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a fresh start
the next 100 years
from the editor’s desk
Somewhere between it snowing in downtown Auckland and
Stephen Donald helping the All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup, I
decided to add another highly unlikely scenario. My resolution? To
get fit, get motivated and join a surf club.
I’m sure you’ll all agree that one out of three ain’t bad, especially
if it’s the latter and I’m proud to say I’m now a qualified surf
lifeguard. A few of you, however, made thinly veiled comments like
“took your bloody time, didn’t you?” – to which the only response
was, yep, guilty as charged.
It’s been five years since I first started covering sports events for
Surf Life Saving New Zealand, half a decade hanging out at the
beach watching inspirational athletes. Heck, I’ve even watched
the boaties too (just kidding, you lot). My one regret is that I didn’t
find the movement earlier, growing up on a farm in land-locked
The ocean has always held a deep resonance for me but I never
made the mental leap and realised just how much surf lifesaving
could offer. Well, you’ve got me now. When I passed my surf
award, along with a couple of dozen super keen fellow clubbies
one cold afternoon at Papamoa, a sense of belonging settled over
me. In it for Life, indeed.
There will be tough times. The next day at Papamoa, for example,
a tide of putrid tar washed up on the pristine shore (see Rena
feature on page 8) but surf lifesaving in this country has 100 years
of resilience and resolve to call on.
Above all, the movement is brimming with intelligent, warmhearted
folk with a strong sense of public service, everywhere from
the keenest young nippers, right up to our interim chief executive
(see page 7) and to our octogenarian patrollers (see page 39).
The good folk of Sumner know better than anyone there’s more to
a surf lifesaving club than mere bricks and mortar, as you’ll see in
our story on page 30. The devastating earthquake in the Garden
City in February, five months after the initial 7.1-magnitude tremor,
left their clubhouse in the lurch, in every way you can think of.
Did Sumner clubbies buckle with their building? Not on your
life – with a little help from some Gizzy cuzzies, members are
determined to come back stronger and celebrate their own
centenary this season. And speaking of Gizzy cuzzies, we’ve
found some awesome Maori leaders spreading the surf lifesaving
gospel up in Tolaga Bay – read about their innovative tactics on
This edition of Surf Rescue is about the people with surf lifesaving
tattooed on their soul, who live and breathe and love in yellow
and red shades every day. Forget brands or buildings or boats or
beaches – those members are our most important resource.
I hope you enjoy their stories.
PHOTO: JOHN ROY
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What makes Pat
Waite tick? Take a
moment and he’ll tell
you – SLSNZ’s chief
executive is new to
the organisation but
a veteran of similar
Sadly, we’re not talking about the Rugby World
Cup. Papamoa was in the path of a horrible oil spill
from the grounded ship Rena. See how the local
From Ohope to London
– Lisa Carrington tells
us about being a world
champion kayaker and
how much mongrel you
need to win a ski race.
He’s our youngest-ever
board member but
Andrew Lancaster is
treating his elevation as
just another step in a
remarkable surf career.
All the action from the
New surf sport series
set to boost carnivals
and keep our top
before Rescue 2012.
Tolaga Bay is better
known for its wharf
than its surf sports
but a couple of good
keen men are hoping to
After the turmoil, the Sumner Surf Club is getting
back on its feet, thanks to the generosity of the surf
All the fun and fumes
from the first round of
IRB racing’s new series.
A good start, a stutter and
what’s next for our
Ironman as he battles it
out with the best of
The god of surf returns and finds that
Mark Bourneville is often licked but never
Surf Life Saving is grateful for the continued support of our principal
funder the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.
Over the last ten years the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board has, through their annual grants
process, allocated over $20m to Surf Life Saving. Without this support we would struggle to
sustain the level of service currently provided by Surf Lifeguards throughout New Zealand.
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
architect David Hill won
a Canterbury Architecture
Awards category for
designing a lifeguard
tower at Woodend Beach,
which he patrolled as a
teenager. The Chair had
replaced the old lifeguard
tower, which had stood
for more than 30 years.
Awards jury convener
Stephen Crooks said
the project was a simple
but brilliant concept,
“You can’t help smiling
when you see this little
building sitting amongst
the windswept dunes,”
PHOTO: Dougal Holmes
out the new
Keep up to date with all the
SLSNZ events this season
at the events section of the
To promote health and well being in
our communities, Quantum Events
and principle partner State have
an exciting six-event ocean swim
series on offer this summer. With
five years’ proven event success
this series is founded with pride, an
excellent reputation and a promise
to deliver first-class events. To find
out more visit:
Since 1911 the Maranui Life
Saving Club has been actively
training surf lifeguards and
providing voluntary patrols.
Maranui celebrates 100 years this
Former SLSNZ guru Mark
Weatherall has continued his
winning ways, helping Poverty Bay
win the Lochore Cup in his first
season as Chief Executive.
WEAR YOUR VEST
This season an addition has been made
to our Health and Safety; athletes will
now be required to wear high visibility
competition vests to compete in Regional
and National events.
SLSNZ has received
will go towards
RESCUE OF THE MONTH
information for this season’s
closing dates and more visit:
Morgan Foster from South
Broghton has won the Japanese
national beach flags title in
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fourth, Lyall Bay’s
ninth and Omanu’s
Dan Hooker 19th
in the under-19
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LAST SEASON STATS
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The distinctive voice of our announcer
for 50 years at national and regional
championships is sadly no more. Syd Jago
passed away recently in Hawke’s Bay after
a short illness. Syd had a distinctive style,
a great memory for names and the voice of
change. He had a mellow and unflappable
voice and he was a pioneer of announcing
from the days when many carnivals would
start up a generator to crank up the sound,
to the highly professional sound systems of
carnivals today. Working closely with Reg
Schou, they were a winnable combination
and Syd was the voice of the national
championships. A warm and affable
personality, he will be greatly missed by all
who came to know him and the Surf Life
Saving family sends out deepest sympathy to
Syd’s wife and family.
By Bob Harvey
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
FROM THE PRESIDENT:
Plenty of challenges
for our second century
Our centenary celebrations went off in style last
season but Surf Life Saving New Zealand President
Bob Harvey believes embracing diversity is the key
for the next 100 years.
It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you to
our second half, the beginning of our second century
between the flags.
This next era has already started in style. Recently at
Auckland’s Maritime Rescue Centre, Prime Minister
John Key - a great friend of our movement and father
of newly-qualified lifeguard Max - handed over a
cheque for $250,000 as a way of saying thank you.
It was a sincere thank you for 100 years of dedication
and service and this generous gift shows the respect
that we have earned from the people of New Zealand
and the Government.
We go into this new century stronger and, if a little
challenged, we realise we are now one organisation
with a great future ahead. This future needs to be
owned by surf lifesaving and our partners - luckily the
strength of our sponsorship and our relationship with
our communities has never been better.
I’d like to acknowledge the extraordinary rich friendship
that we developed with the out-going Governor
General of New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand, and
we look forward to welcoming, as Patron, our new
Governor General Sir Jerry Mataparae.
At the annual meeting in Hamilton in September, we
acknowledged our brightest and greatest pioneers
that are living today in our life membership awards.
I’d like to add a personal congratulations to them
and welcome them to the list of giants who made our
organisation what it is today.
Our newest life members are: Trevor Corkin, Rodger
Curtice, Dave East, Tim Jago, Murray Kemp, Garry
Mace, Dick McAllister, Eoin Waugh, Murray Wilson
and Ron Stack.
In the years ahead, we need to grow our organisation
in new and exciting programmes, like the leadership
innovation that the Prime Minister acknowledged in
handing us the Government cheque.
This outstanding programme will see us growing from
within our organisation, a new leadership profile to
carry our flame well into the next 100 years.
I believe this leadership programme will restart Surf
Life Saving New Zealand and I’d like to think it will
bring more diversity than our last century.
It will grow and deliver a richer organisation and reflect
the changing culture and society we now live in.
We need, through schools and groups that surround
us, to build greater partnerships with the different
ethnic groups that are missing from our clubs.
New Zealand has changed in recent decades and we
need to understand that change and to work with it.
In the Auckland region, we need to see Asian,
Indian and Polynesian involvement and we certainly
need, throughout New Zealand, to grow a Maori
partnership with youth and young leadership.
You can read about the Tolaga Bay innovations
happening right now further into this magazine – it’s a
great example on how we can benefit and grow.
Like the All Blacks, who were once nearly all Pakeha,
we need to recognise change. We need to try harder
as we did in bringing women into our organisation.
We now have to add a welcome to newer voices and
convert visitors to our beaches into lifesavers.
I’m very optimistic this season will be a great one for
us and I welcome every lifeguard in New Zealand to be
part of who we are, what we do and what we can be.
Have a great season!
Bob Harvey, QSO, JP
President, Surf Life Saving New Zealand
LEADING THE WAY: SLSNZ PRESIDENT BOB HARVEY SPEAKS AT THE
MARCH-PAST AT THIS YEAR’S NATIONALS. PHOTO: ROSS MALYON
FROM THE CEO’S DESK:
LATEST CONVERT: INTERIM SLSNZ CHIEF EXECUTIVE PAT WAITE PRESENTS MEDALS
AT THE STATE NEW ZEALAND POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS. PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON
He’s the interim head of Surf Life Saving New Zealand
and we thought we’d give chief executive Pat Waite
the chance to tell us a little bit about himself.
I grew up in Taranaki and going to the beach was
part of our family tradition, though I remember with
embarrassment my mother stalking the sand on
Ngamotu Beach, petrified I’d go too far out.
It definitely started a love affair with beaches and
water and now we have a holiday home at Waikanae.
Over the last 30 years, our boys have gone from
paddling pools, to sand castles, to surf boards and
sailing dinghies – and now their children are into sand
castles and mini surf boards.
Though I’ve never been a clubbie or a great swimmer,
one of my sons is a rower who rowed for New
Zealand in the Pan Pacific Games in Sydney. His wife
is a surf lifesaver, while her parents have links to Lyall
Bay and Mairangi Bay.
Through them, I reckon I’ve met nearly every member
of Lyall Bay already!
Our two other sons are firefighters here in Wellington
– I guess pride in public service is contagious.
I’ve spent my working life in the financial sector,
working in jobs across New Zealand, in Tokyo and
Accounting has always been my trade - though I’ve
worked across many areas including economics,
retail, corporate and international banking – and a
few years ago, I was elected president of the institute
of Chartered Accountants. At that time, I also joined
Public Trust, initially as non-executive director and
then as chief executive.
I loved the spirit of Public Trust - it was the first time
I’d worked in a non-corporate and I discovered the
pleasure in serving people, the pride of public service.
I was also proud to see the organisation return
to profit, after a number of years of poor financial
performance. I won’t claim all the credit – we had a
great team, who shared a dream of returning Public
Trust to its rightful place as the preeminent trustee
company in New Zealand.
In 2007, I took a year out, working as a volunteer with
Rotary International as a district governor.
During that time, my wife Melva and I went to India
to help the polio immunisation programme in the
slums of Firozabad and we returned this year with 30
others, continuing the polio programme in the poorer
areas of Delhi.
My passion for removing the world of the polio curse
has been fired by my father, who had polio as a
young married man. I grew up in a household that
knew sickness very well – dad suffered poor and
I learned at a young age that turning a day into a
great day was entirely up to me - if I saw things
positively, others usually joined me.
I’ve found enthusiasm breeds and, while I may not
have the solution to every problem, someone around
me usually does.
The key to success is to surround yourself with
positive people who are not afraid to try, to have a go
and guess what? Magic happens! That’s been my
experience in with SLSNZ, from day one.
So how did I get here? Around two years ago, I
was approached to assist Diabetes New Zealand
as interim chief executive and almost on the day I
finished, I moved to the Stroke Foundation to cover
for their chief executive while he was overseas.
When approached to take up the interim role at
SLSNZ, it seemed like a natural extension of my
previous roles, only different.
I’ve discovered surf lifeguards really are “In it for Life”
and I haven’t worked with such a passionate group
of people before, which is thoroughly inspiring.
As an accountant, I read numbers but I like people
best - people are the most important ingredient in
success. That is the magic that surf lifesaving has;
every member I’ve met is passionate about our cause
(and they usually don’t mind telling me about it!).
Financial challenges are not that difficult to fix – they
just require lateral thinking, using networks to ask for
help and by talking and communicating.
This is exactly what is happening with SLSNZ. We are
back on track financially and we are also rebuilding
trust with clubs and members.
The smiling faces of staff in the national office and
across our regions inspire me and their energy and
commitment knows no bounds. If we’d had that
energy and passion in the banks I worked in, we
could have taken the market by storm.
