The attached "History of the Modern Surfboat" has been very generously compiled by Bert Hunt, Life Member ASRL
You're now invited to read through the updated history of the modern surf boat. We hope you enjoy revisiting some of the wonderful memories of our past and present surfboat builders.
Bert adds: "This document hasn’t been researched to the point of total accuracy and isn’t meant to be the definitive compilation of the stages of surfboat manufacture. It is written with a view to inviting others to provide some of the detail to backfill some of the gaps. Apologies in advance to any boat builder missed or for any detail not correct, as this is an attempt to create a running history of our evolution and later versions will correct and record and add any missing pieces."
Australia’s premier surf boat event will be heading back to one of Australia’s favourite beaches in 2022, bringing more than 3,000 competitors, supporters and event officials to Cronulla in Sydney’s south.
The 2022 Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open will be held at Cronulla’s Elouera beach from 17 – 20 February 2022, with over 350 surf boat crews from almost 100 clubs expected to attend. This equates to thousands of surf life savers from across Australia who will head to Elouera for four days of exhilarating surf boat racing.
The Australian Surf Rowers League would like to introduce two incoming ASRL Vice Presidents. The incoming members replace Don Cotterill (did not re-elect) and Nick Sampson (moved into President role).
GRANT HOWE (Tasmania) - One Year Term Father of 4 President of Surf Boat Rowers Tasmania. Managing Director Zenith Wealth, Financial Adviser, Business Coach and Key Note Speaker Podcast Host “Get the Know Howe”” Rotarian Member of the Penguin Surf Life Saving Club in North West Tasmania
Grant commenced rowing as a Junior in 1989, concluding his rowing in 2006.
After a significant period of time away from Surf Life Saving, he re-joined at Penguin in 2019 to row for general fun and fitness.
"I was a little taken back at how much participation and standard had declined therefore deciding to give back to the sport that had previously given so much to me during my younger years. I drove the reformation of Surf Boat Rowers Tasmania, and with a very passionate team, we have built a three year plan to rebuild the sport here in Tasmania, which we have already made significant inroads during the season just finished."
Grant's business experience and surf boat passion will ensure he is an outstanding Vice President for your ASRL.
PHIL CHIPMAN (Queensland) - Two Year Term
With over 30 years of engineering and project management experience Phil Chipman is currently the Technical Director of GoldlinQ who supervise the design, construction and operation of the Gold Coast Light Rail.
Prior to this appointment Phil held various senior appointments in major water infrastructure projects and associated road and community infrastructure projects in Queensland. Phil started his career in the Australian Army as an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers.
Phil was President of the Mermaid Beach AEME Surf Life Saving Club from July 2011 until July 2017 and was made a Life Member of the club in 2015. He has held the appointments of Boat Captain at Mermaid Beach for 12 years, Surf Sports Director for two years and Secretary. Under Phil’s presidency the Mermaid Beach SLSC won Queensland Surf Life Saving Club of the Year consecutively in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and Australian Surf Life Saving Club of the Year 2014-15. Phil was also the President of South Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving Queensland where he represented the 12 surf clubs in the northern Gold Coast and Southern Moreton Bay area over the period July 2015- July 2017. As such was a member of the Queensland State Lifesaving Council over this period.
Phil gained his Bronze in January 1990 at Southport (Queensland) and has also been a member of Arcadian SLSC (Townsville).
Phil has rowed surf boats since gaining his Bronze in 1990 and been sweeping since coming to Mermaid in 1999. He is currently stroke of the Mermaid Mayhem 200 masters crew who won Queensland and Australian Gold medals at the 2021 championships. Prior to this he had previously won one Gold and one Silver Australian medal in masters competition plus numerous State medals.
Phil brings a wealth of experience in surf boat rowing, sweeping and surf life saving governance to the ASRL Committee.
ASRL COMMITTEE FOR UPCOMING SEASON Nick Sampson (President) Natasha Tunney (Secretary) Rory Gillespie (Treasurer) Edwina Wright (Vice President) Geoff Wilson (Vice President) Grant Howe (Vice President) Grant Wilkinson (Vice President) Phil Chipman (Vice President) Rod Costa (Vice President)
After rowing, Rex served as an official at state carnivals and Australian Championships for 25 years.
