2016


Owen Chapman Cup programme & entries

30th December 2016

Entries for the Owen Chapman Cup carnival close on Tuesday 3rd January.
For the Programme & Entry form … click here
For more on the Owen Chapman event ... click here


Red Beach boaties off to Whangamata

29th December 2016

It’s Round Two in the NZ Surf Boat Series

Pic: The Red Beach Muzzies crew competing in the open women’s division at Waipu Cove in November.           

The New Year will see three Red Beach crews heading for the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on Monday 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 Boomers placed third overall in Round One at Titahi Bay and we’re expecting to see more open men’s crews and tighter racing at Whangamata,” said sweep Shane O’Halloran.
“It will give us a chance to look at the form of the crews who didn’t compete in Wellington,” he added.
Two other Red Beach crews, the Muzzies and the Rabbits will be rowing in the open women’s division.
To read more on the NZ Surf Boat Series, click here


Mount Monster event

18th December 2016

Thirty Red Beach athletes tackled the Mount Monster event at Mt Maunganui on Saturday 17 December. It was, by far, the club’s biggest turnout of competitors for the event in the four years that it has been staged.
The 25km, four-stage endurance race took in Mount Maunganui’s iconic coastline. The Monster started and finished 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. Perfect weather conditions prevailed for the record field of 320 competitors who participated.

For the write-up on the Mount Monster, click here


Top surf athletes for the Owen Chapman

18th December 2016

International flavour for iconic surf carnival

Pic: The start of the surf race in the Candy Stripes Eliminator event during last summer's Owen Chapman Cup carnival at Red Beach.

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

This summer’s carnival will have an international flavour with the visiting NSW Country Branch representative team having confirmed 20 competitors for the event. And members of the Central Coast Branch team, also in the country for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series, are likely to compete.

The event has always been contested at Red Beach, having been first held in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 61st year, it's the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes. Read more …


Open Water Swim

17th December 2017

Entries close on Monday 16th January

The 28th Open Water Swim will take place at Red Beach on Sunday 22 January 2017.
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 2.00 pm.

For registration details and the entry form, click here


Mount Monster event

14th December 2016

Thirty Red Beach athletes head for Mt Maunganui this weekend to compete in the Mount Monster event.
Now in its fourth year, the gruelling event has attracted a record field of more than 300 competitors who will be chasing $9000 in prizemoney.  The 25km, four-stage endurance race takes in Mount Maunganui’s iconic coastline.
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 17 December at 10am.

To read more on the Mount Monster, click here


Whangamata Classic

14th December 2016

Mixed bag of weather & surf conditions for athletes

Pic: The Red Beach Boomers competing in the open men's division at Whangamata.

The elements weren’t to everyone’s liking at this year’s Whangamata Classic surf carnival which, for the first time, was extended to two days of competition.
Nevertheless, the conditions didn’t stop a number of Red Beach athletes from delivering strong performances to seal their selections for two SLSNR representative teams which have been announced. See stories below.
For the results from the Whangamata Classic, click here

Pic: The Red Beach Rockin' Reds canoe crew heads out through the Whangamata surf. 

Five club members named for SLSNR rep team

13th December 2016

SLSNR names team for Trans-Tasman Tri-Series

Pic: Chelsea Grant (left) and Lauren Johnson are two of the five Red Beach athletes selected for the SLSNR Trans-Tasman team.                 

Five Red Beach athletes have been selected for the Harcourts SLSNR 18-person team for the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series next month.
They are Lauren Johnson (open women), Kees Kramer & Rowan Gjaltema (U19 men), Chelsea Grant (U19 women) and Patrick Makgill (U16 men).
The SLSNR team will compete against teams from Australia’s Central Coast Branch and the NSW Country Branch at three venues in January. The dates and venues are ...
Friday 6th   Waipu Cove      
Monday 9th  Takapuna Beach     
Tuesday 10th  Omaha
For the full team selection, click here.

Pics (3):
Rowan Gjaltema won the U19 men's Beach Flags event at the recent Whangamata Classic surf carnival.
Kees Kramer won the U19 Ironman event at the Northern Region interclub carnivals held at Omaha and Waipu Cove in November.
Patrick Makgill won the U16 men's Surf Race at the Northern Region interclub carnivals held at Omaha and Waipu Cove in November.

Three club athletes for NZ Rep Challenge

13th December 2016
Pic: Hamish Gledhill, above, has been selected for the NZ Rep Challenge along with Kees Kramer and Chelsea Grant.

Three Red Beach athletes have been named for the Harcourts SLSNR NZ Representative Challenge.
Selected for the 10-person team are Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer and Chelsea Grant. The event will take place at Hawkes Bay’s Waimarama Beach on Sunday 15 January. Congratulations to all three lifeguards.
For the full team selection, click here.


Patrolling at Pakiri

11th December 2016

Surf patrols under way again from 17 December

Red Beach lifeguards will be back at the popular northern beach of Pakiri to continue their volunteer surf patrols from Saturday 17 December.
The Red Beach club is now entering its eighth 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 19 December to 8 February, the volunteer lifeguards at Pakiri carried out a record 30 rescues and attended to 13 first aid cases during the 1,440 hours they were on patrol. This summer's surf patrols will continue through to Sunday 12 February.


Whangamata Classic

9th December 2016

Carnival programme now spread over two days

More than 500 surf athletes from 21 surf clubs  will descend on Whangamata this weekend 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.
Saturday’s events, beginning at 9.00am, include surf races, ski & board races, Ironman & Diamond events as well as beach flags & sprints. Surf boats and surf canoes will also race but on Saturday only.
Sunday’s programme, starting at 8.30am, is comprised of relay events.
There will be two points tables running; one for Northern Region clubs and another for all the clubs participating.

For event information, the site plan and the programmes for each day, click here

Footnote:  All competition arenas, including the Boat/Canoe arena, get under way at 9.00 am on Saturday.         Saturday Tides:  Low at 9.32 am. High at 3.47 pm.

Tri-Series venues

5th December 2016
Pic: Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore.

The three venues for the Trans-Tasman Tri-Series in January have been announced. They are ...
Friday 6th   Waipu Cove     Monday 9th   Takapuna Beach     Tuesday 10th   Omaha

The SLSNR 18-person team, to be named before Christmas, will compete against teams from Australia’s Central Coast and the NSW Country Branch at all three venues. Red Beach has 10 athletes in contention for the SLSNR team.
The clash of the Trans-Tasman teams at Takapuna will be a ‘dress rehearsal’ for the two days of surf lifesaving competition at the World Masters Games on 22,23 April.


Podium finishes for two surf boat crews

4th December 2016

Finals placings for Boomers & Muzzies at Titahi Bay

Pic: The Boomers crew placed third in the Open men's final at Titahi Bay.

Two Red Beach boat crews have made a good start to the NZ Surf Boat Series.
Competing at Wellington’s Titahi Bay in Round One of the series, the Red Beach Boomers crew placed third in the final of the Open men’s division in a photo finish with a Titahi Bay crew who were given second. The final was won by the North Beach crew from Christchurch.
In the Open women’s division, the Red Beach Muzzies notched up a string of second placings in their five heats and went on to finish second to a Muriwai crew in the final. A Titahi Bay crew finished in third spot.
Red Beach was represented by three crews at Titahi Bay. The second race of the series, the Whangamata Spectacular, takes place on Monday 2nd January.

For the full story and results from the event, click here

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:
Round 1 – Titahi Bay, 3rd December; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Waihi, 4th February; Round 4 – Piha, 18th February.
Pic: The Red Beach Muzzies crew came second in the Open women's final.

JuniorSurf carnival

4th December 2016

Red Beach hosts first Interclub surf event

Pic: The start of a board race for U11 boys.

