Achilles Point Swim:
The Paradise Event’s Achilles Point Swim on May 9 was New Zealand's official last swim on the ocean swim calendar. After a beautiful warm summer, the sea had cooled by May, and the 17° helped by a sunny day was cold but not that bad. The ‘Super Six’, who took on the new around Browns Island 10 k, showed tremendous courage given their ages and the marathon distance on an unfamiliar course. The first two 10 k swimmers gave the spectators a real surprise with a sprint up the beach to the finish! Gary Seaman was first man in 3.35.15, while first woman was Karen Markin in 3.35.20. Second man was ever-green Royden Hindle in 4.15.10, and third was Roger Soulsby in 4.29.10, who completed 30 K in the sea that week. Second woman was Pauline Mills, 4.37.00, and third Linda Colland in 4.50.00, both doing the 10 K the hard way – without wetsuits!
The 4K and 2.3K Karaka Bay swimmers had idyllic calm conditions, with just a light westerly wind showing at the end. Helen Adams stormed home first in the 4 K, with a fine time of 1.01.31. Second woman home was Paulette Tasker in 1.05.07, while Cathy Denne took third in 1.07.12. First man was Reuben Gubb in 1.03.24, while Japan's Takao Yamaski took silver 1.03.32 and Richard Reynolds a close third in 1.03.59.
The scenic Karaka Bay starters had top ocean swimmer in her age Margie McKee take overall honours in 41.11. First male was ever improving Simon Papa in 47.58. 
Overall it was a lovely morning with one North Shore group also celebrating a great 50th birthday milestone! Thank you to all the helpers and thank you to all the sponsors: Cutshop, Triathletes Corner, T3, Morton's Bar and Restaurant, GM Massage, Brent Foster vouchers, and Japanese Solutions. See you all next year!
Official times:
10 K
1st M Gary Seaman 3.35.15
2nd M Royden Hindle 4.15.10
3rd M Roger Soulsby 4.29.10
1st F Karen Markin 3.35.20
2nd F Pauline Mills 4.37.00
3rd F Linda Colland 4.50.00
1st F Helen Adams 1.01.30
2nd F Paulette Tasker 1.05.07
3rd F Cathy Denne 1.07.12
1st M Reuben Gubb 1.03.24
2nd M Takao Yamasaki 1.03.32
3rd M Richard Reynolds 1.03.59
Frank Takkenberg 1.03.53
Roger Christensen 1.04.58
Shotaro Hashimoto 1.09.05
Jenny Hemmings 1.09.16
Jenny Starh 1.09.27
Hisako Osawa 1.14.00
Kevin Hudson 1.14.33
Raewyn Barker 1.14.52
David Parker 1.18.09
John Pavich 1.20.54
Kim Parker 1.21.16
Jo Hammer 1.31.39
Maryanne Offner 1.31.39
Susanna Andrew 1.36.12
Esther Lamb 1.36.12
Koko Sugita 1.52.04
1st F Margie McKee 41.11
2nd F Fiona Laird 58.18
3rd F Toshi Logan 1.00.00
1st M Simon Papa 47.58



Magical Mangawhai Swim Report and Results.



1st Simon Millar 38.14.
2nd Dan Johnston 39.00
3rd Ben Marshall 42.45 (1st non wetsuit).
4th Bruce Smith 47.36 nw
5th Gary Seaman 48.42
6th Reuben Gubb 48.50 nw
7th Chris Ward 49.42 nw
8th Chris Liebert 50.03
9th Simon Papa 55.42
10th Wayne Annan 59.20
11th David Harris 1.05.34 nw
12th Philip Wrigley 1.14.37 nw
13th Martin Girling 1.48.17


1st Stefanie Masler 47.11 nw
2nd Janine Copeland 47.57
3rd Karen Markin 48.48
4th Katie Ratcliffe 46.06 with fins
5th Karen Hunt 50.57
6th Jane Powell 55.05
7th Kim Taunga 55.42 nw
8th Pauline Mills 58.54 nw
9th Linda Collard 1.05.55 nw
10th Alexandra Hart 1.09.57
nw take off approximately 3mins for a wetsuit time.



One drives off State Highway One and for fifteen  minutes the road winds amongst picturesque farms. Finally it descends towards a green Government sign by the water that reads 'Magical Mangawhai'. Many locals here say there is a subtropical microclimate and this seemed so as the long summer continued into April with a beautiful sunny day. The 3km walk along the beaches (wear jandals! ) was scenic and the swim back as 'clear as diving at the Poor Knights' one swimmer revealed. Catching a small wave into the beach saw Devonport's Simon Millar take first in 38.14. Second close behind was Dan Johnston while third but first non wetsuit was Ben Marshall. First woman overall and without a wetsuit was Phd student Stefanie Masler in 47.11. Second but first wetsuit was Janine Copeland.  Overall swimmers enjoyed the serene conditions,  and felt safe with the help of the Mangawhai Lifeguards. As Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra sing 'Strawberries, cherries and angels kissing spring,  my !
 summer wine is really made from all these things' - may we continue with the long season of these sublime swims!







