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ASRL Newsletter November 2021

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

This newsletter includes;
  1. ASRL President Update
  2. Save the Date - ASRL Open
  3. ASRL Open Order of Events
  4. ASRL Membership Now Available - ORDERS EXTENDED
  5. Instagram reshare - Good News Story
  6. Download ASRL app
  7. Collaroy Young Guns
  8. Instagram reshare - WBH Boaties
  9. Youtube link of the month - Piha Day of Giants
  10. States Update

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We are back !!! Great to seeing rowing happening all around the country kicking off. Looking through all the images looks like not much surf yet so let’s all pray to the surf gods for some waves.

Stoked to see our sport growing with some additional female sweeps into the ranks around the country. I got to witness first hand, Ally from North Steyne SLSC first carnival she did a great job getting out and back safely.

As we lead into Xmas our state selection carnivals are taking place. This is a exciting time being selected into a state team is a amazing achievement so row hard and have fun. I’m loving all the photos from around the country to keep these coming and don’t forget to tag @teamnavyasrl so we can re share all the action.

If you have a good news story or achievement we want to hear it email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If your a boat series organizer and want to showcase your results on the ASRL app get in touch so we can set it up. We want to be able to get all the results in the one place. ASRL app we have released a new app over winter so make sure you download the new app. We have some more developments with the app in the pipeline so keep and eye out for them.
 

Nick Sampson
ASRL President

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.
The ASRL Committee and Event Referee Tamara Brawn have confirmed the order of racing for 2022 ASRL Open!

THURSDAY 17 FEBRUARY
PM - Masters

FRIDAY 18 FEBRUARY
Reserves (M/F), Under 23 (M/F), Interstates (order of racing TBC closer to event)

SATURDAY 19 FEBRUARY
Open (M/F), Under 19 (M/F) and elimination racing with all categories to be prepared to race

SUNDAY 20 FEBRUARY
FINALS!

PLEASE NOTE - Confirmed block times will be made available closer to the event.

For any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or personal message Team Navy ASRL Facebook page.
This year we celebrate and acknowledge our indigenous heritage. Our singlets tell a story of courage, community and connection to country.

QLD, Vic, WA, TAS & SA 'boaties' can order their ASRL Team Navy Singlets/Cap/Membership online.

This does NOT apply to NSW or NT. 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.

Orders now close on Sunday 12 December and this is completed via the link below.
TO COMPLETE YOUR ORDER CLICK HERE
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Welcome to this great sport @billieasprey so good to read stories such as this!

“One of my four big goals for the year was to join a club + make friends outside of powerlifting.

I spend a lot of time (am joined at the hip) with @_jesshorner now so I have really only been 50% successful in this but I’m feeling really at home at Altona Surf Club.

Can’t say I saw myself rowing surf boats at the start of the year but I’ve been called “somewhat insane” and “Amazonian” this weekend and I’m really at peace with that being an outcome of this decision.

I’m loving spending so much time in the ocean + so much time with these girls and am very keen for a summer of early mornings on the water, post-training cappuccinos, hopefully some nice waves but realistically mostly just complaining that Melbourne is far too cold for this!

Rowing has been such a major upgrade to my lifestyle this year and I’m really thrilled about it”
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Collaroy Young Guns is back on Sunday 9th Jan 2022! This is arguably one of the best days on the surf boat calendar! 
Follow Collaroy Young Guns Facebook Event Page - CLICK HERE

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Great photo from the first weekend of @northcoastsurfboatseries of the @wbhsurfboatrowers

“Now that’s family!!
Congratulations to our reserve men’s, u/23 females and males!! You all killed it
What a great start to the season” ❤️??
 
PIHA DAY OF GIANTS is a MUST DO for any surf boat enthusiast! Check out this epic footage from the event back in 2007

CLICK THE YOUTUBE LINK ABOVE
 

STATES UPDATE

New South Wales
 
  • Great to see plenty of local Branch Boat Series Carnivals starting up now in November. Just about all of the various Boat Series have a carnival or more before Xmas to get in those early season races.
  • NSW State Team Selection – with the cancelation of the Tea Gardens/ Hawks Nest November State Selection carnival the NSW State Team will be selected from combined points from the below 2 State Selection Carnivals:
  • North Cronulla Carnival – Saturday 18th December (U/23’s & U/19’s) and Sunday 19th December (Opens & Reserves)
  • Queenscliff Carnival – Saturday 15th January (U/23’s & U/19’s) and Sunday 16th January (Opens & Reserves)
  • Collaroy Young Guns is on Sunday 9th January, this is a great carnival for U/23 & U/19 crews to have solid racing just after the Xmas break, we would love to see some interstate crews come to take on the best NSW crews in these all important younger divisions.
  • Malcolm Trees attended Freshwater SNB Carnival in November, check out the album by CLICKING HERE

