired up to win the Open Board Rescue.
Briar McLeely, Caitlin Ryan and Serena Ball collected the Open Women’s Ski Relay title.
Matt Thetford retained his U16 Iron Man title at Ruakaka.
Lauren Bailey & Georgia Lloyd were first home in the final of the U19 Tube Rescue event.
Winners of the U16 men's Board Relay, from left: Reid Blackall, Matt Thetford, Jake Hurley.
The Young Guns boat crew of Matt Dillon, Josh Everitt, Matt Hanson, Nick Teesdale and Craig Dillon (sweep) took out the U19 short course boat race. The crew also had podium finishes in the U23 short & long course events.
The trio of Briar McLeely, Kelsi Boocock and Madeline Readman took out two titles in the U16 women’s division … the Board Relay and the Taplin Relay.
The open men’s Surf Team had a convincing win at Ruakaka.  From left: AJ Maney, Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare, Vaughan Skiffington.
Naomi Young was fast off the mark to win the Open Women’s Beach Flags and Beach Sprint double.
Matt Thetford and Reid Blackall teamed up to win the U16 Men’s Tube Rescue.
Caitlin Ryan and Serena Ball were first through the finish flags in the Open Women’s Double Ski race.

Surf League gallery

6th March 2012

Twelve Red Beach athletes were selected for the Northern Region rep teams which competed at this summer’s Lion Foundation Surf League at Mt Maunganui in February.
Open Team:  Chris Moors, Dylan French   U19 Team:   Daniel Cairns, Georgia Lloyd   U16 Team:  Matt Thetford, Madeline Readman, Briar McLeely, Kelsi Boocock   U14 Team:  Jake Morgan-Kemp, Izaak Scheib, Lewis Gjaltema, Rebecca Pearce.
We bring you our photo essay on these athletes at Mt Maunganui.


Perfect conditions for open water swim

5th March 2012

Perfect weather and a calm sea greeted the 85 entrants in the open water swim at Red Beach.
It was the 23rd year of the event, organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club.
Swimmers has the choice of either a 1.5km or 3km swim which started and finished in front of the surf club. The wearing of wetsuits was optional. Red Beach lifeguards were amongst the first to finish.
Open Water Swim results ... 1.5km   3km   3km Males, no wetsuit   3km Females, no wetsuit


Travel to Nationals

5th March 2012

Disruption to car travel to Gisborne

Travellers to Gisborne for the NZ Championships will be affected by the closure of the Waioeka Gorge due to a huge slip.
The gorge connects Opotiki to Gisborne and is the favoured route for getting to the Nationals. One of the detours is to use the State Highway 35 route through East Cape but it will mean more travel time. To read the NZ Herald article, click here.


Get set for the fishing competition!

2nd March 2012

Tickets are now on sale for the Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition on Saturday 31 March. Up to 300 anglers are expected to compete for a wide range of prizes and all anglers will go into the draw to win a Bradley Smoker.
The event, sponsored by Hutchinson Consulting Engineers, 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), Hiway Stabilizers (biggest kahawai), Orewa New World (open species table fish) and Todd Cooper/Harcourts (Junior section).
Entry tickets are $30 per angler and $20 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 surf lifesaving equipment.
For more information on the fishing competition and the entry application form, click here


Sam wins a Sonic

1st March 2012

Red Beach JuniorSurf competitor Sam Readman was the winner of a brand new Sonic surfboard at the recent Oceans ’12 event at Mt Maunganui.
In a competition sponsored by Sonic Surf Craft, entrants had to come up with a name for a new Sonic surf ski.  Sam submitted the name ‘SV1’, an abbreviation for Sonic Version One.
The presentation was made to Sam by Matt and Kylee Sutton of Sonic Surf Craft at the conclusion of Oceans ’12.


