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SLSNR recognition for Red Beach Surf Club stalwarts

13th August 2017

SLSNR Service Awards presented to four Red Beach club members

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SLSNR Service Awards winners, from left:  Mark Scheib, Kevin Cornish, Blair Cranston, Colleen Murphy.

Four Red Beach club members have been recognised by Surf Life Saving Northern Region for their services to the movement. Service Awards were presented to Colleen Murphy, Mark Scheib, Blair Cranston and Kevin Cornish at the annual Awards of Excellence function held at Shed 10, Queens Wharf on Saturday 12 August. Close to 400 people were present on the night.
The following citations provide a background to their achievements over years of service.

IMG 7349Colleen Murphy joined the club in 1974 when her son Eamonn became a Nipper. She was a member of the Nipper Committee for four years then became the Nipper Secretary for three years. She also held the position of Assistant Secretary on the Surf Club Committee for 11 years and served as Club Registrar for nine years, keeping records of all levels of membership. Undaunted by all this activity, she was a member of the club's Fundraising Committee for 11 years, charged with coming up with ideas to help finance the construction of the new clubrooms.
In 1990 she stepped down from committee activities, only to make a return in 2004 when she was appointed as the secretary of the JuniorSurf committee for two years, then stayed on for a third year as a committee member when her three grandsons joined up. For the past 11 years, since 2006, Colleen has organised the Sunday morning Sausage Sizzles during JuniorSurf training, every season from October-March, catering to the needs of the club's young members.
She has given many years of her time to the Red Beach club and was presented with a Club Service Award in 1989 and a Distinguished Service Award in 2011.

IMG 7397-002Mark Scheib joined Red Beach in 1987 and over a period of five years he made his name as a top ski competitor, winning numerous National titles. He was selected for the NZ Olympic kayak team and went on to represent New Zealand by competing at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
Mark rejoined Red Beach in 2003 when the eldest of his two sons joined the JuniorSurf division. For a period of nine years he was a coach of the Junior members and became a Junior committee member in 2009. For the next five years he served as Chairman of the JuniorSurf committee and was a Junior selector for the same period of time. For three years, 2012-2015, he was a member of the club's Management Committee, representing the JuniorSurf division. He was appointed as Project Manager for the clubhouse redevelopment programme and he has served on the Building Committee for four years. Since 2013, Mark has been active on the club's Coaching Advisory Panel. At the World Masters Games in April 2017, he was selected as the standard bearer for Surf Lifesaving events at the opening ceremony held at Eden Park. Mark competed at these Games, winning a Gold and a Silver medal.

IMG 7399-001Blair Cranston joined Red Beach in 2003 and became involved with JuniorSurf coaching when his son enrolled as a member. For three seasons he was a coach, providing instruction for the Tadpoles and A7 groups.
In 2006 he was a JuniorSurf coach for the A8's and he became proactive on the club's fundraising committee and sponsorship management team. He was instrumental in introducing the Super Six and Family of Sponsors concept and helped organise the Stakeholders Night held in October 2006 to bring sponsors on board. He remained on the Sponsorship Management Committee for a total of four years and he was also a major sponsor of the club. From 2007-2009 he was the JuniorSurf coach for the A9 & B10 groups. He competed in Masters events for a period of three years, from 2007-2010 as a canoe crew member. In 2008 he was elected to the Board of SLSNR and remained a member through to February 2017 when he resigned. He was the Board's chairman, having been elected to the position in 2015. He has both a Recognition Award and a Service Award with Red Beach.

IMG 7361Kevin Cornish joined Red Beach in 2006 and enrolled his two oldest daughters in the JuniorSurf division, thus beginning a period of 11 years of coaching within the division. Both daughters went on to become qualified lifeguards; his two youngest children are still in JuniorSurf ranks.
He began officiating at surf carnivals in 2007 after attending an Officials Course run by SLSNR. In 2008 he obtained his Surf Lifeguard Award and began nine years of patrolling at both Red Beach and Pakiri.
In 2009 he obtained the IRB Drivers Award, First Aid Levels 1 & 2 and began competing in Masters events. He became a Patrol Co-ordinator in 2010 and obtained his Surf Instructors Award in 2011. While competing in surf canoes he put his energies into growing the club's surf canoe division. In 2011 he obtained the IRB Instructors Award and coached four U19 canoe crews, men & women. Since 2013 he has a member of the JuniorSurf committee as well as on the Surf Canoe Committee. He has served as Canoe Captain for the past three summers. And he has been the JuniorSurf Coaching Co-ordinator for the past three years. Kevin is also a dab hand at carrying out repairs to Quad bikes and obtaining Warrants of Fitness for club trailers. In 2012, at the club's Prize Giving Night, he was awarded the Presidents Cup for Best Clubman.


Award Winners : 2016-17

7th May 2017
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Peter Kramer was the inaugural winner of the Nick Saull Memorial Trophy for Contribution to Powercraft. The presentation was made by Jan Saull.

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prize Giving function on Saturday 6th May 2017.

Kavanagh Cup   U16/U19 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit    Emma Hildesley

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U16 or U19               Justin Parkes

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U16 or U19    Alexsia Bingley

Watts Trophy  Most Improved Senior Woman                 Rachel Hare

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                Hamish Gledhill

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Kade Scheib

D F Mitchell Mem. Cup  Best Overall Ironman Performer  Kees Kramer

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                               Rockin' Reds Open Women

SURF BOAT AWARDS

Bacon & Egg Pie Bakers Champions Tray                     Muzzies Open Women's crew
                                                                                    
O’Halloran Family Cup  Boatie Spirit of Club                   Nina Schoonbeek-Berridge

Bugsy Cup  Boatie Personality of the Year                        Kathleen Oneroa

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Lucy Marlow

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Ryan Davenport

Terry Marsh Trophy   Top Surf Boat Crew                       Boomers Open Men’s Crew

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Nick Saull Memorial Trophy  Contribution to Powercraft  Peter Kramer

Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                U19 Women's Ski Relay Team:
                                                                                     Emma Hildesley, Brie Downey,
                                                                                     Jade Hughes

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Jan Saull & Wade Downey

Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Ben Mellor
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member          Sam Young
                                                                                 
Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                      Debra Cairns

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Fishing competition results

9th April 2017

Results from the Red Beach Surf Club Hiway Stabilizers Fishing Competition held on Saturday 8th April.

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Jason Bayer landed a 12.02kg kingfish to win the Biggest Kingfish division.

Biggest Snapper
1st Darren Stevens (5.495kg), 2nd Lee Kennedy (3.015kg). Average: Paul Watkins (1.22kg)
Biggest Kingfish
1st Jason Bayer (12.02kg), 2nd Corbin Hart (8.11kg). Average: Mark Busby (5.465kg)
Biggest Trevally
1st Mike Nelson (1.255kg), 2nd Luke Wintle (1.21kg). Average: Zane Cumdy (0.835kg)
Biggest Kahawai
1st Craig Payne (3.05kg), 2nd Cameron Best (2.52kg). Average: Luke Wintle (2.015kg)
Women’s Division
1st Jan Saull (Snapper 4.915kg), 2nd Bronwyn Tomlin (Kahawai 2.20kg). Average: Sarah Jenkinson (Trevally 1.425kg).
Junior Division
1st Toni Campbell (Snapper 2.575kg), 2nd Flynn Southcombe (Kahawai 2.295kg). Average: Rose Meban (Snapper 1.33kg).
Biggest Gurnard – Nil caught.


Red Beach has double success at JuniorSurf Championships

9th February 2017

Club comes away from Northern Region Champs with both trophies

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Awaiting the start of the U11 men's Cameron Relay at the SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships.

Perfect weather and a high standard of competition were the ideal mix for the Northern Region JuniorSurf Championships at the weekend.
Close to 400 young athletes aged 10-13 years – representing 15 clubs – assembled at Orewa Beach for the Harcourts two-day event. And with strength in numbers, Red Beach successfully defended the Northern Region Championships Trophy, amassing 134 points to finish comfortably ahead of Mairangi Bay on 106 with Orewa close behind on 101 points.
During the carnival a shark was spotted swimming close to the beach and all participants had to leave the water. After an hour's break, the beach was re-opened and the carnival continued.

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Winners of the 12 women's Cameron Relay.

The club's 97 athletes put in some sparkling performances across all age divisions to hold on to the trophy. At the same event, the club regained the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup which was last won by Red Beach in 2014.
Competition for this cup is based on specific events during the same weekend as the championships and it was a tightly fought contest right to the end. Red Beach claimed it with 49 points, with Orewa second on 43 and Mairangi Bay on 41 points.

"We've placed a lot of emphasis on quality coaching while building a strong club culture which is at an all-time high," said Red Beach JuniorSurf chairman Dylan Turner.
"Last weekend's double success has a lot to do with this culture which embraces the complete inclusion of families and children, the fun element, team spirit and community involvement which are the cornerstones of the Red Beach club," he added.

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Finishing a heat of the U14 men's Tube Rescue event.