But mostly I look at the volunteers who, week after
week, go out to patrol the beaches, save lives and
take pride in their public service.
They are truly “In it for Life” and, though I’ve come
into their ranks later than most, I am their latest
Interim CEO, Surf Life Saving New Zealand
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
How do clubbies respond
when their workplace,
playground and second home
comes under direct assault?
As the Rena maritime disaster
showed us, they calmly roll up
their sleeves and get stuck in,
as Jamie Troughton discovers.
Responding to Rena
THE BIG CLEAN: PAPAMOA SURF CLUB MEMBERS SHAUN SMITH
AND ANGE JOHNSTON WATCH VOLUNTEERS CLEAR OIL OFF THEIR
BEACH. PHOTOS: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
AS BLACK SLUDGE and men in white boiler suits
descended on his beloved beach, all Shaun Smith
wanted to do was to wake up from this nightmare.
The Papamoa Surf Club senior lifeguard arrived at
his home beach on a Thursday in early October to
a sight he never wants to see again, as oil from the
stricken cargo ship Rena washed onto the sand.
It covered everything, throwing dead gannets,
oily kelp and driftwood into black heaps, painting
picturesque white sand with a hideous shadow.
“It was pretty numbing,” Smith recalled. “I’d gone
down the beach where I live and it was relatively OK –
just a few big splotches here and there. I came down
here to the club and there were waves of black oil
rolling in. There was a stunned feeling as we all stood
there, almost like we were at a funeral. Nobody was
talking – we were all just wondering what on earth we
were going to do.”
Papamoa copped the worst of the initial deluge as more
than 350 tonnes spilled out of Rena’s cracked hull,
12km offshore on the Astrolabe Reef near Motiti Island.
A 3km stretch either side of the Bay of Plenty club
soon became the focal point of New Zealand’s
worst environmental disaster, prompting a massive
response from Maritime New Zealand and armed
Despite the initial horror, clubbies from Mount
Maunganui, Omanu, Papamoa and Maketu were
among the first volunteers to pitch in and Smith
quickly found himself at the centre of the clean-up
“We’re so recognisable with our lifeguard uniform that
everyone expects us to know everything. Normally
on a beach, we do – if someone asks us where to
swim or what to do with a jellyfish sting, we generally
know the answer. People were naturally coming to
us, so we’ve had to become a clean-up and logistics
experts pretty quickly!
“At the start, there were a lot of unknowns. We didn’t
have any gear or systems going but within a couple
of days, things were flowing really well. It just took a
bit of time to discover where to put the resources and
how to get them here.”
With two sons at the club, director Ange Johnston
sees Papamoa as a second home over summer and
the oil spill felt like someone had dumped a skip-bin
of sewerage all over the carpet in her lounge.
“To see people all over our beach in white boiler suits
just didn’t feel right. It was the school holidays, the
surf was going off and it was beautiful conditions
but there was nothing we could do,” Johnston said.
“You just couldn’t believe it was a beach - the kids
should’ve been out on their boards after training all
winter in the pool but they couldn’t even get in the
Anger and frustration quickly turned to action, however.
“We’ve got three clubs along this stretch of beach
that were directly affected and all the clubbies were
in there doing their bit. You’ve got to be positive –
it’s not the end of the world and the only way we’re
going to get our summer back is by helping out and
getting in amongst the clean-up effort.”
SLSNZ Eastern Region Programmes and Services
Manager Mike Lord provided a key link between the
various services enlisted for the clean-up, while nearly
5000 people registered to help within the first week
Mount Maunganui, Omanu and Papamoa lifeguards
all started patrols a week before the official start of
the season, warning the public of the toxic dangers
of oil and helping emergency services monitor the
containers and debris washing up.
Omanu stalwart Allan Mundy helped the Fire Service,
Maritime New Zealand and the Department of
Conservation set up decontamination units along the
beach and provided important local knowledge to the
agencies coming in from outside the region.
Mundy said the initial stages of the disaster were the
hardest, while the various agencies came to grips
with the enormity of the task, but he was fiercely
proud at how the local surf lifesaving fraternity has
“The three clubs have all come together so well,”
Mundy said. “We’ve been doing a lot of planning
around after-hour emergency response squads and
working closer along the coast but one of the real
positive things about this situation has been the
professional way we’ve all pulled together.
“We were in the public eye and we’re pretty wellknown
so some pretty searching questions came our
way from locals during the early stages, as to what
was being done at an official level but we’ve handled
it really well.”
Smith also believes, despite the environmental
horrors, there will be positive spinoffs.
“We’ve all taken this pretty personally which goes to
show how much our beaches mean to us and we’re
experts at this now but we hope it never happens
again. The community has come closer together -
the oldies are coming down with cakes to feed the
troops for example – and you’re meeting people that
you wouldn’t normally have much contact with. It’s
a major disaster for me personally and the club but
that’s the good stuff you’ve got to take out of it.”
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
Lisa’s voyage from Ohope to London
It’s been a big year for Ohope’s Lisa Carrington
after winning the ski race title at the State New
Zealand championships in March with the
Mount Maunganui club, the 21-year-old vaulted
onto the biggest stage of all, winning the K1
200m title at the world kayaking championships
in Hungary and qualifying for the London
She’ll follow a long and proud tradition of
kayaking clubbies when she lines up in London
and faces an exhausting training schedule in
the buildup but still found time to sit down with
Surf Rescue and talk about her achievements.
SR: Congratulations on your world title Lisa.
Has it been full-on since you got back from
Yeah, it’s been a bit chaotic doing interviews
here and there - I’m enjoying it but there will be a limit
SR: You qualified for London a full 11 months out
from the start of the Olympics. Has that made it
easier or harder?
It’s easier in that I don’t have to worry about
qualifying next year and can focus entirely on peaking
for London. It’s also tough because it is a long way
off and there’s some pretty intense training to get into
before then. We’ve also got to mix it up so it doesn’t
get boring or stale and having that big goal –such
as the Olympics – means you can get worn down
because of the nervous energy. Luckily we’ve got a
good structure and good coaching and we’ll have
really good plan working with us.
SR: Does it help having another clubbie, Erin
Taylor, alongside you in the K2 crew, knowing
she has already had Olympic experience?
“We’ve never had any females do
as well and it’s mainly been a maledominated
sport so it’s awesome to
boost that up as well.”
SKI STAR: LISA CARRINGTON STARRED AT THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN
MOUNT MAUNGANUI EARLIER THIS YEAR, WINNING HER FIRST OPEN SKI RACE TITLE.
PHOTOS: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
Because she’s been in kayaking longer than
me and is a couple of years older, she does have a
bit more knowledge. She’s also a really good surf
athlete and she’ll be awesome once she gets a whole
year of training under her belt without injury. We’ve
got so much more potential in our K2 because we’ve
only been together for about five months. The sky
is the limit. We’ve just got to get fitter and stronger
and the key to making us go faster is having a really
good environment and teamwork. We’ve never had
any females do as well and it’s mainly been a maledominated
sport so it’s awesome to boost that up
SR: Tell us about your early life and how you got
into surf lifesaving?
I was born in Tauranga but my family has been
all around the Bay of Plenty. Mum and Dad are
teachers and we eventually settled in Ohope. I joined
the Whakatane Surf Club when I was eight or nine
and definitely wasn’t a swimmer but I was alright at
board paddling – I competed for a couple of years at
the Under-14 national championships. But our club
coach Graham Burt was more of a ski paddler so
when I was around 14, I started getting into that.
SR: Did you know straight away that ski was
what you were going to focus on?
As a young surf athlete, I did well in the Bay of
Plenty championships and my board paddling was
good but once I discovered ski paddling, that event
became a lot better. I remember the days when you
had to do all the events because the coach said it
was “good training” – man, I don’t know if I could go
back and do that these days! While I was under-16,
I was third in my first year in ski and the following
year third in the under-16s board, won the ski and
was second in the under-19 ski. From there, I’ve
won plenty of team medals – at the Mount, we’ve
got loads of talent and a great number of females so
sourcing teams is never a problem – but I hadn’t won
another individual titles until the open ski this year.
SR: How did you make the move into flatwater
I was pretty reserved and quite shy and I didn’t
really go outside my comfort zone so dad pushed me
into it – he thought it would be good for me. I went
to my first kayaking regatta when I was 16 and the
first regatta was the nationals! I turned up, paddled
a K1 the day before and it was a real dunga old
thing. I didn’t fall out – I don’t think – but it was pretty
interesting! I guess that’s how I got into it – I didn’t
really want to do it but I kind of had to. I went to a
regatta the following year, having bought a K1 and
having done a little bit more training, and that’s when
I got chosen for the Youth Olympics.
SR: Did those opportunities help convince you to
really focus on your kayaking?
Yeah, I’ve always loved the beach and I’ve
always come back to surf because they’re really
awesome people. It’s a big family. In surf I found I
couldn’t really get much further - if I worked at it, I
probably could’ve made national squads but when
you can get the opportunity to go the Olympics
in kayaking, it definitely becomes a little more
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
SR: Tell us about the difference between, say, a K1
200m race and the ski race final at the nationals?
It’s more about mongrel in the ski race! You don’t
necessarily have to have the best technique on a surf
ski but in a K1, technique is king. We don’t have chop
and we don’t have waves in kayaking and it’s just you
and your boat in the water – it’s all about efficiency. In
surf, you can just go out and smash it without the best
technique and still get through, plus there are a lot more
tactics in surf, with things like getting around the cans
and knowing the right wave to chase.
SR: What about life outside sport? Are you still
studying in Auckland?
Yeah, but I’ve put them on hold for the moment.
I haven’t studied during the last semester and I’m not
sure if I’ll do summer school and I probably won’t pick
it up until after next year. I’ve got one more year to go in
a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in politics and Maori. I’m
not sure where it’s going to take me but I’m just finding
it really interesting and I really enjoy it. That makes it a
lot more achievable when you’re combining it with sport
because otherwise it would just get put to one side and
SR: Are you pretty comfortable being a role model
for aspiring Maori athletes?
Dad is from Gisborne with Ngati Porou heritage
and it’s something that can be lost through the
generations so it is important for me to get back to my
roots, acknowledge it and learn about it. I definitely
don’t mind being a Maori role model – I’m really proud
SR: We realise the Olympics are going to be a
huge focus for the next nine months but will you
still find time to jump back on a ski?
Yeah, I think so, but we’ll see. I’ll do the odd race
I think but I couldn’t put it in writing. You never know.
I was just at home a couple of weeks back and went
for a paddle which was really nice but being based in
Auckland where my weeks are so hectic, it does get a
bit of tiring.
SR: I guess it can be pretty full-on having to be so
disciplined and training so hard?
hunt Olympic glory
New Zealand surf lifesavers have a proud record of
sitting down and going fast at Olympic Games. Now
a quartet of Kiwis are set to continue in the footsteps of
the likes of Ian and Steven Ferguson, Grant Bramwell,
Alan Thompson and Paul MacDonald.
Lisa Carrington (Mount surf club) started
proceedings with her brilliant K1 200m world
championship win in Hungary in August, setting
her up as a medal contender in London next
year. Carrington and Erin Taylor (Red Beach)
then qualified in the K2 500m, finishing ninth
in the final. Within a month, the flatwater pair
had been joined by a couple of canoe slalom
specialists, also with links to Mount Maunganui.
Luuka Jones qualified for her second Olympics
at the world slalom champonships in Slovakia
by finishing as the 14th-fastest nation in the
K1 women’s division. She’s been a member
of Mount Maunganui for the past two seasons
and raced at the 2010 national championships
The 23-year-old finished last in Beijing after a
frantic last-ditch qualifier but her performances
in Slovakia – with a raw time that would’ve
been good enough for seventh – have given her
“My raw time showed the improvements I’ve
been making and a jump up in speed,” Jones
said. “While it would have been a great end to
the season to get through to the finals, I know
that I’m fast enough and can take some really
positive things from this race. The hard training is
Joining her will be fellow Tauranga-born paddler
Mike Dawson, a former Mount clubbie who
trains with the club’s Squad X whenever he’s
back from overseas.
Dawson finished 16th in the K1 semifinals in
Slovakia, good enough to qualify as the 11thbest
nation, capping a remarkable year for the
25-year-old, who funded much of his European
campaign through prize money won in various
He won the multi-discipline freeriding world title
at the Teva Outdoor Games in Italy earlier this
year and has featured prominently in extreme
races in the United States over the past three
years. He also finished second in the world
extreme kayaking championships, behind fellow
Kiwi Sam Sutton.
