Club Information and Reports





Calendar of Upcoming Events

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Sat May 23rd
NCCSLSC Awards of Excellence Night
to be held at Dee Why RSL
More Details to Come



Upcoming Training Courses

SNB Branch Training Course Calendar
Sydney Northern Beaches also run courses.
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For details of the pre-requisites required for each qualification Go To Click Here

For more details on our training programs visit our Life Saving page Go To Click Here


Club Bar & Meals Closed

The Club Bar and Meals are now closed for the off season, and we plan to re-open in September


For more Surf Life Saving information and event details, visit the following sites -

2015 NCCSLSC Presentation Night

The North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club 2015 Presentation Night will be held at the Dee Why RSL on Saturday May 23rd. The event will be an evening of celebration, recognising the achievements of the many club members that helped deliver another successful surf life saving season, whether it be on patrols, in surf sports, or training and education, and including those that made an outstanding contribution to the club.

The cost of the evening is just $20.00 for club members, and $35.00 for Non-Members, and includes a full buffet meal. Doors open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets must be pre-booked, so please contact us with your RSVP at by May 15th.

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Donation fit from a King

1st April 2015

North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club received a very substantial donation this week from Charlie King, a club member who now lives where many of our former members reside in Tweed Heads. In the early days Charlie lived in a garage in Spring Road directly opposite the entry to Ross Street. His brother Johnno lived directly opposite the Duff's house between the homes now of the Waddington's and the Clues'.

Charlie got his Bronze Medallion in 1943-44 in a squad with other Ross Streeters such as Keith Stoneman, Frank Bonner, Frank Brown, George Klause and Les Cook. Charlie loved the North Curl Curl Beach, in particular he loved spending time at the pool where he and fellow pool dwellers, Bob Slack and Snowy Huston sun bathed and swum many laps maybe not a speed but at a constant pace.

On behalf of all the Members and the Board, thank you Charlie and we wish you all the best in your retirement hopefully we can catch up with you when we are up at the Aussie Titles later in the month.



Club Success at State Championships

The resurgence of our Surf Sports activities was clearly evident at the recent NSW State Surf Life Saving Championships, held for the 3rd year at Umina/Ocean Beach. Our Nippers continued their ongoing strong performance, with a number of positive results.Georgina Prowse upstaged her older siblings, by winning Gold in the U9 Girls Board. Big sister Jami took Silver in the U14 Iron Woman. In the U9 Boys, Levi Smith, Toby Mayhew and Dylan King picked up Bronze in the Board Relay - amazingly they were one of 3 North Curly teams that made the final. Levi Smith, Jacob Crews, Toby Mayhew and Kai Lilienthal also took Bronze in the U9 Surf Teams. Emma Brogden was also a Bronze medallist in the U11 Surf Race. We had many other finalists, which with a bit of luck could have been coverted into more medal winners, but overall it was one of our strongest team performances ever with 47 teams and individuals making it to final.

Our Masters also had a great State championship, with plenty of medals being grabbed. Our Diretor of Surf Sports Glenn Slater led by example, winning his Surf Race, and also grabbing some team medals with Silver in the Surf Teams with Bryn Russell and Brett Tyack , Silver in the Taplin and Board Relay teaming with Matt Heaton and Brett Tyack and Silver in the Board Rescue with Matt heaton. He also picked up a Bronze in the Tube race !! Carl Henderson and Nigel Hoschke teamed up to take Gold in the Double Ski. On the sand, Steve Atkins won Silver in the Flags, rounding out one of the best State carnivals for our Masters in some time !!

In the Opens, our Womens Beach Team had another great event. Sophie McGovern continued on her winning way, making it a dead heat for the Gold in the U17 Beach Sprint. She came 5th in the U17 Flags, and backed that up with a 6th in the Open flags !! The U17 Beach Relay team with Sophie and Caity McGovern along with Elise and Kaitlyn Glanville showed great tenacity to win Silver, whilst the U19 Beach Relay team, which included Sophie and Kaitlyn along with Jade Hickey and Emily Roberts took out Bronze. In the water, Jami Prowse stepped up into the U15's and had a fantastic result taking Silver in the Rescue Tube. We had a number of girls make finals, which augers well for the future.