The events contested over the weekend were beach flags, beach sprints and relays, board races, board relays and board rescues, surf races, tube rescues, the Diamond event and the Cameron relay.
JuniorSurf athletes are now preparing for the summer's major outing - the Oceans '17 event when around 40 clubs from throughout New Zealand will descend on Mt Maunganui at the beginning of March for four days of competition.

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A heat of the U14 women's Board Rescue under way.                                    Photos by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach regains the Cup

9th January 2017

Close to 400 surf athletes at 61st Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

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A concerted effort by Red Beach athletes was the key to their taking back the Owen Chapman Cup on Saturday 7 January.
The annual carnival, hosted by Red Beach, was the 61st year of competition for the iconic trophy which was won by a margin of 25 points. Orewa and Mairangi Bay finished second and third respectively.

It’s the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes and close to 400 took part, making it one of the biggest attendances in recent years.
This year’s event had a distinctive international flavour to it. Local lifeguards found themselves up against two representative teams from Australia’s Central Coast and NSW Country branches who provided 38 athletes. Both teams were in Auckland recently to compete in the biennial Trans-Tasman Tri Series.
Also in the mix were 13 young athletes from Sydney’s Avalon Beach club who added some spice to the U16 age categories.

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Nine clubs from the northern region were represented, along with four clubs from outside the region. The appearance of 47 athletes from the strong Mt Maunganui club injected some fierce competition to the event and the standard seen on the day is what competitors can expect at the NZ Championships in March.

The Owen Chapman Cup can only be won by a club from the Northern region. Up for grabs was the Jubilee Trophy for all-comers to the event and this year’s clear winner was Mt Maunganui with 152 points. In joint second place were Red Beach and Orewa with 94 points each.
The next outing for clubs will be the Eastern Regional Championships to be held over two days at the end of January.

Owen Chapman Cup Overall Points:
Red Beach (159) 1, Orewa (134) 2, Mairangi Bay (107) 3, Piha (26) 4, Muriwai (14) 5, Kariaotahi (5) 6, Sunset Beach (5) 7, United (1) 8, Bethells Beach 9.
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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Top surf athletes for the Owen Chapman Cup carnival

17th December 2016

International flavour for iconic surf carnival at Red Beach

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The start of a ski race at last year's Owen Chapman Cup carnival.

IMG 0616Red 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 is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.
 
Over the years the carnival has become a mecca for the region’s lifeguard competitors and big fields have become the norm. Around 400 competitors are expected to take part.
 
As one of the highlights of the Auckland surf carnival circuit, the event attracts an abundance of top-calibre competitors. Along with Northern Region lifeguards there will be athletes from the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki and Wellington. Several South Island competitors are also expected on the day.

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The Owen Chapman carnival ushers in the business end of the surf competition season as athletes begin the countdown to the Eastern Region, Northern Region and NZ Championships. The Owen Chapman outing will provide them with opportunities to assess their chances of success at these major events coming up.
 
Only the clubs from the Northern region are eligible to win the Owen Chapman Cup which is awarded for most overall points. However, the Jubilee Trophy will be awarded to the club which finishes at the top of the points table, visiting clubs included.
 
Beach sprints and relays kick off the programme which gets under way at 9.00 am. They will be followed by board races and relays and then the Iron Man and Diamond events. The surf boat and surf canoe series of races commence at 10.00 am.
Returning to the programme is the Candy Stripes Eliminator event in which contestants compete against the clock.

For the Owen Chapman Cup Programme & Entry Form, click here
For the history of the Owen Chapman Cup carnival, click here

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SLSNZ Pool Championships

11th October 2016

Results from all sessions, National Aquatic Centre, 7,8,9 October

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Day One
U12 Boys        4x25m Brick Relay                  2nd  Red Beach
U11 Boys        50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd   Jasper Cornish 
U12 Girls        50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd   Millie Middleton
Open Men       50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd   Jack Gavin     
Masters Men   50m Swim w/Fins                    1st   Scott Rice (35-39 & Overall)
Masters Men   50m Swim w/Fins                   2nd   Kevin Cornish (50-54)
Masters Men   50m Swim w/Fins                   2nd   Digby Morton (55-59)
Mast.Women   50m Swim w/Fins                   2nd   Rachel Dawson (35-39)
Mast.Women   50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd    Kathy Kramer (45-49)
Mast.Women   50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd    Eileen Mowat (50-54)
U11 Boys        50m Rescue Medley w/Brick    3rd    Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls        50m Rescue Medley w/Brick    2nd    Millie Middleton
U19 Women    4x25m Manikin Relay              2nd   Red Beach
U16 Men         4x50m Medley                        3rd   Red Beach   
U19 Women    4x50m Medley                        3rd   Red Beach     
U16 Men         100m Manikin Carry w/Fins     3rd   Jonathan Selman 
Open Men       100m Manikin Carry w/Fins     3rd   Jack Gavin
Open Women  100m Manikin Carry w/Fins      3rd   Rachel Hare

Day Two
U12 Boys         4x50m Medley                        1st   Red Beach
U14 Boys         4x50m Medley                        3rd   Red Beach
U11 Boys         50m Brick Carry                      1st   Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls         50m Brick Carry                      1st   Millie Middleton  
U11 Boys         50m Swim w/Obstacles            2nd  Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls         50m Swim w/Obstacles            2nd  M Middleton  3rd L Hamblyn-Ough
U14 Boys        100m Swim w/Obstacles           2nd  Henry Williams
U16 Men         200m Swim w/Obstacles           2nd  Patrick Makgill
Masters Men    100m Swim w/Obstacles           1st   Scott Rice (35-39 & Overall)
Masters Men    100m Swim w/Obstacles           3rd   Jason Hamblyn (45-49)
Masters Men    100m Swim w/Obstacles           2nd  Kevin Cornish (50-54)
Masters Men    100m Swim w/Obstacles           2nd  Digby Morton (55-59)
Mast.Women    100m Swim w/Obstacles           2nd  Rachel Dawson (35-39)
Mast.Women    100m Swim w/Obstacles           3rd  Jen McDermott (45-49)
U16 Men          Line Throw                              2nd   J Selman/P Makgill
Open Men        Line Throw                              2nd   J Gavin/M Boocock
Open Women   Line Throw                              2nd   R Hare/K Boocock
Masters Men    Line Throw                               2nd   K Cornish/D Turner
  
Day Three
Open Women   200m Super Lifesaver               3rd   Rachel Hare
U12 Boys         4x50m Obstacle Relay              3rd   Red Beach
U14 Boys         4x50m Obstacle Relay              3rd   Red Beach
U16 Men          4x50m Obstacle Relay              2nd   Red Beach  
U19 Men          4x50m Obstacle Relay              3rd=  Red Beach
Masters Mixed  4x50m Obstacle Relay              2nd   Red Beach
Masters Men    100m Manikin Tow w/Fins          1st   Scott Rice  (35-39)
Masters Men    100m Manikin Tow w/Fins          2nd   Kevin Cornish  (50-54)
Masters Men    100m Manikin Tow w/Fins          2nd   Scott Rice (overall)
Masters Women 100m Manikin Tow w/Fins         3rd   Jen McDermott  (45-49)
Masters Women 100m Manikin Tow w/Fins         3rd   Eileen Mowat  (50-54)
Mixed M&W      6x50m Mega Relay                    3rd= Red Beach       


Success at Lifesaving World Champs in an unfamiliar boat

18th September 2016

Boomers crew achieves Bronze medal placing in a surf boat not previously rowed in

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The Red Beach Boomers crew after being presented with their bronze medals. From left:  Shamus O'Halloran, Charlie Graham, Shane O'Halloran (sweep), Hayden Smith, Jed Wright.

The Red Beach Boomers surf boat rowers are enjoying some well-deserved time off in Europe after collecting a Bronze medal at the 2016 Lifesaving World Championships in The Netherlands.
Boat sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran has sent us the following report ...
 
“When competing at the Worlds, the crews who don’t have their own surf boats have to rely on pool boats and there is no guarantee as to what boat a crew will get to row in for any heat, semi or final. Nothing was different at Noordwijk in The Netherlands where the surf boats were racing.

“The Boomers rowed in three different boats from heat one through to the final. In the final, our lads rowed in a boat they’d never used before.
 
"It’s easy to see there is some advantage in being a Northern hemisphere team with your own boat. That aside, our Boomers made the final and went to the line against Hossegor France, Avalon Australia, Porthtowan UK, Torquay Australia and Portreath UK.  

“The final saw some extremely close racing with the first four boats fighting it out all the way from start to photo finish. Hossegor France won it, Porthtowan UK came in second and the Red Beach Boomers finished third.

"It was a stretch goal of the Boomers to make the podium knowing how difficult it was relying on pool boats and knowing crews such as Hossegor had three Olympic rowers, one of which had just returned from Rio. But we knew back home there were a number of people who had supported our efforts and a podium finish was a way to show our appreciation.