Open Water Swim

28th February 2012

Annual swim at Red Beach this Sunday, 4th March

More than 100 swimmers of all ages are expected to hit the water during Red Beach Surf Club’s annual open water swim this Sunday 4th March.
Organised by the Red Beach club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club, it will be the 23rd year of the event.
Contestants will have the opportunity to swim either a 1.5km or 3km distance, with the course starting and finishing in front of the surf club at Red Beach. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years. The start time for the swim is 2.00 pm. To print out an entry form, click here.


Red Beach triumphs at Oceans ’12 event

26th February 2012 (Day Four)

Club’s young athletes claim NZ JuniorSurf crown

Red Beach has taken out top honours in the Oceans ’12 event by a comfortable margin. After four days of competition at the Mt Maunganui venue, the club notched up 68 points to finish 22 points clear of Bay of Plenty club Omanu. Three clubs dead-heated for third place with 40 points apiece.
From the first day, with a string of successes in the Beach Flags events, Red Beach moved into the points lead and maintained this position right through to the closing event. The overall points win has seen the club build on its success of one year ago when it dead-heated with the Papamoa club for first placing.
More than 700 under-14 athletes from 41 clubs contested the 65 events of Oceans ’12.

Overall Points (top 15 clubs):   Red Beach (68) 1, Omanu (46) 2, Mt Maunganui (40) 3=, Orewa (40) 3=, Papamoa (40) 3=, Lyall Bay (27) 6, Paekakariki (24) 7, NPOB (23) 8, Wainui (14) 9, Whangamata (14) 10, East End (13) 11, Mangawhai Heads (12) 12, Mairangi Bay (11) 13, Westshore (11) 14, Waikanae (11) 15.

To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.


Oceans '12 results

25th February 2012 (Day Three)

Red Beach has moved into a handy points lead after three days of Oceans '12 competition at Mt Maunganui.
The club had a fast start on Saturday morning with the four Mixed Beach Relay finals, collecting two Golds, a Silver and a Bronze.
In the afternoon session, Red Beach snared another two Golds after winning the men's U14 and men's U12 Board Relay titles following some exciting finishes. Oceans '12 concludes on Sunday 26th.

Overall Points (3 days):  Red Beach (47) 1, Omanu 29 (2), Orewa (19) 3, Mt Maunganui (18) 4, Paekakariki (16) 5.

Golds at Oceans ’12 for Lewis and Jade

23rd February 2012 (Day One)

Red Beach collects six medals from Beach Flags

JuniorSurf athletes Lewis Gjaltema, below, and Jade Tuilaepa, right, have collected Red Beach’s first two Gold medals at the Oceans ’12 event.
Competing at Mt Maunganui, Lewis showed a clean pair of heels to beat an East End competitor to the last flag in the U14 men’s event.  Meanwhile, Jade proved too classy for the field when she took out the win in the U12 women’s flags.
Silver medals went to Rowan Gjaltema in the U12 men’s flags and Bronson Gleye in the U11 men’s flags.
And in the final of the U11 women’s flags, Sophie Hildesley collected a Silver medal while Camryn Birley picked up the Bronze in the final run-off.
Oceans ’12, the equivalent of the NZ Championships for 10-14 year old surf athletes, continues through to Sunday 26th February. There are more than 700 athletes from 41 clubs competing.
To read about the opening day's activities, click here.


Sonic Series Iron Man final at the Mount

23rd February 2012

Final to be raced during the Oceans ’12 event

Four Red Beach athletes have reached the finals of the Sonic Series Iron Man event.  AJ Maney, Dylan French and Jared Pouwhare have all made it into the ‘top 10’ and will contest the open men’s final at Mt Maunganui on Saturday 25 February.
And Caitlin Ryan is through to the final of the open women’s Iron Man.  Both finals will be conducted during the lunch break at the Oceans ’12 event.

