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Owen Chapman Cup

31st December 2013

Around 400 competitors expected at annual event

The 58th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival takes place at Red Beach on Saturday 4th January with a 9.00 am start. The boat & canoe arena gets under way at 12.30 pm due to a mid-morning high tide.

For the carnival entry form, click here
For the Owen Chapman programme, click here
To read more on the Owen Chapman event, click here


For the lunch order booking form, click here


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

27th December 2013

Coromandel venue for NZ Surf Boat Series # 2

Pic: Craig Dillon sweeping the U19 Blakey’s Angels crew at the Whangamata Classic in mid-December.    Click to enlarge.

The New Year will see six Red Beach surf boat crews heading for Whangamata to compete in the Surf Boat Spectacular on Thursday 2nd January.
The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 50-60 crews taking part. Crews will race over a long course/sprint finish series in all age divisions.
Round One of the series, scheduled for Paekakariki on 30 November, was called off because of adverse weather conditions.
Racing at Whangamata will begin at 9.00 am with the NZ selection trials to pick a men’s and a women’s crew to compete in Australia in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge in February.  The Red Beach Sirens crew is in contention for selection.
Red Beach’s other crews to start at Whangamata will be the Boomers and the Cab Savs in the open men’s division, the Pirates and the Giggles in the U23 men’s and women’s divisions and Blakey's Angels in the U19 women’s division. Racing starts at 11.00 am.

To read more on the Whangamata event, click here
To read the article 'Surf Boat Series Set To Explode', click here


Open Water Swim

23rd December 2013

Annual swim at Red Beach on Sunday 19th January

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 19th January.
Organised by the Red Beach club in conjunction with Roskill Master Swimmers, it will be the 25th 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. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years. The start time for the swim is 1.30 pm. Registrations can be made at the surf club from 12.00 noon.

To print out an entry form, click here


Owen Chapman Cup

23rd December 2013

Around 400 competitors expected at annual event

The 58th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival takes place at Red Beach on Saturday 4th January with a 9.00 am start. The boat & canoe arena gets under way at 12.30 pm due to a mid-morning high tide.

For the carnival entry form, click here
For the Owen Chapman programme, click here
To read more on the Owen Chapman Cup event, click here


Owen Chapman Cup carnival

22nd December 2013

58th Owen Chapman Cup event at Red Beach, Saturday 4th January

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday 4th January.
 
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. Now in its 58th year, it is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.
 
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm. Around 400 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event.
 
As one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Along with Northern Region lifeguards there will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day.
 
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 Owen Chapman outing will provide them with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events coming up.
 
Only the clubs from the Northern region are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points. However, the Jubilee Trophy will be awarded to the club which finishes at the top of the points table, visiting clubs included.
 
Surf ski races and relays kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by surf races for both men and women. 
The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 12.30 pm because of the mid-morning high tide.  The Iron Man, Diamond Lady and Taplin relay events fill out the afternoon’s programme.

Red Beach is the defending champion, having won the Owen Chapman Cup at last summer’s carnival. 

For the programme of events, click here


Whangamata gallery

21st December 2013

The third interclub surf carnival of the season, the Whangamata Classic, was held on 14 December and saw competitors from the Northern and Eastern regions in action. We bring you our photo essay on the event. 

Pics:
The Red Beach Pirates U23 boat crew had 3 wins from 3 races at Whangamata.
Briar McLeely in action in the U19 women's ski event.
Harry Pearce competing in the U16 men's surf race.
The Red Beach Mizzfits U19 canoe crew, from left: Erin Lee, Kayla Rickaby, Billie Coogan, Ella Blunden, Freya Currie.
The Red Beach Lazy Andres canoe crew won the U19 men's division.  From left: Jack Lloyd, Jordan Downey, Xavier Rice, Campbell Busby.
Red Beach surf club supporters watching the events at Whangamata.
The Red Beach Blakey's Angels boat crew finished second on overall race points in the U19 women's division.
Mitchell Grant in the U19 men's board event.
Sinead Payne heads up the beach after competing in the U16 women's ski event.
The Red Beach Illusions U19 canoe crew heads for the start line.
Chelsea Grant, nearest camera, placed third in the U16 women's beach flags event.
Jared Pouwhare in the final of the open men's board race.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach on top at Whangamata Classic

16th December 2013

Red Beach sprang a surprise by finishing at the top of the points table at last weekend’s Whangamata Classic surf carnival.
Surf athletes from the Northern and Eastern regions met at the Coromandel venue for the one-day event which saw a surf of up to one metre. Stunning weather met the 550 athletes from the 21 clubs which participated.

For the full set of results from the carnival, click here
For the article from the SLSNZ website, click here

Overall Club Points (Top 10 Clubs):  Red Beach (60) 1, Mt Maunganui (58) 2, Papamoa (43) 3, Orewa (25) 4, Fitzroy (21) 5, Muriwai (20) 6, Piha (19) 7, Omanu (18) 8, Mairangi Bay (11) 9, Karekare (11) 10.
Northern Region Club Points:  Red Beach (103) 1, Orewa (46) 2, Piha (46) 3, Mairangi Bay (33) 4, Muriwai (31) 5, Karekare (12) 6, Bethells Beach (5) 7, Sunset Beach (5) 8.
Pic: The Red Beach Sirens won the open women's surf boat event.  Photos by Ross Malyon.

Whangamata Classic

11th December 2013

Information updates on the Whangamata Classic ...

For the latest information on this Saturday's surf carnival at Whangamata, click on the following ...

Final Programme          Site Plan          Final Event Memo


Whangamata Classic

10th December 2013

Surf athletes from Northern & Eastern Region clubs to compete at Whangamata this Saturday

The SeniorSurf carnival at Whangamata on Saturday 14 December will bring together competitors from surf lifesaving's Northern and Eastern regions. A total of 550 athletes from 21 clubs will be participating.
The events featuring on the programme are surf races, ski & board races, Ironman & Diamond events, beach flags & sprints and Taplin relays. Surf boats and surf canoes will also race.
There will be two points tables running; one for Northern Region clubs and another for all the clubs participating. Points from the event count towards the Northern Region Competition Club of the Year.

For further information on the carnival, click here

To read the article 'Whangamata surf season begins with big numbers' click here

Footnote:  The first event starts at 9.00 am. The canoe arena starts at 9.00 am and the boat arena gets under way at 11.30 am. High tide is at 5.06 am. Low tide is at 11.23 am.

Encouraging results from Omaha

8th December 2013
(Pic)  Hannah Williams, Rebecca Pearce and Sarah Lockwood finished 1,2,3, respectively in the U16 women’s board race at Omaha.  

Red Beach’s surf athletes continued to show good form at the second interclub surf carnival of the season at Omaha on 30 November.
The surf, half a metre at best, offered little in the way of assistance. Competitors had to dig deep to come up with the results they were striving for.
The next interclub event will be the Whangamata Classic on Saturday 14 December when Northern Region athletes will meet their counterparts from the Eastern Region clubs.

For the full set of results from Omaha, click here


Patrolling at Pakiri

8th December 2013

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 21 December.
The Red Beach club is now entering its fifth 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, the volunteer lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 12 rescues and attended to 10 first aid cases during the 802 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 9 February.

Footnote: Regional lifeguards will be on duty at Pakiri from 16 December.

Omaha surf carnival

8th December 2013

The second interclub surf carnival of the season was held recently at Omaha. We bring you our photo essay on the event.  Click on a pic to enlarge it.

(Pics)
Lining up for the start of the open men's board race at Omaha, from left: Cody Richards, Jack Readman, Dylan French.
 
The Red Beach Flying Herons canoe crew placed second overall in the open women's division.
 
The winners of the U19 Mixed Rescue Relay event, from left: Louise Aitken, Kelsi Boocock, Matt Thetford, Daniel Cairns.
 
Red Beach's U19 men's Doom Squad surf boat crew swept by Mike Smith.
 
Emma Selman finishing in the U16 women's Diamond event.
 
Joshua Smith heads for the finish flags in the U16 men's board race.
 
Briar McLeely and Josh Smith in the Open Mixed Double Ski event at Omaha.
 
Yasmine Brooke competing in the U16 Diamond event.
 
Caspian Smith, left, and Mitchell Grant race for the finish in the U19 men's board race.
 
Daniel Peacocke and Lauren Bailey, pictured, teamed up with Hannah Williams and Dylan French to take out the Open Mixed Rescue Relay.
 
Hayden Shaw competing in the U16 Ironman event.
 
Jarrod Olsen, left, and Lewis Gjaltema in the U19 Mixed Rescue Relay event.

JuniorSurf carnival

6th December 2013

Competitor registrations at 560 for this Saturday’s JuniorSurf carnival at Red Beach

Red Beach Surf Club will host the first full-day JuniorSurf Interclub competition of the summer on Saturday 7th 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 560 young athletes are registered to take part. Saturday's carnival is a participation event and finals will not be run. All athletes will be required to wear a High Visibility Vest for competition.

For more information on the carnival, click here

Footnote: The first event is at 9.00 am and the estimated finish time is 2.00 pm.

Surf boat event cancelled

Saturday 30th November 2013

Round One of the NZ Surf Boat Series, which was to have been held today at Paekakariki, was cancelled.
 “Unfortunately the weather conditions resulted in the Wellington event being cancelled without any racing,” reports Red Beach boat sweep Shane O’Halloran.


Two crews to race in NZ Surf Boat Series

29th November 2013

Boomers & Sirens boat crews off to Paekakariki

Pic: Shane 'Bugsy' O'Halloran sweeping the Boomers crew in the recent Pub to Club event.   Click to enlarge.

Two Red Beach surf boat crews head to the capital this weekend for Round One of the NZ Surf Boat Series. They will compete at Paekakariki Beach on Saturday 30th November.
Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran will sweep both crews – the Boomers in the open men’s division and the Sirens in the open women’s division. The Sirens will be looking to repeat last year’s success at the same venue where they won their division.
“Both crews have been training well, they’re ready for the weekend and they will be very competitive,” said Shane.
“The crews are aware of their responsibilities in terms of performance both on and off the water, carrying the sponsors’ logos and the club’s name and colours,” he added.

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:

Round 1 – Paekakariki, 30th November; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Piha, 1st February; Round 4 – Waihi, 8th February.

Pic: The Red Beach Sirens crew in the Pub to Club event raced from Puhoi to Red Beach.   Click to enlarge.

Carnival at Omaha

27th November 2013

Second inter-club carnival of summer this Saturday

The Surf Sports season continues this coming Saturday 30th November with the second full-day carnival at Omaha.
With the recent taste of action at Muriwai and with exams out of the way for many, surf athletes will be eyeing up the opportunity for more competition.
The Ironman and Diamond events feature on the programme, along with surf team races plus board and ski events. There’s also a mixed double ski and a mixed rescue relay. Beach events include flags, sprints and a 2km beach run.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over long course distances with a short course finish.

Key times are:   8.00 – 9.00 am  Competitor registrations; 8.30 am Team managers’ briefing;  10.00 am Events start (including boats & canoes).
For more information on the surf carnival, click here

Footnote:  All competitors are required to sign in at this event between 8.00 - 9.00am. They will be issued with a wristband to confirm they have met eligibility criteria. Wrist bands must be worn for the duration of the surf carnival.

Construction at club

25th November 2013

The roof is now in place!

Building construction at the surf club is forging ahead. The windows and doors have been installed on the upper level and work has started on the external cladding. In this series of pics we feature the construction progress on both levels. The lower level will provide more storage space for gear and equipment. The next stage is the completion of the cladding to fully enclose the extension. Click on a pic to enlarge it. 

For the full series of construction pics, click here

Photos by Ross Malyon.

The roofing arrives

25th November 2013

The roofing material for the new extension arrived on Monday 18 November and was lowered into place by crane. We bring you the following pics.

Photos by Craig Dillon.

Club athletes show skills in Muriwai surf

25th November 2013
Pic: Matt Thetford on his way to winning the U19 board race at Muriwai. His tally for the day was five wins.        

Red Beach’s surf athletes showed good early-season form at the first interclub surf carnival of the season at Muriwai.
Competing in the West Coast surf which was, at times, just over one metre, they made the most of their surf skills to deliver some notable wins.
Top performances were notched up by Matt Thetford and Lewis Gjaltema with five wins apiece.
Hannah Williams recorded four wins while Kelsi Boocock, Daniel Peacocke, Chelsea Grant and Jake Morgan-Kemp took out three wins each. Double wins went to Louise Aitken, Briar McLeely and Izaak Scheib.

For the full set of results from Muriwai, click here

Pics ...
Lewis Gjaltema grabs the last flag in the U16 men's beach flags.
In the U16 women's division, Hannah Williams took out both the surf and the run swim run. She also won the U16 board race.
Joint club coach Daniel Peacocke took out the open men's beach flags and board race events.
Kelsi Boocock took out the U19 women's surf race and run swim run events.
Jake Morgan-Kemp, right, and Izaak Scheib finished first and second respectively in the U16 men's board race.
Briar McLeely winning the U19 women's ski race.
Louise Aitken was first through the finish flags in the U19 women's board race.
On the sand, Chelsea Grant won both the U16 beach sprint and beach flags events.
In U16 events, Izaak Scheib (foreground) featured in two team wins.
The U19 boaties took on the Muriwai surf in a surf canoe. From left:  Jessica Cornish, Olivia Bedford, Georgia Cox, Kelly Dillon.
Naomi Young scores a win in the open women's beach flags at Muriwai.  Photos by Ross Malyon.

Muriwai surf carnival

13th November 2013

First surf carnival of summer on the West Coast

The Surf Sports season gets under way in earnest this Saturday with a full-day carnival at Muriwai.
With a taste for more action following the Long Distance carnival six weeks ago, surf athletes will be anxious to get into some fully-fledged competition.
The programme features board, ski and surf teams races, board and ski relays plus a Run Swim Run.
The beach events of sprints, flags and relays also appear on the programme. By way of a change, beach relay teams will be of the 2 Male/2 Female format.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over long course distances with a short course finish. Red Beach is the alternate venue if conditions force a switch.  More information ...

Key times are: 8.00 – 9.00 am - Competitor registrations 8.30 am - Team managers’ briefing   10.00 am - Events start (including boats & canoes)

Footnote:  All competitors are required to sign in at this event between 8.00 - 9.00am. They will be issued with a wristband to confirm they have met eligibility criteria. Wrist bands must be worn for the duration of the surf carnival.

Pub to Club event attracts 16 crews

12th November 2013

Surf boat rowers meet with ideal conditions in the 16km row from Puhoi to Red Beach

Pic : The first women’s crew to arrive at Red Beach, from left: Ashleigh Jenkins, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Craig Dillon (sweep), Madison Smith.    Click to enlarge.