"The Boomers were the only Red Beach athletes, outside of NZ team selection, to make the journey and compete in the World Champs and we were able to do so by fundraising with the support of friends and Red Beach club members. It's now time to thank those people and we hope you all share in the success of your crew medalling at the World Championships. We sincerely thank the following for supporting our fundraising effort."

Bugsy & Pip O'Halloran - Red Beach boatie - Deck demolition and rebuilds (2)
Lisa Dunn - Colleague of Red Beach boatie - Move firewood
Wade Allen - Colleague of Red Beach boatie - Property tidy-up
Hayden & Amy Smith - Red Beach boatie & wife - Retaining wall
Evan Lawrence - Friend of Red beach boatie – Deck build
Rod Moratti - Red Beach clubbie - Gardening
Amanda - Red Beach clubbie - Demolition
Glen - Red Beach resident – Property landscaping
Bronwyn Fletcher – Tindalls Bay resident - Garden tidy up
Richard Rogers - Red Beach clubbie - Spa pool move
John Lamb - Colleague of Red Beach boatie - Central city patio build
Donors
Craig Dillon - Red Beach boatie - Trailer and scaffold use
Veronica Cox - Red Beach boatie - Weed whacker and misc gardening tools use
Bruce Whitehead - Red Beach boatie - Hedge trimmer use

Solid performances from club members at pool champs

13th September 2016
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Red Beach sent its biggest-ever contingent of 81 competitors to the SLSNR Pool Championships and came away with some outstanding results. Everyone who took part, whether individually or in teams, can be extremely proud of their efforts.
 
Last year, the club finished with a fifth placing overall. This past weekend saw Red Beach soar into second place overall, not too far behind the eventual winners. Taking into account the points racked up by the out-of-town clubs, Red Beach was just 5 points behind the winners. Oh so close!
 
Notwithstanding, the Red Beach Masters performed superbly to win the Masters Division on overall points, finishing 24 points clear of the nearest rival. That’s a great start for the Masters Club of the Year Trophy.
 
The most important achievement was all the fun that was had over the two days of the Pool Champs. Competitors and parents alike had an awesome time.
 
There’s a big vote of ‘thanks’ from club chairman Dylan Turner to the coaches, managers, officials, time keepers and support crew for all the hard work put in. Bring on the NZ Pool Champs (7,8,9 October) for more action and enjoyment.


SLSNR Pool Championships

11th September 2016

Results from Day Two at the Aquatic Centre, North Shore

Session Three

U12 Boys        4x50m Obstacles Relay      1st    Red Beach    3rd  Red Beach
U12 Girls        4x50m Obstacles Relay      1st     Red Beach
U14 Boys        4x50m Obstacles Relay      1st     Red Beach   
U14 Girls        4x50m Obstacles Relay      3rd     Red Beach
U16 Men         4x50m Obstacles Relay      2nd    Red Beach
U19 Men         4x50m Obstacles Relay      3rd     Red Beach 
U19 Women    4x50m Obstacles Relay      1st      Red Beach
Open Women  4x50m Obstacles Relay      3rd     Red Beach   
Masters Mixed 4x50m Obstacles Relay      2nd    Red Beach   3rd  Red Beach

U12 Boys        100m Tube w/Patient, Fins  1st    Red Beach   3rd  Red Beach
U16 Women    100m Manikin Tow w/Fins    3rd   Tania Denvir
Open Women  100m Manikin Tow w/Fins    1st    Rachel Hare
Mast. Women  100m Manikin Tow w/Fins    1st    Rachel Dawson

U12 Boys         4x25m Brick Relay             1st    Red Beach
U12 Girls         4x25m Brick Relay             2nd    Red Beach
U14 Boys         4x25m Brick Relay             1st    Red Beach
U14 Girls         4x25m Brick Relay             3rd    Red Beach

Session 4

U16 Men         4x25 Manikin Relay             2nd    Red Beach
U19 Men         4x25 Manikin Relay             3rd     Red Beach
U19 Women    4x25 Manikin Relay              1st     Red Beach
U16 Women    50m Manikin Carry, no fins   3rd    Tania Denvir
U19 Women    50m Manikin Carry, no fins   1st     Emma Clarke   3rd   Emily Lyndon
Open Women  50m Manikin Carry, no fins   1st     Kelsi Boocock   3rd   Rachel Hare

U16 Women   100m Manikin Carry w/fins    2nd    Tania Denvir
U19 Women   100m Manikin Carry w/fins    3rd    Emma Clarke
Open Men      100m Manikin Carry w/fins    2nd    Jack Gavin
Open Women 100m Manikin Carry w/fins    1st     Kelsi Boocock   2nd  Rachel Hare

U16 Men         Line Throw                          1st       Red Beach   2nd  Red Beach
U16 Women    Line Throw                          1st       Red Beach  
U19 Men         Line Throw                          2nd      Red Beach
U19 Women    Line Throw                          1st       Red Beach 
Masters Men    Line Throw                          1st       Red Beach   3rd  Red Beach
Mast. Women  Line Throw                          3rd       Red Beach  

Mega Relay     6 x 50m Mega Relay             3rd      Red Beach

Overall Points, all Clubs:
Orewa (192) 1, Red Beach (187) 2, Mairangi Bay (119) 3, Piha (94.5) 4, Papamoa (45) 5, Muriwai (21) 6, Mt Maunganui (21) 7, St Clair (11) 8, Omaha (7.5) 9, Waihi (5) 10, Omanu (4) 11, Whangamata (3) 12.

Overall Points, Cosgrove Trophy:
Orewa (219) 1, Red Beach (205) 2, Mairangi Bay (127) 3, Piha (109.5) 4, Muriwai (39) 5, Omaha (8.5) 6.

Overall Masters Points:
Red Beach (63) 1, Orewa (39) 2, Piha (25) 3, Mairangi Bay (9) 4, Omaha (5) 5.

 

SLSNR Pool Championships

10th September 2016

Results from Day One at the Aquatic Centre, North Shore

Session One

U11 Boys    50m Swim w/Fins                  1st     Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls    50m Swim w/Fins                   2nd    Millie Middleton                     
U13 Boys    50m Swim w/Fins                   3rd    Robbie Davies
U11 Boys    50m Rescue Medley                1st     Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls    50m Rescue Medley                1st     Millie Middleton
                                                                2nd    Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U13 Boys    50m Rescue Medley                2nd    Robbie Davies
U14 Boys    50m Rescue Medley                3rd     Henry Williams
U12 Boys    4x50m Medley Relay               1st     Red Beach
U12 Girls     4x50m Medley Relay              1st     Red Beach
U14 Boys    4x50m Medley Relay               1st     Red Beach
U11 Boys    50m Brick Carry w/o Fins        1st     Jasper Cornish
                                                                3rd     Larn Hamblyn-Ough
U11 Girls    50m Brick Carry w/o Fins         1st     Millie Middleton
                                                                2nd    Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U11 Boys    50m Brick Carry w/o Fins        3rd     Henry Williams

Session Two

U16 Men         50m Swim w/Fins                3rd     Patrick Makgill
U19 Women     50m Swim w/Fins               2nd     Emma Clarke                    
Open Women   50m Swim w/Fins               2nd     Rachel Hare
M/Men 35-39   50m Swim w/Fins               1st      Tim Russell
M/Men 40-44   50m Swim w/Fins               3rd      Gary Stout
M/Men 45-49   50m Swim w/Fins               3rd      Jason Hamblyn
M/Men 50-54   50m Swim w/Fins               1st      Colin Wilcock
M/Women        50m Swim w/Fins               2nd     Jen McDermott
                                                                  3rd     Rachel Dawson
U16 Women    100m Rescue Medley           2nd     Tania Denvir 
U19 Women    100m Rescue Medley           2nd     Emma Clarke 
Open Women   100m Rescue Medley           1st     Rachel Hare                                                        
U16 Men         4x50m Medley Relay            2nd     Red Beach
U19 Men         4x50m Medley Relay            3rd     Red Beach
U19 Women    4x50m Medley Relay            1st      Red Beach
Open Women  4x50m Medley Relay            3rd      Red Beach


Eastern Regional Pool Champs

14th August 2016

Results from Day Two at Waterworld, Te Rapa

Te Rapa Day Two
Photo by Dylan Turner.