 
Queensland
  • Mooloolaba Young Guns Academy 
    What an exciting adventure we have been on over the past 6 weeks introducing Surf Lifesaving & Surfboats to our keen participants. We have had so much interest & support from all parts of our Surf Lifesaving community. 

    With our 48 Young Guns participating in our program we have kept them busy, having fun, getting to know each other, learning surfboat skills & rowing surfboats, BBQ’s, guest speakers, participating in other aspects of surf sports & looking forward to a mini carnival & to their Graduation this Saturday. 

    We are so excited to see junior numbers increasing rapidly and are looking forward to a great surfboat season watching these Young Guns compete at our carnivals.  A huge thank you to Aaron Hetherington & Grant Cooper for leading our team to make our Mooloolaba Young Guns Surfboat Academy such a huge success. 
     
  • Noosa Youth Carnival and BP Wessel QLD Cup Round 1 
    Noosa Heads SLSC hosted the 2nd Annual Noosa Heads Youth Surf Boat Classic on Saturday followed by the 1st Round of the BP Wessel Qld Cup on Sunday to start the ASRLQ Surf Boat Season.

    With 37 crews attending on the Saturday and 81 on the Sunday the event was well supported by clubs from as far north as Mackay and Kirra to the south. There were 70 plus 'Rookies' across all racing divisions attending their very first carnival over the weekend. These Rookies are now eligible for the promo Rookie Reward and go into the draw for the $5,000 prize at the end of the season.

    Conditions were perfect even though there was a lack of swell to showcase the skills and fitness of all the rowers to the local Noosa community & tourists, however all competitors had a blast and we look forward to continuing the Youth Carnivals in the coming years. 

    We'd also like to thank the ongoing support from our major sponsor BP Wessel Petroleum and the ASRL for their contributions towards these carnivals. Special thanks also to local sponsors  Coastal Dry Cleaning, Noosa Fit stop, and Noosa SLSC
South Australia
  • SA Surf League this Sunday at Goolwa. Five teams of the states best athletes go head to head for a 3 series cash prize pool. Our top five male and female boat crews are included in each team along with board, ski, swim and beach athletes.
 
  • Round 1 of the Navy Series and State Team Selection - Robe Dec 4th. Racing starts at 10:30am. Victorian crews are invited to enter. Entries via SEMS.
 
  1. Mid Coast Young Guns Challenge - A three series event for U23 & U19s plus NGS divisions. Free entry + Prizes for series winners. 1st Carnival Sat 18th Dec Aldinga. *Mid Coast promo above*
Tasmania
NO UPDATE PROVIDED
Victoria
Well Victoria is of to a great start!
  • 1st carnival on 14th Nov at Lorne attracted 25 crews
  • Next event Short Coarse racing Sat 27th Nov at Port Campbell. Sweeps and Coaching seminar to be held in morning prior to carnival
  • Great to see some new Underage crews appearing this season. Future is looking bright for the VICs
Western Australia
  • Good numbers turning up at first 3 carnivals averaging 36 crews.
  • Last 2 carnivals have been selection qualifiers for State Team selection carnival on Jan 9 2022.
  • Youth development day will be in the new year now after a clash of dates with another event in early Dec.
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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.
TO COMPLETE YOUR ORDER CLICK HERE
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.
HISTORY OF THE MODERN SURF BOAT CLICK HERE
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More Victorian’s are back in the boat after restrictions recently eased! ❤️❤️❤️

@cmaraventano
?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!
 

PLANNING STEPS:

  • 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.

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

CLICK THE ABOVE TO HEAR GUS' MESSAGE FOR OUR BOATIES!

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

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NSW crews are slowly hitting the water again and we are LOVING IT!
@collaroyboaties
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!

CLICK THE YOUTUBE LINK ABOVE
 
BOATIES REPRESENT!
Holly from Newport SLSC will be on the upcoming season of @bacheloretteau
Keep an eye out for Holly on Channel 10!
 