For the fifth consecutive year a Piha crew has taken out the Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The event, held on Saturday 9 November, saw Mark ‘Horse’ Bourneville sweep the Piha A crew to a win in a time of 1 hr 25:30.
The course was along the Puhoi River, past Wenderholm to the sea then across the ocean to Red Beach. Male and female crews took part in the annual event with boats being started at 2-minute intervals.
The Red Beach Sirens crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Madison Smith, Ashleigh Jenkins and Kelly Andrew, with Craig Dillon as sweep was the first women’s crew to finish the race.

Pub to Club Results: 
Open Men:  Piha A (1:25.30) 1, Red Beach Boomers (1:28.55) 2, Piha U23 (1:30.40) 3, Muriwai Mongols (1:31.25) 4, Red Beach Cab Savs (1:32.49) 5, Mairangi Muds (1:35.00) 6, Mairangi Mature Shavers (1:37.14) 7, Orewa Masters (1:50.56).
U23 Men:  Piha U23 (1:30.40) 1,Waihi Beach U23 (1:33.05) 2, Orewa Seamen (1:47.06) 3
Open Women: Red Beach Sirens (1:37.50) 1, Piha Black Pearls (1:50.52) 2, Bethells Baracudas (1:51.24) 3, Muriwai Chicas (1:51.47) 4.
U23 Women:  Muriwai Muzzies (1:45.37)) 1, Piha Coladas (1:50.48).

For the photos of the Pub to Club event, click here


Surf club teams up with Noel Leeming

10th November 2013

Fundraising initiative with the Noel Leeming store in Silverdale will benefit the Red Beach Surf Club

From Monday 11th – Sunday 17th November, shop at Noel Leeming's Silverdale store and save heaps on your Christmas shopping.

PURCHASE at COST+10%  !!

And … 2.5% of all sales will be donated to Red Beach Surf Club

For these dramatic savings, just mention that you’re with Red Beach Surf Club
FREE … Nespresso Coffee in-store
Sausage Sizzle on Saturday 16th November at the store with all proceeds going to the surf club.

For full details on this fundraising promotion, click here


Change of swim date

10th November 2013

Open Water Swim now on Sunday 19th January

Because of a clash of events, the annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach has been switched to Sunday 19th January. It was to have been held on 23rd March 2014.

Registrations: From 12.00 noon.   Briefing: 1.00 pm.  Start Time: 1.30 pm

It will be the 25th year of the event which is organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with Roskill Masters.


Canoe training day

10th November 2013

The third annual Canoe Training Day at Red Beach on Saturday 2nd November attracted 22 crews, some experienced and some novice. Calm sea conditions prevailed as paddlers checked out their early-season fitness levels. We bring you our photo essay on the event.


JuniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season

7th October 2013

JuniorSurf gearing up for an action summer

The full programme of JuniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season is now available … click here
Activites commence on Opening Day - the first training day for all age groups - on Sunday 3rd November.
Red Beach will again host the first JuniorSurf Interclub carnival on Saturday 7th 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 20-23 February, Red Beach’s young athletes will be at Mt Maunganui for  the Oceans ’14 event, billed as the NZ Championships for JuniorSurf competitors.


Canoe training day

3rd November 2013

22 canoe crews hit the water at Red Beach

Pic:  Cirque du Soleil on the water. The Red Beach Illusions U19 canoe crew about to finish a race at the canoe training day. From left:  Zane Randell, Nick Winter-Taia, Ben Jenkinson, Adam Jenkinson. Click to enlarge.

Results from the surf canoe training day held at Red Beach on Saturday 2nd November ...

Open Men:   Karekare A (28) 1, Flying Malyons (RB) (27) 2, Seaing Red (RB) (20) 3.
U19 Men:   Andres Angels (RB) (30) 1, Illusions (RB) (25) 2, Better Late Than Never (RB) (20) 3.
Masters Men:  X-Men (KK) (28) 1, Rangi Rascals (UNP) (23) 2, Flying Malyons (RB) (20) 3
Open Women:   Rockin Reds (RB) (18) 1, Flying Herons (RB) (15) 2, Kariaotahi (11) 3.
U19 Women:   Boatie Girls (RB) (28) 1,  Mizzfits (RB) (22) 2, United Gold (UNP) (21) 3.
Mixed Run-Canoe-Run:  Red Beach A 1, Karekare/Kariaotahi 2, Orewa/Karekare 3.

Pub to Club event for surf boat crews

3rd November 2013

Boat crews to row the Puhoi River to Red Beach

(Pic) Boat crews await the start of last year's Pub to Club event.

Around 16 surf boat crews are expected to take part in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 9th November. The open men’s division has attracted seven entries.
The event, with The Flying Herons 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 11.45 am and the first boat will get away at 12.45 pm with 2-minute intervals between boats. The entry fee is $60.00 per crew which includes the after-race BBQ and refreshments at the Red Beach clubrooms.

For entries & information, email chris.mccullough@xtra.co.nz


Construction at club

3rd November 2013

Building construction at the surf club shows further progress with the completion of the framework for the upper level. In this series of pics we feature the construction from different angles. The next stage for the extension is the roof, the windows and the cladding.
For the full series of construction pics, click here


Lifeguard refreshers

3rd November 2013

Final lifeguard refresher day coming up

(Pic) On patrol at Red Beach, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Chelsea Grant, Caspian Smith.

The third and final Lifeguard Refresher day will take place at Red Beach on Sunday 10th November from 12.00 noon – 2.00 pm.
If not already refreshed, you need to attend this session to be eligible to patrol and compete this summer.


Club in running for Harbour Sport award

24th October 2013

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 22nd November at the North Harbour Stadium. The Excellence Awards event is the regional sports evening 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.
The guest speaker at the gala dinner will be Eric Murray, Olympic gold medallist and five-times World Rowing Champion.

To check out the finalists for all categories, click here

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

Lifeguard awards

24th October 2013

The club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 12 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award.
Two are Masters members and the other ten will head into U16, U19 and Open ranks. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
The most recent qualifications take the tally to 39 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last April.

The 12 club members to obtain the award are:
Olivia Bedford, Mike Campbell, Billie Coogan, Brie Downey, Jennifer McDermott, Jo Meban, Dion Mittendorff, Harry Pearce, Zane Randell, Rachel Smith, Selena Spyve, Nick Winter-Taia.
Congratulations to all 12 candidates and also to Eddie Marukore who obtained his Instructors Award at the exam on 29 September.


Surf patrol season about to start again

20th October 2013

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 26th October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend. Patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:

11:00am - 4:00pm  October, November, March, April
11:00am - 5:00pm  Months of December, January, 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 21st December.

Subscriptions

20th October 2013

Memory jogger …

Red Beach Surf Club Membership Subscriptions for the 2013-14 season need to be paid by Thursday 31st October.
If you wish to compete this summer, you need to be a financial member before you have your name entered for surf competition.  If you’re not yet paid up, please attend to this important matter before 31st October.


Pub to Club Event : 2013

19th October 2013

Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 9th November

The annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge will take place on Saturday 9th November, with around 15 surf boat crews taking part.
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 11.45 am and the first boat will get away at 12.45 pm 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 chris.mccullough@xtra.co.nz to confirm you entries or contact Chris after hours at 09 475 5794.

For the Pub To Club flyer, click here


Another registration day for enrolments

15th October 2013

Red Beach Surf Club has a second day for JuniorSurf registrations on Sunday 20th October

The Red Beach Surf Club will continue taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the surf clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach as follows:
Date:    Sunday 20th October
Times:  10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along to this second 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. Club clothing will be on sale. Activities for the JuniorSurf division will commence at Red Beach on Sunday 3rd November.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to the registration day. For the registration form, click here

Opening Day – Sunday 3rd November, Red Beach
Tadpoles (5 & 6 yr olds):      9.00 am - 10.00 am.
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.


Swim foursome take gold & silver medals

14th October 2013
Pic : Gold & silver medals were won at the SLSNZ Pool Champs by the quartet of, from left:  Rebecca Pearce, Hannah Williams, Kelsi Boocock, Courtney Spencer. Photo by Anna Williams.

Four Red Beach swimmers teamed up to collect gold and silver medals at the SLSNZ Pool Championships at Hamilton’s Te Rapa pool last weekend. The quartet of Rebecca Pearce, Hannah Williams, Kelsi Boocock and Courtney Spencer won Gold in the U19 Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay.
They then went on to take the Silver medal in the U19 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay.
Red Beach came away from the Championships with its best-ever result at the national event, having picked up six gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals.


More gold medals at  SLSNZ Pool Champs

13th October 2013 (Sunday, 12 noon)

Club notches up its best-ever results from SLSNZ Pool Championships : 6 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze

(Pic) Winners of the U12 Men's Obstacle Relay, from left: Jonathan Selman, Matthew Denvir, Blake Readman, Patrick Makgill. Photo by Mark Readman.

Red Beach swimmers have grabbed two gold and two silver medals on the third and final day of the SLSNZ Pool Championships at Hamilton's Te Rapa pool.
The club's first win during the Sunday morning session went to the quartet of Matthew Denvir, Patrick Makgill, Jonathan Selman and Blake Readman in the U12 Men's Obstacle Relay. It was the team's second gold medal of the championships. They have also picked up a silver medal.
Hannah Williams snared Red Beach's second gold medal of the morning session, taking out the U16 women's Manikin Tow with Fins.

Gold Medals:
U12 Men's 4 x 50m Obstacle Team Event   Patrick Makgill, Blake Readman, Mathew Denvir, Jonathan Selman
U16 Women's 100m Manikin Tow with Fins   Hannah Williams
Silver Medals:
U14 Women's 4 x 50m Obstacle Team Event   Tania Denvir, Emma Clarke, Emma Hildesley, Jade Tuilaepa
U19 Women’s 4 x 50m Obstacle Team Event   Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams, Courtney Spencer, Rebecca Pearce

For the full set of results over 3 days, click here

(Pic) Hannah Williams, centre, on the dais following her win in the U16 Women's Manikin Tow with Fins at the SLSNZ Pool Championships.
(Pic) Double gold medallists at Hamilton's Te Rapa Pool, from left:  Emma Hildesley, Jade Tuilaepa, Tania Denvir, Emma Clarke. Photos by Mark Readman.

Swimmers grab golds at NZ Pool Champs

12th October 2013

Titles won at SLSNZ Pool Champs in Hamilton

(Photo) The smiles of winners, from left: Tania Denvir, Jade Tuilaepa, Emma Hildesley, Emma Clarke. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services.

Red Beach Surf Club’s young swimmers have collected gold and silver medals at the SLSNZ Pool Championships at Hamilton’s Te Rapa Pool. On Friday 11th, the first day of the 3-day event, the club scooped up four golds in team events as well as three silver medals.

Gold Medals
U14 Women’s 4 x 25m Brick Carry  Tania Denvir, Emma Clarke, Emma Hildesley, Jade Tuilaepa
U12 Men’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay  Patrick Makgill, Blake Readman, Mathew Denvir, Jonathan Selman
U14 Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay  Tania Denvir, Emma Clarke, Emma Hildesley, Jade Tuilaepa
U19 Women’s 4 x 50m Medley Relay  Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams, Courtney Spencer, Rebecca Pearce
Silver Medals
U12 Men’s 4 x 25m Brick Relay  Matthew Clarke, Patrick Makgill, Blake Readman, Jonathan Selman
U12 Women’s 100m Swim with Obstacles  Tania Denvir
U16 Women's 200m Swim with Obstacles  Hannah Williams
Bronze Medals
U19 Women's 100m Rescue Medley  Kelsi Boocock
U16 Women's 50m Manikin Carry  Hannah Williams


IRB qualifications

9th October 2013

Seven club lifeguards obtain IRB qualifications

Red Beach Surf Club now has 5 more qualified IRB drivers for lifeguard patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri this summer.
Seven club members were at Piha Beach recently to be examined for Driver and Crewman awards. The successful candidates were:

Crewman Awards:  Chelsea Grant, Rebecca Pearce
Driver Awards: Mitchell Grant, Lauren Williams

Crewman & Driver Awards:  Craig Malyon, Bob Mellor, Caspian Smith.


Registration days for JuniorSurf members

9th October 2013

JuniorSurf Division geared 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 13th and 20th 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 3rd 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 3rd November, Red Beach
Tadpoles (5 & 6 yr olds):      9.00 am - 10.00 am.
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

7th October 2013

The Long Distance Carnival, surf life saving’s opening event on the Surf Sports programme for 2013/14, kicked off at Orewa Beach on Saturday 5th October.
Around 100 surf athletes made the most of calm conditions to check out their fitness and stamina levels. We were there to capture the action on the sand and in the water. For the full set of results, click here


Lifeguard refresher days at Red Beach

4th October 2013

Three lifeguard refresher dates announced

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

Sundays:  27th October   3rd November   10th 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 refresher times are from 12 noon – 2.30 pm on each of the three days.


Lifeguard awards

30th September 2013

The club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in September when 11 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award.
Nine of the successful candidates will head into U16 ranks. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
The most recent qualifications take the tally to 27 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last April.

The 11 club members to obtain the award are:
Brodie Campbell, Freya Currie, Liam Fannin, Sam Goodare, Sam Haggerty, Kate Harkin, Erin Lee, Jack Player, Brendon Rutledge-Malyon, Nicholas Thom, Brittany Vari.


Graeme says ‘thanks’

30th September 2013

Red Beach Life Member Graeme Danks has recovered well after being struck down by a serious illness last April. His wife Janet has sent us the following …
"We would like to thank Red Beach Surf Club members and supporters for their kind wishes, messages and visits during Graeme's stay in hospital earlier this year.  He is now home and making steady progress to full fitness, which is still going to take some time.  Hopefully we will see you on the beach later in the season."
“We wish the club all the best for the coming year.”


Service Awards for Red Beach stalwarts

30th September 2013

SLSNZ Service Awards presented in Wellington

(Photo) Serena Ball and Mark Readman. Photo by Jamie Nilsson, MJ Photography

Two Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving New Zealand for their services to the movement. Service Awards were presented to Serena Ball and Mark Readman at the Awards of Excellence function held recently at Wellington’s Amora Hotel.
Red Beach Surf Club extends its heartiest congratulations to you both.


