Archives 2014


Tide of opportunities at Owen Chapman surf carnival

31st December 2014

Red Beach to host the 59th Owen Chapman event

Up-and-coming surf athletes will get their chance to shine at the 59th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday.
The event, hosted by the Red Beach Surf Club, is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes and attracts top tier competition from across the nation. Close to 300 athletes are expected to compete this time around.

But in a twist this year, top New Zealand lifeguards from the Northern Region will be in Australia for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series against Aussie teams Central Coast and New South Wales Country. Read more

Entry form … click here       Programme … click here


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

27th December 2014

NZ Surf Boat Series # 2 also a selection trial

Pic: The Red Beach Boomers crew competing in the open men’s division at the Whangamata Classic surf carnival in mid-December.   

The New Year will see eight Red Beach surf boat crews heading for the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on Friday 2nd January.
The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of 55-60 crews taking part. Crews will race over a long course/sprint finish series in all age divisions.
The NZ selectors will be on hand to pick crews to compete in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Waihi in February.  The Red Beach Sirens crew is in contention for selection, having won five races from five starts at Lyall Bay in late-November.

Red Beach’s other crews to start at Whangamata will be the Boomers and the Cab Savs in the open men’s division, the Bangers (open women’s division), the Pirates and the Giggles (both U23) as well as Blakey's Angels and the Doom Squad (both U19). Racing starts at 10.00 am.

To read more on the NZ Surf Boat Series, click here


Whangamata gallery

21st December 2014

For the photos from the Whangamata Classic surf carnival held at Whangamata Beach on 13 December, click here


Gallipoli 2015

21st December 2014

Gallipoli(copy)In April 2015 a Red Beach surf boat, rowed by club lifeguards, will be one of 50 surf boats to feature in the 100th anniversary of the famous landing at Gallipoli by the ANZAC’s.

The Gallipoli 100 will see these surf boats manned by Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Turkish rowers. The event will take place in Turkey over two days just prior to Anzac Day on 25 April with the crews rowing to a spot near where the ANZAC’s landed 100 years earlier.
In the lead-up to the centenary in April, this website will carry news items, articles and photos relating to the G100 event. You’ll find it all on the website menu under Gallipoli 2015.

Check out what’s already in place … Images from 1915


Kelsi & Chelsea into Trans-Tasman team

18th December 2014

Two club athletes to compete in New South Wales 

Pic: Chelsea Grant, left, and Kelsi Boocock are in the SLSNR Trans-Tasman team

Red Beach lifeguards Kelsi Boocock and Chelsea Grant have been named in the Northern Region representative team to travel to Australia in January.
As members of the 18-strong touring party they will compete in the Trans-Tasman Tri Series against teams from Australia’s Central Coast and New South Wales Country branches.
The Tri Series is a biennial event, alternating between the two countries. The beaches at which the teams will clash are all in the South Coast Branch, south of Sydney.
Competition dates and venues: 10 January – Shellharbour; 12 January – Kiama; 13 January – Warilla-Barrack Point.

To see who has been selected for the team, click here


Surf Shorts ...

18th December 2014

Two Club members have been named by Canoe Racing NZ for the 22-strong squad to represent New Zealand at the 2015 Australian GP2 event in Sydney on 20-22 February. They are Briar McLeely (U23 women) and Karl McMurtrie (U18 men). Congratulations.


Lifeguard awards

15th December 2014
Pic: Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks increased further this month when three more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. So far this summer, the club has had 38 members achieve the award. The successful candidates are, from left:  Justin Vasiljevic, Bruce Gardiner & Alexis Farr.

Patrolling at Pakiri

15th December 2014

Surf patrols under way again from 20 December

Red Beach lifeguards will be back at the popular northern beach of Pakiri to continue their volunteer surf patrols from Saturday 20 December.
The Red Beach club is now entering its sixth 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 mid-December to mid-February, the volunteer lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 3 rescues and attended to 10 first aid cases during the 1,793 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 8 February.

Footnote: Regional lifeguards will be on duty at Pakiri from 15 December.

Owen Chapman Cup programme & entries

15th December 2014

59th Owen Chapman Cup carnival on 10th January

Pic:

Entry form … click here        Programme … click here


Fishing competition returns on 21 March

14th December 2014

Fishing Direct of Silverdale to sponsor event

The club’s popular fishing competition is making a return. To be known as the Fishing Direct Red Beach SLSC Fishing Competition, the event will be held on Saturday 21 March. It will be the fourth occasion on which it has taken place.
One of the category sponsors – Cranston Homes – is back on board. Three other category sponsors are yet to be signed up and the club is keen to hear from anyone wanting to hook into one of these sponsorships. 

Contact organiser Wade Downey on 021 401 776


Whangamata results

14th December 2014

For the full set of results from the Whangamata Classic Surf Sports Carnival held at Whangamata on Saturday 13th December click here
Photo essay coming soon …

To read the SLSNZ article 'Top Action at Whangamata Classic' click here


Building construction

14th December 2014

Work is in progress on the extension above the IRB storage facility. For more construction pics, click here


Whangamata Classic

11th December 2014

Big numbers for Whangamata this Saturday

Over 650 athletes are set to descend on Whangamata this Saturday for the annual Whangamata Classic surf carnival.

Jointly hosted by Surf Life Saving Northern Region and SLSNZ Eastern Region, the event has attracted some of the country’s best surf athletes. Competitor numbers are up by more than 100 on last year. Red Beach has the largest contingent of competitors with 106 athletes entered.

The day’s events include 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

For the SLSNZ article “Scene set for Whangamata Surf Carnival” click here

Footnote:  All competition arenas, including the Boat/Canoe arena, get under way at 9.00 am. Low tide – 6.04am. High tide – 12.26 pm.

JuniorSurf pics ...

7th December 2014

For the photo essay on the first JuniorSurf carnival of the summer at Red Beach on December 6, click here ...


Building construction

7th December 2014

Cladding now under way

Pics: Above & below - Cladding under way on the south west corner of the clubrooms.

Sirens excel in first round of boat series

7th December 2014

Five wins from five starts at Wellington’s Lyall Bay

Pic: Shane 'Bugsy' O'Halloran brings home the Sirens crew for one of their wins.

The Red Beach Sirens crew took out the open women’s division at the recent opening round of the NZ Surf Boat Series.
In the flat conditions of Lyall Bay, the crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew and sweep Shane O’Halloran were dominant in snaring five wins from five starts.
The weekend’s contest also doubled as the first selection event for the New Zealand and New Zealand Development crews. Read more …

Pic: The Red Beach Pirates U23 crew placed second on overall points at Lyall Bay.
Photos courtesy of Jun Tanlayco Sports Images.

JuniorSurf carnival

5th December 2014

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 6th December. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach flags, beach sprints and beach relays.  
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 10.00 am and the estimated finish time is 3.00 pm.

Four crews to race in NZ Surf Boat Series

27th November 2014

Lyall Bay the venue for Round One of the series

Pic: The Boomers open men's crew in action at the recent Omaha carnival where they placed first in the day's racing.

Four Red Beach surf boat crews head to the capital this weekend for Round One of the NZ Surf Boat Series at Lyall Bay on Saturday 29th November.
Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran (right) will sweep three crews – the Boomers in the open men’s division, the Pirates (U23) and the Sirens (open women). Shamus O’Halloran will sweep a new crew, the Red Beach Bangers, in the open women’s division.
The event has attracted 52 crews and 248 competitors.

“The club has three experienced crews and the expectations are that they will do well,” said Bugsy.
“The Bangers crew will have their first row in a surf carnival and for them it’s as much about getting a feel for surf boat rowing as it is to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow boaties.”
“And it will be the first major outing for the club’s new Clymer boat which carries the logos for our two major boat sponsors, The Flying Herons and Argosy Property,” he added.

The event at Lyall Bay is the first of two NZ selection trials for crews to be considered for selection to compete against the Australians in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Waihi in February. The second selection carnival will be at Whangamata on 2nd January.

To read more on the Wellington event, click here

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:
Round 1 – Paekakariki, 29th November; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Waihi, 7th February; Round 4 – Piha, 21st February.

Win a trip to Hawaii

22nd November 2014

Return airfares plus accommodation for 2 adults

Here’s your chance to win a magnificent holiday in Hawaii, flying with Hawaiian Airlines and staying four nights at the 4-star Hotel Waikiki.
The raffle prize, valued at $4,056, has been generously donated by Orewa United Travel.
Red Beach Surf Club’s building redevelopment programme will benefit from the raffle, with proceeds going towards the planned renovations for the kitchen, bar and lounge areas.

Tickets:  $10.00 each or 3 tickets for $20.
Drawn:   Friday 6th February 2015 at the Red Beach Surf Club
 
Tickets available at the Red Beach Surf Club or email here

OREWA UNITED TRAVEL        Ph: 09 426 5743       www.unitedtravel.co.nz/orewa

Carnival at Omaha

20th November 2014

Second Inter-club carnival of season this Saturday

The Surf Sports season continues this coming Saturday 22nd November with a 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 carnival serves as a selection event for the Northern Region team to travel to Australia in January.
The Ironman and Diamond events feature on the programme, along with surf races plus board and ski events. There’s also a Mixed 5-Person Taplin Relay. Beach events include flags, sprints and a 2km beach run.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over a long course distance with a short course finish. More information …

Mixed 5 Person Taplin Relay
The Mixed 5-Person Taplin Relay consists of a Double Ski, Swim, Board and Ski leg. This is an Open event only and each team must have a minimum of 2 females.

