Your Bondi Surf Club Surfer – 16 May 2019

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The Bondi Surfer No. 90

16 May 2019

Photo: Bondi Blue and White Ball 2019

Intro & Welcome

Last weekend, we held a memorial service for Life Member Bob Reid. The hall was packed with over 200 people to pay respect to a Member who was heavily involved in many aspects of the Club. Bob was Treasurer for nine seasons, secretary for one, vice president for one and was a strong fundraiser at a time when the club needed it most. Bob had a love for the surfboats and was known as one of the best big surf sweeps. Many of our Members who were lucky to have rowed with him said he made it look easy.

Also last weekend, we ended the Season in style with the Blue and White Ball in the Establishment ballroom in the City. Thank you to Anna and her team for a fitting end to the Season.

A few Seasons ago, we created the Bondi Blue Membership, which is provided annually to a handful of Members who have put extraordinary amounts of hours into the Club with many of them involved in multiple areas. Thank you to the following: Paul Ure, Steve Hackers, Jeremy Davis, Michael Delaney, Anna Darby, Alex Ayscough, Felicity Macarthur, Nick Nezval, Andrew Hoggett, Damon Somerfield and Pat Moore.

Coming up, we have some important dates, with Presentation Night at the Club (there will be a band) on 22 June, and also the Club’s Annual General Meeting the following month on 22 July.

See you on the beach,

Jacob Waks

Events & Reminders

Key Dates

  • Federal Election Day – CLUB IS A POLLING STATION – 18 May
  • Presentation Night – 22 June
  • Sharkskin NSW IRB Championships – 29 June
  • NSW Pool Rescue Championships – 13-14 July
  • Renew membership for Early Bird pricing – 20 July
  • Annual General Meeting – 21 July
  • Deadline for 2019/20 membership – 31 July
  • Nippers Season 2019/20 Registration Opens – 1 August
  • Midford NSW Board Riding Championships – 2-4 August
  • Australian Pool Rescue Championships – 9-11 August

Find more information on the club Facebook page.

Limited Club access Saturday for elections

The Australian Electoral Commission is once again using the Club as a polling station on Saturday 18 May.

There will be no Member access through the Club front entrance. Please use the wet entrance or boat shed to enter and exit the Club. This will minimise disruption and protect the integrity of the polling location.

Come down to cast your vote at the Club!

Club Presentation Night is on 22 June
Click here to RSVP for Presentation Night

Blue and White Ball, 4 May

An amazing night

The inaugural Blue and White Ball was held 4 May in the Establishment Ballroom.

140 members and guests dressed in their finest outfits and partied the night away with music by DJ Roger.

The photo booth was a major hit! to download your photos FOLLOW THIS LINK.
(PASSWORD: bondi1)

Stay tuned for Winter social events

Comedy night, BechTech3, and Winter Woolies Singles night are all TBC. More info soon…

Group photos of Clubbies at the Ball
President and officers having fun at the Ball
Selfies at the Ball - no lives lost this Season

2019/20 Season Membership Fees

It’s that time again. Friendly reminder to pay your membership fees before our AGM on Sunday, 21 July 2019. We do encourage you to renew your membership on or before 20 July 2019 to benefit from the Early Bird pricing.

Any memberships not renewed by 31 July 2019 will be archived and access tags deactivated.

Renew and pay your membership now


Patrol Season has ended

Our Patrol teams will resume duties next Season. Until then, stay safe on the beach.

Marketing & Sponsorship

Member Benefits

For great Clubbie discounts, look out for the Bondi sticker at friendly local businesses!

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

IRB Boat Racing team is competing in the NSW IRB racing premiership

Good luck to the IRB racing team

For the first time in nearly 10 years, Bondi is competing in the winter NSW IRB racing premiership. This is no small commitment with all the gear, training and team commitment required to freezing once a fortnight to compete. Two weeks ago at their first competition at Stockton Beach, Bondi placed 14th out of 23 teams. Check out this video from last year’s championships to see what IRB racing is all about.

The team races again this weekend in Round 2 of the premiership series at The Lakes. Good luck to all competitors.


Bronze medal training group 6 is nearly ready for assessment

BM6: SRCs v. retirees…

Bronze group number 6 complete their mocks this week and have assessments next week.

Duke of Edinburgh – Winter is coming…

If you are currently completing the DoE program and need to maintain service hours over winter can you please complete the form requesting to join the “DoE winter program”

We will organise a 4-hour service activity once each month, so you can build up the hours needed towards your award. We will advise specific activities, but it will be working bees with the Gear Steward, assistance with setup of Club functions, and general pre-season setup.

Your last chance for Higher Awards

Advanced Resuscitation -16/18/20 June
Silver Medallion Beach Management – 3 evenings at Little Bay Branch Office – 24/26 June/1 July, 6:30-9:30pm

Any questions regarding Higher Awards? Please email higherawards

Winter ski paddling for 15-18 year olds

Bondi Surf Club has worked closely with Sydney Harbour Surf Club to arrange a Saturday morning and Tuesday afternoon session for our future ski paddling team members.

New paddlers can take advantage of the FREE week trial and then can use the Under30 promo code to receive 30% off all purchases. It works out at about $17 per session including ski, life jacket, paddle and coaching. If you can’t make these sessions, feel free to join any of their other sessions.

Download Sydney Harbour Surf Club’s app to book sessions and take advantage of the discount (see these instructions).

Community News

Paddling to cure juvenile diabetes

Board captains Ryan Jenkin and Jason Taylor are competing in the Molokai to O’ahu World Paddleboarding Championships in Hawaii. This 54Km paddle is known as "The channel of bones” due its formidable conditions and savage swells. Ryan, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2013, is taking on this challenge with Jason for the second time to demonstrate that Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to control people’s lives.

Please join them in raising funds to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation find a cure.

Support Ryan and Jason here


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

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