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ASRL Newsletter October 2021

ASRL Newsletter

October 2021

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

This newsletter includes;
  1. ASRL President Update
  2. ASRL Singlet Showcasing an Aboriginal Design
  3. Save the Date - ASRL Open
  4. ASRL Membership Now Available - orders close soon!
  5. National Team Selection Event Update - POSTPONED
  6. ASRL Sweeps Sub-Committee established
  7. SLSA Women in Sport 'Coaching for the Elite' Program
  8. History of the Modern Surf Boat - Complete
  9. Instagram reshare - Victorian Freedom
  10. 24 Hour Row - Almost Here
  11. Learn to Sweep/Row Yeppoon Clinic
  12. Instagram reshare - New South Wales Freedom
  13. Youtube link of the month - 2018 Northcliffe Krankitz
  14. Holly on the Bachelorette
  15. States Update

It is great to see racing kick off in WA today. It seems like it's been a very long winter but summer is here and so is racing. Good luck to all the new rowers and sweeps as you enter your first carnival may "huey" be kind! To all the old hands hope you have a great season with many more stories to add to the collection.

The ASRL event committee has been planning for the open in February. As long as covid plays ball we are looking at another cracking event at Elouera. Unfortunately we have had to postpone the national team selection event, but we are working with SLSA and SLSNZ on how we can make the Trans-Tasman event happen so stay tuned. 

The committee is stoked with the support and messages we have received around our Indigenous singlet for this season. This has been in the works all winter and we are very proud of how it has turned out and the positive response from the membership. 

Congratulations and thank you to all the sweeps that have put their hand up to be on our Sweeps Sub Committee for this season. There is lots of enthusiasm and great ideas. 

Lastly the 24 Hour row is next weekend, this is an amazing event and involves over 40 surf clubs raising money for mental health. Jump on board and get your club involved, or get your friends to donate. I'll be finishing off the night shift at 4am Sunday morning! 

See you on the beach soon,

Nick Sampson
ASRL President
ASRL Racing Singlet Showcasing
an Aboriginal Design

This year's Team Navy ASRL racing singlets have been revealed, showcasing an Aboriginal design telling a story of community, connection to country and gender equity.

Rheanna Lotter, the artist behind the 2020 Paralympics uniform and the football used during the AFL's Sir Doug Nicholls Round this year, has joined forces with the Surf Rowers League to produce the official Australian surf rowing competition shirts.

Ms Lotter said the Aboriginal design told a story of community, connection to country and gender equity within the sport.

"It's breaking down those barriers," the Sydney-based artist said.

"A lot of people, you know, if they don't understand Aboriginal art, it's really hard for them to connect and art is such a massive part of who we are, it's so significant to us.

"So I think the more people that you share that to, you know, the better that our society is going to become."

Indigenous surf rower Iteka Sanderson-Bromley said she was "really proud" of the shirt design.

"The artist did an amazing job," she said.

"It has such a beautiful story to it as well, I think it really tells the story of surf boats really nicely, and it encompasses a lot in it."

Australian Surf Rowers League national secretary and long-time surf lifesaving member, Natasha Tunney, said women have made an immense contribution.

"Women have brought a lot of smarts to the sport and just a lot of fun as well," she said.

PHOTO (ABC News: Brant Cumming) - Surf rower Iteka Sanderson-Bromley and long-time surf lifesaving member Natasha Tunney wearing the new shirts at Adelaide's Grange beach.

To read the detailed meaning of the design, please click https://bit.ly/3p9GwMt
To read the full ABC article, please click here

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.

It is the biggest stand-alone surf boat racing event in Australia with divisions of surf boat racing being contested including Open Male, Open Female, Reserve Male, Reserve Female, Under 23 Male, Under 23 Female, Under 19 Male, Under 19 Female and Masters.

The event also features finals on all four days of racing including Masters finals on Thursday, the Interstate Championships on Friday, Reserve finals on Saturday and the remaining finals to be held during the action packed Sunday afternoon.

The ASRL Open is proudly supported by Team Navy, the NSW Government through Destination NSW, Sutherland Shire Council and Elouera SLSC.
All states, all clubs & all crews can now order their ASRL Team Navy Singlets/Cap/Membership online! This year we celebrate and acknowledge our indigenous heritage.

Our singlets tell a story of courage, community and connection to country. To read the detailed meaning of the design, please click https://bit.ly/3p9GwMt

NSW rowers/sweeps that attend the ASRL Open will receive the Singlet/Cap/ASRL membership as part of their Entry fee. Orders will be distributed at the Open. All other states will be invoiced according to their online orders in one lot to the individuals clubs.

The 1st order window closes strictly 14th November 2021! We need each members email address to have the order processed. Orders with duplicate emails will be held until correct details can be collected. For any questions please contact your state representative.
Due to multiple uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, the National Team Selection Event which was scheduled to be held on 11 December at Tugun, has been postponed.

SLSNZ and SLSA, in consultation with the ASRL, are continuing to work through the various COVID-19 related border restrictions. All parties are also discussing alternatives for the hosting and delivery of the Trans Tasman Test in order to avoid another cancellation should the current situation continue.

We will provide a further update in November.
The ASRL Sweeps committee was established to review current practices in recruitment, training, development and retention of sweeps, The committee will make recommendations to the ASRL Committee with the aim of enhancing the number and quality of sweeps involved in our sport. 
The first meeting was in October and the group will meet every three months, although still communicating online in between meetings.

