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New IRB Christened

Geoff Dyer

19th Mar 2017

The club recently received delivery of a new IRB, which was funded through our association with the Freshwater Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank. Our club has received significant financial support from the local community bank for a number years, starting with the sponsorship of our 3 Points Challenge event, and also through funding of vital surf rescue equipment. This is the second IRB in the past couple of years that the Bank has funded, helping us to renew our aging fleet of power craft.

The official christening of the boat saw Geoff Dyer honoured, with the IRB bearing his name. Geoff was one of the first IRB crews going back to the early 1980's when they were first introduced. In subsequent years Geoff has been better recognized on the beach helping out as the U6 age manager, a role he has undertaken for the past 26 years, and has only this year "retired" from.


Long Time Club Member Honoured by SLSNSW

12th Mar 2017

Terry Aldridge

The Aldridge family has a long history with the North Curl Curl Surf Life Saving Club, going back many years. Terry Aldridge first gained his bronze medal at the club back in mid 60's, and later relocated to the lower north coast in the early 80's, and became a member of the Blackhead SLSC, where he has held the positions of Vice President and President. To this day he has maintained his membership at both clubs.

Terry is still well known amongst the older members of our club, and keeps across the happenings at North Curly. Our board riders would recognise him as he is very much involved with officiating at State & Aussies board riding events.

At this year's SLSNSW State Championships, Terry was awared Life Membership to SLSNSW, and was presented with his award on the final day of the event by SLSNSW President and North Curl Curl Life Member, David Murray. Congratulations Terry !!

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Goal Reached at Branch Championships

Our Surf Sports program has been making great progress over the last couple of years, building on our strong Nipper base, and retaining many juniors who have moved into the senior ranks. And the success of this effort was seen at this year's Branch Championships, where North Curl Curl SLSC had its most successful results in memory.

Our Nippers kicked off proceedings with some fantastic results, which catapulted our youngsters to 2nd place overall for the Championship behind Manly, and a long way from Freshwater in 3rd place. There were plenty of great results at both the beach events and the water events, which were held on separate days. This was followed by our Masters and Open competitors, who also showed plenty of progress, taking 4th place in the Masters and 6th place in the Opens. Overall the club finished in 3rd place behind the powerhouse clubs of Manly and Newport, bringing to realisation a goal set a couple of years ago to be in the top surf sport clubs on the Northern Beaches.

Congratulations to all the competitors, the coaches and trainers, and all the helpers that made this fantastic result possible.

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Weather Stops Ocean Swim

25th Feb 2017

It was going to be an historic first time event, but the weather gods were not on our side when the club hosted the inaugural Global Swim Series Pacific Championships. From first light, the weather conditions looked good and it was all systems go, but conditions soon turned for the worse with a strong southerly blowing in on queue as the course swim cans were being set. Unfortunately it was a case of safety first, and the event was called off by 7:30am....and the weather conditions continued to deteriorate as we pulled down the course setup, justifying the decision

The club has decided to re-schedule the event for April 22nd, and all competitors that were already entered for the first date are automatically entered for this new date. Let's hope the weather gods are on our side this time

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Young Nipper Rescuers

19th Jan 2017

The value of our Nippers program was called out in earnest , when 12 year old Lee Melbourn rescued a teenage girl from the northern end of the beach.

Lee was in a break from training, when he spotted the girl in trouble. With the lifeguards gone for the day, he took action and went to the aid of the girl on his board, bringing her to shore just in a nick of time, as she was exhausted and struggling to stay afloat.

Just a few days later, we had another of our Nippers involved in a rescue. A young girl was injured after a water jump went wrong when landing awkwardly on her back after jumping off a bridge at Back Creek, South West Rocks. Alexandra De Graaff, a 13 year old North Curly Nipper, was nearby and saw the incident and was able to carefully and safely move the girl out of the water and stabilise and settle her whilst emergency services were contacted.

As it turned out the girl had initially lost feeling in her legs, and was subsequently transported to Westmead Children's Hospital by rescue helicopter. She has since recovered, and is thankful for the great help she received from young Alexandra.