Men’s final, in order of qualifying:  AJ Maney (RB), Dylan French (RB), Cory Taylor (Mid), Glenn Anderson (NPOB), Matt Sutton (Mid), Jared Pouwhare (RB), Andrew Newton (MtM), Tyler Maxwell (LB), Hamish Beattie (West), Adam Simpson (StC).
Women’s final, in order of qualifying:  Madison Boon (MB), Natalie Peat (Pap), Danielle McKenzie (MB), Emmanuelle Bescheron (MtM), Caitlin Ryan (RB), Jessica Miller (MtM), Cara Ryan (MtM), Katherine Wilson (MtM), Johanna O’Connor (MtM), Kirsty Wannan (Piha).

To read more on Iron Man final, click here.


Impressive showing by club at Ruakaka

21st February 2012

Red Beach dominant at Northern Region Champs

Red Beach athletes hit their straps at Ruakaka during the two days of the Northern Region Championships. Club competitors, across all divisions, delivered some impressive performances and came away from the weekend with the overall points trophy. Perfect weather and a light surf blended together to provide good racing conditions and an ideal workout for the NZ Championships in Gisborne in mid-March.

Overall Points (all clubs):   Red Beach (246) 1, Mairangi Bay (109.5) 2, Orewa (107.5) 3, Piha (93) 4, Papamoa (80) 5, Muriwai (44) 6, Mt Maunganui (24) 7, Kariaotahi (18) 8, United Nth Piha (14) 9, Whangamata (14) 10, Karekare (13) 11, Waipu Cove (6) 12, Westshore (5) 13, Omanu (5) 14, Bethells Beach (4) 15, Sunset Beach (1) 16.

For the full set of competition results, click here.
Coming soon, our Gallery of Winners from Ruakaka.


Magic from Masters!

21st February 2012

Red Beach Masters win at Northern Region Champs

(Pic) Where’s the beach flag? Mark Readman, left, and Paul Cleminson were thrown right off balance when they raced for the last flag in the Masters event. The flag had been concealed in a timely way by the beach officials. In the run-off which followed, the win went to Mark Readman.

Red Beach’s Masters competitors have won the Masters Points Trophy for the fourth consecutive year. Competing at the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka, they topped the points table after two days of competition to emerge as the clear winners.

Overall points:   Red Beach (51) 1, Mairangi Bay (25) 2, United Nth Piha (16) 3, Sunset Beach (12) 4, Karekare (9) 5, Bethells Beach (7) 6.

JuniorSurf athletes head to Oceans ’12

20th February 2012

Four days of competition at Mt Maunganui

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members are about to head for Mount Maunganui to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
Around 55 club competitors aged from 10-14 years will participate over four days of competition starting on Thursday 23rd February.
At last year’s Oceans ’11 event, Red Beach dead-heated with the Papamoa club to take out the top honours for overall points.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed 12 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.
For Oceans '12 details & the programme, click here.


Open Water Swim

16th February 2012

Annual swim at Red Beach on Sunday 4th March

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 4th March.
Organised by the Red Beach club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club, it will be the 23rd year of the event.
Contestants will have the opportunity to swim either a 1.5km or 3km distance, with the course starting and finishing in front of the surf club at Red Beach. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years. The start time for the swim is 2.00 pm. To print out an entry form, click here.


Nthn Region Champs

16th February 2012

Two-day event to feature the Sonic Race Series

Ruakaka Beach will see two days of top surf lifesaving action when the Trillian Trust Northern Region Championships get under way this weekend. It will be the seventh consecutive year for the event at this popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme starts at 8.30 am with IRB events.  Commencing at 12.30 pm are the beach sprints and relays, followed by surf races for individuals and teams, ski relays, double ski races, board relays and run-swim-run events. Short course races for canoes and boats start at the conclusion of the beach relays.
Sunday’s programme commences at 8.00 am with the Iron Man event which will see the continuation of the Sonic Race Series and the lead up to the finale on Saturday 25 February.
Masters events for men and women include surf races, ski and board races, the Iron Man event, beach flags, beach sprints and beach relays. To view the Saturday & Sunday programmes, click here.