Key times are:
8.15 – 9.00 am  Competitor registrations
8.45 am    Team managers’ briefing 
9.45 am    Boat & canoe crews briefing in arena 
10.00 am  Events start (including boats & canoes)

Footnote:  All competitors are required to sign in at this event between 8.15- 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.

Lifeguard awards

17th November 2014
Pic: Successful candidates, from left: Emma Clarke, Liam Douglas, Tamati Munroe, Jess Moratti, Andrew Giles.

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks increased further this month when five more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. All of the successful candidates head into the Open, U19 and U16 ranks.
In the space of seven weeks, the club has had 35 members achieve the award.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Emma Clarke, Liam Douglas, Tamati Munroe, Jess Moratti, Andrew Giles.

Coffee at the club

17th November 2014

Pop in for a coffee & snacks, six days a week

Red Beach Surf Club is serving up great coffee and snacks at the clubrooms, Monday to Saturday, from 17 November.
Between the hours of 9.00 am and 12.00 noon you can stop by at the club and enjoy delicious coffee – and the superb view from the deck – in a relaxed atmosphere.
You will also be able to purchase muffins, slices and other things nice. Go on, treat yourself or meet there with friends. At the surf club, where friendships flourish.


Nth Beach crew wins shortened boat race

16th November 2014

Fifteen crews row the Puhoi River to Wenderholm

Pic: Surf boats being launched onto the Puhoi River for the start of the race.

A North Beach open men’s surf boat crew claimed the fastest time in the recent Pub to Club surf boat challenge.
It was the first time that the Christchurch-based club has taken part in the event. Two crews from North Beach – the other an open women’s crew – flew to Auckland to participate. The women's crew rowed in a Clymer boat which is permanently stationed in Auckland while the men’s crew borrowed a Red Beach boat. Fifteen crews took part in the event which was sponsored by Bryan & Pat Heron of The Flying Herons.

Strong winds forced the organisers to shorten the race distance, normally 16km from Puhoi to Red Beach. The ‘cut-in-half’ course finished at the Wenderholm jetty, giving crews just 8km of rowing. On the approach to Wenderholm, wind gusts of 40 knots were encountered. Rowing the open stretch of water from Wenderholm to Red Beach was out of the question. One crew was seen to surf a wave from the finish line to the boat launch ramp.

For the race results and photo gallery, click here

Pic: Red Beach's U19 Doom Squad crew and the Muriwai Muscle U23 crew on the Puhoi River during the early stages of the race.      Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf Shorts ...

13th November 2014

Passing of Helena Mitchell

It is with sadness that we record the recent passing of Helena Mitchell, wife of Red Beach Surf Club’s first president Toby Mitchell. Helena passed away peacefully on 9th November 2014, aged 97. Alongside Toby she played a fully supportive role in the establishment of the club following its formation in 1953. Helena was a member of the women’s social committee which can be credited with deciding on the club’s Red & White colours.


Muriwai surf carnival

12th November 2014

The first Inter-club surf carnival of the summer took place at Muriwai on Saturday 8 November. For the full set of competition results, click here

Pics (4): 
Man overboard!  Red Beach's U19 Doom Squad crew heads out through the surf.
The Red Beach Giggles U23 women's boat crew crashes through a wave.
The Red Beach Red Masters canoe crew in action. From left: Brendan Taunt, Peter Kramer, Nick Saull, Bob Mellor.
The Rockin' Reds crew in a heat of the Masters women's canoe event. From left: Sharon Turner, Kathy Kramer, Kelly O'Dea, Stephanie Busby.    Photos by Veronika Cox.

Pub to Club event

8th November 2014

Entries up for annual Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge this Saturday

Pic: The Cab Savs crew on the Puhoi River during last year's race.

Seventeen surf boats will ply the Puhoi River in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 15 November.
The event, with Bryan & Pat Heron of 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 age 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 1.30 pm and the first boat will get away at 2.30 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 your entries or contact Chris after hours at 09 475 5794.

For the Pub To Club flyer, click here


Muriwai surf carnival

6th November 2014

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 the prospect of competition following the cancellation of the Long Distance carnival in early-October, surf athletes are keen for some fully-fledged surf action.
The programme features board, ski and surf teams races, board and ski relays plus a beach sprint. The Ironman and Diamond events will also be contested. 
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over long course distances with a short course finish. Orewa is the alternate venue if conditions force a switch.  More information ...

Key times are:
8.15 – 9.00 am  Competitor registrations
8.45 am    Team managers’ briefing 
9.45 am    Boat & canoe crews briefing in arena 
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.

Arrival of G100 boat

4th November 2014

Boost for boaties with two new surf boats

The Red Beach surf boat to feature in next April's Anzac Day centenary commemorations in Turkey has had its replacement arrive in Auckland.
The sleek new craft, nicknamed the G100, was constructed at the Sydney premises of South Coast Surf Boats. Work began on the boat in July.
It will soon sport the signwritten logos of the boat’s new sponsors along with the WW100 poppy logo.
The G100 will be one of two new Red Beach surf boats to hit the waves this summer. The second, built at the North Sydney premises of Clymer Boats, arrived in October and will bear the logos for Argosy Properties and The Flying Herons.

To read more on the surf boat heading for Turkey and the 2015 event at Gallipoli, click here


Red Beach strong at canoe training day

2nd November 2014

Canoeists’ early-season form encouraging

Pic: The Rockin' Reds crew had five wins from five starts in the open women's division. From left: Kathy Kramer, Sharon Turner, Jenny Hall, Kelly O'Dea.

The canoe training day at Red Beach on 1st November attracted six clubs and 21 canoe crews from the Northern Region area.
There was no surf to provide assistance, however, the warm settled weather was in sharp contrast to last year’s squally conditions. It was the fourth occasion on which the annual event has been staged.

Red Beach crews were dominant over the three hours of racing, winning outright in four of the seven divisions.
Five wins from five starts were notched up by the Flying Malyons (open men), the Rockin’ Reds (open women), the Lazy Andres (U19 men) and the Red Beach Red crew (U19 women).
Karekare’s X-Men crew looked strong in taking out the Masters division, and two of the crew anchored the Karekare win in the final of the Mixed Run-Canoe-Run event.

Results:
Open Men:   Flying Malyons (RB) 1, Karekare A Team 2, Tall Red (RB) 3
Masters Men:  Karekare X-Men 1, Seaing Red (RB) 2, Bethells Beach Burglars 3
U19 Men:   Lazy Andres (RB) 1, Waipu Cove 2
Open Women:   Rockin' Reds (RB) 1, Flying Herons (RB) 2, Karekare A 3
Masters Women:  Bethells Beach Broads 1
U19 Women:   Red Beach Red 1, Red Beach White 2, United Gold (UNP) 3
Mixed Run-Canoe-Run:  Karekare 1, Bethells Beach 2, Red Beach 3
Pics:
The U19 crew members from Lazy Andres (at back) and Red Beach White.
The Flying Malyons crew notched up five wins from five starts in the open men's division. From left: Shane Minifie, Kevin Cornish, Al Presland, Paul Cleminson.
The Red Beach Red crew won all their races in the U19 women's division. From left: Esther Reidy, Kate Harkin, Kayla Rickaby, Megan Daish.        Photos by Ross Malyon.

Enrol for JuniorSurf

2nd November 2014

Club continuing to recruit new members

The Red Beach Surf Club is still taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division. Parents wanting to enrol their children aged from 4-13 years should contact JuniorSurf secretary Sally Mellor at 021 0263 4423 or email sallyjmellor@gmail.com

There was a bumper turnout of youngsters at the club's Opening Day on Sunday 2nd November with a number of new signings. Children can be enrolled at any Sunday training session. Be at the clubrooms from 8.30 am onwards.
To print out the JuniorSurf registration form, click here

Training times on Sundays are ...
Tadpoles (4,5,6 yr olds):  9.00am – 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.


Canoe training day

30th October 2014

25 crews to put early-season fitness to the test

Pic: Crews competing in last year's canoe training day at Red Beach.

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to 25 surf canoe crews at the fourth annual canoe training day this Saturday.
The event, sponsored by The Flying Herons, Cornish Truck & Van and Boulder Bay, has attracted five clubs from the Northern Region.
Racing will involve five rounds for each of the Open, Masters and U19 divisions, male and female. All races will have a dry finish and the category winners will be determined on an overall points basis.
One of the highlights is expected to be the open mixed races with each crew comprising of two men and two women from any of the age divisions. Each of the two heats will see a Le Mans style start, culminating in a six-buoy final. Spot prizes will be presented at the BBQ to wrap up the training day.

Footnote:  The team managers’ meeting is at 9.30 am. The first race gets under way at 10.00 am.

Enrol for JuniorSurf

29th October 2014

JuniorSurf Opening Day on Sunday 2nd November

The Red Beach Surf Club is still taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division. Parents wanting to enrol their children aged from 4-13 years should contact JuniorSurf secretary Sally Mellor at 021 0263 4423 or email sallyjmellor@gmail.com

Children can be enrolled during Opening Day on Sunday 2nd November or at any successive Sunday training session. Be at the clubrooms from 8.30 am onwards to enrol.
To print out the JuniorSurf registration form, click here

Training times on Sundays are ...
Tadpoles (4,5,6 yr olds):  9.00am – 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.


Quiet start to the patrolling season

27th October 2014

Few swimmers as surf patrols get under way

Cool weather wasn’t exactly what club lifeguards were hoping for when surf patrols commenced at Labour Weekend.
Saturday – the first day of patrolling – turned on a clear, blue sky, however, the remainder of the weekend saw cool, offshore winds and cloudy conditions. Few swimmers were reported over the three days of the long weekend.
The club’s volunteer lifeguards are rostered for patrols on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays through to Easter Monday, 2015.