Red Beach hosted the first JuniorSurf interclub carnival of the summer on Saturday 3 December.
The events on the programme were Beach Flags, Board races, the Run Swim Run event, Board relays for U10 & U12 athletes and a Mixed Rescue Relay for U14 competitors.
The club's young surf athletes were right on their game, performing well and making the most of the fine weather.
Five arenas were in operation and a total of 526 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 14 January at Ruakaka.


JuniorSurf carnival

1st December 2016

Over 500 registrations for 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 3 December. The event is for competitors aged 7-13 years who will compete in Beach Flags, Board races, the Run Swim Run event, Board relays for U10 & U12 athletes and a Mixed Rescue Relay for U14 competitors.
Five competition arenas will be in operation and 526 young athletes are registered to take part. Saturday's carnival is a participation event and finals won't be run.
For more information on the carnival, click here

Footnote:  The first event is at 9.30 am and the estimated finish time is 2.30 pm. High tide is at 10.48am.

Three crews off to NZ Surf Boat Series

1st December 2016

Titahi Bay the venue for Round One of the series

Pic: The Muzzies open women's crew in action at the recent Waipu Cove carnival.

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 3 December.
Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran will sweep the Boomers in the open men’s division, Shamus O’Halloran will sweep the Muzzies while Jed Wright sweeps the Rabbits. Both women’s crews will compete in the open division. All racing will be over a long course distance.
To read more on the Wellington event, click here

Dates and venues for the 4-race series are:
Round 1 – Titahi Bay, 3rd December; Round 2 – Whangamata, 2nd January; Round 3 – Waihi, 4th February; Round 4 – Piha, 18th February.

Two more Red Beach athletes into HP squad

30th November 2016

SLSNR adds to its High Performance Squad

Pic: Sophie Hildesley, left, and Patrick Makgill are two of the U16 athletes added to the SLSNR High Performance Squad.

Red Beach athletes Sophie Hildesley and Patrick Makgill have been selected for the Northern Region High Performance Squad for 2016-17, bringing to 10 the number of Red Beach club members that have been named.
Nine additional Northern Region athletes were named during the Interclub carnival at Waipu Cove, bringing the squad numbers up to 43 in total.
The eight Red Beach members already in the squad are Kelsi Boocock, Lauren Johnson, Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Chelsea Grant, Tania Denvir, Jonathan Selman and Flynn Southcombe.
All the athletes named will be in contention for the 18-person SLSNR representative team for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series in January. The team will be named in December.


Waipu Cove carnival

30th November 2016

More solid performances from Red Beach athletes

Pic: Jade Hughes won the U16 women’s ski race series, notching up two wins and a second placing from three starts.

The Surf Sports Interclub carnival at Waipu Cove on Saturday 26 November saw Red Beach athletes continuing to show the gains they’ve made in their fitness and skill levels and there’s now some distinct talent emerging within competitor ranks.
Fine weather and a small surf set the scene at the Cove, enabling club members to make the most of the training they’ve been putting in. Their results augur well for two events coming up ... the two-day Whangamata Classic carnival on 10,11 December and the Mount Monster at Mt Maunganui on 17 December.
For the full set of results from Waipu Cove, click here ...

Pics: The start of the U19 men’s Iron Man event, won for the second consecutive time by Kees Kramer.
The Red Beach Wallies canoe crew won two of their three races in the U19 women’s division. From left: Brittany Vari, Kate Larkin, Melanie Wilcock, Rosa Larkin.
Kade Scheib, left, and Patrick Makgill in a heat of the U16 men’s board event.

Waipu Cove carnival

18th November 2016

Second Inter-club carnival of season coming up

Pic: A surf race finish at the Omaha carnival.

The Surf Sports season continues on Saturday 26th November with a carnival at Waipu Cove. 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, sprints and relays. Masters competitors are also catered for. The programme is the same as for the Omaha carnival.
Board, ski and beach events will be run in a 3-race series format.
Surf boat and surf canoe crews will compete over a long course distance with a short course finish. For more information click here …

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

Footnote:  Non-qualified members must wear the issued SLSNR cap; they must register and sign a waiver. They will not be eligible for competition points.

Coffee at the club

3rd November 2016

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

Red Beach Surf Club is serving up great coffee and snacks at the clubrooms on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, starting from Thursday 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 Smoothies, Iced Drinks & Ice-Creams as well as cabinet food.
Go on, treat yourself or meet up with friends. At the surf club, where friendships flourish.


Omaha surf carnival

3rd November 2016

First surf carnival of summer a test of fitness

The Surf Sports season gets under way in earnest on Saturday 12 November with a full-day carnival at Omaha.
Having had their first taste of competition at the Long Distance carnival in mid-October, surf athletes will be keen for some fully-fledged surf action.
The programme features board, ski and surf races plus the beach events of flags, sprints and relays. 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.
Board, ski and beach sprint events will be run in a 3-race series format. For more information, click here ...

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

Footnote:  Non-qualified members must wear the issued SLSNR cap; they must register and sign a waiver. They will not be eligible for competition points.

IRB qualifications

1st November 2016

Seven new IRB drivers, 10 Crew awards

Pic: A total of 42 candidates from six Northern Region clubs attended the IRB exam at Muriwai.   Photo by Michelle Casey.

Red Beach lifeguards recorded an impressive pass rate at an IRB exam held at Muriwai Beach on Sunday 29 October.
Seven members gained their IRB Drivers award and a further 10 members passed the Crewman exam.
The west coast beach threw up some challenging conditions for the candidates with a messy 2m swell. The Red Beach team handled it all very capably.
The club extends a big ‘thank you’ to IRB instructors Peter Kramer and Michael Smith who provided instruction to the lifeguards during a 12-week training course.

IRB Drivers (7):
Douglas Burfoot, Sean Casey, Jonah Cleminson, Hamish Gledhill, Emma Hildesley, Harry Mellor, Sam Readman.
IRB Crewmen (10):
Douglas Burfoot, Tania Denvir, Joshua Gudsell-McKenzie, Jade Hughes, Dylan McDermott, Mike McDermott, Justin Parkes, Blake Readman, Camille Small, Zoe Turner.

Canoe training day

26th October 2016

Crews to put early-season fitness to the test

Pic: Red Beach crews in action at last year's Canoe Training Day.

CanoeRed Beach Surf Club will play host to at least 16 surf canoe crews at the sixth annual canoe training day this 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 managers’ meeting is at 10.00 am. The first race starts at 10.30 am. The event will conclude with a BBQ and prize giving at the club.

Enrol for JuniorSurf

24th October 2016

Club continuing to recruit new members

Red Beach Surf Club is still taking registrations for its JuniorSurf division. There were big turnouts at the two registration days held earlier this month and children can still be enrolled at any Sunday training session coming up.
Activities for the division commence at Red Beach on Sunday 30th October, the official Opening Day for the summer. Administrators will be on hand to provide information on age groups, activities, training days and surf carnival competition. Club clothing will be on sale in the clubrooms.

Opening Day – Sunday 30th October, 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 Kirsty Rutledge-Malyon 021 888 142

Top club ... JuniorSurf Northern Region Championships 2016


Surf patrol season about to start again

18th October 2016

Lifeguards geared for patrols at Red Beach & Pakiri

Lifeguard patrols commence on Saturday 22nd October, the first day of the country’s Labour Day weekend. Patrol hours for Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays are:

11:00am - 4:00pm  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 17th December.

Junior registrations continue this Sunday

11th October 2016

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 16th October    Times:  11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Parents are invited to bring their children along 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 30th October.
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 30th October, 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 Kirsty Rutledge-Malyon 021 888 142

Winning club … JuniorSurf Northern Region Championships 2016


Long Distance event to kick-start season

10th October 2016

Runners, swimmers, paddlers & rowers to compete in season-opener at Orewa Beach this Saturday

The Harcourts SLSNR Long Distance Carnival at Orewa this coming Saturday will launch the 2016-17 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 9.15 am.