“I’m stoked – it’s been a huge season and I’m
really ecstatic with 2011,” Dawson said. “I’m
looking forward to getting back to the Mount
for summer, doing a bit of ski paddling and then
really getting stuck into my Olympic buildup.”
Yes it is, but I’ve been doing it since I left school.
You start off by making heaps of sacrifices but eventually
they don’t become sacrifices, it’s just what I do.
You create your whole life around kayaking and training
so everything you do won’t compromise that. We also
have really good people around us that keep us wellrounded,
which is really important.
SR: Awesome Lisa – thanks heaps for your time
and good luck!
TWO IN A ROW: LUUKA JONES WILL COMPETE AT HER
SECOND OLYMPICS IN LONDON. PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/
WATER WIZARD: MIKE DAWSON MIXES WHITEWATER SLALOM
WITH EXTREME PADDLING. PHOTO: PETER BRICHTA
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Zealand, State has been protecting Kiwi’s and what’s important to Kiwi’s for
over 100 years.
Spending time at the beach with family and friends is a way of life for many
of us. We’re helping Kiwi’s stay safe at the beach this summer by giving Kiwi’s
the skills they need to help keep them safe in the water. Like Surf Life Saving
we’re committed to reducing and preventing risk at the beach.
In just our second year of sponsorship, we are gearing up for a very
successful National Jandal Day on Friday 2nd December. We are supporting
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to any Surf member who takes out an insurance policy with State before 31
December. State will give their club $50 for every new policy, plus they will
personally collect 100 Fly Buys Bonus Points. Check out the ad in this edition
of Partner Update.
Many of our staff have a close association with Surf Life Saving either having
been lifeguards themselves or having required the help of surf lifeguards at
the beach. Our staff will be proudly supporting Surf Life Saving on National
Jandal Day so keep an eye out for them as they shake a bucket on the streets
or take part in other fundraising activities.
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SUPPORTING OUR CLUBS
State will be supporting Surf Life Saving Club’s this season with:
• ‘Beach condition’ signs, including hazard signage
• A new set of lifejackets for each club
• Subsidising Competitor Vests
State are also our partner with the new find-a-beach website going live in
December, including webcams for clubs and providing considerable support
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Now the Rugby World Cup’s over…
You and all the other clubbies across New Zealand are part of an organisation
that has been keeping Kiwi’s safe while they enjoy their favourite beaches
across the country for over 100 years. All of us here at BP are proud of our
ongoing association with SLSNZ, which began in 1968 with a replacement
boat for the Worser Bay SLSC and still going strong 43 years on.
BP has been serving New Zealanders for 65 years. During that time we've
developed strong connections with the people and places we work in.
We believe we have a responsibility to support these communities. Our
partnership with Surf Life Saving is a natural fit; you are the people on the
beach every summer keeping safe the people and families that make up our
We have great respect for the hard work, training and organisation that goes
on behind the scenes at your clubs to keep these communities safe. The
beach is the favourite playground of many Kiwis, including me, my family and
my team’s families. We think it's important to help keep them safe while they
are enjoying their weekend and holiday outings. Many of our staff are also
active Surf members and we think it's important to support them in something
they are so passionate about.
DHL has been proud supporters of Surf Life Saving Australia and New
Zealand since 2003. It’s more than having the same colours yellow and
red, it’s always been about a commitment to assisting in the delivery of safer
beaches in New Zealand and Australia. The lifeguards we support are the
heart and soul of the surf lifesaving movement. It will always be people we
look to in an emergency.
This year we want to continue our programme of support to clubs with our
volunteer days, club grants and opportunities for us to help educate the
public about beach safety.
Part of the passion we have for Surf Lifesaving is the professionalism I
witness every time I visit a beach. The systems and skills honed from hours
of training, learned from each generation that came before are an inspiration.
As a global logistics organisation with over 500,000 staff world-wide, we share
the same values in professionalism, service and being part of something
Stay safe and I wish you all the very best for the coming summer.
At BP safety is our number one priority. Our mantra is ‘no accidents, no harm
to people and no damage to the environment’. Supporting Surf Life Saving
re-enforces that commitment.
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SUPPORTING OUR CLUBS
BP will be supporting each Surf Life Saving Club this season with:
• A BP Gift Card worth $300 to go towards a club’s fuel costs
• $4,000 worth of Fuel Prizes for the new BP Surf Rescue Series
BP are also running a major fundraising summer promotion for Surf Life
Saving New Zealand in over 200 of their BP stores nationwide. Get your
friends and family to support this campaign by purchasing an IRB keyring
and go into the draw to win a year’s worth of fuel.
SUPPORTING OUR CLUBS
DHL will be supporting Surf Life Saving Club’s this season with:
• Club Grant’s programme – bigger and better than last year
• Summer safety campaign in the media to educate the public and support
the efforts of lifeguards
We are still finalising some plans with DHL after their busy efforts at the
Rugby World Cup so more information to come.
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
for new board
SAIL: NEW SLSNZ BOARD MEMBER ANDREW
LANCASTER, RIGHT, WITH MURIWAI CLUBMATE ASH
MATUSCHKA AT THE START OF THEIR EPIC VOYAGE AROUND
NEW ZEALAND. PHOTO: PAUL ESTCOURT/NZ HERALD
Lifeguard, adventurer, leader and athlete - now Andrew Lancaster
has become Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s youngest-ever board
member. Jamie Troughton profiles the remarkable 26-year-old.
ANDREW LANCASTER IS LIVING proof that
you get out of surf lifesaving what you put in. In
the 12 short years since he sat his surf award as a
14-year-old, Lancaster has accumulated virtually
every qualification possible and attended nearly every
He’s competed a national level, jumped out of
helicopters and helped circumnavigate New Zealand
in an IRB.
Now he’s about to contribute at the highest level
of the movement, having been elected onto Surf
Life Saving New Zealand’s board. At 26, he’s the
youngest ever, but having youth on his side certainly
doesn’t faze the Muriwai clubbie.
“I’ve crammed a lot in since I got stuck into surf and I
don’t have a lot to go but this is the biggest challenge
of them all and I felt it was the next step,” Lancaster
said. “It wasn’t until about a week before applications
closed that a few of my peers convinced me to have
a go and put my name down – now I’m looking
forward to helping at a national level and growing the
organisation and improving some of these challenges
Lancaster has joined a new-look board, which will
be chaired by Hawke’s Bay’s Mike Bassett-Foss.
Former Highlanders rugby chairman Colin Weatherall
and Mount Maunganui identity Brent Warner are the
other new faces, joining incumbents Warwick Bell
and Nicki Nicol.
Lancaster is adamant his youth will be an asset to
the new group. “My youth and the representation
I bring from a younger group of the membership is
very valuable but also I’ll bring a fresh way of looking
at things and a new set of eyes.”
It was entirely appropriate Lancaster was on hand
in Auckland recently when Prime Minister John Key
handed over a government cheque for $250,000 to
SLSNZ, which will be used to run young leadership
programmes within the movement.
“This special grant will allow us to develop effective
leaders and grow our own talent,” SLSNZ President
Bob Harvey said. “We are an organisation passionate
about preventing injury and drowning and we are
lucky to have so many outstanding, charismatic and
talented people who make up our membership.”
Harvey could well have been talking specifically
about Lancaster, who was a member of a leadership
development group from 2006-08.
“The skills have been handed to me through surf – it’s
an organization that once you’re in, you don’t want
to leave and you just follow a pathway that’s been
stepped out by others in previous years,” Lancaster
explained. “You learn along the way and there’s such
a superb support network in clubs and at national
level that allow for that learning and development.”
And it’s not like Lancaster has limited his
achievements to surf lifesaving either. He’s a qualified
chartered accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce
from Auckland University, now working as an
investigator for the Inland Revenue Department.
He’s also been an Auckland agegroup rugby
representative, while the loosehead prop has helped
Ponsonby win eight consecutive Auckland club titles.
And to top it off, Lancaster was one of the driving
forces behind the Six Surf Lifeguard campaign,
circumnavigating New Zealand in IRBs earlier this
That outrageous ambition came after reading a book
by British adventurer Bear Grylls, who completed a
crossing of the North Atlantic in an open-hulled rigid
Lancaster and Muriwai teammate Ash Matuschka
were joint leaders of the team of six drivers, which
included Auckland-based Jason Harvey, Blake
Ingram and Matt Buswell and Antony Morgan of
In two IRBs, the group traveled 5200km around the
coastline, taking 34 days. As project leader and
“It really was an eye-opener and we just wanted to
do something here for our organisation that we know
and love so much. Looking back now, it seems like a
long time ago but we were phenomenally lucky in the
weather we got, especially down the West Coast. In
saying that, we’d done a huge amount of planning
to ensure we got the best possible run and we’d
studied the maps over the last 10-15 years to get
that window that we chose. We rested at the right
times and a lot of our planning came off – it ran a lot
smoother than any of us predicted.”
New crew in charge
Surf Life Saving New Zealand has a fresh new
board. They tell us a bit about themselves.
HEAVYWEIGHTS: PRIME MINISTER JOHN KEY GREETS ANDREW
LANCASTER AS HE PRESENTS A $250,000 GRANT TO SURF LIFE SAVING
NEW ZEALAND. PHOTOS: SHANE WENZLICH
They originally allocated 40 days to make
the trip but caught up huge chunks of time
by making the most of benign conditions –
including a remarkable 440km day that took
them around Cape Reinga and right down the
West Coast to Muriwai.
But the success of the trip wasn’t a fluke – it
came down to an intense 18 months of hard
work and detailed preparation.
“As a team, we were working anywhere from
20-30 hours a week, especially over the last six
months or year. We were doing huge amount
of hours and our families and girlfriends got a
little bit sick of the project.
“For the last eight weeks, we’d go into the
shed after work and be working on the gear
until 10pm or midnight most nights. We’d
go to bed and get up and do it all over again.
There were also six months of physical training
in the gym to get our bodies right.
“We need to work on strength in our core and
upper body, just so we could take the beating
we’d end up getting. That served us well –
we’d be about two inches shorter if we hadn’t
done all that work!”
Now Lancaster wants to take the same
approach – thorough research and hard work –
to his board duties.
MICHAEL BASSETT-FOSS - CHAIRMAN
I am passionate about Surf Life Saving because it
involves kids and families and turns youngsters into
well rounded young adults, with excellent networks,
strong leadership skills, enduring friendships, a strong
sense of values and social responsibility. Most of all it
is fun, active, and is at the beach!
I became a pool swimmer at nine when juvenile
arthritis kicked me out of traditional rugby and softball
teams. We moved from Hamilton to Otaki when I was
13 but there was no heated pool so a strong surf
club got me hooked and I’ve never looked back.
My earliest memory was the cold spring mornings
and needing to get into a cold pool for swim training.
Also, at the Christchurch nationals when I was 14, I
sprained my ankle playing tag in the sand hills with
the older clubbies and then had to swim the surf race
with a bandage dragging along behind me!
Surf Life Saving is the greatest community service
and sporting organisation in New Zealand. I really
enjoy being able to give a little to our community and
I love to feel the sand between my toes!
It all started over 30 years ago, when my son Mark
turned five. He started nippers at Brighton Beach and
we were then lucky to have all the family follow on.
Scott and Tracey are also active lifeguards and have
held many other roles over the years at club, regional
and national level.
My wife Ann and I have made friends all over New
Zealand, all because of our mutual passion for Surf
I love the people in Surf Life Saving - they are the
true heart and soul of the organisation. They are
passionate and driven to deliver an outstanding
community service, which is combined with the
lifestyle that goes with being a lifeguard and the
feel-good factor of saving a life. Contributing to the
community drives my passion for the organisation
and all the people involved.
I have been an active lifeguard and competitor at
Mount Maunganui for 29 years, during that time
I have meet a significant range of people and
developed lifelong friendships, I thrive on the people,
the lifestyle and the competition.
My earliest memory? We were competing in the interdistricts
in Whakatane in huge surf with a massive
drift. When the gun went, four of us Bay of Plenty
athletes took off on a 1.2km run to the west end of
the beach and went out by the rocks. We swam as
a group, made it out 20m from the first buoy and
were the only team to finish. The moral of the story?
Always check the conditions!
Growing up in Gisborne, it was impossible not to
have an affinity with the beaches and surf and, once
involved, I became hooked. The friendships and
camaraderie gained remain for life.
I qualified in 1975 after spending a couple of years
hanging around, moved to Auckland in 1978 and
immediately got involved in the club management
whilst completing and patrolling. This progressed
to district level before taking a break. After being a
director for the world championships in Auckland in
1998, I came back in 2006 as a surf trustee on the
Marine Rescue Centre in Auckland.
