Archives 2015


JuniorSurf events

27th December 2015

The programme of JuniorSurf events for the 2015-16 season is available for viewing on this website.  Click here …


SeniorSurf events

27th December 2015

The programme of SeniorSurf events for the 2015-16 season is available for viewing on this website.  Click here ...


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

27th December 2015

NZ Surf Boat Series # 2 is also a selection trial

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

SurfThe New Year will see five Red Beach crews heading for the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on Saturday 2nd January.

The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of more than 50 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 in NSW, Australia in February.  The Red Beach crews in contention for selection are the Boomers (open men) and Pirates (U23 men). Both have been impressive in their pre-Christmas racing. Read more …


Red Beach boaties heading for Whangamata Spectacular

24th December 2015

NZ Surf Boat Series # 2 is also a selection trial

Pic: The Angels crew competing in the U19 women’s division at the Whangamata Classic surf carnival on 12 December.   

SurfThe New Year will see five Red Beach crews heading for the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on Saturday 2 January.
The event is Round Two of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are confident of more than 50 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 in NSW, Australia in February.  The Red Beach crews in contention for selection are the Boomers (open men) and Pirates (U23 men). Both have been impressive in their pre-Christmas racing.

“The Pirates will come up against Whangamata’s U23 crew so they’ll need to be faster and better on the day,” said boat sweep Bugsy O’Halloran.
“In the open men’s division, the top contenders are Titahi Bay, North Beach and Red Beach and they will be up against some strong crews which haven’t made an appearance so far this season,” he added.

Red Beach’s other crews to start at Whangamata will be the Bangers (open women), the Doom Squad (U23 men) and the Angels (U19 women).
Racing starts at 10.00 am.

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


Surf Shorts ...

18th December 2015

Congratulations to Red Beach boat captain Craig Dillon who has been appointed as a National Surf Boat Selector for a third year.


Whangamata results

18th December 2015

Boaties & canoeists anchor an overall second placing for Red Beach at Whangamata Classic event

Pic: The start of a heat in the U19 women's board race event.

Impressive results from the boat & canoe arena at the Whangamata Classic on 12 December saw Red Beach come away from the annual event in second place on the Northern Region points table.
And from the 21 clubs that took part, Red Beach finished third equal on overall points.

For the full set of results from Whangamata, click here

Pic: The Red Beach Angels U19 crew in action at Whangamata.    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Mount Monster event

18th December 2015

Seven Red Beach male athletes head for Mt Maunganui this weekend to take on the Mount Monster event.
Now in its third year, the gruelling event has attracted almost 300 competitors who will be chasing $9000 in prizemoney at the 25km, four-stage endurance race in Mount.
The Monster starts and finishes on Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach, with a 5km beach run, a spectacular swim leg which includes a jump off Moturiki Island’s blowhole, a 12km ski leg to Omanu and a 6km board paddle.
Racing starts on Saturday at 10am.


Owen Chapman Cup programme & entries

18th December 2015

60th Owen Chapman Cup carnival on 9th January

Entry form … click here          Programme … click here


New coach installed

16th December 2015

IMG 0371Red Beach Surf Club has appointed Jack Gavin, right, to coach the club’s expanding group of surf athletes. He is now working alongside long-serving coach Vaughan Skiffington to implement a far-reaching training programme that will enable the club’s competitors to further develop their surf abilities and hone their skills.

The programme covers the disciplines of surf swimming, board & ski paddling and beach events.
Jack (25), a primary school teacher by profession, returned recently from eight months overseas. For several years he coached alongside Gisborne surf coaching identity Matt Sutton. Read more ...


Three club athletes chosen for rep team

16th December 2015

Three Red Beach athletes have been named in the 18-strong Northern Region team to compete at Oakura Beach in Taranaki in January 2016.
Those selected are Kelsi Boocock (Open), Chelsea Grant (U19) and Hamish Gledhill (U16).

The SLSNR team will compete at the following events …
Saturday 23 January   Northern Region vs Taranaki
Sunday 24 January      Taranaki surf carnival

Congratulations to you all. For the full team click here …


Lifeguard awards

14th December 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks increased further this month when nine more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates now move into the U16, U19, Open and Masters ranks.
Since September, 41 members have achieved the award. Congratulations to all.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Karlos Bailey, Lewis Gravatt, Russell Hansen, Sophie Hildesley, Couper Jones, Ty Jones, Emily Lyndon, Joshua McKenzie Gudsell, Kathleen Oneroa.

Patrolling at Pakiri

14th December 2015

Surf patrols under way again from 19 December

Red Beach lifeguards will be back at the popular northern beach of Pakiri to continue their volunteer surf patrols from Saturday 19 December.
The Red Beach club is now entering its seventh 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 20 December to 8 February, the volunteer lifeguards at Pakiri carried out 11 rescues and attended to 11 first aid cases during the 1,118 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 14 February.


IRB qualifications

9th December 2015

Three new IRB drivers, five crewmen qualified

Pic: The successful IRB exam candidates, from left: Kathy Kramer, Emma Hildesley, Keefe-Jordan Durney, Rowan Gjaltema, Justin Vasiljevic, Kees Kramer, Hayden Shaw, Sean Casey.         Photo by Michelle Casey.

Eight Red Beach lifeguards have recorded a 100% pass rate at an IRB exam held at Muriwai on Sunday 6 December. The club now has three new IRB drivers and five new crewmen.
“The west coast beach tossed in a 1.5m messy, choppy surf which provided good conditions for the exam” said IRB instructor Peter Kramer. “All the Red Beach candidates came through with flying colours.”
In total there were 6 drivers and 20 crewmen spread over several clubs. “This placed a big workload on Red Beach’s three drivers who had to drive for almost three hours each to help qualify the crewman candidates from the other clubs,” he added.
The club extends a big ‘thank you’ to IRB instructors Peter Kramer and Nick Saull who provided the instruction to the club’s lifeguards during a condensed 7-week training course.

IRB Drivers (3):
Rowan Gjaltema, Kees Kramer, Hayden Shaw.
IRB Crewmen (5):
Sean Casey, Keefe-Jordan Durney, Emma Hildesley, Kathy Kramer, Justin Vasiljevic

Whangamata Classic

9th December 2015

Big entries in U16 and U19 categories for Saturday

Close to 600 athletes will 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 slightly down on last year because of fewer surf boats and canoes.

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 article “Athletes ready to take on Whangamata Classic” click here

Footnote:  All competition arenas, including the Boat/Canoe arena, get under way at 9.00 am.         Tides:  High at 8.14 am. Low at 2.20 pm.

JuniorSurf carnival

7th December 2015

Red Beach turns on a rolling surf

Red Beach hosted the first JuniorSurf interclub carnival of the summer on Saturday  5 December. The club’s young surf athletes were right on their game, performing well and revelling in the swells which were up to one metre at times. Close to 600 competitors took part, representing nine SLSNR clubs. For the 7-13 year olds it was a participation event and finals did not feature on the programme.
The next JuniorSurf interclub carnival will be held on Saturday 16 January at Waipu Cove.


Winning Santa float

1st December 2015

Red Beach JuniorSurf has best team float

Pic: A float entered by the club’s JuniorSurf division in the Orewa New World Santa Parade was judged the best team float. The parade in Orewa on Saturday 21 November attracted 68 floats.         Photo courtesy of Rodney Times.

JuniorSurf carnival

1st December 2015

Close to 600 competitor registrations 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 5 December. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in surf races, board races, board relays, beach sprints, beach relays and a Mixed Rescue Relay for C Group athletes.
 
Five competition arenas will be in operation and close to 600 young athletes are registered to take part. Saturday's carnival is a participation event and finals won't be run. All athletes are required to wear a high visibility vest for competition.

For more information on the carnival, click here

Footnote:  The first event is at 9.00 am and the estimated finish time is 2.30 pm. 
Tides:  Low at 9.13 am.  High at 3.37 pm.

Solid start for surf boat crews in Wellington

30th November 2015

Encouraging results from NZ Surf Boat Series

Pic: The U23 Pirates crew.

Three Red Beach surf boat crews headed to Wellington last weekend for the opening round of the NZ Surf Boat series.
Around 36 crews and 188 competitors entered for what also doubled as the first selection event for the New Zealand and NZ Development crews wanting to race in the 2016 ASRL Open in NSW, Australia in February.
Red Beach’s two men’s crews, the Boomers (Open) and the Pirates (U23) both had podium finishes, each finishing second in their respective finals.  Read more …

For all the results from the Lyall Bay event, click here


Results from Orewa

29th November 2015

For the full set of results from the Harcourts Northern Region Surf Sports Carnival # 2 held at Orewa Beach on Saturday 28th November click here


New carnival venue

26th November 2015 (2.00 pm)

Inter-club surf carnival moved to Orewa

The forecast weather and surf conditions on the West coast for this Saturday, 28th November, have forced a switch in venue for the second Inter-club surf carnival.
The event has been moved from Muriwai to Orewa Beach with an earlier start time of 9.00 am.