U16 Boys     100m Rescue Medley                 2nd       Jonathan Selman
U16 Girls     100m Rescue Medley                 2nd       Tania Denvir
U14 Boys     50m Rescue Medley                   3rd        Henry Williams
U12 Boys     50m Rescue Medley                   2nd       Akira Gardiner
U11 Boys     50m Rescue Medley                   1st        Jasper Cornish
U11 Girls     50m Rescue Medley                   1st        Millie Middleton
                                                                   2nd       Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U19 Girls     200m 4x50m Medley                 2nd       Red Beach
U14 Boys     200m 4x50m Medley                 2nd       Red Beach – Green
                                                                   3rd       Red Beach – Red
U14 Girls     200m 4x50m Medley                 1st        Red Beach - Red
U12 Boys     200m 4x50m Medley                 1st        Red Beach
U12 Girls     200m 4x50m Medley                 2nd       Red Beach - Red
U11 Boys     50m Brick Carry w/o Fins           1st       Jasper Cornish
                                                                   2nd      Larn Hamblyn-Ough
U11 Girls      50m Brick Carry w/o Fins           1st       Millie Middleton
                                                                   2nd      Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U12 Boys     50m Brick Carry w/o Fins           3rd       Akira Gardiner
U14 Boys     50m Brick Carry w/o Fins           2nd       Henry Williams
U16 Boys     50m Manikin Carry w/o Fins       2nd       Jonathan Selman
U16 Girls      50m Manikin Carry w/o Fins      3rd        Tania Denvir
U19 Girls      50m Manikin Carry w/o Fins      2nd       Emma Clarke
U11 Boys     50m Swim w/Fins                     1st        Jasper Cornish
                                                                  3rd        Larn Hamblyn-Ough
U11 Girls     50m Swim w/Fins                      1st        Millie Middleton
                                                                   2nd       Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U12 Boys     50m Swim w/Fins                      2nd       Akira Gardiner
U14 Boys     50m Swim w/Fins                      3rd       Henry Williams
U16 Boys     50m Swim w/Fins                      1st        Jonathan Selman
U19 Girls     50m Swim w/Fins                       3rd       Emma Clarke

Overall Points – After 2 Days (Top 10 Clubs)
Mt Maunganui (241) 1, Papamoa (177) 2, Red Beach (132) 3, Orewa (78) 4, Omanu (59) 5, Mairangi Bay (49) 6, Waihi (21) 7, Piha (8) 8, Whakatane (6) 9, Whangamata (6) 10.
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Photo by Dylan Turner.

Eastern Regional Pool Champs

13th August 2016

Red Beach SLSC Results from Day One at Waterworld, Te Rapa

Te Rapa Day One
Photo by Emily Lyndon.

U16 Girls     200m Swim with Obstacles        2nd       Tania Denvir
U14 Boys    100m Swim with Obstacles         2nd       Joshua Sanderson
U13 Girls     100m Swim with Obstacles         3rd       Zoe Harwood
U11 Boys     50m Swim with Obstacles           1st       Jasper Cornish
                                                                    2nd       Larn Hamblyn-Ough
U11 Girls     50m Swim with Obstacles           1st        Millie Middleton
                                                                    3rd       Lena Hamblyn-Ough
U19 Girls     200m  4x50 Obstacle Relay         1st       Red Beach
U14 Boys     200m  4x50 Obstacle Relay        2nd       Red Beach – Red
                                                                    3rd       Red Beach - Green
U14 Girls     200m  4x50 Obstacle Relay         1st       Red Beach – Red
U12 Boys     200m  4x50 Obstacle Relay        2nd       Red Beach
U12 Girls     200m  4x50 Obstacle Relay        2nd       Red Beach

U16 Boys     100m Manikin Carry w/fins        2nd       Jonathan Selman
U16 Girls     100m Manikin Carry w/fins         2nd       Tania Denvir

U12 Boys     100m  4x25m Brick                    1st       Red Beach
U12 Girls     100m  4x25m Brick                   2nd       Red Beach – Green
U14 Boys     100m  4x25m Brick                   2nd       Red Beach – Green
U14 Girls     100m  4x25m Brick                   2nd       Red Beach – Green

U19 Girls     100m  4x25m Manikin                1st        Red Beach
U12 Boys     100m  Tube w/Patient & Fins       1st        Red Beach – Red
U16 Boys     100m  Manikin Tow w/Fins          3rd        Jonathan Selman
 

Overall Points – Day One (Top 10 Clubs)
Mt Maunganui (129) 1, Papamoa (97) 2, Red Beach (63) 3, Orewa (37) 4, Omanu (32) 5, Mairangi Bay (21) 6, Waihi (12) 7, Whakatane (4) 8, East End (3) 9, Piha (3) 10.

Red Beach Olympians : 1992

6th August 2016
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With the 2016 Olympic Games underway in Rio, here’s a flashback to 1992 when three Red Beach club members were in training at Lake Pupuke on Auckland’s North Shore, preparing for the Barcelona Olympic Games.  From left: Ian Ferguson, Mark Scheib, Steve Richards.            Photo by Ross Malyon.

Life Membership of SLSNR awarded to Pat Olsen

26th June 2016

Honour bestowed at Awards of Excellence function

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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.
From 1959 to 1961 she was a member of Waitemata Ladies Surf Club at Takapuna Beach. She joined the Red Beach club in 1971 and in the late 70’s served as the club’s Social Convenor. She maintained a close connection with Red Beach during the time her two sons were involved as Nippers and then as lifeguard members.

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Pat Olsen, centre, was the coach of the Red Beach U19 Women's 4-Place R&R team which took out first place at the NRC's held at Mount Maunganui in January 2005.

In the late 1980’s she competed at the first NZ Masters event and continued to take a strong interest in Masters events.  At the World Champs at Red Beach in 1991, where she was one of the organisers, she won three Gold, one Silver and one Bronze medal.

In 1987 she joined the Auckland Board of Judges and remained a member for 27 years before stepping down. She became a Nationals judge/official in 1991 and fulfilled this role for 24 years. She has officiated at the NRC’s/ERC’s for the same period of time.
For 11 years from 1990 she was an R&R coach for Red Beach, with her young charges successful in NRC’s competition. Her last stint at R&R coaching ended when her U19 team won the NRC’s title at Mt Maunganui, just before Surf Life Saving NZ dropped the event from the National Championships.

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Pat Olsen was made a Life Member of Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club in 2011.

She has a Life membership with Red Beach, awarded in 2011, and has reached the Distinguished Service Award level with SLSNZ. In 2002 she was recognised as Auckland’s Official of the Year.
Pat played key roles on the organising committees for the Red Beach Surf Club’s 50th & 60th Jubilees and has been on the Owen Chapman organising committee for 11 years, taking in the 50th & 60th Jubilees of the event.

She is in her final year as President of SLSNZ’s 21 Club, the organisation for NZ lifeguards who have been in surf lifesaving a minimum of 21 years.

From the entire Surf Life Saving fraternity … Congratulations Pat. Your Life Membership award is well deserved.                                                             

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). Article by Ross Malyon.
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Peter & Pat Olsen at the 60th Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival at Red Beach in January 2016.

Honour for Michelle Newton

26th June 2016

Recipient of SLSNR Distinguished Service Award

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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 Auckland Surf’s Mainzeal Trophy for Instructor of the Year. In total, she put through 91 Lifeguard Awards during her three years as Chief Instructor.

In 1994 Michelle joined the Auckland Surf Board of Judges, and for 22 consecutive seasons, through to present day, she has been an official and a judge at surf carnivals. She has been a Nationals official for the past 20 years; and she has been a judge and an official at the North Island Surf Boat Champs for the past 16 years.

She has also officiated at the Big Wave Classic at Piha, the Owen Chapman surf carnival, the NZ Surf Boat series, the SLSNR Pool Champs, the Surf League and the National IRB Championships. For the past four years Michelle has been the Administration Manager at the IRB Nationals. She was inducted to the 21 Club in 2009.

In 2010 she was back on the Red Beach Surf Committee and has been Chairperson for the past three seasons. She has a Distinguished Service Award with Red Beach.


Tragic death of Red Beach surf lifeguard Nick Saull

15th June 2016
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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.

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One of his loves was surf canoe competition and he was part of a regular canoe crew from the moment he became a lifeguard. For five summers he was devoted to the sport, travelling with his family and the club’s surf canoe fraternity to compete at surf carnival venues throughout the North Island. He was also a regular starter in Masters surf races.
Nick and his wife Jan, the secretary for the SeniorSurf committee, struck up many friendships within the club, becoming involved with working bees and fundraising.

And as the head of Brin Wilson Boat Builders, a boat building and repair company based at Whangaparaoa, he was a saviour to the club when it came to repairing damaged surf canoes.
Nick was a giant of a man who was deeply devoted to his family as well as to the surf lifesaving movement. The club extends its heartfelt condolences to Jan, Stacey, Brodie, Toni and Carter.

RIP, Nick Saull. You will be greatly missed by everyone in the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club.
 

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Jan & Nick Saull.

Puhoi 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.

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Club members at the ready for the 16km paddle along the Puhoi River to Wenderholm and then to Red Beach.
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Launching skis onto the Puhoi River.
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A mixed canoe crew on the Puhoi River, heading for Wenderholm.
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Club members on double skis, paddling past Wenderholm before heading for Red Beach.   Photos by Ross Malyon.

Winners at 2016 Nationals

3rd April 2016
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The Red Beach Pirates U23 men's surf boat crew at Ohope Beach, Whakatane. The crew won Gold in the Long Course event and Silver in the Short Course event at the 2016 NZ Championships.
From left: Ryan Davenport, Max Anstis, Rhye Jacka, Kyle Lennon, Shane O'Halloran (sweep). Absent - Luke Tomlinson. With Dazzler  the car.
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The Red Beach U16 men's board relay team at Ohope Beach, Whakatane after winning the Gold medal in their event. From left: Hamish Gledhill, Kees Kramer, Sam Readman.                                  Photos by Ross Malyon.