My earliest memory of surf lifesaving was in school,
walking to Midway beach in 1969 to watch the New
Zealand champs and Waikanae win the Nelson
Shield for the fourth consecutive year – a huge event
I am passionate about Surf Life Saving because of
the contribution it makes to the New Zealand way of
life, providing a safer environment for communities
at the beach. There are some fantastic people who
have made immense contributions to our community
and it is rewarding to see when they are recognised.
I joined Red Beach in the early 1980s as a nipper,
as my family had a bach near the surf club, and the
friendships and fun have kept me involved ever since.
My own kids are now nippers and the cycle starts
again. I’ve got a lot out of my involvement and feel
very privileged - I’m also enjoying being on the board
and see that as a very tangible way to give something
My earliest memories are of hours and hours at the
club at Red Beach every weekend and just hanging
out with mates. Hours in the water patrolling, training,
helping out with nippers, handicap surf races, IRB
rides – I just loved getting involved in everything.
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
Hind’s timely reminder
Finally something for Papamoa to cheer about
She’s hardly clipped a tube in anger over the last four years
but Natasha Hind gave a timely reminder of her skills at the
State New Zealand pool championships recently.
The Lyall Bay 21-year-old was in imperious form,
winning the open women’s 100m rescue medley,
200m swim with obstacles, 200m super lifesaver and
the 50m manikin carry.
She also announced her desire to have a crack
at the national team for the Rescue 2012 world
championships, after missing the last two worlds
campaigns because of the Beijing Olympics and Delhi
“The last two worlds have clashed with the major
competitions – this time, if I do make the Olympics,
there will be time to focus solely on swimming but
then also have a big enough build-up to Rescue
2012, if I was lucky enough to make the team,” Hind
said. “That’s definitely in the back of my mind heading
into next year.”
Her Olympic selection hinges on whether she can
whittle 0.5secs off her 200m freestyle time, down
to the Olympic A standard of 1:58.33. She’s also a
strong chance to make it in a relay, after helping the 4
x 200m relay squad to a silver medal in Delhi.
Hind didn’t have it all her own way in Hamilton, which
was hosting the pool championships for the first time,
with Lyall Bay teammate Sam Lee pushing her hard in
the 100m rescue medley and the 50m manikin carry.
Lee was just 0.44secs behind Hind’s 1:15.02 medley
time and even closer in the manikin carry, clocking
38.52secs compared to Hind’s 38.23.
But in the longer distances, Hind was in another
realm, clocking 2:07.87 in the 200m swim with
obstacles and 2:29.07 in the super lifesaver. Orewa’s
Rachel Clarke, fresh from a stint in police training in
Porirua, was second in the latter event in 2:40.38.
“I was really happy with the times because I hadn’t
competed seriously for a couple of years,” Hind
said. “The last serious pool competition I did was the
2007 German Cup so it’s been nearly four years - I
didn’t know what to expect but I was quite pleased
with the results. A couple of weeks out, I got hold of
Steve Kent and did a bit of training with him but it was
surprising how much I remembered.
“I definitely lost a little bit in the manikin carry but the
basic skills were all still there.”
Kent missed the second day to attend a wedding
but he won the two events he entered – blitzing the
100m manikin carry in 53.21secs, ahead of Piha’s
Steve Ferguson and Dylan Pahina (both 1:03.71) and
edging Glenn Anderson in the 100m tube swim.
Midway’s Chris Dawson booked himself a trip to the
German Cup with wins in the under-19 100m rescue
medley and the open 200m super lifesaver, while
Papamoa teenagers Mason Pickering and Natalie
Peat also impressed.
Away from the elites, it was the open men’s line throw
that captured one of the stories of the meet, when
41-year-old Papamoa stalwart Greg Akroyd paired
with 12-year-old clubmate Marshall Wells to win.
Their 15.94sec time was well clear of Oreti (17.22)
and Piha (17.29), though they had an anxious wait
before their golds were confirmed.
“Marshall was so excited after the event but because
of the manual timing, we had to wait six hours for
the results to be confirmed,” Akroyd explained. “He
was excited about the possibility of winning a medal
but he was out of his skin when we found out it was
gold. He’s one of those kids who is at the club every
weekend and always gives 100 percent, wins a few
things here and there but was pretty excited about
doing the line throw.”
Akroyd, whose last national title was on the beach
“a long time before Marshall was even born!”, was
originally set to compete in masters but Papamoa
manager Ange Johnston convinced him to enter the
open division for extra points.
Not that they needed it – when the final points were
tallied, the Bay of Plenty club had bolted clear, ending
Lyall Bay’s five-year winning streak.
Papamoa finished with 948.5 points, with Lyall Bay on
746 and Mount Maunganui on 722, providing a nice
boost to the club after the dramas of the Rena oil spill
disaster on their beach.
“This is certainly a timely boost for the club and
community,” Papamoa coach Kurt Wilson said.
“We’ve been training in the pool since May and, while
it’s been tough keeping them out of the ocean for the
last month, at least they’ve had something else to
A 16-member Australian under-20 team also
competed at the championships, including Devon
Halligan, daughter of former Waikato rugby player and
Kiwis league star Daryl.
Anderson, Kent and Lee formed the backbone of the
New Zealand team selected for the German Cup,
with Dawson, Ayla Dunlop-Barrett, Andrew McMillan,
Madison Boon and Dannielle O’Connor.
for full results.
COMEBACK KID: NATASHA HIND’S PERFORMANCE AT THE STATE NEW
ZEALAND POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS WAS A TIMELY REMINDER OF HER TALENTS.
PHOTOS: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
LYALL BAY 746
MT MAUNGANUI 722
ST CLAIR 164
POOL PARTY: ACTION FROM THE STATE NEW ZEALAND
POOL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN HAMILTON.
OPEN STARS: WITH 29 YEARS BETWEEN THEM, PAPAMOA
12-YEAR-OLD MARSHALL WELLS AND 41-YEAR-OLD GREG
AKROYD MADE FOR UNLIKELY OPEN LINE-THROW CHAMPIONS.
ON THE FLY: AUSTRALIA’S DEVON
HALLIGAN SHOWS SUPERB TECHNIQUE
IN THE 200M OBSTACLES SWIM.
AT THE READY: PAEKAKARIKI’S
JAKE ALLEN GET SET FOR THE
START OF THE MANIKIN TOW.
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
for a big year in surf
New Zealand coach Scott
Bartlett is looking forward
to a huge summer of
events. He tells Surf Rescue
about his plans for world
domination next year.
THE NEXT 12 MONTHS are going to be massive for
surf lifesaving in New Zealand and beyond.
With the world championships on our doorstep in
Adelaide next year, a lot of the progress our athletes
can make on the beach or in the pool this summer will
define how well we do at the worlds.
It all starts now. We’ve got teams going to the German
Cup pool competition and also a couple of beach
carnivals in Australia.
The German Cup is the strongest pool competition
outside of worlds, if not a little bit stronger because of
the athlete depth.
It’s a long way to go to Europe but we just can’t
replicate that sort of competition in the Southern
Hemisphere – from that perspective, the value of
the German Cup is just massive and it’s also a great
opportunity to test our athletes in an international
“From the overall High
I’m really happy
because we’ve got a
really good tracking
system in place now
and we’ve also got a
lot of good events on
offer for them to train
and trial for.”
SCOTT BARTLETT PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
That’s also the case for our 12 athletes heading to
Australia. We would normally have sent a team to
the Sanyo Bussan competition in Japan but it was
cancelled this year because of the Japanese tsunami.
When we looked around, there were a few options
available to us. With a bit more research, the Coffs
Harbour carnival turned out to be just craft racing
which a lot of the Queensland clubs go to.
It also coincides with one of the rounds of the Fastest
Man on Sand series up in Redcliffe so eight athletes
will compete on both Saturday and Sunday in Coffs
Harbour, while four will do the first day at Coffs Harbour
and then head to the Fastest Man on Sand carnival on
From an exposure point of view, the likes of beach
sprinters Kodi Harman, Chanel Hickman and Paul
Cracroft-Wilson will get a lot of benefit out of it.
As we head into a huge season of
surf sport, we profile four of our high
performance squad members as they
chase dreams of representing their
country and winning a world title.
Athletes like Kev Morrison and Mike Janes were left
out of the New Zealand team because of injuries over
winter and we didn’t want to put any more pressure on
them from a selection point of view but they’re likely to
use the Coffs Harbour carnival to see where they are in
terms of preparation.
After that, we’ve got a full New Zealand trial in
Whangamata on December 17, the first of four key
beach selection events. All the selectors will be there
and we’re encouraging any athletes who aspire to
international level to come along.
That trial will also see the debut of our new six-round
surf series, which is a great concept and something the
athletes have been requesting for a while.
Next year’s world championships aren’t until November
and that gives us a bit of breathing space.
We’ll announce the high performance and development
squads at the end of nationals, with the Rescue
2012 team to be selected from these. Rescue 2012
organisers may also include an under-20 team
competition for the first time, which could mean a
fantastic opportunity for younger lifesavers to represent
our country. We’ve fully supported this and have
committed to sending a team if the event is confirmed.
Most of the high performance squad will build their
season from May until November - that will be their big
six months of base and training.
We’ll give the athletes a bit of time off after the trials in
early April but the challenge for them is to come back
down after our summer so they can build back up.
They’ve got to do a fair bit of work with their coaches
and the High Performance squad to make sure they
can peak twice in a big year. It can be quite difficult.
The other aspect involves any of our athletes -
particularly the swimmers - who make the London
Olympics. We won’t have any access to them until the
end of July but that still gives us nearly four months to
bring them back into the surf environment.
Australia will be in the same boat - they’ve got athletes
who could be going to the Olympics, like Megan Nay,
an outstanding backstroker and freestyler, who could
come into the mix for them.
We could have as many as three or four in contention
for both the Olympics and Rescue 2012 so there could
be a few minor hurdles to jump.
One of our current national team members, Steve is the current Commonwealth champion
for the 50m manikin carry in the pool and at the recent Australian Pool Championships,
Steve walked away with four individual gold medals.
The Titahi Bay club member also broke the New Zealand record in the 50m manikin at
the same championships, beating Australian arch-rival Andrew Baildon. Steve has been
training 12 sessions a week in his bid to qualify for the German Cup and Rescue 2012
She’s the current national beach flags champion but Chanel really burst onto the
international scene 12 months ago when she beat at star-studded field in both flags and
sprint at the Sanyo Bussan Lifesaving Cup in Japan. The South Brighton flyer was then
picked for the New Zealand team for the International Surf Challenge, where she won her
event in all three tests.
Currently training on the Gold Coast, Chanel willl compete at the Fastest Man on the Sand
series in Australia, honing her skills in preparation for the summer surf season here in New
Zealand, with a clear goal of making the Rescue 2012 team and winning both the sprint
and flags golds for New Zealand.
Sam is another current national team member, who won two individual silver medals at the
last world championships in 2010, plus a gold medal in the 200m obstacle relay.
At the recent Australian Pool Championships, she collected two gold medals amid a fast
and growing women’s field in the open ranks, while her times in the 200m obstacle race
placed her in the top-two performances in the world this season.
Sam is currently training in Wellington with the Lyall Bay club, training 10 sessions a week
in the pool and two sessions a week in the gym. She’s also eyeing the German Cup
Rescue 2012 campaigns with interest.
Rising ironman star Cory Taylor is fast making his presence felt on the international stage,
with his recent third-place finish at the junior Coolangatta Gold race in Australia making a
lot of people sit up and take notice.
The Midway club member has just spent the winter months kayak racing throughout
Europe in a bid to transfer this gained power back to his ski paddling and enhance his
ironman even more. He’ll test that training with the New Zealand A team in the Coffs
Harbour Carnival, alongside Dan Moodie and Chris Moors.
He’s a fast swimmer and keen board paddler - this combination could form a potential
weapon, which he hopes can one day challenge that of his coach and fellow Midway
member, Cory Hutchings, who won 11 national ironman titles in a glittering career.
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Fortunately, the Individual Performance Plans for each
athlete have shown us exactly how they’ve been
tracking for the last six months and will continue to
do so over the next year.
Most of them are in pretty good shape at the
moment, which is great, although there are a couple
just getting over injuries.
From the overall High Performance program, I’m
really happy because we’ve got a really good tracking
system in place now and we’ve also got a lot of good
events on offer for them to train and trial for. Things
are looking good at the moment.
Things have been pretty busy for me as well
- I started up Bartlett’s Swim School in Mount
Maunganui in August and we’ve got nearly 400 kids
enrolled for the last term.
