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ASRL Newsletter

April 2022

The ASRL  newsletter is BACK and it is PACKED with information!

This newsletter includes;
  1. ASRL President Update
  2. Aussies Information
  3. State Updates

Here we are the week of the big dance, what the whole season builds towards. Firstly, I would like to wish everyone competing this coming week good luck and safe travels to the big K. Personally I’m very excited for the week and looking forward to catching up and sharing tales. It’s been a very tough season so making it this far as a crew is a huge achievement.

My thoughts go out to all those families that are doing it tough during these crazy times with extreme flooding down the eastern seaboard less than a month ago and now again in the last week. Use this opportunity as a reminder to check in on your mates.

As president I’m extremely proud of how the ASRL committee has been able to step in and assist in both QLD and NSW in running ASRL state championships. The NSW ASRL Championships last weekend had just short of 140 crews in attendance. Special acknowledgement must go to a few key people that were a huge part of making that happen. Rory Gillespie and Natasha Tunney from the ASRL Committee who did a spectacular job of turning this event into what it was in only 10 days.  Additionally, Gavin Scott from Collaroy SLSC was able to get the club to support the event, in which they did an amazing job. From work party to first aid, nothing was too hard for the club. In QLD Gary Williams and the ASRLQ committee were also able to get a ASRLQ Championships up and running after the cancellation of their state titles as well. Who would have thought, two cancelled state titles in the same year! 

Looking back to the Open six weeks ago seems like forever. This season’s edition of the ASRL Open went off with a bang with Elouera providing challenging surf boat racing. There was some extremely tight and competitive racing which was great to watch and participate in. I would like to thank the ASRL event committee, Tamara and her team of officials, Elouera SLSC, and Sutherland Shire council lifeguards for all their amazing work. As most rowers would agree, the ASRL Open is a highlight in every calendar year. These events would not be possible without the continued support of our major sponsors and partners. A huge thank you to Team Navy, Destination New South Wales, Sutherland Shire Council, Surf Life Saving Australia and Surf Life Saving New South Wales. Big shout out to the 550 people who completed the post event survey and congratulations to all the winners. This provides us valuable insight and helps assist in securing sponsors year after year.

Nick Sampson
ASRL President

  • All boats are to be scrutineered for safety before they are taken onto the beach.
  • Sunday 3rd April - Thursday 7th April: 8am - 4pm.
  • Located at the grass area in the Surf Boat drop off area in Pratten Park opposite Margaret Avenue, Broadbeach.
Wednesday 6th April
  • Masters
  • Open Male and Female Short Course
  • 7.30am marshall
  • 8.00am Start
  • Rounds and Finals and order of events to be confirmed by referee
Thursday 7th April
  • Lifesaver Relay - Heats
  • Male and Female reserve
  • U23 Male and Female
  • 7.30am marshall
  • 8.00am Start
  • Rounds and Finals and order of events to be confirmed by referee
Friday 8th April
  • Lifesaver Relay Semi Final
  • Open Male and Female
  • U19 Male and Female
  • 7.30am marshall
  • 8.00am Start
  • Rounds and Finals and order of events to be confirmed by referee
Saturday 9th April
  • Boat Relays (rounds through to finals)
  • Lifesaver Relay (Final)
  • Open Male and Female
  • U23 Male and Female 
  • Reserve Male and Female
  • U19 Male and Female
  • 7.30am marshall
  • 8.00am Start
  • Rounds and Finals and order of events to be confirmed by referee
Sunday 10th April (Semi Finals & Finals)
  • Open Male and Female
  • U23 Male and Female 
  • Reserve Male and Female
  • U19 Male and Female
  • 7.30am marshall
  • 8.00am Start
  • Rounds and Finals and order of events to be confirmed by referee
Great things that even greater boaties are doing. 
Some heroic actions from the Avalon SLSC U23 mens crew. On March 19th, the boys rescued 3 people off Careel Head after a 35ft Power Cruiser capsized and sank. Well done boys, a courageous and brave rescue.
Great to see two clubs coming together to help out those in need!
As QLD State Titles were cancelled Noosa & Coolum Boaties came together to help Deb a nurse from Gympie who was stuck at work while her property was swallowed by flood waters. Many hands make for light work as they say and no matter where we are we always have time for a boat session. Thanks to everyone who helped you showed what being a boatie is all about.
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New South Wales
NSW Crews got a hit out at their own ASRL NSW Championships at Collaroy on March 26th and 27th. A great lead in event for the upcoming Aussies.

A congratulations to our championship winners:
  • Open Female: Collaroy Giants
  • Open Male: Bulli Gold
  • U23 Female: Palm Beach Panthers 
  • U23 Male: Palm Beach Plumbers
  • U19 Female: South Maroubra Sea Turtles
  • U19 Male: Palm Beach Pitbulls
  • Reserve Female: Batemans Bay Banshees
  • Reserve Male: Elouera Squirrels
Congratulations to all the Master crews who also competed on the day.

Queensland’s best crews were in the thick of the action as Dicky Beach turned on a spectacular surf carnival in March.

Dicky Beach hosted the BP Wessel Petroleum ASRLQ Championships, which attracted 85 surfboat crews from throughout the state.

They raced in male and female divisions ranging from U19 to U23, reserve, open and masters.

Coolum won the hotly contested open men’s division ahead of Currumbin, while Maroochydore and Mooloolaba finished second and third behind Currumbin in the open women’s final.