Pic: Club lifeguards on patrol at Red Beach during Labour Weekend, from left: Karl McMurtrie, Harry Pearce, Hayden Shaw, Brendan Taunt (patrol captain), Rebecca Pearce, Sarah Lockwood.              Photo by Ross Malyon.

Surf Lifeguard awards

19 October 2014

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks increased further this month when 19 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. All of the successful candidates head into the Open, U19 and U16 ranks.
In the space of three weeks, the club has had 30 members achieve the award prior to the opening of the patrol season at Labour weekend. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
The Surf Instructor Award was achieved by Peter Kramer.
More candidates from Red Beach will be sitting the Surf Lifeguard Award exam in November.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Callum Blackburn, Kate Buchan, Anna Churton, Jonah Cleminson, Ryan Davenport, Alexis Eccles, Rowan Gjaltema, Brendan Herbst, Rochelle Hofma, Luke Holiday, Kees Kramer, Spencer McDowall, Benjamin Partridge, Sam Readman, Esther Reidy, Bridget Reilly, Kieran Smith, Oliver Smith, Melanie Wilcock

Surf patrol season about to start again

19th October 2014

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 25th 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 Beach on 20th December.

Lifeguard refresher days at Red Beach

14th October 2014

Three lifeguard refresher dates set

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

Wednesday 12th November  6.30 pm  
Saturday 15th November     10.00 am  
Sunday 23rd November        5.00 pm

All club lifeguards are required to sit the refresher test to be eligible to patrol and to compete at surf carnivals.

PATROL SHIRTS

Please take your old patrol shirt to the refresher you attend and swap it for a new shirt. Harcourts are the new sponsor for SLSNR and their branding appears on the shirt you will receive. The new Harcourts shirts are the only patrol shirts that can be worn while patrolling.
If you have a patrol to attend before being refreshed, please email Debra Cairns at info@redbeachslsc.com to arrange for a pick-up.


Junior registrations continue this Sunday

14th October 2014

Another opportunity to register with Red Beach’s JuniorSurf Division for summer activities

The Red Beach Surf Club will again be taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division at the clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach this coming Sunday.

Date:   Sunday 19th October    Times:  10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along on Sunday to enrol them. Boys and girls aged from 4 - 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 2nd November.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you on Sunday. For the registration form, click here

Opening Day – Sunday 2nd November, Red Beach
Tadpoles (4, 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.

For further information contact Sally Mellor 021 0263 4423 or Kathy Kramer 021 719 776


Gold at Rescue 2014 for Pirates U23 crew

14th October 2014

Sirens crew takes Bronze at World Champs

Pic: The Pirates with their gold medals at Rescue 2014, from left: Shamus O'Halloran, Shane O'Halloran, Max Anstis, Ben Flight, Rhye Jacka.          Photo by Vic Jacka.

It was all gold for the Red Beach Surf Club Pirates U23 men’s boat crew at the Lifesaving World Champs in France in September.
Despite not getting the chance to practise on location, the team of Shamus O’Halloran, Max Anstis, Ben Flight, Rhye Jacka and sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran dominated the international field to commandeer first place in the final.
The Red Beach open women’s crew were also granted a podium spot, placing third in their final behind two Australian teams. Read more …


Construction of G100 boat now completed

12th October 2014

New surf boat to replace older boat heading for 2015 Gallipoli commemorations in Turkey

Construction of a new surf boat for Red Beach has been completed at the workshop of South Coast Surf Boats. Work began in July at the boat builder’s Sydney premises.
Nicknamed the ‘G100’, it will replace one of the club’s existing surf boats which has been refurbished in readiness for next year’s Gallipoli centenary row. Read more …


Building construction

12th October 2014

The latest development in the club’s building reconstruction programme is the near-completion of the rooms above the IRB storage facility.
Further work will proceed upon ratification to changes that have been requested by council.


Service Awards for Red Beach stalwarts

12th October 2014

SLSNZ Service Awards presented in Wellington

Three Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving New Zealand for their services to the movement. Service Awards were presented to Mike Taylor, Craig Dillon and Peter Olsen at the Awards of Excellence function held in September at Wellington’s Amora Hotel.
Red Beach Surf Club extends its heartiest congratulations.


Carnival cancelled

3rd October 2014 (12 Noon)

Because of adverse weather conditions being predicted, the SLSNR Harcourts Long Distance Carnival scheduled for Saturday 4th October at Red Beach has been cancelled.
Due to the nature of the forecast conditions, there is no alternate venue option.
SLSNR apologises for any inconvenience this may cause, however, the conditions have been deemed to be unsafe by the Event Management Committee.


Long distance event to kick-start season

1st October 2014

Runners, swimmers, paddlers & rowers to compete in season-opener at Red Beach, 4th October

(Pic) The start of the 5km board paddle at last year's Long Distance carnival.

The SLSNR Harcourts Long Distance Carnival at Red Beach this coming Saturday will launch the 2014-15 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

Footnote:
This event is open to non-qualified members over 14 years of age as per SLSNR policy. Non-qualified competitors will be required to wear an Orange numbered SLSNR cap and will not be eligible for competition points.

Lifeguard awards

30th September 2014

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 11 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. Two of the successful candidates are Masters members while the other nine head into the Open, U19 and U16 ranks. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
Surf Instructor Awards were achieved by Peter Fortes and Craig Gledhill.
More candidates from Red Beach will be sitting the exam in October and November.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Sean Casey, Megan Daish, Kat Davey, Keefe-Jordan Durney, Hamish Gledhill, Emma Hildesley, Kyle Lennon, Taylor Mansfield, Harry Mellor, Briana Smith, David Young.

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

27th September 2014

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 12th and Sunday 19th 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 4 - 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 2nd 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 2nd November, Red Beach
Tadpoles (4, 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.

For further information contact Sally Mellor 021 0263 4423 or Kathy Kramer 021 719 776


Red Beach IRB crew triumphs

7th September 2014

Back-to-back wins for Red Beach in 90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge

The Red Beach ‘Reddaz’ IRB crew have taken out their second consecutive win in the Far North IRB Challenge which was held at the weekend.
The crew of Jack Readman, Dylan French and Daniel Peacocke finished ahead of Sunset Beach’s A crew. It was the the 22nd year of the event and it attracted 26 IRB crews including one from Victoria, Australia. The 2 metre surf was described as ‘messy onshore’.
“The boys were in third place after the first leg, however, they smoked the field in the boat-carry and led into the second leg of the race,” said support crew member Mark Readman who provided the land support with Dean Pouwhare.
 "They remained in the lead after the run up Hukatere hill but the gap between them and the chasing crew closed up to 200 metres” he added.
“They ‘smashed’ the motor-carry after the third leg which enabled them to lead into the fourth leg by 400 metres and they carried on to win the race by 22 seconds”.

Results:  Red Beach (2.30.01) 1, Sunset Beach A (2.30.23) 2, Paekakariki Z (2.32.48) 3, Waihi (2.33.36) 4, Bethells Beach (2.39.22) 5, Sunset Beach B (2.39.31) 6, United North Piha (2.45.37) 7, Omaha (2.47.28) 8, Victoria Australia (2.49.24) 9, Bethells Beach B (2.52.37) 10, West Coast Coalition (2.55.58) 11, Mairangi Bay (2.56.24) 12, Bethells Beach C (3.01.18) 13, Ruakaka (3.05.16) 14, Worser Bay (3.05.40) 15, Sunset Beach Women (3.11.19) 16, Bethells Beach Women (3.17.00) 17, Sunset Beach (3.18.14) 18, Bethells Beach (3.19.06) 19, Mairangi Bay (3.22.44) 20.
Team Results: Sunset Beach (306) 1, Bethells Beach (303) 2, Mairangi Bay (134) 3, Omaha (121) 4, Palmerston North (78) 5.

Ribbon a fundraiser for Gallipoli 2015

18th August 2014

Gallipoli 2015 … you can be there by having your name on a special Commemorative Ribbon

The Gallipoli 100 is a surf boat event taking place in April 2015 and will involve around 80 surf boats manned by Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Turkish crews.
A Red Beach boat crew will be one of the crews to row over an 80km distance along the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula. They will proceed to a landing close to where the ANZACs landed 100 years earlier. Read more …

Pic: Commemorative Ribbon

Commemorative Ribbon

A special Commemorative Ribbon, printed with the names of individuals and families who wish to honour those who gave their lives following the Gallipoli landing in 1915, will be carried on the Red Beach boat during its journey to the beach landing and the commemorations.
The proceeds from the names on the Ribbon will go towards funding a new surf boat for the club. Read more …

Pic: Red Beach rowers carried out a Gallipoli training row along Auckland's East Coast Bays on Anzac Day 2014. The three-hour journey took them to Devonport in time for the Anzac Day parade and service. Crew changes were made at each of the stops. 

Awards made at AGM

18th August 2014

Nine club members recognised for their services

Pic: Debra Cairns and Dean Pouwhare with their Service Awards. The two other awardees, both unable to attend the AGM, were Craig Dillon and Chris McCullough.

Nine Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and the club when awards were handed out at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 10 August.
The recipients were members of either the SeniorSurf or JuniorSurf divisions.  Vaughan Skiffington, the surf coach at the club for 14 years, was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Award. 
Service Awards went to Debra Cairns, Dean Pouwhare, Chris McCullough and Craig Dillon. Recognition Awards were presented to Wade Downey, Kathy Kramer, Stuart Grant and Ken Lee.  Citations were read out to the meeting in support of the honours.