New sport series
boost for NZ
The athletes have demanded it -
now they’re going to get it.
The most exciting thing for us is that we’ve got two
local schools and two local kindergartens involved,
which allows us to get kids who haven’t swum before
into the program. There are around 50 kids who
haven’t had any previous swim training before, which
we’re stoked about.
It’s an absolute treat on a daily basis - I get to deal
with the very top end and I get to deal with the kids
who are just starting out. It’s a great cross-section of
kids to coach.
That’s it from me for now – see you on the beach!
The new Sonic Race Series will kick off in
Whangamata on December 17, offering prizes
and bragging rights to New Zealand’s top surf
The series will feature five rounds of top-end
ski, board, swim, sprint and flags racing, with
ironmen and iromwomen getting six rounds,
including a grand final at the Oceans 12
under-14 national championships.
“After the success of the centenary season,
it’s important to keep moving in the right
direction and add an edge and something
new to the surf sports calendar,” SLSNZ sport
development manager Brad Edwards said.
“Athletes have been asking for this sort of
thing and we’ve managed to introduce it in a
way that will boost the existing events in the
process which has also been identified as a
strong priority for the sport.”
The series will start with the joint Northern/
Eastern region carnival in Whangamata – which
also doubles as a national trial – and will take
in each of the four regional championships,
starting with the Central Regionals at Oakura
on January 15.
The Eastern Regionals – formerly the NRCs –
will follow at Mount Maunganui on January 28
and 29, followed by the Northern and Southern
championships on February 18 and 19.
Athletes will need to compete at three of
the five rounds, with the top-10 ironmen
and women qualifying for the decider during
lunch time on the third day of the Oceans
12 championships at Mount Maunganui on
The winners of the grand final races will receive
Sonic paddle boards valued at $2250 each.
A working group including John Bryant, Matt
Sutton, Travis Mitchell and Andrew Newton
brought ideas from athletes and clubs to help
shape the race series concept.
With Rescue 2012 just one year away the
introduction of more top level racing couldn’t
be more timely.
Edwards is confident the series will have double
benefits – as well as providing more high quality
racing and the added incentive of series titles
and prizes for athletes, the events themselves
will get a boost with elite-level racing.
“In the past, the NRCs (now the Eastern
Regionals) have been right up there with the
nationals, for our top athletes. Ultimately
we’d love to lift the standard and profile of the
Central, Northern and Southern championships
to get them up to the same level.”
After each round, points will be tallied and
posted on the SLSNZ sport web site,
YOUNG GUN: MIDWAY’S CORY TAYLOR WILL BE CLOSELY WATCHED THIS
SEASON. PHOTO: MARK DWYER/LAVA MEDIA
Summer of Surf Sport
28 – 30 October
BP Surf Rescue
12 – 13 November
NZ Surf Boat Series #1:
Wellington Super Surf Boat Event
BP Surf Rescue Series #2:
10 -11 December
NZ Surf Boat Series #2:
Whangamata Surf Boat Spectacular
NZ Surf Boat Series #3:
North Island Surf Boat Championships
4 – 5 February
BP Surf Rescue Series #3:
Oakura, New Plymouth
Oakura, New Plymouth
Lion Foundation New
Zealand Surf League
(U14, U16, U19, Open)
9 – 12 February
28 – 29 January
18 – 19 February
18 – 19 February
U14 New Zealand
Surf Life Saving
23 – 26 February
NZ Surf Boat Series #4:
Piha Big Wave Classic
BP Surf Rescue Series #4:
State New Zealand
Surf Life Saving
15 – 18 March
BP Surf Rescue New
30 March – 1 April
PIECE OF PARADISE: THE BOTTOM STORY
OF THE ORIGINAL CLUBHOUSE IS NOW THE
TOLAGA BAY GEAR SHED. PHOTO: JAMIE
leading surf re
Famous for its wharf
and as a piece of
East Coast paradise,
Tolaga Bay is also
becoming a centre
of surf lifesaving
innovation thanks to
a pair of enterprising
locals, as Jamie
IF YOU NEEDED PROOF that things have
always been done a bit different up the Coast,
listen to some of the patrolling stories from the
Tolaga Bay Surf Lifesaving Club.
Impromptu ironman races across the Uawa
River to the end of the iconic wharf and back,
mussel-gathering expeditions via IRB and long
patrol lunches involving roasted lambs tails on
Sheltered from the serious southerly swells,
the sleepy slice of paradise has a perfect
golden curve and you can see why scoring a
festive season patrolling stint would be one of
the best gigs around.
That sleepiness in the small settlement,
60km north of Gisborne, has also been one
of the biggest challenges for the local surf
club, however. Founding member Ray Dever
reckons there’s virtually 100 percent attrition in
their ranks – himself excluded – as all the young
talent eventually heads off for work or study.
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“ Our kids don’t see
rowing or surf sports and
you’d never get them
into speedos – they don’t
identify with that side of
surf lifesaving – so we’ve
got to bring in the water
sports that they do and
ALL ABOUT WHANAU: TOLAGA BAY LOCALS KEREHAMA BLACKMAN (LEFT) AND REGAN FAIRLIE HAVE BEEN LEADING A SURF
LIFESAVING REVIVAL IN THE EAST COAST SETTLEMENT THROUGH SOME INNOVATIVE RECRUITMENT STRATEGIES.
PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
Now a couple of keen locals have taken up the
challenge. Kerehama Blackman, 33, and 32-year-old
Regan Fairlie are determined to rebuild the club back
up to its heyday in the late 1980s, when they had
more than 30 active members.
And in true East Coast style, they’re bringing their
own spin to how a surf club should work in their
Skis and canoes? Nope. The club has just got
funding to buy a handful of new stand-up paddle
boards. Fairlie grew up surfing in and around
Tokomaru Bay and knows this coast intimately.
He’s an accomplished waterman - who could
probably go to sea on a strainer post with a pair of
crutching shears as paddles – and points out there’s
a good reason they’re putting their faith in the SUP
“Our kids are right into waka ama and it’s a nice
transition from waka ama to stand-up, then into
surfing and surf lifesaving,” Fairlie explains. “Our kids
don’t see rowing or surf sports and you’d never get
them into speedos – they don’t identify with that side
of surf lifesaving – so we’ve got to bring in the water
sports that they do identify with.”
Burly Blackman, a combative former lock for Ngati
Porou East Coast who still plays for the local Uawa
Rugby Club, admits they’ve had to get cunning to
attract interest to their surf ambitions.
Instead of rocking up to the rugby club with our surf
lifesaving hats on, we’ve joined the rugby team and
got ourselves in a position to put surf lifesaving on the
table as part of their off-season training,” Blackman
said. “The fullas had visions of lying on the beach in
speedos but once they got down there and started
some surf training, they had nothing but respect for
For the first time in nearly two decades, surf lifesaving
in Tolaga Bay is on the rise again, with Blackman
crediting Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Groundswell
Project as playing a major part.
“From when we first started three years ago, it was
just talk around the table. We were in survival mode
with a two-man committee. We’re now educating in
the school, running programmes after school, helping
out at community events and we’re just trying to fly
our colours anywhere. Our view is that our whanau
don’t want to compete but they want to be active so
we’re trying to get activities going for them under the
ON THE RISE: THE NEXT GENERATION OF
TOLAGA BAY SURF ATHLETES TRY OUT THEIR NEW
STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS. PHOTO: TOLAGA
BAY SURF CLUB
“That’s why Groundswell was good for us because
we were able to change things to suit our community.
What works in the urban areas doesn’t necessarily
work in the rural areas.”
IN THE PRESS: HOW THE GISBORNE HERALD REPORTED
THE WILD WEATHER ON JULY 1 1996.
IN RURAL TOLAGA BAY, Ray Dever wears so
many hats, sometimes it’s just easier for him to go
around bare-headed. The amiable 59-year-old, a
rumbling laugh never far from his throat, is currently
a fisheries officer but spent a long stint as the solecharge
policeman in the town. As well as his surf
lifesaving duties, he’s also a volunteer fireman and
member of the coastguard.
As a teenager, Dever was one of the surf lifesaving
pioneers when Tolaga Bay campground manager
Jack Clark started patrols down the southern end of
the beach near the iconic wharf in the mid-1960s.
“We only had a reel and a line and that’s about all – it
was just a matter of getting over there and having a
whole lot of fun on the beach, while keeping an eye
on things,” Dever recalls.
“It went defunct for a few years but Eugene Paea
(Tolaga Bay’s policeman before Dever) and I kicked it
off again in the mid-80s because our kids were just
starting to play down the beach. We bought a bit of
gear off Midway – a few boards and bits and pieces –
and then added our first IRB.”
The club survived the devastation of Cyclone Bola in
1987 and two years later, after intensive fundraising,
members opened a new two-story clubhouse on the
foreshore at the northern end of the beach. Things
were looking great for the small but enthusiastic
group of volunteers.
Then, disaster. A blustery Sunday afternoon in June
1996 intensified into a gale-ridden evening, as a
fierce north-westerly wind blew down the Uawa River
valley. It knocked over power poles, left trees strewn
all over the neighbouring Tolaga Bay Golf Course and
lifted the top story off the seven-year-old surf club
and deposited it 150m out into the surf.
“It blew our building out to sea – we could see it
in the breakers for quite a while and bits of it kept
coming ashore,” Dever recounts sadly. “It was a bit
of a heart-breaker for us and we had a helluva battle
with the council over whether the building should’ve
been there in the first place. We had to start
fundraising again and put the building back up on the
hill behind, where it is now.”
The bottom level of the surf club remains as a gear
shed, with the new building 100m further back
from the beach. The freak winds that day didn’t just
damage the clubhouse, however. “Everyone had
the wind knocked out of them and it took a while to
crank it up. It’s never really gelled having the building
separate like it is now – it needs to be down on the
beach. My argument is the rugby club is in the rugby
grounds, the golf clubrooms are on the golf course
and the surf clubrooms are in the cemetery. It’s all
cemetery reserve land – you could say it’s a bit of a
A DAB HAND: RAY DEVER HAS BEEN A PILLAR OF
THE TOLAGA BAY COMMUNITY FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS.
PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
ON THE RISE: THE NEXT GENERATION OF TOLAGA BAY
SURF ATHLETES TRY OUT THEIR NEW STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS.
PHOTOS: TOLAGA BAY SURF CLUB
THE HEYDAY: THE OPENING OF THE NEW CLUBHOUSE IN 1989. PHOTO: GISBORNE HERALD
“ Once we get it sorted
here, we can take this
model up the coast and
show other communities
how we did it. We’re
chucking our nets out
and seeing what we can
BLACKMAN STARTS CHUCKLING when he
recalls his introduction to surf lifesaving, by none
other than Dever. It was in the early 1990s when the
movement in the area was reaching a crescendo
and, as Blackman explains, club stalwart Dever had
some hard-case recruitment strategies of his own.
“He used to head down the beach with a trailer on
the back of his truck with all sorts of old boards on
it. He used to drive through town telling at us to
get down to the beach and we’d all go out surfing
on them. He’d be on the beach yelling at us to
stop standing on them and to get on our knees and
paddle properly. But that engaged us, introducing us
to surfing, and he slowly got us into surf lifesaving.”
Blackman and Fairlie used to compete against each
other as kids, when Tolaga Bay and Tokomaru Bay
squared off in surfing carnivals. These days, both
have kids of their own and, when Fairlie moved back
into the area four years ago, he joined in with a group
of teenagers and sat his surf lifesaving award.
Now he’s keen for the club to take a holistic view of
Tolaga Bay. “We’re not just a surf lifesaving club, we
look after the environment and the community as
well,” Fairlie explains. “We’re trying to move more to
being a kaitiaki for the area. We’re starting to get a
lot of rubbish coming down the river from the farms
and forestry so we’d like to raise awareness of that,
by using the surf lifesaving club to start driving it.
We want to work better together with the logging
companies and it gives us some authenticity.”
For his part, Blackman doesn’t mind if Tolaga Bay
members never win a national beach flags title, tow a
manikin at withering speed or snaffle a taplin crown.
The measure of his success will be in a generation of
water-confident, pro-active kids coming through.
“Look at all these kids around here – we don’t
want to be a statistic on the New Zealand map for
drownings. We want to grow it so everyone’s proud
to be a part of the scene and all our kids are qualified.
Once we get it sorted here, we can take that model
up the coast and show other communities how we
did it. We’re chucking our nets out and seeing what
we can gather in.”
Real life rescue
shows LFA’s value
Lifesaving First Aid Ltd recently celebrated
its first birthday. Surf Rescue looks at the
innovative program with heavy links to the
surf lifesaving movement.