Award Winners : 2015-16

3rd April 2016

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prize Giving function on Saturday 2nd April 2016. 

Kavanagh Cup   U16/U19 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit    Ella Moratti

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U16 or U19               Kees Kramer

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U16 or U19    Jade Hughes

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                Hamish Gledhill

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Hamish Gledhill

D F Mitchell Mem. Cup  Best Overall Ironman Performer  Hamish Gledhill

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                               Rockin' Reds Open Women

SURF BOAT AWARDS

Bacon & Egg Pie Bakers Champions Tray                    Nicole McCormick &
                                                                                     Kathleen Oneroa
O’Halloran Family Cup  Boatie Spirit of Club                   Jed Wright

Bugsy Cup  Boatie Personality of the Year                        Rhye Jacka

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Briana Smith

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Shamus O’Halloran

Terry Marsh Trophy   Top Surf Boat Crew                       Pirates U23 Men’s Crew

ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Sam Readman

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Jack Smith (for rescue)

Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Sean Casey
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member          Peter Kramer
                                                                                 
Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                      Mark Readman


Red Beach seawall repairs due to commence

2nd April 2016
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Reprinted from the Hibiscus Coast Matters, issue of 16.3.16

The seawall at Red Beach, pictured, is to be repaired, starting after Easter - a major project that is expected to take around six to eight weeks to complete.
In many ways, the beach is a smaller scale version of Orewa, and suffers similar erosion issues and storm damage (albeit on a smaller scale).
As a result, the rip-rap wall along it is now broken apart or covered by sand in places, exposing the edge of the adjacent public reserve.
Auckland Council obtained resource consent to repair 86m of the wall towards the end of last year - the consent was not publicly notified.
The wall, designed to protect the grassed reserve above the beach from wave and storm damage, is to be repaired from Red Beach Surf Club to the boat ramp at Bay St.

The work, undertaken by Mason Contractors, involves the removal of rock in sections and the placement of geotextile cloth to retain material, including undersize rock and concrete, removed.
The wall will be repaired in sections of around 10-20m at a time - a process that involves heavy machinery such as trucks and diggers.
Council's Parks - North manager, Martin van Jaarsveld, says the price for the project cannot be disclosed at present as the process is "still in the procurement phase".
He says that a traffic management plan will be implemented to ensure public access while allowing for contractor and materials access. 


JuniorSurf athletes excel at Oceans '16 at Mt Maunganui

8th March 2016

Club members collect 8 Gold, 3 Silver and 7 Bronze medals

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Blake Readman on his way to claiming the silver medal in the U14 men's board race at Oceans '16.  He had earlier won a gold medal in the U14 men's board rescue event in which he paired with Patrick Makgill.  A bronze medal for Blake came in the U14 Grand Cameron Relay.

Red Beach Surf Club’s junior lifeguards have returned from the Oceans ’16 event at Mt Maunganui with a haul of 18 medals.
The club sent its biggest-ever contingent – 76 athletes aged 10-14 years – and picked up eight gold, three silver and 7 bronze medals from the annual event.

The carnival was the high point of the summer for the 896 athletes who came from 45 clubs around New Zealand.  Individual and team events were held over four days in stunning weather and with a surf to spice things up.
 
Three Red Beach athletes came away as double-gold medallists … Flynn Southcombe, Patrick Makgill and Pippa Nicol. Collectively they also bagged an array of silver and bronze medals.
Blake Readman picked up a gold, silver and bronze, the result of his board paddling skills.
Also picking up gold medals were Akira Gardiner (U11 beach flags), Jakob Currin (U11 beach sprint) and Ethan Anderson (U12 beach sprint).
 
Kees O’Leary-Lodge finished second for the silver medal in the U11 men’s run-swim-run.

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Pippa Nicol sprints for the finish flags to win the Gold medal in the U11 women's Diamond event. She also collected a Gold medal in the U11 women's board race.

Club members collecting bronze medals were Akira Gardiner, Oliver Howarth, Toby Lewis, Kalani Gilbertson, Freya Dooley, Jonathan Selman, Mollie Nicol and Alexsia Bingley.
 
On the overall points table, Red Beach finished in third place behind winners Omanu from the Bay of Plenty and Waikanae from Gisborne.
 
“We were more focused on our individual and team efforts and having our athletes deliver the very best they could,” said Red Beach sport manager Mark Readman.

“It was really pleasing to finish in the top three, and having 76 members competing was highly satisfying and that bodes well for the ongoing development of our junior athletes.”
 
“The results achieved reflect on the current club culture and the coaching structures we have in place,” he added.

Top 22 clubs at Oceans ‘16
Omanu (56) 1, Waikanae (42) 2, Red Beach (41) 3, Papamoa (40) 4, Mt Maunganui (39) 5, Maranui (29) 6, Mairangi Bay (27) 7, Wainui (20) 8=, Whangamata (20) 8=, Westshore (17) 10, East End (15) 11=, Fitzroy (15) 11=, St Clair (15) 11=, Orewa (10) 14, Waimairi (9) 15, Taylors Mistake (8) 16=, Waihi Beach (8) 16=, Piha (6) 18, Foxton (3) 19=, Lyall Bay (3) 19=, Midway (3) 19=, Omaha (3) 19=.
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Red Beach placed third in the U14 Grand Cameron Relay. From left: Freya Dooley, Mollie Nicol, Blake Readman, Jonathon Selman, Flynn Southcombe, Alexsia Bingley.                                                   Photos by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach on top at SLSNR JuniorSurf Championships

10th February 2016
 

SLSNR points trophy back in the club’s trophy cabinet
 

Red Beach Surf Club’s Junior athletes have regained the Northern Region Championships points trophy following two days of competition at Orewa Beach.
The club’s young competitors put in some sparkling performances to finish the championships comfortably clear of their nearest rival.

Over 600 competitors aged from seven – 13 years, representing 14 clubs, took part in the weekend event which saw a mixed bag of weather and some challenging surf conditions. Four of the clubs were from outside the Northern region.

Red Beach, with strength in numbers over all three age divisions, claimed the overall points trophy which it last won in 2014.
“For the past 12 months we’ve been working hard to get back on top,” said Red Beach JuniorSurf chairman Dylan Turner.

“We’ve focussed on coaching resources, support crews and quality equipment for our athletes. But most of all, our focus has been community, culture and fun and I believe that this has been the cornerstone to our success this year,” he added.

In the quest for the Cath & Eddie Millar Cup which is awarded for selected events within the Championships, Orewa headed off Red Beach by a solitary point to retain the trophy.
 
Overall Points (All clubs):  Red Beach (181) 1, Orewa (137) 2, Mairangi Bay (105) 3, Piha (36) 4, Omanu (33) 5, Muriwai (29) 6, Whangamata (21) 7, Pauanui (18) 8, Bethells Beach (10) 9, Omaha (9) 10, New Plymouth OB (7) 11, Mangawhai Heads (6) 12, Karekare (5) 13,  Waipu Cove (3) 14.
 
Overall Points (Northern Region clubs):  Red Beach (214) 1, Orewa (158) 2, Mairangi Bay (123) 3, Piha (38) 4, Muriwai (36) 5, Bethells Beach (10) 6, Karekare (5) 7,  Mangawhai Heads (5) 8, Omaha (5) 9, Waipu Cove (3) 10.
 
Cath & Eddie Millar Cup:  Orewa (53) 1, Red Beach (52) 2, Mairangi Bay (39) 3, Piha (19) 4, Muriwai (16) 5.

New surf coach installed

16th December 2015
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Red Beach surf coaches Vaughan Skiffington, left, and Jack Gavin.                                     Photo by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach Surf Club has appointed Jack Gavin 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.

Jack competed for Gisborne’s Midway Surf Club for 10 years, winning his first Nationals gold medal in the beach relay event. As an under-19 competitor he twice won the NZ run-swim-run title and collected numerous medals in ski, board, relay and Iron Man events. In 2008 he was named as the top overall male competitor at the NZ Championships at Ohope Beach.

A back injury in 2009 led him into coaching and the surf sports manager role with the Midway club. Having been coached by lifesaving legend Cory Hutchings in his younger days, and having a passion for development coaching, he sees plenty of opportunities with the squad of young Red Beach athletes he is currently working with.
“I really enjoy watching the younger age groups improve and nail simple but essential skills,” said Jack.


Solid start for boat crews at Wellington's Lyall Bay

30th November 2015

Encouraging results from NZ Surf Boat Series, Round # 1

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The Red Beach Boomers crew placed second in the final of the Open Men's division at Lyall Bay.

SurfThree 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.
The Open men’s division comprised of three heats, two semis and a final. North Beach came home first in the final ahead of the Red Beach Boomers with Titahi Bay in third place.