All in all, this was one of our best State Championships in some time, and shows that we are making some progress with the various initiatives undertaken in the past year with our Surf SPorts program.

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ATV Care Required

Our All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) has become in integral piece of equipment for our surf life saving operation. It gets used every patrol day to help set up the beach patrol areas, and get the IRB onto the beach and at the water's edge ready for action as required. Our Nippers use it extensively to set up for their Sunday morning events, give they have to cart a large amount of beach gear up and down the length of the beach.

We recently had to undertake some extensive and expensive repairs on the ATV, which highlights the need for care to be taken when using the vehicle at all times. Also it higlights the requirement to properly celan and wash the ATV after every day's use, to ensure we can keep this expensive and important piece of surf rescue equipment operational and useable for the forseeable future.

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Out Of Hours Rescue

16th January 2015

Ray Marrs

Our world can turn in such strange and contrasting ways, and evidence of that was last week.

Early last Friday morning, well before any life guards had signed on, a woman came running up from the beach frantically looking for help. A man was being swept away in a strong rip, and was struggling to stay afloat.

Ray Marrs, our club caretaker was working around the club, and proceeded to grab a rescue board, and paddle out to the now panicking swimmer, and proceeded to safely bring him to shore, averting what could have been another headline incident.

This all happened in the very week that Ray was preparing to say farewell to his youngest child, Steve, who had tragically passed away the week before at the age of just 29. They say that for every soul that leaves us, another is born in its place. In this case it was saved soul, thanks to the quick actions of our ever humble club member and caretaker Ray !!

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IRB Racing at North Curly

North Curl Curl SLSC are putting together an IRB Racing team this year to take part in the upcoming IRB Carnival season.

If you are interested in getting involved or finding more info, contact Daniel McGowan at or Glenn Slater at

Also you can find an overview of what IRB racing is all about the following Wikipedia site -

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Rescue Duo

Rescue Duo

The benefits of having participated in a Nippers program since a young age, supplemented by strong surf sport training, were well and truly highlighted when one of our young Nippers, Max Von Appen along with his mate Ed Waddington, took it upon themselves to rescue a young lady recently.

The pair saw the young woman in trouble in very tricky surf conditions whilst walking along Pippi Beach (down near Yamba), and their training and instincts took over. Max, who is just 12 years old, hit the water with his mum's malibu board, which he lost in the tricky conditions, before swimming out to the distressd young woman, who was dragged some 400m down the beach. Whilst Max attempted to bring her in, Ed who is a local 13 year old Freshy Nipper, managed to get out to the pair with the board, and they then proceeded to bring the woman to shore on the board, whih was no mean feat in the turbulent conditions.

Cudos to both these youngsters, who didn't hesitate at all to jump into action and ensure that the outcome of what was a very dangerous situation turned into a was a positive one.

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Successful 3 Points Challenge & Ocean Swim

6th December 2014

Last year mother nature was very unkind on the 10th anniversary running of our premier event, the 3 Points Challenge and Ocean Swim, forcing us to cancel the Ocean Swim, and reduce the 3 Points to just 1 point with the only beach open for swimming being Freshwater

Well this year conditions could not have been any more different. Despite a lead up month of constant nightly storms, race day conditions were perfect, and around 600 comptitors turning up to make it another spectacular day.

The Ocean Swim kicked off proceedings, with 130 plus swimmers on the line, made up of some crack swimmers including a former winner and English Channel conqueror Lochie Hinds, as well as New Zealand London 2012 Olympics competitor Steven Kent. The honours though went to the towering Kazmir Boskovic, in just over 28 minutes, followed by Kent and Tom Montgomery in third. In the women's event, Stephanie Carey was first across the line, followed by Zoe Whitfield and Natalie Van Coevorden

Natalie backed up her podium finish in the Ocean Swim by taking first place in the main event of the day, the 3 Points Challenge, taking just over 43 ,minutes to complete the 6km course, which included swims at North Curl Curl, South Curl Curl and Freshwater beaches. In impressive effort, given she beat home last year's winner, Meg Helson by 3 minutes. In thrid place was Alison Coyle. In the mens event, it was a much closer affair with the first 3 competitors separated by just 17 seconds. Ironically 3 of the top 4 place getters were in the top 4 last year. Jake Montgomery was the big improver, taking out this year's event after coming 3rd last year, in an amazing 39 minutes and 19 seconds. Brad Goodyear went two better than last year to come 2nd in 2014. Nathan Breen was 3rd.