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

For event information, click here ...

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. This event does not contribute points towards the Competition Club of the Year.

SLSNZ Pool Championships

5th October 2016

Record number of entries for three-day event

Pic: The National Aquatic Centre, venue for the SLSNZ Pool Championships.

This weekend’s SLSNZ Pool Championships will see a record 603 competitors battling it out at the National Aquatic Centre on Auckland’s North Shore.
It’s the 14th consecutive year of the event which has 31 surf clubs going head to head over three days of competition.
Red Beach will be fronting the Championships with 63 competitors, ranging from 10 year-olds through to Masters.
The Paul Kent Memorial Trophy will be presented to the top club with culmination of points in the Under 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19 and Open age groups. The Top Masters Club Trophy will be presented to the top club with culmination of points in the Masters age groups.

For the programme of events, click here.

Friday 7 October
9.00 am               Session 1 begins; ends 12.00 pm
1.00 pm               Session 2 begins; ends 5.30 pm
Saturday 8 October
8.00 am               Session 3 begins; ends 12.00 pm
1.00 pm               Session 4 begins; ends 6.30 pm
Sunday 9 October
8.00 am               Session 5 begins; ends 2.30 pm 

Fitness membership a quirky fundraiser

20th September 2016

Northern Arena offering a 10-day fitness membership for just $10.00; Red Beach Surf Club 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 equipment to continue the training of our 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 2nd October.  All passes expire on 31st October 2016.

Open Water Swim

18th September 2016

Open Swim 2The 28th Open Water Swim will take place at Red Beach on Saturday 22 January 2017.
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 2.00 pm.

For registration details and the entry form, click here


Ladies movie night

14th September 2016

Get to see ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Red Beach Surf Club has another popular movie night coming up. Sponsored by Caci Clinic Silverdale, this fundraiser will benefit the Junior & Senior divisions of the club with sports equipment and coaching.
When & Where:  Wednesday 21st September, Hoyts Cinema, Stanmore Bay. Doors open 7.30 pm. Movie starts at 8.30 pm.

  • Free glass of bubbles and ice cream on entry
  • Fabulous goodie bags from Caci Clinic Silverdale
  • Door prizes and raffles

Tickets at $25 p/p are available from the club bar or Debra Cairns by email. Or, phone Robyn 021 955 936 or Ange 022 656 8082


SLSNR Pool Champs

9th September 2016

Big entries for Northern Region Pool Champs

The Harcourts Northern Region Pool Championships kick off at the Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre on the North Shore on Saturday 10 September.
Red Beach will have its biggest-ever contingent of 81 competitors, aged from 10 years through to Masters, swimming at the two-day event, a forerunner to the National Pool Champs in early-October. A total 318 athletes from 12 clubs are participating.
At stake will be the Cosgrove Trophy which will be awarded to the overall Northern Region Club points winner, including Juniors, Seniors and Masters.

For the programme of events, click here.

Saturday 10 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 8.30 pm
Sunday 11 September
7.00 am               Warm-up (45 mins)
8.00 am               Session 3 begins; ends 12.00 pm
1.00 pm               Session 4 begins; ends 4.30 pm
Pic: The National Aquatic Centre on Auckland's North Shore, venue for the SLSNR Pool Championships.

World Masters Games

2nd September 2016
WMG Logo

The World Masters Games will take place in Auckland from 21-30 April 2017. It’s the world’s largest multi-sport event and it’s expected to attract 25,000 athletes from 100 countries. There will be 28 sports competing at 45 venues.
Surf Life Saving is one of the sports and Takapuna Beach will be the venue over the weekend of 22-23 April.
With widespread interest being shown by Red Beach Masters members, the club is creating a database of athletes who would like to participate in this major event.
If this is you, we want to hear from you!

We have created an Expression of Interest form which you can complete and return to the club, click here
Check out the World Masters Games website, it has the answers to the questions you probably have … click here


Boomers boat crew chasing world title

2nd September 2016

Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands

The Red Beach Boomers surf boat crew have their sights on the open men’s surf boat title at Rescue 2016 in The Netherlands.
The event, organised by the Dutch Lifesaving Federation, will take place from 1-18 September in the city of Eindhoven and at Noordwijk.
The crew of Jed Wright, Shamus O’Halloran, Hayden Smith, Charlie Graham and sweep Shane O’Halloran will take on crews from Australia, France, Denmark, Germany and the UK when they race at Noordwijk on Friday 9 September.

“To get to the Worlds we’ve been fundraising since the close of last season,” said Shane.
“The boys have been very successful with building and labouring jobs and they’ve been well supported by Red Beach club members and their friends.”
“Flat rowing conditions are expected at Noordwijk and we’ll be using a borrowed boat from a pool of surf boats,” he added.
The biennial event features pool and ocean events for National teams, Interclub teams, Masters, Surf Boat crews and IRB teams.

For the Lifesaving World Champs website, click here


Red Beach athletes named for rep squad

31st August 2016

SLSNR picks its High Performance Squad

Pic: Hamish Gledhill (left) and Kees Kramer are two of the U19 athletes selected for the SLSNR High Performance Squad.

Eight Red Beach athletes have been selected for the Northern Region High Performance Squad for 2016-17.
In the Open division, Kelsi Boocock and Lauren Johnson have been named.
Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer and Chelsea Grant are amongst the U19 selections, while Tania Denvir, Jonathan Selman and Flynn Southcombe have been selected as U16 competitors.
A total of 34 Northern Region athletes have made it into the squad. All athletes named will be in contention for the SLSNR representative team for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series in January.

To see who has been named in the squad, click here

Pic: Chelsea Grant (left) and Lauren Johnson are two of the eight Red Beach athletes named in the SLSNR squad.                  Photos by Ross Malyon.

Ladies movie night

31st August 2016

Get to see ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’

Red Beach Surf Club has another popular movie night coming up. Sponsored by Caci Clinic Silverdale, this fundraiser will benefit the Junior & Senior divisions of the club with sports equipment and coaching.
When & Where:  Wednesday 21st September, Hoyts Cinema, Stanmore Bay. Doors open 7.30 pm. Movie starts at 8.30 pm.

  • Free glass of bubbles and ice cream on entry
  • Fabulous goodie bags from Caci Clinic Silverdale
  • Door prizes and raffles

Tickets at $25 p/p are available from the club bar or Debra Cairns by email. Or, phone Robyn 021 955 936 or Ange 022 656 8082


Kelsi swims to a fast pool time in Hawaii

28th August 2016

PB achieved in A Final at Junior Pan Pacs

Pic: Kelsi Boocock at Pan Pacs. Photo courtesy of BW Media.

Red Beach lifeguard and North Shore swimmer Kelsi Boocock has added to the A Final haul for New Zealand swimmers at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii.
The Pan Pacs in Maui has drawn full strength teams from USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand, the Pacific and other non-European nations, for swimmers between 13 to 18 years.
Kelsi (18) finished sixth in the final of the 200m backstroke in a personal best 2:15.08. Earlier she was equal seventh fastest in her heat in 2:15.74 which she bettered again in the A Final.
Four other individuals earned B Finals.


SLSNR Pool Champs

28th August 2016

Red Beach Surf Club will have a contingent of more than 80 swimmers at the Harcourts Northern Region Pool Champs on 10th & 11th September.
It’s the first Championship event in the SLSNR Surf Sports programme for the 2016-17 season.
The youngest swimmers will be the 10-13 year-olds of the JuniorSurf division. The programme will also see events for U16, U19 and Masters swimmers.
At stake will be the Cosgrove Trophy which will be awarded to the overall Northern Region Club points winner, including Juniors, Seniors and Masters.

To read more about the Pool Champs, click here


Registration days for JuniorSurf members

20th August 2016

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 9th and Sunday 16th October
Times:   11.00 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 30th October.
You are able to print out the JuniorSurf registration form to complete and take with you to either of the registration days. For the Membership Registration Form, click here

Opening Day – Sunday 30th October, 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 Kirsty Rutledge-Malyon 021 888 142.