Conditions at Lyall Bay were flat but with the odd runner and there was an offshore cross wind gusting at up to 35 knots.
“Rowing home was a real effort and it took a lot of guts. Crews had to row into a cross-chop as well,” said Red Beach sweep Bugsy O’Halloran.

With six crews in the U23 men’s division, the results were determined by a five-race series. Whangamata finished first, followed by Red Beach and Orewa.
In the open women’s division, Red Beach was represented by two rowers from each of the Bangers (open) and Rabbits (U23) crews, placing fourth overall.


Canoe crew fitness put to test

6th November 2015

New crews make their first appearance at Canoe Training Day

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Red Beach 'Red' took out the Women's U19 series on overall points. From left: Kayla Rickaby, Esther Reidy, Kate Harkin, Melanie Wilcock.

CanoeRed 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.

Red Beach’s Rockin’ Reds crew paddled their way through 10 races to take out the Masters women’s event and place second in the Open women’s division, all calculated on overall points. The programme, which took two hours 40 mins to complete, finished with a Mixed Run-Canoe-Run event.

Results:
Open Men:   Ninja Turtles (Piha) 1, Karekare A 2, Lion Red (RB) 3
Masters Men:  Seaing Red (RB) 1, X-Men (Karekare) 2, Lion Red (RB) 3
U19 Men:   Hungry Hippos (Piha) 1, Red Beach 2, Kariaotahi 3
Open Women:   Dora (Piha) 1, Rockin' Reds (RB) 2, Kariaotahi 3
Masters Women:  Rockin’ Reds (RB) 1, Flying Herons (RB) 2, Boogie Broads (Bethells Beach) 3
U19 Women:   Red Beach Red 1, Waihi 2, Red Beach White 3
Mixed Run-Canoe-Run:  Piha A 1, Piha B 2, Waihi/Karekare (Comp) 3
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Red Beach's Seaing Red crew took out the Masters division on overall points.  From left: Nick Saull, Dave Goodare, Colin Wilcock, Peter Kramer.
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The Red Beach Rockin Reds won the Masters women's division and placed second in the Open women's division.  From left: Megan McKenzie, Kathy Kramer, Kelly O'Dea, Jennifer Hall.
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The Flying Malyons Masters crew, from left: Al Presland, Kevin Cornish, Shane Minifie, Paul Cleminson.
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The Flying Herons crew heads for the beach in a heat of the Masters women's division. From left: Carol Gjaltema, Robyn Presland, Stephanie Busby, Sam Goodare.
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Red Beach's Lion Red crew placed third in the Masters division on overall points.  From left: Craig Butler, Dan O'Reilly, Richard Rogers, David Young.
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Red Beach's U19 men's canoe crew, competing for the very first time.
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The Masters competitors from Bethells Beach.
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Piha's Dora crew finished first overall in the Open Women's division.
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Kariaotahi's U19 crew in action.
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Piha's U19 women's crew.
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The Karekare A crew, second overall in the Open men's division.
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The Orewa Masters crew at the Canoe Training Day.                                         Photos by Ross Malyon.

Award Winners : 2014-15

24th May 2015

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prize Giving function on Saturday 16th May 2015.

Kavanagh Cup   U19/U16 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit    Brodie Campbell

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U16 or U19               Brodie Campbell

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U16 or U19    Brie Downey

Jackson Family Cup   Most Improved Senior Man           Daniel Cairns

Watts Trophy   Most Improved Senior Woman                Nivana Johnson

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                Hamish Gledhill

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Briar McLeely

D F Mitchell Mem. Cup  Best Overall Ironman Performer  Rachel Clarke

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                              Rockin' Reds Open Women

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                       Sirens Women's Crew                                                                                 
Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Sirens Women's Crew

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Movie Night Fundraising Group

Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Sarah Lockwood
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member          Stephanie Busby

Patrol of the Year Award   Top Patrol Team                   Carnival Patrol
                                                                                    
Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                      Ian Cairns


Red Beach retains the Owen Chapman Cup

13th January 2015

Surf athletes make the most of their opportunities

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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 place getters. The host club’s points were across all age divisions and noticeably in the U19 and U16 groups which boosted the winning margin.

IMGJust over 250 competitors took part, a drop in numbers from previous years, due to a clash with other surf events.  Athletes from several Bay of Plenty clubs who normally attend the Owen Chapman event were at the Central Region Championships in Gisborne.
Also missing from the carnival were 18 elite competitors from Northern Region clubs who were with SLSNR representative team in New South Wales for the biennial Trans-Tasman Tri Series.

This opened the door for the next tier of surf athletes to step up to the plate and receive the plaudits. Competitor numbers were healthy in the boat arena which saw 32 surf boat and surf canoe crews in action.
The event was conducted in ideal weather conditions with a slight surf adding interest in the closing stages of racing.

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Competitors to shine for Red Beach were Rachel Clarke in the open women’s division, winning the surf race, ski race and Ironman events and featuring in two team wins.
Clubmates Daniel Cairns and Matt Thetford won the Ironman and board races in the open and U19 divisions respectively.

In Red Beach’s U16 ranks, first-year entrant Hamish Gledhill impressed with wins in the Ironman, board race and beach sprint events. He also anchored three team wins in his age group.
Rebecca Cole of the Fitzroy club was also to the fore, winning the U19 women’s ski and board races. Muriwai’s women’s surf boat crews also came through strongly, taking out the U23 and U19 surf boat series.

The Owen Chapman Cup carnival is the longest running club day in Australasia for surf athletes, and 2016 will see the 60th anniversary of the event. The date has been set for Saturday 9th January 2016.

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.
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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Owen Chapman Cup results

12th January 2015

For the 2015 Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival results, click here

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Tide of opportunities at Owen Chapman Cup surf carnival

6th January 2015

Red Beach to host the 59th Owen Chapman Cup event

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

IMGBut in a twist this year, top New Zealand lifeguards from the Northern Region will be in Australia for the Trans-Tasman Tri Series against Aussie teams Central Coast and New South Wales Country.
Red Beach will be missing two of its athletes, Orewa will be missing six of their best and Piha and Mairangi Bay lose five each to the tri series team.
That leaves the door wide open for the next tier of surf athletes who will be keen to step up to the plate. An added incentive is that there will be prizes for all winners on the day.

Red Beach are the defending champions of the Owen Chapman Cup (shown at right), having won it 10 years in a row.
The carnival will also provide opportunities for competitors to assess their chances of success at the two-day Eastern Regional Championships at Mt Maunganui during Auckland Anniversary Weekend.

Competition on the day starts at 9.00 am. First up in the craft arena are surf ski races for both men and women, followed by ski relays. The afternoon programme will see the Ironman and Diamond events as well as the Taplin relays.
The surf boat and surf canoe arena, which also has a 9.00 am start to beat the incoming tide, is expected to attract healthy entries. Beach events of flags, sprints and relays will wrap up the day’s competition.

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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Hat-trick of wins for Red Beach boaties at Whangamata

4th January 2015

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

SurfRed 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.

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The Red Beach Sirens on their way to winning the open women's final.

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.

Having won the first round of the series at Lyall Bay in late-November,  the Sirens are an odds-on bet to be named as the NZ representative women’s crew for the Trans-Tasman Surf Boat Challenge at Waihi Beach on 7th February. A Tugun women’s crew will race for Australia in the event.

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The Red Beach Giggles crew came out on top after their five-race series in the U23 division.

In the U23 women’s division, after a series of five races, the Red Beach Giggles fought off five other crews for the overall points win. The crew of Jaime Busby, Kelly Dillon, Jasmin Cornish and Rebecca Ash showed their greatly improved form by notching up three heat wins and two fourth placings to come out on top.

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The Blakey's Angels crew, from left: Jasmin Cornish, Georgia Cox, Briana Smith, Craig Dillon (sweep) and Tyler McDowall.

In the U19 women’s division, Blakey’s Angels continued their good showing to head off an all-Auckland line-up of five crews to take the overall points win. The crew of Georgia Cox, Tyler McDowall, Jessica Cornish and Briana Smith achieved two wins and three second placings across their five races.
Red Beach boat captain Craig Dillon swept both the Giggles and Blakey’s Angels.

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Rhye Jacka of the Red Beach Pirates crew makes a leap to sprint for the finish line. The crew placed third overall in the U23 men's division.

In the men’s divisions, the Red Beach Pirates finished third overall in the U23’s whilst the Doom Squad placed fourth on overall points in the U19’s.
Round 3 of the NZ Surf Boat Series takes place at Waihi Beach on 7th February.

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The Red Beach Doom Squad crew crashes over a wave while racing in the U19 men's division.
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The Red Beach Cab Savs crew rowing in the open men's division.
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The Red Beach Boomers were one of 19 crews in the open men's division.
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The Red Beach Bangers crew heads for the buoy line in the open women's division.
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The Doom Squad crew in action in the U19 men's division.                     Photos by Ross Malyon.

Sirens boat crew excels in first round of boat series

7th December 2014

Five wins from five starts at Wellington’s Lyall Bay

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The Red Beach Sirens surf boat crew in action at Lyall Bay.

