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2021 ASRL OPEN Officials Nominations

Expressions of interest are now open for officials wishing to officiate at 2021 Australian Surf Rowers League Open at Mollymook from 18-21 February.REGISTRATION LINK - CLICK HERESurf Boat officials new and old, local and interstate are encouraged to submit an expression of interest in the season's 2020 ASRL Open to be held at Mollymook, NSW. February 18th-21st.Please complete the Free ticket registration to secure your expression of interest to official at the ASRL Open 2020.Following registration an Officials medical form will be distributed via emailIf you have any questions please contact ASRL Chief Referee Tamara Brawn This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

VALE - Dennis Patison

It is with a heavy heart we inform you that Dennis Patison passed away on Saturday 14 November. Dennis was one of the truly good guys of surf boat rowing. Dennis, father of Jack, was the backbone of the Austinmer SLSC for many decades. He was a remarkable sweep, a brilliant coach, and most importantly, a friend to all. Dennis remained active within the sport after he finished sweeping by mentoring Jack and Austinmer crews, and he was also a race starter on the national stage. Dennis was inducted into the Australian Surf Rowers League 'Hall of Fame' in 2007. Photo obtained via FacebookWording supported by Bert Hunt Please leave your tributes on the Facebook post via the button below.…

VALE Don "Bristles" Alexander

Today we are sad to announce the passing of one of our great mates. Bristles, as he was known to all, was a bloody good bloke. He was first a Husband, Father and Grandfather and our thoughts are with wife Robyn, son Brendon, daughters Chrissie and Jacky in this especially tough Covid time when families are locked away from proper goodbyes.The sport of Surf Lifesaving and particularly Surfboats is very rarely fortunate enough to have a Bristles on their team. He was everything you could expect from a leader. He was hard working, diligent, tough, compassionate, a mentor to many and a friend to all. His contribution and involvement in surfboats as a Sweep well into his 70’s and as…

Government Funding Boost for ASRL Open

On behalf of the ASRL committee I am delighted to announce we have signed a contract with Destination NSW for 3 years for the ASRL open. The agreement sees funding provided from the NSW government which allows the ASRL to continue to put on the biggest and best surfboat carnival in the world. The funding reduces the ASRL’s financial commitment to the event, which paves the way for the ASRL to continue to improve our sport through other investments such as technology, youth and sweep development.Michael BrooksASRL PresidentMEDIA RELEASE BELOW AND ATTACHED HERE*Photo credit - Malcolm Trees, 2020 ASRL OpenAustralia’s biggest surf boat racing event will return to the shores of NSW for another three years, thanks to a funding boost…


The ASRL committee are pleased to announce Mollymook as the venue for the 2021 ASRL Open. The dates are 18th – 21st of February. The event has opened up to a 3.5 day program releasing restraints on competition and allowing for potential Covid crowd restrictions. The masters will be held on the Thursday afternoon and competitors are encouraged to celebrate their event, or rest and prepare for entry into the reserve grade the following day. The final race on Sunday will be completed at 2:00pm, medals ceremony to follow. It is widely known that the Covid environment is constantly changing but your carnival committee is planning the event as normal in anticipation for a successful event. Updates will be provided…

Latest ASRL Life Member - Stephen Gray

The ASRL are proud to announce that STEPHEN GRAY is the latest member to receive ASRL Life Membership. Stephen received his Life Membership at 2020 ASRL Annual General Meeting on 27 June 2020. Wording by Alan 'Griffo' GriffithsNomination seconded by Bert Hunt Fulfilling an early life ambition, Steve joined Clifton Surf Life Saving Club at 17 years of age in 1967. He was a perfect fit for Club life and this was the start of a star-studded career in surf lifesaving with a particular emphasis on surf boats, which saw him reach the highest of levels. He gained universal respect for his dedicated involvement which had an outstanding influence on the administration and competition of surf boats in Australia. There…

Thank you Don "Bristles" Alexander

The ASRL would like to say THANK YOU to Don 'Bristles' Alexander, who has chosen not to renominate for the position of ASRL Treasurer. Thank you for all that you’ve contributed to within the ASRL / Life Saving and surf rowing. It will certainly not be forgotten. Wording below from Bert Hunt Bristles is one of those very special people we get to meet only a few times in our lives. He is dedicated, inciteful, cranky, stubborn and loyal, all in the correct proportions. If you ask Bristles to take on a task you can be sure he will attack it with his full attention and to the very best of his ability. He is resourceful and thorough in his…

ASRL Tender Invitation - Content Production and Distribution

Invitation to Tender For Content Production and Distribution of Australian Surf Rowers League National Surf Boat Events Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) is looking to engage an agency/individual to assist in content production and distribution for its national surf boat events. The ASRL is responsible for running two events each year. The tender document can be viewed by clicking HERE Submissions due 17 July 2020.
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