Special thanks to the 150 plus club members and supporters who turned out to help run the event - without your support and effort we would not be able to run such a successful day, and all the competitors and spectators agree that this is one of the best run events on the calendar every year, and that is mostly due to your fantastic effort

For all the results of the Ocean Swim and the 3 Points Challenge,
Go To Click here for to go to MultiSportAustralia, our official event time keepers !

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Coolangatta Green and Gold

1st November 2014

Female Open Team

The last couple of years the club has been going through a period of rebuilding with our surf sports area. Evidence just how far we have come was seen at this year's Coolangatta Gold, where the club fielded 4 teams in the short course form of the event, having first ventured into this iconic event last year when we debuted with one open female team

We once again had an open female team, but instead of 4 competitors we had just 3, with Lauren Coltman, Pip Candrick and Michelle Oakes (pictured here) taking on the course, with Michelle having to do both the board and ski leg. To their credit, the girls cam in 6th place, a fantastic effort given the circumstances.

We had 2 masters teams taking part, with a fantastic 2nd place to the Gold team made up of Peter Hickey, Glenn Slater, Andrew Stuart, and Bryn Russell from South Curl Curl SLSC who ventured up the beach to join the crew. Our Green team made up of Ray Merton, David Jones, Steve "Spider" Atkins and Rob Lovely also had a great result coming in 6th place. They would have done even better except that David ended up having to assist a rather distressed female competitor who was struggling in the conditions, only to have her recover well enough to beat David home !! What a great resuscitator he is !!

Probably the most pleasing result was that of our Mixed Open group, who came in 3rd place. This team was made up of Susie Irvine, the "senior" of the team, and young Adam van Haren (U15), Ben Hickey (17) and Michael Jones (U21). This was a great result for such a young group, who have never raced together, and certainly never undertaken an event of this magnitude before.

This year's success has already sparked the enthusiasm for next year's event, with talk of even more teams being formed for the 2015 event....bring it on !!

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Sun Shines on New Nippers Season

19th October 2014

Queenscliff Beach Carnival

The 2014/2015 Nippers season has kicked off with some absolutley spectacular weekend weather, making the introduction for our newer members so much easier and more enjoyable. And whilst our overall number of young Nippers is down on last year, it was clear to see that their enthusiasm has not waned, and there was plenty of fun had by all, including the parents.

And with the season only 2 weeks old, we have had our first carnival of the season already, with a Beach Carnival held at Queenscliff. This is the first time that a carnival with beach events only has been held locally, and judging by the turnout it won't be the last. The carnival saw the introduction of the 1km run for U10 to U14, and we had a number of entrants have a crack. Complementing the normal sprints and flag events, the carnival saw mixed relays introduced, pairing up two girls and two boys in each age group. All in all it was a great success, and our kids and parents had a ball in what will hopeful turn into a new annual event.

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North Curly Boats Hopeful of Return

The last couple of years have been a lean period for the club in the surf boats arena, after what has been a long and proud tradition at North Curly. With the "retirement" of some of our long term boaties, we have not had any boat crews for a few years now. This year we are planning on turning that around, and trying to generate new interest in surf boat rowing

To that end, our Director of Surf Sports Glenn Slater has engaged an Australian Surf Rowers League Hall of Fame member, Howard Christie, to help rebuild our surf boat rowing ranks. Howard has a longs list of achievements in the sport as both a competitor and a sweep, with wins at State and National level, and has also represented in Branch, NSW and Australian representative teams. With some potential crew members on the horizon, and with Howard's expert input, we hope to once again see the North Curly boats get amongst the action this season.

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State Award for North Curly Surf Sports Official

16th August 2014

Louis Tassone

Having taken out the Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Surf Sports Official Of the Year award back in June, meant that club member Louis Tassone qualified for the Surf Life Saving NSW State Awards of Excellence night, held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Louis was hoping to get a commendation award at best, given the calibre of other nominees from around the state. But to his surprise and delight, when guest MC Layne Beachley read out the winner, it was a Sydney Northern Beaches recipent, and Louis was named Surf Sports Official of the Year.