It proved to be the ultimate piece of on-the-job
training – exactly what Lifesaving First Aid was set up
In late September, Lifesaving First Aid instructors Hira
Edmonds (Bethells Beach), Claire Carrington (Bethells
Beach) and Ellie Gain (Spencer Park) were teaching
senior surf lifeguards from all over the country at
Christchurch’s North Beach.
Christchurch surfer James Tuhikarama, 47, was
competing in a North Wai Boardriders Club event at
the same beach, when he had a heart-attack and
was dragged out of the water, face-down, by fellow
Up in the North Beach clubrooms, Edmonds saw
a make-believe rescue scenario turn into a real life
He quickly mobilised the six students, who were
completing Pre Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC)
training, and they provided CPR until emergency
Tuhikarama spent a week in intensive care in an
induced coma and nearly three weeks in hospital but
has now recovered. He has no doubt he owes his
life to Lifesaving First Aid, and later caught up with
the six teenaged surf lifeguards who had learned their
lessons so well.
“That’s the only thing that kept me alive,” Tuhikarama
said. “They were so happy to see me as well. They
know their stuff and they know how to save people.”
Lifesaving First Aid training manager Rob Howes
believes it show-cased the worth of taking training
into the workplace and tailoring courses to suit
“The oxygen levels in the patient were extremely low
and therefore good compressions and re-oxygenation
were vital,” Howes said. “The greatest benefit to this
patient was the fact that the responding lifeguards
were very skilled in effective CPR which gave the
patient the best possible chance of survival.”
Lifesaving First Aid was set up officially in September
2010 but its roots go much deeper - specialised
first aid training was started by Surf Life Saving New
Zealand a decade ago in Wellington.
Surf lifeguard training accounts for a large slice of
current clientele – LFA runs 8-12 courses per week
from June and December and 6-8 courses per week
for the rest of the year – but the corporate market is
Tauranga gym Bodyzone recently got LFA to run
a workplace first aid course at their premises and
general manager Matt Adsett said it was invaluable
on-the-job training for his staff.
“Hira’s delivery was humourous, with good learning
objectives and above all, it was relevant to our
work environment,” Adsett said. “We all came away
feeling very positive and enthusiastic regarding our
training and I would highly recommend them to other
Lifesaving First Aid administrator Keri James said
the incredible North Beach rescue showed first aid
was rarely needed in a typical classroom learning
“Accidents rarely happen in a training room and each
and every workplace is difference,” James said. “It
is crucial that businesses and their staff have the
knowledge and confidence to administer first aid to
work colleagues or the general public in a range of
environments and circumstances.
Training for Life
www.lifesavingfirstaid.co.nz | 0508 teach us
Spirits still high for
It’s been a year of upheaval across New Zealand and
no-one felt it more than the residents of Christchurch. The
Garden City’s surf clubs have been hit particularly hard
but, as Jamie Nilsson discovers, generosity and support
from fellow clubbies is already helping heal the scars.
THEIR BUILDING MAY be cracked and broken and
their city ravaged but their spirits are unbroken.
Sumner surf lifeguards, after more than eight months
of horrible upheaval following the February 22
earthquake in Christchurch, are more determined
than ever to celebrate their centenary in style.
Though nearly 80 percent of the clubhouse remains
unusable and lies squarely in the ‘white zone’ -
meaning members are not allowed to fully rebuild or
repair their base until they get into the ‘green zone’ -
the usable chunk of the building has been converted
into a patrol operation base and first aid room, ready
for the season.
And with the help of a monumental fundraising drive
from the good folk of Gisborne, there’s more hope on
“We bought a tent with some of the money raised
in Gisborne and we don’t have any showers but the
council will put up portaloos for us.,” Sumner funding
manager Alastair Malcolm explains. “Things are
starting to look really positive.”
Sumner, one of the first surf life saving clubs in New
Zealand, kick-started their centenary season with
a formal dinner, march past display and junior surf
display. The celebrations could not have come at a
better time, giving Sumner surf lifeguards something
to look forward to and looking back with pride on 100
years of service.
The club has been blown away by the amount of
support they have been receiving, not only from the
wider surf life saving family but the outstandingly
generous members of the public as well.
“We are overwhelmed with the kindness from
Gisborne, Surf Life Saving New Zealand, PALMS
Shopping mall, ASB, the Lion Foundation and
members of the public,” Sumner club secretary Pip
Ives says. “We are so very humbled and thankful.”
The Gisborne earthquake fund has made a huge
difference, with over $38,500 raised already. Money
has been donated from the Gisborne Mayoral
account and Gisborne Chinese Association - “the
whole area has really got in behind the fund”,
Gisborne Herald editor Jeremy Muir points out.
Gisborne’s own love for surf lifesaving and the beach
was motivation for sponsoring a damaged community
facility in Sumner but the inspiration to help Sumner
came from Gisborne Salvation Army major Graham
“It was what we in the Army call a ‘God moment’,”
Medland recalls. “I was standing outside the club
(after the quake), taking photos when this guy ran
past and said ‘mess isn’t it?’. Turns out, that man
was Alistair and on the club’s committee. He stopped
to chat and told with me about every hurdle they now
faced. We exchanged names and contact details
and it went from there.” The club is a worthy focus
for Gisborne’s fundraising efforts, says Mr Medland,
who has been to Christchurch twice since the 6.3
“I think the fund for the club is brilliant. Human nature
says we like to have something solid to invest in, so
it is great. Just to be able to give a group of people a
bit of encouragement, to show them that the rest of
country hasn’t forgotten about them, is so important.
We see the devastation on TV and we can turn it off
when we have had enough.
“But the people of Christchurch can’t walk away.
They are going to live with this for an entire
generation, that’s how big it is.”
Sonic Surf Craft, the Gisborne-based surf life saving
equipment manufacturer, also came on board by
supporting the Christchurch clubs at this year’s
Oceans 11, where they donated a blank canvas
paddle board for all the under-14 athletes to write
their messages of support on.
“We are all thinking of you” and “hope you can use
your beach soon” were reoccuring themes.
At the end of Oceans 11, all the Christchurch club
names were put in to a hat and Sumner’s name was
“Giving away the board was really special,” Sonic
owner Matt Sutton says. “In the grand scheme of
things, it was nothing after what they had all been
through, but knowing that we played a part in making
Sumner’s event memorable was awesome. We
have always had the attitude of really trying to help
the smaller clubs throughout New Zealand as much
as we can, so for Sumner to win the board was
amazing. SLSNZ is a tight-knit organisation - it was
awesome to see the whole movement rally around
particular clubs when they need help.”
AFTER OCEANS 11, organisers had the huge task
of sadly shifting the State New Zealand Surf Life
Saving Championships, originally planned for New
Brighton beach as part of the centenary celebrations.
And it wasn’t just the event that needed moving -
SLSNZ also wanted to help all South Island clubs
with the unplanned costs of transport to the new
Mount Maunganui venue.
Offers of help came flooding in. A message on the
SLSNZ Facebook page saw more than 25 people
offering billet accommodation to South Island
clubbies and numerous offers of gear were also
The earthquake rumbles are fading in Christchurch
while the rebuilding of homes and lives ramps up.
Although they face a lot of work, Sumner members
are excited by the possibilities for the club and the
They’re keen for an open-minded approach from club
supporters, especially for the management of the
club and future economy.
Christchurch-based club development officer Scott
Roberts says the resilience of surf club members is
now shining through, long after the dust has settled.
“It has been incredible over these months, watching
people rally together and look after their wider surf life
saving family,” Roberts says. “I still struggle to look
at town and think of what has gone and the amount
of people that were lost that day but it makes a lot
of the smaller things seem insignificant now and it
makes you appreciate your friends even more.”
HEALING HANDS: UNDER-14 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
COMPETITORS SENT MESSAGES OF SUPPORT THROUGH TO
THEIR BELEAGUERED FELLOW CLUBBIES IN CHRISTCHURCH.
PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
TERRIBLE TIMING: THE SUMNER SURF CLUB’S
CLOCK STOPPED AT 12.51PM ON FEBRUARY 22 AND
LEFT THE CLUB WITH A MASSIVE REBUILDING JOB.
PHOTO: JAMIE NILSSON
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Relief Fund at Westpac.
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The club is registered as a charity and
donations to the fund are tax deductible.
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SLSNZ Awards :
In it for life
A celebration of Surf Life Saving took place
in Hamilton recently, with national honours
awarded to past and present clubbies at the 2011
DHL In it for Life Awards. More than 65 of New
Zealand’s elite Surf Lifeguards and members
were officially recognised for their hard work
1. RODGER CURTICE
Haxton, Gardner and Morse – now another 10 names
have been added to the ultimate honours board
at Surf Life Saving New Zealand. The 10 new life
members were included at a prestigious luncheon in
Hamilton recently, with eight more major awards and
a number of service awards celebrated at the DHL In
it for Life Awards.
The awards celebrate volunteer work spanning many
decades, with one of the highest honours going to
Piha lifeguard Rodger Curtice. The 71-year-old was
made a life member for 54 diligent years with the
West Coast club. “I’m very humbled and honoured
to get the award,” Curtice told his local paper, the
Western Leader, recently.
He’s held numerous roles with Piha in his time, from
social convener to president, and in 1992 the club
crowned him a life member. The father-of-two has
taken a behind-the-scenes role within the club after
a serious car accident but has always thought it is
important to do something for the community for
“My father was club captain for a while and my
uncle was involved too. Growing up in that kind of
environment you learn from it.”
East End’s Trevor Corkin has been involved with his
club since 1957, and has been a SLSNZ coach and
selector and had huge involvement in sport within the
Taranaki area. As well as his Taranaki involvement,
Corkin has held various club roles including club
North Beach’s Dave East has been heavily involved in
surf officiating at a local level and nationally.
East was awarded life membership of North Beach
in 2000 and has been right through member hoops,
surf sport competitor, patrol captain, club captain,
team manager and committee member.
Muriwai’s Tim Jago has had a huge involvement with
the Northern Region on the board, as president and
as operations manager and chief executive.
He’s has recently been the driving force behind the
construction and developments of the new club
house at Muriwai, a $4million project.
Waikanae’s Murray Kemp has proved himself a huge
asset to the Gisborne area. He’s been involved in
the national surf official group and has officiated at
numerous high level national and international events.
Kemp is a life member of Waikanae and has held
been on the committee, served as chairman, has
been a competitor and also a club coach.
Garry Mace’s contribution to the surf lifesaving
movement has involved several clubs, including New
Plymouth Old Boys and Lyall Bay, but latterly has linked
with Mairangi Bay, where he has been club president,
club chairman, club captain and club coach. As a
competitor, he was also a New Zealand team captain.
Levin-Waitarere’s Dick McAllister has been a huge
asset to the Western District, having also served on
the SLSNZ board. He’s held various club roles like
chairman, club captain, patrol captain and president.
Lyall Bay’s Ron Stack started lifeguarding in 1959
and since then he has been involved in the success
of many North Island clubs, including Castlecliff,
Levin-Waitarere and recently Lyall Bay.
He’s always been a fixture at local carnivals,
officiating and chatting to the young clubbies. Stack
was crowned a life member of Lyall Bay in 2000 and
has been involved in the committee, coaching and
Eion Waugh has also been a member of many of the
‘Bay’ clubs in the Wellington area but since 1984, he
has been with Lyall Bay assisting wherever he can.
Waugh was a life member of former surf life saving
club Island Bay and vice president of Worser Bay.
St Clair’s Murray Wilson has been a member since
1966 and since then he has been awarded a club life
membership after stints as chairman, club captain,
president and coach. He’s been a huge asset to the
In other major awards at the function, New Plymouth
Old Boys scooped two big ones with Glenn
Anderson named Coach of the Year and his partner,
Ayla Dunlop-Barrett, named High Performance
Athlete of the Year.
Dunlop-Barrett’s international performances included
winning a gold medal in the surf race at the 2010
World Championships in Egypt, while she also
became the first New Zealander to win a belt race
title at the Australian Championships in April.
Waimarama’s Phil Harman won Instructor of the
Year and the award for Innovation of the Year went
to Pacific Surf Life Saving Club. The club’s roving
patrols, using bicycles, have been recognised as
an environmentally friendly, cost effective and low
maintenance patrolling method.
The bikes were engineered to carry essential patrol
equipment including rescue tube, fins, VHF radio
and first aid kit and helped to extend the club’s patrol
capability to high-risk areas around the beach.