Cathederal cove Swim Results

The NZ Herald on Friday sent shock waves through many swimmers when they saw the front page and the report of 200km/hr winds heading our way. However on the day Saturday was a picture perfect sunny day at stunning Ha Hei beach. There was a nice small wave to get through or catch onto the beach and the most common comment was just how clear and beautiful the water was! Going through the famous archway of Cathedral Cove was a great turning point and the one way swimmers enjoyed the terrific views walking there. Most swimmers took on the 4.2km (or closer to 4.4km this time) and powerful swimming by ex pool competitor Stu Penman saw him take first in 55.53. Second was an excellent performance by triathlete Richard Speer in 61.42 and third saw Mark Riggall in a fine 63.40. The women had ex World Cup triathlete Teresa Adam take first in 58.19, second was Annie Wolken in 72.13, and third was Helen Adams (1.13.52). The top non wetsuit man was Logan Jacka in 64.57, who took the wonderful spot prize of a $350 entry to the Samoa Swim series. Second was Mike Cochrane (who has done over 200km so far this season in races!) in 70.14, with the top Female non wetsuit swimmer being Susan Sherwen (1.19.13) and second was Joanne Bell (1.22.01). The 2km had fast Leigh Singer take top spot in 37.30 while German Fabian Wengler took first place for the men. New Aunty Dannaka Dorrington took first for non wetsuit in a fine 43.12 while Luisa Dossow took second. Overall a fantastic morning and the Ha Hei Holiday Resort voucher of two nights in a holiday suite was a favourite spot prize. As was the prizemoney and other prizes from Cutshop, Triathletes Corner, T3, GM Massage, Samoa Swim Series, Brent Foster, and Sue Pilkington (TYR swimwear). Thank you to all and the Hot Water Beach Surf Lifeguards.

Results 4km Women


Teresa Adam



Amie Wolken



Helen Adams



Taryn Tyshetska



Paulette Tasker

1.19.11 1st non wetsuit *


Susan Sherwen

1.19.13 nw


Maryanne Offner



Susan Pilkington



Joanne-Marie Bell

1.22.01 nw


Jenny Spreitzer



Tracy Coote

1.24.24 nw


Fujine Wolken

1.32.49 nw


Linda Collard

1.33.49 nw






Results 4km Men


Stuart Penman



Richard Speer



Mark Riggall



Logan Jacka

1.04.57 (1st non wetsuit)


Mike Cochrane

1.10.14 nw


Denys Tshetskyy

1.12.10 nw


Ben Offner



Simon Williamson



Sam Jones



Gary Seaman



David McCauley

1.12.43 nw


Royden Hindle



Tony Conlon



Jim West

1.15.14 nw


Leigh Sherwen



Wayne Annan



Mark Story



Jack Wolken



John Goldsman



Tan Sylvester



Results 2km - Women


Leigh Singer



Dannaka Dorrington (non wetsuit)

43.12 (1st non wetsuit)


Robina Cummins



Penny Bognuda



Luisa Dossow

54.50 nw

·         Wetsuits are about 1 minute per km faster.

Results 2km – Men


Fabian Wengler

60.09 (1st non wetsuit)


Next swim is the Magical Mangawhai Swim Easter Good Friday April 3. All welcome!








Paradise Events. Swims for 2015 Cathederal Cove 2015 Swim Results


Achilles Point Swim
Saturday, May 9, 2015

This swim takes in the protected and secret scenic beaches from Glendowie Boat Club and Karaka Bay. With views of Browns Island and Rangitoto on the right, the final turn is Achilles Point before swimming into southern St Heliers beach.

High tide: 11.03am.

10k Browns Island Swimmers register Southern St Heliers Beach 8 – 8.30am.
Briefing at 8.30am.
Start Glendowie Boat Club 9.15am (Swim to bouy off K Bay, around Browns anticlockwise, beach on western side of the island, swim around Achilles Pt into St Heliers).
All swimmers must supply own paddler and refreshments.

4k Achilles Point Swim and 2.3k Karaka Bay Swim Register Southern St Heliers Beach 9-10am. Briefing at 10. Swim start 10.45am GBC (4k), 11am Karaka Bay (2.3k).
Prizegiving approx: 1.30am

Cost: 10k – $40, 4k – $25, 2.3k $20, u/18 $15’



Cathedral Cove Swim
Saturday March 14.
Walk to Cathedral Cove then swim the 2km back to HaHei beach – or swim both ways. This is an idyllic swim through a marine reserve. Cathedral Cove is a famous New Zealand landmark.
Registration: 9-10am HaHei beach. $35 both ways or $30 one way. u/18 $25. Register on the day please.
Safety and Course Briefing: 10am. High tide: 14.30.
Swim start: 10.45am for both ways, 11.15am one way.
Prize Giving: Approx.: 1pm.


Magical Mangawhai Swim
Easter Good Friday April 3
Walk part of the new coastal walk to Paradise beach. Then swim the 3km back, heading towards the huge sand dunes, to main Mangawhai beach. This beautiful beach can have surf so please practice your duck diving under, and catching of, waves!
Registration: 9-10am Main beach Mangawhai heads. $30 or u/18 $25.
Safety and Course Briefing: 10am. High tide: 7.45am
Swim start: 11am. Prizegiving approx: 1pm.


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.