Your Easter Weekend Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 19 April 2019

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The Bondi Surfer No. 88

Easter and ANZAC Week
19 April 2019

Photo: Busy week ahead. Bondi LifeSavers are on Patrol through the long weekend and on ANZAC Day. Thrusie Maurseth-Cahill

Intro & Welcome

Congratulations to our surf sports competitors, coaches and managers for the last Season. There were some great results during the Season including another 1st place at National Championships for our Masters competitors (3 in a row).

This Sunday, we will be conducting the Club’s Anzac ceremony in the Hall prior to the surf race. Please meet in the Hall just before 10:30am for the ceremony. Then we will walk down to the beach for the race.

The Gala Ball is only a few weeks away. It’s a great way to celebrate the end of Season in style. Tickets are still available. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a night out with other members.

Every fortnight, this newsletter is completed and sent out by Thrusie, who has been editor since early 2017. In the next few months there will be a change as Thrusie heads overseas with her family for an opportunity, and will need someone to look after the Club’s newsletter. It will assist if you have some design skills and it is only a few hours a fortnight to plug in the stories that everyone sends you. Please contact the office on infoif you are interested, and Thrusie can assist you to understand what’s needed.

Lastly, two more weeks left for the surf race, so come down on Sunday morning for a swim. It’s always good to mix with other members on the start line then go round at your own pace. If you are nice to Peter, he may help you with your handicap. Just ask Martin Greenberg on Sunday morning for some tips. He is off at go now, whereas Courtney Date has to wait on the beach for longer than 4 minutes to start his race.

See you on the beach,

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Lifesaver’s Labyrinth on the beach – 19 April
  • Pre-dawn New Beginnings gathering – 21 April, 5:45am
  • ANZAC Ceremony in Club Hall – 21 April, 10:30am
  • Blue and White Ball ticket sales close – 22 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.

Blue and White Ball, 4 May
Book your tickets here for the event of the Season


Upcoming Easter/ANZAC Patrols

8:30am – 1:15pm – Meagher
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Fullwood

8:30am – 1:15pm – Hutchings
12:45pm – 6:30pm – Baldock

8:30am – 1:15pm – Nightingale
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Fletcher

8:30am – 1:15pm – Douglas
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Bassingthwaite

ANZAC DAY, Thursday, 25 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Jeppesen
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Besomo

Saturday, 27 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Walsh
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Fullwood

BONDI BLUEWATER Sunday, 28 April
8:30am – 1:15pm – Craven
12:45pm – 4:30pm – Hutchings

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

Clubbies discount 20% off at our new sponsor Local Supply

New sunglass sponsor. Great Clubbie offer

Local Supply are our new sunglass sponsor. A couple of weeks ago the Local Supply team came down to see us in action and gifted some of our patrolling members with some new sunnies from their SLSA range.

This is just the beginning of our partnership and we look forward to have them on board for next Season.

To celebrate this partnership they’ve given us an exclusive offer of 20% off their entire range until 30 April. Use the code BONDI20OFF at checkout.

Check out all of their sunnies at

Grill'd burger restaurant supporting Bondi in April

Eat at Grill’d; get money for Bondi

Clubbies, our charity donation box will be at Grill’d Bondi Junction tills until the end of April. So pop in and supports us over the holiday week!

We are a ‘Local Matters’ partner with Grill’d this month. Every burger sold comes with a token that you can pop into our Bondi club box. At the end of the month, we will get a donation, and the more votes we have, the higher the gift!

Member Benefits

Also, 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

New Club merchandise

Don’t miss out on our new club t-shirts and hoodies. Place your order by Tuesday 23 April

Surf Sports

Bondi WINS three in a row

The 2018-19 season came to a nail biting conclusion at the Australian Masters Championships at Broadbeach, QLD. Bondi retained top place by 3 points over the powerhouse clubs Kurrawa and Northcliffe. The team brought home 14 gold, 9 silver, and 10 bronze medals.

Gold medalists

Simon Nothing: 40-44 surf race, 40-44 2km ocean swim
Mal Allen: 45-49 surf race
Dori Miller: 45-49 surf race, 45-49 2km ocean swim
Juliann Desjardins: 30-34 iron woman
Maddi Blomberg: 3-34 2km ocean swim
Christie Krenkels: 50-54 2km ocean swim
110 yrs surf team: Maddi Blomberg, Fiona Nay, Robyn Hill
150 yrs surf team: Dori Miller, Laura Thurtell, Christie Krenkels
150 yrs taplin relay: Dori Miller, Louise Santos, Laura Thurtell
40-44 board rescue: Fiona Nay, Robyn Hill
45-49 board rescue: Dori Miller, Louise Santos

Australian Masters Point Score

1) Bondi – 246 points
2) Kurrawa – 242 points
3) Northcliffe – 209 points
4) Noosa Heads – 169 points
4) North Burleigh – 169 points
5) Mooloolaba – 134 points
6) Coogee – 133 points
7) Alexandra Headlands – 119 points
8) Wanda – 113 points
8) North Bondi – 113 points
9) Mona Vale – 105 points
10) Queenscliff – 99 points

Congratulations to all competitors on an outstanding Season!

