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Surf stars set to descend on Gisborne

Posted by SLS Media on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

The lure of sun and swell will draw 200 of New Zealand's best Surf Lifeguards to Midway Beach in Gisborne this weekend. The Eastland Port Champion of the Bays carnival kicks off on Saturday morning, with strong contingents from 12 North Island clubs guaranteeing some fierce competition.

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Between the Flags: Wild west coast rescue almost ends in disaster for naked Frenchman

Posted by SLS Media on Wednesday, January 8, 2020

At our beautiful but remote beaches around the country, teenage lifeguards are thrust into life and death scenarios with limited resources, often alone. Herald social director Mitchell Powell rescued two people who nearly drowned in separate events at Baylys Beach when he was 18 years old. The volunteer lifeguard tells his incredible story as part of an NZME campaign to help raise money for Surf Life Saving.

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Between the Flags: Woman spends 20mins at sea trying to save schoolboy

Posted by SLS Media on Monday, January 6, 2020

As Clare Sandbrook's lungs filled with sea water she knew she had an impossible decision to make. The youth group leader had a child on her back, his arms wrapped tightly around her neck and the weight of keeping him above the water preventing her from surfacing.

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'Someone had got swept out and I felt sick' - Lifeguards open up about patrolling Auckland's notorious west coast beaches

Posted by SLS Media on Sunday, January 5, 2020

Picture a morning hang-out session of surf-stoked local grommets and you'll have something of the vibe of the unusually overcast scene. Relaxing on the dunes above Piha's south beach, trivialities of the previous night's antics played out in loose conversation, as they all gaze forward at the waves and not each other.

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Surf Lifesaving NZ history: The guardians of the beaches

Posted by SLS Media on Saturday, January 4, 2020

In a bach by the iron sands, five rugby players were sitting around a keg and a bowl of sausages when they conceived the Piha Surf Lifesaving club. People were drowning unnecessarily in the turbulent west coast waters - the men wanted to do something and in 1934, they built a clubhouse and imported a surf boat from Sydney.

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