June Update

Presentation night is on Saturday June 25 at 6:00pm in the Club Lounge.  The event is FREE and a paella dinner and DJ will be provided.  For catering purposes you must RSVP to[email protected]. Please provide the names of those coming and their meal choice of seafood / non seafood or vegetarian Paella.  All welcome.  Last year was a great night so don’t miss out on this year’s event.  If you have earned an award this year come and collect it and celebrate with the Club’s finest.

Everybody comes to the party wearing the six different colors of a Rubik’s cube (red, green, yellow, white, orange and blue).  At this point everyone should resemble an unsolved side of a Rubik’s cube. As the party continues everyone trade articles of clothing with each other so that by the end, everyone is wearing only one color of clothing and accessories.

Clothing changes will be announced at the beginning of certain songs played by our DJ. Everyone must make all their clothing and accessory switches by the time a song is over.


  • No-one should wear anything that you’d like to keep – go to the red cross shop or wear something you no longer want.
  • You will be changing out in public so they should wear under clothing that they’re comfortable in.
  • Clothes should wear bright and solid colored
  • Wearing accessories like belts, hats, glasses or scarves adds to the fun at the end of the night.

The point is to end up only wearing one solid color by the end of the night by swapping articles of clothing with other guests.  Males can wear female clothing and vise versa.


Prizes for Best Outfit at the end of the Night.

If you have been to our website lately, you may have noticed some changes.  The website has been rebuilt from top to bottom with a view of providing all the information required by our members or those looking to use, join or hire the Club in a clear, easily navigable site.  Keep an eye on the newslink for the latest news or upcoming courses and events.  Wanting torenew your membership?  Know someone who would like to join the club?  Got an upcoming event and would like to find out about our venue hire?  Thinking of doing another award?  Like to join one of our surf sports teams?  Have you got some nippers?
A huge thank you to all involved but in particular to Donovan Macintosh and Leanne Austin for the enormous and sustained effort of getting the new website up and running.
May has been a busy month for our IRB racing team, with carnivals at Caves Beach, Terrigal and Birubi Point.  Caves was first with Avalon Beach making 5 finals in choppy conditions.  Competition was fierce with any error penalised harshly in the final races.  Terrigal was next with flat conditions and a spectacular day.  Alan Mahn and Alan Moran achieved the best result with a fourth placing out of three finals.  Birubi was cancelled after a morning of racing in large and building surf.  The team is working hard and honing their skills towards the State Carnival in early July.
If you are interested in IRB racing come down on Sunday mornings to have a look or see details on our upcoming IRB Course below.
Did you know that our Club has two Facebook pages, a group page for members and public page for the Community? Facebook is one of the best ways to keep in touch with what’s happening around the Club. Why not join our member page here and like our public page here?
The End of Season Party was a great success with about 180 people attending and terrific performances by the Marvel Brothers and Nothing Too Serious.  A great night was had with dancing, some suspicious goings on in the photo booth, and a sensational auction featuring the silver tongue of Craig Goozee.  More than $8,000 was raised which will send our boaties to the Surf Boat World Championships in September.  Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the auction.  A huge thank you to all the boaties for organising and running the event.
This years’ Annual Report is currently in production.  If you have any great photos that you think should be included, please send them to me here.  If you have a collection, send a link to a dropbox file.  We are centralising all of our Club photos and files so all images will be added to the archival collection.
Calling all potential Patrol Captains!  There is an upcoming BBM course which we would love to see well-attended by aspiring Avalon Beach members, particularly if you are female.  BBM stands for Basic Beach Management.  A BBM award is a prerequisite for the Gold Medallion and for all Patrol Captains.  It is a one day course and will be held in conjunction with Palm Beach and Bilgola.  A tentative date has been set for Saturday 30th July.  If you are interested please contact our Chief Instructor Louise Lindop.
There is an IRB Crew Award course commencing on Sunday 12th June.  If you would like to get your Crew Award please contact our IRB captain Alan Moran or our IRB trainerTerry Barber.  You must get your crew award before you can get your Silver Medallion IRB Drivers Award.  There is more information on these awards on our website here.
Apart from learning the skills required to save a life, meeting great people, spending time on the best beach in the world and becoming part of the world’s largest volunteer organisation, what are the benefits of doing your bronze and becoming an active patrolling member?

  • Fully appointed, 24/7 gymnasium (18yrs+). Cadets may also use the gym under adult supervision.
  • Heavily discounted CrossFit Avalon Beach membership.
  • Professional surf sports coaching for fitness and competition
  • 24hr Club Access Key to member facilities/hot showers
  • Substantial member discounts on venue hire
  • Free coffee or cold drink from The Avalon on the Beach kiosk whilst on patrol
  • Northern Beaches Council Car Parking sticker
  • Opportunities to compete in a variety of surf sports disciplines at Club, Branch, State and National level including ocean swimming, board and ski paddling, beach events such as sprints and flags, surf rescue events, IRB racing and surf boat racing.
On May 22 Avalon Beach hosted the Branch Surf Competition again.  It was a very successful day with 150 surfers registered. Avalon had 38 surfers who all had great days. There were good morning conditions with a 3-4ft swell.  Our Nippers team under competition manager Dave Roberts and Chairman PimJohn Van Gestel ran the show, with excellent support all day from the Avalon parents with judging, water safety and BBQ/Canteen.We thank NASA for all their assistance in judging and equipment, especially Dean Whiteman as the head judge for the day.Avalon won 13 of the 25 divisions and we congratulate the 17 members who qualified to compete at State:

U14 – Henri Hole, Sam James and Blaze Roberts
U13 – Arch Whiteman, Van Whiteman, Ben Johns, Tia Collins & Hunter Roberts

U19 Max Stanley Jones, Oscar Stoken and James Gabrielle
O40’s Anthony Padovan, Dean Whiteman, Phil Jones
O50’s Brent Williams & Steve (“Jack” Frost)
Open Female Long Board – Moana Roberts


Donovan joined the club in 1999 and received his Bronze Award in 2000.  He quickly achieved his IRB Crew and Drivers certificate, as well as becoming a qualified trainer and assessor for our Bronze squads and IRB candidates.  He is also a jet ski operator.  He was Patrol Member of the Year in 2004 and 2007, and received the President’s award in the same year.  He became IRB Captain from 2004 until 2010.  In 2008 he won the Norman Cook Club Member of the Year.  He also held the position of Junior Club Captain  between 2004 and 2008.  Over the years Donovan has religiously put in a huge number of hours of patrolling,  training and assessing, as well as keeping all of our IRB’s operational.  Together with Terry Barber he was always elbows deep in a motor.  On top of all this Donovan built and maintained our Club website.  He recently expended a huge amount of time and effort donating his IT expertise and building the brand new Club website.  With a demanding brief that grew over time, he implemented every request without complaint and put together a vastly improved web presence which will benefit all of our members and clubhouse users for many years to come. Without members such as Donovan, the Club simply could not function.  Donovan is a long service member, and with young children is perhaps not around the Club quite as much as he used to be.  He is however, still as committed as ever, and assisting the Club greatly behind the scenes.  I would like to thank Donovan and his wife Sally for a tremendous and vast commitment over many, many years.

18/19 June:  IRB Round 4 – South Maroubra
25 June:  Presentation Day
2/3 July: IRB State – Mollymook
22/23/24: IRB Aussies – Mollymook
31 July:  AGM
Registration starts in August.
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