Just goes to show how well drilled our youngsters are — well done young Lee and Alexandra !!!!

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Club Hosts Kiwi Visitors

15th Jan 2017

For Christmas 2015, the club took a squad of youngsters over to New Zealand to stay with the Omanu & the Mount Maunganui surf clubs in the Bay of Plenty area. Subsequently the Omanu club took up our invitation of a reciprocal visit, and sent a squad of 12 kids aged 10 to 14 to stay & train with North Curly kids for the start of the new year.

The kids were all billeted with families from our club and they had a jam-packed week of training & sight seeing (although with the "Cluesy flogging" style of training. "Gosh – you train a lot harder than we do at home!" was commonly heard from Kiwi kids and parents! Their visit concluded with them participating in the Narrabeen Junior Carnival as a club and combining with us in some team events. The visit was extremely successful with plenty of strong friendships formed. We look forward to returning there next year.

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Changing of the Guard

7th Aug 2016

The North Curl Curl SLSC 2016 Annual General Meeting saw a changing of the guard, with two of the club's long standing office bearers standing down after almost 30 years service between the pair.

Alex "Wiz" Wye has been the Club Captain and later the Director of Surf Life Saving for some 14 plus years, and handed over the reigns to Matt O'Connor for this season. During his time in this role, Wiz has seen many changes implemented within the club's surf life saving operation, and has played an exemplary role in managing the patrols over the years. Wiz will continue to be involved with the club as a patrolling member, and also assisting with education activities.

Whilst last year was supposed to be Julie Tassone's last as Director of Administration, due to no one stepping up for the role, she decided to take it on for one more year, but finally decided to step down this year. Julie has been involved with the club committee/board for over 13 years, and has implemented many of the systems and processes that the club runs with today. Not only has she been involved in club administration, but she has also been the club registrar for over a decade, and also decided to stand down from this role. Julie will be assisting Sandra Atkins as the new club registrar, and also ensuring a smooth handover happens for Robert Killian as the new Director of Administration, having joined the club just this season.

Another member fairly new to the club is the incoming Director of Junior Activities, Natalia Salzberg. She has been engaged for the last few months in the role, as Rohan Connors commenced the handover in May. Natalia has a great team of helpers on her Nippers committee, and is looking forward to another successful Nippers season.

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Branch Recognition 2nd Year Running

25th Jun 2016

Branch Awards

The club was well represented at the 2016 Surf Life Saving Sydney Northern Beaches Awards of Excellence evening, which clebrates the achievments of the members of the 21 clubs that make up the Branch. We had 5 nominations up for awards covering education, surf life saving and surf sports. And when it comes to surf education, there are none better than our own Clare Hagon, who was awarded the Facilitator of the Year award, for the second year in a row. This is justified recognition of the effort and quality of work that Clare does not just for our club, but for the Branch as well. Clare now goes on to SLSNSW Awards of Excellence to be held later in the year.

North Curl Curl SLSC shared the spoils with Avalon, Freshwater and Newport when a 4 way tie was declared for the Most Outstanding Club for Administration award. This was surprise award, as there were no nominations called for this one, and our Director of Administration Julie Tassone was pleased as puch to accept the award on behalf of the club, which recognises one of the most important aspects of running a surf life saving organisation, the club administration. This has been an area that Julie has been a key contributor of for over 13 years.

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Full House for NCCSLSC Presentation Night

21st May 2016

It was a full house at Dee Why RSL when the club came together to recognise the many achievements of its members for the 2015/2016 season.

Kaitlyn Smith showed why she is a great young asset for the club this season, with her invovlement across may areas of the club, which saw her rewarded with the Junior of the Year award, as well as sharing the Junior Patrol Person award with Sarah Mauger and Anna Silva.

The tireless effort of Andrew Stuart saw him rewarded with the club's Honour Blazer. Andrew once again showed his dedication and unwavering commitment to the club Nippers group, as well as supporting a number of other activities within the general club. Andrew also is a keen Masters competitor, and is always keen to take part in competition with our other Masters.