Louis has been officiating for over 12 years, first starting when his son Chris was a young North Curly Nipper. Even after Chris stopped competing, Louis continued to officiate at both Nippers and Open carnivals, helping the club to maintain their required offical quotas. In recent times Louis has held many senior positions at various carnivals, including the Beach referee role at last year's Interbranch and Inter State Championships, and also at the last few Australian Surf Life Saving Championships. Congratulations Louis on this fantastic achievement.

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Special Guests & Presentations at 2014 AGM

3rd August 2014


This year's Annual General Meeting saw a number of special presentations made, which were enhanced by the fact that the NSW Premier, Mike Baird was in attendance to be able to present these awards. Alex "the Wiz" Wye was presented with his National Medal award, recognising his 15 years continuous service on patrols. Neil "Harry" Coltman (pictured here with Mike Baird) who stood down last year as the Director of Surf Sports, after a 9 year tenure in the role, was presented with a gift as recognition for his long and excellent service to the club.

Also in attendance this year was Steve McInnes, CEO of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches, and Shannon Job, Deputy President of Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches. Shannon commented on the great work and contribution that North Curl Curl SLSC has made in the past season, and recalled his time as a Nipper at North Curl Curl.

For a copy of the North Curl Curl SLSC 2013/2014 Annual Report Download Click Here

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Club Reward for Season's Effort

27th June 2014


The combined effort by many of our club members during the 2013/2014 season was rewarded at the Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excelence night, when North Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club was called out as a top 5 finisher for this year's Most Outstanding Club award. This result is the culmination of many aspects of the running of our surf club, including life saving, surf patrols, club administartion, surf sports, as well as training and education. The club was in good company, with the other top 5 places going to Newport, Collaroy, North Steyne, and the winners Dee Why SLSC

Another award that came the club's way was when Louis Tassone took out the Surf Sports Official of the Year award, the 3rd time he has picked up this award. Louis now goes on on to represent both North Curl Curl SLSC and the Branch at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excelence.

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Season Highlights Called Out at Presentation Night

David Jones

31st May 2014

2013/2014 was another great season for North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, and that success was recognised at the Annual Presentation night, which was attended by well over 150 club members. The Club Honour Blazer was presented to the unassuming David Jones. A quiet achiever, David has his fingers in so many pies at the club, it is hard to figure out when he has time to fit it all in. When he is not instructing new Bronze members, or some of the Nippers at SRC, he is helping with Board & Ski training for our younger competitors, or is madly doing repairs to the clubs equipment, or doing some of his own training, given he also competes in the Masters. And he just goes about his business without a fuss, making a huge contribution to so many facets of the club - a true club man.

After such a successful Nippers career in beach sprints and flags, young Sophie McGovern this year stepped into the opens arena, and continued on her winning way, culminating in a Aussies Gold Medal in the U15 flags, and a Silver medal in the U15 Sprints. Her great success was rewarded in taking out the clubs prestigous Whakatane Trophy for the best carnival competitor.

Michael Jones was a very surprised recipient of a number of awards, including the Best Junior Patrol Person, and the Junior of the Year award. This was just reward for a season that saw Michael throw himself into many activities at the club, including Bronze squad training and Board & Ski competition.

The Major Award winners for 2013/2014 that were announced on the night included -

Download 2013/2014 North Curl Curl SLS Awards Recipients List
Go To See coverage of the evening in our Photo Gallery
Go To See some of pictures on the Club Facebook
Go To Images from the past season as shown at presentation night

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Vale Frank Lowe

9th April 2014

Krank Lowe

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of long time club member, Frank Lowe.

Frank achieved his Bronze medallion at North Curl Curl in 1956 and has been a long serving club member for almost 60 years. He would have been 80 years old in May this year.

Frank was a member of our wise old men that always frequent the club on a Sunday morning, sometimes refered to as the college of knowledge, imparting snippets of our history and thoughts for the future, all whilst sharing some home baking that Franks shared with anyone that cared to join him and the group.

His smiling face at the club house window looking down at the activities on the beach will be sorely missed.

RIP Frank.

