Red Beach lifeguards demonstrated their enthusiasm for the upcoming surf lifesaving season with a 16km row and paddle down the Puhoi River to Red Beach on September 9.
The annual Pub to Club event involved 70 club members – 55 paddled on single and double surf skis and in a surf canoe. Also involved were three surf boat crews and a six-man waka.
More than a dozen club members in IRBs and boats carried out water patrol duties.
The event is viewed as a means to build stamina and to ‘blow away the cobwebs’ with the start of the new season just weeks away. Surf lifeguard patrols get underway at Labour Weekend.
Head coach Jack Gavin said the event drew in all age groups and was great for building club culture and introduce the new members to the ranks.
“Once past Wenderholm the 30-knot offshore winds were a big challenge and the younger paddlers handled the conditions extremely well. It was great for character building,” he added.