Magical Mangawhai Swim.
After a stormy Thursday, a welcome return to sunshine and lighter winds was much to the relief of swimmers on Easter Friday. Nevertheless the surf was still at a large size of 3 – 4 foot (and some bigger sets) and this would prove a challenge for the 6.2km swimmers. Some wisely chose to ‘buddy up’ for company and safety, or to look after their partners. This included Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Rebecca Perrott (2.00.6 for 200 free in 1978!).
The start was by the Mangawhai Tavern and the large open spaces here was smoothe swimming for the first 1.5km. As they rounded the headland a small chop and headwind was felt for the next 2km but the scenery was stunning with the large sand dunes to the right, and some lovely small beaches and expensive properties on the left. In sections the swimmers could stand up. While some of the swimmers kept left, then finished at the two or three km mark, others headed over to the deeper and faster channel water. They zoomed with the current and around the turn with some finishing at the 4.5km mark, while others headed out to the rocky ‘Wolf Rock’ headland. With a stronger northerly wind and it’s waves, meeting an outgoing tide, the swell was huge and messy with a turbulent roller coaster type swim for some 200m. Swimming north for another 200m brought the swimmers clear. They then negotiated the waves, which with a lower outgoing tide had dropped from the morning’s high tide. All came in safely and were welcomed by the crowd of beachgoers and swimmers alike. One swimmer commented that it was ‘Adventure Swimming at its best!’
A big thank you to all the participants for their superlative efforts. Thank you to the Paradise Events crew including the Lifeguards, and to sponsors Cutshop, Carters of Mangawhai, Bamma Surf Shop Mangawhai, 4 Square Mangawai Heads, GM Massage, and Triathlete’s Corner.
See Results Here

Cathedral Cove Swim Report 2014

It’s a charitable idea really, heading down to the fine Coromandel Coast, perhaps doing the Sand to Surf at lovely Mt Maunganui beach (wisely shifted to Pilot Bay due to very large swells), then staying at your favourite destination that night and heading to beautiful Ha Hei for the Cathedral Cove swim. For those that stayed at HaHei Sunday was a damp morning but as the sun came out so did a wonderful rainbow that covered the western sky, and you guessed it – it ended at the wonderful spot where tourists from around the world gather to see, nestled amongst large rocky outcrops, the huge archway of Cathedral Cove!

All morning surfers reveled in HaHei beach’s glassy 1-3 foot swells, putting on a fine display of tube riding and aerials as swimmers registered for the swim. A good ‘surf swim lesson’ by director Brent Foster enabled a bit of confidence and psyche up for swimmers to negotiate the waves coming in (about half the size of the Mount, or Hot Water beach around the corner). Starting in a break between waves, swimmers got off to a great start. The 2km swim down to the Cove was aided by a slight tailwind but a late change of course by the head Hot Water beach lifeguard, made in the interests of safety, meant swimmers were diverted into Mare Legs Cove, then ran through the archway onto Cathedral Cove beach, and then swam back around the headland. This was a course done in the first year and meant a little longer into the chop and wind on the way back. Nevertheless swimmers weren’t perturbed, they followed lifeguards’ instructions and all made it in and out of the beaches safely.

Meanwhile after a scenic walk there, ‘One Way Swimmers’ had their own real test entering the swirling shore break of Mare Legs Cove’s waters. Sun bathers quickly sat up to watch as the keen swimmers entered the water like penguins embarking on a testing but fun sea adventure. Eventually the swimmers got out safely and then swum past Stingray Bay, Gemstone Bay and HaHei point, to HaHei beach. By the end of the 2 or 4.2km swim beach spectators acknowledged the swimmers by cheering. One by one the swimmers scrambled up the beach looking like tired but happy penguins at their superlative efforts.

Top experienced swimmer Donal Barry took out the distinguished honours of the 4.2km swim in a great 59.38. Second place went to another experienced swimmer Patrick Gallagher in 1.06.12 and third male was Mark Rigall in a close 1.06.32. First non wetsuit man was evergreen Jim West. The women was led in by Rebecca Hollingworth in 1.14.09 ahead of a strong finishing Laura Tippet (1.17.07). Third and first woman without a wetsuit was Jessica Needham in an impressive 1.20.13. The 2km swimmers had Geoff Le Cren take gold with a fine 44.51. Second and third respectively in a tight finish was Paul Cunningham (45.45) and John Petch (45.47). The Women had Judie Johnson take the gold in a great 49.59. Second went to Elizabeth Anderson (58.46) and third was Robina Ann Cummins (1.03.13).

Overall the sunny day, nice surf, and fantastic beaches gave everyone a great weekend to remember. Thank you to the swimmers and supporters, Hot Water Beach Lifeguards, the Team at Paradise Events, sponsors: Cutshop, Samoa Swim Series, Triathletes Corner, T3, Orca and North Harbour Tri Club for all your support.
See Results Here