SLSNR Long Distance carnival on Saturday

30th September 2013

Runners, swimmers, paddlers & rowers to compete in season-opener at Orewa Beach, 5th October

The Long Distance Carnival at Orewa this coming Saturday will launch the 2013-14 surf sports season. 
Competitors aged from 14 years through to masters (30+) will take to the water in a variety of events.  The morning’s competition starts with a 2km beach run at 10.00 am.
Depending on ages, ski paddlers will cover either a 7.5km or 10km distance.  Board paddlers have either a 2.5km or 5km course to get around.
Swimmers are likely to opt for wetsuits to cover a 1.5km swim distance. Surf canoe paddlers have a 7.5km course to race over and surf boat rowers will compete over 10km to put their fitness to the test.
Registrations are being taken between 8.30 am and 9.30 am. The events are …

2km Beach Run - 10.00am start - followed by:
1.5km Swim        5km Board paddle (U16, 2.5km paddle)
10km Ski (U16, 7.5km ski paddle)
7.5km Canoe       10km Surf Boat

Competition Uniform:
As of 1st October 2013, High Visibility Vests are mandatory at all competitions. If you do not wear a vest you will not be allowed to compete. For more information about High Visibility Vests, click here

Footnote:  Non-qualified competitors will be required to register, sign a waiver and wear a numbered Orange cap.

King of Rangitoto event cancelled

Friday 27th September 2013 (3.00 pm)

Because of adverse weather conditions being predicted, the KING OF RANGITOTO event scheduled for Saturday 28th September has been cancelled. The forecast conditions have been deemed to be unsafe by the SLSNR Event Management Committee.  Read more ...


King of Rangitoto event this Saturday

24th September 2013

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

(Pic) The King of Rangitoto event involves a run to the summit.

The King of Rangitoto event makes a return this Saturday 28 September. The event is open to surf ski paddlers as well as surf boat and surf canoe crews.
The course involves a 5km paddle or row from Takapuna Beach to McKenzie Bay on Rangitoto Island where all craft are beached. Then it’s a run to the Rangitoto summit and back to the craft, a distance of 7km over rugged terrain.
Boat and canoe crews need to have a minimum of two carry out the run to the summit. Competitors then complete the 5km paddle or row back to Takapuna Beach.

Registrations:  From 7.00 am – 8.30 am at Takapuna Beach.  Briefing for all competitors: 8.45 am. Race start:  9.00 am.   For more information, click here


SeniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season

22nd September 2013

The full programme of SeniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season is now available … click here
The first event – the King of Rangitoto – will kick start the season on Saturday 28 September at Takapuna Beach.
One week later, on Saturday 5 October, the Long Distance Carnival will take place at Orewa.
Red Beach will again host the Canoe Training Day (2 November) and the Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge from Puhoi to Red Beach (9 November). 
Surf carnival venues for the summer include Muriwai, Omaha, Whangamata and Ruakaka, leading up to the premier event, the NZ Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane from 6-9 March 2014.


SeniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season

22nd September 2013

The full programme of SeniorSurf events for the 2013-14 season is now available … click here
The first event – the King of Rangitoto – will kick start the season on Saturday 28 September at Takapuna Beach.
One week later, on Saturday 5 October, the Long Distance Carnival will take place at Orewa.
Red Beach will again host the Canoe Training Day (2 November) and the Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge from Puhoi to Red Beach (9 November). 
Surf carnival venues for the summer include Muriwai, Omaha, Whangamata and Ruakaka, leading up to the premier event, the NZ Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane from 6-9 March 2014.


Club Merchandise

20th September 2013

Red Beach Surf Club has numerous items of apparel available to Senior & Junior club members. A selection of clothing is also available to club supporters.  The items that can be purchased are:

Swimwear
Boys' Speedos    Men's Speedos   Junior Girls' Swimwear    Senior Women's Swimwear
Caps & Hats
Competition Caps (Beanies)    Swim Caps    Bucket Hats    Peaked Caps    Military Caps
Shirts & Singlets
Junior Polo Shirts    Adult Polo Shirts    Long Sleeve White Shirts    T-Shirts    Singlets
Hoodies & Coats
Red Hoodies for children & adults      Long Swim Coats (Black, fleece lining)
Sports Bags
Red/Black Sports Bags

Purchasing:
We have made available a full list of club merchandise with images, sizes, prices and colours. For all these details plus the Club Clothing Order Form, click here

Important!
Limited stocks will be held and pre-orders will be given preference.
Stock will be ordered on 1st October, November & December. After these dates a $5.00 surcharge per item will be charged, if not in stock. Payment must be made at the time of ordering.


Stunning win for IRB crew in Far North

15th September 2013

Red Beach powers home for a win at Ahipara

(Photo) The Red Beach team at Ahipara following the win. From left: Mark Readman, Jared Pouwhare, Jack Readman, Dylan French & Dean Pouwhare.

The IRB crew of Jared Pouwhare, Jack Readman and Dylan French have snared the 2013 IRB Classic Challenge in Northland.
A total of 27 crews began the event with a Le Mans type start at Scott’s Point at the northern end of 90 Mile Beach. The IRB’s then raced down the coast to finish at Ahipara.
The race was run in stages to test each crew’s skills and stamina as well as the reliability of the equipment.
Red Beach finished about 700m ahead of the second placed Sunset Beach crew in a time of 2 hrs 37 mins.
“The surf was rough-as,” said Dean Pouwhare who provided the land-based back-up with Mark Readman. “It was running at 2.5m and it was choppy and nasty,” he added.
The event, in its 21st year, was hosted by Far North Surf Rescue which is based at Ahipara.

Results (First 10 placings): Red Beach (2:37:36) 1, Sunset Beach A (2:38:53) 2, Far North Rescue (2:44:19) 3, Muriwai (2:45:05) 4, Bethells Beach (2:46:31) 5, Otaki (2:46:34) 6, Otaki (2:48:43) 7, United Nth Piha (2:54:32) 8, Sunset Beach (2:55:24) 9, Bethells Beach (2:58:37) 10.  

For the full set of results, click here

(Photo) The 90 Mile Beach IRB Challenge Trophy won by Red Beach.

90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

9th September 2013

Club crew wanting to better last year’s 3rd placing

(Pic) Assembly at Te Paki Stream, Scott's Point, prior to the start of the 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 14th September is hosted by Far North Rescue in conjunction with SLSNR. The event 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.


Hannah, Kelsi win gold across Tasman

26th August 2013

Success at Australian Pool Rescue Championships

(Photo) Gold medallists in the U19 4x25m Manikin Relay in Brisbane, from left:  Kelsi Boocock, Brittany Tucker, Hannah Williams, Natalie Peat.   Click to enlarge.

Red Beach lifeguards Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams lived up to expectations as members of the NZ development squad when they returned from the Australian Pool Rescue Championships with gold, silver and bronze medals.
They were members of a 15-strong squad of Kiwi lifeguards who took on some of Australia’s best swimmers at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane from August 16-18.  Read more …


Hannah, Kelsi win swimming golds across the Tasman

26th August 2013

Swimmers successful at Australian Pool Rescue Championships

(Pic) Silver medallists in the U19 4x50m Obstacle Relay in Brisbane, from left:  Natalie Peat, Hannah Williams, Brittany Tucker, Jessie Schneiders. 

Red Beach lifeguards Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams lived up to expectations as members of the NZ development squad when they returned from the Australian Pool Rescue Championships with gold, silver and bronze medals.

They were members of a 15-strong squad of Kiwi lifeguards who took on some of Australia’s best swimmers at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane from August 16-18. Hannah and Kelsi won gold when they teamed up with Natalie Peat (Papamoa) and Brittany Tucker (Sumner) to win the U19 women’s 4 x 25m Manikin relay.

The squad, predominantly made up of Papamoa surf club members, came home with seven golds, six silvers and 10 bronze medals. It was led by Papamoa club head coach and New Zealand Development squad coach Kurt Wilson. Four development squad members, including Kelsi and Hannah, were members of the contingent.

Ahead of the competition, coach Wilson said the aim of crossing the Tasman for the competition was to expose some of the newer athletes to the high level of competition in Australia with Rescue 2014 only 12 months away.

Kelsi Boocock also picked up a silver medal when she joined Peat, Tucker and Jessie Schneiders (St Clair) to place second in the 4 x 50m U19 Medley relay.
Hannah Williams’ silver medal came in the 4 x 50m U19 Obstacle relay with Peat, Tucker and Schneiders. Hannah also came away with a bronze medal in the U15 50m Manikin carry.

Footnote: The SLSNR Pool Championships take place at Henderson’s West Wave Pool on 20 & 21 September.

(Pic) Silver medallists in the U19 4x50m Medley Relay in Brisbane, from left:  Natalie Peat, Brittany Tucker, Kelsi Boocock, Jessie Schneiders.

Girls make a splash at ER pool champs 

25th August 2013
(Photo) From left: Courtney Spencer, Madeline Readman, Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams.

Four Red Beach lifeguards have returned from the Eastern Region Pool Championships with a cluster of medals.
The quartet of Courtney Spencer, Hannah Williams, Madeline Readman and Kelsi Boocock – the club’s only representatives – all featured in podium finishes. The event was held at the Te Rapa Waterworld over the weekend of 10/11 August.
A standout performance was delivered by Hannah Williams who collected three gold and four silver medals. Her three individual wins came in the U16 women’s division.
All four girls teamed up to take out three silver medals from the U19 relays.
To read more on the Pool Champs, click here

Results:
Gold (3) – Hannah Williams: U16 Rescue Medley, U16 200m Obstacles, U16 50m Manikin Carry
Silver (1) – Hannah Williams: U16 50m Swim with fins
Silver (3) – Courtney, Hannah, Madeline, Kelsi: U19 Relays -  4 x 25m Manikin Relay, 4 x 50m Obstacles Relay, 4 x 50m Medley Relay
Bronze (1) – Kelsi Boocock: U19 Rescue Medley


Building Newsletter 

25th August 2013

Red Beach Surf Club’s building redevelopment programme is making progress. The block work for the extension at the north western corner has been completed. The next phase is the construction of the level above it.
The aim of the club’s Building Committee is to keep members informed on progress and, just as importantly, the fundraising programme.

For the latest update, read Newsletter No. 1 … click here


Top ten finish for AJ in Molokai event

25th August 2013

Second placing in the 20-29 age group

(Photo) AJ Maney about 10km from the finish at Oahu, with Hawaii's Koko Head in the background. Click to enlarge.

Red Beach lifeguard AJ Maney paddled into a top ten finish in the recent Molokai to Oahu event in Hawaii. And in the 20-29 age group he finished in second place behind Cam Cole from Maroochydore in Australia.
The endurance race is the premier event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up (SUP) paddleboarding. Read more …


Top ten finish for AJ Maney in gruelling Molokai event

25th August 2013

Second place in the 20-29 age group for paddleboarding

Pic: AJ Maney about 40 minutes into the race after leaving Molokai. He was amongst the leading bunch which stayed together for around 2 hours.

Red Beach lifeguard AJ Maney paddled into a top ten finish in the recent Molokai to Oahu event in Hawaii. And in the 20-29 age group he finished in second place behind Cam Cole from Maroochydore in Australia.
The endurance race is the premier event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up (SUP) paddleboarding.

Each year, men and women from over 20 countries face powerful currents and surf for hundreds of metres atop swells that can reach heights of more than 12 feet, in an attempt to cross 32 miles (51.5km) of treacherous ocean known as the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones.
“I’m pretty stoked with a top ten finish, although I think that if I’d taken a better line I could have finished with a higher placing. I ended up too far north and had to paddle against the current in rough, unfavourable water for the last 10kms and a few people passed me during this time,” he said.

Water conditions were reported as being far less favourable than in previous years because of light winds and an outgoing tide. There was a tropical storm set to move in during the following few days and it was believed it may have affected the strength of the usual trade winds. “There were still the bumps but usually the wind swells are bigger and easier to hold,” said AJ.

Throughout the race, AJ was accompanied by his dad Brian on a chase boat, keeping him supplied with 750 mls of water every hour and the odd power bar.

“I’d like to extend a massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped me to get to the event,” said AJ. “There were so many people who helped in different ways and I couldn’t have done it without their backing,” he added.

To watch the Molokai 2013 Highlights video, click here

Top Ten Placegetters:
Brad Gaul (Aus) 5:05:32 1, Cam Cole (Aus) 5:07:49 2, Matt Poole (Aus) 5:11:09 3, Jackson English (Sing) 5:19:47 4, Michael Porra (Aus) 5:26:14 5, Rory Chapman (Aus) 5:28:10 6, Brian Rocheleau (USA) 5:32:05 7, Alistair Maney (NZL) 5:39:23 8, Daniel Shade (Aus) 5:45:24 9, Zeb Walsh (Aus) 5:46:13 10.
Pic: Race officials hover in a helicopter, keeping a watch on all contestants in the race from Molokai to Oahu in Hawaii.
Pic: Approaching the finish line at Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu.  Photos supplied by Brian Maney.

Club will host five events this summer

9th August 2013
(Photo) Last summer's Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach attracted a record 437 competitors.

Red Beach Surf Club will host five competition events this summer. The first event out of the blocks will be the Canoe Training Day at Red Beach on Saturday 2nd November, to be followed a week later by the Puhoi Pub to Club surf boat challenge. The dates and the events are:

Sat 2nd November     Canoe Training Day
Sat 9th November      Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge
Sat 7th December      JuniorSurf Carnival # 1 (full day)
Sat 4th January         Owen Chapman Cup Carnival

The club will also host the 25th annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on a date yet to be announced.


Life Membership award to Ed Richards

5th August 2013

Prestigious award presented at club’s AGM

Red Beach Surf Club stalwart Edwin Richards has been awarded a Life Membership of the Red Beach Surf Club, the highest honour that can be handed out.
The award was presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 July. Ed’s family members and close colleagues were present in the clubrooms to witness the presentation.  Read more …


Awards made at AGM

5th August 2013

Nine club members recognised for their services

(Photo) Chris Gurr, left, and Michelle Newton received Distinguished Service Awards.

A total of nine Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting.
The recipients were members of either the SeniorSurf or JuniorSurf divisions.  Along with the Life Membership to Ed Richards there were two Distinguished Service Awards, three Service Awards and three Recognition Awards.  Citations were read out to the meeting in support of the honours.

(Photo) Mark Readman with his Service Award. The two other awardees, both unable to attend the AGM, were Mike Taylor and Tavita Tuilaepa
(Photo) The three recipients of Recognition Awards, from left:  Robyn Presland, Alistair Presland, Michelle Kavanagh.

Life Membership awarded

5th August 2013

Club's highest honour bestowed on Edwin Richards

Red Beach Surf Club stalwart Edwin Richards has been awarded a Life Membership of the club, the highest honour that can be handed out.

The award was presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting held on 28 July. Ed’s family members and close colleagues were present in the clubrooms to witness the presentation.