Sirens surf boat crew reaches Champion of Champions final

7th February 2012

First-ever female crew into ‘A’ final at Champions event

(Pic) The Sirens crew, from left: Lorraine Murray, Madison Smith, Ashleigh Jenkins, Zita Talaic, Craig Dillon (sweep).

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew created a bit of history when they rowed their way into the Champion of Champions ‘A’ final at Waihi Beach recently.
The event, held the day following the North Island Surf Boat Championships, is for all boat crews irrespective of age division or gender. A women’s crew can be in the same race as an open, U23 or U19 men’s crew. Rowing for the Sirens were Zita Talaic, Ashleigh Jenkins, Lorraine Murray, Madison Smith with Craig Dillon as sweep.
Around 38 crews participated over the short-course distance at Waihi, and with a challenging 2m surf, racing was over two rounds instead of the normal three. Placings determined the make-up of the A–E finals.
The Sirens crew won both their heats and went on to meet six men’s crews in the A final.
“We placed seventh in the final but it was a great confidence boost for the girls,” said Craig Dillon. “In the history of the event, they are the first women’s crew to make it into the A final”.

Results of 'A' Final:  Orewa A Open Men 1, Piha Boomers 2, Piha Pirates 3, Piha Pistols 4, Piha Open Men Seals 5, Titahi Bay U23 Men 6, Red Beach Sirens 7.

Red Beach dominant at JuniorSurf champs

7th February 2012

Club wins points trophy for fifth consecutive year

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf competitors put in some sparkling performances to enable the club to retain the Northern Region Championships points trophy by a wide margin.
The event, held over two days at Orewa Beach, saw the club amass 818.5 points to finish 290 points clear of its nearest rival. More than 700 competitors aged from seven -13 years, representing 11 clubs, took part in the championships.  Red Beach showed its strength over all three age divisions to give the club its fifth consecutive win.

Results:  Red Beach (818.5) 1, Orewa (528) 2, Mairangi Bay (322) 3, Piha (199) 4, Muriwai (126) 5, Waipu Cove (43.5) 6, Bethells Beach (46) 7, Mangawhai Heads (23) 8, Ruakaka (5) 9, Karekare (4) 10, United North Piha (4) 11. 

For the results from the Championships, click here.


Club wins Millar Cup

7th February 2012

Tenth consecutive win for Cath & Eddie Millar Cup

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf competitors have retained the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup by a convincing margin.
Competition for the trophy was held in conjunction with the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach over the weekend of 4 & 5 February.  It was the first time that this format has been adopted with specific events designated for Millar Cup points.
Red Beach finished with 62 points and clearly ahead of the runners-up. The club also collected the age group trophies for winning the A, B & C divisions.

Overall Points for Cup:  Red Beach (62) 1, Orewa (34) 2, Mairangi Bay (31) 3.

Podium finishes for club surf boat crews

7th February 2012

Three Red Beach surf boat crews made it to the podium at the recent North Island Surf Boat Championships at Waihi Beach
In a tricky one metre surf, the Cab Savs crew won all three races in the Masters division to take out the overall win. The crew also competed in the open men's division and just missed out on making the final by one placing.
The Red Beach Sirens crew rowed powerfully in the long course event to finish second in the open women’s final, one place better than last year.
Sirens sweep Craig Dillon also made it to the final of the U19 men’s final when he swept his Red Beach Roosters crew to a third placing. The crew is in build-up mode for the Australian Championships at Kurrawa in late-March.


Tribute to Rex Olds

7th February 2012

Surf boat oars were raised vertically at Waihi Beach as a tribute to boat arena official and ‘flag man’ Rex Olds who passed away on 2nd February.
A minute of silence was observed at the water’s edge prior to the start of the North Island Surf Boat Championships on Saturday 4 February.
Rex was a boatie with the Whiritoa surf club and later became its president. He became a surf official more than 20 years ago and was officiating in the boat arena at the Owen Chapman surf carnival last month. Rex (69) died from melanoma cancer.


