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Surfboat legends remembered at Red Beach reunion

Posted at 10:28am Tuesday 03 Nov, 2020

Sunday training sessions are underway for Red Beach's Juniors. Photo, Ross Malyon

Fine weather over Labour weekend heralded the arrival of summer and enthusiasm is running high among the Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club members.

Registration days for Junior members were affected by the Covid-19 lockdown, however, the club undertook online registrations which resulted in a very healthy intake of youngsters aged 4-13 years.

The Opening Day for juniors took place on November 1 and the club continues to take registrations. Training sessions for the youngsters are held at Red Beach on Sunday mornings.

When the patrolling season gets into full stride, the club will have more qualified lifeguards to call on.

Members who recently passed the Surf Lifeguard Award exam will soon team up with their experienced counterparts to carry out volunteer patrols at Red Beach and Pakiri over the summer.

Later this month, on Sunday, November 22, the club will hold a Boaties' Reunion with the theme of ‘Red Beach Surf Boats Through the Decades'. It's for club members – past and present – who have rowed or swept a Red Beach surfboat during the past 50-plus years.

The club's first surfboat, Miss Findlay, was purchased in 1967 and was soon on the water in competition. All five members of the original crew are attending the reunion and they'll get to rub shoulders with the current crop of rowers. Everyone is sure to have a good surfboat tale to tell and a big turnout is expected.

On the competition scene, activity is ramping up. The club recently participated in the Surf Lifesaving NZ Pool Rescue championships at Waterworld in Te Rapa which saw U19 Red Beach swimmer Patrick Makgill come away with six gold medals, five of them from individual events.

The first interclub surf carnival kicks off this weekend, on Saturday, November 7, with action at Muriwai.

This will be followed two weeks later with the second interclub surf carnival, which will be held at Orewa Beach.

Fundraiser takes endurance
The Covid-19 lockdown periods severely restricted Red Beach Surf Club's ability to raise funds, however, the club hopes to bounce back with an ambitious project called the Enduro Fundraiser. It will involve the entire club, from 10-year-old Juniors through to Masters and will take place on the water at Red Beach on Saturday, November 14. The challenge for club members is to collect sponsorship and complete as many kilometres as they can, paddling swimming or rowing over a set course, for either two hours or three hours, depending on age. Each participant chooses a discipline  –ski, board, swim, run, canoe or surfboat. The juniors will paddle from 1pm-3pm, while the Seniors and Masters will be on the water 1pm-4pm. Prizes will be awarded for most sponsorship collected and best costumes.

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