The new key times are:
7.30 – 8.15 am  Competitor registrations for wristbands
8.15 am    Team managers’ briefing in clubrooms
8.45 am    Boat & canoe crews briefing in arena 
9.00 am    Events start (including boats & canoes)


Service Awards for Red Beach stalwarts

25th November 2015

SLSNZ Service Awards for Red Beach lifeguards

Two Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving New Zealand for their services to the movement. Service Awards were announced for Chris McCullough and Dean Pouwhare at the Awards of Excellence function held in September at Wellington’s Amora Hotel. Whilst the two recipients couldn’t be present, the club has since made the presentations to them.
Red Beach Surf Club extends its heartiest congratulations.


Carnival at Muriwai

25th November 2015

Second Inter-club carnival of season this Saturday

The Surf Sports season continues this coming Saturday 28th November with a carnival at Muriwai. With the recent taste of action at Omaha and with exams out of the way for many, surf athletes will be eyeing up the opportunity for more competition.

The Ironman and Diamond events feature on the programme, along with surf races plus board and ski events. Beach events include flags and sprints.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over a long course distance with a short course finish. More information …

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

Footnote:  Should the event need to be run at the alternate venue of Orewa, notification will be by noon on Friday 27th November on the SLSNR website and Facebook page. It will also be posted on the Red Beach Surf Club Facebook page.

Three crews off to NZ Surf Boat Series

25th November 2015

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.

Three 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 28 November.
Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran will sweep two crews – the Boomers in the open men’s division and the Pirates (U23). Shamus O’Halloran and Jed Wright will share the sweeping duties for the Bangers crew in the open women’s division. All racing will be long course.
The event at Lyall Bay is the first of two selection trials for SLSNZ representative and development teams. Crews will be considered for selection to compete against the Australians in the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Shell Harbour, New South Wales on 20 February. The second selection carnival will be at Whangamata in January.
To read more on the Wellington event, click here

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:
Round 1 – Lyall Bay, 28 November; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2 January; Round 3 – Waihi, 6 February; Round 4 – Piha, 27 February.

23 more lifeguards

24th November 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 23 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates will now move into Masters, Open, U19 and U16 ranks.The examiners gave the thumbs up to the high standard of knowledge of the candidates. Three came through with a 100% pass in the theory test. More candidates from Red Beach will be sitting the exam in December.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Paul Boocock, Gina Davey, Abby Fannin, Courtney Field, Stuart Grant, Charlotte Hall, Jade Hughes, Logan Jacka, Cristyn Jones, Amanda Jones-Prichard, Ryan Lewis, Dylan McDermott, Mike McDermott, Aneka Mittendorff, Ella Moratti, Claudia Morgan, Jennifer Mowat, Brooke Nicolson, Tim Russell, Noah Schiltknecht, Camille Small, Olivia Soesbergen, Michaela Way.

Results from Omaha

16th November 2015

For the full set of results from the Harcourts Northern Region Surf Sports Carnival # 1 held at Omaha on Saturday 14th November click here


Crew fitness tested at canoe training day

6th November 2015

New canoe crews make their first appearance

Pic: The Red Beach Rockin' Reds crew, from left: Megan McKenzie, Kelly O'Dea, Jennifer Hall, Kathy Kramer.    Photo by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach Surf Club hosted 23 surf canoe crews at the fifth annual Canoe Training Day on 31 October.
The event, sponsored jointly by Cornish Truck & Van and Daltons Landscape Supplies (Silverdale) attracted seven Northern Region clubs as well as Waihi from the Bay of Plenty.

All seven finals were won by crews from Red Beach and Piha. Calm conditions and sunny weather prevailed, and with a minimum of five races for each crew, early-season fitness was put to the test.    Read more, see results & pics …


Second win to North Beach surf boat crew

5th November 2015

Rowers post fastest time in Pub to Club event

Pic: The Red Beach U23 Pirates crew on the Puhoi River.

For the second consecutive year the North Beach Beavers crew from Christchurch has won the annual Pub to Club event.
Seven crews began the race at Puhoi and rowed the 16km course down the Puhoi River and across the ocean to Red Beach. Two Red Beach crews took part in the event which was again sponsored by Bryan & Pat Heron of The Flying Herons. Read more, see pics …

Results
Open Men:  North Beach Beavers (1:31.20) 1, Red Beach Boomers (1:32.59) 2, Omanu Masters (1:40.50) 3.
U23 Men:  Whangamata (1:35.47) 1, Red Beach Pirates (1:38.40) 2.
Open Women:  North Beach Pipettes (1:50.20) 1.
U19 Women:  Piha (2:30.20) 1.
Pic: Crews arrive at Red Beach after the 16km row from Puhoi.    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Enrol for JuniorSurf

4th November 2015

Club continuing to recruit new members

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 Kirsty Rutledge-Malyon at 021 888 142 or email kirstyrutledge@gmail.com

Fine weather saw a bumper turnout of youngsters at the club's Opening Day on Sunday 1st 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.


Congratulations to the All Blacks

1st November 2015

Back-to-back winners of the Rugby World Cup, 2011 & 2015. You've created history. Heartiest congratulations from the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club.


BIG weekend ahead

29th October 2015

Three big events dominate the coming weekend of 31st October/1st November. Activity will be to the fore as members involve themselves in the following …

  • Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge, Puhoi to Red Beach, Saturday … read more
  • Canoe Training Day at Red Beach, Saturday. See below.
  • Opening Day for JuniorSurf members, Red Beach, Sunday 1st November. Enrollments being taken.

Canoe training day

29th October 2015
Pic: The Flying Malyons crew in action at last year's Canoe Training Day.

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to more than 30 surf canoe crews at the fifth annual canoe training day on Saturday.
The event was first held in 2011 in response to a resurgence of surf canoe racing in the Northern Region. It attracted 31 crews from seven clubs.
Eight clubs will be represented in Saturday’s racing which will cater for the age divisions of U19, Open and Masters for male and female crews.
The clubs taking part are Red Beach, Piha, Orewa, United North Piha, Kariaotahi, Karekare, Bethells Beach, Mairangi Bay.

For entries, contact Kevin Cornish at 021 280 2481.

Footnote:  The team captain’ meeting is at 12.30 pm. The first race starts at 1.30 pm.

New breakfast menu

28th October 2015

There’s a brand new Sunday breakfast menu in place at the Red Beach Surf Club.
Give your Sunday a kick start with a Classic Salmon Bennie, a Hash Brown Stack or a Red Beach Pancake Stack. Or maybe French Toast and the add-ons that go with it. And if you’re really hungry, go for ‘The Works’ breakfast. It all comes out of our brand new kitchen.
Enjoy breakfast over the bay – a great way to start Sunday – at the Red Beach clubrooms where the meals are just as superb as the view. Available every Sunday from 9.00 am – 12 noon. And while you're at the club, enjoy our popular Espresso coffee.

To check out the Sunday breakfast menu, click here


Join as an Associate

27th October 2015

Associates(copy)You can join the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club as an Associate Member. The annual fee of just $45 will take you through to September 2016.
The benefits of club membership include the following …

  • Drinks at the bar at members’ prices, with Happy Hour on Sundays, 4.30 – 5.30pm
  • Fabulous meals on Fridays, 6.00 – 8.30 pm and Sunday breakfasts & coffee from 9.00am – 12 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


Open Water Swim

27th October 2015

Open Water Swim(copy)The 27th Open Water Swim will take place at Red Beach on Saturday 27th February 2016.
Organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with Roskill Master Swimmers, entrants will have the opportunity to swim either 1.5km or 3km, with the course starting and finishing in front of the surf club. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years.
Up for grabs will be the Deyal Cosgrove trophies to be awarded to the first man and first woman to complete the 3km course without wetsuits. The start time is 1.00 pm.

For registration details and the entry form, click here


Patrolling under way

26th October 2015

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Pic: 2 flags

Lifeguard patrols for the summer months commenced on Saturday 24th 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 19th December.

Pub to Club event

26th October 2015

Puhoi to Red Beach Surf Boat Challenge on again

Pic: Crews on the Puhoi River during last year's race.

Up to fifteen surf boats are expected to ply the Puhoi River in the annual Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge on Saturday 31 October.
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 row is expected to take from 85-110 minutes to complete. Read more ...

Contact Craig Dillon at 021 829 632 or blakey@orcon.net.nz


Surf patrol season about to start again

21st October 2015

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 24th 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 19th December.

Lifeguard awards

28th September 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks swelled further this month when 9 members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. Eight of the successful candidates move into the U16 ranks and one heads into the Open division. All were given praise by the examiners for their high standard of knowledge.
More candidates from Red Beach will be sitting the exam in November.

The successful Surf Lifeguard Award candidates are:
Max Boocock, Tania Denvir, Nicole McCormick, Justin Parkes, Te Maia Pihema, Kade Scheib, Ava Smith, Zoe Turner, Georgia Walker.