Ed began his surf lifesaving career at the age of 14 when he joined the South Brighton club in Christchurch and became a qualified lifeguard.
He moved to Auckland in 1978 and joined the Red Beach club as a patrolling lifeguard and competitor. His active patrolling service amounts to a total of 22 years.
For five years he was a committee member, he served as the club’s gear steward and was an instructor for four years.

A very accomplished surf ski competitor, he was a member of the Auckland Association’s rep team for four years from 1984.  His ski paddling drew him into kayaking and he went on to represent New Zealand in kayaking at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

He has had an illustrious career in surf competition. In 1987 he was the top achiever at the Auckland Championships, winning six Gold medals. His time in active competition amounts to 23 years.
He carries the distinction of having been a selector for Surf Life Saving New Zealand for six years, from 1991–1997, and he was the NZ Development Squad Coach in 1994 & 1995.

When his two children Cody and Nieve joined the surf club’s JuniorSurf division he became a member of the JuniorSurf committee and then its chairman, a position he held for three years, from 2006 – 2009.  He served on the JuniorSurf committee for a total of eight years.
At Surf Northern Region level, he was a member of the Honours & Awards Committee for five years, from 2007-2012. For the past three years he has served on the club’s Honours & Awards Committee.

Ed has been a member of the club’s management team for five years and last summer he took on the full role of Carnival Controller for the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival. He holds a Distinguished Service Award with Surf Life Saving Northern Region.


Air NZ store opening supports surf club

10th July 2013

The June opening of the Air New Zealand Holidays Store at Wainui Plaza in Silverdale generated a bucketful of donations for the Red Beach Surf Club.
“Visitors to the opening were treated to a BBQ and invited to make a gold coin donation in support of the surf club,” said store manager Helen Baxter.
“We were delighted to be able to support the Red Beach club and the volunteer work of its lifeguards.”

(Photos)
Staff at the Air New Zealand Holidays Store at Wainui Plaza in Silverdale. From left: Helen Baxter with travel consultants Christine Ross and Jenna Servantie.
Visitors to the store were treated to a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

Individual honours go to four surf athletes

9th July 2013

Club collects 11 trophies at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence night

(Photo) Red Beach surf athletes with their trophies from the Awards of Excellence Night, from left: Kelsi Boocock, Jake Hurley, Matt Thetford, Jade Tuilaepa.

Red Beach surf athletes were recognised for their achievements over the 2012-13 season when they collected four of the eight individual sports awards at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence night held recently.
Taking out the prestigious trophies were:  Matt Thetford – U19 Sportsman of the Year; Jake Hurley – U16 Sportsman; Kelsi Boocock – U16 Sportswoman; Jade Tuilaepa – U14 Sportswoman.
Red Beach also picked up the trophies for Senior Competition Club of the Year and Junior Competition Club of the Year. And for the first time, the club collected the Masters Competition Club of the Year award.
The function, held at the Level Four Lounge at Eden Park, attracted 330 guests. Former Warriors captain Steve Price was the guest speaker on the night.

(Photo) The Awards of Excellence function under way at Eden Park.

JuniorSurf division scoops up top awards

9th July 2013
(Photo) Tavita Tuilaepa, left, and Mark Readman of the club’s JuniorSurf division proudly display four of the trophies presented to the club at the Awards of Excellence night.

Red Beach came away from the Awards of Excellence night with all three trophies awarded for JuniorSurf inter-club competition during the 2012-13 season.
Along with the trophy for Junior Competition Club of the Year, the club won the trophy for the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships for the sixth consecutive time. It also took out the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup for the eleventh consecutive time.
The club’s youngsters also played a key role in enabling Red Beach to dead-heat with the Piha club for the Cosgrove Trophy at last season’s Northern Region Pool Championships.


SeniorSurf successes

9th July 2013

Red Beach retains two major trophies

(Photo) Club coach Vaughan Skiffington with the Northern Region Championships trophy, right, won at Ruakaka last February, and the Senior Competition Club of the Year award. Both were presented to the club at the Awards of Excellence night.

Masters clinch it!

9th July 2013
(Photo) The club’s Masters competitors at the NZ Championships held at Mount Maunganui last March.

Determination during the past season paid dividends for the club’s Masters competitors when Red Beach was announced as the winner of the Masters Competition Club of the Year. The award was presented at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence night. The result was determined by the points achieved at the SLSNR Pool Championships and the Northern Region Championships held at Ruakaka.  Kevin Cornish accepted the trophy on behalf of the club.


Moors, Hurley named for SLSNZ rep teams

6th July 2013

Two Red Beach surf athletes to compete in Japan

Chris Moors, right, has been selected for the 12-strong New Zealand team to compete in the 2013 International Surf Rescue Challenge (ISRC) in Japan from September 19-23.
Chris competed in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series in Australia last summer and was the only Kiwi male in the tough event.
New Zealand will take on other participating countries, including Australia, over 5 days at Onjuku, Japan.
SLSNZ will also be sending an Under-20 team to the competition. Like the Open team, the Under 20’s feature six male and six female athletes.
Jake Hurley, right, has been named in the U20 team which will compete at the same venue. The talented 16-year-old will become the youngest-ever Red Beach lifeguard to achieve NZ representative status and will compete in the specialty events of beach flags and beach sprints.
The Open team will take part in a team training camp on the Gold Coast from July 24-28.

Footnote: The ISRC is a competition between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United States, Great Britain and Japan. It started in 1939 as the Trans-Tasman series between Australia and New Zealand.

To read more on the team selections, click here


Eau dear …

25th June 2013

In lifesaving competition, the surf can be the great leveller. And the action at surf carnivals can also result in bloopers and unplanned outcomes.  We caught the following quirky moments on camera during the 2012-13 season.

Not the best way to start a boogie board race. Taken at a JuniorSurf training session at Red Beach in November.

"Hey, wait for me!".  After falling overboard, a crew member gets left behind in a Masters canoe race at the canoe training day held at Red Beach in November.

A competitor stumbles in the shallows during an U19 Taplin Relay event at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival in January.

"Drat! That same sand pothole".

Maybe it was excitement that overtook this competitor at the finish of a women's canoe race at the ERC's, Whangamata, in January.

A pileup in the final of the open women's Ironman final at the ERC's, Whangamata.

"Who pulled the plug?". The closing stages of an U19 women's canoe race at the ERC's, Whangamata.

A Sirens rower is thrown off balance at the snapping of the sweep oar at the Whangamata surf boat event in January.

In how many places can you break a surf boat sweep oar?

"No, not that way ... the finish flags are over here". Snapped during the NRC's at Ruakaka.

A stumble at the start of a surf race at Oceans '13, Mt Maunganui, in February.

A club tent heads for the roadway during a wind gust at the NZ Masters Championships at Mt Maunganui.

Things go awry during a baton change in a Masters beach relay at Mount Maunganui.  

Construction now under way at surf club

25th June 2013

Redevelopment work at the Red Beach clubrooms is now in progress. A start was made in April when an excavator moved onto the site adjacent to the squash courts.
Within days of the site clearance, pile driving began which then led to the pouring of the concrete footings for the new addition.
In May, the concrete slab was poured; it will become the floor of the new gear storage area. The level above it, upon completion, will be a multi-purpose area and meeting room which can be accessed from the club lounge.
To view more site construction photos, click here.

(Pics)
The last few barrow loads of concrete arrive to complete the pour of the slab which will become the floor of the new gear storage area.
A team of students from Westlake Boys High School helped out with the barrowing of concrete.
The outer walls of the new addition start to rise.

Awards night looms

25th June 2013

Red Beach Surf Club will have around 50 of its members and supporters present for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night coming up.
The event, expected to attract close to 400 guests, will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards which are based on results and performances from the 2012-13 season.
Red Beach will have 15 finalists on the night with nine of them in the Sportsman and Sportswoman categories. The function will take place at the Eden Park Level 4 Lounge on Saturday 6th July.


Huge cash boost for club building project

11th June 2013
(Pic) The Flying Herons cheque for $80,000 towards the club's re-development project was presented during the Jubilee Banquet Night. From left: Pat Heron, club president Mike Taylor, Bryan Heron.

Red Beach Surf Club's building re-development programme was given a massive kick-start at the recent 60th Jubilee celebrations when club patron Bryan Heron presented the club with a cheque for $80,000.
Further pledges during the Jubilee Banquet Night brought in an additional $20,000 for the project.


Harker leads the way

10th June 2013

Reg Harker, a surf lifesaving legend during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s because of his prowess in surf lifesaving competition, was to the fore once again when he led the club’s JuniorSurf members in a Grand Parade.
The event wrapped up the club’s 60th Jubilee celebrations which were held in conjunction with the JuniorSurf division’s 40th anniversary.
Sunday was given the billing of ‘Time at the Club’ when past and present members were able to call into the club for a meal and view photos from the past 60 years.
Sunday afternoon saw fun activities on the beach for JuniorSurf members, culminating with the parade along the beach with Reg Harker as the flag bearer.


60th Jubilee gallery

9th June 2013

Red Beach Surf Club celebrated its 60th Jubilee over the weekend of 24, 25 & 26 May. The Jubilee Banquet – Diamond Night – took place at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre. We bring you a selection of photos from the night.


AJ Maney to take on the challenge of Molokai

9th June 2013

Red Beach surf lifeguard Alistair ‘AJ’ Maney is always up for a challenge. He’s off to Hawaii in July with the goal of winning the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships for 2013.

The endurance race is the premier event for the sport of paddleboarding, annually crowning world champions in the two disciplines of traditional (prone) and stand-up (SUP) paddleboarding.

Each year, entries quickly sell out after a qualifying process and more than 250 courageous men and women from over 20 countries face powerful currents and surf for hundreds of metres atop swells that can reach heights of more than 12 feet, in an attempt to cross 32 miles (51.5km) of treacherous open ocean known as the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones. 

The race, held in July each year to take advantage of the trade winds, begins on the island of Molokai and finishes on Oahu Island. The fastest athletes complete the crossing in less than five hours.

Only three other New Zealanders have competed in the race before, two of them in 2004. One was Cory Hutchings, winner of the NZ Open Iron Man championship for 11 years.  Hutchings, who has been providing AJ with some valuable tips on the event, finished second in 2004, losing only in the final few kilometres of the race.

In the lead up to the event, AJ has upped his weekly training regime which now involves swimming 5km-6km on four mornings, paddling 10km on four afternoons and then one big 20-50km paddle each weekend.

He’s a fourth year physiotherapy student and is the current Northern Region surf lifesaving Iron Man champion.
Another of AJ’s hopes is to inspire younger athletes – he’s just 22 himself – and set a new competitive path for local paddlers.

The Molokai challenge comes at a cost, around $11,000 in total.  Having raised $8,000 so far through fundraising – he has been using his paddleboard expertise to run coaching clinics – he has pulled in funds from sausage sizzles, raffles and a fishing competition. He needs a further $3,000 to cover his travel and race expenses and would be keen to hear from any sponsors who can assist him. AJ can be contacted at the Red Beach Surf Club on 426 5283 or by emailing info@redbeachslsc.com

To check out the website on the Molokai event, click here.

Footnote:  AJ would be keen to hear from anyone who can assist with IRB driving to accompany him on the long-distance paddles at weekends.

Sponsor for 35 years 

8th June 2013

Heron sponsorship of the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club has flourished for 35 years

Heron Caricature(copy)

Bryan & Pat Heron were presented with this framed caricature at the club’s 60th Jubilee Diamond Banquet Night to mark 35 years of Heron support for and sponsorship of the Red Beach Surf Club. The Flying Herons were the platinum sponsors for the Jubilee celebrations held at the end of May.     Click to enlarge.

Heron Sponsorship 78(copy)

1978:  The start of the B H Heron sponsorship.  Bryan Heron, standing at left, made a presentation of two rescue skis to Red Beach club captain John Glover while surrounded by some of the club’s Nipper members.   Thus began a remarkable era of Heron sponsorship which flourishes to this day.

Countdown to the Excellence Awards

4th June 2013

15 finalists from Red Beach for SLSNR Awards Night

Red Beach Surf Club has 15 finalists heading into the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 6th July.
Nine of the finalists are in the Sportsman and Sportswoman categories while Vaughan Skiffington is one of the three finalists for Coach of the Year.
Red Beach’s U16 men’s beach relay team is in the running for Competition Team of the Year. Alistair Presland, top, is a finalist for Instructor of the Year and Mark Readman, below, is up for Outstanding Contribution to Powercraft.
The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards.
For all the Awards of Excellence finalists, click here.

When: Saturday 6th July, 7.00 pm   Where: Level 4 Lounge, Eden Park  Dress:    Formal
Tickets: $65 per person which includes buffet dinner.  Cash bar, eftpos available.
Tickets are now on sale and payments must be made by 18th June.  Email Debra Cairns … click here


Sixty Shades of Red

3rd June 2013

Red theme to kick off club’s 60th Jubilee celebrations

Past and present members spanning all six decades of the club were present at the Mix & Mingle night for the 60th Jubilee celebrations.
The Friday night function, with Sixty Shades of Red as its theme, was held at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre. Guests were encouraged to wear something red to the event which attracted past members from as far afield as the South Island and Australia.
Hosting the function was the Candy Man, aka Ian Cairns, resplendent in candy striped top hat and tails. We bring you our photo essay on the event.


JuniorSurf AGM

1st June 2013

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will be held on Tuesday 4th June, 7.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach. The election of officers will be held for the 2013-14 season.
Should anyone be interested in one of the officers roles, please contact chairman Mark Scheib on 021 731 786, or email lemarc@xtra.co.nz
Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.


Wear something red!

23rd May 2013

‘Sixty Shades of Red’ for 60th Jubilee Mix & Mingle

Red Beach Surf Club’s 60th Jubilee celebrations kick off on Friday evening, 24 May with the ‘Sixty Shades of Red’ Mix & Mingle.
The event will bring together past and present members spanning all six decades of the club and guests are encouraged to wear something Red. The group Shillelagh will be playing at the function.

Venue:   Orewa Arts & Events Centre, Riverside Road, Orewa
Date:      Friday 24th May
Time:      Doors open 7.00 pm.  Music from 7.30 pm
Tickets:   Admission by pre-paid ticket only.


Navman at Jubilee

23rd May 2013

Navman Technology has partnered up with the Red Beach Surf Club on the occasion of the club’s 60th Jubilee celebrations.
Navman has made two of its top-of-the-line products available as door prizes at the club’s Diamond Night -  60th Jubilee Banquet on Saturday 25 May.
The products, to be won on the night, are a Navman In-Car Navigation System with a 5” LCD screen and a Magellan Switch Fitness Watch with GPS for running and other outdoor activities. Two fabulous prizes for two lucky winners!