Achilles Point Swim Saturday February 15, 2014.
The St Heliers Achilles Point Swim proved to be a very enjoyable swim for all. Perfect glassy swim conditions on a sunny Auckland day greeted all who was up for the 10km, 3.8km and 2.5km distances. Unfortunately no one entered for the 10km which was a shame because the course would have been ideal for fast times and smoothe swimming. But nevertheless the 3.8km field proved a classy one with evergreen Sarah Mortimer being first home outright and first woman in an excellent 46.06 on the GPS measured course. Second was top triathlete Pam Meyer in 54.33 and third was Lizzy Hunt in 54.54  . Top male home with a display of strength swimming without a wetsuit was Logan Jacka in an excellent 48.02 (a wetsuit is worth almost 1 minute per 1km). Second was youngster James Mathews in an impressive 48.56 while third was previous winner Jon Robinson, non wetsuit, in a great 49.27. The high tide and scenery was spectacular and even the safety crew were impressed with the conditions. The 2.5km swim from stunning Karaka Bay had a smaller field but all completed the swim with smiles. First female was top junior triathlete Katherine Badham in a nice 37.46. Second was Toshi Logan. First in the men was newcomer to ocean swim racing Simon Papa in a time of 44.15, second was Mark Boyd and third was Philip Whaley. Overall the Cutshop (0800 cutshop) sponsored event had a great day and thanks to all helpers, supporters, and sponsors Cutshop, Samoa Swim Series, Triathlete’s Corner, GM Massage, Moreton’s Bar and Restaurant, Annabelle’s Restaurant and T3 shop Mt Eden. Hope to see you all at the Cathedral Cove Swim on Sunday March 23rd. See Results Here

2014 Upcoming Events

Magical Mangawhai Easter Weekend 2014
Magical Mangawhai Swim and SUP Paddle/board paddle/ski paddle. (2km and 6km option for swimmers) tide assisted. Easter Friday April 18
A scenic swim from the infamous Mangawhai Tavern, down the calm estuary, past the mighty sand dunes , around the point, then catch a wave into beautiful Mangawhai Beach.
Cost: $30
Race Registration Mangawhai Surf Lifesaving Club: 9 – 9.45am, followed by Compulsory Safety & Course Briefing
Swim start: 10.30am. High tide: 9.30am.
(Or alternative route: Walk the coastal track and swim back to the surf club (4km)).

The Mangawhai Half Marathon & 10km. Saturday April 19
Run past green pastures, through a pine forest, to stunning Ocean Beach and return. Sadly this beach will soon have 46 houses next to it so this may be our last chance to view it in its untouched state.
Cost: $30.
Race Registration: Mangawhai Tavern, Moir St., Mangawhai Village: 7 – 7.45am.
Race briefing: 7.45am. Start: 8am. Prizegiving: 10.30am

Brent has been swim coaching in and around Auckland mainly in a part time role since 1983. He has worked with a variety of coaches at a variety of swim pools coaching all levels and abilities. These include:

Swimming New Zealand Coaching, Beginner Level Adults, Olympic pool Newmarket.

West Auckland Aquatics Swim Squad, Senior and Junior Competitor Squads, West Wave Henderson.

Glen Eden Intermediate School, Learn To Swim.

North Shore Swim Squad, Senior Squad, Birkenhead North Shore.

YMCA Tri-Squad, Tepid Baths.

YMCA Learn to Swim children, Development.

Competition Squad kids, Tri-Squad and Fitness Squad (ten years as Head Coach), Technique and Learn to swim adults, Glen Innes.

Mt Wellington Swim Club, Head Coach competition and Development Swim Squads.

Coupled with many Swimming NZ Coaching courses and his twenty years as a competition swimmer, surf lifesaver and triathlete he brings plenty of experience to his coaching.

Massage Service

Brent has a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from the New Zealand College of Massage gained in 2004. This is a NZQA approved course and involves 1600 hours of theory and practice.
He offers a therapeutic or deep tissue massage from his Ellerslie practice. Cost is just $50 per hour. Please book as early as possible! Thank you.

Triathlon/Running coaching
Brent has extensive triathlon and running experience to match his swimming coaching skills. Mentored and coached by the great Arthur Lydiard and Barry Magee in running, and Hamish Carter's former coach Jack Ralston in triathlon, are amongst just some of his former coaches. Combine this with Level One and Two coaching courses and his experience in both short and long course triathlon Brent is sure he can improve your performance and enable you to short cut your way to a better performance.

For the triathlete, I will:
Teach you an effortless and powerful stroke.
Help you understand your movements in the water and its relationship to stroke efficiency.
Increase your confidence level for open water swimming.
Support you during your training period with mental and physical training and race strategy tips.
Show you efficient sighting and breathing for open water swims.
Help you achieve effortless breathing for pool swimming whether you are competing or training.

For recreational swimmers, I will:
Help you to improve all four strokes, if wanted
Show you how to make your stroke efficient
Let you experience interesting and fun workouts to help meet your personal fitness goals
Show you drills, which will help you understand your body better in this environment

For competitive swimmers, I will:
Improve your endurance, technique and mental focus in the water.
Show you how to make all your strokes more efficient.
Help you gain speed and power.
Teach you how to use the walls for efficiency using streamlined underwater techniques.

Coaching fees:

$60 one-on-one sessions for 50 mins.
$120 per month includes:
* A customised tailor made program for you.
* A complimentary one hour face to face 'brain-storming' session.
* A complimentary one hour massage.
* Regularly available for feedback re training.
Two month commitment required.

For scheduling and more information, please contact Brent.
phone: 0212135962 / 095250725

Monthly rate: $120 includes:
A comprehensive triathlon coaching program tailored to your needs.
Regular contact and feedback on your sessions.
Complimentary one hour massage and discussion.