Big 100 for surf life club

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Three gen­er­a­tions of North Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club are look­ing for­ward to the centenary... Kody, Lea, Todd and Ryker Ed­wards, and Adrian, Jesse and Jamie Rid­der­hof.

THREE gen­er­a­tions of the Rid­der­hof fam­ily are look­ing for­ward to North Cottes­loe Surf Life Sav­ing Club’s centenary cel­e­bra­tions on Satur­day.

“The club is very fam­ily ori­ented, and even a lot of my daugh­ter Lea’s friends have kids down there, ei­ther on the beach or part of the ac­tiv­i­ties,” 52-year mem­ber Adrian Rid­der­hof (68) said.

His other fam­ily mem­bers are Kody (2), Ryker (6), Lea (33) and Todd Ed­wards (37), Jesse (2) and Jamie Rid­der­hof (36).

Adrian Rid­der­hof joined the now 2000strong club when just 180 mem­bers were op­er­at­ing from a house and small boat shed east of Marine Pa­rade in 1965.

“Since then surf life­sav­ing has be­come much more pro­fes­sional, and the club now has a per­ma­nent staff of four,” Mr Rid­der­hof said.

“But even with the most invit­ing of beach­side en­vi­ron­ments bring- ing the pub­lic over the years, pa­trollers have of­ten had to deal with cut feet from the reefs,” he said.

“There have thank­fully been no fa­tal­i­ties, although their skills have been used for nearby car crashes and a jog­ger go­ing past who had a heart at­tack.”

His roles have in­cluded club cap­tain and vi­cepres­i­dent, and chair­ing the as­set com­mit­tee, for which he re­ceived the club’s life mem­ber­ship.

His grand­son Ryker, whose fa­ther is club cap­tain Todd, was brought into the club’s fold with his first pair of bathers.

“The first budgie smug­glers Ryker got was when he was born,” Mr Rid­der­hof said.

A centenary sea­son launch and com­mu­nity cel­e­bra­tion at the club will run from 10am and will in­clude surf craft, food trucks, mu­sic, sand cas­tle com­pe­ti­tions and buskers.

To join the 100 hu­man aerial birth­day card on the beach from 10.45am, visit www.ncslsc.com.

“This is go­ing to be one of the big­gest days in our club’s his­tory and we want thou­sands of mem­bers, fam­ily, friends and the broader com­mu­nity to spend the day with us,” club pres­i­dent Ian Clarke said.

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