Pic: The four recipients of Recognition Awards, from left:  Wade Downey, Kathy Kramer, Stuart Grant, Ken Lee.        Photos by Ross Malyon.

Caitlin Ryan in Moscow

9th August 2014

ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships under way

Pic: Caitlin Ryan during a training session on Lake Pupuke.

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan is currently in Moscow as a member of the NZ Open Women’s crew competing in the K4 500m event.
The crew posted a personal best time in their heat on Thursday 7th and have qualified for the B final of the event. The three other crew members are Aimee Fisher, Teneale Hatton and Jaimee Lovett.

Check out the results on www.canoemoscow2014.com


Lifeguard training course under way

3rd August 2014

Nine-week programme of ‘Lifeguard Night School’

Pic: Red Beach lifeguards carry out volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri beach during the summer months.

The big intake of trainee lifeguards on the introductory night of tuition for the Surf Lifeguard Award has forced club instructors to run the course on two nights each week.
Starting Monday 4th August, trainees will have the choice of attending on a Monday or Tuesday night at the club. Each session will start at 7.00 pm and each will have the same content.
There will be two occasions when a combined lifeguard night class will be held on a Wednesday night. Towards the end of the course there will be another combined class on a Sunday at Red Beach for a mock exam. The course instructors will advise all dates.
The first opportunity to pass the Surf Lifeguard Award will be at the exam on 28 September, with other opportunities in the offing.

Start of Session 1: Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th August
Start Time:             7.00 pm
Venue:                    Red Beach Surf Club, Ngapara St

The club will continue its recruitment programme by offering further training during the months of October and November to enable trainees to become qualified surf patrollers.
 
If interested in joining up to become a qualified surf lifeguard, email the Red Beach Surf Club or phone Alistair Presland at 021 530 078.


Lifeguard training course to commence

26th July 2014

Nine-week programme of ‘Lifeguard Night School’

Pic: Red Beach lifeguards carry out volunteer surf patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri beach during the summer months.

Red Beach Surf Club is preparing for its next intake of new lifeguards and getting them qualified in time for the start of summer.
Commencing on Wednesday 30th July is a nine-week course of ‘Lifeguard Night School’ at which prospective lifeguards will be trained up for the Surf Lifeguard Award. The course will be about learning surf and lifeguarding skills, First Aid training plus water rescue training.
 
During the course, trainees will be given a 400m timed swim test; they will also be tested in water rescues and surf theory for the exam at the end of the course.
Tuition will be provided at the clubrooms every Wednesday with each session running for approx. 90 minutes. The first opportunity to pass the Surf Lifeguard Award will be at the exam on 28 September, with other opportunities in the offing.

Course Start Date: Wednesday 30 July
Start Time:             7.30 pm
Venue:                    Red Beach Surf Club, Ngapara St

The club will continue its recruitment programme by offering further training during the months of October and November to enable trainees to become qualified surf patrollers.

If interested in joining up to become a qualified surf lifeguard, email the Red Beach Surf Club or phone Alistair Presland at 021 530 078.


Service Awards ...

8th July 2014

Two Red Beach stalwarts were presented with SLSNR Service Awards at the recent Awards of Excellence night. Both awards were given for services to surf lifesaving at both club and regional levels.

Mike Taylor obtained his surf lifeguard qualification in 2003 and became involved in club administration. He was Red Beach’s delegate to SLSNR for six years and was on the Allocations Committee for three years. He obtained both the IRB Drivers and Instructors awards and was involved in IRB training. He has been club president for the past seven years. For the past two years, as a member of the club’s Building Committee, he has been involved in the planning and fundraising for the redevelopment of the clubrooms.

Mark Readman was born into a surf boat family and became a qualified lifeguard with the Whiritoa club in 1984. He joined Red Beach in 2001 and became involved with the JuniorSurf division where he has coached for 11 years. He has been a team manager for the past eight years and has served on the committee for the same period of time. And he has been the division’s gear steward for eight years consecutively. He is both an IRB instructor and examiner. He was elected to the JuniorSurf Organising Committee (JOC) for SLSNR in 2010. Mark continues to compete in Masters events.

Pics:
Mark Readman, right, receives his SLSNR Service Award from Sir Bob Harvey.
The Awards of Excellence function under way at Eden Park.

Club lands eleven sports and regional awards

6th July 2014

Red Beach wins big at Awards of Excellence night, taking out …

  • Five sports awards
  • Senior Competition Club of the Year
  • Junior Competition Club of the Year
  • Northern Region Patrol Championships trophy
Pic: The Red Beach Sirens, the NZ representative surf boat crew at the Trans-Tasman Challenge in Australia last February, won the Competition Team of the Year award, while Shane O’Halloran took out the Surf Coach of the Year Award.  From left: Shane O’Halloran (coach & sweep), Kelly Andrew, Ashleigh Jenkins, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Katrina Gouldstone and club patron & sponsor Bryan Heron. Absent – Madison Smith. 

Red Beach Surf Club matched last year’s achievements by winning 11 awards at Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 5 July.
Five of the trophies were for individual and team achievements. The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew took out the Competition Team of the Year award while surf boat sweep Shane ‘Bugsy' O’Halloran landed the prestigious Surf Coach of the Year honour.
Briar McLeely was the winner of the U19 Sportswoman of the Year award while Hannah Williams took out the U16 Sportswoman of the Year trophy. Talented teen Hamish Gledhill collected the U14 Sportsman of the Year trophy.
The club also picked up six regional awards on the night, held at the Level Four Lounge at Eden Park and attended by 330 guests. Singer Jamie McDell made a guest appearance at the function.

Pics:
Briar McLeely, winner of the U19 surf ski title at the NZ Championships, took out the U19 Sportswoman of the Year award.
Hannah Williams took out the U16 Sportswoman of the Year trophy at the Awards of Excellence Night.
Hamish Gledhill, with successes at the JuniorSurf Auckland Championships and Oceans’14, collected the U14 Sportsman of the Year trophy.    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Six regional awards won by Red Beach

6th July 2014
Pic: Club captain Zita Talaic-Burgess and president Mike Taylor with the trophy for Senior Competition Club of the Year, won by Red Beach for the fourth year in a row.

Red Beach’s SeniorSurf and JuniorSurf divisions saw their efforts from the 2013-14 season rewarded at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence night.
The club won the Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka for the fifth consecutive year and took out the Senior Competition Club of the Year award.
And for the very first time, Red Beach won the Northern Region Patrol Championships with its six-person team.

The club also came away with all three trophies for JuniorSurf inter-club competition during the season.
Along with the trophy for JuniorSurf Competition Club of the Year which it won jointly with Mairangi Bay, the club won the Auckland JuniorSurf Championships for the seventh year in a row. It also took out the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup for the twelfth consecutive year.

Pics: JuniorSurf members with the three trophies won by their division. From left: Sean Casey, Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Conall Casey.
Six of the trophies won by Red Beach at the Awards of Excellence night. In the foreground is the SLSNR Patrol Championships Trophy, won by the club for the very first time.       Photos by Ross Malyon. 

JuniorSurf quiz night

16th June 2014

JuniorSurf geared for quiz & auction fundraiser

Black & White is the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s big Quiz Night on Saturday 2nd August, with the division to benefit from all funds generated.

An auction will take place throughout the night and attendees are encouraged to ‘dress for the occasion’ for this annual fundraiser.
Previous themes have been Dress in Red, Back in Black and Musical and all three nights have pulled in healthy amounts for training equipment and the JuniorSurf coaching programme.
 
When:    Saturday 2nd August
Time:      Arrive 6.00 pm, start 7.00 pm sharp
Where:    Red Beach School Hall, 20 Albert Hall Drive
Tickets:  $15.00 per person.  Contact Dylan Turner at 027 513 8198 or Kevin Cornish at 021 280 2481
Seating: Max. 10 per table. BYO nibbles. Cash bar.

For the Black & White Quiz Night flyer, click here

Passing of Hayden Reece

12th June 2014
Hayden John Reece, a Red Beach Surf Club competitor in the early-1990’s, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a battle with cancer. He died on 9th June 2014, aged 52, at his home in northern New South Wales.
A New Zealander by birth, he will be remembered as one of the early stars in the Uncle Toby’s Iron man series in Australia, placing seventh in the 1990-91 series.

He first competed for Red Beach in 1992 at the NZ Championships in New Plymouth and became the first Red Beach athlete to win the NZ Iron Man title. At the same Nationals he also won the Open Surf Race and played a key role in the club’s Open Taplin win.

In 1993, at the Mt Maunganui Nationals, he won the Open Board Race, the Open Board Rescue with Jared Jackson and was a member of the winning Open Mens Surf Team.
His outstanding surf ability helped Red Beach win the Allan Gardner Trophy in both 1992 and 1993.

In 1994, at the Lyall Bay Nationals, he won three more Gold medals and at the conclusion of the championships he was selected for the New Zealand team to compete at the 1994 World Championships in Wales.
To his wife Stacy and children Tiki and Finn we extend the condolences of all Red Beach Surf Club members.

Finalists named for Excellence Awards

7th June 2014

17 finalists from Red Beach up for SLSNR Awards

Red Beach Surf Club has 17 finalists heading into the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 5th July.
Eleven of the finalists are in the Sportsman and Sportswoman categories while Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran is one of the three finalists for Surf Coach of the Year.
The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew is in the running for Competition Team of the Year.
Tavita Tuilaepa is a finalist for Outstanding Contribution to JuniorSurf while Michelle Newton is in the running for Surf Official of the Year. Craig Gledhill is a finalist in the category of Developing Surf Official of the Year.
The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards.
For all the Awards of Excellence finalists, click here

When: Saturday 5th July, 7.00 pm   Where: Level 4 Lounge, Eden Park   Dress: Formal
Tickets: $65 per person which includes buffet dinner.  Cash bar and eftpos are available.
Tickets are now on sale and payments must be made by Wednesday 18th June.  Email Debra Cairns … click here

Photo: The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew is in the running for Competition Team of the Year.