Currumbin crews were in awesome form, recording a string of impressive results, while Mermaid Beach and Burleigh also enjoyed some success.

Conditions were windy and choppy, with waves up to a metre.

The event was warmly welcomed after a series of cancellations this year due to wild weather.

It was the last chance for crews to to test their skills and fitness before the Australian Championships at the Gold Coast in early April.

Open men

  1. Coolum Beach Primes
  2. Currumbin Krakens
  3. Currumbin Harbingers

Open women

  1. Currumbin Concords
  2. Maroochydore Chums
  3. Mooloolaba Mavericks

Reserve men

  1. Currumbin Wolfings
  2. Maroochydore Force
  3. Burleigh Butterflies

Reserve women

  1. Alexandra headland ABA Wedgies
  2. Mermaid Beach Mischief
  3. Currumbin Savages

Under 23 women:

  1. Dicky Beach Tooshies
  2. Currumbin Cannons
  3. Currumbin Cowgirls

Under 23 men:

  1. Currumbin Wolfings
  2. Maroochydore Force
  3. Alexandra Headland H&H Air Conditioning

Under 19 women:

  1. Alexandra Headland ABA Wedgies
  2. Noosa Heads Tweeties
  3. Dicky Beach Drifters

Under 19 men:

  1. Alexandra Headland Makos
  2. Mooloolaba Dusty’s
  3. Currumbin Berserkers

Masters (160-180 combined years)

  1. Burleigh Heads
  2. Maroochydore Force
  3. Mooloolaba Gilmours

Masters (200 years – average age 50)

  1. Tallebudgera Cab Savs
  2. Dicky Beach Flashbacks
  3. Dicky Beach Prime Beef

Masters (240-260 – average age 60-65)

  1. Alexandra Headland Brass Monkeys
  2. Maroochydore Old Boys
  3. Noosa Heads Condors

- Story from Sunshine Coast News, March 2022

South Australia
Glenelg hosted the SA Short Course Championships on March 12th. Each age group raced 5 rounds, with the winner determined by the highest point score at the completion of the event.
Congratulations to the Championship winners for short course:

Open Female: Brighton Broncos
Open Male: Henley Mackdogs
U19 Female: Somerton Sea Cucumbers
U19 Male: Glenelg Sons of Fury
U23 Female: Glenelg Grenades
U23 Male: Chiton Rocks Monsters
Reserve Female: Grange
Reserve Male: Goolwa

Moana hosted the SLSSA Surf boat Championships on March 20th. Congratulations so the Championship winners:

Open Female: 
1. Brighton Broncos
2. Glenelg Grenades
3. South Port Spare Parts

Open Male: 
1. Henley Mackdogs 
1. Somerton & Christies Beach Seahawks
3. Moana Mongrels

U19 Female: Somerton Sea Cucumbers

U19 Male: West Beach Sharks

U23 Female: Glenelg Grenades

U23 Male: Chiton Rocks Monsters & Seacliff Chillie Willies

Reserve Female: Brighton Guns

Reserve Male: Goolwa

Surf Boat Relay: Glenelg SLSC
The 2022 State Championships were held on March 20th. Congratulations to all rowers who competed at Clifton Beach.

Championship winners:
Open Female:
1. Burnie Bumblebees
2.Burnie RiSCK
3. Clifton Beach

Open Male:
1. Penguin Patriots
2. Burnie Orcas
3.Burnie Baboons
  • Over this season we have had one carnival cancelled due to COVID. Early season carnivals had small numbers and nearly every crew has been affected at some stage. 51 crews entered the Victorian Championships. This compares well with 2017 (52 crews), 2019 (50 crews) and 2020 (52 crews). 290 Victorians registered for ASRL membership.
  • As well as the usual clubs racing, Seaspray, Warrnambool and Venus Bay surf clubs competed in the boat area for the first time in a number of years.
  • There are a number of new sweeps around the state. We have many highly skilled and knowledgeable sweeps and coaches who give their time freely to assist with mentoring and advice but the VSRL also looks forward to supporting the new national Sweep Academy.
  • The VSRL has worked closely with Lifesaving Victoria and the Powercraft team who have worked at all our carnivals. Our officials are great and without them we would exist.
  • Well done to all crews who have raced in the Ocean Thunder series and at the ASRL Open. Good luck to all crews heading to the Aussies.
Victorian Championships - Sunday March 13th - Warrnambool
Open Male
1. St Kilda Angry Otters
2. Lorne Chops
2. St Kilda 1/2 Tonne Meat

Open Female
1. Lorne Edge
2. Anglesea Lightning
3. Seaspray Fortified

U23 Male
1. Port Campbell Rockets

U23 Female
1. Lorne Seals

U19 Male
1. Anglesea Storm

U19 Female
1. Lorne Badgers

Reserve Male
1. Lorne Cutlets

Reserve Female
1. Port Campbell Ravens

Surf boat relay
1. Anglesea
2. Lorne
3. Mordialloc
Western Australia
  • North Cottesloe dominated state titles with 7 of 9 gold medals(
  • City of Perth take remaining 2 gold
  • Cottesloe, Fremantle, Scarboro, Trigg and Broome all take home medals
  • 15% increase in crew numbers on last year
Several WA crews will be at Aussies. North Cottesloe,Fremantle, Scarboro and City of Perth will be competing.
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