Life­guards back on beach pa­trol

Whangarei Report - - NEWS -

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.

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