Join as an Associate

2nd June 2014

Associate membership of the Red Beach Surf Club is $45 annually, September-September. Right now you can join for three months for the pro rata amount of $15 (June – August).
The benefits of club membership include the following …

  • Drinks at the bar at club prices, with Happy Hour on Sundays, 4.30 – 5.30
  • Fabulous meals on Fridays, 6.00 – 8.30 pm and Sunday breakfasts & coffee from 9.00am – Noon
  • Big screen TV for Sky Sport     
  • Weekly $$$ club draw on Friday evenings
  • Facilities for functions & special events as well as a Corporate meeting room

For further details, contact the Red Beach Surf Club at (09) 426 5283 or send an email.
For an Associate Membership form, click here


Business as usual

2nd June 2014

Surf club premises are not closed for renovations

The Red Beach Surf Club’s kitchen continues to serve up quality meals at the clubrooms. Dining  includes Friday night meals for club members as well as Sunday morning breakfasts for the general public.
The NZ Herald, in its Weekend magazine on Saturday 31 May, reported that the club was ‘closed for renovations’. Not the case. There are no internal renovations currently under way. Diners can continue to enjoy the great fare on offer from the chef while taking in the magnificent view across the bay.

Footnote:  The club bar is open to members Tuesday – Friday from 5.00 pm and on Sundays from 4.00 – 7.00 pm. Meals for club members are served every Friday, 6.00 – 8.30 pm. On Sundays, brunch & coffees are available to members and the public from 9.00 am – 12 noon.

Prize Giving Night

26th May 2014

Red Beach Surf Club celebrated another successful season with an equally successful prize giving function in May. With R & B as the theme, clubbies were able to dress up as anyone or anything beginning with the letters ‘R’ or ‘B’. The night saw recognition being given to those who excelled in both surf lifesaving and surf sports during the past summer. Here’s our photo essay on the evening.   Click on a pic to enlarge it.

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

Pics:
Beer cans, bottles and barrels was the dress code for this group of club members at the Prize Giving night.
Racing and Rugby was the dress theme for this group, from left: Jasmin Cornish, Georgia Cox, Kelly Dillon, Jessica Cornish, Kevin Cornish.
Mark and Jacqui Scheib at the club's Prize Giving night.
The Sirens surf boat crew, resplendent in Black. From left: Shane O'Halloran, Katrina Gouldstone, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Madison Smith.
Two builders, a bumble bee and a butterfly. From left: Hannah Williams, Brie Downey, Rebecca Pearce, Chelsea Grant.
Kathy Kramer, Mark Morgan-Kemp, Al Presland, Nick Saull, Brodie Campbell, Jan Campbell.
Dan Peacocke, Danielle McKenzie and Cody Richards.
Izaak Scheib, Jack Cranston and Jake Morgan-Kemp.
Tyler McDowall, Sinead Payne and Sarah Lockwood.
Adam Jenkinson, Jordan Downey and Ben Jenkinson.
Stuart & Sandy Grant at the Prize Giving night.
Red Beach colours were the choice of Kathy & Peter Kramer.
Ian Cairns, left, with Mark & Glenda Thetford.
The boaties were in high spirits at the Prize Giving night.

Rachel wins Molokai

22nd May 2014

Triumph in the Molokai Surf Ski World Champs

Pic: Rachel Clarke with her trophy for the first female to finish in the 2014 Molokai Surf Ski World Championships.         

Rachel Clarke has won the pinnacle of ocean ski kayaking, the women’s section in the Molokai Surf Ski World Championships in Hawaii.
The race is a 51km downwind paddle riding the huge swells from Molokai, across the Kaiwi channel (Channel of Bones) to Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu.
She completed the distance in four hours 33 minutes, finishing 10 mins ahead of her nearest female rival.
“It was by far the hardest race I have done. It was not only challenging (physically), it was a mental game as well,” she said.  Read More …

Pic: Approaching the finish line at Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu at the end of the 51km paddle.

Award winners from the 2013-14 season

19th May 2014

Presentations made at the club’s Prize Giving Night

Pic: The Sirens surf boat crew at Ohope Beach in March. From left: Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Madison Smith, Ashleigh Jenkins, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone.   Click to enlarge.  Photo by Veronika Cox.

The Sirens surf boat crew was the big winner at Red Beach Surf Club’s recent Prize Giving Night. Crew members Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith, Katrina Gouldstone and sweep Shane O’Halloran took out the Terry Marsh Trophy for Top Surf Boat Crew.
Moments later they were awarded the Shannon Cup for Best Competitive Achievement. The crew represented New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Stockton Beach, NSW in February. They then went on to snare the Open Women’s long course surf boat title at the NZ Championships at Ohope Beach in March.

JuniorSurf Chairman Mark Scheib took out the President’s Cup for Best Clubman while Hayden Shaw, in his first year in U16 ranks, won the Kavanagh Cup for Sportsmanship & Club Spirit along with the Chris Hailwood Memorial Cup for the U16 Lifeguard of the Year.

For the full list of award winners, click here

Pic: Mark Scheib, right, provides Hayden Shaw with some competition tips at Ohope Beach during the NZ Championships in March. Both took out major awards at the club's Prize Giving Night.     Click to enlarge.  Photo by Ross Malyon.

JuniorSurf AGM

19th May 2014

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will be held on Tuesday 3rd June, 7.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach. The election of officers will be held for the 2014-15 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.


Prize Giving Night

15th May 2014

Dress theme of 'R & B' for night

R & B is the theme for Red Beach Surf Club's end-of-season Prize Giving Night on Saturday 17th May.
Club members have the chance to let their imaginations run riot in deciding on their kit for the occasion. Just arrive dressed as something beginning with the letter ‘R’ or ‘B’ for the club’s big night of the year.
The occasion will also be a celebration of the club's many successes through the 2013-14 season.
The clubrooms lounge will be open from 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. We'd like to know if you'll be attending. There's an easy way to let us know ... click here

SATURDAY 17th MAY - DON'T GO ANYWHERE ELSE!


Red Beach wins Epic IRB Long Haul event

12th May 2014

Club’s IRB crew first home in Bay of Plenty race

Pic: The winning crew, from left: Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman, Jared Pouwhare.

After more than 80km of high-octane IRB racing, Saturday’s Bay of Plenty Epic Long Haul race came down to cereal consumption, brute strength and a sprint up the beach.
The Red Beach crew of Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman and Jared Pouwhare emerged triumphant after more than 2hrs of racing, outsprinting Muriwai’s slick trio of Katherine Reardon, David Butt and Matt Buswell.
Aided by magnificent Bay of Plenty weather and mirror-like seas, eight crews set off from Ohope Beach near Whakatane for the five-leg odyssey – sponsored by McMillan Lockwood Group – through to Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach.  Read more …

Results:  Red Beach (2hrs 19mins) 1, Muriwai  (2:21) 2, Sunset Beach (2:25) 3, Westshore (2:28) 4, Mount Maunganui A (2:34) 5, Papamoa (2:59) 6, Maketu (3:01) 7, Mount Maunganui Beasts (3:03) 8.

Rachel to take on marathon ski paddle

4th May 2014

Sights on Molokai World Championships in Hawaii

Pic: Rachel Clarke prepares for a training paddle at Takapuna Beach.

Red Beach lifeguard Rachel Clarke is undaunted by the prospect of a 51km ski paddle across one of the toughest sea crossings in the world.
The former national surf lifesaving Ironwoman champion heads for Hawaii this month with the goal of winning the Molokai to Oahu ski paddle at the Molokai World Championships.

Paddlers from a number of countries face powerful currents and can surf for hundreds of metres atop swells that can reach heights of more than three metres, in an attempt to cross the 51.5 km (32 miles) of treacherous ocean known as the Ka’iwi Channel, or the Channel of Bones.  Read more …


Gallipoli training row perfectly ship-shape

27th April 2014

Boat rowers steer a course for 2015 Anzac Day G100 commemoration event in Turkey

RSA Poppy(copy)Red Beach’s ten surf boat rowers who head for Gallipoli next year couldn’t have been happier with their recent Anzac Day training row.
The seven-leg row began shortly after the dawn service at Browns Bay and took a course down Auckland’s East Coast Bays and into the Waitemata Harbour.
Four rowers and a sweep stepped into their surf boat in the pre-dawn darkness following a moving and uplifting ceremony at the Browns Bay cenotaph, right on the beachfront, attended by more than 1,000 people.
The three-hour journey saw the boat make stops at Mairangi Bay, Castor Bay, Takapuna, Narrow Neck Beach, Tamaki Yacht Club and the Viaduct Harbour, finishing at Devonport around 9.30am in time for a 9.45am parade and service.
Crew changes were made at each of the stops and the rowers were accompanied throughout the journey by a Team New Zealand chase boat. Read more …

Pics: The Auckland cityscape was an impressive backdrop as the crew headed for the Viaduct Harbour on the penultimate leg of the training row.
At Devonport, the rowers laid a wreath at the Marine Square war memorial in honour of the surf lifesavers who have given their lives in all conflicts since World War 1. 
Standing, from left: Graham Paterson, Chris McCullough, Duncan Reid, Michael Smith, Gordon Williams. In front, from left: Nikki Darroch, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Emma Stuart, Ashleigh Jenkins.   Photos by Ross Malyon.