Registration days for JuniorSurf members

27th September 2015

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 11th and Sunday 18th October
Times:   10.00 am – 2.00 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 1st 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 1st 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 Sidah Russell 027 471 8571 or Kathy Kramer 021 719 776


Fitness membership a quirky fundraiser for surf club

23rd September 2015

Northern Arena offering a 10-day fitness membership for just $10.00; Red Beach SLSC gets the proceeds.

Here's a fundraiser with a difference and you stand to benefit. Northern Arena at Silverdale is offering a 10-day fitness membership for only $10.00. Every cent raised from the venture will then be donated back to the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
The proceeds will be applied to the purchase of new foamie boards to train the club's JuniorSurf members, the future generation of lifeguards.

What you need to do ...

Call Northern Arena at 09 421 9700 or pop in and see the friendly reception team. Tell them you want to donate your $10.00 to the Red Beach Surf Club. Get your 10-day fitness membership!

Note:  You need to sign up for this awesome '$10.00 for 10 Days' offer by 11th October.  All passes expire on 31st October.

For the '$10.00 for 10 Days' flyer, click here


JuniorSurf events

13th September 2015

The programme of JuniorSurf events for the coming season is available for viewing on this website.
The SLSNR and National Pool Championships will kick-start the season, leading into the two JuniorSurf registration days on 11th & 18th October.
The division will have its Opening Day on Sunday 1st November and members will get their first taste of competition for the summer when Red Beach hosts the JuniorSurf Inter-Club carnival on Saturday 5th December.

For the full JuniorSurf programme, click here …


BIG weekend ahead

7th September 2015

The surf club focus will be on three big events during the coming weekend of 12/13 September. Activity will be full-on as members involve themselves in the following …

  • SLSNR Pool Champs at the National Aquatic Centre
  • The Far North IRB Challenge at 90 Mile Beach
  • Demolition of the bar & kitchen at the clubrooms

You can read up on these events below.


SLSNR Pool Champs

7th September 2015

Big entries for Northern Region Pool Champs

Pic: The brand new National Aquatic Centre on Auckland’s North Shore, venue for the SLSNR Pool Championships.

The Harcourts Northern Region Pool Championships kick off at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre on the North Shore on Saturday 12 September.
More than 50 Red Beach competitors aged from 10 years through to Masters will swim at the two-day event, a forerunner to the National Pool Champs in early-October. This weekend will see over 320 athletes from 17 clubs participating.The National Aquatic Centre with its state of the art 10-lane 50m pool was opened in May.

For the programme of events, click here. Event times are ...

Saturday 12th September
1.15 pm               Warm-up (45 mins)
2.30 pm               Session 1 begins; ends 5.30 pm
6.30 pm               Session 2 begins; ends 9.30 pm
Sunday 13th September
7.15 am               Warm-up (45 mins)
8.30 am               Session 3 begins; ends 12.15 pm
1.15 pm               Session 4 begins; ends 4.30 pm
Pic: Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members at the Northern Arena Pool following a training session with NZ Representative Laura Quilter, standing at rear.

90 Mile Classic IRB Challenge coming up

7th September 2015

Red Beach crew aiming for a threepeat in Far North

Pic: The Reddaz crew, from left: Jack Readman, Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare.

Red Beach’s Reddaz IRB crew will be chasing their third consecutive win in next weekend’s IRB Challenge at 90 Mile Beach.
Jack Readman, Dylan French, Jared Pouwhare will crew the IRB with land-based back-up being provided by Dean Pouwhare and Mark Readman.
The IRB Challenge on Saturday 12th September is hosted by Far North Rescue in conjunction with SLSNR. The event, now in its 23rd year, is raced from Scott’s Point at the northern end of 90 Mile Beach down to Ahipara in Northland. It has attracted a record 44 entries including three crews from the South Island and two from Australia.
The race is run in stages to test each crew’s skills and stamina as well as the reliability of the equipment. The top crews are expected to take 2 ½ - 3 hrs depending on conditions.

For the event flyer click here.For race information click here

Pic: IRB crews await the start of the annual IRB Challenge.

Demolition at club

7th September 2015

Club bar & kitchen to be demolished over weekend

Volunteers will be in action with hammers and tools this coming weekend to demolish the bar and kitchen at the clubrooms.
Builders, electricians, plumbers and hammerheads will descend on the club on Saturday morning to make a start on the refurbishment of the lounge area.

The last opportunity for Friday night dining will be Friday 11 September before the closure of the kitchen. It will re-open on Friday 9th October for meals.


Club to host seven events this summer

3rd September 2015
Pic: The 60th anniversary of the Owen Chapman Cup carnival will take place in January.

Red Beach Surf Club will host seven competition events this summer. The first two events out of the blocks will be the Canoe Training Day and the Puhoi Pub to Club surf boat challenge, both scheduled for Saturday 31 October.
Sixty years of the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival will be celebrated on Saturday 9 January and the popular family fishing competition will be back for a fifth year on 12 March.
The dates and the events are:

Sat 31 October        Pub to Club Surf Boat Challenge
Sat 31 October        Canoe Training Day
Sat 5 December       JuniorSurf Inter-Club Carnival # 1
Sat 9 January          Owen Chapman Cup Carnival (60th)
Tues 16 February    JuniorSurf Twilight Carnival
Sat 12 March           Family Fishing Competition

The club will also host the 27th annual Open Water Swim at Red Beach on a date yet to be announced.


Club Annual Report

26th August 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s Annual Report for the 2014-15 season is now available for viewing. It’s a 40-page document full of photos, reports and statistics from last summer. We’re confident you’ll find it both interesting and enjoyable.
To view the Annual Report, click here


JuniorSurf quiz night

26th August 2015

Record amount raised at annual fundraiser

Pic: The JuniorSurf quiz night under way at the Red Beach Primary School.

Red Beach Surf Club extends a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported the JuniorSurf Quiz Night earlier this month. Whether you donated a prize, made a successful bid in the auction or just purchased a ticket to attend, you helped the club fundraise an amazing $20,000.
Uniforms was the theme and guests turned out in all manner of outfits for this annual fundraiser. The money raised will be spent on much-needed new boards and training equipment as well as coaching expertise for Juniors.
The club can now look forward to a fantastic 2015-16 summer season with all the equipment needed to make the Sunday training sessions a fun, learning experience and also to ensure our club remains competitive.

A special thanks to all our fabulous sponsors:

NZSailing.net, Philips, Rip Curl, Lumino the Dentists, H2Flow, Harbour Rugby, Auckland Seafood School, Auckland Art Gallery, Orewa Family Chiropractic, Unilever, Navman, European Foods, Zeffer Cider Co, Wettie, Gulf Harbour Marina, Lion Red Beer, Daltons, Living Faith Church, Cornish Truck & Van, Auckland Whale and Dolphin Safari, Coogan family, Readman family, Boocock family, Explore, Hiway Stabilizers, United Travel Orewa, EcoZip Adventures, KiwiRail, Te Papa, Weta, Brita, Hibiscus Coast Real Estate, Underground Us, BNT, Louise Shaw, Mel Buckley, Karl Martinovich, The Wade, Coast, Waiwera Hot Pools, Jump, Casablanca, Auckland Council, Walker & Hall, DK Surf School, Trudi Nelson, Fresh in the Kitchen, Red Beach Primary School, Ready Press Print.

SeniorSurf events

23rd August 2015

Programme of SeniorSurf activity for 2015-16

The programme of SeniorSurf events for the coming season is available for viewing. The season kicks off with the 90 Mile Beach IRB Challenge and the SLSNR Pool Champs on Saturday 12th September.
The 60th anniversary of the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival will be contested at Red Beach on Saturday 9th January. And the NZ Championships will take place at Ohope Beach, Whakatane from 17-20 March.

For the full SeniorSurf programme, click here ...


Fishing competition

16th August 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s family fishing competition will make a return next summer. The date has been set for Saturday 12th March 2016.
Wade Downey has organised all four previous fishing competitions and would like to pass the baton to someone else to manage the next event. The good news is that all the main sponsors have been secured and support personnel are already in place. Funds raised from this popular event have been spent on all manner of things including surf lifesaving equipment.

Like to take this on? Contact Wade at 021 401 776.


3 years of Nationals

16th August 2015

NZ Championships return to Christchurch in 2017

(Pic) The pier at New Brighton Beach in Christchurch. The Nationals were last held here in 2004 and were scheduled to be held at the same beach in 2011, however, the Christchurch earthquake forced a last-minute switch to Mt Maunganui.

The venues and dates for the New Zealand Championships over the next three years have been announced. They are:

2016    Ohope Beach, Whakatane      17-20 March
2017    New Brighton, Christchurch    16-19 March
2018    Midway Beach, Gisborne        15-18 March


Summer positions ...

10th August 2015

SLSNR positions now available for the summer

Surf Life Saving Northern Region is currently recruiting RWC Operators, Patrol Auditors, SurfCom Operators, Surf Safety Educators & Regional Lifeguards.
For more information and to apply, visit lifesaving.org.nz


Service Awards ...

9th August 2015
Pic: Dean Pouwhare with his SLSNR Service Award.                     

