Lifeguards back on beach patrol
You know summer’s coming when the surf lifeguards start patrolling Northland’s surf beaches. And the surf lifesaving season officially started on Saturday when volunteer lifeguards begin patrolling five beaches across the region until Easter 2019. The beaches patrolled by the volunteers are Ocean Beach at Whanga¯ rei Heads, Ruakaka, Waipu, Mangawhai and Ahipara. All five beaches, along with Baylys Beach, will be patrolled during the week by professional lifeguards from the Christmas holidays through to the end of Auckland’s Anniversary weekend. Northern Advocate photographer Tania Whyte went to Waipu and Ocean Beach to see the start of the surf life saving season.
Waipu Cove volunteer lifeguards Tyler Flannigan and Bailey Hudson with the IRB at the start of surf patrols on Northland beaches.
Alissa Crosby, 6, is loving being in the water.
Fernanda Teixeira and Maicon Rau with puppy Barney, both originally from Brazil, have fun in the sun.
Charlie Vincent, 7, and Antonia Scaramella, 12, build sandcastles in the rising tide’s path.
Sophie, 6, and brother Asher, 4, play in the stream out of the sun.