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Sophie Shines in the West

5th & 6th April 2014

Sophie McGovern

This year's Australian Surf Life Saving Championships returned to the west, being held at Scarborough Beach on the northern outskirts of Perth. Whilst North Curl Curl sent probably their smallest team in some time to the event, we still managed to have great success, with the star being young Sophie McGovern.

Sophie joined her sister Caity in their first ever Aussies in the Under 15's, and their first event in the program was the beach sprints. Carrying on a proud and long club tradition on the beach track, both girls did very well getting to the quarter final, before Caity was unfortunately eliminated. Sophie made it all the way to the finals, and did not dissapoint in a fantastic run that saw her take out the Silver medal. But this was not to be her only visit to the medal podium

On Saturday, it was time for the flags, and both Sophie and Caity were drawn right beside each other in the first round, joining over 50 of the countries best flaggers. Ironically they drew next to each other on a number of run throughs before Caity missed out on a flag. Sophie's form was excellent throughout the competition, with her speed off the mark keeping her out of any trouble as the rest of the field scrapped amongst themselves. Before she knew it, Sophie had made it to the final 8 competitors, and then it was off the ampitheater for the finals in the afternoon, which was held in front of close to 2,000 very loud spectators. Sophie continued with her normal unphased calm approach, and before long, she had taken out the Gold medal, and was crowned the Australian U15 Female Flag Champion. A sensational effort from this unassuming youngster, which was celebrated by many of our club members and friends as news quickly filtered back east of this fantastic achievement!

It should also be noted that our contingent of 4 Board & Ski competitors, Carl Henderson, Glenn Coltman, Chris Plunkett and Rob Hagon all had an excellent carnival, with the boys making it through numerous rounds and Hendo and Chris making it to the the semi of the double ski amongst some very hot competition.

All in all it was a great event, capped off by club life member Pat Kember who marched with the green and gold cap in the March Past on the final day of the event.

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North Curly Fires Up at 2014 Branch Championships

8th & 9th February 2014

We all knew that there was a resurgence happening amongst our senior surf sports. But no one was ready for the great results our team of Masters posted, when they took part in the Branch Masters Surf Life Saving Championshps on Saturday. Despite having a number of team members pull out of the event at the last minute (some who were very much in with a medal chance), our senior members still managed a very creditable 9th place overall. Our esteemed Director of Surf Sports, Glenn Slater led by example, taking part in numerous events, and placing in a few, including victory in the 40-44 double ski with Mark Nicholson. Needless to say there were some tired muscles the next day !

All Age Board Relay

Then on Sunday, it was time for our young Nippers to perform in the Branch Junior Surf Life Saving Championshps. And perform they did, from the very first events of the day, when we took out the All Age Board Relay (pictured here), and came a creditable 5th in the All Age Beach Relay. That set the tone for the day, as the Green and Gold cap teams went about their business, all the way from winning the U8 Boys Wade Relay, the U9 Boys Surf Teams & Board Relay, the U13 Girls Board Relay

There were plenty of standout individual results, including Keely Allsop who took out the U13 Girls Ironperson, came 3rd in the Surf Swim behind Jami Prowse who came second, and teamed up with Jami and Tasma Woolley to win the U13 Girls Board Relay. Most success for the day went to young Mitchel Stuart, who took out the U11 Ironperson, the U11 Boys Board, and was part of the winning U11 Surf Teams and Board Relay team. Proud dad Andrew had to call a Chubb security van to take home the medal haul.

It was a magnificant effort across the team of youngsters, and the great effort resulted in North Curly coming in 2nd place overall for the carnival. A fantastic result, and a testamant to the great coaching and support provided by our fantastic team of coaches working under the direction of Tony Williams. We can't wait for the State Championships to come along

For a copy of the Masters carnival results Download Click Here
For a copy of the Junior carnival results Download Click Here

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Return Visit from Burleigh Heads

24th January 2014

With this year's Manly and Freshwater Australia Day carnivals falling on the same long weekend, many clubs from as far away as Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland took the opportunity to come to town for some hotly contested competition. And Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park was one of those clubs.

Having ventured down a couple of years ago with a young development squad, this year the team was brought down by Nutri-Grain ironman Wes Berg, who is coaching at the Burleigh Heads club. The team were hosted at the club, and for those that had been here before, they were happy to be back in the familiar surrounds of North Curly.

