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Three sets of twins represent Piha SLSC

The latest Western Leader has a great photo of three sets of under-14 twins representing Piha SLSC at this weekend’s pool champs at West Wave. They are from the Thompson, Brittenden and Blackler families. Go here to read http://westernleader.realviewdigital.com/?email-analytics=Western%20Leader

Piha surf club boys 1938

Mike Gardiner sent me this photo of the Piha competition team in 1938. I had a copy in my Mum’s photo album – in fact, I wonder if she took it. But Mike’s copy had them all named, so I’m sharing it here. They were all pretty young here, mostly in their 20s. Here’s who  [ Read More ]

Big boats at Piha

  Big boats and Piha go together. That big tough heavy surf needed boats and boaties that had the same quality. Piha was one of the first surf clubs in New Zealand to get a surf boat, which club members knew about from Australia. In 1935 the club bought and imported the Bronte club’s old boat and  [ Read More ]

History of Piha Surf Life Saving Club

Piha was the first surf club on the West Coast, started in 1934 by a group of five young men from Waitemata Rugby Club, who had started coming to Piha when one built a bach. In the first few years, these energetic young clubbies built a surf club, imported a surf boat from Sydney, and introduced surf skis  [ Read More ]