Two Red Beach club members were presented with SLSNR Service Awards at the recent Awards of Excellence night.
Dean Pouwhare coached in Red Beach’s JuniorSurf ranks for five years before becoming a qualified lifeguard in 2006. He has been a member of the SeniorSurf committee for eight consecutive years, filling the club roles of Powercraft Manager, IRB Instructor and IRB Maintenance Instructor as well as IRB Examiner.
Dean has been a patrolling member since 2006 and a competitor in Masters events for 10 years. He has both the IRB Instructors Award and the SLSNZ IRB Examiners Award. In 2009 he won the SLSNR Volunteer of the Year Award and in 2011 he won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Powercraft. He has given his services to the surf lifesaving movement for 14 years.

Chris McCullough, right, became a qualified lifeguard at age 20 with the Waipu Cove club and was attracted to surf boat rowing. He rowed for the Muriwai club for 20 years before joining Red Beach in 2004, forming the Cab Savs masters boat crew. In 2011, they became the first-ever international crew to win Gold at the Australian Championships, taking out the final of the 200’s division. Chris has been both a competitor and a patrolling lifeguard for 37 years. Read more …


SLSNR Service Awards given

9th August 2015
Pic: Dean Pouwhare with his SLSNR Service Award.                                               

Two Red Beach club members were presented with SLSNR Service Awards at the recent Awards of Excellence night. Both awards were given for services to surf lifesaving over a number of years.

Dean Pouwhare coached in Red Beach’s JuniorSurf ranks for five years before becoming a qualified lifeguard in 2006. He has been a member of the SeniorSurf committee for eight consecutive years, filling the club roles of Powercraft Manager, IRB Instructor and IRB Maintenance Instructor as well as IRB Examiner.
Dean has been a patrolling member since 2006 and a competitor in Masters events for 10 years. He has both the IRB Instructors Award and the SLSNZ IRB Examiners Award. In 2009 he won the SLSNR Volunteer of the Year Award and in 2011 he won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Powercraft. He has given his services to the surf lifesaving movement for 14 years.

Chris McCullough became a qualified lifeguard at age 20 with the Waipu Cove club and was attracted to surf boat rowing. He rowed for the Muriwai club for 20 years before joining Red Beach in 2004, forming the Cab Savs masters boat crew. In 2011, they became the first-ever international crew to win Gold at the Australian Championships, taking out the final of the 200’s division. Chris has been both a competitor and a patrolling lifeguard for 37 years.
He was Red Beach’s surf boat captain for six years and for the past four years he has co-ordinated the Gallipoli 100 event which saw 10 Red Beach rowers complete a two-day row around the Gallipoli peninsula last April, coming ashore at Anzac Cove.


Building under wraps

2nd August 2015
Pic 7997: A plastic shrink-wrap covers the section currently under reconstruction.

Construction work at the surf club is back in full swing. In July, the scaffolding went up on the side of the building nearest the car park. This section is now covered in a plastic shrink-wrap to enable the work to continue, regardless of the weather.
For more construction pics, click here ...

Pic 7979: The shrink-wrap was applied just days after this photo was taken.     Photos by Ross Malyon.

Awards given at AGM

31st July 2015

Seven club members recognised for their services

Pic: Sue McLeely, left, and Mark Scheib received Service Awards.

A total of seven Red Beach Surf Club members received recognition for their services to surf lifesaving and to the club when awards were handed out at the recent Annual General Meeting. The recipients were members of either the SeniorSurf or JuniorSurf divisions. 
Service Awards were presented to Sue McLeely and Mark Scheib.
Recognition Awards went to Ian Cairns, Dylan Turner, Sandy Grant, Peter Kramer & Sally Mellor.
Citations were read out to the meeting in support of the honours.

Pic: Two of the five recipients of Recognition Awards, from left:  Ian Cairns, Dylan Turner. The three other awardees, unable to attend the AGM, were Sandy Grant, Peter Kramer and Sally Mellor.    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf Lifeguard Award training to start

29th July 2015

First of two courses commences Tuesday 4 August

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

Tuition for those wanting to become a qualified lifeguard for the summer gets under way next Tuesday evening, 4th August at the Red Beach clubrooms. Each session will run for approx. 90 minutes. The exam for the award is on 27 September.
This will be the first of only two courses of instruction for the 2015/16 season. The second course will start on 29 September with the exam on 22 November.

Start Date:   Tuesday 4th August
Start Time:   7.30 pm (check in 7.15 pm)
Venue:          Red Beach Surf Club, Ngapara Street

If you want to be on one of these two courses and haven't yet registered, contact Wade Downey, wade@dils.co.nz . Advise your contact details and the course date you prefer.


The Sirens win again

12th July 2015

Trophies handed out at Awards of Excellence Night

Pic: The Red Beach Sirens crew, from left: Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Katrina Gouldstone, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith. Absent: Ashleigh Jenkins.

The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew has won the Competition Team of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Rowers Zita Talaic-Burgess, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith, Katrina Gouldstone and sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran were presented with the trophy at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence function. The crew’s fifth rower, Ashleigh Jenkins, is currently in the UK.
Dylan Turner, a finalist in two categories, took out the award for Developing Surf Official of the Year.
Talented teen Jonathan Selman was named as the Under 14 Sportsman of the Year. At the Oceans ’15 event at Mt Maunganui in February, he won the U13 Run Swim Run event and placed third in the U13 Surf Race.
And Red Beach’s Masters competitors were rewarded for their efforts. The club was presented with the trophy for Masters Competition Club of the Year.
Close to 400 guests attended the event held at Eden Park on Saturday 11th July.

Pic: Jonathan Selman, winner of the U14 Sportsman of the Year Award.
Pic: Close to 400 guests attended the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night at Eden Park. 
Photos by Ross Malyon.

IRB qualifications

22nd June 2015

Eight new IRB drivers, 6 crewmen, two instructors

Red Beach lifeguards have recorded a 100% pass rate at an IRB exam held at Kariaotahi Beach on Sunday 22 June.
The club now has eight new IRB drivers, six crewmen and two IRB instructors.
The west coast beach of Kariaotahi  threw up some challenging conditions for the candidates with a tricky 2m swell and a cold, brisk southerly wind.
The club’s two new IRB instructors are Peter Kramer and Nick Saull who have been providing instruction to the lifeguards during a 10-week training course.

IRB Drivers (8):
Brodie Campbell, Andrew Giles, Ryan Goedhart, Kyle Lennon, Sinead Payne, Richard Rogers, Dylan Turner, Dave Young
IRB Crewmen (6):
Jonah Cleminson, Rowan Gjaltema, Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Harry Mellor, Sam Readman

Building construction

21st June 2015

Builders back on site at surf club

Construction is under way again at the Red Beach surf clubrooms. Footings are now in place for the expansion of the new entrance way to the club.
Structural steel has been erected in readiness for framing out the entrance and the expansion of the club office directly above it.
Coast Digger Services have thrust in a new underground power supply which will do away with the existing overhead power lines. This will enable the builders to carry out the much-awaited facelift to the staircase side of the building.


JuniorSurf quiz night

16th June 2015

JuniorSurf geared for quiz & auction fundraiser

Uniforms is the theme for the JuniorSurf division’s Trivial Night on Saturday 1st August.
Auctions and raffles will take place throughout the evening and attendees are urged to round up their uniforms for this annual fundraiser.
Previous themes have been Dress in Red, Back in Black and Musical. Last year’s event, with the theme of Black & White, pulled in $15,000 for training equipment and the JuniorSurf coaching programme.

When:    Saturday 1st August
Time:      Arrive 6.30 pm, start 7.30 pm sharp
Where:   Red Beach School Hall, 20 Albert Hall Drive
Tickets:  $15.00 per person.  Contact Dylan Turner at 027 513 8198 or Jan Campbell at 021 623 424 or Kathy Kramer at 021 719 776.
Seating:  Max. 10 per table. BYO nibbles. Cash bar.

For the Trivial Night flyer, click here


Trophies for boaties

14th June 2015

Big attendance at club for presentation of awards

Red Beach’s surf boat and surf canoe fraternity came together at the club on Saturday 13 June for a combined awards night. With 120 people present, the surf boat division presented its annual awards.

Mike Smith Cup Most Improved Female Rower  Sarah Fraser
Craig Dillon Cup Most Improved Male Rower Tamati Munroe
Terry Marsh Trophy Top Surf Boat Crew   Red Beach Sirens

Congratulations to all winners.

Pics:
Tamati Munroe & Sarah Fraser.
The Red Beach Sirens crew, from left:  Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Shane O’Halloran (sweep), Katrina Gouldstone. 

Tickets on sale for Excellence Awards

For the list of all the Awards finalists, click here

11th June 2015

Tickets are on sale for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night which is expected to attract up to 400 guests to the Eden Park venue. The night will recognise the outstanding efforts of those members who have excelled in their chosen areas of expertise including lifesaving, sport and administration during the past summer.
Chelsea Grant, right, is a finalist in the U16 Sportswoman category.
Get set for a great night!  Tickets must be ordered and paid for by Wednesday 24th June.