AWARDS GAINED Australian Sports Medal 2000 Victorian Sports Star Medal 1977 Life Member Point Lonsdale SLSC Life Member Victorian Surf Rowers League (VSRL) Life Member Life Saving Victoria Outstanding Service Medal VSRL Distinguished Service Medal VSRL
Congratulations to Nick Sampson (Avalon Beach SLSC) who has won the election for the role of President of the Australian Surf Rowers League. We would also like to thank Phil Chipman for putting his hand up to nominate for the position.
Nick nominated for ASRL president to tackle the unprecedented challenges we are facing in surf boats and more broadly Surf Sports under the Surf Life Saving Banner. Using his experience and knowledge, Nick and his committee will face the challenges head on and work with the clubs, branches and states to see that the sport of surf boats is protected from further decline. Nick will challenge each of the states' surf boat panels to be innovative and try new ways of working that will be sustainable and improve the experience for our members.
Below is a summary of Nick Sampson’s involvement in surf boat rowing.
NATIONAL INVOLVEMENT ASRL Vice-President - 4 years to current National Surf Boat Advisory Panel member - 3 years to current ASRL Open Event Committee - 3 years to current
STATE/BRANCH INVOLVEMENT Assistant State Team Manager - 2 years Chair of the Sydney Northern Beaches (SNB) Surf Boat Panel - 6 years to current Deputy Director Surf Sports SNB - 5 years Branch Team Manager - 2016 Assistant Branch Team Manager - 2016 to current
CLUB INVOLVEMENT Director of Life Saving - 2 years to current Director of Surf Sports - 6 years Boat Captain - 2 years Bar Manager - 6 years to current Junior Captain - 2 years
ACHIEVEMENTS World Gold National Team Gold State Team Gold ASRL Silver ASRL Bronze State Gold x 2 State Silver x 3 State Bronze x 3 Branch Gold x 3 Branch Premiership Gold x 7
AUSTRALIAN SURF ROWERS LEAGUE INC. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021 Venue: Tallebudgera SLSC, 10th July, 1:00pm
Please note the venue date/time may change due to covid restrictions
Please note due to the growing COVID-19 situation in NSW, the ASRL Annual General Meeting has moved to Queensland. Attendance restrictions may apply. We will release further information closer to the Annual General Meeting.
AUSTRALIAN SURF ROWERS LEAGUE INC. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2021 - AGENDA Venue: Wanda SLSC, 10th July, 1:00pm 2 Marine Esplanade, Cronulla NSW 2230
Please note the venue date/time may change due to covid restrictions
We have one position, President that requires a vote. Voting will open for this position at 1:00pm on Wednesday, 23rd June and close on Saturday, 10th July at 1:00pm.
All current Financial Members, Life Members and Hall of Fame Members will receive an email providing a unique link for access to the vote, controlled by our webmaster Perry Brennan. Members will be asked for a simple yes or no. To be the successful candidate for president a simple majority of votes is required.
TO READ/DOWNLOAD THE FULL AGENDA AND OTHER AGM INFORMATION CLICK HERE
Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) NOTICE OF 2021 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: 10th July 2021 Time: 1.00pm Location: St Kilda Surf Life Saving Club, St Kilda VIC
* An open forum for all members will follow the AGM *
Call for ASRL Committee Nominations:
In accordance with the ASRL Constitution Clause 20, the ASRL Committee hereby calls for nominations for President, Secretary and 3 Vice-Presidents.
These positions are currently held by Michael Brooks - President, Natasha Tunney - Secretary, Don Cotterill, Grant Wilkinson, and Geoff Wilson Vice-Presidents
Rory Gillespie, the Treasurer and Three Vice-Presidents – Nick Sampson, Rod Costa and Edwina Wright - continue in their current positions for a further 12 months.
Nominations must be made in writing, signed by 2 current ASRL Members and accompanied by the nominee’s written consent. Nominations must be delivered to the ASRL Secretary no later than 28 days prior to the 2021 ASRL Annual General Meeting, ie,13th June 2021
All fully completed surveys will go into the draw to win a Garmin vívoactive® 4 Shadow Gray with Silver Hardware watch valued at $579 or one of ten fitness packs including a Bopp Sport Activity Bottle, Mako Beach Towel and Zen yoga mat, all with the ASRL logo.