The members of the ASRL Sweeps Sub Committee are;

Bec Hamilton
Cliff Gerathy
Dale Cumming
Gary Pettigrove
Gary Williams
Geoff Wilson
Grant Wilkinson
Jackson McCaffery
Jase Bean
Kevin Watkins
Mark Anderson
Michael Cameron
Michael King
Nathan Wellings
Peter Spence
Scott Edwards
Scott Tannahill
Stuart Clarke

Chaired by Phil Chipman
Surf Life Saving Australia have announced the SLSA Women in Sport 'Coaching for the Elite' Program!
The program will provide current female SLS Development Coaches with the SLSA Performance Coach course, as well as a virtual workshop run by coaching experts and sporting professionals.

Nominations are now open. To nominate, complete the Nomination Form on the SLSA Members Area and follow the instructions.
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."

The document can be viewed at www.asrl.com.au on the home page or by clicking the button below.

More Victorian’s are back in the boat after restrictions recently eased! ❤️❤️❤️

?BOAT BABES?#pitviperbabes #mycrewiscoolerthanyours #teamnavyasrl
The 24 Hour Row is fast approaching (30 - 31 October)! If you haven't registered, now might be a good time to jump on https://24hourrow.com.au/ and get involved!


  • Gauge interest within your club. Have you got enough participant's to cover the 24 hour period on a minimum of 2 erg rowing machines?

  • Register your club and start recruiting rowers - the hub allows you to make your page personal. Explain why you are committed to Gotcha4Life and fundraising for mental fitness. Add blog posts and images through out the campaign.

  • Assign a club member to be the overall coordinator for the event- managing sign up rosters(signup.com), volunteers and venue set up(we can help you with ideas) (including COVID SAFE PLAN).

  • Assign a club member to arrange training sessions. Create a positive culture and encourage mate ship and meaningful conversation.

  • Promote your fundraising page. Encourage participants and their families to share the donation page link.

  • Share the event information with the wider community.

  • Liaise with the local MP/council/newspaper/TV where possible to promote the event.

  • Ask local businesses to support with catering/drinks/energy bars.

  • Check all equipment is maintained and ready to go!

  • Assign a club member to take photos and video's on the day.


The machines will continuously row for the 24 hour period, concluding at midday on the 15th August. Each club will have 2 erg's continuously rowing. We encourage every participant to challenge themselves to a one-hour block. It will also become club vs. club and state vs. state.

Each surf club/club registered will join the Facebook live stream via a Zoom link so we can all follow the progress throughout the 24 hour period and cheer on the rowers. The live stream will be broadcast from our 24 Hour Row Facebook page.

Engage. Educate. Empower. End suicide.

“Nine people take their life in Australia every day. That is nine too many.
Our vision? Zero suicides. Simple as that.”
 - Gus Worland, Founder and Chairman


Learn to Sweep & Row Yeppoon Clinic

A huge THANKYOU to the ASRLQ team for another successful Learn to Sweep/Row clinic held on the Capricorn Coast in September. Sweeps and Rowers from Yeppoon SLSC and EMU PARK SLSC participated in sessions involving rowing, sweeping and strength & conditioning.

Thanks to the continuing effort of ASRLQ coaches/ mentors Gary Williams and Jase Bean, and our surfboat community, we now have three more new S2 sweeps and another three new S1 Sweeps.

With rowing and sweeping numbers between both clubs being doubled in the past two seasons, we are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with the ASRLQ and raising the profile of SurfBoats in our communities.

Wording sent in by Hayley Ohl


NSW crews are slowly hitting the water again and we are LOVING IT!
Very happy to be back together & doing what we do best! ❤️

This is a fantastic throwback to one of the closest Aussie finals in the past decade! On board with Northcliffe Krankitz, they took on the best Open Female crews of 2018 in the final at Scarborough, and they came away with the win. AMAZING FOOTAGE!

Holly from Newport SLSC will be on the upcoming season of @bacheloretteau
Keep an eye out for Holly on Channel 10!


New South Wales
  • Carnival program for the season remains unchanged at this stage - fingers crossed
  • 1st NSW State Team Selection: Tea Gardens Hawks Nest – Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November
Block racing
Saturday 27th - U19/U23
Sunday 28th - Reserves and Open
Northern Territory

State Championship Results

Open Female
1 - Darwin
2 - Mindil
3 - Darwin

Open Male
1 - Darwin
2 - Mindil

Report from the ground was tough racing with a low tide and Darwin’s flat beach
  • Yeppoon Surf boat clinic set for the 11th/12th Sept (just gone). ASRLQ weren't able to have Cairns, but we are still working to go up there at some stage
  • Focussing and encouraging clubs to bring in fresh people. We're doing a Rookie Lucky Draw, this will be our only $$ endorsement for the season. (see flyer above for details) Proudly supported by BP Wessel Petroleum - longstanding sponsor of ours 
  • Noosa Youth Carnival locked in and ready to go for the 2nd year in a row, and opening up divisions to U17 - U19 & U23. This is to bring in some kids from nippers and keep it tame for their first carnival
South Australia
  • Freedoms have relaxed for all Victorian boaties!
  • Sweeps school date change likely from 23 Oct to morning of 27 Nov at Port Campbell due to COVID restrictions. With novice sweeps in training at Port Fairy, Port Campbell, Warrnambool, Mentone, Lorne, Mordialloc and 13th Beach and new juniors getting together across the state the future is looking bright
  • On track for the first full boat carnival at Lorne 14 Nov then short-course racing at Port Campbell 27 Nov
Western Australia

The wrap up from our winter sweeps training sessions can be found by CLICKING HERE

Preparations are well advanced for season 2021/22 with the first carnival at Coogee Beach on October 24
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