Footnote:  Navman GPS is a leading manufacturer of world-class sat nav technology, offering some of the best GPS navigation systems and digital drive recorders for cars, 4WD and trucks.

60th Jubilee Article # 3

Club lifeguards on patrol at 2 beaches

23rd May 2013

Volunteer lifeguard patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguards have been providing surf patrols at Red Beach since the formation of the club in 1953. Volunteer patrols were up and running during the summer of 1953-54 and they have provided the local community and beach-goers with the service for the past 60 years.

And for the past four summers, Red Beach Surf Club has extended its volunteer services by providing surf patrols at the northern beach of Pakiri. Read more …

This article is brought to you by The Flying Herons, Platinum  sponsor  of  the  60th  Jubilee  celebrations.

60th Jubilee Article # 2

Era of Heron boats

19th May 2013

For 25 years the name Heron has appeared on Red Beach Surf Club boats. During this period, Bryan Heron has provided and sponsored no less than six surf boats.
The very first Heron boat was handed over to the club in October 1988. Seven years later, in 1995, the second Heron boat was given to the club, emblazoned with ‘Flying Herons’, the name which has carried through to present-day. We bring you our pictorial coverage of memorable moments during the past 25 years of Heron surf boats.

1988:  The very first surf boat provided by Bryan Heron to the Red Beach Surf Club was given a champagne launch at Red Beach in October 1988.  It was part of a sponsorship package from B H Heron Plumbing which included a new double ski, sponsored shirts and equipment.

1995:  A second boat was donated to the club, signwritten Flying Herons. It was launched during a Masters surf carnival on Waitangi Day 1995.

1999:  The third surf boat, Flying Herons II made its appearance on the club scene in February 1999.

2002: The club again witnessed Bryan Heron’s generosity when a fourth surf boat Flying Herons III was given a pre-season launch at Red Beach.

2005:  A champagne launch for Hector’s Surprise at the club in February 2005. The boat was later given the name Flying Herons.

2007:  Pat & Bryan Heron with a victorious crew. At the NZ Championships in Gisborne in March 2007, Red Beach won the Open Men’s surf boat long course event for the second consecutive year.             

This article is brought to you by The Flying Herons, Platinum  sponsor  of  the  60th  Jubilee  celebrations.


Rodney Times gives support to Jubilee

18th May 2013

Full backing for 60th Jubilee with a 4-page feature

The Rodney Times has thrown its support behind the Red Beach Surf Club and the 60th Jubilee celebrations.
The newspaper will carry a 4-page feature in its edition on Tuesday 21 May with articles and photos reflecting on all six decades of the club. The Rodney Times is the club’s exclusive media partner for the event.
Copies of the feature will be available at the Red Beach Surf Club on Sunday 26 May when the Jubilee celebrations conclude with ‘Time at the Club’ and activities for the JuniorSurf division which mark its 40th anniversary.

Pic: Patrolling at two beaches - One of the articles covered in the 4-page feature in the Rodney Times.

Hurry and register!

18th May 2013

There’s still time to register for the celebrations

Red Beach Surf Club is still taking registrations for its 60th Jubilee celebrations which will take place on the weekend of 24, 25 & 26 May.
The 40th Anniversary of Nippers and JuniorSurf is also being celebrated over the same three days.
The club is inviting all past and present members to register for the events.  For the registration form, click here …
Email: jubilee@redbeachslsc.com

The 60th Jubilee celebrations are proudly supported by the Rodney Times.
 

60th


Prize Giving Night

10th May 2013

Red Beach Surf Club capped off another successful season with an equally successful prize giving function in early-May. With Hookers & High Rollers – or anything beginning with the letter H - 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.

For the list of award winners on the night, click here.


Award Winners : 2012-13

10th May 2013

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prizegiving Night on Saturday 4th May 2013.

Kavanagh Cup   U19/U16 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit   Rebecca Pearce

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U19                         Toby Hurley

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U19              Louise Aitken

Watts Trophy   Most Improved Senior Woman                Caitlin Ryan

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                AJ Maney & Matt Thetford

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Caitlin Ryan

D F Mitchell Mem. Cup  Best Overall Ironman Performer  Hannah Williams

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                               Flying Malyons Men's Crew

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Christa Hanson

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Lance Hammond

Terry Marsh Trophy  Top Surf Boat Crew                        Blakey's Angels                                                                                         U21 Women's Crew

Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Chris Moors

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Fishing Competition
                                                                                             Committee
                                                                                         
Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Sinead Payne
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member           Matthew Southerden

Patrol of the Year Award   Top Patrol Team                    Pritchard Patrol

Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                       Chris Gurr


Milestone of 2 anniversaries

5th May 2013

Diamond Jubilee for the club, 40th Anniversary for JuniorSurf division

The Red Beach Surf Club will celebrate two anniversaries later this month.The club, founded in 1953 following a drowning at nearby Orewa Beach, will notch up 60 years when past and present members come together over the weekend of 24, 25 & 26 May.

The event, sponsored by The Flying Herons, will also mark the 40th anniversary of the club’s JuniorSurf division which provides the club with the majority of its volunteer lifeguards.

The club started a Nipper section in 1973 for youngsters aged 7-13 years. In later years, the name Youth division was coined and by then the club was accepting youngsters from the age of five years. The five and six-year-olds of the club are affectionately known as Tadpoles or ‘taddies’.
Throughout the country, the division now operates under the name of JuniorSurf.
Registrations & CelebrationsRegistrations for the Jubilee weekend have come in from past and current members, spanning all six decades of the club.

Friday night, when the celebrations kick off, will see a Mix & Mingle Night at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre with the theme ‘Sixty Shades of Red’. Guests are encouraged to wear something Red.

Saturday will be the occasion for the club’s Diamond Night and the Jubilee banquet which will see fine dining and entertainment. It will also take place at the Orewa Arts & Events Centre.

Sunday will be the occasion for ‘Time at the Club’ when all past and present members can pop into the clubrooms for a meal and walk down Memory Lane to view photos and press clippings from the past 60 years.  JuniorSurf activities will take place on the beach in the afternoon, followed by a Grand Parade of members and then a club barbecue.

Past members from as far afield as the South Island and Australia will be present for the celebrations.

The 60th Jubilee celebrations are proudly sponsored by The Flying Herons.


The Flying Herons : Platinum Sponsor for the 60th Jubilee

01 May 2013

The Flying Herons are the Platinum Sponsor for the club’s 60th Jubilee at which we’ll be celebrating 60 years of service and successes.
We’ll also be raising our glasses to another significant milestone … 35 years of Heron sponsorship which began in 1978.
The very first Heron surf boat was handed over to the club in October 1988 and there have been no fewer than six boats provided to the club during the ensuing years.
Bryan and Pat Heron initiated the establishment of the BH Heron Red Beach Lifeguard Development Trust which will support surf lifesaving projects in the years to come.

The Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is delighted to have The Flying Herons as the Platinum Sponsor on the occasion of the 60th Jubilee celebrations.

(Pic) Pat & Bryan Heron - aka The Flying Herons - at a Past & Present Dinner held at the club in August 2012.

Acton Intn'l – Gold Sponsor

01 May 2013

Acton International Marketing is the Gold Sponsor for the club’s 60th Jubilee celebrations. Acton’s brands – all household names – include Indomie Instant Noodles, Golden Sun, Kikkoman and Lee Kum Kee. The company is sponsoring the JuniorSurf division’s 40th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 26th May at the club.

The division has lined up a number of fun activities for JuniorSurf members on the beach, starting at 1.00 pm. They will conclude with a Grand Parade of members along the beach at 2.30 pm, followed by a BBQ at the clubrooms.


Prize Giving Night

25th April 2013

Dress theme of ‘Hookers & High Rollers’ for function

Hookers & High Rollers - or something beginning with the letter H - is the theme for Red Beach Surf Club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 4th May. Club members will have the opportunity to let their imaginations run riot in planning for the night. The occasion will be a celebration of the many successes through the 2012-13 season.
And we’ll be recognising the winning individuals and teams from the summer during the prize giving. Details on ticket costs have been advised by email.
Tickets need to be purchased in advance ... there are no door sales. You can request them by email ... info@redbeachslsc.com

SATURDAY  4th  MAY  -  DON'T  GO  ANYWHERE  ELSE!


Jubilee registrations

25th April 2013

You need to register for the celebrations!

Red Beach Surf Club is calling for registrations for its 60th Jubilee celebrations which will take place on the weekend of 24, 25 & 26 May.
The 40th Anniversary of Nippers and JuniorSurf is also being celebrated over the same three days.
The club is reaching out to all past and present members to register for the events.  For the registration form, click here …
And we’re asking you to pass on the Jubilee dates to all ex-members that you know of who may want to attend. There are many that we don’t have contact details for.
Email: jubilee@redbeachslsc.com

The club's 60th Jubilee celebrations are proudly supported by the Rodney Times.

Beach relay bronze

21st April 2013

Relay team takes bronze at Australian Champs

(Pic) From left:  Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey.

The club’s beach relay team of Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant and Jordan Downey ran into third place in the final of the U17 men’s beach relay at North Kirra. It was the second bronze medal to be picked up by the club at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships on the Gold Coast.
The young runners took out the U16 men’s beach relay title for the second consecutive time at the NZ Championships held at Mt Maunganui in March. The team’s first win came at the National Championships in Gisborne in 2012.


Taplin bronze in Oz

19th April 2013

Bronze medal for Red Beach U17 Taplin relay team

(Pic) Red Beach has collected a bronze medal in the U17 women’s Taplin relay at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. The successful trio on the beach at North Kirra, from left: Briar McLeely, Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams.
(Pic) Behind the scenes ... Dinner at the team's accommodation on the Gold Coast. They were joined by Red Beach club patron Bryan Heron and his wife Pat.

Aussie Champs News

19th April 2013 (Friday update at 7.30 pm)

Latest news from the Red Beach team competing in the Australian Surf Life Saving Champs at North Kirra on the Gold Coast ...

The beach relay team of Jake Hurley, Jordan Downey, Mitchell Grant and Campbell Busby has made it through to the final of the U17 men’s beach relay. They will race for the medals on Saturday 20th.
Briar McLeely has qualified for the final of the U17 women’s ski race which takes place on Sunday morning.
Jake Hurley will race in the U17 men’s beach sprint semi-final, also on Saturday.


Lifeguard awards

14th April 2013

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 16 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. Fourteen of the successful candidates will move in U19 and U16 ranks next summer. Congratulations to the following who passed the exam:

Luke Bretnall, James Daish, Taylor Duncan, Chelsea Grant, Oliver Howard, Levon Hutchinson, Craig Malyon, Rhiana McAnnalley, Tayne Morgan, Elliott Nuttall, Oliver Parris-Piper, Tim Parris-Piper, Kayla Rickaby, Hayden Shaw, Jack Smith, Sarah Lockwood.

60th Jubilee Article # 1

Modest beginnings for Red Beach SLSC

7th April 2013

The Red Beach Surf Club, following its formation on 31st May 1953, set out on a sandy pathway to grow its membership and establish its headquarters.
By October 1953 a constitution had been drawn up and, as read by Hugh Watt MP, was adopted. Hugh Watt had a holiday bach in the adjacent Pinewoods Motor Camp.
By April 1954 negotiations were under way with the local authorities to obtain a section for the purpose of erecting a clubhouse. Fundraising was under way from the word go.  Read more ...

This article is brought to you by The Flying Herons, Platinum  sponsor  of  the  60th  Jubilee  celebrations.

[Pic]  The opening of the original Red Beach clubrooms in 1959. The building served as the surf club’s headquarters for 24 years before being demolished in 1983 when the club’s existing clubrooms were opened.  This building was situated on the land which is now the Red Beach Waterfront Reserve.

Eight athletes heading for Australian Championships

7th April 2013

Young team to take a tilt at the Aussie Titles

Eight of the club’s young surf athletes – all medallists at last month’s Nationals at Mount Maunganui – will compete at the 2013 Australian Championships.
The event at North Kirra commences on Monday 15th April and concludes on Sunday 21st.
The Red Beach contingent includes the U16 men’s beach relay team of Jake Hurley (right), Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey and Campbell Busby. The team collected its second consecutive National relay title at the Mount and will now compete in the U17 division on the Gold Coast in beach sprints, flags and the relay.
Swimmers Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams, below, will also be competing. Both were named recently in the NZ Development Squad. Also competing will be Matt Thetford and Briar McLeely who are entered for events in the U17 division. Surf coach Vaughan Skiffington will accompany the team.
The Cab Savs surf boat crew will row in the Masters division on the opening day of the championships. Chris Moors will be competing in Kurrawa colours at the week-long event.

(Photo) Kelsi Boocock, left, and Hannah Williams will compete at North Kirra.

Red Beach SLSC 60th Jubilee

01 April 2013

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is about to celebrate 60 years of remarkable successes and achievements.  Here’s your chance to meet up with those who set the club on its pathway to success and growth, and to mingle with the current members who are taking the club into an exciting future.The 60th Jubilee is being held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of Nippers and JuniorSurf on   …    24th, 25th, 26th May 2013

Registrations

You need to register for the celebrations. Complete the registration form and return it to the club. The form states two ways to do this, click here ...
The planning and organising is well under way for what is shaping up to be a highly memorable and enjoyable 3-day weekend. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Mix & Mingle Night

The theme for the night is 'Sixty Shades of Red' so come dressed in something Red! Be prepared for a rollicking time and catch up with  club members from yesteryear and present-day.  There will be live music from the group Shillelagh and a full cash bar will be in operation. Finger food will be served. Tickets $25 per head.

Date:     Friday 24th May, from 7.30 pm.
Venue:  Orewa Arts & Events Centre, Riverside Rd, Orewa (plenty of parking).

Diamond Night

The 60th Jubilee Banquet. And for your entertainment:  'Brett Rutledge - The Return'. 
Our MC and entertainer for  the night, Brett Rutledge, took laughter to a new level at the club’s 50th Jubilee dinner.
And now he’s back!  A great entertainment package is being organised and it will be a  night not to be missed.  You’ll be able to sit back, relax and enjoy a 3-course meal.  Full cash bar in operation. Fabulous door prizes of Navman products. Tickets $70 per head.  Limited to 300 guests.
Date:    Saturday 25th May.   From 6.30 pm for the Meet & Greet.
Venue:  Orewa Arts & Events Centre, Riverside Rd, Orewa (plenty of parking).

Time At The Club

The celebrations continue into Sunday. Spend time at the Red Beach Surf Club. Be there for breakfast or lunch. The kitchen hours are 9.00 am to 1.30 pm. Stay on for the late-afternoon BBQ.  Journey down Memory Lane in the clubrooms where photos & news clippings from the past 60 years will be on display. JuniorSurf fun activities will take place on the beach at 1.00 pm with a Grand Parade at 2.30 pm as the division celebrates its 40th Anniversary. It will be a day of participation for young and old.