Wes took some time out to admire the club's memorabilia board, and was quick to spot his own name on the wall, having competed for North Curly back in 2000/01 when he won a State Gold medal in the Open Men's Board Rescue with Greg Miller.

The club hopes to build on a closer relationship with Burleigh, creating a sister club setup, and hope to arrange taking some of our development team members up north in the near future for some training hosted by the Burleigh club.

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Compliments for the New Year

2014 has come around very quick, and with the start of the new year, we see a hive of activity ramping up for our club members.

Our patrols are looking after the vast number of visitors taking advantage of the great weather, and fantastic conditions of our beautiful beach. The club canteen is seeing plenty of business with all the visitors.

In the competition arena, things really hot up now for both the junior and senior competitors, with carnivals happening almost every weekend over the coming weeks. The highlights will be the Manly and Freshwater Open carnivals to be held over the Australia Day Weekend. The Manly carnival in particular is the biggest surf life saving carnival in the country outside of the Australian Chapionships, and this year it promises to be a real big one given the running date falls between the Interstate Championships and the Freshwater Australia Day carnival, ensuring there will be many top competitors attending from other states.

Remember when you you are at the beach, make sure you swim between the red and yellow flags, and if in doubt, talk to our patrols and life guards for any information on the conditions.

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Smiles at Manly Junior Carnival

10th November 2013

The Manly Junior Carnival is the first big Nippers carnival of the year, and always a great test for our youngsters, some of who have never been to a major carnival before this one. But that didn't stop the North Curl kids having a great day at the beach, even when the heavens opened up and dumped rain on their heads for a good portion of the morning.

One of the happiest kid on the beach appeared to be young Dylan King, who seemed to always have a smile on his face in the U8 Beach Flags, when he kept going past a flag, always managed to come up with it. In the end he came a very creditable 3rd place is his first carnival effort, and matched that a top 6 finish in the wade, plus 2nd place in the wade relay with his team mates.

Biggest smile of the day was on Tasma Woolley's face, when she cracked a great wave at the tail end of the U13 Girls Board race, to win ahead of the Newport and Manly competitors, with our Jamie Prowse and Keely Allsop rounding out the top five. Her smiling face said it all !!!

For a copy of the carnival results Download Click Here

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Second Time Lucky at Bennett Carnival

3rd November 2013

Nippers at Bennett Carnival

Mother nature played havoc with the Nippers season last year, and when last week's Bennett Craft Carnival at Dee Why was called off due to the poor conditions, it looked like a repeat of last year when it was also called off. But a decsion to postpone the event 1 week turned out to be a great idea, and our Nippers got the chance to show their form in the re-run event, in what were good but tricky conditions. There were plenty of anxious faces in the Under 9 area, which is understandable given this was their first carnival on craft, but they showed the results of our great training program by taking our some of the major events. Over all it was an excellent hitout from our youngsters, with everyone having a go and showing plenty of promise for another successful season.

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Girls Take on Coolangatta Gold

19th October 2013

Ladies Team

The Coolangatta Gold is a classic surf sports event, and this year the club entered an Open Womens team for the first time. Michelle Oakes, Laurean Coltman and Pip Candrick were joined by Ameilia Harris from Burleigh Heads Mowbray Park, as a late replacement for young Sarah Loveley who broke her arm just 2 weeks out from the event.

Michelle led out the team in calm conditions with the 14.6km ski leg which took around 1 hour 25 minutes to complete. She handed over to Pip who did a short 2.1km run to tag Lauren, who then took off on the 2.5km swim leg, with the girls well placed in the top 10. Next was young Ameilia's turn on the board leg, a 6.1km paddle. Pip then finished off with another run, this time a 7.1km beach run from Currumbin to Coolangatta, which she did in approximately 35 minutes, to bring home the girls in 10th place, in 4 hours and 24 minutes.All in all a sensational effort.

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Nippers Season Kicks Off

13th October 2013

Nippers at North Curly

Unlike more recent years, the first day of Nippers for the 2013/2014 season was an absolute cracker of a day - warm and sunny ! And that made for a great kickoff for 0ur youngsters, who were more than happy to throw themselves into the activities of the day. Right through from our tiny U6 novices through to the older kids who were doing SRC training, everyone had a great day, which went very smoothly thanks to the great work of our Age Managers, who were ably assisted by many parents. It augers well for another great season for our North Curly Nippers.