Craig Todd from Sumner Surf Life Saving Club will
take home the DHL Volunteer of the Year Award
for his outstanding contribution to the club as
chairperson, carnival controller and building and
The title of Official of the Year will go to Johnny
Clough, from United North Piha Lifeguard Service for
his huge participation in surf sports.
SLSNZ spokesman Brett Sullivan said the awards
were highly sort after in the Surf Life Saving
“The DHL In it for Life Awards Luncheon pays tribute to
the significant time and effort our members devote to
keeping our beaches safe during the summer months,”
Sullivan said. “Many of them dedicate summer after
summer to support our cause and we are delighted
to formally recognise their huge commitment and
enthusiasm. We are very proud of all the winners.”
DHL SURF COACH OF THE YEAR
Glenn Anderson, New Plymouth Old Boys SLSC
DHL INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE
OF THE YEAR
New Plymouth Old Boys SLSC
DHL INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR
Phil Harman, Waimarama SLSC
DHL VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Craig Todd, Sumner SLSC
DHL OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
Johnny Clough, United North Piha
INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
Awarded to the club with the greatest number of
surf lifeguards qualified in one season per capita
Awarded to the club with the greatest number of
surf lifeguards qualified in one season
Mairangi Bay and St Clair
Justin Barr, Muriwai VLS
Damian Burden, Brighton SLSC
Pauline Butt, Muriwai VLS
James Coombes, St Clair
Jessica Costello, Mangawhai Heads
Murray Dix, Mangawhai Heads
Michael Ferguson, Mangawhai Heads
Gordon Finlayson, Mangawhai Heads
Timothy Green, Orewa SLSC
Stuart Handford, Orewa SLSC
Debbie Hutchings, Waikanae SLSC
Rob Jones, Mairangi Bay
Sam Julian, East End SLSC
Alan Kindred, Muriwai VLS
Sue Smith-Kindred, Muriwai VLS
Ewan Lang, Titahi Bay SLSC
Malcolm MacDonald, Brighton
Byron Malcolmson, Titahi Bay SLSC
Brian Maney, Red Beach
Glenda Mann, Kaka Point
Liam McDowell, Titahi Bay SLSC
Peter McInnes, Mangawhai Heads
Paul McVicar, Titahi Bay SLSC
Ken Middleton, Titahi Bay SLSC
Kim Nilsson, Waimarama SLSC
Brad O’Leary, Otaki SLSC
Daniel Russek, Mangawhai Heads
Andy Shaw, Kare Kare SLSC
Brian Sullivan, Piha SLSC
Nicholas Tomkins, Orewa SLSC
Jamie Torrance, St Kilda SLSC
Faron Turner, Orewa SLSC
Ariki Vertongen, Otaki SLSC
Brendan Barry-Walsh, Muriwai LS
Scott Weatherall, Brighton
Gordon Finlayson, Mangawhai Heads
Alan Franich, Orewa SLSC
Deborah Handford, Orewa SLSC
Dick McAllister, Levin-Waitarere
Graeme Newton, St Clair
Stephen Pye, Kare Kare SLSC
Shane Radovanovich, Paekakariki SLSC
Andrew Sekula, Piha SLSC
Brian Sullivan, Piha SLSC
Graeme Trevor, North Beach SLSC
Colin Weatherall, Brighton SLSC
Scott Weatherall, Brighton SLSC
Brian Webber, Piha SLSC
Jonathon Webber, Piha SLSC
Jocelyn Wright, Whangamata SLSC
Trevor Corkin, East End
Rodger Curtice, Piha SLSC
David East, North Beach SLSC
Tim Jago, Muriwai VLS
Murray Kemp, Waikanae SLSC
Garry Mace, Mairangi Bay SLSC
Dick McAllister, Levin-Waitarere
Ron Stack, Lyall Bay SLSC
Eoin Waugh, Lyall Bay SLSC
Murray Wilson, St Clair
2. GLENN ANDERSON
3. AYLA DUNLOP-BARRETT
4. CRAIG TODD
5. JOHNNY CLOUGH
1. LONG-SERVING: PIHA STALWART RODGER CURTICE WAS ONE OF 10 NEW
LIFE MEMBERS ANNOUNCED AT THE DHL IN IT FOR LIFE AWARDS. PHOTO: NICOLA
2. SHOWING THE WAY: GLENN ANDERSON’S WORK WITH NEW PLYMOUTH OLD
BOYS SAW HIM WIN THE COACH OF THE YEAR TITLE. PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/
3. THE REEL DEAL: AYLA DUNLOP-BARRETT’S BELT RACE WIN AT THE
AUSTRALIAN TITLES WAS PART OF A VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL SEASON FOR THE
TARANAKI STAR. PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
4. HARD WORKER: SUMNER’S CRAIG TODD IS THE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR.
5. IN CONTROL: THE UNFLAPPABLE JOHNNY CLOUGH (UNITED NORTH PIHA)
WAS AN EASY CHOICE FOR OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR. PHOTO: JAMIE TROUGHTON/
Mt Maunganui 16
United Nth Piha 11
Mairangi Bay 7
PICK-UP LINES: WAIMARAMA’S CAMERON RITCHIE REACHES
FOR HIS PATIENT, BEN CROSS, UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF DRIVER
MIKE HARMAN. PHOTOS: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
PLEASE BE PATIENT: A BOAT FULL OF
PATIENTS HEAD OUT THROUGH THE OMAHA SURF.
LAUNCHED: SUNSET’S ROBBIE SHRIMPTON, LEWIS POWELL (OBSCURED) AND
BRYCE NICHOL POWER HOME OFF THE BACK OF AN OMAHA WAVE.
New crews rising for Sunset
The new BP Surf Rescue series, which kicked off at Omaha Beach recently, will see smaller clubs
like Sunset Beach reaping the benefits of regular competition, as Jamie Troughton writes.
Not many people know where Sunset Beach is and
when they do, it’s often for the wrong reasons.
But thanks to the efforts of the club’s burgeoning IRB
crews – who patrol the isolated West Coast beach at
the mouth of the Waikato River - that awareness is
starting to change.
Sunset sent five crews to the opening round of the
inaugural BP Surf Rescue series at Omaha Beach
recently, with the green and gold caps bringing home
a cluster of medals.
No wonder Mal McGuire was excited – the bubbly
Sunset 18-year-old took out the women’s top prize,
pairing with Alana Ibbs to win the assembly rescue and
teams race and coming within a DQ of getting a clean
“We won all three single rescue races but I drove to
the wrong gate – it was a bit of a rookie mistake to
make!” McGuire laughed. “But this was my first-ever
competition and I’m proud of everyone - I reckon we
did really well.”
Just three weeks earlier, three fishermen were swept
out to sea and drowned while setting a net at the river
mouth at Sunset and six days later, another perished
and two more fishermen had to be rescued.
McGuire was involved in the search and rescue
operations for the first incident, which also involved
crews from nearby Karioatahi, in a devastating start to
the season but the Tuakau farmgirl was well prepared
to deal with it.
“I’ve had a gap year this year so I’ve used it to really
get involved in surf lifesaving – I’ve even taken over as
Jandal Day coordinator so I’ve kept pretty busy. We all
pretty much live out there at the beach – it’s our home
away from home, through winter and summer.
“We all enjoy racing and even just the training – it’s
social and competitive at the same time. We were
down on the beach training when the first rescue
initiated and we already had the boats out. We headed
straight out to the mouth of the river where it was all
happening and all that training just kicked in.”
That’s where the four-round BP series has immediately
shown benefits. It’s given smaller clubs like Sunset,
Karioatahi and Ruakaka a viable and hard-fought
racing series to hone their rescue skills.
Further rounds will be held in Whangamata from
December 10-11, Oakura on January 14 and
Dunedin’s Warrington Beach on March 3, which will be
the ideal buildup to the BP Surf Rescue New Zealand
championships at the end of March.
Top Hawke’s Bay crew, Mike Harman and Ben Cross,
are hoping to get to every round of the series and
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started off by finishing second in the premier
division, behind Muriwai’s David Butt and
“It’s a bit of a shame that a few other top
teams couldn’t make it to this round but
we’re looking forward to the rest of the
series when they should be there,” Harman
said. “It’s just so good to be racing at
this time of year and there are so many
more competitions to aim for with this new
The Waimarama senior team of Timothy Cox
and Jason Harman also won their division,
holding off Mount Maunganui’s Jason Watts
and James Roy, with United North Piha’s
Leif Neilson and Miles Regal third.
Mount Maunganui twins Kirby and Chad
Wheeler were the pick of the under-21
crews, winning the teams race and
rewarded for consistency, placing second in
the assembly rescue and third in the single
Papamoa’s Mitch Brady and Nick Oldham
were second overall, ahead of another
Sunset Beach crew, Sam Dwen and Shane
At 19, Edwards is the oldest of Sunset’s
young crews, still rookies on the racing
scene but fast making waves.
“We had three teams in one of the finals
at Omaha – that’s pretty cool considering
people still don’t know who we are. They
think we come from Australia – I tell them
‘Y’know the Waikato River? We’re at the
end of that!’
“We’ve come a long way in a short time -
we didn’t know what we were doing at the
start and used to bug the officials at the first
events we went to but we loved driving boats
and thought we may as well race them.”
For full results, see
Top tips from
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knowing. Surf Life Saving
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Rack it or lack it
An IRB storage rack is a great idea. It keeps them stacked
neatly out of the way, dry and off the ground. PSP
Engineering are your rack specialists – get hold of them on
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Give your valves some lovin’
There’s nothing more annoying than a faulty inflation
valve but some simple TLC can go a long way. Clean and
lubricate the valve at least once a season, using silicone
grease or similar and the tool supplied in the IRB repair
kit. Be careful not to cross-thread it and always leave the
valves in the closed position when transporting. This will
stop damage to the pin. If your valve is leaking, check the
O ring seal for grit. Use a bit of WD40 to clear it.
Avoid gauge rage
Got a dodgy inflation gauge? No worries - faulty gauges
can be sent to the manufacturer for re-calibration. Teltherm
Instruments will take care of it. They’re at 295 Neilson St,
Onehunga, in Auckland. Ring them on 09 633 0040 or
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Members making waves
He’s the ultimate poacher turned game-keeper. Danny
Morrison is transferring his athletic prowess into the
world of officialdom, as Jamie Troughton writes.
Most athletes would be content with one long and
rewarding playing career and be stoked with two.
But Danny Morrison isn’t the type to drift off in search
of a couch and a bucket of KFC. As he retires from
rugby and edges his way into surf lifesaving’s masters
scene, the 31-year-old is already plotting ways to
stay heavily involved in both sports.
He began the first phase four years ago when he
volunteered to help officiate the Oceans under-14
national championship carnival in Mount Maunganui
and has since branched out into the Lion Foundation
Surf League and refereeing rugby.
“I had 10 years with the Auckland Surf League team
and when I finished, (former SLSNZ sport manager)
Mark Weatherall rang me up and suggested I stay
involved as an official,” Morrison said. “My thoughts
were I was going to be there anyway and I could
either sit in the grandstands and watch and have a
good time or I could get in and help out. I’m quite
happy to rip into it.
“The Surf League pretty much runs itself – all the
guys there know what they’re doing and the officials
know how the systems work - so I’m getting more
into the commentary side and with the under-14
championships, it’s more about creating a really cool
event for the athletes.”
The Mairangi Bay club member, who won two golds
at the IRB world championships in 2008, admits
his competitive instincts may keep him out of the
officiating ranks at the national championships for a
few more years to come.
“I’m the director of surf sports at Mairangi Bay so
I’m effectively a team manager. And because I’m still
racing in teams, there isn’t much I can do from an
officiating point of view because I’m still trying to look
after the club.”
That’s OK – he’s still got plenty of time up his sleeve,
if his family involvement is anything to go by. Parents,
Grant and Val, have been involved at club, regional
and national level for 44 and 47 years respectively,
while brother Kevin is a New Zealand representative,
also with 10 years experience in the Surf League.
Cousins include Olympic swimmer Dean Kent and
brother Steve, both national surf representatives, and
noted Titahi Bay surf athletes Martyn, Danny and Will
Morrison’s pedigree even goes back one more
generation – grandfather Tom Morrison was a threetest
All Black wing in 1938, later becoming All Black
selector/coach and then NZRU chairman in a long
and distinguished career.
The younger Morrison even has his grandfather’s
whistle that he used to coach the All Blacks with –
though he’s saving it up for his first big appointment.
“I’ve told Dad I’ll use that whistle for my first-class
refereeing debut and I’m using a plastic one until
I make it. I’m really enjoying the refereeing side of
things – part of the motivation is to stay involved with
the sport, just because I love it. “From a selfish point
of view, I’m looking long-term and trying to make a
career out of it. There’s only a certain shelf-life for a
referee and the reality is I’ve got about 10 years to
have a crack and see how much I can make of it.”