Winning club … JuniorSurf Northern Region Championships 2016


Caitlin’s crew into K4 500m final at Rio de Janeiro

20th August 2016

Classy K4 crew makes Olympic A final at Rio

Two powerful paddles have propelled the New Zealand K4 kayaking crew of Jaimee Lovett, Kayla Imrie, Aimee Fisher and Caitlin Ryan into the biggest race of their lives.

The quartet, making their Olympic debuts in Rio de Janeiro, scorched across the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in 1min 34.778secs to advance to tonight's Olympic A final. Gold medal favourites Hungary and world champions Belarus advanced directly to the final by winning their heats, while Germany won the other semifinal in 1:34.710.

After finishing third in their heat, Ryan believes the most satisfying aspect is their speed endurance, after stunning many teams last year with their speed off the start line.
"People discount it, but we've got that endurance now," she said. "You've either got endurance or you don't and we can't be counted out at the end of the race either. All of us trust each other to finish well and we've shown that here."
But it's the manner in which the K4 has raced - smooth, unruffled and confident - that has particularly impressed.

"We never really knew what we had in us," Ryan said. "We had not much expectation but as we came together and kept working, we thought 'why not?' We've got the potential, we've done the training and now it's becoming more real as time goes by."
The Kiwis made history before they even picked up a paddle in anger, becoming the first New Zealand women's K4 to compete at the Olympics. The last men's team was in 1992.

The crew qualified at last year's world championships and placed fifth and third at two World Cup regattas this year.

Story courtesy of Jamie Troughton, Dscribe Media
Pic: Red Beach lifeguard Caitlin Ryan in training before leaving for the Rio Olympics.

Eastern Region Pool Champs at Te Rapa

18th August 2016

Red Beach the top club from the Northern Region

After two days of the 2016 Eastern Region Pool Champs, Red Beach finished in third place on overall points. The club came away from the Te Rapa pool as the top achiever from the Northern Region.
The outstanding results achieved by the club's swimmers underscored all the hard work that went into training which paid off big-time!
Close to 200 competitors from 13 clubs took part. Red Beach, with 35 athletes, had the second largest squad at the Waterworld venue.
The Red Beach results from both days can be found in the Results section, click here


Awards given at AGM

8th August 2016

Four club members recognised for their services

Pic: Kevin Cornish, left, and Craig Gledhill with their awards.

Four 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. 
A Service Award was presented to Kevin Cornish while Recognition Awards went to Craig Gledhill and Jan Saull.  A Recognition Award was made posthumously to Nick Saull.
Citations were read out to the meeting in support of the honours.


Surf Lifeguard Award training to start

26th July 2016

First of two courses commences Tuesday 2 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, 2nd August at the Red Beach clubrooms. Each session will run for approx. 90 minutes. The exam for the award is on 25 September.

This will be the first of only two courses of instruction for the 2016/17 season. The second course will start on 27 September with the exam on 20 November.

Start Date:   Tuesday 2nd 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, email your contact details and the course date you prefer to info@redbeachslsc.com
If you know of anyone who is interested in obtaining the Surf Lifeguard Award, please have them send an email to request training dates and details on what is involved in sitting for the award.


Club AGM : 31st July

16th July 2016

Red Beach Surf Club’s Annual Meeting coming up

AGM 4The Annual General Meeting of Red Beach SLSC will be held on Sunday 31st July, 2.00 pm at the Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara Street, Red Beach.
Nominations are called for officers of the CLUB COMMITTEE (Management Committee) for the 2016-17 season.
The annual meeting to elect officers for the club’s SENIOR SURF COMMITTEE will take place at the same time.

Note: Nomination forms have been emailed to club members eligible to vote. The closing date for nominations is Friday 22nd July 2016.

Trivia Quiz & Auction night coming soon

15th July 2016

Annual themed fundraiser on Saturday 27th August

Poster: BACK TO SCHOOL themed Trivia Auction Night. Benefiting the Red Beach Surf Club.
27th August 2016. Red Beach Primary School. Doors open at 6.00pm. Quiz starts at 7.00pm sharp. Cash Bar, BYO Nibbles. Tickets $20 each.
For tickets contact Debra Cairns 021 130 4153.


Red, White & Brew Night

7th July 2016

American themed fundraiser at the Surf Club

Club members and supporters decked themselves out in the colours of the Stars n’ Stripes for the club’s big fundraising event of the year, the Red White & Brew night held on 2nd July.
Guests were entertained with live music, supped on American beer and generously supported the raffles and auctions held during the evening. An Eric Clapton guitar was snapped up at auction for $1,500. The club wishes to express its thanks to all who attended and supported the fundraiser.
Proceeds from the event are being applied to coaching and equipment for the coming season.


JuniorSurf members collect SLSNR awards

2nd July 2016

For the full list of SLSNR winners, click here

Pic: Red Beach’s Junior members regained the trophy for the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships which were held over two days in February at Orewa Beach.
With the trophy following its presentation at the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on 25 June, from left: Patrick Makgill, Flynn Southcombe, JuniorSurf chairman Dylan Turner, Blake Readman, Ben Mellor.

Pic: Flynn Southcombe won the U14 Sportsman of the Year trophy at the Awards of Excellence night. Red Beach’s Patrick Makgill was also a finalist in the category.

Pic: There were 40 Red Beach members and supporters at the function which was held at Shed 10 on Queens Wharf.  A total of 350 people were in attendance.

Tribute to Nick Saull

30th June 2016

An emotional tribute was paid to Nick Saull by Red Beach club members and supporters when they gathered recently at Red Beach to remember him.
Club members formed a guard of honour along the beachfront, then assembled on the water in IRBs, surf boats, surf canoes and on boards and skis. Balloons were released by the rowers and paddlers to honour him.
Nick (47), a club lifeguard, died tragically on June 13 when he was struck by rigging while aboard the 20m yacht Platino in rough seas while heading to Fiji.
He was farewelled at a funeral attended by around 800 people at the QBE Stadium in Albany on Monday 27 June.


JuniorSurf AGM

29th June 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will take place as follows:

When:    Tuesday 12th July at 7.30 pm
Where:   Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara St, Red Beach
 
The Election of Officers will be held for the 2016-17 season.
If you are interested in one of the officer roles (position descriptions are available), please contact Dylan Turner on 027 513 8198 or email dturner@linfox.co.nz or Sidah Russell on 027 471 8571 or email s.russell@massey.ac.nz

Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.


Life Membership of SLSNR for Pat Olsen

26th June 2016

Honour bestowed at Awards of Excellence function

Red Beach Surf Club stalwart Patricia Olsen has become just the fifth woman to be made a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Northern Region.
She was presented with the prestigious award at the Awards of Excellence night held at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on 25 June before a gathering of 380 guests.

Pat began her lifesaving career in 1950 when she joined Milford Girls Surf Club and for eight years served as Club Captain and Secretary.  Read more ...

Footnote:  Women who have been made Life members of either Auckland SLSA or Surf Life Saving Northern Region are:  Muriel Brown (1957), Abbie Day (1977), Valerie Walton (1991), Patricia Reid (2012), Patricia Olsen (2016).

Honour for Michelle Newton

26th June 2016

Recipient of SLSNR Distinguished Service Award

Red Beach SeniorSurf chairperson Michelle Newton was presented with a Distinguished Service Award at the recent Awards of Excellence night.
She joined Red Beach in 1987, gained her Surf Medallion and competed for the club for six consecutive years. She obtained her Instructor’s Certificate in 1988 and was a member of the Surf Committee for four years from 1991 to 1995.