Go To See coverage of the day in our Photo Gallery
Go To See some of pictures on our NCCLSLC Facebook

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Junior Development Camp Great Success

21st-22nd September 2013

The club held a very successful surf sports development camp at Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Belmont, near Newcastle over the weekend. The aim of this camp was to provide an opportunity where our U13 and U14 Nipper members (and their parents) could integrate and build lasting relationships with Senior club members.

We launched our Buddy Program whereby each nipper was assigned one or two senior member buddies, whose role was to act as mentor, as well as water safety and assistant coaches. The aim of this program is to provide the Nippers with familiar Senior member faces so when they move into the Senior club the transition isn't so daunting. This buddy program will be an ongoing activity through the season. Over the two days, sixteen U13 and U14 Nippers ,with some U15 and open members participated in four introductory skills sessions, covering board paddling, beach sprinting, swimming and they were also taught the basics of sitting on ski's in flat water.

Our Coaches for the weekend were: Carl and Kim Henderson, Tony Williams, Michael Kember, Noel Langthorne and myself. The Skills sessions were broken up with dry land presentations on:

  1. Becoming a lifesaver at NCCSLSC, presented by David Jones
  2. Goal Setting, presented by Michael Kember
  3. Race Preparation with Tony Wiilaims and Glenn Slater
  4. Injury Management with Phil Hagon.

A tough beach volley ball game was played between the old-ies and under 20's on Saturday afternoon, with Noel referring the longest game in history.... characterised by plenty of dubious calls.

A fantastic Chinese banquet was enjoyed by all on the Saturday night and it was a great opportunity for all to bond and meet each other.

Overall a special thanks to all the Nippers participants, buddies, Nipper parents and coaches for giving up their time and for the Board of Directors for supporting this initiative and a special thanks to Swansea Belmont SLSC who were our hosts.

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2012-2013 Annual General Meeting

The 2012-2013 Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday August 4th. There was a changing of the guard per se, as Neil Coltman, better known as Harry, stepped down as Director of Surf Sports, after a 9 year tenure. Through that period Harry has attended more carnivals and surf sports events that he cares to remember, and had been responsible for getting our open teams to State and Australian Championships all over the country. He was also running our Sunday events for some time during this period, and has been a valued member of the Board thoughout his period on the Board.

Harry handed over the Surf Sports reigns to Glenn Slater, no stranger to the club, who has already hit the ground running with some great new ideas and plans, along with a strong group of assistants, including Tony Williams as his 2IC. We wish Harry all the best and thank him for his contribution, and welcome Glenn and his new team.

A key position that was not filled at the AGM was that of the Director of Surf Life Saving Instruction. This key role was filled by Clare Hagon last year, who is unable to continue in the role, so we are keen for anyone that has an interest in helping with running of our surf life saving education programs, to contact Julie Tassone at

For a copy of the annual report Download Click Here

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Coastal Ambassador Program Progress

Did you know that researchers from the University of Sydney Marine Sciences school have been completing important research into the biodiversity of our marine environment right on our doorstep? Last year, some artificial turf squares were secured onto the rock platforms to the south of Curl Curl beach and left there for 3 months to see what kind of marine life would settle onto the units. This was just one of 24 field sampling sites chosen across the New South Wales and Victorian coastline. The only other site chosen in Sydney was located at Avalon Beach.

During the 2012/2013 season, a member of the North Curl Curl surf club, Iina Lohi, attended the Coastal Ambassador program which was held at the Coastal Environment Centre, North Narrabeen. Since attending the workshop, she has been volunteering on this Sydney University marine sciences project, and has been assisting in the field and in the laboratory with the collection and preparation of the field sampling units and microscope specimens. This important research is helping us to further understand the pattern of distribution of marine species along our rocky shores.

Iina's assistance has meant that this research is being bought closer to completion and that our precious coastline and marine life will continue to receive the environmental management funding, stewardship, and attention that they deserve. If any club member wishes to contact her regarding the content of the workshops then please feel free to email her at

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