The 60th Jubilee celebrations are proudly sponsored by The Flying Herons.

Important!  Don’t delay in returning your registration form.

If you want to attend on either the Friday or Saturday night you will need to register. If you haven’t already registered, click here for the registration form.

Email:    You can request further information by email … jubilee@redbeachslsc.com

Tickets: Tickets for the Friday & Saturday functions will go on sale approx. 3 weeks prior to the events. You will be notified of ticket availability by way of the email address you supply on your registration form.
If the requests for tickets for the Saturday night function exceed the maximum seated number of 300, tickets may have to be allocated according to the arrival dates of the registration forms.


Fishing competition

30th March 2013

Red Beach Surf Club’s recent family fishing competition reeled in more than 200 anglers and raised $11,000 for various surf lifesaving projects. We were able to hook the following pics for this photo essay.

(Pics)
Club members at the weigh-in outside the Red Beach clubrooms.
Red Beach squash club member Bill Henderson landed this 6.905kg fish which earnt him third prize in the biggest snapper section.
Mary Kramer (9), the winner in the Junior section for her 2.345kg kahawai, was presented with a brand new rod and reel by Robyn Presland of Subway.
Red Beach surf boat sweep Craig Dillon (red hat) with the day’s catch at the weigh-in.
Blair Cranston, left, of Cranston Homes presents Paul Butterfield with a rod & reel for third place in the biggest kahawai section.
Club coach Vaughan Skiffington fillets fish with Kathy Kramer of JuniorSurf.
Russ Kern, left, of Kern Consultants with Peter Michael who landed a 7.555kg snapper, the heaviest fish caught in the competition.
Carrying out chef duties at the fishing competition, from left: John Brooke, Sean O’Kane and Alistair Presland.
Leigh Morton, centre, won a brand new rod and reel for her 2.27 John Dory in the open species section. Making the presentation is Tanya Dowd of Barfoot & Thompson, Orewa. At right is Bill Boon, the MC for the prize giving function.
Wayne Brown of Whangaparaoa, centre, won the spot prize draw for the Prowler 4.1 Ocean Kayak, Arctic paddle and an Osprey PFD jacket supplied by Johnson Outdoors Watercraft in Silverdale.

Surf patrols to end this Easter weekend

30th March 2013

Lifeguards to pack away their patrol uniforms

Volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach come to a close this weekend.  The red & yellow patrol flags will go into storage when the final patrol comes off duty on Monday 1st April.
Summer patrols at Pakiri finished on 10 February.  Patrolling for next summer will resume at Red Beach on Saturday 26 October, the beginning of Labour Weekend.


Fishing competition pulls bigger numbers

25th March 2013

Sun shines on anglers in annual fishing contest

(Pic)  The winning fish, shown on the right, was a 7.55kg snapper caught by Peter Michael in the kayak section.

Red Beach Surf Club’s family fishing competition reeled in 204 registered anglers, the biggest number since the event started up.
The contest, sponsored by Hutchinson Consulting Engineers for the second consecutive year, saw a number of large catches although anglers reported that many undersized fish, mainly snapper, were thrown back into the water.
The biggest fish caught, a 7.55kg snapper, was pulled up by Peter Michael in the kayak section, a new division in the contest. His 7.38kg snapper won him second prize in the same section.
The Red Beach surf clubrooms were packed to capacity for the prize giving which saw section sponsors Subway, Cranston Homes, Barfoot & Thompson, Kern Consultants and Ocean Kayak make the presentations.  Photo essay to follow.

For the results from the fishing competition, click here

(Pic)  Anglers queue up for the weigh-in outside the Red Beach Surf Club.

Vote for Red Beach to win a new IRB

25th March 2013

Show your support and Vote for a Boat!

The Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is asking all club members, supporters and beachgoers to go online and vote to help the club win a brand new $25,000 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).
Send a message to all your friends via email, text or Facebook and ask them to vote for Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club at www.bpsurflifesaving.co.nz  It takes only 2 minutes. The competition runs until March 31 and the winners will be announced live on TVNZ’s Breakfast show during the week after Easter.


TV1 at the surf club

23rd March 2013

Watch TV1 on Monday morning, 6am – 8.30 am

On Monday 25th March, Sam the weatherman from TV1 will be on location at the Red Beach Surf Club. The club was chosen because it was the lucky winner of last year’s IRB giveaway.
Six live crosses will be filmed throughout the TV1 show between 6am and 8.30am, promoting the current IRB competition and our partnership with BP. We suggest you tune in and watch.

Show your support and Vote for a Boat!

The Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is asking all local beachgoers to go online and vote to help the club win a brand new $25,000 Inflatable Rescue Boat (IRB).
Send a message to all your friends via email, text or Facebook and ask them to vote for Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club at www.bpsurflifesaving.co.nz  It takes only 2 minutes. The competition runs until March 31 and the winners will be announced live on TVNZ’s Breakfast show during the week after Easter.


Club’s 60th Jubilee

21st March 2013

It’s time to register for the celebrations!

Red Beach Surf Club is now calling for registrations for its 60th Jubilee celebrations which will take place over the weekend of 24, 25 & 26 May.

The club is reaching out to all past and present members to register for the celebrations.  For the registration form, click here …

And we’re asking you to pass on the Jubilee dates to all ex-members that you know of who may want to attend. There are many that we don’t have contact details for.

Those who register will then have their details entered on the Jubilee database to be notified when tickets become available.

For more information, email  jubilee@redbeachslsc.com


Fishing competition tickets available

21st March 2013

Entry numbers now exceeding last year's turnout

Fishing tickets are still available for Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition on Saturday 23 March.
Phone in to book them ... Wade 021 401 776  or  Michelle 021 959 414

Up to 300 anglers are expected to compete for a wide range of prizes and all who weigh in a fish will go into the draw to win a Bradley Smoker, a Prowler Kayak as well as lots of other prizes.
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 anglers at the Red Beach Surf Club at the conclusion of the event.

For the fishing entry form, click here.
For more details on the fishing competition, click here.


Surf Shorts ...

20th March 2013

Three Red Beach surf athletes have been named for SLSNZ squads.  Kurrawa-based Chris Moors has been selected for the 2014 World Champs squad while Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams have been named in the 2013-14 Development squad. Both squads are selected for a 12 month period. All three athletes won titles at the recent NZ Championships.

4th March 2013

Two Red Beach club members met with success at the NZ Kayak Championships held recently at Blue Lake, Rotorua. Caitlin Ryan won gold in the U23 women’s K1 500m final and Karl McMurtrie won gold in the U16 men’s K1 200m final


Aussies at Nth Kirra

20th March 2013

Surf boat events moving from Tugun to North Kirra

The 2013 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships - often referred to as 'The Aussies' - will now see all events held at North Kirra on the Gold Coast.
Tugun was to have been the venue for surf boat events, however, major erosion problems and a lack of beach space caused by summer storms have forced the switch to North Kirra, further south.
Red Beach will be represented by the Cab Savs boat crew plus a total of eight surf athletes from the club’s U19 and U16 divisions. The Aussies are expected to attract up to 8,000 competitors and will be held from 15-21 April.


213 National titles won

20th March 2013

Red Beach Surf Club has collected 213 National titles during its 60 year history.  The club's first title was won in 1958 at South Brighton, Christchurch when the Senior 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation team took out the Nelson Shield, the blue riband event of the NZ Championships.

The greatest number of gold medals collected by the club at a national event was in 2006 at New Plymouth when 17 titles were won.

At the 2013 Nationals held at Mt Maunganui, Red Beach won a further nine titles to take the overall tally to 213.

The club has won the Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy for overall points at the NZ Championships on four occasions. The wins came in 1991 (Gisborne), 1992 (New Plymouth), 1993 (Mt Maunganui) and 2006 (New Plymouth).

Pic: The Allan Gardner Memorial Trophy, symbol of national supremacy, has been won by Red Beach on four occasions.

Boaties at Nationals

19th March 2013

Red Beach had three surf boat crews competing at the NZ Championships held recently at Mount Maunganui … the Cab Savs, the Red Beach Sirens and Blakey’s Angels. The Angels crew were successful in winning gold and silver medals in their racing and the Sirens picked up a bronze medal. The following pics were taken by Veronika Cox.


Athletes show their class at the National Championships

17th March 2013

Red Beach scoops up 28 medals at Mt Maunganui to emerge as the top club in the Northern region; Kelsi Boocock bags seven medals

Pic: Caitlin Ryan carries her ski from the water’s edge after claiming a second consecutive win in the final of the open women’s ski race. She first won the title at Gisborne in 2012.

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 28 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Mt Maunganui, they collected 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals over three days of intense competition. The medal haul was nine more than the previous year.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points.  A total of 45 clubs – represented by nearly 1,700 competitors – took part in the event.

Caitlin Ryan played it to perfection in the final of the open women’s ski race. Despite the 2.5m surf, she had an incident-free run to the buoys, using every bit of paddling nous to take an early lead. With a field of top paddlers in hot pursuit she made the turn at the buoys but purposely pulled back from a large wave which would have demolished her chances. The wily paddler then caught a dream wave back to the finish flags to win by a comfortable margin. Olympic kayaker Lisa Carrington paddled into second place. It was Caitlin’s second consecutive win in the event, having picked up the title at Gisborne last year.

Pic: Back-to-back wins for the U16 men's beach relay team, from left: Jordan Downey, Jake Hurley, Mitchell Grant, Campbell Busby.

The U16 men’s beach relay team also had back-to-back wins when they out-paced the other finalists to claim their second title. The team of Campbell Busby, Jordan Downey, Mitchell Grant and Jake Hurley unsettled the club’s supporters when they dropped the baton in the heats, however, they made amends by running a slick final.

Chris Moors and AJ Maney teamed up to win the open men’s tube rescue when Saturday’s events were moved to Shark Alley for the more subdued surf. The duo went on to claim bronze in the open men’s board rescue. Chris Moors paddled home second in the open board final.

Pic: The crew of Blakey's Angels competing at Whangamata in January this year where they won the U21 women's short course event. From left:  Christa Hanson, Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Liz McGlashan, Craig Dillon.

The U21 women’s surf boat crew, in just their first season together, were impressive in winning gold and silver medals. The crew of Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Christa Hanson, Liz McGlashan and sweep Craig Dillon won the U21 long course final and placed second in the U21 short course final.

On the Mt Maunganui sand, Jake Hurley claimed the club’s first gold medal of the Nationals when he put in a calculated performance to snatch the last flag in the U16 men’s beach flags event. Later in the day, Lauren Bailey was brimful of confidence when she comfortably won the U19 women’s 2km run, a new event on the Nationals programme.

In just her first season in under-16 ranks, Hannah Williams claimed the gold medal in the final of the U16 women’s Diamond event. She claimed her second gold of the championships when she was joined by Rebecca Pearce and Kelsi Boocock to finish first in the U16 women’s Taplin relay.

Kelsi Boocock, right, collected her seventh medal when she teamed up with Louise Aitken and Briar McLeely to take out the U19 women’s Taplin relay final. Kelsi had earlier collected the silver medal in the U16 women’s surf race.

Overall points, top 12 clubs:  Mt Maunganui (136) 1, Papamoa (122) 2, Red Beach (69) 3, Omanu (53) 4, Mairangi Bay (51) 5, Piha (47) 6, St Clair (35) 7, NPOB (30) 8, Fitzroy (28) 9, Lyall Bay (28) 10, Waimairi (23) 11, Ocean Beach Kiwi (22) 12.

For the list of the Red Beach athletes who won medals, click here ...


Athletes show class at National Champs

17th March 2013
  • Red Beach scoops up 28 medals at Nationals

  • Top Auckland club at the premiere surf event

  • Kelsi Boocock successful with 7 medals

(Pic) The U21 women's surf boat crew won gold in the long course event and silver in the short course event at the Nationals.  From left:  Liz McGlashan, Christa Hanson, Georgia Cox, Hannah Everitt, Craig Dillon (sweep).

Red Beach’s surf athletes ran, swam, paddled and rowed their way to a total of 28 medals at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships.
Competing at Mt Maunganui, they collected 9 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze medals over three days of intense competition. The medal haul was nine more than the previous year.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points.  A total of 45 clubs – represented by nearly 1,700 competitors – took part in the event. Read more ...
For the Red Beach athletes who won medals, click here

(Pics)
Caitlin Ryan being interviewed by Jamie Troughton after winning the open women's surf ski title for the second consecutive year.
Red Beach's U16 men's beach relay team made it back-to-back wins when they retained their title at Mt Maunganui. From left: Jake Hurley, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey.
The U19 women's Taplin relay team following their gold medal winning performance at the Mount. From left: Briar McLeely, Louise Aitken, Kelsi Boocock.
Hannah Williams, in her first year in women's U16 ranks, took out the Diamond event.
Red Beach also won the U16 women's Taplin relay. From left: Rebecca Pearce, Kelsi Boocock, Hannah Williams.

Club snares 3 golds

10th March 2013

Red Beach athletes collected three gold, two silver and two bronze medals on Day Two of the State NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Mount Maunganui.
The day began with beach flags for all age divisions on Main Beach, however, boisterous surf conditions forced a switch for the remainder of the Saturday events to Shark Alley, a few hundred metres to the south. The more manageable surf enabled tube rescue and board rescue events to take place.

Jake's golden flag

(Pic)  Jake Hurley capped off a highly successful season of beach competition by taking out the U16 men's beach flags title at Mount Maunganui.  It was Red Beach's first gold medal for the day.

Chris & AJ nail it

(Pic)  AJ Maney, left and Chris Moors powered home to win gold in the open men's tube rescue final at Shark Alley. Later in the day the duo took out the bronze medal in the final of the open men's board rescue event.

Lauren's golden run

(Pic) Lauren Bailey, right, showed a clean pair of heels in the U19 women's 2km beach run. Competing on the soft sand of Main Beach, she put in a blinder to win the gruelling event by a comfortable margin, picking up the club's third gold medal for the day.
She also collected a bronze medal when she paired with Louise Aitken to take third place in the final of the U19 women's board rescue event.

The club's two silver medals for the day were also collected at Shark Alley, see below.

(Pic)  Kelsi Boocock, left, and Georgia Lloyd teamed up to take out the silver medal in the final of the U19 women's tube rescue event.
(Pic)  Daniel Cairns, left, and Matt Thetford crossing the finish line to pick up the silver medal in the final of the U19 men's board rescue event.