Rowers feature on TV1 Anzac Day show

27th April 2014

Three Red Beach surf boat rowers heading to Gallipoli in 2015 made an appearance on TV1’s Breakfast show on Anzac Day.
Chris McCullough, right, Gordon Williams and Zita Talaic-Burgess all commented on aspects of G100, the centenary of the Gallipoli landings when 80 surf boat crews from New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, France and the UK race down the Dardanelles in April next year. The surf boats will arrive at a beach close to where the ANZACs landed in 1915.
Here’s the link to TV1’s Breakfast show. The segment comes on at 1hr 47min 55secs
... http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast/s2014-epfriday-video-5940648


Surf boat rowers prepare for Gallipoli 2015 event

21st April 2014

Anzac Day training row from Browns Bay to Devonport

Red Beach surf boat rowers are preparing for next year’s commemorative race at Gallipoli with a special training row this coming Anzac Day.
The row, involving a team of 10, starts at Browns Bay with the 5.45am dawn parade and 6am service.
The seven-leg journey will take the surf boat and its crew to Mairangi Bay, Castor Bay, Takapuna, Narrow Neck Beach, Mission Bay and the Viaduct Harbour, finishing at Devonport in time for a 9.45am parade and service.
A chase boat, courtesy of Team New Zealand, will accompany the surf boat as it makes its way along the east coast bays. Crew changes will take place at each stopping point. Read more ...

To read the 'Rodney Times' front page article, click here

Footnote: Red Beach’s surf boat rowers heading to Gallipoli in 2015 are … Chris McCullough, Gordon Williams, Duncan Reid, Mike Smith, Graham Paterson, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Emma Stuart & Nikki Darroch. Six supporters bring the G100 travel group to 16 members.

Gold medalists at NZ Champs, Whakatane

13th April 2014

Red Beach athletes came away from the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Whakatane’s Ohope Beach with a total of 32 medals. The haul comprised of 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze medals.
Red Beach had a record 123 competitors taking part in the 3-day event.
Our photo essay gives recognition to those who won titles at the Nationals.

Pics:
The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew capped off a highly successful season by winning the open women’s long course surf boat final. From left: Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith, Katrina Gouldstone, Shane O’Halloran (sweep).
Winners of the U16 women’s Taplin relay, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.
Matt Thetford was dominant in taking out the U19 men’s board race final, winning by a comfortable margin.
Naomi Young won her much sought-after gold medal in the open women’s beach flags event.
Lauren Bailey retained her title in the U19 women’s 2km beach run.
Red Beach won the U16 men’s beach relay final for the third consecutive year. This year’s winners are, from left:  Izaak Scheib, Calvin Vari, Adrian Vasiljevic, Liam Fannin.
Briar McLeely lifted the U19 women’s ski race title in a tight finish.
Winners of the U16 women’s board rescue final, Hannah Williams (left) and Rebecca Pearce.                         
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf boat rowers off to Gallipoli in 2015

7th April 2014

Centenary event to feature a Gallipoli landing by 80 surf boat crews

Pic: Boats land at ANZAC Cove in April 1915. A Red Beach surf boat crew will be there in April 2015 for the centenary celebrations.

Poppy Logo(copy)A Red Beach surf boat, rowed by club lifeguards, will be one of many surf boats to feature in the 100th anniversary of the famous landing at Gallipoli by the ANZAC’s.

The Gallipoli 100, or G100, is a surf boat event taking place in April 2015 and will involve around 80 surf boats manned by Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Turkish surf lifesavers. The crews will row over a 75km distance, including racing and staging, with the location being the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula. Rowing will take place over two days, 23 & 24 April. The crews will proceed to a landing near where the ANZAC’s landed 100 years earlier.

Gallipoli(copy)In 1915, many lifesavers and future lifesavers fought at Gallipoli, however, a number of the pre-war lifesavers did not return home.
Surf boats will be shipped to Turkey for the event and a number of them will be handed over to the Turkish surf lifesaving authorities at the close of the centenary celebrations.
One of the objectives is to continue the training of Turkish surf boat crews which has been under way since 2010. Another is to assist in developing a culture of surf lifesaving within Turkey, a country which has a particularly poor water safety record with many drownings per year around its stunning coastline.

The event is endorsed by Surf Life Saving Australia and the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL). Military History Tours (MHT) is heading the travel and accommodation arrangements.

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

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Double success for club at Mangawhai

6th April 2014

Red Beach wins SLSNR Patrol Championships and Rookie Challenge in big surf at Mangawhai Heads

Pic: Red Beach's successful patrol team, from left: Jack Readman, Hannah Williams, Madeline Readman, Rebecca Pearce, Cody Richards, Daniel Peacocke.  Photo by Mark Readman.      

Red Beach lifeguards were to the fore at Mangawhai Heads when they lifted the SLSNR Patrol Championships Trophy for the very first time, heading off two teams from Bethells Beach.
The successful team comprised of Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman, Cody Richards, Madeline Readman, Hannah Williams and Rebecca Pearce. The club’s previous best result was a second placing at Muriwai last season.
The two metre surf, although even, provided testing conditions for all competitors. In the first event, the mass rescue, one team’s IRB flipped.
At the conclusion of all events for the patrol championships, Red Beach emerged with a comfortable points win.

Pic: The team in action at the SLSNR patrol championships.

Mangawhai Heads turned on a powerful 2m surf for the SLSNR Patrol Championships & Rookie Challenge, held jointly on Saturday 5th April.The club’s Rookie members emulated the feats of the seniors by winning the Rookie Challenge. Making up the successful Red Beach A team were Connor O’Leary-Lodge, Jade Tuilaepa, Kees Kramer, Emma Hildesley and Sean Casey. They headed off Mairangi Bay B and Muriwai A to take out the overall points win.
Twelve teams took part in the Rookie Challenge, three of them from Red Beach.

Pic: The Beach A team following their Rookie Challenge win. From left: Emma Hildesley, Kees Kramer, Jade Tuilaepa, Connor O'Leary-Lodge, Sean Casey.

Red Beach bags 32 medals at NZ Champs

30th March 2014
  • Top club from Northern Region at Nationals
  • Red Beach’s female athletes to the fore
  • Hannah Williams the club’s most successful competitor with 7 medals 
Pic: Winners of the U16 women’s Taplin Relay, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.   

Red Beach’s surf athletes returned from the National Championships at Whakatane’s Ohope Beach with a haul of 32 medals. They collected 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze medals over the three days of competition.
The club’s representation was a record 123 competitors, the largest number of the nearly 50 clubs taking part. And in the mix were seven surf boat crews – the most ever for Red Beach – and nine surf canoe crews.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points. Read, see more …

Overall points, top 15 clubs: Mt Maunganui (176) 1, Papamoa (99) 2, Red Beach (81) 3, Piha (60) 4, Fitzroy  (51) 5, Mairangi Bay (35) 6, Midway (35) 7, Orewa (33) 8, Waikanae (32) 9, Waimairi (25) 10, St Clair (24) 11, Omanu (22) 12, Titahi Bay (20) 13, Lyall Bay (18) 14, Muriwai (18) 15.

Lifeguards named to compete in France

30th March 2014
Pic: Kelsi Boocock, left, and Hannah Williams.

Two Red Beach lifeguards have been selected to compete at the Lifesaving World Championships (Rescue 2014) in France in September.
Kelsi Boocock and Hannah Williams were named for the New Zealand Youth Team at the conclusion of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships at Ohope Beach, Whakatane.

The talented teens, who were also named in the NZ Development Squad along with Red Beach’s Matt Thetford, right, are two of a team of 12 competitors in the under-20 age group who have the potential to represent New Zealand at both Open and Youth levels in the future.
Rescue 2014 will take place at Montpelier, France from 14-29 September.

Pic: The New Zealand U20 team, announced at the conclusion of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships. Kelsi Boocock (standing, 2nd from left) and Hannah Williams (kneeling, on left) are two of the 12 athletes to compete in France.

Ohope Beach ready for Nationals action

4th March 2014

Record number of Red Beach athletes to compete in the season’s premier surf lifesaving event

Ohope Beach in Whakatane is poised to host the State NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,600 competitors from nearly 50 clubs competing on the sand and in the surf over four days.
The Bay of Plenty venue will witness a ton of action starting with Masters‘ events on Thursday 6 March, through to the final event on Sunday 9 March.
Surf athletes from throughout New Zealand will be vying for more than 100 titles. A number of international athletes will also take part.
Red Beach has registered a record 123 competitors for the events from Friday to Sunday, the highest number of all the clubs entered. And taking to the surf will be seven surf boat crews and nine surf canoe crews. Masters athletes, competing on Thursday only, take the club’s overall competitor count to 130.
With the addition of all the Red Beach supporters, the club will see its biggest-ever turnout at a Nationals event.  The NZ Championships were last staged at Ohope Beach in 2010, and prior to that in 2008.

For the Nationals programmes, click here
For the Ohope Beach site plan, click here
For surf club cap colours, click here
For the swells forecast, click here


Winners at Ruakaka

2nd March 2014

Our photo essay on the Northern Region 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 medal winners who delivered some very notable performances. Red Beach won the championships for the fifth consecutive year.