The Wiz

The current Patrol Captains made a special presentation to Alex Wye, better known as the Wiz, in recognition of his tenure as the club Patrol Captain, which in more recent years has been changed the role of Director of Surf Life Saving. Wiz has been in this role for over 10 years, and has this year decided to step down and pass over the reins. Special recognition was also made of Club President Stuart Wye and fellow Life Member Keith Smith for their effort in driving the recent building program, which has resulted in our great surf club extensions.

The Major Award winners for 2015/2016 that were announced on the night included -

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Nippers Celebrate 50 Years


The 2015-2016 season saw a significant milestone reached at North Curl Curl SLSC, being the 50th Anniversary of our Nippers being in existance. Back in the 1965-1966 season, there were one hundred boys that formed the club's Nippers group, all associated with club through the senior members. It was the same year that the Manly-Warringah Juvenile Surf Life Saving Association was formed, the equivalent of the current Branch environment. There were 5 carnivals run that season for the 5 to 13 year old boys, and even back then we accounted for ourselves very well, with North Curly being in the top two or three clubs on aggregate scores at these events. They even won a triangular carnival held with Freshwater and South Curl Curl.

This first year also saw the Nippers State Championships held at Bulli beach, again only for 5 to 13 year old boys. Over 2,000 attended the event, with North Curl Curl winning 6 of the events and placing in many others.

Buoyed by the success of this first season, as noted in the 1965/1966 Annual Report, it was decided that a committee be formed the following year for the purpose of training and managmening the boys at carnvals. From these humble beginnings, we have most certainly come a long way in 50 years.

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Branch Championship Results The Best

6th/7th/13th/14th February 2016

The Sydney Northern Beaches Branch Championships were held over two weekends, with North Curly fielding competitors in the Nippers, Opens and Masters. And the ongoing effort to improve our surf sports disciplines was rewarded, with the club achieving 4th place in the combined pointscore, behind the powerhouse clubs of Manly, Newport and Queenscliff, our best result in some years.

The Nippers Branch Championships was a split over two weekends due to the conditions, with the U11 to U14 competitors taking part on the first weekend, and the U8 to U10s taking part the following weekend. As has been the case for a few years now, our youngsters shone across multiple age groups and multiple disciplines, with the team coming 2nd behind Manly, and streaks ahead of third place. As well as the result being pleasing, it was great to see so many parents asssiting in the running of the event as officials, as well as those that assisted the kids as age managers and team coordinators.

In the Masters, whilst we had a very small team, we still managed to claim 7th place. We had the inclusion of a couple new members as well as the return to the sport from some former members, which was pleasing to see. And the Opens team was bolstered with the addition of a number of U15 competitors, which shows that our retention strategies are coming to fruition. Their inclusion helped the Opens take 5th place.

All in all a great result, and we look forward to the State Championships in a couple of weekes.

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Tour of New Zealand


10th January 2016

After many years of talking about it, the club finally was able to send a team of youngsters over to New Zealand on a surf life saving tour. Tony Williams has always thought it would be a great idea for this to take place, and after much planning and organising, he managed to pull it off. A group of 15 youngsters ranging from U10's to U15's made up the touring party, along with a number of parents and some siblings, making it a great family holiday as well

The club was hosted by the Mt Manganui and Omanu surf lifesaving clubs, located in the Bay of Plenty area on the North Island of NZ. The boys were camped out at the Mt Manganui surf club whilst the girls took up residence at Omanu surf club. The youngsters took part in a number of different training sessions with the local kids, with the tour culminating in a mini carnival with our hosts and the neighbouring Papamoa surf club, held at Mt Maunganui's main beach. And in between the surf club activities, they were able to take in a number of local attractions, and experience all that was on offer from this great part of the world.

Feedback from all was that this was a great trip, and plans are now underway to make this a regular bi-directional occurance, where we can host the NZ clubs at North Curly very soon befiore we take another group back to NZ.

Special hanks to Helen and Maya Willaims who along with Tony, were the team chaperones !!! A great job !! And thanks to all the parents who helped make the tour such a great event.

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Ironman's Ironman or Whacky Races ?