Medals start to flow

9th March 2013

Three silver, six bronze medals collected

(Pic) The U19 men's surf canoe crew picked up silver and bronze medals on the opening day of the Nationals. From left: Campbell Busby, Connor Mathers, Jordan Downey, Xavier Rice.

Red Beach surf athletes collected a total of nine medals on the opening day of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Mount Maunganui.
The Lazy Andreys canoe crew paddled home for a silver and a bronze in the U19 men's long and short course events.
A silver medal went to the U19 men's ski relay team of Daniel Cairns, Matt Thetford and Cody Richards.
And in the surf boat arena, the Blakey's Angels crew rowed into second place and a silver medal in the U21 women's short course boat final.

(Pics)
Briar McLeely, left, and Louise Aitken paddled to a bronze medal in the U19 women's double ski final.
The U19 women's surf team swam to a bronze medal. Lining up for the start of the race, from left: Kelsi Boocock, Lauren Bailey, Hannah Williams, Courtney Spencer.
The Red Beach Rockets canoe crew with their bronze medals from the U19 women's short course canoe event. From left: Jessica Cornish, Courtney Jenkinson, Anna Harkin, Jaime Busby.
The U16 women's surf race team swam into third place to collect bronze medals. On the dais, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Kelsi Boocock, Jacinta Borer, Hannah Williams.

Three golds for Ian

7th March 2013

Day One of the Nationals at Mount Maunganui

Masters competitor Ian Gunthorp was the stand-out competitor for Red Beach after he bagged three gold medals at the NZ Masters Surf Life Saving Championships at Mount Maunganui.
Competing in the one metre surf, he won both the surf race and the run-swim-run event in the 60-69 age group.
He then went on to win the Taplin relay in the 150+ years division with Mark Readman and Dean Pouwhare.
Red Beach's 'Rockin Reds' surf canoe crew of Kathy Kramer, Megan McKenzie, Sharon Turner and Jennifer Hall won gold in the women's short course surf canoe in the 160+ years division.
For the Masters story and overall points, click here.

(Pics)
After a 3-race series, the Rockin Reds canoe crew won on overall points in the 160+ years division in the women's short course canoe event.
Winners of the Taplin relay in the 150+ years division, from left:  Mark Readman, Ian Gunthorp, Dean Pouwhare.
Mark Scheib in the Masters ski relay.
Shane Lodge passes the baton in the Masters beach relay.
The Flying Malyons canoe crew paddled into second place in the final of the Masters 160+ years division of the short course canoe event.
The Red Beach Flying Herons canoe crew placed second in the final of the 160+ years division of the women's short course canoe event.
Red Beach had five canoe crews competing in the NZ Masters Championships at Mt Maunganui.

The Mount all set to host the Nationals

5th March 2013

Red Beach to send its biggest-ever contingent

Mt Maunganui beach was the venue for the Oceans '13 event held at the end of February. It will now play host to the NZ Championships from 7-10 March.
Mount Maunganui is poised and ready to host the State NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see almost 1,700 competitors, including Masters, compete on the sand and in the surf over four days.
The Bay of Plenty venue will see a ton of action starting Thursday 7th March, through to the wind-up on Sunday 10th March.
A total of 48 clubs from throughout New Zealand will participate, with a number of international athletes also attending.
Mt Maunganui last hosted the season’s premier event – the Centenary Nationals – in 2011 when the Christchurch earthquake forced a switch in venues.
Red Beach has registered a total of 100 competitors including Masters.  And with the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event.

For the Nationals programmes and site plan, click here.
To read the SLSNZ article ’10 reasons to come to the Nationals’, click here.
To read the SLSNZ article on Chris Moors, click here


Winners at the NRC's

4th March 2013

Our photo essay on the Northern Regional Championships at Ruakaka 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, however, we extend congratulations to all the NRC placegetters who delivered some highly impressive results. Red Beach won the championships for the fourth consecutive year.

Overall Results (top 12 clubs):   Red Beach (192) 1, Mairangi Bay (143) 2, Papamoa (129) 3, Piha (101) 4, Orewa (73) 5, Mt Maunganui (58) 6, Whangamata (36) 7, Muriwai (21) 8=, United (21) 8=, Omanu (14) 10, Karekare (13) 11, Bethells Beach (8) 12.
(Pics)
Winners of the U16 men's board relay at Ruakaka, from left:  Mitchell Grant, Jake Morgan-Kemp, Izaak Scheib.
Kelsi Boocock on her way to winning the U16 women's surf race. She also took out the U16 Diamond event.
The Lazy Andreys canoe crew, winners of the U19 short course canoe event. From left: Jordan Downey, Connor Mathers, Campbell Busby, Xavier Rice.
Winners of the U19 ski relay, from left: Louise Aitken, Lauren Bailey, Briar McLeely.
AJ Maney winning the open Ironman event. He also took out the open surf race.
Winners of the U16 women's board relay and Taplin relay events, from left:  Hannah Williams, Kelsi Boocock, Rebecca Pearce.
Matt Thetford, left, and Daniel Cairns made it a quinella for Red Beach in the U19 men's Ironman event.
Rebecca Pearce on her way to winning the U16 women's board race.
Caspian Smith was first to cross the finish line in the U19 men's 2km beach run.
The Red Beach Rockets won the U19 women's short course canoe event.  From left: Courtney Jenkinson, Jessica Cornish, Jaime Busby, Anna Harkin.
Jake Hurley grabbed the last flag in the U16 men's beach flags event.
The duo of Kelsi Boocock, left, and Hannah Williams won the U16 women's tube rescue event.
Matt Thetford won the U19 men's board race.
Winners of the U19 women's board relay, from left:  Madeline Readman, Lauren Bailey, Louise Aitken.

Red Beach runner-up at Oceans ’13 event

4th March 2013

Club brings home 7 gold, 7 silver, 7 bronze medals

(Pic) Red Beach JuniorSurf competitors at Mt Maunganui for Oceans '13.

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf athletes took the club into second place overall at the recent Oceans ’13 event.
Close to 800 athletes aged 10-13 years converged on Mt Maunganui for four days of action in the surf and on the sand.
Red Beach went in as defending champions and held the overall points lead after three days of some outstanding competition in which youngsters from around the country displayed an amazing array of surf skills.
The club was dead-locked with Papamoa on 53 points each, right up until the final event, the Grand Cameron relay. Papamoa won the relay and captured the overall points trophy.
Red Beach came away with 21 medals in total.

Final Points:  Papamoa 58, Red Beach 53, Mount Maunganui 49, Orewa 44, Mairangi Bay 36, Omanu Beach 34, Whakatane 21, Lyall Bay 19, NPOB 16, Waihi Beach 14, Midway 13, Westshore 12, Waikanae 10, Muriwai 8, Paekakariki 7, Sumner 7, Whangamata 6, Wainui 6, Warrington 4, East End 4, Titahi Bay 3, Pukehina 3, Piha 3, Ocean Beach 3, Waimairi 3, Otaki 3, Maranui 1, St Clair 1.

(Pics)
Hamish Gledhill after winning the U13 board race. He came away from Oceans '13 with four gold medals.
Jade Tuilaepa crosses the line first to win the U13 girls' board race final.
The start of the 2km beach relay in which Red Beach placed third.

Club Champs coming up this Saturday

25th February 2013

The annual Club Championships for members of the SeniorSurf division will take place this Saturday 2nd March at Red Beach.
Up for grabs will be the six Champion Lifesaver titles for men and women in the Open, U19 and U16 divisions. Club members will get to compete in beach sprints, tube rescues, board and ski races, surf races and beach flags.
The Champion Lifesaver trophies will be awarded to the competitors in each of the six divisions who gain the most overall points.
Registrations:   1.30 pm at the clubrooms
First Event:       2.00 pm
Full details of the Club Championships have been emailed to club members.

Footnote:   All members who won cups & trophies at last year’s Club Champs are requested to return them to the clubrooms.

Oceans of action …

23rd February 2013

The Mt Maunganui surf has provided us with a host of photographic opportunities.  We bring you this photo essay from the Oceans ’13 event.


Red Beach scoops up medals at Oceans 13

23rd February 2013

Club heads the overall points table after Day 3

(Photo) The trio of Dion Mittendorff, Hamish Gledhill and Levon Hutchinson after taking out the final of the U14 men's board relay, one of the most exciting finishes on Saturday's programme.

Red Beach’s young surf athletes have been in top form at the Oceans ’13 event, hauling in 11 medals with just one day of competition to go.
The event, the equivalent of the NZ Championships for JuniorSurf competitors aged 10-13 years, has attracted close to 800 athletes to the Mt Maunganui venue.
The club has taken out five gold, four silver and two bronze medals to head the points leaderboard, 12 points clear of its nearest rival.
Oceans ’13 will come to a close on Sunday which sees a large number of finals on the programme.

Overall points after Day 3 (top 12 clubs): Red Beach (35) 1, Orewa (23) 2, Papamoa (20) 3, Mairangi Bay (19) 4, Omanu (18) 5, Mt Maunganui (14) 6, Whakatane (14) 7, NPOB (10) 8, Waikanae (7) 9, Waihi (7) 10, Muriwai (6) 11, Lyall Bay (5) 12.

KNG final on Sunday

21st February 2013
(Pic) Chris Moors in Round 4 of the KNG series at Surfers Paradise on 9 February.

Red Beach’s Chris Moors will be in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman lineup to hit the surf on the Sunshine Coast this Sunday, 24 February. The event at Noosa Main Beach is Round 6 and the final of the current KNG series.

(Pics) Above & below ... Chris competing in Round 5 of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman series at Coolum on 17 February.

Masters show mettle

20th February 2013

Red Beach Masters win at Northern Region Champs

(Photo) Anna Jackson on her way to winning the Masters women's 2km beach run. She also took out the Masters surf race at Ruakaka.

Red Beach’s Masters competitors were in dominant form to achieve an overall points win at the NRC's for the fifth consecutive year.
Competing at Ruakaka, they topped the points table following two days of competition, running up a total of eight wins.
Eight clubs fielded Masters competitors, all over the age of 30, who competed in a range of water and beach events.

Overall points:   Red Beach (61) 1, Karekare (29) 2, Mairangi Bay (22) 3, Bethells Beach (10) 4, Omaha (5) 5, United Nth Piha (3) 6, Sunset Beach (2) 7, Orewa (1) 8.

JuniorSurf athletes head to Oceans ’13

20th February 2013

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.
A total of 62 competitors aged from 10-14 years – the club’s biggest-ever contingent - will participate over four days of competition starting on Thursday 21st February.
At last year’s Oceans ’12 event, Red Beach  took out the top honours for overall points.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed 13 years and has grown in size to become one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s most successful surf sport events, attracting around 800 young athletes.

For Oceans '13 details & the programme, click here.

Ruakaka NRC Results

18th February 2013

Results from the Northern Regional Championships held at Ruakaka Beach on 16/17 February 2013.

Overall Points (top 14 clubs):   Red Beach (192) 1, Mairangi Bay (143) 2, Papamoa (129) 3, Piha (101) 4, Orewa (73) 5, Mt Maunganui (58) 6, Whangamata (36) 7, Muriwai (21) 8=, United (21) 8=, Omanu (14) 10, Karekare (13) 11, Bethells Beach (8) 12, Kariaotahi (4) 13, Ruakaka (3) 14.

Northern Region Masters Championship:   Red Beach (61) 1, Karekare (29) 2, Mairangi Bay (22) 3, Bethells Beach (10) 4, Omaha (5) 5, United (3) 6, Sunset Beach (2) 7, Orewa (1) 8.

For the full list of NRC results from Ruakaka, click here


Double success for boat crews at Nth Island Champs

11th February 2013

Wins at Waihi to Blakey’s Angels & Cab Savs

Red Beach surf boat crews came away from the recent North Island Surf Boat Championships at Waihi Beach with two convincing wins.
The U21 women’s crew of Blakey’s Angels, swept by Craig Dillon, trounced a field of seven starters and came away with two firsts and a second placing in the heats to secure the overall points win.
Meanwhile, in the Masters division, the wily Cab Savs crew, swept by Lance Hammond, proved too strong for the four other masters crews in the half-metre surf and notched up three wins from three starts.
All Red Beach surf boat crews now head for the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka next weekend.
To read more on the North Island Boat Champs, click here.

(Pic) Success for the U21 women's crew at Waihi, from left: Hannah Everitt, Christa Hanson, Craig Dillon (sweep), Georgia Cox, Liz McGlashan.
(Pic) The Cab Savs crew had three wins from three starts in the Masters division at Waihi.  From left: Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid, Lance Hammond, Nick Laurie, Chris McCullough.

KNG 5 this weekend

11th February 2013

Red Beach’s Chris Moors will be in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman lineup to hit the surf on the Sunshine Coast this Sunday, 17 February. The event at Coolum is Round 5 of the current series.
Contestants will compete a week later (24 February) in the final at Noosa Heads, also on the Sunshine Coast.


Northern Region Champs

11th February 2013

Two-day event to feature the Sonic Race Series

Ruakaka Beach will see two days of top surf lifesaving action when the Northern Region Championships get under way at the weekend. It will be the eighth consecutive year for the event at the picturesque Northland location.

Saturday’s programme starts at 8.00 am with IRB events and Long Course Canoe racing.  The 2km Beach Run for all age divisions, including Masters, kicks off at 12.30 pm, followed by surf races for individuals and teams, the mixed double ski event, ski relays, double ski races, board relays and ski & board events. Long course racing for boats starts immediately after the 2km beach run. Beach flags wrap up the afternoon programme.

Sunday’s programme commences at 8.00 am with beach sprints & relays to beat the incoming tide. They are followed by the Ironman and Diamond events, tube rescues, board rescues and Taplin relays. Short course racing for boats & canoes also follow the sprints & relays.
The Sonic Race Series features on the two-day programme.

To view the draft programme for both days, click here.


KNG # 4 this weekend

8th February 2013

Red Beach’s Chris Moors will be in the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman lineup to hit the surf on the Gold Coast this Saturday, 9 February. The event at Surfers Paradise is Round 4 of the current series.
Contestants will compete a week later (17 February) at Coolum on the Sunshine Case and then in the final at Noosa Heads a week later (24 February).

(Pic) Chris Moors competing in Round 3 of the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman series at Portsea, Victoria on 27 January.

Hannah’s big rescue

5th February 2013

Hannah Williams in rescue drama at Mangawhai

Red Beach surf athlete Hannah Williams was just laying on the beach and soaking up the sun at Mangawhai Heads during late-afternoon on Tuesday 29 January, but cries for help from the water saw her training kick into action as she raced into the sea to help three men and a child stuck in a rip.
Hannah, just 14, only qualified as a lifeguard last October and she didn't expect her first rescue to be so big, but she's won the plaudits of her colleagues for her unerring bravery.  Read more …


New events on programme for NRC’s

5th February 2013

Championships at Ruakaka to see 3 new events

(Pic) Caitlin Ryan and AJ Maney in the Mixed Double Ski event held at the ERC's at Whangamata.