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

The Red Beach Pirates placed second on overall points in the U23 men’s division. The club also had two other crews at Lyall Bay. The Boomers competed in the open men’s division which attracted 17 crews. And the Red Beach Bangers had their first competitive outing in the open women’s division which drew 12 crews.
Next up in the series is the Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular on January 2.

Results from Round One:
Open Men:  Muriwai Mongols 1, North Beach Beavers 2, New Brighton Killa Beez 3.
U23 Men:  Rarangi Blue 1, Red Beach Pirates 2, Lyall Bay Lil Boys 3.
U19 Men:  Whangamata 1, Waihi Beach 2, Sunset Beach 3.
Open Women:  Red Beach Sirens 1, North Beach Black Betty 2, Muriwai Cats 3.
U23 Women:  New Brighton Honey Beez 1, Muriwai Muzzies 2, Titahi Bay Tims Tarts 3.
U19 Women:  Muriwai Minis 1, TItahi Bay Tigers 2, Orewa Aces 3.
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The Red Beach Pirates finished in second place on overall points in the U23 division.
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The Red Beach Boomers crew racing in the open men's division.      Photos by Jun Tanlayco Sports Images.

Puhoi Surf Boat Race : 2014

15th November 2014

For the story, results & photo gallery from the Puhoi Surf Boat race, click here
 


Red Beach Pirates boat crew wins gold at World Champs

14th October 2014

Sirens crew takes Bronze at World Champs in France

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The Pirates U23 boat crew with their gold medals at Rescue 2014, from left: Shamus O'Halloran, Shane O'Halloran, Max Anstis, Ben Flight, Rhye Jacka.          Photo by Vic Jacka.

It was all gold for the Red Beach Surf Club Pirates U23 men’s boat crew at the Lifesaving World Champs in France in September.

Despite not getting the chance to practise on location, the team of Shamus O’Halloran, Max Anstis, Ben Flight, Rhye Jacka and sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran dominated the international field to commandeer first place in the final.

The Red Beach open women’s crew were also granted a podium spot, placing third in their division behind two Australian teams.
The women’s crew included sweep Shane ‘Bugsy’ O’Halloran, Madison Smith, Kelly Andrew, Zita Talaic-Burgess, Ashleigh Jenkins and Katrina Gouldstone.

The Red Beach Boomers crew just missed out on competing in the open men’s final. Sweep and coach O’Halloran says the crews performed well.
“The Pirates never got to have a training row as Air France were suffering with a pilot strike and we had one rower stranded in Paris,” O’Halloran says.
“By the time race day came around the wind had gone, it was beautiful sunny weather and the sea conditions were flat with the exception of very small runners or lifts that the boats could work to get greater speed.”

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The Sirens crew on the podium at Rescue 2014 with their Bronze medals. From left: Ashleigh Jenkins, Kelly Andrew, Katrina Gouldstone, Shane O'Halloran (coach & sweep), Madison Smith, Zita Talaic-Burgess.

The Sirens had it difficult as they were racing in an unfamiliar boat in the heats, but the Pirates scored when they secured a familiar boat to help them beat France, England, Australia, Holland and Wales.
After a tight first two races for the Pirates, it all came down to the last one to take the title.
“It was all or nothing and the Pirates took the lead from the start and held it all the way to the finish line to win the gold medal,” O’Halloran says.

The Sirens came out second off the beach in the finals to a very strong Scarborough Western Australian crew and chased them all race with St Kilda Victoria Australia crew just behind.
“With 30 metres to go the St Kilda girls finished harder and stronger and took the Sirens metres before the line to finish second behind Scarborough,” O’Halloran says.

The Red Beach crews celebrated along with their sponsors The Flying Herons and Argosy Properties.

Article courtesy of the Rodney Times.
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Red Beach boat crews and supporters at Rescue 2014 in France.

Construction of new ‘G100’ surf boat now completed

12th October 2014
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Poppy Logo(copy)Construction of a new surf boat for Red Beach has been completed at the workshop of South Coast Boats. Work began in July at the boat builder’s Sydney premises.
Nicknamed the ‘G100’, it will replace one of the club’s existing surf boats which has been refurbished in readiness for next year’s Gallipoli centenary row. Read more …


Commemorative Ribbon as a fundraiser for Gallipoli 2015

16th July 2014

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

Poppy Logo(copy)The Gallipoli 100 is a surf boat event taking place in April 2015 and will involve around 80 surf boats manned by Australian, New Zealand, British, French and Turkish crews. These crews will row over an 80km distance along the Dardanelles, Aegean Sea and the Gallipoli Peninsula. The crews will proceed to a landing close to where the ANZACs landed 100 years earlier.


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Commemorative Ribbon

Gallipoli(copy)A special Commemorative Ribbon, printed with the names of individuals and families who wish to honour those who gave their lives following the Gallipoli landing in 1915, will be carried on the Red Beach boat during its journey to the beach landing and the commemorations. It will be presented for display at the Red Beach Surf Life Saving Club on the crew’s return to New Zealand.
The proceeds from the names on the Ribbon will go towards funding a new surf boat for the club.

For the Commemorative Ribbon Request Form, click here

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Red Beach rowers carried out a Gallipoli training row along Auckland's East Coast Bays on Anzac Day 2014. The three-hour journey took them to Devonport in time for a 9.45 am parade and service. Crew changes were made at each of the stops.   Click to enlarge.
 

Gifting of Surf Boat                       

Following the commemorations at Gallipoli, the Red Beach surf boat will be gifted to a start-up surf club in Turkey to assist with surf lifesaving training which will help stem the high incidence of beach drownings in that country.
 

How to have your name(s) printed on the Commemorative Ribbon


For the Commemorative Ribbon Request Form, click here

There are 3 easy ways to make payment …
A)  Pay by cheque, made out to Red Beach SLSC, and send it with your completed Request Form to the club’s PO Box address.

B)  Make a direct payment to the Red Beach SLSC bank account; the account number is on the Request Form. Be sure to enter your name as a reference. Email a scanned copy of your completed form to gallipoli100@redbeachslsc.com

C)  Pay online to FundraiseOnline. Click on ‘Make A Donation’ then complete all details and enter your name(s) for the Ribbon in the Message box.

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Rachel wins Molokai event

22nd May 2014

Triumph in the Molokai Surf Ski World Championships

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Rachel Clarke during the 51km crossing from Molokai to Oahu. It took her 4 hours 33 minutes.

Rachel 1(copy)Rachel Clarke, right, has won the pinnacle of ocean ski kayaking, the women’s section in the Molokai Surf Ski World Championships in Hawaii.
The race is a 51km downwind paddle riding the huge swells from Molokai, across the Kaiwi channel (Channel of Bones) to Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu.

She completed the distance in four hours 33 minutes, finishing 10 mins ahead of her nearest female rival, Australia’s Lisa Wadling.
“It was by far the hardest race I have done. It was not only challenging (physically), it was a mental game as well,” she said.

The air temperature was 28C and conditions were not what contestants wanted.
“The wind was only about five knots, however, there were some good runners to chase down. Towards the end of the race it was quite tricky as there was a large southern swell on China wall. I knew it was huge so I went wide around the surf towards the channel.”

Clarke says her support boat played a huge role in the race, carrying extra fluids, snacks and acting as a guide for the first hour of the race as she couldn’t see the island she was heading for.

The overall winner was South African Hank McGregor who completed the race in 3 hours 35 mins, beating Australia's Clint Robinson, the second place-getter, by 23 seconds.
Clarke, 24, who won New Zealand’s prestigious King of the Harbour race this year, started surf life saving when she was five and began distance paddling four years ago.

In the lead up to the event in Hawaii, she stepped up her training to six days a week, combining ski paddling with cross-training, gym workouts, running and swimming.


Award Winners : 2013-14

18th May 2014

The following awards were presented at the club’s Prizegiving Night on Saturday 17th May 2014.

Kavanagh Cup   U19/U16 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit    Hayden Shaw

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U19                          Calvin Vari

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U19               Brie Downey

Jackson Family Cup   Most Improved Senior Man           Cody Richards

Watts Trophy   Most Improved Senior Woman                Naomi Young

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                Matt Thetford

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Briar McLeely

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

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                              Mizzfits U19 Women's Crew

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Kelly Dillon

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Max Anstis

Terry Marsh Trophy   Top Surf Boat Crew                      Sirens Open Women's Crew                                                                                   
Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Sirens Open Women's Crew

Colin Ash Cup   Outstanding Achievement, Non-Competitive  Building Committee

Chris Hailwood   U-16 Lifeguard of the Year for               Hayden Shaw
Memorial Cup     Patrolling & Lifeguarding

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member          Craig Gledhill

Patrol of the Year Award   Top Patrol Team                   Winners of SLSNR
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Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                      Mark Scheib


Red Beach wins Epic IRB Long Haul event in Bay of Plenty

12th May 2014
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After more than 80km of high-octane IRB racing, Saturday’s Bay of Plenty Epic Long Haul race came down to cereal consumption, brute strength and a sprint up the beach.
The Red Beach crew of Dan Peacocke, Jack Readman and Jared Pouwhare emerged triumphant after more than 2hrs of racing, outsprinting Muriwai’s slick trio of Katherine Reardon, David Butt and Matt Buswell.

