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25th September

'The Invitational' is a new event format to be delivered in the 2020/21 season on the Sunday of the Whangamata Classic (6th December). The intention for this event is to attract the best available Surf Sports talent in New Zealand to provide a high-level racing experience.
8 teams of 12 (6 male, 6 female) will complete a team based program covering all disciplines on the beach (Swim, Board, Ski, Sprints & Flags). Teams will have no age restrictions.
Teams will be led by a selection of the countries best Coaches & Team Managers.
Applications are now open for any U15, U17, U19 & Open athletes who wish to be considered for selection. All selected athletes will receive a competition vest and jacket. 
Athletes who complete this application will be eligible to be drafted into any one of the eight teams by it's respective management group.
All athletes must hold a refreshed Surf Lifeguard award at the time of competition.
Entry fee: $25.
Applications close 18th October.
If you have any questions or for further information regarding event program & logistics, please contact SLSNR Sport Manager Zac Franich (







24th August, 2020

2020 SLSNR Pool Rescue Championships: Cancelled

After today’s COVID-19 announcement from the government, it is with regret that SLSNR have been forced to cancel the 2020 SLSNR Pool Rescue Championships.

With Auckland needing to be in Level 1 for our event to be delivered (and with this outcome highly unlikely), cancelling this event is the only option.

We are investigating a Junior Pool event in mid-November as an alternative, with more information to follow. Currently we are not exploring a Senior alternative.


Eastern Region Pool Champs:

As the rest of the country is still in Level 2 and event operating in a restricted capacity, Eastern Region may have slots open to Northern club members at its upcoming regional champs (12th-13th September). If inter-regional travel is allowed & due to the current Level 2 restrictions (no more than 100 people at an indoor event), see the below entry conditions:

  • All out of region Junior entries will only be accepted if the event is likely to be held in Level 1 where capacity allows.
  • All out of region Senior entries will be accepted under Level 2 restrictions where capacity allows.

See below for more information, or contact Mark Inglis (

Apologies again and if you have any questions please get in touch with Zac Franich (




21st August, 2020

SLSNR Board & Ski Squad Announcement

In a new initiative, the below members have been named into respective Board and Ski squads by a selection panel. These selections have been ratified by the SLSNR Sport Operational Committee (SOC), as part of SLSNR’s High Performance strategy. The intent is to provide an opportunity for our established & elite athletes to hone their skills with developing athletes also invited to learn & observe in the same environment.

Similar opportunities are currently being developed for the IRB & Boat fraternity with key influencers being engaged within these areas.

We aim to build on this program in the coming seasons, offering similar opportunities to Beach, Pool, Swim & Iron athletes.

Those named in the Board & Ski squad are invited to the below training days:

  • Ski Training Day- 26th September, Mairangi Bay, 8am-6.30pm
  • Board Training Day, 31st October, Red Beach, 8am-6.30pm

These training days will include training sessions & workshops, delivered by coaches who have depth of knowledge in their respective areas that contribute to performance. The selection panel reserves the right to invite any additional athletes & coaches to participate in the above event for development purposes.

Congratulations to those named on gaining selection to the respective SLSNR Squads.



Dave Shanks

Chair- SLSNR Sport Operational Committee (SOC)







7th August, 2020

SLSNR Coach Development Clinics:

We're excited to announce there will be two coaching clinics open to our members in the coming weeks, details below:

- Pool Champs Coaches Clinic, 23rd August, 9am-11am, Owen Glenn Aquatci Centre

- Ski Technique Coaches Clinic, 2nd & 3rd September, 6pm-8pm, Harbour Sport House, Albany

Both clinics have limited sports available. Secure your spot by emailing SLSNR Junior & Surf Sports Manager Zac Franich (



2nd July, 2020

SLSNR 2020 Winter & Pool Event Memo:

Please view the attached document here regarding events in SLSNR this winter with some new and excioting events!

Thanks for everyone's patience around this, we’ve been working hard to provide meaningful experiences for our members.

Feel free to distribute this within your internal contacts. This memo will also be available on Facebook & through the website.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with SLSNR Junior & Surf Sports Manager Zac Franich (


25 June, 2020

Expressions of Interest for Event Management Positions for 2020 – 2021 summer season

Applications are now open for event management positions for our upcoming summer season. If you are interested in being an event referee, event safety officer, deputy event referee or event admin for our junior and/or senior events register your interest here.


Officials availability for 2020 – 2021 event season

Please find attached a link for officials to register their interest for Northern Region competitions for the upcoming event season. This is just to give us an idea on who we may have this season. We will check in closer to each event to confirm if you are still available. Link can be found here.