When: Saturday 11th July, 7.00 pm   Where: Level 4 Lounge, Eden Park   Dress: Formal   Tickets: $65 per person which includes a 3-course buffet dinner.  Cash bar and eftpos are available.
Email Debra Cairns to order tickets ... click here


Finalists named for Excellence Awards

6th June 2015

Red Beach club members up for SLSNR Awards

Red Beach Surf Club has finalists in eight of the categories at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 11th July.
Dylan Turner, right, is a finalist in two of the categories … Outstanding Contribution to JuniorSurf and Developing Surf Official of the Year. In the latter category, Anna Hildesley is also a finalist while daughter Sophie Hildesley is up for the Rookie Lifeguard of the Year Award.

Four club members have been named in the Sportsman and Sportswoman categories. They are Briar McLeely (U19), right, Chelsea Grant (U16), Jonathan Selman (U14) and Tania Denvir (U14).
The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew is again in the running for Competition Team of the Year, the award they won last year.
The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards.

When: Saturday 11th July, 7.00 pm   Where: Level 4 Lounge, Eden Park   Dress: Formal
Tickets: $65 per person which includes a 3-course buffet dinner.  Cash bar and eftpos are available.

Tickets are now on sale and must be ordered and paid for by Wednesday 24th June.  Email Debra Cairns to order tickets … click here

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

Award winners from club Prize Giving

24th May 2015

Red Beach Surf Club’s annual awards were presented at the club’s Prize Giving function held at the clubrooms on Saturday 16 May.
Receiving the top awards ... Stephanie Busby was the winner of the Jubilee Trophy for the Best All-Round Patrolling member. Sarah Lockwood was presented with the Chris Hailwood Memorial Cup for U16 Lifeguard of the Year. The Patrol of the Year Award went to the members of the Carnival Patrol. The Presidents Cup for Best Clubman was presented to Ian Cairns.
Congratulations are extended to all award winners.

For the full list of winners, click here


JuniorSurf AGM

23rd May 2015

The Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will take place as follows:

When:    Tuesday 2nd June at 7.30 pm
Where:  Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara St, Red Beach
 
The election of officers will be held for the 2015-16 season.
Should anyone be interested in one of the officer roles (position descriptions are available), please contact Mark Scheib on 021 731 786 or email lemarc@xtra.co.nz , or Sally Mellor on 0210 263 4423 or email sallyjmellor@gmail.com
Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.


Success for Caitlin

19th May 2015

Gold & silver medals at World Cup meeting

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan has taken a step closer to realising her dream of competing in the 2016 Olympics with kayaking successes last weekend in Portugal.
Competing in the canoe sprint World Cup meeting, Ryan (23) teamed with fellow New Zealanders Aimee Fisher, Kayla Imrie and Jaimee Lovett to win gold in the women’s K4 500m final in a well-executed race.
The Kiwi quartet timed their race to perfection, passing the hosts as they approached the finish line and holding off a late run by a Polish crew. Read more …


Canoeing success for Caitlin

19th May 2015

Gold & silver medals at World Cup meeting in Portugal

Pic: Caitlin Ryan training at Lake Pupuke on Auckland's North Shore.  Photo by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan has taken a step closer to realising her dream of competing in the 2016 Olympics with kayaking successes last weekend in Portugal.

Competing in the canoe sprint World Cup meeting, Ryan (23) teamed with fellow New Zealanders Aimee Fisher, Kayla Imrie and Jaimee Lovett to win gold in the women’s K4 500m final in a well-executed race.
The Kiwi quartet timed their race to perfection, passing the hosts as they approached the finish line and holding off a late run by a Polish crew.

A day earlier, Ryan and Fisher teamed to win silver in the women’s K2 500m final in what was their third race together. They finished just .36 secs behind a Hungarian duo. The Kiwis qualified for the final by winning their heat.

Caitlin Ryan joined the Red Beach Surf Club as a JuniorSurf member at the age of five years and developed her talents in surf competition. She became a qualified lifeguard at the age of 14 and soon found her strengths in ski paddling where she has enjoyed numerous successes.
Since 2007, at the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships, she has won the U16 surf ski title twice, the U19 ski title twice and she took out the open women’s ski title on two occasions, in 2012 and 2013.

There has been a natural progression to kayaking for Ryan, as was the case with fellow club member Erin Taylor who represented New Zealand in kayaking at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012 after notching up successes in surf ski paddling.

Ryan and the New Zealand team will compete at the second World Cup meet in Duisberg, Germany next weekend (22-24 May) as they build to the world champs in Milan in August.


Business House Sponsors 2014-15

 30th April 2015

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club extends its thanks and appreciation to the following Business House Sponsors who supported the club during the 2014-15 season:

Barfoot & Thompson – Mark Holliday, Cabra Developments Ltd, Golder Residential, Wade Motors, Climate Control, Red Beach 4 Square, Daltons Landscape Supplies, Harcourts – Todd Cooper, Rotary Club Whangaparaoa, Marlin Transport Ltd, Vlatkovich & McGowan, Ray Diver Plasterer, Dil's Funeral Services, Redcliffe NZ Ltd, Silverdale Medical, LJ Hooker - Phil Brooker, Brin Wilson Boat Builders Ltd, All Safe Scaffold Ltd, Osmosis Solutions Ltd, Caci Clinic Orewa, Ready Press Print, Underground Skate Orewa, Carters Silverdale, Cook Brothers, Audace Ventures, Subway Whangaparaoa, D & L Marketing Int’l Ltd, Bunnings Silverdale

Surf boat rowers will be on two continents for Anzac Day

12th April 2015

Club patron Bryan Heron to raise the NZ flag on Anzac Day in Australia

Pic: Four of the Blakey’s Angels surf boat crew will take part in the Anzac Day commemorations at Sydney’s Collaroy Beach.

Red Beach surf boat rowers are carrying the Anzac spirit to two continents – Europe and Australia – for the Anzac Day centenary commemorations.

Ten rowers are headed for Gallipoli in Turkey to be part of a re-enactment ceremony to remember a conflict that claimed more than 130,000 lives.
 
Another 15 rowers will cross the Tasman and head to Sydney for the commemorations. A mix of men and women will represent the club by crewing three surf boats in the ‘100 Years – 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial’ at Collaroy Beach.
They will use two Red Beach surf boats which have been shipped to Australia especially for the event; the third boat will be one belonging to an Australian club.

On Anzac Day, 100 surf boats will come ashore at Collaroy Beach and crew members will be presented with wreaths made by schools, before returning to the sea and releasing the wreaths. Oars will then be held up in recognition of the sacrifices made by Australians and New Zealanders in the First World War battles at Gallipoli.
 
The ‘100 Years – 100 Boats’ is a South Curl Curl community event, run in partnership with the NSW Government and Turkish appliance company, Beko.
 
Red Beach surf club patron and life member Bryan Heron (right) has been asked to raise the New Zealand flag on behalf of all its citizens during the formal ceremony. It will be a proud and emotive moment for the veteran who has sponsored the Red Beach club for the past 37 years.

Those attending the event on Collaroy Beach – expected to be 10,000 - will watch the sun rise over the beaches at Gallipoli via huge LCD screens streaming the Dawn Service live from Turkey. The club’s rowers may well spot four of their clubmates amongst the attendees at the Dawn Service at Gallipoli, all of whom were successful in the ballot to attend.
 
The club’s 10 rowers in Turkey will be taking part in the Gallipoli 100 (G100) event in which 40-plus crews will row over a 70km distance in the region of the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula. It will be staged over two days, 21 & 22 April.
The course that the crews row will take them right past every major landing point of the 1915 conflict.

Pic: Sydney's Collaroy Beach where 100 surf boats will come ashore on Anzac Day.         Photos by Ross Malyon.

Surf boats resemble Anzac's landing craft

8th April 2015

Boat shapes have similar appearances

Pic: This original landing craft is now kept for historical purposes at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. It is one of the original landing boats which put troops ashore at Gallipoli. Recovered in 1920, it is described as ‘the most valuable piece of military history in the world’. Notice the bullet and shrapnel holes.

The fibreglass surf boats which punch through the waves at surf carnivals are not too dissimilar in shape to the boats which landed the Anzacs on the beaches of Gallipoli.The basic hull design of surf boats has remained unchanged for over 100 years. The first rescue craft used to save lives was by the Sly brothers in Australia in 1905. They were fishermen from Fairy Bower and they used their fishing boat to rescue swimmers who had been caught by a rip and swept out to sea at Sydney’s Manly Beach. Read more ... (Refer Gallipoli 2015 section)


Situation Vacant – Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club

Sports Head Coach

29th March 2015

Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club is looking for expressions of interest for the position of a paid Head Coach.
We are looking for somebody who can motivate and inspire our members to achieve to the best of their abilities, provide and coordinate a range of coaching activities across all levels of the club and keep us to the fore in Surf Sports.

Our membership which is well established and growing in all divisions and age groups from Juniors through to Seniors & Masters consists of approx. 400 Juniors ranging from 4-14 years old and approx. 100 Senior and Master competitors.

