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Quick ASRL updates, important news, what's going on, where to be and anything else you need to know about Surf Rowing!

Dennis Patison

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. 

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Bristles Funeral Info

Relatives and close friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral service for Don 'Bristles' Alexander.

When: Friday 23rd October at 11am
Location: Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens
329 Nursery Road
Holland Park QLD 4121

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 aaron.tannahill@hotmail.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
11:30am SA
10:30am NT
9am WA
* Live stream details including a link will be made available in the coming days.

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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.

RIP Bristles

Bert Hunt
Life Member - Australian Surf Rowers League


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ASRL Open Govt Funding Boost

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


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ASRL Open 2021

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.

Photo Credit - Malcolm Trees


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