STATES UPDATE

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
Queensland
 
  • 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
NO UPDATE PROVIDED
Tasmania
NO UPDATE PROVIDED
Victoria
  • 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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Plenty of banter, laughs and surf boat action ✔️

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History of the Modern Surfboat

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."

 

CLICK HERE TO OPEN/DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT

 

 

ASRL Newsletter September 2021

sept update newsletter final

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

This newsletter includes;
  1. ASRL President Update
  2. Save the Date - ASRL Open at Elouera
  3. Social Media / Comms WE NEED YOUR HELP
  4. Q & A with Griffo
  5. The Loose History of the Modern Surfboat Manufacture
  6. National Team Selection Event Update
  7. Heroes - North Steyne Boaties are Recognised
  8. 24 Hour Row Update
  9. Instagram reshare - Coolum SLSC
  10. 2018 ASRL Open Highlights Package
  11. States Update

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A month comes around really fast as NSW enters what seems to be the never ending life with restrictions. There is now light at the end of the tunnel. It's great to see the states that can, getting out in the boat and catching some winter waves. I know I speak for NSW here by saying we love being able to reminisce so make sure you're posting it up and tag @teamnavyasrl so we can share for all to view. 

Planning continues on our events and we hope to be able to deliver our premier events as per usual and will be looking at all options available to us, our event director has been working hard to have all the preliminary meetings with the stakeholders to get events locked in. As each month comes we will update on the progress on these events and any possible changes that may be required. As soon as any decisions are made you all will be notified. 

We are continuing on our journey with all our discussion points that we took to the May national surf sports meeting and by next month will hopefully be able to announce some major change with lots of meetings happening this month with all levels of SLS. As always if you have input on how you think things should be changing, get in touch. As the ASRL we are here to represent rowers on the national arena so speak to us. 

I know from personal experience this has been an extremely challenging time for our NSW and VIC team especially. 10-1212 weeks without seeing crewmates who you spend every waking moment with it seems during summer. Has taken its toll so remember to reach out to your mates and connect by any means available to you, Keep up hope that we will have events this summer, stay together and stay safe. 

In closing, I would like to acknowledge the following members of the wider surf boat family who have tragically passed away since the previous newsletter.  

  • Graeme Bruce
  • Peter 'Mick' Ellercamp
  • Ken Murray
Nick Sampson
ASRL President

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.
FULL ASRL OPEN STATEMENT - CLICK HERE
JOIN THE ASRL OPEN FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE - CLICK HERE
 
Are you the creative type? Do you have the magic touch on social media and most importantly, do you want to help promote the greatest sport in the world?

The ASRL are calling for interested individuals to assist with the delivery of our social media and communications.

We are seeking people to help with;
• Posting on social media throughout the season (Instagram and Facebook) AND/OR
• Creation of our EDM communication as required

If you are interest or want more information, please personal message our Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Alan 'Griffo' Griffiths has decided he has announced at a surf boat carnival for the last time. His career has spanned over 42 years, announcing at events across local, state, national and international level.

We wanted to discuss Griffo's achievements, his favourite moments, ask what is next in his life, and just discuss him why he loves surf boat rowing so much! Aaron Tannahill spent a couple of hours on the phone with Griffo to ask him many questions as we say THANKS for volunteering over four decades at our carnivals.

You will also find some words from ASRL Life Member, and great mate, Bert Hunt.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the Q & A in writing via clicking the link below.
Q & A WITH GRIFFO - CLICK HERE
 
The wording via below is compiled by Bert Hunt, Life Member ASRL

If you would like to contribute to this document please email Bert Hunt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0412 440 763 to have a chat!

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.
VIEW THE DISCUSSION DOCUMENT - CLICK HERE
 
The ASRL can confirm that the National Team Selection Event will be held at TUGUN, QLD on Saturday 11 December 2021.

Categories are;
Open Male
Open Female
Under 23 Male (Development Team)
Under 23 Female (Development Team)

More information including nomination process and other supporting activities will be released throughout the springs months. In addition, further information on when and where the 2022 Trans-Tasman Test will be announced shortly.

The ASRL are committed to delivering world class events, and the National Team Selection Event is a high priority of the ASRL.
 

Congratulations to Ross Downey and Piteter Marais from North Steyne SLSC 'Mullets' surf boat crew for receiving the SLS SNB Rescue of the Year! The two young men received the award for their heroic efforts when rescuing a member of the public at 2021 ASRL Open, held at Mollymook in March 2021.