Aided by magnificent Bay of Plenty weather and mirror-like seas, eight crews set off from Ohope Beach near Whakatane for the five-leg odyssey – sponsored by McMillan Lockwood Group – through to Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach.

With stops in Matata, Pukehina, Papamoa and Omanu, crews had to perform a number of tasks – such as assembling the IRB and engine, performing a series of simulated rescues and carrying engines along the soft sand.

Ironically, it was a Weetbix-scoffing challenge at Omanu that stymied the flying Muriwai crew, who powered through the field after getting off the beach in sixth-spot to be leading with the finish line approaching. Sloppy cereal technique saw Muriwai falter, with Red Beach seizing their chance.
“We were lucky to come from behind after engine trouble to clinch it in only the last 100m of the race,” Red Beach’s Peacocke told Dscribe Media. “We put everything on the line and full credit to the other competitors and especially Muriwai for the neck-and-neck battle!”
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Peacocke has had a huge summer, competing in national championships for kayaking, surf lifesaving and IRB racing. He’s also got his eye on the world surf lifesaving championships in France in September, although his Red Beach crew are also keen to give the annual Ninety Mile Beach IRB race a nudge at the start of that month.

Muriwai finished fourth in that event last year but showed the flat-line speed yesterday to match it with anyone, while Sunset Beach – third in the BOP race – should have gun driver Shane Edwards back for the Ninety Mile event

Leigh Sefton, organiser of Saturday’s race, hoped the event will continue to grow.
“We couldn’t have had better conditions and the racing was superb,” Sefton said. “The initial feedback from the crews was extremely positive – most of them came in buzzing, raving about the spectacular coastline and the fabulous scenery and how good it was to have been involved. I’m pretty confident we can harness that enthusiasm and really give things a boost next year.”

Results:  Red Beach (2hrs 19mins) 1, Muriwai  (2:21) 2, Sunset Beach (2:25) 3, Westshore (2:28) 4, Mount Maunganui A (2:34) 5, Papamoa (2:59) 6, Maketu (3:01) 7, Mount Maunganui Beasts (3:03) 8.
 
Story by Jamie Troughton, Dscribe Media Services
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Rachel to take on marathon ski paddle in Molokai event

4th May 2014
Sights on Molokai World Championships in Hawaii, 18 May
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Rachel Clarke at Takapuna prior to a training session on the ocean ski.

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

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

KIRA Logo(copy)The race on 18 May begins on the island of Molokai and finishes on Oahu Island. Clarke is the only female paddler from New Zealand in the race, although there are two Kiwi men entered.
“I’m definitely up for the challenge,” insists Clarke, a 24 year old who has been in the police force for two and a half years.

In the lead up to the event, Clarke has stepped up her training to six days per week, combining ski paddling with cross-training, gym workouts, running and swimming.
On her ocean ski she has paddled distances varying from 8km to 40km which was the distance covered from Takapuna to a circuit of Motutapu Island and back to Takapuna.
“I did this session with a group of guys who do long-distance paddling and completed it in three hours 40 mins,” she added.  Most ski sessions have been done with other paddlers.

“Competing in the Molokai has been my goal for a while. I’ve been told by many people who have entered it that it’s a great experience,” she said, citing former top paddler Katie Pocock who has done it twice.

The Molokai Challenge comes at a cost, around $8,000 in total which covers air fares, entry fee, accommodation, ski hire and the cost of a support boat.
“I’d like to thank all those who have sponsored and supported me, including family and friends.”

Footnote:  Red Beach lifeguard AJ Maney took part in the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships in July 2013, finishing second in his age group and eighth overall in the men’s section.
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Photos by Ross Malyon.

Red Beach bags 32 medals at Ohope Beach Nationals

30th March 2014

Red Beach’s surf athletes returned from the National Championships at Whakatane’s Ohope Beach with a haul of 32 medals. They collected 8 gold, 15 silver and 9 bronze medals over the three days of competition.
The club’s representation was a record 123 competitors, the largest number of the nearly 50 clubs taking part. And in the mix were seven surf boat crews – the most ever for Red Beach – and nine surf canoe crews.
In the quest for the Allan Gardner Trophy for surf lifesaving supremacy, the club finished in third place on overall points.
Red Beach’s most successful competitor was Hannah Williams who came away with seven medals. At the conclusion of the Nationals she was named for the NZ Development Squad along with Kelsi Boocock and Matt Thetford.


Red Beach retains grip on cup

8th January 2014

10th consecutive Owen Chapman Cup win for club

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With its strengths across all divisions of competition, Red Beach retained the Owen Chapman Cup by one of the biggest winning margins ever seen. The points tally of 216 was well clear of the second and third placed clubs on 98 & 72 points respectively.

It was the 58th year of the event and the club claimed the trophy for the 10th consecutive time, making it a trio of 10 consecutive wins since it was first contested in 1957.  The event is the longest-running club day in Australasia for surf athletes.

Kiwi internationals were among a near record 426 competitors. Last year’s turnout was 437 entrants, however, that included 36 surf athletes from the visiting Australian branch teams of Central Coast and NSW Country.

Perfect weather set the scene for some intense competition. Many of the surf athletes taking part were from the country’s top echelon of competitors; NZ representatives in the sport were well represented on the day.

A total of 18 clubs took part – all from the North Island - with the most southern club coming from Wellington’s Titahi Bay. All clubs were eligible to take out the Jubilee Cup which was being contested for just the second time. It was won by Red Beach ahead of Mt Maunganui. The Owen Chapman Cup can only be won by a Northern Region club.

Red Beach’s Rachel Clarke was the stand-out female athlete, winning the Ironwoman, surf race and surf ski events in the open division. She also shared in three team wins …. the Taplin relay, ski relay and board relay to claim six wins on the day.

NZ surf representative and Olympian Steven Kent (Titahi Bay) won the open surf race for the second consecutive year. He also won it in 2011. Titahi clubmate Martin McDowall won the open ski race by a clear margin ahead of some highly fancied ski paddlers.

Natalie Peat (Papamoa) won both the U19 Ironwoman and surf race events. Mt Maunganui’s talented Kane Sefton won both the U16 Ironman and surf race.
Piha’s Steven Ferguson snared the open Ironman event and swam home second to Kent in the surf race.

In the boat & canoe arena, the Red Beach Pirates surf boat crew won both the open and U23 divisions in racing.

For the full set of Owen Chapman Cup results, click here
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The last eight competitors in the U19 men's beach flags event.
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The start of the U16 men's ski race final.
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Racing in the open men's surf boat division.            Photos by Ross Malyon.              Click on an image to enlarge it.

Patrolling at two beaches

23rd May 2013

Club lifeguards patrol at Red Beach and Pakiri

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

A surge in Red Beach Surf Club’s active membership during the past six years has seen more lifeguards become highly qualified, obtaining First Aid qualifications and becoming IRB drivers and instructors. And with so many lifeguards available, a decision was taken by the club to extend its volunteer services by providing surf patrols at the northern beach of Pakiri.

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The lifeguards are equipped with an IRB, a quad bike, patrol flags, a shelter tent, first aid equipment and they have radio contact with SurfCom based in Auckland.
“Ever since the start-up we’ve received positive feedback from day-trippers, local residents and holidaymakers who have approached our lifeguards to express their delight at seeing the patrols at Pakiri,” said Red Beach lifesaving manager Chris Gurr.

Red Beach lifeguards have carried out 47 rescues at Pakiri during the past four summers.

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Paikiri Beach, above, is an hour's drive north of Red Beach. Club lifeguards have been patrolling at Pakiri for the past four summers.

Award Winners : 2012-13

10th May 2013

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

Kavanagh Cup   U19/U16 Sportsmanship & Club Spirit   Rebecca Pearce

Dryland Cup   Most Improved Male U19                         Toby Hurley

Piper Family Cup   Most Improved Female U19              Louise Aitken

Watts Trophy   Most Improved Senior Woman                Caitlin Ryan

Manion Trophy   Best Overall Board Performer                AJ Maney & Matt Thetford

Williams Trophy   Best Overall Ski Performer                  Caitlin Ryan

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

Pukekauri Trophy   Top Canoe Crew                               Flying Malyons Men's Crew

Mike Smith Cup   Most Improved Female Rower              Christa Hanson

Craig Dillon Cup   Most Improved Male Rower                 Lance Hammond

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

Shannon Cup   Best Achievement, Competitive                Chris Moors

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

Jubilee Trophy   Best All-Round Patrolling Member           Matthew Southerden

Patrol of the Year Award   Top Patrol Team                    Pritchard Patrol

Presidents Cup   Best Clubman                                       Chris Gurr