Australia’s premier surf boat event will be heading back to one of Australia’s favourite beaches in 2022, bringing more than 3,000 competitors, supporters and event officials to Cronulla in Sydney’s south.
The 2022 Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open will be held at Cronulla’s Elouera beach from 17 – 20 February 2022, with over 350 surf boat crews from almost 100 clubs expected to attend. This equates to thousands of surf life savers from across Australia who will head to Elouera for four days of exhilarating surf boat racing.
The Australian Surf Rowers League would like to introduce two incoming ASRL Vice Presidents. The incoming members replace Don Cotterill (did not re-elect) and Nick Sampson (moved into President role).
GRANT HOWE (Tasmania) - One Year Term Father of 4 President of Surf Boat Rowers Tasmania. Managing Director Zenith Wealth, Financial Adviser, Business Coach and Key Note Speaker Podcast Host “Get the Know Howe”” Rotarian Member of the Penguin Surf Life Saving Club in North West Tasmania
Grant commenced rowing as a Junior in 1989, concluding his rowing in 2006.
After a significant period of time away from Surf Life Saving, he re-joined at Penguin in 2019 to row for general fun and fitness.
"I was a little taken back at how much participation and standard had declined therefore deciding to give back to the sport that had previously given so much to me during my younger years. I drove the reformation of Surf Boat Rowers Tasmania, and with a very passionate team, we have built a three year plan to rebuild the sport here in Tasmania, which we have already made significant inroads during the season just finished."
Grant's business experience and surf boat passion will ensure he is an outstanding Vice President for your ASRL.
PHIL CHIPMAN (Queensland) - Two Year Term
With over 30 years of engineering and project management experience Phil Chipman is currently the Technical Director of GoldlinQ who supervise the design, construction and operation of the Gold Coast Light Rail.
Prior to this appointment Phil held various senior appointments in major water infrastructure projects and associated road and community infrastructure projects in Queensland. Phil started his career in the Australian Army as an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers.
Phil was President of the Mermaid Beach AEME Surf Life Saving Club from July 2011 until July 2017 and was made a Life Member of the club in 2015. He has held the appointments of Boat Captain at Mermaid Beach for 12 years, Surf Sports Director for two years and Secretary. Under Phil’s presidency the Mermaid Beach SLSC won Queensland Surf Life Saving Club of the Year consecutively in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and Australian Surf Life Saving Club of the Year 2014-15. Phil was also the President of South Coast Branch of Surf Life Saving Queensland where he represented the 12 surf clubs in the northern Gold Coast and Southern Moreton Bay area over the period July 2015- July 2017. As such was a member of the Queensland State Lifesaving Council over this period.
Phil gained his Bronze in January 1990 at Southport (Queensland) and has also been a member of Arcadian SLSC (Townsville).
Phil has rowed surf boats since gaining his Bronze in 1990 and been sweeping since coming to Mermaid in 1999. He is currently stroke of the Mermaid Mayhem 200 masters crew who won Queensland and Australian Gold medals at the 2021 championships. Prior to this he had previously won one Gold and one Silver Australian medal in masters competition plus numerous State medals.
Phil brings a wealth of experience in surf boat rowing, sweeping and surf life saving governance to the ASRL Committee.
ASRL COMMITTEE FOR UPCOMING SEASON Nick Sampson (President) Natasha Tunney (Secretary) Rory Gillespie (Treasurer) Edwina Wright (Vice President) Geoff Wilson (Vice President) Grant Howe (Vice President) Grant Wilkinson (Vice President) Phil Chipman (Vice President) Rod Costa (Vice President)
After rowing, Rex served as an official at state carnivals and Australian Championships for 25 years.
AWARDS GAINED Australian Sports Medal 2000 Victorian Sports Star Medal 1977 Life Member Point Lonsdale SLSC Life Member Victorian Surf Rowers League (VSRL) Life Member Life Saving Victoria Outstanding Service Medal VSRL Distinguished Service Medal VSRL
Congratulations to Nick Sampson (Avalon Beach SLSC) who has won the election for the role of President of the Australian Surf Rowers League. We would also like to thank Phil Chipman for putting his hand up to nominate for the position.
Nick nominated for ASRL president to tackle the unprecedented challenges we are facing in surf boats and more broadly Surf Sports under the Surf Life Saving Banner. Using his experience and knowledge, Nick and his committee will face the challenges head on and work with the clubs, branches and states to see that the sport of surf boats is protected from further decline. Nick will challenge each of the states' surf boat panels to be innovative and try new ways of working that will be sustainable and improve the experience for our members.
Below is a summary of Nick Sampson’s involvement in surf boat rowing.
NATIONAL INVOLVEMENT ASRL Vice-President - 4 years to current National Surf Boat Advisory Panel member - 3 years to current ASRL Open Event Committee - 3 years to current
STATE/BRANCH INVOLVEMENT Assistant State Team Manager - 2 years Chair of the Sydney Northern Beaches (SNB) Surf Boat Panel - 6 years to current Deputy Director Surf Sports SNB - 5 years Branch Team Manager - 2016 Assistant Branch Team Manager - 2016 to current
CLUB INVOLVEMENT Director of Life Saving - 2 years to current Director of Surf Sports - 6 years Boat Captain - 2 years Bar Manager - 6 years to current Junior Captain - 2 years
ACHIEVEMENTS World Gold National Team Gold State Team Gold ASRL Silver ASRL Bronze State Gold x 2 State Silver x 3 State Bronze x 3 Branch Gold x 3 Branch Premiership Gold x 7