The former Thames Valley halfback and North
Harbour Marist stalwart hung up his boots at the end
of the club rugby season for the final time.
“I started dabbling in reffing last year but I’ve been
full-on this season - I was doing schoolboy rugby in
the mornings and then playing premier rugby in the
afternoons. That’s been really beneficial to get both
sides of the story on the same day and it’s shut me
up a little bit on the field as well. I’ve been yelling
more at my own players than the referee, which has
been a bit different. You could say it was a bit of a
guilt trip – I’ve spent the last 20-odd years trying to
tell the referee what should be happening at a ruck
and it’s probably about time I picked up a whistle and
saw it from his side of the fence.”
DANNY MORRISON IS MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM ATHLETE TO
OFFICIAL, BOTH ON THE BEACH AND THE RUGBY FIELD. PHOTO: JAMIE
“I’m really enjoying
the refereeing side
of things – part of the
motivation is to stay
involved with the
sport, just because I
surf’s late bloomer
MASTERFUL: SID SALEK PERFORMED WITH APLOMB AT THE
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS EARLIER THIS YEAR. PHOTO: JAMIE
Most people his age have trouble walking to the local shops but
Sid Salek is still swimming, running and reveling in his late-life
infatuation with surf lifesaving, as Jamie Troughton discovers.
At 81, all Sid Salek wants these days is to feel useful,
to know that he’s still got some relevance. Little does
the Omanu Surf Life Saving Club member realise that
he graduated from the useful ranks some time ago
and ventured into the realm of inspirational.
Affectionately known far and wide as ‘SupaSid’,
the leather-bound octogenarian has already begun
another season of patrolling. And when the long
season starts to wind up - with his 82nd birthday in
sight - Salek will once again line up in the State New
Zealand Championships in Gisborne, hunting more
masters medals and challenging his body to keep up
with his brain.
“It’s not a state of body, it’s a state of mind and
of attitude,” Salek, one of New Zealand’s oldest
patrolling lifeguards, muses. “It’s as simple as that.
I’m always discovering new things about myself and I
like pushing the limits.”
The former Wellington optometrist only qualified as a
lifeguard in 1985, though his links with the lifesaving
movement stretch back much further.
His dad Lou was an early member of both the Lyall
Bay and Maranui clubs in the Capital and Salek
gained his Royal Lifesaving Society certificate of
attainment in 1942.
Six years later, he put it to magnificent use, saving a
drowning man in Wellington Harbour and winning the
Royal Humane Society bronze medallion for rescue
He’d always loved the water but it wasn’t until a
marriage breakup in 1982 that he moved to Lyall Bay
and eventually wandered over to the club his father
When he sat his surf lifesaving award in 1985, he not
only became the oldest person at the club to sit the
award for the first time but he stunned instructors by
busting out a 6min 20sec effort for his 400m freestyle
He moved to the Bay of Plenty in 1992, but linking
with Omanu in the last decade was when he really
started feeling like he belonged in the movement.
“The informal respect and support I’ve had from the
club has been fantastic. Older people value being
able to assist and being involved. We don’t like to just
sit around and being treated as a piece of furniture.”
Sitting around just isn’t Salek’s style. He’s competed
at a number of world masters swimming carnivals
all over the globe, typically picking on the toughest
disciplines – like the 200m butterfly, the 800m
freestyle and the 400m medley.
He gets around town on his pride and joy, a 1969
Lambretta scooter, and loves nothing more than
enjoying long, languid afternoons aloft in a glider.
He competes each year in a number of ocean swims
and enters triathlons with his renowned “Old Farts”
At the 2011 State New Zealand Surf Life Saving
Championships, Salek completed a massive masters
day, taking part in the surf race, run-swim-run, the
beach sprint and the beach flags. And most Sunday
mornings through last winter, Salek headed down
to the Wairoa River near Tauranga for Omanu’s skitraining
His only concession to advancing years? Rather than
a club ski, he paddles his new light-weight sea kayak
up and down the river. “They’ve been chiding me that
I need to learn how to surf ski … I don’t think I’ll quite
manage that,” he laughs ruefully. “But they’re all very
supportive and they really are my extended family.”
It’s a family Salek is growing to love more and more
with every passing season.
“One of the great skills that surf lifesaving gives you
is the trust and knowledge that you are part of an
effective, capable team who will always have systems
of back-up and assistance. That’s huge.
“I’m a firm believer that older people have an array of
life skills and experiences and there’s no reason why
we shouldn’t stop utilising those skills, just because
of age. They can be invaluable from a logistical point
of view or working behind the scenes.”
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We’re delighted to confirm, Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park is again teaming up
with Surf Life Saving New Zealand to ensure Kiwis have the best summer ever. As
the official charity of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, we are part of the world’s
largest free annual event. Millions of people have experienced this great event over
the past 17 years, either at the park or via television.
Surf Lifeguards will be out in force at both the Christchurch and
Auckland events selling light-sticks and Santa hats and giving
away Jelly Belly treats for a gold coin donation.
For Surf Life Saving, it is a wonderful opportunity to partner with
such a high profile event leading into New Zealand’s summer
and helps ensure beach safety is top of mind over the busy
Surf Life Saving will also benefit from funds raised at the events.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand would like to express sincere
thanks on behalf of all its members and clubs to Coca-Cola for its
continued commitment and support helping keep New Zealand’s
favourite playground safe.
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HUEY GOD OF SURF:
Huey interviews Horse
Huey God of Surf
A man swaggers into the
St Helliers café with a
confident cowboy strut,
head held high and
looking like he is looking
for someone (which he
is). He’s got the sort of
physical look you expect
to see standing at the
door, turning away underage
patrons and enjoying
it. He scans the café, goes
straight past the water
cooler and gives me the
Aaarggh.... so it’s true.
You can lead a horse to
water but you can’t make
HSG: “Horse, nice to meet you. But why the
long face?” I thrust out my hand and prepare for
the Piha boatie death grip. He looks about as
comfortable at this café as Mike Tindall will be at
the next family Christmas gathering.
H: Nice to meet you too. [Clearly he misses my joke
and blurts out.] Just worried about my crews some
of them aren’t as fit as I would like them to be at
this time of year. [Wow, that’s up there with global
warming - no wonder he looks worried.]
HSG: “Right then let’s get down to this interview.
Who would you most like to meet?”
H: Vladimir Klitschko. [What a way to kill a
conversation. Best I move on, and quickly… I am not
going to even ask why. I may wake up with a horse
head in my bed.]
HSG: “What do you do to relax - let’s call it
H: Sometimes I play the guitar! Oh yeah, and I like
a vino! [Nice. Thinking as a musician he would be a
cross between ZZ Top and Jack Johnson on uppers.]
HSG: “If you were reincarnated as any part of the
surf boat, what would it be and why?
H: The sweep oar. It’s the most important part of the
equipment, without it the crew and boat go nowhere!
HSG: “Who do you most admire in surf
H: Pete Brown, the president of Piha SLSC, my
rowers and my fellow sweeps at Piha. Have to
mention Knoxy & Brooster, rowed 20 years for Piha.
They are all part of ‘the Family’. [He actually said
FULL NAME: Mark Trevor Bourneville
NICKNAME: Horse AGE: 48
FAVOURITE MOVIE: LOTR or Matrix, plus all the surf boat videos we do at Piha
FAVOURITE SAYING: ‘The Big Show!’
FAMILY: Wife Nathalie and four beautiful children; Ariane, Cedric, Ludo, Audrey-lise
FAVOURITE BAND: The Who or Pink Floyd
OCCUPATION: Managing Director BFG (Bourneville Furniture Group)
this in a Marlon Brando impersonated voice just
reconfirming my earlier thoughts...] The Piha club has
so many important people that all put so much into
the club. Also have to mention Dan Harris from Waihi,
the guy is 70-something, still sweeping and has been
for decades and decades. [Little does he know Dan
is only 48. Stay out of the sun kids!]
HSG: You get such a strong sense of pride from
the horse. It’s humbling just to be around. “Who
do you most admire outside of surf lifesaving?
H: Bluey McClennan, a good mate of mine. [Oh you
are such a mane dropper.] The man is a league
coaching guru, I love talking to him, he is a coaching
god, the man inspires me and is always looking at
how to win. If only I could get him to sweep! Oh and
I have to mention the Crusher! Don’t ask why! [Ok, I
HSG: “You are pretty outspoken about certain
issues... where has this outspokenness come
H: It’s just in my character. [Breeding don’t you
mean.] I know there are times when I probably should
keep it shut, but I am passionate and driven about
all that I do, if something gets in my way I will move it
out of the way.
HSG: “What is it about surf lifesaving that you
really like and keeps you involved?”
H: The people, the history, the passion and the fact
that we save people’s lives, the large majority of
people are all volunteers and they put so much in to
what we do. And this sport called ‘Surf Boats’ - it
is the single most greatest sport ever, in a boat with
my two twin sons, or my daughter, at Piha beach in
a 3m swell and you catch a wave back to the beach
and you experience that together!! You tell me what
other sport in the world can do that? You can’t touch
it. [Bonanza was a pretty cool TV programme? Not
HSG: “What is your current training regime?”
H: Crikey. [?? who says that these days? This saying
went out of fashion when Mr Ed did.] Where do I
start, running multiple crews and also trying to do
my own thing to stay in shape, training the crews is
a multiple nights/mornings a week job, for myself,
cycling, boxing training, some gym work, evenings/
mornings. [No wonder he looks like he could tie me in
a knot and back leg kick me into next week.]
HSG: “Do you reckon you could beat up SBW?”
H: YES, don’t think he is great on the boxing. Neither
am I for that fact – I think what I do in the ring is
an insult to boxers ! But I have a crack! Somehow
manage to connect my fists to my passion and
energy and then just let them go! Plus I am good
at pushing the angry button!! [You are like a faulty
Tom Thumb (olden day firework) unpredictable and
dangerous. Disrespect at your peril.]
HSG:“Did you enjoy your involvement in Piha Surf
H: It’s great for educating the public and trying to
teach people about what not to do at Piha (some
don’t learn very quickly though). Plus it’s great for my
sponsors involved in our boat program! [The perfect
mix of altruism and capitalism. Just like Richard
Branson flying to Ethiopia with bags of rice in his
private Apollo 14.]
HSG:“Would you ever get into politics? Why or
H: I have an interest but the time it would take would
interfere with my passion for sports (surf boats in
HSG: “What will you be doing in 20 years’ time?”
H: Hopefully still sweeping like Dan Harris is! I want to
help surf boats in Europe (particularly) take off, they
are moving already but need a hand.
HSG: “Do you have any regrets?”
H: YES, should have started doing surf boats many,
many years ago! [I can’t help thinking if surf boats
had a god, it would be the Horse.]
In summary, I am left feeling like the Horse is a bit
like a shopping trolley. Pragmatic, dependable,
strong, some rough edges and the hardest of
work ethics. Occasionally he loses direction and
focus but with the direction of a good woman
and a well thought out ‘to do list’ he will go all
day and help many many many people over the
course of his life with humility and take-it-orleave-it
honesty. He has a lot of life to go yet so I
certainly don’t want to be responsible for putting
the horse before the cart… just yet.
PHOTOS: JOEL FORD PHOTOGRAPHY
SURF LIFE SAVING | SURF RESCUE | NOV 2011
THE FINAL WORD:
Clubbies in action
MADDY DUBBER HAD ALREADY CAUGHT a couple of decent waves
at Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach earlier in the day, with Mairangi Bay
stalwart Duncan McKenzie giving her some helpful tips. But nothing could
prepare her for this monster swell rearing up behind her during her board
heat at the Oceans 11 under-14 national championships earlier this year.
“I sort of just panicked when I saw it coming – I stopped paddling and
panicked,” the now-14-year-old recalls. “Then I went over, and the fin hit
my leg and it really hurt. I went under a few waves and then got taken in by
the IRB. It was the biggest wave I’ve ever nearly caught but I think I went
over a bigger one on the way out!”
She wasn’t alone. Dozens of under-14 athletes had similar stories on the
epic first day at Oceans, when training and courage shone through. Plenty
had great stories to tell classmates the following Monday.
“My form teacher thought I was pretty crazy and Mum used some bad
words at the time when she saw it,” Maddy laughs. “You don’t get many
waves in Mairangi Bay - it didn’t put me off surf but it might’ve put me off
big waves for a while!”
PHOTOS: JAMIE TROUGHTON/DSCRIBE JOURNALISM
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