NSW Lifesaving Season has commenced

group_flags.x300The official start to beach season kicked off over the weekend with a record number of nippers jumping back into the waters across NSW. 21,000 volunteer lifesavers in red and yellow will patrol our beaches on weekends and public holidays from now until Autumn.

On Saturday 21st September over twenty thousand volunteer lifesavers from 129 clubs were back at work patrolling approximately 200 beaches across NSW.

We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all the volunteers who work around the clock and give up their time to ensure that we all stay safe on our beaches.

It is also the ideal time to remember that although our beaches are beautiful, they can also be very dangerous and even deadly at times. Dr. Rip visits Cronulla often to educate all ages on the dangers of rips and we look forward to welcoming him back again sometime soon hopefully (stay tuned for more details). In the meantime, Dr. Rip’s Facebook page is filled with information on how to stay safe in the surf.

Hopefully this Spring weather continues and we can all enjoy some safe swimming over the next few months!


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13th July 2012 Surf Report

South Cronulla

Welcome to the 3rd Friday the 13th this year, bringing small but still nice conditions!

There is a 1’ to 2’ swell running out of the east and these conditions will prevail for the next week. The wind is offshore from the NW and the water temperature is around 18 degrees.

In these small but pristine conditions it’s ideal to pull out the Mal or big old soft board for some fun. Remember your wetsuit!!!


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1st June 2012 Surf Report

Shark Island

Well a great day today and the weekend is looking good as well. Water temp is still around 20 degrees.

The swell is around 1 metre plus coming out of the south east there is no wind showing at the moment but we should get light onshore after 1pm.

Saturday morning is looking good with similar conditions the swell will taper off into Sunday with a change moving in Monday or Tuesday and a rising swell predicted to be 4 meters by Wednesday – Thursday.

So enjoy your weekend before next week’s ugly weather with larger swells moves in!


Thanks to Mark from Surfing Cronulla Surfschool for this blog!

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Spotlight on local business: Cronulla Surf School

Today we’ve focused on one of the most well-known local businesses in Cronulla. Mark Aprilovic tells us more…

Tell us a bit about your business
Surfing Cronulla Surf School operates from Nth Cronulla Beach, just back from the lifeguards’ tower. We have over 100 soft boards and 150 wetsuits to cater for the youngest around 5 years in our surf groms programmes, to XXL for the larger adult. We have beginner programmes through intermediate and elite level. For the total novice, we will orientate you in the rock pool; teach you paddling skills then how to deal with waves in water from knee deep waist deep and over your head. Take you to the beach, show you the inherent risks (rips and currents) and how surfers use them to their advantage. Always maintaining a safety first approach, keeping to safe banks and conditions that won’t intimidate you…. teaching you how to stand up and surf the white water. In our intermediate groups (First Break), we will have a coach mentor your group from the water, showing which peak to use and improve your technique and wave reading skills, develop your water fitness then video to show your progress.

What do you love about working in Cronulla?
I love the environment we work in at the surf school. A day at the beach with people keen to enjoy the surf and learn. The natural beauty of the area and the village atmosphere…. always someone to say hi and have a friendly chat to.

Finish this sentence – “I love Cronulla” because…
Of the people, the natural beauty and the village of Cronulla.  Why go anywhere else?

Who inspires you?
My wife who plays golf off 8 and is passionate about cooking… and puts up with me coming home with sandy feet more times than not in the summer months!

So Mark, I Love Cronulla needs a surf reporter, are you interested?
I think I could help out there as I’m checking it 10 times a day at a minimum!

Great Mark you’re hired!

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The new Surf Gallery looks awesome!

The surf gallery at Cronulla Central opened today!

This gallery celebrates 100 years of Cronulla’s beach lifestyle and culture. Two photographic montages line each side of the walkway. Old photos, letters, maps of Cronulla’s surfing breaks, surfing legends, the history of boards, fashion and beach culture all feature in this fitting tribute to surfing history in Cronulla.

Accompanying the amazing photos that line the walls are loads of interesting facts. For instance: Did you know that it took Cronulla Surf Lifesavers a long time to accept women in their Club. Elouera and North Cronulla allowed women in long before Cronulla did.

You can read about Henry Tugwell the first police officer to patrol the beaches in 1908, a propaganda film taped during World War 1 in the sand dues of Kurnell, the first ever world title event (1984 Beaurepaires Surfing Open) held in the dark and see images for a surf carnival in 1912, Phyllis Farleigh (Miss Surf Queen 1927) and loads more.

This is a  must see for anyone who loves Cronulla, lives in Cronulla or loves surfing.

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Surfing Gallery in Cronulla

With the longest surf beach in Sydney and an iconic surfing and beach culture, it is about time that Cronulla has a surfing gallery! Actually where is the Museum?

A collection of surfing memorabilia will go on display next month in the Cronulla Central development, documenting the history of surfing in the area.  Scheduled to open mid December the gallery will be located in the entrance to Cronulla Central in the Mall.

So as you are headed to the library, cafe or yoga in Cronulla Central you will be able to enjoy some nostalgic surfing moments. I am sure it must have been a hard task to choose what would make up the collection in this gallery, as a suburb so entrenched in surfing and where films like Puberty Blues were filmed, the material would be endless. Included in the gallery will be many surfboards showing design changes over more than a 40 year period, photos and local surfing identity profiles.

Another great piece of Cronulla surf history takes place online at Cronulla Surf Museum’s website. Find and buy old photographs from the 1960’s until the present by photographers Chris & Craig Stroh. The Cronulla Surf Museum facebook is also terrific as it is interactive and facebook fans can post pictures themselves directly on to the page.

As the aboriginal word Kurranulla denotes this “place of pink sea shells”, and I think one of the best beaches in the world, Cronulla is all about the beach and the surf.

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Final Spots filled in Shark Island Challenge

As we all wished Liz a big ‘Happy Birthday’ over the weekend and enjoyed every moment of Monday morning’s sleep in, some people still had to go to work. Including a fifteen year old kid named Sam Strachan.

Sam competed in the Brett Young Memorial Trials held at Cronulla Point on Sunday alongside a field of international riders, all vying for a spot in the Shark Island Challenge. With a heavy fan base and plenty of support, Sam finished second overall behind South African Dan Worsely.

He now has secured a spot in the main event, and has been drawn against fellow local rider and good mate Shaun Pyne. Also competing in the event is former world champion Ben Player; and the most influential bodyboarder to never win a world title – Ryan Hardy, whose peers actually voted as the best in the world for years.

I can’t confirm this outright, but I’m almost certain Sam is the youngest ever competitor in the history of the challenge. Ben Hansen made the Challenge a few years back at a young age, though he most certainly was over sixteen.

We wish Sam and Shaun the best of luck. Conditions this week won’t be ideal for the Challenge to run, but I will review the forecasts next week so stay tuned for an update then.

In other news, Nick Omerod is replacing Michael Novy for Unite Clothing. Novy fractured his verterbrae in his back whilst surfing the Zone (a notoriously heavy wave on the central coast) over the weekend. We hope he makes a full recovery.

For more information check out Fluidzone.

Sam Strachan secures a spot in the Shark Island Challenge

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