It is anticipated that the coaching duties will cover all age groups in the Senior division as well as encompassing the development of our Juniors.

This position offered is upwards of approx. 15 hours in the off-season and 30 hours in the peak season per week including weekend work.

A competitive remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

  • You will need to be energetic, well organized and enthusiastic with an exceptional ability to motivate and communicate across all levels.
     
  • Build a positive, supportive and inclusive group environment that provides for member enjoyment, success and challenges.
     
  • The ability to plan and implement a structured coaching programme, thus enabling outstanding club, team and individual successes.
     
  • You will require experience in coaching a squad of athletes across all ages and abilities along with working with club volunteers.
     
  • An inclusive approach supporting the club's goals that encourages membership growth and development.

For expressions of interest and to apply for the position, please contact Edwin Richards at info@redbeachslsc.com

Applications close on Friday 10th April 2015.


Anzac remembrance

28th March 2015

There are just 4 weeks to go to the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli by the Anzacs. Red Beach boaties, spread over 3 crews, will be in Australia to row alongside crews from our sister club Collaroy SLSC for the "100 Years - 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial".
Meanwhile, 10 more Red Beach rowers will carry the Anzac spirit to Gallipoli in Turkey for the commemorations. For the latest update on the Gallipoli pilgrimage, click here

(Pic) Two Red Beach surf boats loaded into a container for the journey across the Tasman for the '100 Years - 100 Boats Anzac Beach Memorial' at Collaroy Beach.

Fishing competition

26th March 2015

Solid turnout and support  for club fundraiser

Pic: Andy Dresser, left, of Fishing Direct with Rob Wright and his winning 7.38kg snapper.

More than 200 anglers got busy with rods and lines for Red Beach Surf Club’s recent fishing competition.
Sponsored by Fishing Direct of Silverdale, it was the fourth time the event has been held.
The biggest snapper (7.38kg) was hooked by Rob Wright from an ocean kayak. Mike Neilson reeled in the two biggest kingfish (7.15kg & 6.325kg) to claim first and second prizes in the Open Species table fish section. He also won the Kahawai section with a 2.92kg fish. In the Junior section, Joshua Jenkin took first prize with a 4.42kg snapper.
The club raised in the region of $10,000 which will be applied to the purchase of surf lifesaving equipment.
For the fishing competition results, click here

Pics:
Mike Neilson with his two winning kingfish. He also won the Kahawai section.
Joshua Jenkin (11) won the Junior section with this 4.42kg snapper.
Craig Vickery, left, presents a Bradley Smoker to spot prize draw winner David Young.        

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Fishing competition 21 March

17th March 2015

Tickets can be purchased from Fishing Direct

Tickets are still available for purchase for the Fishing Direct Red Beach SLSC Fishing Competition this coming Saturday, 21 March.
The popular event is back for a fourth time with sponsors for four different categories. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of surf lifesaving equipment.
The principal sponsor is Fishing Direct in Silverdale and tickets can be purchased from this outlet at 28 Silverdale Street.

Biggest Snapper    Cranston Homes
Biggest Kahawai    RNB Transport
Open Species Table Fish  RNB Transport
Junior Section        Daltons Landscape Supplies

Tickets are also on sale at the surf club. Or ... contact Michelle Downey 021 959 414  or Wade Downey 021 401 776  Adult $30.00   Children $20.00 (14 yrs and under). A meal is included in the ticket price.


Support Surf 10:20

12th March 2015

Club members & supporters are urged to make a submission before Monday 16 March at 4.00 pm

Surf Life Saving Northern Region is seeking support on its Surf 10:20 project which seeks to upgrade the facilities for 10 clubs in the Auckland area at a cost of $20 million.

Right now, SLSNR is in the midst of submitting to the Auckland Long Term Plan Review to seek cornerstone funding over the next 10 years for these projects ... but they need your support!

Click here to read the consultation document and then place a submission in support of the "Surf 10:20" proposal here.

The Red Beach Surf Club is in urgent need of this funding to enable the building re-development programme to continue.

Submissions must be received by 4.00 pm this coming Monday 16 March, 2015


Gisborne poised to host the NZ Champs

11th March 2015

Red Beach fielding 93 athletes for the season's premier event at Midway Beach from 12-15 March

Midway Beach in Gisborne is at the ready to host the AquaPick NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see 1,270 competitors from 53 clubs competing on the sand and in the surf over three days.
Gisborne - where the sun first rises in the world - will witness a ton of action starting on Thursday 12 March when 274 Masters competitors from 28 clubs will strut their stuff.
From Friday to Sunday, surf athletes from throughout New Zealand will be vying for more than 100 titles to be decided in the open, under-19 and under-16 divisions.
The Nationals were last staged at Midway Beach in 2012. Gisborne also hosted the premier event in 2009, 2007, 2003 and 2001.
This weekend, Red Beach will field 93 competitors including surf boat and surf canoe crews.


Club Champs, Pakiri

9th March 2015

Surf adds zing to SeniorSurf championships

For the very first time, the club’s SeniorSurf  championships were held at Pakiri.
Club members competed in swim, board, ski, beach flags and sprint events to determine the Champion Lifesaver awards over the various age divisions.
The club has been mounting surf patrols at this northern beach for the past six summers.
All award winners have been determined and will be announced at the club’s Prize Giving Night on Saturday 16th May.


Fishing competition tickets for purchase

9th March 2015

Tickets on sale at the club this Friday 13th March

Tickets for the Fishing Direct Red Beach SLSC Fishing Competition are available for purchase.
They will be on sale at the surf club this Friday 13th March, 6.00 - 7.30pm, or at any other time from the club bar.
The event is on Saturday 21st March with proceeds going towards the purchase of surf lifesaving equipment.

Or contact Michelle Downey 021 959 414 or Wade Downey 021 401 776
Adult $30.00   Children $20.00 (14 yrs and under). Meal included.

Fishing Charter: There are 3 spots remaining on a fishing charter which leaves from Gulf Harbour at 7.00 am. For further details, contact Scott at 021 025 85600

For the entry application form, click here
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Oceans ’15 Results

4th March 2015

Red Beach’s young athletes bring home the medals

More than 800 young athletes from 42 clubs competed in the surf and on the sand at the recent Oceans ’15 event at Mt Maunganui.
Held over four days, it was the equivalent of the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships for JuniorSurf athletes 10-13 years. Red Beach competitors brought home a total of 5 Gold, 3 Silver & 3 Bronze Medals.

RED BEACH MEDALISTS:
GOLD   Angus Henare (U12 Beach Flags), Jonathan Selman (U13 Run Swim Run), Ethan Anderson (U11 Beach Sprint), Ethan Anderson, Sakura Gardiner, Angus Henare, Grace Ryan (U12 Mixed Beach Relay), Tania Denvir (U14 Surf Race).
SILVER   Sophie Hildesley (U14 Beach Flags), Sakura Gardiner (U12 Beach Flags), Bronson Gleye, Charlotte Hall, Couper Jones, Aneka Mittendorff (U14 Mixed Beach Relay).
BRONZE  Oliver Howarth (U11 Beach Flags), Jonathan Selman (U13 Surf Race), Nathaniel Fitt (U11 Board Race).

For the SLSNZ article on Oceans '15 click here

Overall Points (Top 15 clubs):
Omanu Beach (59) 1, Papamoa (54) 2, Orewa (45) 3, Mt Maunganui (37) 4, Waikanae (34) 5, Lyall Bay (32) 6, Red Beach (27) 7, East End (21) 8, Maranui (19) 9, Westshore (17) 10, Mairangi Bay (16) 11, Whangamata (12) 12, St Clair (12) 13, Taylors Mistake (9) 14, Wainui (7) 15.

Ideal conditions for open water swim

28th February 2015
Pic: Swimmers await the starter's whistle for the 26th open water swim at Red Beach

Fine weather prevailed for the 26th annual open water swim at Red Beach on Sunday 22 February.
The event, again jointly organised by the Red Beach Surf Club in conjunction with the Roskill Masters Swim Club, attracted 86 swimmers. For the first time it was linked to the Fine Ocean Swimmer Series for 2014-15.
With calm sea conditions for the start of the race, entrants had the choice of either a 1.5km or 3.0 km distance which started and finished in front of the surf club. Prominent ocean swimmer Dean Foster won the men’s 3.0km swim while Rachel Richardson took out the women’s 3.0km swim for the second consecutive year. Both swam in the non-wetsuit divisions.

For the open water swim results, click here

Pics:
Former surf lifeguard Dean Foster, right, won the 3.0km swim without wetsuit, finishing more than 5 mins ahead of his nearest rival.
Red Beach lifeguard Sean Casey (14) placed third over the 1.5km distance.
Paramedic David Jones travelled from Cambridge to watch over the swimmers. He became a qualified lifeguard with Red Beach in 1974. 

Red Beach Open Water Swim

17th February 2015

Annual swim at Red Beach on Sunday 22 February

Pic: The start of last year's Open Water Swim at Red Beach.

