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Nippers get busy surf season off to a start

Nov 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Sport

Surf season revs up at Titahi Bay
TITAHI Bay Surf Club has its work cut out this month preparing for its first junior carnival of the summer and then hosting the first event of the New Zealand surf boat series.
Thirty “Nippers” braved the elements last Sunday for their first lesson of the season.
Catering for seven to 13-year-olds, the Nippers programme aims to develop confidence in the water and in the surf, and attracts up to 90 children a session in good weather, says instructor Paul McVicar.
McVicar, who has been involved with the club for 30 years, works in a team with fellow surf club members Graham Hook and Jess Limbrick volunteering their time to help up-and-coming life guards.
Nippers can also take part in carnivals to develop their skills.  The first takes place at Worser Bay on November 28, followed by Paekakariki and Riversdale later in the summer.
Aotea resident Deb Anderson enrolled her boys, Thomas and Dylan, last year.
“They really enjoy it and it gives them more confidence in the water,” she says.
Amanda Monks, of Tawa, has enrolled her son, Hamish, in the Nippers programme.
“As a family we love the beach and the sea. We see it as a nice family activity.”
From Nippers children progress to junior cadets when they are 14 and senior cadets at 19.
For teens and up, the training moves into surf boats with opportunities to compete. Next month, it’s Titahi Bay’s third hosting of the New Zealand surf boat series.
On December 4, 20 clubs and more than 40 crews will descend on to Titahi Bay beach to compete in the Wellington Super Surf Boat event, the first of the national series.
Five crews from the Titahi Bay club will be involved; three open men’s crew, one women’s crew and an under-19 crew.
The New Zealand surf boat series moves to Whangamata in January followed by Waihi and Piha in February.
Senior A crew member Tim Marsden, learning and development manager at Surf Life Saving New Zealand, says volunteer surf club members will patrol Titahi Bay beach from mid-November to the end of March on weekends between 12pm and 5pm.
Surf Life Saving pays patrols to supervise beaches Monday to Friday during school holidays.

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TITAHI Bay Surf Club has its work cut out this month preparing for its first junior carnival of the summer and then hosting the first event of the New Zealand surf boat series.

Thirty “Nippers” braved the elements last Sunday for their first lesson of the season.

Catering for seven to 13-year-olds, the Nippers programme aims to develop confidence in the water and in the surf, and attracts up to 90 children a session in good weather, says instructor Paul McVicar.

McVicar, who has been involved with the club for 30 years, works in a team with fellow surf club members Graham Hook and Jess Limbrick volunteering their time to help up-and-coming life guards.

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LITTLE NIPPER: Liam McVicar (7) on his first day of the Nippers programme.

Nippers can also take part in carnivals to develop their skills.  The first takes place at Worser Bay on November 28, followed by Paekakariki and Riversdale later in the summer.

Aotea resident Deb Anderson enrolled her boys, Thomas and Dylan, last year.

“They really enjoy it and it gives them more confidence in the water,” she says.

Amanda Monks, of Tawa, has enrolled her son, Hamish, in the Nippers programme.

“As a family we love the beach and the sea. We see it as a nice family activity.”

From Nippers children progress to junior cadets when they are 14 and senior cadets at 19.

For teens and up, the training moves into surf boats with opportunities to compete. Next month, it’s Titahi Bay’s third hosting of the New Zealand surf boat series.

On December 4, 20 clubs and more than 40 crews will descend on to Titahi Bay beach to compete in the Wellington Super Surf Boat event, the first of the national series.

Five crews from the Titahi Bay club will be involved; three open men’s crew, one women’s crew and an under-19 crew.

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The New Zealand surf boat series moves to Whangamata in January followed by Waihi and Piha in February.

Senior A crew member Tim Marsden (right), learning and development manager at Surf Life Saving New Zealand, says volunteer surf club members will patrol Titahi Bay beach from mid-November to the end of March on weekends between 12pm and 5pm.

Surf Life Saving pays patrols to supervise beaches Monday to Friday during school holidays.

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