Bondi Bluewater Challenge, Take 2

Our original #BBWC2019 event had to be postponed due to weather. The new event date, 28 April, is approaching fast!

Don’t miss your chance to take part in one of the last ocean swims of the Season!

The Bondi Blue Water Challenge offers something for all ages and abilities with a 1km and 2.1km ocean swim, a 4km Fun Run and Nipper Challenge – there’s something for the whole family.

Visit for all the event details and to make the most of your morning at Bondi.


When – Sunday 28 April, 2019
Where – Bondi Beach
Registration – Race day at Bondi Surf Club from 7:00am

Race schedule

  • 8:00am – 4km beach run,
  • 8:30am – Nipper Challenge
  • 9:15am – 1km swim
  • 10:30am – 2.1km swim

Online entries close – 3:00pm, Saturday, 27 April, 2019
Enquiries – bondibluewater

Register here by Sunday 27 April, 3:00PM

You can make it a success. Lend a hand!

The Bondi Blue Water Challenge is one of the Club’s major fundraisers.

We need your help, so please come on down and lend a hand to make the day another raging success. We need lots of volunteers on the day!

Here are the approximate allocated times and roles:
Beach set up – 6.00am – 8.00am
Registrations – 6.45am – 10.15am
Water Safety 9.00am – 11.45am
Beach pack up 11.30am – 12.30pm

Any Questions? Contact us by email info or phone (02) 9300 9279

Thank you!

Register to volunteer right here!

Blue Room Surf Races

Week 30 – 14 April Results are here.

Fellow Surfers,

Other than the wind blowing up a storm and creating havoc with the waves, all is well in sunny Bondi.

We always try to innovate. This Sunday, Sam and Siobhan set the buoys, and we swam right to left to take advantage of the rip and bank. No one complained and we had some good racing.

John C and Martin G were down, but out of the water. John has had another delayed decision with his battles with the sun and has lost a little skin and what was underneath it. Martin, well the perils of going skiing in the cold.

Siobhan got three of her Cadets to race. Out of a Patrol of thousands, she led by example; many others followed. In the scheme of things, that is all that one can ask.

I was having a coffee with John R Sunday morning. He tells me he will be back racing next season , and to his latest training aid (a pacemaker) those in B Grade do not have anything to worry about. He has set his sights on A Grade. Let’s all wish him well. If you see him in the water, keep out of his way or expect to be run over.

A Grade saw Dori at her best, in the third and final round of the Jack Cox. In a very determined swim that blitzed the field, she brought cheers from the crowd as she powered up and over the finish line. Susan, our very compact pool swimmer with the Amateurs, came in second after mastering a good shoot over the bank and ploughing into the shore. She beat out a strong JP, whom we do not see enough of.

In B Grade, we saw Mary beat out a strong field, with Paul not stopping for a wave and coming in second. Mark was hot on his heels and finished just ahead of Courtney (who as back marker, has an amazing swim).

Cadets saw three competitors go around. It was great to see. Mary got a double with Tom having a close tussle with Lazlo.

Only two weeks to go! Come down and have some fun, have a natter with your mates and get wet. The water’s great.

To encourage you, next week everyone will get an extra point for starting.


1st = + 40 seconds
2nd = +30 seconds &
3rd = + 20 seconds.

3 consecutive races & no placings = – 15 seconds.
5 weeks & three races & no placings = – 10 seconds &
Over 5 weeks & three races = – 5 seconds.
Attend & race cancelled = +2 points.
Also, allocated special race days where everyone gets an extra point for starting.

Sign up for the weekly Surf Race report


Higher Awards

Gold assessment

28 April at Cronulla SLSC

Last Higher Awards courses this Season

Spinal Management 3 hour course – 27 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

Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) Training

Bondi Surf Club is committed to providing a safe, fair and inclusive environment for everyone associated with our Club, free from harassment and abuse for everyone, promoting respectful and positive behavior and values.

The Club has a number of members trained as Member Protection Information Officers (MPIOs) who provide a safe and professional way to raise any concerns or complaints. An MPIO is responsible for providing information about members’ rights, responsibilities and options to a member making a complaint or raising a concern, as well as support during the further process.

Surf Life Saving Sydney is running two MPIO face-to-face training courses in May:

  • Course 1 – Thursday 2 May, 6.30pm
  • Course 2 – Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm

Register for the MPIO course

Coming up at the Club

Easter gatherings at the Club on Friday and Sunday
Easter gatherings at the Club on Friday and Sunday


Bondi Surf Club opening hours


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

Photo submissions: ​photos

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

Office Bearers 2018-2019

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