The Red Beach Surf Club expects a surge in entries for this Sunday’s Open Water Swim on its home beach.
Last year’s swim attracted more than 120 entrants. Now, in its 26th year, the popular swim is one of six on a circuit. Two have been held – the Chelsea Swim and the Round the Mount Swim.
Three more swims will follow the event at Red Beach, the Across the Lake Swim at Taupo a week later and the Rangitoto Swim and 5 Bridges Swim (Hamilton), both in March.

Sunday’s swim, again jointly organised by the surf club and the Roskill Masters Swim Club, is linked to the Fine Ocean Swimmers Series for 2014-15. Contestants will be vying for a major travel prize which is at stake over the series.

Contestants will have the opportunity to swim either a 1.5km or 3km distance, with the course starting and finishing in front of the surf club. The minimum age for swimmers is 14 years 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


Results from NRC’s

16th February 2015

Surf & sun abound for two-day champs at Ruakaka

Pic: Winners of the U19 women's Taplin relay, from left: Maddy Readman, Rebecca Pearce, Kelsi Boocock.

500 competitors representing 17 clubs took part in the Harcourts Northern Region Championships over two days at Ruakaka Beach last weekend. Athletes from Canterbury and the Bay of Plenty also participated.
For the live results from the weekend, click here

Overall Championship Points:
Piha (215) 1, Red Beach (183) 2, Mairangi Bay (172) 3, Orewa (138) 4, Whangamata (43) 5, Muriwai (35) 6, Wamairi (23) 7, Bethells Beach (18) 8, Sumner (12) 9, Waipu Cove (10) 10, Waihi Beach (9) 11, United North Piha (7) 12, Omaha (3) 13, Spencer Park (3) 14, Karekare (1) 15.

Surf boat steering a course for Gallipoli

13th February 2015

Historic centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli

Pic: Red Beach Surf Club's 10 rowers on a training row along the Hibiscus Coast. They head for Turkey in April for the centenary of the Gallipoli landing by the Anzacs.

Red Beach Surf Club rowers are counting down to the centenary of the Anzac Gallipoli landing.
With just two months to go before the group of 10 heads to Istanbul, the final stages of preparation are under way for the iconic event. A Red Beach surf boat has been packed into a container and is now on a ship heading for Turkey.

The boat, using an interchange of the 10 rowers, will feature in the Gallipoli 100 (G100) event where 50 crews row over a 70km distance in the region of the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula.  Read more …


Nthn Region Champs

12th February 2015

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 tenth consecutive year for the event at the popular Northland location.
Saturday’s programme starts at 9.00 am with beach relays & beach sprints for all age divisions including Masters. Long course racing for boats & canoes starts immediately after the beach events. The 2km Beach Run wraps up the afternoon programme.
Sunday’s programme commences at 9.00 am with Beach Flags along with short course racing in the boat & canoe arena.
The order of events for the Ironman/woman events is Ski-Board-Swim.

Click here for the programmes for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday tides:   Low  9.42 am.   High 3.51 pm.  
Sunday tides:      Low 10.44 am.  High 4.53 pm. 

Hawaii raffle result

9th February 2015

The club’s Surf’s Up In Hawaii raffle with the prize of a return flight for 2 adults to Hawaii with 4 nights’ accommodation was drawn on Friday 6th February.

Ticket No.:  2334   Winner:  Aaron Webb

The club would like to thank Orewa United Travel for sponsoring the prize, and all ticket purchasers for their support. Proceeds are going towards the planned renovations for the kitchen, bar & lounge.


Fishing competition tickets now on sale

5th February 2015

Fundraising event all set for Saturday 21st March

Tickets for the Fishing Direct Red Beach SLSC Fishing Competition are now on sale. Proceeds will go towards the purchase of surf lifesaving equipment.
The popular event is back for a fourth time and the sponsors are in place, the principal one being Fishing Direct in Silverdale. The category sponsors are …

Biggest Snapper    Cranston Homes  
Biggest Kahawai
    RNB Transport
Open Species Table Fish  RNB Transport 
Junior section
  Daltons Landscape Supplies

Tickets are on sale at the surf club on Friday 6th February, 6.00 – 7.30pm. Or contact Michelle Downey at 021 959 414
Adult $30.00   Children $20.00 (14 yrs and under).

New G100 surf boat now on the water

4th February 2015

Club rowers prepare for historic Gallipoli event

The club’s new G100 surf boat had its official launch at Red Beach in January with sponsors present for the ceremony.
Built by South Coast Surf Boats in Sydney, it replaces the 15 year old boat which is about to be sent to Turkey for the Gallipoli 100 event in April. Coinciding with the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli by the Anzacs, the event will see 50 boat crews row 70 kilometres in the region of the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula.
Ten Red Beach rowers will be involved in the row, with interchanges taking place during the two days set aside for the historic event. Read more …


JuniorSurf results

2nd February 2015

Close to 700 competitors aged 7-13 years, representing 14 clubs, took part in the Harcourts Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at Orewa Beach last weekend. The two days of competition focused on individual and team events.
For the fourth consecutive year the programme included the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event.

Overall Championship Points:
Orewa (186) 1, Red Beach (162) 2, Mairangi Bay (155) 3, Piha (50) 4, Omanu Beach (20) 5, Pauanui (14) 6, Bethells Beach (13) 7, Waipu Cove (12) 8, Whangamata (11) 9, Muriwai (10) 10, Karekare (4) 11, Kariaotahi (4) 12, Omaha (4) 13.

Eight boat crews to race at Waihi Beach

1st February 2015

Round # 3 in the NZ Surf Boat Series

Pic: The Red Beach Boomers crew placed second in the open men's final at the ERC's at Mt Maunganui. 

Eight Red Beach surf boat crews are heading for Waihi Beach this coming weekend to compete in the North Island Surf Boat Championships.
The event is the third of four rounds of the NZ Surf Boat Series and race organisers are expecting around 60 crews to take part over all age divisions.
Saturday's racing will be over the long course distance and Red Beach will have two crews in each of the open men’s and open women’s divisions, two U23 crews and two U19 crews on the water.
Sunday will see the Champion of Champions event with all crews racing over the short course distance. Read more …

Footnote:  The sweeps' meeting is at 8.30 am on Saturday. Racing gets under way at 9.30 am. There's a 9.00 am start on Sunday.

NZ vs Australia in surf boat challenge

1st February 2015

Red Beach Sirens crew to represent New Zealand

Pic: The Sirens crew, from left: Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Katrina Gouldstone, Ashleigh Jenkins, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew, Zita Talaic-Burgess.     

New Zealand are hosting the annual Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge during the North Island Surf Boat Championships at Waihi Beach this coming Saturday.
The test is a three race challenge for the Open Men’s and Open Women’s national teams. Each race will be run following each round of the North Island Surf Boat Champs. The National crews will then have automatic entry into the semi-finals of the North Island Surf Boat Champs on buoy 7.
The Red Beach Sirens will be representing New Zealand for the second consecutive year. Read more


Results from SLSNR IRB Championships

31st January 2015

Red Beach third overall at IRB Champs at Waipu

Red Beach placed third on overall points at the Harcourts Northern Region IRB Championships held at Waipu Cove on Sunday 18 January. Eight clubs participated.

Overall Club Points:
Sunset Beach (28) 1, United North Piha (24) 2, Red Beach (20) 3, Ruakaka (12) 4, Waipu Cove (12) 5,  Waihi Beach (11) 6, Mairangi Bay (6) 7, Bethells Beach (4) 8.

For the results from each of the IRB events, click here


JuniorSurf Champs

30th January 2015

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

A total of 669 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 and the two days of competition will focus on individual and team events.
For the fourth consecutive year the programme will see the inclusion of the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup event, to be run in conjunction with the championships. Red Beach is the current holder of the cups for both events.
Competition gets under way at 8.00 am on both Saturday and Sunday.

Click here for the programmes for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday tides:    High 5.23 am.   Low  11.34 am.
Sunday tides:      High 6.21 am.   Low  12.30 pm.

Results from ERC’s

27th January 2015

Red Beach finishes third on overall points

A total of 36 New Zealand clubs were registered to compete at the Eastern Region Championships held at Mount Maunganui during Anniversary weekend. The top 20 clubs are:

Overall Points:
Mt Maunganui (229) 1, Piha (95) 2, Red Beach (63) 3, Papamoa (62) 4, Midway (56) 5, Waikanae (47) 6, Mairangi Bay (46) 7, Fitzroy (29) 8, Omanu (27) 9, Muriwai (26) 10, Waihi Beach (19) 11, Lyall Bay (14) 12, Whangamata (14) 13, Orewa (13) 14, South Brighton (11) 15, Westshore (10) 16, St Clair (9) 17, Opotiki (8) 18, Paekakariki (7) 19, NPOB (5) 20.

Coming soon … the ERC’s photo gallery.


Sponsors hooked for fishing competition

27th January 2015

All sponsors now on board to guarantee the 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.

All the category sponsors are now in place to make the event a reality. The organisers would now like to hear from people or businesses who can donate or sponsor small prizes.
Tickets:
Tickets can now be pre-purchased … Adult $30.00, Children $20.00 (14 yrs and under).