On behalf of the ASRL Committee and Carnival Referee Tamara Brawn we would like to thank everyone for their support of 2021 ASRL Open.
Our officials were amazing, the work party excellent and the water safety crew outstanding.
Below are the results from the three days of racing. More photos will be released in the coming days thanks to our amazing volunteer photographer Malcolm Trees (photo credit for image above), and you can revisit the footage on our YouTube and Facebook accounts, just click on 'videos'.
Please note this IMPORTANT messaging about the COMMUNICATIONS throughout 2021 ASRL Open.
*From Thursday night, we will only be using Team Navy ASRL Facebook and Team Navy ASRL Instagram @TeamNayyASRL for updates throughout the ASRL Open. We will NOT be using email/website for any of the days. Please ensure that you have access to at least one of these platforms, or at a minimum a couple of members of the crew. We will do our best to share key messaging to state based groups, although you need to get onto the platforms listed for the most up to date information
*All draws, results and schedules will be on the ASRL mobile app. You can get this in your App store on iphone or Google Play Store on android
The program below is for 2021 Team Navy ASRL Open, due to be held at Mollymook on Friday 5 March through to Sunday 7 March 2021.
The program is pending any further COVID restrictions and final numbers.
FRIDAY 5 MARCH 07:30 - Masters 10:30 (EARLIEST) - Interstates 12:30 (APPROX) Reserve Male and Reserve Female to commence racing at the conclusion of Interstates
SATURDAY 6 MARCH 07:30 - Block one, Under 19 Male, Under 19 Female and Under 23 Female Racing will commence at the conclusion of block one for Under 23 Male, Open Male and Open Female * If additional racing is required from Reserve Grade on Friday this will be included in block two
SUNDAY 7 MARCH 07:30 - Finals for all divisions We will be pushing racing until later in the day on Sunday (if required) so please be prepared for a full day on the beach.
New Date; Friday 5th March to Sunday 7th March 2021
With the current border restrictions, the ASRL Committee has pushed back the Open by 2 weeks to give the best opportunity for all states to attend.
“It’s a national event and we want everyone there” said ASRL President Michael Brooks.
Mr Brooks added “With every possible option explored and extensive consultation done with every state this was our best date working in with various state titles , Easter and Australian Titles. With this decision made the event will proceed regardless even if borders don’t allow all states to attend”.
The decision has also been made to reduce the program back to our traditional 3 day event. Stay tuned for program details including the Interstate Championships. What we can confirm is we will have a full days racing on Sunday, so if you choose to leave early, you do this at your own risk to missing finals.
The committee would appreciate clubs to enter early to allow planning of the event, remembering that the Team Navy ASRL Open has a full refund policy should crews have to withdraw, or the event is cancelled, due to Covid 19 Border Restrictions.
Entries are now open and have been extended until 19 February 2021, and invoicing won't commence until this date. For more information on entry information (note extended cut off dates) please CLICK HERE. In addition, officials EOIs close on 1 February, and CLICK HERE to complete the EOI.
9 January - Entries open 5 February - Entries close, invoicing occurs 10 February - Late entries close (additional $15 fee) 12 February - Payments due
As you are aware, we are in an uncertain environment due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Our refund policy is we will refund all entries if the event is postponed or cancelled due to COVID/border restrictions. For our latest statement on this please CLICK HERE
An insightful ASRL President's update is now available via the link below. Michael Brooks revisits the year that was and provides key updates on ASRL initiatives, such as the upgraded ASRL app..
By now, all members who have subscribed to our Newsletter would also have received notice of the ASRL looking to secure an alternate plan B date for the 2021 Open (click here for ASRL statement). We are keeping a close eye on the situation and will keep you informed as new information comes to hand. Obviously we are still hoping to run the event as originally planned,
All members are encouraged to read the FULL update which can be found by clicking HERE
It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Dennis Patison passed away on Saturday 14 November.
Dennis was one of the truly good guys of surf boat rowing. Dennis, father of Jack, was the backbone of the Austinmer SLSC for many decades. He was a remarkable sweep, a brilliant coach, and most importantly, a friend to all. Dennis remained active within the sport after he finished sweeping by mentoring Jack and Austinmer crews, and he was also a race starter on the national stage.
