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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!

PM - Masters

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

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


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.

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”
Want to have access to LIVE draws and results from across the country and so much more? Download ASRL app via your mobile App Store!
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


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



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

  • 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*
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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