Contact organiser Wade Downey on 021 401 776 or email OR Michelle Downey on 021 959 414 or email


Sponsors wanted for fishing competition

23rd January 2015

Just two more sponsors needed to hook the 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.
Two more category sponsors are required, at $750 each, to make the event a reality. The organisers would also like to hear from people who can donate or sponsor small prizes.
Tickets:
Tickets can now be pre-purchased … Adult $30.00, Children $20.00 (14 yrs and under).

Contact organiser Wade Downey on 021 401 776 or email OR Michelle Downey on 021 959 414 or email

Owen Chapman pics

23rd January 2015

A further 25 pics from the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on 10th January have been added to the Owen Chapman photo gallery, click here


Sirens the rep crew

22nd January 2015

The Red Beach Sirens crew in action at Whangamata.

Four Red Beach lifeguards have been named as the open women’s surf boat crew to represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman surf boat series against Australia on 7 February at Waihi.
Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew and Madison Smith of the Red Beach Sirens boat crew will be joined by sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran for the three race series.
The Sirens also represented New Zealand at the same event held in Australia last year. Read more …


Sirens the rep surf boat crew

22nd January 2015

Four Red Beach lifeguards have been named as the open women’s surf boat crew to represent New Zealand at the Trans-Tasman surf boat series against Australia on 7 February at Waihi.

Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew and Madison Smith of the Red Beach Sirens boat crew will be joined by sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran (right) for the three race series.
The Sirens represented New Zealand at the same event held in Australia last year.
An open men’s crew has been selected from Piha. Points are accumulated from each team’s races and the champion nation will be presented the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge Trophy. The three races will comprise of two long course events and one short course event.

The open crews will also be accompanied by two New Zealand development crews, a women’s team from Muriwai and a men’s team from Rarangi (Blenheim). They will race against the open crews in the three race series.
Racing takes place during the North Island Surf Boat Championships at Waihi Beach where about 350 more athletes are expected to compete.


Surf athletes heading to Mount for ERC’s

22nd January 2015

Mt Maunganui to host Anniversary weekend event

Close to 1,000 competitors will compete over the two days of the Eastern Region Championships (ERC’s) this weekend.
Mount Maunganui will again host the carnival which has been held at Whangamata for the past two years.
It's the next biggest surf lifesaving event after the New Zealand Championships and is regarded by surf athletes as the springboard for the premier event at Gisborne in mid-March. Events start at 8.00 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Read more …

Saturday tides:     High  11.05 am.     Low   5.12 pm   
Sunday tides:       High  11.57 am.      Low  5.30 pm

SLSNR 2015 IRB Champs

20th January 2015

Club takes out third place at IRB event at Waipu Cove

Red Beach placed third on overall points at the Harcourts Northern Region IRB Championships held at Waipu Cove on Sunday 18th January. The club fielded teams in both the Open and Women’s divisions. In the Open division, Red Beach took out two first placings and a third. The Red Beach women, over four events for which they were eligible, notched up a first, a second and a third placing.

Overall Club Points:
Sunset Beach (28) 1, United North Piha (24) 2, Red Beach (20) 3, Ruakaka (12) 4, Waipu Cove (12) 5, Waihi Beach (11) 6, Mairangi Bay (6) 7, Bethells Beach (4) 8.

Red Beach’s ANZAC Girls off to Gallipoli

18th January 2015
Pic:  Kelly Andrew, Ashleigh Jenkins, Nikki Darroch, Emma Stuart, Zita Talaic-Burgess

Red Beach Surf Club has its very own ANZAC Girls … five young women who head for Turkey in April to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing by the ANZACs.
The quintet of Kelly Andrew, Ashleigh Jenkins, Nikki Darroch, Emma Stuart and Zita Talaic-Burgess are all competent rowers. Three of them have been named by Surf Life Saving New Zealand as members of the representative surf boat crew to row against an Australian women’s crew at the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Waihi Beach on 7th February. Read more …


Owen Chapman pics 2015

17th January 2015

The first of a series of pics from the Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on 10th January now appear in the Owen Chapman photo gallery, click here

The start of the U16 men's ski race.
Lauren Bailey & Louise Aitken between events.
Matt Thetford on his way to winning the U19 Ironman event. He won the U19 board race.
The Red Beach Rockin' Reds won the open women's canoe race series.
Orewa's Andrew Saunders in the open men's board race.
Red Beach U16 competitors await an event.
Fitzroy's Rebecca Cole won the U19 women's ski race.
Sam Readman in the U16 men's board race.
Red Beach's Doom Squad crew heads for the buoys in a heat of the U19 men's division.
Red Beach Life Member Terry 'TK' Marsh (left) with former Red Beach club captain John Glover.
Awaiting the start of the U19 women's board relay.
The Flying Malyons crew won the open men's canoe race series. From left: Paul Cleminson, Brendon Rutledge-Malyon, Kevin Cornish, Al Presland.
Orewa's Zac Franich placed 2nd in the open men's ski race.
Hayden Shaw in the U16 men's board event.
Red Beach's IRB crews were kept busy during the carnival.
Red Beach's Harry Mellor in the U16 men's board race.
Rachel Clarke in a transition stage of the Ironman event.
Jonah Cleminson in the U16 men's ski event.
Brodie Campbell in the U16 men's board race.
Cody Richards in the open men's board event.
Red Beach's Louise Aitken in the open women's ski race.
The Blakey's Angels surf boat crew heads for the buoys in the U19 women's division.
Jared Pouwhare in the open men's board relay.
The Flying Malyons canoe crew crosses the finish line in a heat of the open women's division.
Two Mairangi Bay competitors in the U16 men's board race.
The start of the U16 men's board race.
Red Beach U16 competitors between events.
Daniel Cairns winning the open men's board race. He also won the open Ironman event.
The start of the U16 women's board race.
The mixed Ironman event gets under way for U19 and open competitors.
The mixed Ironman event under way.
Rachel Clarke on her way to winning the open women's ski race.
Kees Kramer in the U16 men's ski event.
The Red Beach Pirates crew in a heat of the U23 men's surf boat series.
Mitchell Grant in the U19 men's Ironman event.
Red Beach women's canoe crew paddlers take shelter from the sun in a club tent.
Hamish Gledhill winning the U16 men's board race. He also won the U16 Ironman and beach sprint events.
A Karekare women's canoe crew in action.
Spectators at the 59th Owen Chapman Cup carnival ... Nikki Nicol and Chris Gurr.
The Red Beach Bangers surf boat crew competing in the open women's division.
Red Beach U19 competitors, from left: Lewis Gjaltema, Adrian Vasiljevic, Calvin Vari.
The midday high tide brought surf boats into the club tents.
Photos by Ross Malyon.

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13th January 2015

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Red Beach retains Owen Chapman Cup

13th January 2015

Surf athletes make the most of their opportunities

With strength in numbers, Red Beach won the 59th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival for the eleventh consecutive year.
On the points table, the club finished well clear of the second and third placegetters. The host club’s points were across all age divisions and noticeably in the U19 and U16 groups which boosted the winning margin. Read more ...

Overall Points for Owen Chapman Cup:
Red Beach (235) 1, Mairangi Bay (80) 2, Orewa (68) 3, Muriwai (24) 4, Piha (14) 5, Karekare (4) 6.
For the full set of Owen Chapman results, click here

Photo essay from the carnival coming soon.


Hat-trick of wins for Red Beach boaties

4th January 2015

Red Beach women rowers win all three age divisions at Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular

Pic: The Blakey's Angels crew won the U19 women's division on overall points.

Red Beach’s female rowers were to the fore at the recent Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular. Three club crews came out on top after Round 2 of the NZ Surf Boat Series, winning the open women’s, U23 and U19 age divisions. It’s the first time a result of this nature has been achieved in the series.

A total of 56 crews from around the country took part. Eight Red Beach crews rowed in the event - four men’s and four women’s crews - underlining the growth of surf boat rowing within the club.

In the open women’s division, the Red Beach Sirens were one of 12 crews to battle it out in the one metre surf. The crew of Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Madison Smith and sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran won the second of two semi-finals, then charged on for a comfortable win in the final in the club's new South Coast boat.  Read more …

For the photo essay on the event, click here

Pic: The Red Beach Sirens comfortably won the final of the open women's division.

Surf boat results from Whangamata

3rd January 2015

Results from Round 2 of NZ Surf Boat Series

Open Men:  Piha A 1, Omanu Beach Crackins 2, Mairangi Bay Merkins 3
U23 Men:    Rarangi Blue 1, Waihi Beach 2, Red Beach Pirates 3
U19 Men:    Whangamata 1, Waihi Beach 2, Sunset Beach 3
Open Women:  Red Beach Sirens 1, Muriwai Cats 2, Orewa Zee Zee 3
U23 Women:    Red Beach Giggles 1, New Brighton Honey Beez 2, Orewa Stars 3
U19 Women:    Red Beach Blakey’s Angels 1, Orewa Aces 2, Piha Princesses 3

For race placings click here