In 1992/93 she put through a record 47 Surf Lifeguard awards and was awarded the Mainzeal Trophy for Instructor of the Year. In total, she put through 91 Lifeguard Awards during her three years as Chief Instructor.  Read more …


Interclub pool events

20th June 2016

Two additional Interclub pool events will be held, SLSNR has announced. They are scheduled for 30th July and 20th August and will be held at the National Aquatic Centre at AUT Millenium, Mairangi Bay.
The purpose of the two Interclubs is to provide swimmers with more opportunities to race pool events, particularly the more technical events.
They will also assist athletes to fine-tune their skills before the SLSNR and SLSNZ Pool Champs take place. Entries are now open for the two Interclubs.

Saturday 30 July             Pool Interclub # 1
Saturday 20 August        Pool Interclub # 2
10/11 September           SLSNR Pool Championships
7-9 October                    SLSNZ Pool Championships


Kelsi Boocock off to Japan

20th June 2016

SLSNZ Development Squad chasing Sanyo Cup

Pic: Kelsi Boocock competing at the Northern Region Championships at Omaha in February. Photo by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach lifeguard Kelsi Boocock is about to head for Japan as a member of the SLSNZ Development Squad for the Sanyo Bussan International Lifesaving Cup.
The 2016 line-up features a strong team of 10 – five male and five female – led by captain Ben Cochrane (Omanu).

The two days of competition will include events such as Surf Race, Board Race, Oceanman/woman, Beach Flags, Beach Sprint, Board Rescue, Tube Rescue, Oceanwoman Relay and Beach Relay.
It won’t be the first international competition for Kelsi. She represented the NZ Youth team at the 2015 International Surf Rescue Challenge in Australia.
The team departs on June 28 for the event that runs from July 2-3 in Miyazaki, Southern Japan.

Follow the team’s journey, visit the SLSNZ High Performance Facebook page.


Red, White & Brew

19th June 2016

American themed fundraiser at the Surf Club

Deck yourself out in the colours of the Stars n’ Stripes and head for the club’s BIG fundraising event of the year. Proceeds from the Red White & Brew night will go towards equipment and coaching for the coming season.

When:  Saturday 2nd July     Where: Red Beach Surf Club    Tickets: $25      Time: Doors open at 7.00pm
A limited number of tickets remain to be sold. Contact Digby Morton at 021 933 333 or email dig@dlpack.co.nz  or send an email request to the Red Beach Surf Club.

RAFFLES         AUCTIONS         LIVE MUSIC         AMERICAN BEER


NZ Surf Boat Trials

16th June 2016

Separate trials for New Zealand surf boat crews will be held at Mount Maunganui on 22-23 October. Selected men’s, women’s and development crews will be racing against Australia on 4 February 2017 at Waihi Beach in a three-test series. Keep an eye on the SLSNZ website for more information.


Tragic death of Nick Saull

15th June 2016

It is with great sadness that we advise of the passing of Nick Saull, a Red Beach lifeguard who has patrolled at both Red Beach and Pakiri for the past five years.
Nick (47) was tragically killed when struck by rigging while aboard the 20m yacht Platino which got into trouble in dangerous seas while heading for Fiji.

Nick first became involved with Red Beach Surf Club in 2009 when he helped coach the JuniorSurf B10 group for 10 year old youngsters. He continued coaching JuniorSurf groups for a total of four years.
In October 2011 Nick obtained his Surf Lifeguard Award and within 12 months obtained the Marine VHF Radio Operators Certificate and achieved his IRB Drivers qualification.
In June 2015 he obtained the IRB Instructors Award and played a key role with fellow lifeguard Peter Kramer in training up club lifeguards for IRB crewman and driver awards. Read more …


Caitlin Ryan will be our tenth Olympian

12th June 2016

Red Beach lifeguard on the road to Rio

Caitlin Ryan, above and at right, is set to become the club’s tenth Olympian when she competes in Rio de Janeiro in August.
Like her nine predecessors, all of whom are either past or present Red Beach members, she will compete in kayaking at the Games of the 31st Olympiad.
And she will be just the second female from the club to compete at the Games. Erin Taylor competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and at the London Olympics in 2012.

Caitlin joins Kayla Imrie, Aimee Fisher and Jaimee Lovett in the first ever women’s K4 to head to the Olympics. All four have backgrounds in surf lifesaving.

Those from the Red Beach Surf Club to have worn the Silver Fern are:

Don Cooper & John Leonard (both in 1976), Ian Ferguson (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992), Edwin Richards (1984), Stephen Richards & John MacDonald (1988, 1992), Mark Scheib (1992), Steven Ferguson (swimming 2000, kayaking 2004, 2008), Erin Taylor (2008, 2012).


Awards of Excellence finalists announced

12th June 2016

All finalists for the Awards of Excellence night on Saturday 25th June have been named.
The full SLSNR list covers all clubs in the Northern Region and includes 10 finalists from Red Beach. The function will take place at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on Auckland’s waterfront.

For the names of all finalists, click here

Pic: Hamish Gledhill, left, and Sam Readman are finalists in the U16 Sportsman of the Year category.

Tickets on sale for SLSNR Awards of Excellence

28th May 2016

For the list of all the Awards finalists, click here

Tickets are on sale for the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night which is expected to attract 300-400 guests to the Queens Wharf 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.

Get set for a great night!  Tickets must be ordered and paid for by Wed 8th June.

When: Saturday 25th June, 7.00 pm   Where: Shed 10, Queens Wharf   Dress: Formal
Tickets: $60 per person which includes a 3-course buffet dinner.  Cash bar and eftpos are available.

Email Debra Cairns to order tickets ... click here

Pic: The 2015 Awards of Excellence night under way.

Finalists named for SLSNR Excellence Awards

28th May 2016

10 finalists from Red Beach up for SLSNR Awards

Red Beach Surf Club has 10 finalists heading into the SLSNR Awards of Excellence Night on Saturday 25th June.
Mark Readman, right, is a finalist in the Volunteer of the Year category. He won the Best Clubman award at the Red Beach prize giving night in April and became an automatic nomination from the club for SLSNR honours.
Club boatie Jack Smith, who was recognised at the NZ Search and Rescue Council Awards in Wellington for a dramatic rescue carried out at North Piha last November, is an SLSNR finalist for Rescue of the Year.

Wade Downey is one of three finalists for the Instructor of the Year award. He was the driving force which saw Red Beach achieve 43 Surf Lifeguard Awards last season.
Michelle Newton is in the running for Surf Official of the Year while Claire van der Net is a finalist in the category of Developing Surf Official of the Year.

Four club members have made it into the Sportsman of the Year category. Athletes Hamish Gledhill and Sam Readman are in the running for the U16 award. Flynn Southcombe and Patrick Makgill are both in contention for the U14 Sportsman award.
Meanwhile, Ben Mellor has been selected as a finalist for Rookie Lifeguard of the Year.
The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards.

When:     Saturday 25th June, 7.00pm.  Arrival from 6.30pm.
Where:    Shed 10, Queens Wharf.    Dress: Formal
Tickets:   $60 per person which includes buffet dinner.  Cash bar & eftpos available.

Tickets are now on sale and must be ordered and paid for by Wednesday 8th June.  Email Debra Cairns … click here
For more pics of finalists, click here

Pic: Surf boat rower Jack Smith is in contention for the Rescue of the Year Award.

Pub to club paddle

23rd May 2016

More than 40 club members - ski paddlers, canoeists and IRB crews - participated in the recent Pub to Club paddle. Ideal conditions prevailed for the 16km journey down the Puhoi River to Wenderholm then across the ocean to Red Beach. The event, part of the club's winter training programme, took place on Sunday 15 May.  For more pics, click here

Pics:
Launching surf skis onto the Puhoi River.
The journey from Puhoi to Wenderholm.

JuniorSurf AGM

18th May 2016

Kindly note … the 2016 Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division, which was to have taken place on Tuesday 21st June, has been postponed and will now take place in July on a date yet to be announced.