Overall Results (top 12 clubs):   Red Beach (205) 1, Papamoa (184) 2, Orewa (111) 3, Piha (105) 4, Mairangi Bay (64) 5, Mt Maunganui (52) 6, Muriwai (45) 7, United (19) 8, Whangamata (17) 9, Waikanae (12) 10=, Karekare (12) 10=, Bethells Beach (9) 12=, Omanu (9) 12=, Waipu Cove (9) 12=.
Pics:
Winners of the Open Women's Beach Relay, from left: Lauren Bailey, Naomi Young, Sinead Payne, Chelsea Grant.
The U19 men's surf team on their way to winning gold, from left: Cole Drinnan, Ethan Hutchinson, Daniel Cairns, Matt Thetford.
Hannah Williams took out the U16 women's 2km Beach Run. She also won the U16 Ski Race, Run Swim Run and Diamond events.
Rachel Clarke paddled home first in the open women's ski race.
The Pirates surf boat crew won gold in both the short course and long course events in the U23 division. From left: Max Anstis, Rhye Jacka, Shamus O'Halloran, Luke Tomlinson, Shane O'Halloran (sweep).
Chelsea Grant grabs the last flag to claim gold in the U16 women's beach flags event. 
Red Beach's U19 Doom Squad surf boat crew won gold in both the short course and long course events at Ruakaka. From left: Mike Smith (sweep), Oliver Parris-Piper, Jacob Siermans, Jack Smith, Alex Cassidy.
Lauren Bailey leads at the halfway mark in the U19 women's 2km beach run. She went on to claim gold in the event.
The Red Beach Sirens won gold in both the short course and long course events in the open women's division. From left: Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew, Shane O'Halloran (sweep).
Ethan Hutchinson put in a powerful paddling performance to win the U19 men's ski race final.
The Flying Herons crew took out the gold in the Masters women's division of the short course canoe event.
The duo of Izaak Scheib, left, and Levon Hutchinson were first home in the final of the U16 men's tube rescue event.
The Mizzfits canoe crew won the long course final in the U19 women's division. From left: Ella Blunden, Billie Coogan, Kayla Rickaby, Erin Lee, Freya Currie.
The Flying Malyons canoe crew took out the gold in the Masters men's short course canoe event. From left: Shane Minifie, Kevin Cornish, Al Presland, Paul Cleminson.
Winners of the U16 women's board relay, from left: Rebecca Pearce, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.
Winners of the U19 men's beach relay, from left: Ethan Hutchinson, Campbell Busby, Mitchell Grant, Jordan Downey.
The Rockin' Reds crew took gold in the Masters women's long course canoe event.
Winners of the U16 women's beach relay, from left: Chelsea Grant, Sinead Payne, Brie Downey, Hannah Williams.                        
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Boaties at Ruakaka

20th February 2014
Pic: Five Red Beach surf boat crews took part in the recent Northern Region Championships at Ruakaka and came away with six gold, one silver and one bronze medal. At the conclusion of the medal presentation ceremony they assembled for this group shot.   Photo by Veronika Cox.

Club Champs coming

20th February 2014

Masters events now added to the programme

The annual Club Championships for SeniorSurf athletes will take place on Saturday 1st March at Red Beach. And for the first time, separate events for Masters competitors are to be included in the programme.
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, board and ski races, surf races and beach flags. The same events will be contested by Masters – male & female – on a cumulative points basis to find the overall winners.
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 are being 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.


No fishing contest

20th February 2014

Organisers of Red Beach Surf Club’s fishing competition advise that the event won’t be taking place this year. They are confident it will make a return in 2015.


Red Beach takes out the NRC’s at Ruakaka

17th February 2014

Fifth consecutive win of overall points trophy

Pic: The final run-off in the U16 men’s Beach Flags event, won by Lewis Gjaltema, right, from Calvin Vari.     

Despite the absence of several key competitors, Red Beach emerged as the winner of the Northern Region Championships over the weekend of 15/16 February.
With strength in numbers and many notable performances, the club scored the overall points trophy at Ruakaka for the fifth straight year.
In the Masters division, Red Beach finished first equal with Mt Maunganui on 45 points each.

NRC's photo gallery coming soon.

Overall Points: Red Beach (205) 1, Papamoa (184) 2, Orewa (111) 3, Piha (105) 4, Mairangi Bay (64) 5, Mt Maunganui (52) 6, Muriwai (45) 7, United North Piha (19) 8, Whangamata (17) 9, Waikanae (12) 10, Karekare (12) 11, Bethells Beach (9) 12, Omanu (9) 13, Waipu Cove (9) 14, Ruakaka (3) 15, Waihi Beach (1) 16, Omaha (1) 17.
 
Northern Region Club Points:  Red Beach (310) 1, Piha (174) 2, Orewa (151) 3, Mairangi Bay (119) 4, Muriwai (63) 5, United North Piha (19) 6, Karekare (12) 7, Bethells Beach (9) 8=, Waipu Cove (9) 8=, Omaha (5) 10, Ruakaka (3) 11.
Masters Points: Red Beach (45) 1=, Mt Maunganui (45) 1=, Bethells Beach (28) 3, Karekare (15) 4, Papamoa (5) 5, United North Piha (4) 6, Orewa (3) 7.

For the full set of NRC results, click here

Pic: Matt Thetford winning the U19 Ironman event from Dan Hart (Papamoa) and Ben Cochrane (Omanu).    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Northern Region Champs

12th February 2014

Two days of competition in lead-up to Nationals

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 ninth consecutive year for the event at the popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme starts at 9.00 am with the 2km Beach Run for all age divisions, including Masters. This is 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 sprints and relays wrap up the afternoon programme.
Sunday’s events commence at 9.00 am with the Lifesaver Relay which was introduced to the NRC’s programme a year ago. This is followed by the Run Swim Run and then the Ironman and Diamond events, tube rescues, board rescues and Taplin relays. Short course racing for boats & canoes also gets under way after the Lifesaver Relay.

To view the NRC’s programme for both days, click here


Red Beach on top at JuniorSurf Champs

9th February 2014

Club wins points trophy for seventh 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 comfortably clear of their nearest rival.
A total of 550 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 seventh consecutive year.

Overall Points:  Red Beach (225) 1, Mairangi Bay (189) 2, Orewa (168) 3, Whangamata (59) 4, Piha (58) 5, Bethells Beach (27) 6, Muriwai (14) 7, Waipu Cove (8) 8, Mangawhai Heads (4) 9, Omanu (3) 10.

For all the results from the Championships, click here

Pics:
Red Beach C group competitors await an event.
Hamish Gledhill was one of the most successful athletes at the JuniorSurf Championships, coming away with 4 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Jade Tuilaepa, seen here winning the U14 Beach Flags event, collected a total of 3 gold, 5 Silver and 1 bronze medal. Red Beach C group competitors between events.
Rowan Gjaltema emerged as the winner of the U14 Beach Flags event.
Toby Dean was a pocket rocket in winning the U8 Beach Sprint.
Angus Henare won the U11 Beach Sprint.        
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Club wins Millar Cup

9th February 2014

12th consecutive win for Cath & Eddie Millar Cup

Pic: The start of the U14 Diamond event 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 1 & 2 February.  It was the third time that this format has been adopted with specific events designated for Millar Cup points.
Red Beach finished with 80 points, a total of 20 points clear of the runners-up to claim the trophy for the 12th consecutive time.

Overall Points for Cup:  Red Beach (80) 1, Mairangi Bay (60) 2, Orewa (58) 3, Piha (27) 4, Muriwai (4) 5, Bethells Beach (3) 6.
Age Group Points:   A Group – Orewa (22) 1, Red Beach (17) 2, Mairangi Bay (9) 3.  B Group – Mairangi Bay (29) 1, Red Beach (23) 2, Piha (20) 3.  C Group - Red Beach (40) 1, Mairangi Bay (22) 2, Orewa (21) 3.
Pic: Winners of the U14 men's Beach Relay, from left: Hamish Gledhill, Conor Donovan, Bronson Gleye, Rowan Gjaltema.

Super 8 Invitational event given trial

9th February 2014

Red Beach places third at Anniversary Day event

Pic: The club's representative team at the Super 8 Invitational event.

Red Beach was one of eight clubs which took part in a representative style surf competition at Whangamata on Anniversary Day. The clubs invited to participate were those that achieved a top-ten placing on points at the 2013 Nationals.
Each club fielded an 18-person team, made up from a mix of U16, U19 and Open competitors, male and female. Events were based on those held at the Trans-Tasman clashes between SLSNR, Central Coast and NSW Country.

Final Placings:  Mt Maunganui (276) 1, Papamoa (239) 2, Red Beach (219) 3, Fitzroy (195) 4, Mairangi Bay (184) 5, Midway (136) 6, Lyall Bay (124) 7, St Clair (114) 8.

Winners at the ERC's

8th February 2014

Red Beach second on overall points at two-day event

Pic: The Mizzfits canoe crew came away from the ERC's with two gold medals, having won both the short course and long course events in the U19 women's division.  From left: Ella Blunden, Billie Coogan, Kayla Rickaby, Erin Lee, Freya Currie.   

Our photo essay on the Eastern Regional Championships at Whangamata gives recognition to the Red Beach athletes who won titles during the Anniversary weekend event. We weren't able to capture all winners on camera, however, congratulations to all the successful competitors who delivered some highly impressive results. Red Beach finished the championships with 13 titles and placed second on overall points, one spot better than last year.

Overall Results (top 6 clubs):  Mt Maunganui (154) 1, Red Beach (105) 2, Papamoa (97) 3,  Piha (64) 4, Mairangi Bay (46) 5, Midway (36) 6.