Three competition events which weren’t on the programme at last year’s Northern Region Championships will make an appearance at the Ruakaka carnival on the weekend of 16 & 17 February.  The events are …

    2km Beach Run        All age divisions as well as Masters
    Mixed Double Ski     U19 & Open divisions
    Lifesaver Relay        Open division, male & female

Footnote:  The Lifesaver Relay is a demonstration event for the NRC’s. No points will be awarded for this event, however, medals will be presented to placegetters. The Surf Sport Competition Manual (8th edition) carries information about this event on pg 136. 

Red Beach on top at JuniorSurf Champs

4th February 2013

Club wins points trophy for sixth consecutive year

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf athletes have successfully defended the Northern Region Championships points trophy following two days of competition at Orewa Beach.
The club’s young competitors put in some sparkling performances to finish the championships 92 points clear of their nearest rival.
Close to 600 competitors aged from seven – 13 years, representing 10 clubs, took part in the weekend event.
Red Beach, with strength in numbers over all three age divisions, claimed the overall points trophy for the sixth consecutive year.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (262) 1, Orewa (170) 2, Mairangi Bay (152) 3, Piha (56) 4, Muriwai (26) 5, Waipu Cove (16) 6, Bethells Beach (5) 7, Karekare (3) 8.

For the Live Results from the Championships, click here.
For the full set of results from the Championships, click here.


Club wins Millar Cup

4th February 2013

11th consecutive win for Cath & Eddie Millar Cup

(Pic) A girls' beach sprint semi-final gets under way at the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach.

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf competitors have retained the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup by a comfortable margin.
Competition for the trophy was held in conjunction with the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach over the weekend of 2 & 3 February.  It was the second time that this format has been adopted with specific events designated for Millar Cup points.
Red Beach finished with 88 points, a total of 23 points clear of the runners-up to claim the trophy for the 11th consecutive time.

Overall Points for Cup:  Red Beach (88) 1, Orewa (65) 2, Mairangi Bay (38) 3
Age Group Points:   A Group - Red Beach (18) 1, Piha (16) 2, Mairangi Bay (11) 3.  B Group - Orewa (35) 1, Red Beach (31) 2, Mairangi Bay (14) 3.  C Group - Red Beach (39) 1, Orewa (21) 2, Mairangi Bay (13) 3.

Podium places for boat crews at Piha

4th February 2013

Third placings for boaties in Piha Big Wave Classic

Two Red Beach boat crews took on the Piha surf in Round 3 of the NZ Surf Boat Series with each crew achieving a podium spot.
The Cab Savs masters crew rowed into third place behind Titahi Bay and Piha in the open men’s final.
The Red Beach Sirens crew also finished third in the open women’s final behind Piha and Omanu Beach. After three races in the NZ Surf Boat Series, the Sirens are well placed on the leaderboard with one round to go.
To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here.


North Island Surf Boat Championships

4th February 2013

Three Red Beach surf boat crews will compete in the North Island Surf Boat Championships at Waihi Beach this coming weekend. The crews on the water will be the Cab Savs, the Sirens and Blakey’s Angels. The event doubles as Round 4 of the NZ Surf Boat series and gets under way on Saturday at 12 noon. The Champion of Champions series starts at 8.30am on Sunday.


Winners at the ERC's

4th February 2013

Our photo essay on the Eastern Regional Championships at Whangamata 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 placed third on overall points from the 35 clubs that participated.

Overall Results (top 12 clubs): Mt Maunganui (124) 1, Papamoa (88) 2, Red Beach (85) 3, Waikanae (57) 4, Piha (40) 5, Mairangi Bay (37) 6, NPOB (31) 7, Lyall Bay (28) 8, Orewa (25) 9, Midway (24) 10, Wainui (24) 11, Paekakariki (22) 12.

JuniorSurf Champs

30th January 2013

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

Close to 700 competitors will be participating in the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach this weekend. The Tip Top sponsored event - with 10 clubs represented - is geared for two days of individual and team events. For the second consecutive year, the programme will see the inclusion of the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event, to be run in conjunction with the championships. Red Beach is the current holder of the cups for both events.
Competition gets under way at 8.00 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

For further details on the weekend event, click here.


Results from ERC’s

28th January 2013

Results from the Eastern Regional Championships held at Whangamata Beach on 26/27 January 2013.

Overall Points (top 18 clubs):   Mt Maunganui (124) 1, Papamoa (88) 2, Red Beach (85) 3, Waikanae (57) 4, Piha (40) 5, Mairangi Bay (37) 6, NPOB (31) 7, Lyall Bay (28) 8, Orewa (25) 9, Midway (24) 10, Wainui (24) 11, Paekakariki (22) 12, Omanu (19) 13, St Clair (17) 14, Whangamata (17) 15, Fitzroy (11) 16, Ocean Beach Kiwi (10) 17, Muriwai (8) 18.

For the full set of Live Results, click here.


800 athletes heading for Whangamata surf

24th January 2013

Change of venue for Anniversary weekend event

Just over 800 surf athletes from 35 clubs will compete over the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) during Anniversary weekend. Red Beach has 98 lifeguards entered for competition.
The event sees a switch from Mt Maunganui – the host venue for many years – to Whangamata further up the coast. A 2m swell is forecast for both Saturday & Sunday.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by competitors as the springboard for the premier event which will be back at Mt Maunganui in March.
Saturday’s events at Whangamata get under way at 8.00 am with surf races and there’s also an 8.00 am start on Sunday.  The boat & canoe arena commences at 9.00 am on each day.

For the ERC's programme & beach plan, click here.


Dear 16-year-old-Me

21st January 2013

A must-watch video on melanoma awareness

(Pic: Teens)

When we are young we do many things that later we wish we had not; such as exposing ourselves to unhealthy amounts of UV radiation in order to get that great tan, which later in life have detrimental effects.
We suggest you watch this video from The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund (Canada) which has had more than six million views. It’s an uplifting and thought-provoking message from people whose lives have been touched by melanoma.Although posted in 2011, in 2012 it won two prestigious Webby Awards. View here …


Entries up, top conditions for open water swim

21st January 2013

Near-record entries for Red Beach open water swim

(Pic) Lining up for the start of the Red Beach & Roskill Masters open water swim.

Warm, sunny conditions prevailed for the 111 swimmers drawn to Red Beach for the 24th open water swim.
With calm sea conditions, entrants in the annual event had the choice of either a 1.5km or 3.0 km swim which started and finished in front of the surf club.
Red Beach lifeguards were to the fore over the two distances. Ethan Hutchinson and Reid Blackall were first out of the water in the 1.5km swim.
Soon after, in the 3.0km swim, the first three to finish in the non-wetsuit category were AJ Maney, Scott Williams and Cole Drinnan. The Deyal Cosgrove Trophy was awarded to Maney for the fastest time.
Red Beach master swimmer Anna Jackson recorded the fastest time for women over the 3km distance.

Red Beach open water swim results:    1.5km    3.0km    3km Males, no wetsuit     3km Females, no wetsuit


KNG Round # 2 : Photos

21st January 2013
(Pic) The start of a race in the KNG eliminator series at Newcastle.

Round 2 of the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman series was held at Newcastle Beach, New South Wales on Saturday 12 January with Chris Moors competing again.
This round saw the elimination format which meant that five Ironman races were possible. After each race, the bottom three competitors dropped out.
We bring you pics from the first race in which the order for the disciplines was ski, board, swim. Chris dropped out at the conclusion of race two.
Note:  Round 3 of the KNG series takes place at Portsea, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria on Sunday 27 January.

(Pics) Finishing the ski leg during the first race of the eliminator series. Chris made a good start to be near the front, shown here on the far right of the first wave.
At the end of the board leg, Chris puts on his goggles during the transition stage before the final swim leg.
The end of the swim leg and running for the finish line.
An interview after elimination at the conclusion of race two.

Whangamata to host ERC's this summer

21st January 2013

Change of venue for Anniversary weekend event

Close to 900 surf athletes are expected to compete over the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) during Anniversary weekend.
The event sees a switch from Mt Maunganui – the host venue for many years – to Whangamata further up the coast.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by competitors as the springboard for the premier event which will be back at Mt Maunganui in March.
Saturday’s events at Whangamata get under way at 8.00 am with surf races and there’s also an 8.00 am start on Sunday.  The boat & canoe arena commences at 9.00 am on each day.

For the ERC's programme & beach plan, click here.


Trans-Tasman tests

13th January 2013

The Trans-Tasman Tri-Series concluded with a third and final test at Orewa Beach on 8th January.
At all three tests, starting with Waipu Cove then Omaha, an 18-person team from Surf Life Saving Northern Region competed against two Australian branch teams from Central Coast and NSW Country.
Both teams were in Auckland for the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series. A Northern Region team will compete in Australia in January 2015.
Eight Red Beach athletes were selected for the SLSNR team and we bring you our photo essay from the first test at Waipu Cove.

For the results from each of the three tests, click here.
(Pics)
Jake Hurley won the U16 men’s beach flags at two of the three tests. He took out the U16 beach sprint event at all three tests.
Jared Pouwhare takes off in the open mixed board rescue.
Hannah Williams finishing in the U16 women’s board race.
Cole Drinnan heads for the finish flags in the U16 surf race.
Lauren Bailey competing in the U19 women’s ski event.
Matt Thetford, left, and Dylan French await the start of the Ironman event.
Kelsi Boocock in a transition stage of the Diamond event.
Red Beach Surf Club members at Waipu Cove to watch the test, from left: Derek Mittendorff, Mark Morgan-Kemp, Mark Scheib.      
Photos by Ross Malyon

Open Water Swim

13th January 2013

Annual swim at Red Beach on Sunday 20th January

Close to 100 swimmers of all ages are expected to hit the water during Red Beach Surf Club’s annual open water swim next Sunday 20th January.
Organised by the Red Beach club in conjunction with Roskill Masters Swim Club, it will be the 24th 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. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years. The start time for the swim is 1.30 pm. Registrations can be made at the surf club from 12.00 noon.

To print out an entry form, click here.


Whangamata winners

11th January 2013

U21 women’s boat crew on top at Whangamata

In just their second carnival for surf boat competition, the newly formed Blakey’s Angels boat crew rowed into first place in the U21 women’s final at the recent Surf Boat Spectacular event at Whangamata. The carnival was the second round of the NZ Surf Boat Series.

(Pics) The winning crew, from left:  Hannah Everitt, Georgia Cox, Christa Hanson, Liz McGlashan, Craig Dillon (sweep).
Georgia Cox of the Blakey’s Angels crew sprints for the finish line.
The club’s two other crews also made their respective finals at Whangamata … the Cab Savs, above, in the Open Men’s division and the Red Beach Sirens, below, in the Open Women’s division.

Owen Chapman Cup win to Red Beach

10th January 2013

Record entries for 57th challenge for the Cup

(Pic) The start of the U16 men's surf race.

Perfect weather and a half-metre swell greeted a record 437 entrants at last Saturday’s Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.
Red Beach, with strength in numbers, was able to retain the Owen Chapman Cup by a comfortable margin.
It was the 57th year of competition for the cup which is contested by clubs in the Northern Region and awarded for overall points. The club notched up its ninth consecutive win.  Read more …

(Pics)
Caitlin Ryan on her way to winning the open women's ski race.
Red Beach athletes Jake Hurley, left, and Lewis Gjaltema dive for the final flag in the U16 men's beach flags event.                         
Photos by Ross Malyon

Red Beach retains the Cup

10th January 2013

Record entries for the 57th challenge for the Owen Chapman Cup

Perfect weather and a half-metre swell greeted a record 437 entrants at the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival.
Red Beach, with strength in numbers, was able to retain the Owen Chapman Cup by a comfortable margin. It was the 57th year of competition for the cup which is contested by clubs in the Northern Region and awarded for overall points. The club notched up its ninth consecutive win.

A brand new trophy – the Jubilee Cup – was up for grabs for the very first time and all competing New Zealand clubs were eligible to win it. This trophy marks Red Beach Surf Club’s 60th year of operation which the club will celebrate in May. The inaugural winner was the Mt Maunganui club who headed off the hosts by just seven points.  

Entries on the day came from 19 New Zealand clubs, three of them from the South Island. The Rarangi club from Blenheim had two boat crews on the water and the Christchurch clubs of Waimairi and South Brighton jointly had a handful of competitors.

The visiting Australian branch teams of New South Wales Country and Central Coast - in Auckland for the biennial Trans-Tasman surf series - also fronted for the carnival with 40 competitors. Their appearance at the event added an extra zing with team athletes delivering a number of outstanding performances

The boat & canoe arena saw 24 surf boat crews in action along with 17 canoe crews.

The carnival provided opportunities for athletes to assess their chances of success at the Eastern Regional Championships at Whangamata during Anniversary weekend at the end of January.

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


Chris Moors chasing his Ironman dream

7th January 2013

Moors at the ready for Round 2 of the KNG series

(Pic) Ironman contender Chris Moors trains off Broadbeach on the Gold Coast ahead of his next KNG round.       Photo by Brendan Radke.

The Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain series gets under way again with Round 2 at Newcastle Beach, New South Wales, this coming Saturday 12th January.
The Gold Coast Bulletin has published an article on Chris Moors in its latest edition. To read the article Chris Digs Deep, click here.


Owen Chapman carnival results

6th January 2013

Perfect weather, record entries for the Owen Chapman

For the full set of results from the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival held on Saturday 5 January, click here.  Photo gallery coming soon.

Owen Chapman Cup Placings (SLSNR Clubs): Red Beach (190) 1, Mairangi Bay (104) 2, Orewa (88) 3, Piha (29) 4, Muriwai (16) 5, Bethells Beach (10) 6, United North Piha (8) 7, Kariaotahi (5) 8, Sunset Beach (3) 9.
Jubilee Cup Placings (All NZ Clubs):   Mt Maunganui (97) 1, Red Beach (90) 2, Papamoa (61) 3, Mairangi Bay (54) 4, Orewa (47) 5, Omanu (24) 6, Piha (21) 7, Whangamata (14) 8, Waihi (13) 9, Fitzroy (11) 10=, Muriwai (11) 10=, United Nth Piha (8) 12, Bethells Beach (6) 13=, Rarangi (6) 13=, Kariaotahi (5) 15, Sunset Beach (3) 16=, Titahi Bay (3) 16=.
(Pic) Members of the visiting Central Coast branch team head for the start line for a surf canoe race, an event not held in Australia.