The new date will be advised on the club’s Facebook page and on this website.

The Election of Officers will be held for the 2016-17 season.
If you are interested in one of the officer roles (position descriptions are available), please contact Dylan Turner on 027 513 8198 or email dturner@linfox.co.nz or Sidah Russell on 027 471 8571 or email s.russell@massey.ac.nz

Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.


SLSNR Awards Night

18th May 2016

Awards of Excellence function on Saturday 25 June

It’s coming up … Surf Life Saving Northern Region’s Awards of Excellence Night.  This is a major event on the surf lifesaving calendar and an evening all club members can look forward to. The evening will see the presentation of lifesaving, sports and regional awards. We suggest you enter these details in your diary or on your calendar …

When:    Saturday 25th June
Where: When:here:  Shed 10, Queens Wharf
Tickets:  Ticket price and availability to be advised soon. 

The names of the finalists will be announced end-May.


JuniorSurf AGM

17th May 2016

The 2016 Annual General Meeting for the club’s JuniorSurf division will take place as follows:

When:    Tuesday 21st June at 7.30 pm
Where:   Red Beach Surf Clubrooms, Ngapara St, Red Beach
 
The Election of Officers will be held for the 2016-17 season.
If you are interested in one of the officer roles (position descriptions are available), please contact Dylan Turner on 027 513 8198 or email dturner@linfox.co.nz or Sidah Russell on 027 471 8571 or email s.russell@massey.ac.nz
Parents and members are all welcome to attend the AGM.


Kangaroo Court

6th May 2016

Kangaroo Court 1The Kangaroo Court will soon be in session at the Red Beach Surf Club. For a night of laughs and hilarity, get yourself along to the club. It’s for all members … competitors, patrollers, parents and associates.

When:      Saturday 14th May
Time:       From 7.00 pm. The court will be in session at 7.45pm
Tickets:    $10.00 each with a lucky door prize.

Know of some good bloopers or gaffes from the past season? Get your stories to Vaughan Skiffington at 021 401 444
For ticket purchases contact Vaughan or get them from the club bar on Mon/Wed/Fri . See Brie.


Nationals venues for next two years

24th April 2016

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 two years have been announced. They are:

2017    New Brighton, Christchurch    16-19 March
2018    Midway Beach, Gisborne        15-18 March


New breakfast menu

24th April 2016

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 Creamy Mushrooms. Or maybe Ciabatta French Toast and the add-ons that go with it. And if you're really hungry, go for the Full Cooked 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 – 12.00 noon. And while you're at the club, enjoy our popular Espresso coffee.

To check out the new Sunday breakfast menu, click here


Ohope all set for the NZ Championships

15th March 2016

Ohope to host surf lifesaving’s pinnacle event

Ohope Beach in Whakatane is poised to host the NZ Surf Life Saving Championships which will see more than 1,500 competitors from 49 clubs competing on the sand and in the surf over four days.
Hosted by Whakatane Surf Life Saving Club, the event will see Masters competition taking place on Thursday 17th March and this will be the curtain-raiser for SeniorSurf competition from March 18-20. Over 100 national titles will be decided in the Open, U19 and U16 age divisions.
Red Beach has again registered the highest number of competitors, a total of 141. The club has 33 Masters competing on the Thursday and 108 athletes over the three days that follow.
This year’s event will also see international competitors from Italy and Australia.
The NZ Championships were last staged at Ohope Beach in 2014, and before then in 2010 and 2008.

For more on the Nationals and club entries, click here

For the Nationals programmes, click here
For the Ohope Beach site plan, click here
For the Ohope swells forecast, click here


Medallists at Oceans '16

8th March 2016

Congratulations to the following JuniorSurf members who were successful in picking up medals at Oceans ’16 at Mt Maunganui.
The club also extends its congratulations to all everyone in the 76-strong group of club athletes who gave their very best in their events, many of whom made it to finals.

GOLD - 8 medals 
Patrick Makgill / Blake Readman          U14 Men’s Board Rescue
Patrick Makgill / Flynn Southcombe      U14 Men’s Tube Rescue
Flynn Southcombe                             U14 Men’s Surf Race
Ethan Anderson                                 U12 Men’s Beach Sprint
Pippa Nicol                                        U11 Women’s Board Race
Pippa Nicol                                        U11 Women’s Diamond Race
Akira Gardiner                                   U11 Men’s Beach Flags
Jakob Currin                                      U11 Men’s Beach Sprint

SILVER - 3 medals 
Flynn Southcombe                             U14 Men’s Run-Swim-Run
Blake Readman                                 U14 Men’s Board Race
Kees O’Leary-Lodge                           U11 Men’s Run-Swim-Run

BRONZE - 7 medals 
Patrick Makgill                                  U14 Men’s Run-Swim-Run
Freya Dooley, Jonathan Selman,         U14 Grand Cameron Relay
Flynn Southcombe, Mollie Nicol, 
Blake Readman, Alexsia Bingley 
Kalani Gilbertson                               U13 Men’s Board Race
Oliver Howarth                                  U12 Men’s Beach Sprint
Pippa Nicol                                       U11 Women’s Run-Swim-Run
Akira Gardiner                                  U11 Men’s Beach Sprint
Toby Lewis                                       U11 Men’s Diamond Race


JuniorSurf athletes head for Oceans ’16 at The Mount

2nd March 2016

Red Beach to send its biggest-ever contingent

Red Beach’s JuniorSurf members are about to head for Mount Maunganui to compete in the annual Ocean Athletes event.
A total of 76 competitors aged from 10-14 years – Red Beach’s biggest-ever contingent - will participate over four days of competition starting on Thursday 3rd March. It will be the largest club group at Oceans ’16. Papamoa is next with 52 competitors.
The Ocean Athletes concept was developed 16 years and has grown in size to become one of Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s most successful surf sport events. Oceans ’16 has attracted 896 young athletes from 45 clubs around New Zealand.
At the Oceans ’12 event, Red Beach took out the top honours for overall points.
“The scene is set and the weather is looking promising for a great four days of racing,” said SLSNZ sport manager Mike Lord. Read more …

For Oceans '16 details & the programme, click here.

Oceans 16


No fishing contest

28th February 2016

Red Beach Surf Club’s annual fishing competition won’t be taking place this year. It had been scheduled for Saturday 12 March.
The organisers are confident it will make a return in 2017.


Open Water Swim

24th February 2016

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


Nthn Region Champs

19th February 2016

Two days of competition in lead-up to Nationals

Pic: The start of a surf race at Omaha in November.

Omaha Beach will see two days of top surf lifesaving action when the Northern Region Championships get under way at the weekend. Ruakaka has been the venue for 10 consecutive years and now it’s Omaha’s turn to host the event.
Saturday’s programme starts at 9.00 am with the 2km Beach Run, followed by the Surf Race/Teams for all divisions. Short course course racing for boats & canoes starts at the same time. Board races and board relays wrap up the afternoon programme.

Sunday’s programme commences at 9.00 am with the Lifesaver Relay, the Run Swim Run and Tube Rescue events. Taplin Relays will bring the weekend to finality.
The order of events for the Ironman/woman events is Swim-Ski-Board.

Click here for the programmes for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday tides:   High  6.26 am.   Low 12.30 pm.  
Sunday tides:      High 7.20 am.    Low 1.24 pm.

Red Beach snares 2 titles at NI surf boat champs

9th February 2016

Two gold, one bronze at Waihi event

Pic:  The Red Beach Pirates crew gets the starter's gun. From left: Bugsy O'Hallloran (sweep), Ryan Davenport, Kyle Lennon, Max Anstis, Rhye Jacka.

SurfIn rugged conditions at Waihi Beach, two Red Beach surf boat crews took out titles at the North Island Surf Boat Championships. The event was Round Three of the NZ Surf Boat Series.
In the U23 men’s division, the Red Beach Pirates crew took out the series and the Red Beach Angels won the U19 women’s division.
The Red Beach Boomers placed third in the open men’s division. All three crews were swept by Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran.