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

Pics:
The Red Beach Boomers crew were double-gold medalists in the Open men's division, winning both the short course and long course surf boat finals.  From left: Jed Wright, Chris Eade, Sam Hibbard, Charlie Graham, Hugh McCarroll, Shane O'Halloran (sweep).
Caitlin Ryan took out the Open women's surf ski final at the ERC's.
Hannah Williams won the U16 women's board race final.
Rachel Clarke was interviewed by Scott Bicknell after winning the Open women's Ironman event at Whangamata.
Winners of the U16 women's board relay, from left:  Rebecca Pearce, Hannah Williams, Sarah Lockwood.
Briar McLeely put in some powerful paddling to win the U19 women's ski final.
Lauren Bailey took out the U19 women's 2km beach run.    
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Sirens boat crew in Oz to represent NZ

7th February 2014
Pic: The Sirens crew at Stockton Beach, NSW. From left: Kelly Andrew, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Zita Talaic-Burgess.

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew will be sporting the Silver Fern this Saturday when they represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge in Australia.
The crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew and sweep Shane O’Halloran will line up against an Australian women’s crew in a three-race series at Stockton Beach, NSW.
The Titahi Bay men’s crew will also represent New Zealand at the Challenge, taking on an Australian men’s crew. Racing gets under way at 12 noon with a 30 mins break between races.

To read the article on the SLSNZ website, click here

Pic: The day before the test, a training run by the crew in the boat they will be racing in.
Pic: Stockton Beach, NSW, venue for the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge.

JuniorSurf Champs

30th January 2014

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

Around 480 competitors aged 7-13 years will be participating in the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach this weekend. A total of 14 clubs have entered – three of them from the Bay of Plenty – and the two days of competition will focus on individual and team events.
For the third 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.
Because of king tides during the weekend, competition gets under way at 9.30 am on Saturday and 10.30 on Sunday.

For the programme and the site plan, click here

Saturday tides:    High 9.16 am.   Low  3.28 pm.
Sunday tides:      High 10.07 am.  Low  4.21 pm.

Lauren & Hannah rescue five from surf

23rd January 2014

Williams sisters feature in rescues at Mangawhai

Red Beach lifeguards Lauren & Hannah Williams, on holiday at Mangawhai Heads, have rescued five people from a dangerous situation in boisterous surf at the northern beach.
To read the NZ Herald article, click here.


Lifeguard awards

22nd January 2014

The club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further in November, December & January when six more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award.
Three are Masters members and the other three will head into U19 and Open ranks. These six qualifications take the tally to 45 Surf Lifeguard awards gained since last April.
The 6 new club members to obtain the award are:

November: Rob Harwood     December: Danielle Martin, Dan O’Reilly, Kelly O’Dea    January: Alex Cassidy, Max Anstis
Pic: The three successful candidates from the December exam, from left: Kelly O'Dea, Dan O'Reilly, Danielle Martin.

Big numbers for ERC's at Whangamata

22nd January 2014

Red-hot competition a certainty at two-day event

(Pic) The start of an U16 men's board race at Whangamata in December. Click to enlarge.

Intense competition can be guaranteed when 960 lifeguards hit the surf and the sand during the two days of the Eastern Regional Championships (ERC’s) during Anniversary weekend.
It will be the second consecutive year that the Coromandel venue has hosted the event.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving carnival after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by competitors as the springboard for the premier event which will be staged at Ohope Beach, Whakatane in March.
Saturday’s events get under way at 8.00 am with Ironman heats in the two water arenas and beach relays in the sprint arena. There’s also an 8.00 am start on Sunday.  The boat & canoe arena also commences at 8.00 am on each day.
For the ERC's programme & site plan, click here

Saturday tides:   Low   8.14 am.   High  2.25 pm.
Sunday tides:      Low  9.10 am.    High  3.20 pm.

Open Water Swim

25 Years 1(copy)20th January 2014

Results from the 2014 event at Red Beach

For the results from the 2014 Open Water Swim held at Red Beach on Sunday 19 January, click here

Story and pics coming soon.


Owen Chapman pics

14th January 2014

Photos from the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach on 4 January are now in the gallery ... click here


Double success for Bugsy in Whanga surf

12th January 2014
Pic: Bugsy sweeps as Ryhe leaps. Ryhe Jacka about to sprint for the finish flags to claim the win for the Pirates crew in the U23 men's surf boat final.

Red Beach’s wily surf boat sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran nailed two victories at the recent Surf Boat Spectacular at Whangamata. In the one metre swell he swept the Red Beach Sirens crew to four wins from four starts in the open women’s division. The crew’s prowess resulted in their getting the nod for the NZ representative berth at next month’s Trans-Tasman Challenge at Stockton Beach, NSW.
And he made it a quinella when his other crew, the Red Beach Pirates powered home to win the final of the U23 men’s surf boat division.

Pic: The Red Beach Sirens crew at the start of one of their races. From left: Zita Talaic-Burgess, Katrina Gouldstone, Madison Smith, Ashleigh Jenkins, Shane O'Halloran (sweep).      
Pic: The Red Beach Pirates crew, winners of the U23 men’s final at Whangamata. From left: Shane O’Halloran (sweep), Shamus O’Halloran, Ben Flight, Rhye Jacka, Luke Tomlinson.          Photos by Ross Malyon.

Whangamata gallery

12th January 2014

Five Red Beach crews competed at the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on 2nd January. We bring you our photo essay on the event.     

Pics:
Whangamata Beach during Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series on 2nd January.
The Red Beach Boomers crew competing in the final of the open men's division.
The Blakey's Angels crew competing in the U19 women's division, with Craig Dillon sweeping.
The Red Beach Cab Savs watching the racing.
The Red Beach Pirates on their way to winning the U23 men's division.
Shane O'Halloran gives his Sirens crew a briefing prior to the final of the open women's division. The crew went on to win it, notching up four wins from four starts on the day.
Jed Wright sprints for the finish flags in the final of the open men's division.
The Red Beach Cab Savs crew in a semi-final of the open men's division.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

Open Water Swim

12th January 2014

Annual swim at Red Beach on Sunday 19th January

Swimmers taking part in this Sunday’s open water swim at Red Beach will, in an indirect way, be celebrating the 25th year of the event.
Since its inception the annual swim has been organised by the Red Beach Club in conjunction with Roskill Master Swimmers.
More than 100 swimmers of all ages are expected to hit the water to cover 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 and the wearing of wetsuits is optional.
The start time for the swim is 1.30 pm. Registrations can be made at the surf club from 12.00 noon.
A large number of spot prizes are on offer to all swimmers who take part. These will be drawn at the prize giving function in the Red Beach clubrooms at the conclusion of the swim.
 
To print out an entry form, click here

Red Beach keeps a firm grip on OC cup

8th January 2014

10th consecutive Owen Chapman Cup win for club

Pic: A mid-morning high tide at Red Beach didn’t affect the running of the Owen Chapman surf carnival programme.      

With its strengths across all divisions of competition, Red Beach retained the Owen Chapman Cup by one of the biggest winning margins ever seen. The points tally of 216 was well clear of the second and third placed clubs on 98 & 72 points respectively.
It was the 58th year of the event and the club claimed the trophy for the 10th consecutive time, making it a trio of 10 consecutive wins since it was first contested in 1957.  The event is the longest-running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.  Read more ...

Pics:
Winners of the open women's board relay, from left: Rachel Clarke, Caitlin Ryan, Louise Aitken.                                  
Red Beach competitor Ethan Hutchinson won the U19 men's ski final.
The Red Beach Pirates surf boat crew with a leap start in one of their races. The crew went on to win both the open and U23 divisions on the day.
Down to the last three in the open men's beach flags. It was won by Red Beach's Daniel Peacocke, left.
The Flying Herons surf canoe crew had three wins from three starts and took out the open women's division. From left: Robyn Presland, Carol Gjaltema, Sarah Jenkinson, Steph Busby.
Sinead Payne competing in the U16 women's beach relay.
The Cab Savs surf boat crew in the open men's division.    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf carnival results

5th January 2014

For the full set of results from the 2014 Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival, click here

Owen Chapman Cup Placings (SLSNR Clubs):
Red Beach (216) 1, Orewa (98) 2, Mairangi Bay (72) 3, Piha (47) 4, Muriwai (10) 5, Sunset Beach (5) 6, Bethells Beach (4) 7.
Jubilee Cup Placings (All NZ Clubs):  
Red Beach (139) 1, Mt Maunganui (101) 2, Orewa (45) 3, Papamoa (40) 4, Mairangi Bay (33) 5, Piha (31) 6, Omanu (18) 7, Waihi (15) 8, Whangamata (9) 9, Bethells Beach (6) 10=, Titahi Bay (6) 10=, Muriwai (5) 12, Sunset Beach (3) 13=, Fitzroy (3) 13=


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5th January 2014

Owen Chapman Cup Surf Carnival

Story & Photos. 
For the full set of results, click here

Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular 2.1.14

Story & Photos

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Sirens to row for NZ

3rd January 2014

First-ever Red Beach crew to wear the Silver Fern

Pic: Triumphant at Whangamata, the Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew. From left: Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Kelly Andrew, Ashleigh Jenkins, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Katrina Gouldstone, Madison Smith.    

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew has been selected to represent New Zealand at next month’s Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge in Australia.
The crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone and sweep Shane O’Halloran secured the representative spot with four wins from four starts at the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on 2nd January.
The Titahi Bay men’s crew will also represent New Zealand at the Challenge at Stockton Beach, Newcastle on the weekend of 8/9 February, taking on Australia’s top crews.

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Pic: Running on water: Katrina Gouldstone sprints for the finish flags to secure the win for the Sirens crew in the final of the open women's division at the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular.  Click to enlarge.       Photos by Ross Malyon.