Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 5 April 2019

The Bondi Surfer – Bondi Surf Life Saving Club Your update on all things Bondi Surf Club!

Bondi Surf Bathers Life Saving Club

The Bondi Surfer No. 87

5 April 2019

Photo: Bondi LifeSavers are on Patrol until the end of April. Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill

Intro & Welcome

See you on the beach,

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Aussies 2019, Gold Coast – 30 March – 7 April
  • Jack Cox Memorial Surf Race – 14 April
  • Bondi Broker event – 14 April
  • Bondi Blue Water Challenge – 28 April
  • Gold Medallion Assessment at Cronulla – 28 April
  • Blue and White Ball – 4 May
  • Nippers Season 2019/20 Registration Opens – 1 August

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

What’s it like to edit the Surfer?

As this Season draws to a close, your Surfer Editor outlines below what happens to bring this newsletter to you twice a month.

The greatest benefits of the role are working with 20-30 of the Clubs most experienced and dedicated members, leaders across the many activities our Club runs to build a vital lifesaving force on the world’s greatest beach.

These people are eager to involve other members and the community in this great work and every two weeks we exchange information on what’s coming up, what’s new and what great wins we have had.

The Editor roll gathers, organises and beautifies their words and best pictures to keep you informed. It’s a roll that puts you in the centre of the action and ahead of the news.

Perhaps you’d like to get involved. If you have the following, this could be a great way for you to be at the centre of the social, competition and lifesaving functions at Bondi:

  • About 2 evenings free every 2 weeks
  • A strong grasp of English grammar and spelling
  • A keen eye for the calendar to send reminders
  • A bit of diplomacy to juggle the needs of our variety of programs
  • A knack for layout, puns, and attention-grabbing headlines
  • A real enthusiasm for all our Club is and does, and the great people who make it happen

Interested? I’d like to involve more people in the next few editions. Email to be part of publishing The Surfer in April and May.!


Upcoming Patrols

Saturday 6 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Baldock
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Besomo


Sunday, 7 April
7:30am – 1:15pm – Fletcher
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Walsh

Saturday, 13 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Bassingthwaite
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Jeppesen

Sunday, 14 April
7:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Craven

Below are links to the patrol rosters and a swap document where you can swap patrols with other members if you are unable to make a particular patrol:

2018/19 Season Patrol Roster

Patrol Swap Sheet

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

Look for the Bondi sticker in windows of local businesses that offer great Clubbie discounts!

Clubbie Discount participating businesses post this sticker
Don’t’ forget to check out the Member benefits poster in the Club to discover new businesses supporting us.

Local business owner? Sign up here to offer a Clubbie discount

Director of Marketing, Sponsorship and Merchandise

Surf Sports

Register for Pool Rescue Clinics

Sydney Branch will be holding four specialised clinics. They will provide new and existing athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to learn and further develop their skills in Pool Rescue Competition and to be coached by some of the best coaches and officials in Sydney Branch and NSW. The clinics are open to all new and existing U12 to Masters competitors.

Each clinic will provide:

  • An introduction to International Life Saving – Pool Rescue competition events
  • Information on Dry Land / Strength and Conditioning, followed by practical drills and technique and testing your limits in the pool

Dates: 28 April, 12 May, 9 June, 16 June
Clinic Times on all 4 dates are 12.00noon to 3.30pm
Location: Des Renford Aquatic Centre, Heffron Park

Register here by Sunday 31 March

Keen surf race competitor jumps into the waves

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 27 – 31 March Results are here.

Fellow Surfers,

Another great morning with a bit of surf causing chaos, with the Bronze group that looked sharp in the RSR.

Another long race in good conditions, that saw some great racing.

A Grade. What a thrilling race. A heap of swimmers went for the wave of the day. Jann, who is no slouch, kept her head down until she hit the beach and sprinted to the finish line, with a slew of chasers. Michael was not far behind and beat out Anthony, who must be one of the best improvers over this Season, This was also highlighted by his performances in the pool over the last three weeks on Bondi ASC’s championships.

Paul in B Grade caught a good shoot from the back to the shore, for a convincing win. Liam was a close second, with the pack closing in on Laurie, who came third.

Next week is a week closer to the end of the Season. With our Aussies competitors away, it could be your chance for glory. So, there is no excuse to not coming down and having a go.

I look forward to seeing you all.


PS –

I ran into Patti Tuesday and she advised that Keiran had gotten gold. Well done to Mr. Bondi. we look forward to your return as our premier Surf Race starter of all time.

I have a blue set of Zoggs goggles that were left hanging around a signal flag two weeks ago. If yours, please let me know.

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Bronze Courses

Our final Bronze trainees of this Season, ‘BM6’, started last week. They will be training until May. Say ‘Hi!’ if you see them on stormy Sunday mornings!

We have instructors worked out for the first few courses of Season 2019-20. Please get any friends interested in a Bronze to sign up early to avoid disappointment!

Higher Awards

Not long until Gold assessment

Your Gold Medallion 800m swim time trails will be on:

13 April at Icebergs, 12:30pm (please contact Neil to confirm attendance)

And your assessment will be on:

28 April at Cronulla SLSC.

Last Higher Awards courses this Season

Spinal Management 3 hour course – 27 April
Advanced Resuscitation Training 3 sessions – 7/10/11 April
Silver medallion Beach Management at Little Bay – 24/26 June/1 July

Any questions regarding Higher Awards? Call Neil ​0432 268 217 or email higherawards

Book Higher Awards courses Now

Spinal injuries training course in progress
Photo: Jim Kornmehl leading the Spinal Management training Credit: Brent Jackson


Register for 2019/2020

It’s hard to believe that Nippers Season 2018/19 has come to a close!

Registration for all Age Groups in Season 2019/20 will open on 1 August 2019.

"Like" our Nippers Facebook page for updates.

Which Nippers group is for your child?

Club member Siobhan aims to start a trial that will change cancer treatment, with mental health, diet and – so important – exercise during cancer treatments. Read More

Event info on facebook:

You can give here (Select “CANCER EXERCISE TRIAL” at ‘my donation is for’)
100% of the donations go to the fund. No administrative or marketing overhead.
If you’d like to donate a raffle prize, contact Siobhan O’Toole on skotoole
or 0416 413 924.

Coming up at the Club

Blue and White Ball, 4 May

The Blue and White Ball

Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club invites members and guests to the event of the year, the exclusive Inaugural Blue and White Ball in the iconic Establishment Ballroom.

4 May, 2019, 7:00pm

Cost: $1,200 per table of 8. Includes gourmet three course meal, entertainment, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (basic package).
Dress Code: Formal
Attendees must be 18years or older

Book your tickets now!

Rescheduled: Bondi Broker talk

Our Broker event has been rescheduled for Sunday, 14 April at 5:30pm.


Bondi Surf Club opening hours


If you have an interesting article concerning a member, past or present, please direct them to digital

Photo submissions: ​photos

Phone: +61 2 9300 9279
Fax: +61 2 9300 9596

Office Bearers 2018-2019

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