Story and results are on the SLSNZ website, click here

Overall Results:
Open Men – North Beach Beavers 1, New Brighton Killa Bees 2, Red Beach Boomers 3.
Open Women – Piha Black Pearls 1, Paekakariki Ranu 2, Muriwai Maine Coons 3.
Masters Men – Westshore Red 1, Omanu Old Salts 2, East End Tui 3.
U23 Men – Red Beach Pirates 1, Whangamata Barry’s 2, Orewa Chargers 3.
U23 Women – Titahi Bay Tinders 1, Paekakariki Pearls 2, Orewa Stars 3.
U19 Men – Titahi Bay Mad Dogs 1, Waihi 2, Sunset Beach Young Guns 3.
U19 Women – Red Beach Angels 1, Waihi 2, Orewa Baby Blues 3.
Pic: Standing on top of the dais at Waihi, from left: Jessica Cornish, Georgia Cox, Briana Smith, Tyler McDowall, Bugsy O'Halloran (sweep).   Photos by Veronika Cox.

Club Champs coming

7th February 2016

The annual Club Championships for members of the SeniorSurf division will take place at Pakiri on Saturday 12th March.
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. All events carry trophies.
The Champion Lifesaver trophies will be awarded to the competitors in each of the six divisions who gain the most overall points.
Registrations:   7.45 am at Pakiri Beach
First Event:       8.00 am
Full details of the Championships will be emailed to club members. On the day, if conditions prove unfavourable at Pakiri, the championships will be switched to Red Beach.

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

Results from ERC’s

3rd February 2016

Red Beach finishes fourth equal on overall points

Pic: Club coach Jack Gavin, right, teamed with Blake Readman to win their heat of the open men's board rescue event.  Photo by Ross Malyon.

A total of 925 athletes from 40 New Zealand clubs competed at the Eastern Region Championships at Mount Maunganui during Anniversary weekend. The top 25 clubs are:

Overall Points:
Mt Maunganui (178) 1, Mairangi Bay (71) 2, Piha (62) 3, Red Beach (52) 4=, Waikanae (52) 4=, Orewa (48) 6, Omanu (42) 7, Lyall Bay (38) 8, Papamoa (38) 9, Midway (31) 10, Ocean Beach Kiwi (19) 11, Muriwai (14) 12, Fitzroy (14) 13, Waimarama (14) 14, St Clair (12) 15, Waihi Beach (12) 16, East End (12) 17, Bethells Beach (10) 18, Whangamata (8) 19, NPOB (8) 20, Whakatane (8) 21, Titahi Bay (6) 22, Wainui (6) 23, Paekakariki (5) 24, Westshore (5) 25.

Coming soon … the ERC’s photo gallery.


Lifeguard awards

3rd February 2016
Pic: Nina Schoonbeek and Blake Readman at Omaha for the Surf Lifeguard Award exam.

Red Beach Surf Club’s lifeguard ranks grew again last month when two more members obtained the Surf Lifeguard Award. The successful candidates – Blake Readman and Nina Schoonbeek - head into U16 and Open ranks respectively.Blake, still a Rookie, turned 14 on the day of the exam and is eligible to compete at the forthcoming Northern Region Championships for JuniorSurf at Orewa, then at the NRC’s at Omaha.
Since September last year the club has had 43 members achieve the award. Congratulations to you both.


60th Owen Chapman Cup Surf Carnival - Results

10th January 2016 
Abbreviations:  BB=Bethells Beach, Kario=Kariaotahi, MB=Mairangi Bay, Mt=Mt Maunganui, Mur=Muriwai, Oh = Omaha, Om=Omanu, Or=Orewa, P=Piha, RB=Red Beach, SB=Sunset Beach, TB=Titahi Bay, UNP=United Nth Piha, Wai=Waihi, Wain = Wainui.

Open Men
Surf Race. George Hunter (MB) 1, Ben Gillies (P) 2, Henry Wiseman (MB) 3.
Board Race. Andrew Newton (Mt) 1, Jake Allen (Mur) 2, Ben Gillies (P) 3.
Board Relay. Mt Maunganui A 1, Piha 2, Mairangi Bay A 3.
Ski Race. Marty McDowell (TB) 1, Daniel Morrison (MB) 2, Zac Franich (Or) 3.
Ski Relay. Piha A 1, Orewa A 2, Mt Maunganui A 3.
Iron Man. Ben Gillies (P) 1, Jake Allen (Mur) 2, Julien Lalanne (Mt) 3.
Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui A 1, Orewa 2, Piha 3.
Beach Sprint. Ryan Gilmour (P) 1, Dan Rippon (P) 2, Dan Peacocke (MB) 3.
Beach Relay. Mairangi Bay 1, Orewa 2, Orewa 3.
Beach Flags. Daniel Peacocke (MB) 1, Daniel Rippon (P) 2, Sam Paterson (MB) 3.
Open Boats. RB Boomers 1, Piha Postal Service 2, MB Mudds 3, Orewa 4.
U23 Boats. RB Pirates 1, RB Doom Squad 2, Piha Pineapples 3.
Canoe Series. RB Lion Red 1, RB Flying Malyons 2, RB Barons 3, Piha 4.
Open Women
Surf Race. Laura Quilter (Wain) 1, Rachel Clarke (MB) 2, Kirsty Wannan (P) 3.
Board Race. Kirsty Wannan (P) 1, Ashley Cochrane (Om) 2, Katie Wilson (Mt) 3.
Board Relay. Red Beach A 1, Mt Maunganui 2, Mairangi Bay 3.
Ski Race. Teneale Hatton (P) 1, Rachel Clarke (MB) 2, Briar McLeely (RB) 3.
Ski Relay. Piha 1, Mairangi Bay 2, Red Beach A 3.
Iron Woman. Kirsty Wannan (P) 1, Rachel Clarke (MB) 2, Katie Wilson (Mt) 3.
Taplin Relay. Mairangi Bay 1, Red Beach A 2, Piha 3.
Beach Sprint. Lauren Johnson (RB) 1, Chelsea Grant (RB) 2, Annelise Lockie (Or) 3.
Beach Relay. Red Beach 1, Orewa 2, Mairangi Bay A 3.
Beach Flags. Chelsea Grant (RB) 1, Lauren Johnson (RB) 2, Annelise Lockie (Or) 3.
Open Boats. Muriwai Mac & Cheese 1, RB Muzzies 2, Orewa 3, RB Bangers 4.
U23 Boats. Muriwai Munchkins 1, RB Rabbits 2.
Canoe Series. RB Rockin' Reds 1, RB Flying Herons 2, BB Boogie Broads 3.
U19 Men
Surf Race. Taine Johnston (Or) 1, Isaac Marshall (Mt) 2, Daniel Barron (Mt) 3.
Board Race. James Scott (Or) 1, Daniel Barron (Mt) 2, Hamish Miller (Mt) 3.
Board Relay. Mt Maunganui A 1, Mt Maunganui B 2, Piha 3.
Ski Race. Charlie Haynes (Mt) 1, Josh Jarvis (Om) 2, James Scott (Or) 3.
Ski Relay. Mt Maunganui B 1, Orewa A 2, Mt Maunganui A 3.
Iron Man. James Scott (Or) 1, Hamish Miller (Mt) 2, Charlie Haynes (Mt) 3.
Taplin Relay. Orewa A 1, Mt Maunganui A 2, Mt Maunganui B 3.
Beach Sprint. Ryan Gilmour (P) 1, Stefan Powney (Or) 2, Robbie Bell (MB) 3.
Beach Relay. Orewa A 1, Red Beach A 2, Orewa C 3.
Beach Flags. Stefan Powney (Or) 1, Ryan Gilmour (P) 2, Costa Owens (Or) 3.
Boats. Sunset Beach 1.
Canoes. RB Newbies 1, Kariaotahi 2.
U19 Women
Surf Race. Libby Bradley (Mt) 1, Kelsi Boocock (RB) 2, Hannah Williams (P) 3.
Board Race. Libby Bradley (Mt) 1, Julie Orgeval (Mt) 2, Hannah Williams (P) 3.
Board Relay. Mt Maunganui Black 1, Mt Maunganui Yellow 2, Mt Maunganui White 3.
Ski Race. Julie Orgeval (Mt) 1, Hannah Williams (P) 2, Georgia Stewart (Om) 3.
Ski Relay. Mt Maunganui Yellow 1, Mairangi Bay A 2, Red Beach 3.
Iron Woman. Hannah Williams (P) 1, Libby Bradley (Mt) 2, Amy Barron (Mt) 3.
Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui Yellow 1, Piha 2, Mt Maunganui Black 3.
Beach Sprint. Annelise Lockie (Or)1, Chelsea Grant (RB) 2, Katie Hunter (MB) 3.
Beach Relay. Orewa 1, Mairangi Bay 2.
Beach Flags. Chelsea Grant (RB) 1, Fran Orchard-Hall (Om) 2, Hannah Williams (P) 3.
Boats. Waihi 1, RB Angels 2, Piha Pingers 3, Piha Pythons 4.
Canoes. RB 4-Strokes 1, RB Screaming Reds 2, Piha 3, Kariaotahi B 4.
U16 Men
Surf Race. Lochlainn O'Connor (Mt) 1, Declan Dempster (Mt) 2, Oscar Williams (P) 3.
Board Race. Oscar Williams (P) 1, Declan Dempster (Mt) 2, Patrick Bird (Mt) 3.
Board Relay. Red Beach 1, Mt Maunganui A 2, Orewa A 3.
Ski Race. Kees Ursem (Or) 1, Oscar Wlliams (P) 2, Hamish Gledhill (RB) 3.
Ironman. Declan Dempster (Mt) 1, Oscar Williams (P) 2, Levi Ata (Or) 3.
Taplin Relay. Piha 1, Red Beach A 2, Mt Maunganui A 3.
Beach Sprint. Robbie Bell (MB) 1, Rowan Gjaltema (RB) 2, Costa Owens (Or) 3.
Beach Relay. Red Beach 1, Orewa 2, Orewa 3.
Beach Flags. Rowan Gjaltema (RB) 1, Costa Owens (Or) 2, Xander Cuff (Or) 3.
U16 Women
Surf Race. Tessa Bradley (Mt) 1, Lucy Makaea (Or) 2, Eve Thomas (Or) 3.
Board Race. Lucy Makaea (Or) 1, Alicia Wilson (Mt) 2, Ella Pollock (Om) 3.
Board Relay. Orewa A 1, Mt Maunganui 2, Orewa B 3.
Ski Race. Emma Walker (P) 1, Ashleigh Phipps (MB) 2, Emma Hildesley (RB) 3.
Diamond Lady. Tessa Bradley (Mt) 1, Lucy Makaea (Or) 2, Grace Elisara (Om) 3.
Taplin Relay. Mt Maunganui 1, Orewa 2, Omanu 3.
Beach Sprint. Ella Pollock (Om) 1, Lucy Makaea (Or) 2, Ella Taylor (Or) 3.
Beach Relay. Orewa 1, Red Beach 2, Omanu 3.
Beach Flags. Ella Pollock (Om) 1, Holly Skinner (Or) 2, Lucy Makaea (Or) 3.