JuniorSurf Champs

2nd February 2012

Weekend championships at Orewa Beach to include competition for the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup

Close to 700 competitors are entered for the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach this weekend. The Tip Top sponsored event - with 15 clubs represented - is geared for two days of individual and team events. And for the first time, the programme will see the inclusion of the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event, to be run in conjunction with the championships.

Footnote: The Team Managers’ meeting is at 8.20 am each day, with competition getting under way at 9.00 am on Saturday & Sunday.

Four boat crews to race at Waihi Beach

2nd February 2012

Round # 3 in the NZ Surf Boat Series

Four Red Beach surf boat crews are heading for Waihi Beach this weekend to compete in the North Island Surf Boat Championships.
The event is the third of four rounds of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are expecting around 60 crews to take part over the seven age divisions.
Saturday's racing will be over the long course distance and Red Beach will have the Cab Savs crew, the U19 Roosters crew and its two women’s crews – the Sirens and the Rowbots - on the water.
Sunday will see the Champion of Champions event with all crews racing over the short course distance.

Footnote:  The team captains' and sweeps' meeting is at 11.00 am on Saturday. Racing gets under way at 12 noon. There's an 8.30 am start on Sunday.

Winners at ERC's

1st February 2012

Our photo essay on the Eastern 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 all winners on camera, such were the demands of the event with several arenas in operation. Nevertheless, congratulations to all our ERC winners and placegetters who delivered some highly impressive results. Red Beach finished the championships with eight titles and in fourth place on overall points from the 35 clubs that participated.

Overall Results (top 12 clubs): Mt Maunganui (136) 1, Papamoa (79) 2, Mairangi Bay (66) 3, Red Beach (62) 4, Piha (48) 5, Ocean Beach Kiwi (39) 6, Waikanae (37) 7, Midway (34) 8, Orewa (24) 9, Westshore (19) 10, Lyall Bay (15) 11=, Paekakariki (15) 11=.

For the full set of results from the ERC's, click here.

(Pics)
Winners of the U19 board relay: Briar McLeely, Louise Aitken, Georgia Lloyd.
Chris Moors on his way to winning the open board race.
The start of the open surf teams race, won by Chris Moors, AJ Maney, Jared Pouwhare & Dylan French.
AJ Maney & Chris Moors took out the open board rescue event.

Taplin title retained

1st February 2012

Red Beach wins Open Taplin Relay at ERC’s

(Pic) The Open Taplin Relay team, from left: Scott Williams, AJ Maney, Dylan French, Joshua Cholmondeley-Smith, Chris Moors, Jared Pouwhare (click to enlarge).

Red Beach held on to its Open Taplin Relay title at the Eastern Regional Championships at Mount Maunganui. All six team members put in powerful performances, however, it was the stunning board paddle from Chris Moors, half-way into the event, which pulled the team up from eighth to second position and without any wave assistance. Dylan French, below, swam the final leg of the relay and brought the team home for the win.


Chris Moors in top form at the ERC’s

1st February 2012

All firsts, no minor placings at Mt Maunganui

Red Beach athlete Chris Moors was ultra-impressive at the Eastern Regional Championships, picking up six titles during the course of the two-day event.
Based on the Gold Coast where he trains, Chris arrived at the Mount Maunganui venue the day beforehand.  On Day One he took out the open men's surf race before collecting his second ERC title in the open board race. He then teamed with AJ Maney to win the open board rescue, picking up his third title of the day.
On Day Two he retained his open Iron Man title while anchoring Red Beach to wins in the open surf teams race and the open Taplin relay.
For the news article 'Moors makes waves ...' click here.