On behalf of everyone involved with the Australian Surf Rowers League, congratulations, and THANK YOU!

Wording below from David Maguire

Ross Downey and Pieter Marais from the North Steyne Mullets Surf Boat Crew on Saturday at the ASRL Open at Mollymook saved a man drowning in a massive rip in huge seas.

The two young U18 rowers noticed a man drowning north of the competition area and sprinted down and dove into the treacherous surf to save the mans life. The two young life savers got to the drowning man and stayed with him until the Jet Ski from the boat area came to assist.

If it wasn’t for the actions of the two young boat rowers the outcome would have been fatal. Ron Pomering announcing the rescue occurring at the event, although wasn’t aware at the time of the bravery of the young surf boat rowers.

Insert photo is of photo of Ross and Pieter rowing Bow and second bow for North Steyne
 
The below is on behalf of 24 Hour Row organisers. If you haven't registered, now might be a good time to jump on https://24hourrow.com.au/ for more information due to the postponement of the event.

The 24 Hour Row organisers, together with Gotcha4Life have reviewed the current COVID-19 situation together with Surf Life Saving and believe that the best decision in the current climate is to postpone the 24 Hour Row.

24 Hour Row event organisers have moved this important event to 30th and 31st of October 2021. This will allow time for each state to be out of lockdown and we hope numbers at events will be uncapped by then. We will be updating the website and Facebook page with this information.

We would like to ask event organisers to assist in communicating this news to your individual supporters and connections.

From 24 Hour Row organisers

And hopefully for those in affected areas, this can happen soon ❤️

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The ASRL OPEN is heading BACK to ELOUERA!! Here is a highlights package from the historic 2018 ASRL Open, held at Elouera in amazing conditions!

CLICK THE YOUTUBE LINK ABOVE
 

STATES UPDATE

New South Wales
 
  • NSW Boat Panel have been working with NSW SLSA and the branches to lock in the carnival calendar for the season and this have been sent out to the Clubs
  • We will be very fluid with carnival movements if and when needed, the aim is to ensure we get as much racing in as we can in NSW
  • NSW State Team Selection – 3 carnivals, best 2 results. The 3 carnivals are in 3 different branches, they are all 2 day carnivals and we have 1 in each month of Nov, Dec & Jan.
  • Tea Gardens Hawks Nest – Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th November
  • North Cronulla – Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th December
  • Queenscliff – Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th January
 
Northern Territory
 
  • No updated provided, although we are looking to have state title results in the next edition
 
Queensland
 
  • 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
  • Sweep school well underway with 12 sweeps from 8 Clubs taking part in the program. Great support from our S3 sweeps Gary "Fazz" Fazzalari, Ben Bedford, Jason Mcgaffin, Hocko, Pete Tidswell, Pete Symonds and Ron Harwood.
  • Training is well underway for our competitive crews, with the odd few braving the cold and getting a hit out in the surf.
  • First Surf Boat Carnival Sun Nov 7th, mobile location to get the best of the conditions. This will be an all in Male/Female div only event to rank our open male/Female divs for the start of the season. Jnrs, Res & Opens will all race head to head in respective genders.
 
Tasmania
 
  • SBRT Tasmania AGM was held in late August. The new positions are listed above
  • Draft 4 Round Navy Event dates pencilled in. Locations for 2021/22 are Clifton Beach, Carlton Park, Penguin and Burnie
  • Crews from around the State preparing for the Marathon Series commencing in October with the Wynyard to Somerset marathon 14km
 
Victoria
  • Sat 9th Oct Port Campbell are hosting a 10km Marathon on the Curdies River and then drinks at the famous Boggy Creek Hotel. All welcome (pending COVID)
  • Coaching and Sweeping Seminar at Port Fairy 23+24th Oct. Register with VSRL Secretary Rod Costa
  • COVID causing some major issues with councils approving carnivals for next summer. Draft Calendar currently circulated through VSRL channels
 
Western Australia
  • First boat panel meeting for the upcoming season was held Tuesday 23rd August at Floreat SLSC and Zoom. Stuart Clarke from Mullaloo SLSC to again chair the panel continuing his great leadership
  • Another sweep training morning was held on Sunday 29th August at Mullaloo Beach and the last Sweep Training Session in the winter series will be held this Sunday at Secret Harbour. Great conditions forecast with light winds, 1.6m swell and high tide
 
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