The Candy Stripes Eliminator (New Event)

Overall Placings:  Jack Gavin (RB) 1, James Scott (Or) 2, Jake Allen (Mur) 3.
Female Placings:  Hannah Williams (P) 1, Rachel Clarke (MB) 2, Katy Wilson (Mt) 3.

Leg Winners:    Swim-Run-Swim-Run: Jake Allen (Mur), Board: AJ Maney (RB), Sprint: Jake Allen (Mur), Surf Race: George Hunter (MB), Ski: Jack Gavin (RB).
 
Owen Chapman Cup Placings (SLSNR Clubs):
Orewa (153) 1, Red Beach (131) 2, Piha (111) 3, Mairangi Bay (69) 4, Muriwai (10) 5, Sunset Beach (5) 6, Kariaotahi (3) 7, Omaha (2) 8, Bethells Beach (1) 9.
Jubilee Cup Placings (All NZ Clubs):  
Mt Maunganui (127) 1, Orewa (96) 2, Red Beach (89) 3, Piha (76) 4, Mairangi Bay (47) 5, Omanu (15) 6, Muriwai (9) 7, Waihi (5) 8, Sunset Beach (5) 9, Titahi Bay (3) 10, Wainui (3) 11, Kariaotahi (3) 12, Omaha (2) 13, Bethells Beach (1) 14


Candy Stripes Eliminator event for Owen Chapman

6th January 2016

The Candy Stripes Eliminator event will be a race against the clock at the 60th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

Race 2The Candy Stripes Eliminator is a gut-busting surf event in which competitors race off against each other and the clock. Get too far behind and you’re eliminated. It’s six non-stop classic surf lifesaving events tied together by the Eliminator’s relentless stop watch.

Finish within 60 seconds of the leg winner through the first five events of the Eliminator and you make the start line for the next leg. The rest of the field have a further 30-second window to start the next event and continue in the race from catch-up territory. Get further behind and the Eliminator steps in and you’re gone!

It all begins with a mass swim which starts at the buoy line with a swim-run-swim and ends five events later with just three survivors battling off in a beach flags contest for the Eliminator title.
The winner collects $400 with 2nd and 3rd place getters also claiming cash prizes.
The remaining prize money from a total pool of $1,050 will be shared in each of the stages that make up the Eliminator: the swim-run-swim, board race, beach sprint, surf race, ski race and beach flags. The last surviving female competitor will also win a cash prize as well as being eligible for all the stage prizes.

To print out the Owen Chapman programme, click here


Owen Chapman Cup event hits 60 years

2nd January 2016

Surf lifesaving’s longest running club day in Australasia

(Pic): The 4-Man Alarm drill event being contested by a Red Beach team at an Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival in the late-1950’s.  The spectators were holiday-makers from Pinewoods Motor Park and the surrounding areas.

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the 60th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday 9th January.
 
Around 400 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event. Competing alongside Northern Region lifeguards will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day.
 
The event has always been contested at Red Beach; it was first held in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 60th year, the club can lay claim to having the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.  Read more …


Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival reaches 60 years

2nd January 2016

Surf lifesaving’s longest running club day in Australasia

Pic: The 6-Man Rescue & Resuscitation drill event being contested by a Red Beach team at an Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival in the late-1950’s.  The spectators were holiday-makers from Pinewoods Motor Park and the surrounding areas.

Red Beach Surf Club will play host to many of New Zealand’s top surf athletes when it stages the 60th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival on Saturday 9th January.
 
The event has always been contested at Red Beach; it was first held in 1957 as a picnic carnival for Auckland’s east coast surf clubs. Now in its 60th year, the club can lay claim to having the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.
 
Around 400 competitors are expected to take part in this summer’s event. Competing alongside Northern Region lifeguards will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day.
 
Only the clubs from the Northern region are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points.
 
Surf ski races and relays kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. The surf boat and surf canoe arena starts at 10.00 am. The afternoon’s programme will see the Iron Man, Diamond Lady and Taplin relay events along with a special feature event, the Candy Stripes Eliminator.

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

For the Owen Chapman Cup programme, click here
For the history of the Owen Chapman Cup carnival, click here


Owen Chapman Cup programme & entries

1st January 2016

60th Owen Chapman Cup carnival on 9th January

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Entry form … click here          Programme … click here