Red Beach members in U16 & U14 teams

25th January 2012
Eight Red Beach club members have been named by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for the Under-16 and Under-14 representative teams. Both of the 10-strong SLSNR teams will compete in the 2012 NZ Surf League at Mt Maunganui on Thursday 9 & Friday 10 February. Eight district teams will compete in each age division. Those selected are:
U16 Team: Briar McLeely, Matt Thetford, Kelsi Boocock, Maddie Readman.
U14 Team: Jake Morgan-Kemp, Rebecca Pearce, Lewis Gjaltema, Izaak Scheib.
To see who's in the district teams, click here.

Red Beach members in Surf League teams

25th January 2012
Four Red Beach club members have been named in the Northern Region Open and U19 teams to compete in the Lion Foundation Surf League at Mt Maunganui over the weekend of 11/12 February. Eight district teams from throughout New Zealand will compete in the Open division while eight teams will battle it out in the U19 division over the two days of Surf League competition. Those selected are:
Open Team: Chris Moors, Dylan French.  U19 Team:   Georgia Lloyd, Daniel Cairns.
A team from New South Wales will also be competing in the Open division. To see who’s in the district teams, click here.

Surf athletes heading to Mount for ERC’s

25th January 2012

Mt Maunganui to host Anniversary weekend event

More than 900 competitors, representing 35 clubs, will compete over the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) this weekend.
Mount Maunganui will again host the carnival which was formerly known as the NRC’s.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by surf athletes as the springboard for the premier event at Gisborne in mid-March. Events get under way at 7.45 am on both Saturday and Sunday.
For the ERC's programme, click here. For the ERC's beach plan, click here.

SLSNR Patrol Champs

23rd January 2012

Red Beach takes second spot at patrol champs

(Photo) The team, from left: Georgia Lloyd, Daniel Cairns, Jared Pouwhare, Matt Thetford, Kurt Leopard. In front, Joshua Davison.
Red Beach lifeguards took out second placing at the 2012 Northern Region Patrol Champs held at Kariaotahi on Sunday 22 January.
Competitors faced challenging conditions with a messy 1.5m surf and a very strong current pulling north. Red Beach came out on top in the two water events, the surf teams race and the rescue relay. Teams then went into a rotation that included a lifesaving scenario, CPR assessment, a theory exam and isolation for 30 minutes.
Results:  Mangawhai Heads 1, Red Beach 2, Bethells Beach 3, United North Piha 4

Training at Pakiri

23rd January 2012
Club members were put through their paces during training at Pakiri Beach on a recent Saturday morning. The hard-out session was part of the build-up for the major surf carnivals coming up. We were there to take the following shots for this photo essay.

2012 Aussie Titles

15th January 2012
The 2012 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be held during the last week of March at Queensland’s iconic Kurrawa Beach. The Aussies - the largest sporting event of its type in the world - will bring together surf athletes of all ages to contest over 300 surf lifesaving events in a full week of competition.
Dates:     Monday 26th March – Sunday 1st April.
Venue:    Kurrawa, Broadbeach, Gold Coast
For the Aussies preliminary timetable, click here.

Coaching coaches

15th January 2012
A ‘coaching the coaches’ training session for JuniorSurf parents was held at the start of the season with the aim being to provide tuition on coaching skills and techniques. Running the session were Vaughan Skiffington, Mark Readman, Tavita Tuilaepa and Lauren Johnson. We bring you our photo essay on the activities.

JuniorSurf athletes named for U14  team

15th January 2012
Four Red Beach club members have been named by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for the under-14 rep team. They are Lewis Gjaltema, Jake Morgan-Kemp, Izaak Scheib and Rebecca Pearce.
The 10-strong SLSNR team will compete in the National Provincial Championships at Mt Maunganui on Thursday 9th & Friday 10th February. The NPC event is the Surf League counterpart for surf lifesaving’s younger athletes and rising stars.
The full team is:   Lewis Gjaltema, Jake Morgan-Kemp, Izaak Scheib, Rebecca Pearce (Red Beach), Taine Johnson, Ella Drinnan, Kelsey Lewis (all Orewa), Alicia McKenzie (Mairangi Bay), Hannah Williams (Mangawhai Heads), JJ Waru-Loroi (Bethells Beach).