29th November 2015

What do you call an event that has the following components—

  • You start by eating a dry Weetbix and then you need to whistle (any tune would do)
  • Hold a beach flag above your head and spin around 10 times
  • Race up a sand dune and answer a trivia question
  • Crawl through a tunnel
  • Spin a hoola hoop at least 5 times around your waste
  • Paddle a board around a can (the only standard leg in the event)
  • Shoot a basketball into a garbage bin
  • Swallow down a can of SOLO drink
  • Whacky Races

    Event organisers Michael and Patricia Clues called it the Ironman's Ironman, but we think it was more like the Whacky Races.

    The inaugural event was run for our Nippers, who each paid the privilege of not only taking part in this crazy race, but also getting pounded by water balloons thrown by the ever obliging spectators during the event. Judging by the number of willing participants, and the fun had by all including the crowd, we can see this becoming an annual event.

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    The Value of Surf Life Savers

    In figures from the 2014/2015 season, the total estimated value of Surf Life Saving NSW's coastal drowning and injury prevention efforts to NSW through lives saved and assisted is more than $1.9 billion per year, calculated by Surf Life Saving volunteers preventing drowning deaths ($1.35 billion) and permanent incapacitation ($565 million).

    For all the details on these staggering numbers and the full report Download Click Here

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    Swapping IRB for Ski in Hawkesbury Canoe Classic

    26th October 2015

    David Young stood down this year as our urr IRB Captain, and is engaging more and more in ski paddling. Here is his account of his adventure in completing The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, which is a 111km overnight paddle in the moonlight, down the Hawkesbury River from Windsor to Brooklyn, to raise money for charity.

    "My final competitive race (albeit a charity race) of the season, the 110km Hawkesbury Classic paddled overnight is now done and dusted.. in a time of 9hrs and 25 min. I finally broke the 10 hour barrier and in the process shattered the category / age record by 20 minutes. I came 5th overall, 2nd in the singles category and 1st in the over 50 years age category. Three doubles kayaks occupied the top 3 placings.

    For the record there were 361 paddlers in 239 boats that included singles (131), doubles (97), 6 person outriggers / canoes (5) and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards (5). In total 211 boats completed in the prescribed time with the winning double finishing in a time of 8hrs :44min and the last craft, a SUP completing the event in 19hrs and 19 minutes.. I thought I was crazy but those doing it on a SUP are certified mad.

    Conditions at the start were far from perfect. Starting off at 5:30pm we contested a 25km head wind for the first hour and the turbulent conditions, not to my liking, saw me being dropped off the leading pack of paddlers, and destined to paddling the race on my own. With the incoming tide also against the paddlers my thoughts meandered around this being a long hard slog to the finishing line and expectations of a sub 10 hour paddle wanning yet again. Thankfully as the sun set, the winds died down and I was soon into my paddling rhythm. Not everything quite went to plan… at the 15km mark I was pelted by eggs from some hoons on the river bank with one hitting my ski, luckily no damage; then my GPS / navigational equipment failed to display and despite a 5 minute stop before it got dark I failed to fix the issue and resigned myself to the fact that I would be paddling the remaining 80km by instinct. Thankfully a near full moon provided me with much needed navigational assistance. I had initially planned on by-passing the first official pit-stop at Sackville (33km), but as I was having minor issues with my paddle, I stopped for a replacement. I was now 6 minutes behind my planned time.

    The second 31km leg to Wisemans Ferry was uneventful, a glorious moon and a slight breeze made for ideal conditions. Half way through this leg the tides changed to be an assisting outgoing tide, consequently the strain on the body lessened, my speed improved and my moral lifted. I arrived at my 2nd and last scheduled stop 15 minutes ahead of schedule.. put some warmer leggings on, consumed a coke and a packet of crisps (Stephen Bradbury junk food diet) and continued.

    The final leg was mesmerizing.. yes I felt the strain of the paddle, and my back started to play up but being the only person on a particular section of the river on a quiet, still, moon lit night, with fish jumping all around you, and being treated a spectacular prosperous water glow display as the kayak glided through the water was truly surreal. These perfect surrounds allowed me to power home to finish at 2:55am with little more to than a blister to show, and my sense of humour still intact. I may be back next year, but in more of a social capacity I hope."

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