Rips be­tween clubs

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Ncslsc Centenary - Denise S. Cahill

NORTH Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club life mem­ber Adrian Rid­der­hof de­scribes the club that was founded 100 years ago as “re­bel­lious”.

“We broke away from Cottes­loe; we're a lit­tle bit re­bel­lious,” Mr Rid­der­hof said.

“There's a great ri­valry be­tween the two clubs.”

The re­bel­lion was ob­vi­ous when the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly caught up with Mr Rid­der­hof and fel­low life mem­bers Mike Mac­der­mott, Jack Al­liss and Den­nis Hawtin.

Be­tween them, they have been mem­bers for no less than 200 years and life mem­bers for 50 years.

They've won count­less state and na­tional surf life­sav­ing medals and Mr Mac­Der­mott was the first club mem­ber to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia.

He also re­calls the sale of the orig­i­nal club­house on the op­po­site side of Marine Pa­rade in 1966 for 23,000 pounds.

“It cost 60,000 pounds to build the new place (on land leased by Cottes­loe Coun­cil) and it was built by the end of that year,” Mr Mac­der­mott said.

Mr Rid­der­hof said there were 200 mem­bers when he joined and 2000-plus now.

“Surf life­sav­ing has gen­er­ally in­creased mem­ber­ships but es­pe­cially North Cottes­loe be­cause we can be a bit more re­laxed,” he said. “In the late 80s we started more ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram and be­came more high pro­file.”­mu­ni­ d486931

Adrian Rid­der­hof, Mike Mac­der­mott, Jack Al­liss and Den­nis Hawtin are North Cottes­loe surf club life mem­bers. Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

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