Update on the Rena

15th January 2012

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Update on the Rena stranding. With 3 major surf lifesaving events planned for Mt Maunganui in January & February, SLSNZ continues to monitor the situation on a daily basis ... read more.

Graeme bows out

12th January 2012
Red Beach Life member Graeme Danks has stepped down as Carnival Controller for the Owen Chapman Cup event.
He made the announcement at this month’s carnival, having completed 30 years in the role.
“I’ve witnessed the transition of the event which started out as a picnic carnival and metamorphosed into an event which now attracts many of the country’s top surf athletes as well as international competitors,” he said. “The Owen Chapman is now a major event on the surf sports calendar and I’ve enjoyed every minute of every carnival”.
Graeme’s successor is Red Beach stalwart Ed Richards.

JuniorSurf carnival

12th January 2012

JuniorSurf athletes to compete at Waipu Cove

Waipu Cove is the venue for the second full-day JuniorSurf inter-club competition on Saturday 14th January. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach sprints, tube rescues and the Diamond Person event.
Five competition arenas will be in operation and between 400 and 500 competitors are expected to take part. Saturday’s carnival will give participants the chance to hone their skills before the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships take place at Orewa Beach over the weekend of 4 & 5 February.
Footnote: The team managers' meeting is at 9.00 am, the first event is at 9.30 am and the estimated finish time for the carnival is 4.00 pm.

Red Beach retains Owen Chapman Cup

11th January 2012

Close to 400 surf athletes at rain-marred event

Red Beach, utilising its strengths across all age divisions, was able to retain the Owen Chapman Cup on its home beach on Saturday 7th January.
In spite of the rain which fell during the 56th challenge for the trophy, 384 competitors fronted for the annual event.
Surf athletes came from 16 clubs across the North Island. In addition, the Rarangi club from Blenheim – in its first-ever appearance at the Owen Chapman carnival – participated with four surf boat crews.
The weather didn’t deter a number of the country’s top surf athletes from delivering strong performances. Read more …
Owen Chapman Cup Points:
Red Beach (164) 1, Orewa (85) 2, Mairangi Bay (75) 3, Piha (32) 4, Muriwai (24) 5, Bethells Beach (7) 6, Kariaotahi (6) 7, Karekare (6) 8.
For the full set of carnival results, click here.

Carnival win to Red Beach

11th January 2012

Close to 400 surf athletes compete at rain-marred Owen Chapman event

Red Beach, with its strengths across all age divisions, was able to retain the Owen Chapman Cup on its home beach on Saturday 7th January.

In spite of the rain which fell during the 56th challenge for the trophy, 384 competitors fronted for the annual event.

Surf athletes came from 16 clubs across the North Island. In addition, the Rarangi club from Blenheim – in its first-ever appearance at the Owen Chapman carnival – participated with four surf boat crews.
The inclement weather didn’t deter a number of the country’s top surf athletes from delivering strong performances.

Several district selectors were on hand to watch the proceedings within a view to naming their open, under-19 and under-16 representative teams to compete at the Lion Foundation Surf League next month.

The carnival also provided opportunities for competitors to assess their chances of success at the Eastern Regional Championships - formerly known as the NRC’s - at Mount Maunganui during Anniversary weekend.

Prizes with a value exceeding $5,000 were donated to the club by the business community. The Owen Chapman Cup carnival is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.

Owen Chapman Cup Points (Northern Region Clubs):
Red Beach (164) 1, Orewa (85) 2, Mairangi Bay (75) 3, Piha (32) 4, Muriwai (24) 5, Bethells Beach (7) 6, Kariaotahi (6) 7, Karekare (6) 8.

For the full set of Owen Chapman carnival results, click here.