Dennis was inducted into the Australian Surf Rowers League 'Hall of Fame' in 2007.
Photo obtained via Facebook Wording supported by Bert Hunt
Please leave your tributes on the Facebook post via the button below. We will share funeral arrangements as they are made available.
The service will be followed by refreshments and food at the Mt Gravatt Hotel.
Anyone from the surf boat community who is interested in attending Bristles' funeral in person must RSVP due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please contact Aaron Tannahill via email@example.com or mobile 0474 233 139 who will pass on details to the family.
A memorial service will be held at South Port in South Australia when COVID-19 restrictions ease. In addition, the funeral on Friday 23 October will be live streamed at the following times; 11am QLD 12pm NSW/ACT/VIC 11:30am SA 10:30am NT 9am WA * Live stream details including a link will be made available in the coming days.
Today we are sad to announce the passing of one of our great mates. Bristles, as he was known to all, was a bloody good bloke. He was first a Husband, Father and Grandfather and our thoughts are with wife Robyn, son Brendon, daughters Chrissie and Jacky in this especially tough Covid time when families are locked away from proper goodbyes.
The sport of Surf Lifesaving and particularly Surfboats is very rarely fortunate enough to have a Bristles on their team. He was everything you could expect from a leader. He was hard working, diligent, tough, compassionate, a mentor to many and a friend to all. His contribution and involvement in surfboats as a Sweep well into his 70’s and as an Administrator for longer is a lesson in hard work and dedication.
In his youth Bristles was a Champion Ten Pin Bowler and that sport’s loss was a massive gain for surfboat rowing. Bristles joined the ASRL Committee in the 2010-11 season and held the role of Treasurer continuously until he retired at the last AGM in 2020. In that time Bristles was an integral part of the ASRL team that delivered so much in the area of policy change and technology development for the sport that will live on as part of his legacy.
On this very sad news day, please take the time to read a gentleman’s story. Remember him as he would have wanted: he faced his inevitable death as he did everything else with a level of dignity and stoicism.
Tonight, we raise a Schooner of the best Coopers Pale Ale as we share some quite time to reflect on a life well lived.
Bert Hunt Life Member - Australian Surf Rowers League
YOU CAN READ MORE OF BRISTLE'S STORY AND JUST SOME OF THE MANY TRIBUTES BY CLICKING HERE
On behalf of the ASRL committee I am delighted to announce we have signed a contract with Destination NSW for 3 years for the ASRL open. The agreement sees funding provided from the NSW government which allows the ASRL to continue to put on the biggest and best surfboat carnival in the world. The funding reduces the ASRL’s financial commitment to the event, which paves the way for the ASRL to continue to improve our sport through other investments such as technology, youth and sweep development.
Michael Brooks ASRL President
YOU CAN READ THE FULL ARTICLE, PRESS RELEASE AND JOIN THE CONVERSATION BY CLICKING HERE
The ASRL committee are pleased to announce Mollymook as the venue for the 2021 ASRL Open.
The dates are 18th – 21st of February.
The event has opened up to a 3.5 day program releasing restraints on competition and allowing for potential Covid crowd restrictions.
The masters will be held on the Thursday afternoon and competitors are encouraged to celebrate their event, or rest and prepare for entry into the reserve grade the following day.
The final race on Sunday will be completed at 2:00pm, medals ceremony to follow.
It is widely known that the Covid environment is constantly changing but your carnival committee is planning the event as normal in anticipation for a successful event. Updates will be provided each month.
We are proud to announce that the National Team Selection Event will be held at TUGUN in Queensland.
With that announcement, it is also important to note that today the Queensland Premier announced the closure of the Queensland border with NSW.
19 weeks out from the event at the ASRL are still planning on running as planned.
SLSA are in contact with SLSNZ and both parties are keen to see the Test Match proceed in February, even if this means being flexible around dates and locations of both the National Team Selection Event and the Test Match (currently the Selection Event is scheduled for 12 December 2020).
The above said the restrictions around Covid-19 will have an impact on such events.
We will provide an update to the membership on the 1st day of each month.