February 2017

Recent Events

NZ Representative Challenge | Steve Kent, Bronagh Ryan, Marty McDowell and Jake Devine competed as part of the Open and Youth Wellington teams at the New Zealand Representative Challenge held at Waimarama Beach. Congratulations to the Open team who won the overall competition!
The victorious Wellington Open team
New Zealand Surf Boat Series | Titahi Bay crews competed at both the second and third rounds of the Surf Boat Series at Whangamata and Waihi. Although the popular Coromandel beaches are usually good for a bit of a wave, crews raced on surf-less courses at both events.

The flat water racing didn't do much to deter the crews - the Titahi Bay Dragonz took out the Open Men's category at Waihi, beating both the Australian and New Zealand Open Men's crews. They went on to win the Champion of Champion's competition the following day. The U23 men placed third and U19 women second at both Whangamata and Waihi in their age groups. 
Central Region Championships | A contingent of Titahi Bay clubbies took to Waimarama Beach in the Hawke's Bay to compete at the Central Region Champs in January. We had a number of green and white competitors finish in the top 10 in their age groups and some great results from all. Congratulations to the following clubbies for their podium finishes:

Marty McDowell FIRST Open Mens Ski Race
Danny McDowell SECOND Open Mens Surf Race
Bronagh Ryan SECOND Open Womens Board Race
Bronagh Ryan SECOND Open Ironwoman
Jake Devine THIRD Under 16 Mens Beach Sprint

Results: 2017 Central Region Champs (PDF)
Boat Launch | A massive thanks to everyone who attended the recent launch of the club's newest surf boat - Noddy. Thanks to Ray Kearns for stepping up and to AJ for the nice words on behalf of the family, thank you.

In a small way we remember Noddy’s legacy by naming the boat after him, however at the same time his greatest legacy will always be his family. So to Faye, Jo, Kuru, Paul, Suzette, AJ and Liam, thanks for accepting our tribute and continuing on the legacy of Alan “Noddy” McVicar.
The Dragonz stopped to share their success from the Waihi boat event with three old friends who they dedicated their racing to. 

Junior Surf Zone

Sunday Nipper training started back up at Titahi Bay on Sunday 29 January 2017! Don't forget there's coffee, hot chips and sausages for sale every Sunday!

Central Region Junior Championships | A huge congratulations to Liam McVicar who battled some very tough conditions at Oakura, New Plymouth at the recent regional championships. He was the sole Titahi Bay representative and took out the U14 beach flags and beach sprints as well as a bronze in the U14 men's board race. Well done Liam!

Riversdale Carnival | Unfortunately it was a weekend of bad weather that resulted in this carnival being postponed. It wasn't only large swells causing trouble for Titahi Bay families - we had campers up at 3:00am tying tents down to anything possible as gale force winds ripped through campsites! Nine athletes stuck around for the postponed carnival and we had some great results.

Oceans | A team of 15 Titahi Bay athletes are now almost into their final month of preparation before heading off to the New Zealand U14 Surf Life Saving Championships (Oceans'17) at Main Beach, Mount Maunganui. They'll join around 800 nippers from clubs all over the country to attend what is the biggest junior surf carnival in New Zealand!

Quiz Night | Join us for a fun Quiz Night fundraiser on Sunday 19 February at The Supply Room. All proceeds go towards the Oceans team heading to Mount Maunganui. $20 per head or $100 for a table of 6. Tickets available by emailing or 027 230 2628.
Coming Up
Senior Lifeguard Award: IRB Driver // IRB Crewperson Module | an exam will be held at Foxton Beach on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February; this will be your best opportunity to qualify this season. If you are interested in sitting your exam please ensure you have provided J’Adoube, DJ, or Nick with your workbooks to mark prior to Wednesday 8 February. If you are interested in doing any further training in the lead up to the exam please get in touch with J’Adoube, DJ, or Nick.

SLSNZ Live Sport Results | SLSNZ now use a new results system - get all competition updates and live results at this link -

Sport Competitions | here's what's on this February:
  • Eastern Regional Championships | Mount Maunganui
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series Round 3 | Waihi
  • Capital Coast Junior Surf Carnival #3 | Paekakariki
  • Capital Coast Senior Championships and Prize Giving | Paekakariki
  • New Zealand Surf Boat Series Round 4 | Piha
Volunteer Services | congratulations on the excellent service that has been provided so far this season, despite the weather. The service is looking professional on the beach, and great feedback has been provided by the Patrol Captains. Particular mention of those who have filled in for others at short notice, and those who assisted the Regional Lifeguard Service on Christmas Day. 
Foxton Lifeguard Development Weekend | The second, and final, Surf Lifeguard Development Weekend at Foxton Beach will be on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February. In addition, Senior Lifeguard Award: IRB Drivers and IRB Crewpersons Module exams will be held at Foxton Beach over this weekend, as outlined above.

Highlights from the last development weekend included a number of surf lifeguards working towards their IRB Crewpersons Module, using Foxton SLSC’s award winning surveillance camera, roving patrolling, the Manawatu River, undertaking scenarios, spotlight on Saturday night, and the food! Everyone had a great time, made some new friends, and had some new experiences. As it was a development weekend, we also selected the inaugural ‘Surf lifeguard of the Weekend’ which was awarded to a well deserving Ben Strombom. Ben received the coveted pine cone, which was presented by Joss Urbahn, Club Captain, Foxton SLSC.

In the Spotlight | Paul Dalton

Day Job: CEO Surf Life Saving NZ for the last 5 years.
Dream Job: I’m living the dream! Well maybe not...running a very large Trust fund with me as the sole beneficiary sounds like fun!!
Favourite NZ beach? In the North Island it can only be Titahi Bay...on the mainland it’s Tata Beach in Golden Bay. Other than the gale force wind and the 10 degrees difference in water temperature it’s hard to tell them apart!!
What do you like doing in your free time? Running in forests and mountains.  Orienteering (running round in circles).
What got you started is SLS, how many years have you been involved? Mr Mulcahy is the reason I am a lifeguard and I’m a newbie (2015). He lied about the wind and the water temperature!!
What is the best advice you have been given? “Attitude is everything”...which it is!!
Something people might not know about you? I’m originally a Pom...arrived in NZ on a ship in 1968 (49 years ago)

Our clubbies went far and wide on holiday this year! Thanks to everyone who sent photos through to us!
A big thank you to Belinda Brown who took some awesome photos of the Titahi Bay crews who stayed at Whiritoa Surf Club over New Years. Belinda is a well-known Wellington wedding and portrait photographer who was in the area at the same time and captured some great action shots - check them out here!

Members | Remember that it is everyone's responsibility to keep the club and facilities clean and safe. Please DO NOT ride skateboards inside the clubhouse, it is ruining the lino.

Club Merchandise | We have a large variety of merchandise available for financial members to purchase. Contact Jenna Middleton for more information about merchandise and uniform this season. 
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