Annual Lifeguard Longboard Nationals

The Annual Lifeguard Longboard Nationals is a Lifeguard Surfing Event that has been running since since 1982 and attracts lifeguards from across NZ and Overseas.

The event hosts a range of divisions including Open Men's, Classic or Old Malibu, Masters, Juniors and Womens.

2017 will be the 25th Anniversary for the event and MHVLS is excited to celebrate its long traditions of SURFING in style.





The Jackman Waterman Classic

The Jackman Waterman Classic, open to qualified lifeguards only, is a 12km OPEN OCEAN Paddle Race that starts at Waipu Cove and ends at Mangawhai Heads. The event is held in honour of legendary waterman and long time Muriwai Lifeguard and big wave surfer Dave Jackman.

“Dave Jackman made history by being the first surfer to ride Sydney’s infamous Queenscliff Bombora in 15 foot surf on a longboard in 1961. Born in Cornwall but raised on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Jackman relocated to NZ around 1963 and has been based in Muriwai ever since. He is an inductee to the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame.”

In 2009 the then Surf Lifesaving Northern Region lifesaving manager Tony Baker and MHVLS Lifeguard Dean Storey decided to create an event that would honour Jackman’s prowess as an all-round waterman.

“Storey, who is a top board paddler and has competed in the Molokai Race in Hawaii several times, decided to link with neighbouring club Waipu Cove to create a long distance race between the two clubs. The event is one of the only long-distance open ocean races of its kind in NZ, something the Mangawhai Heads club is proud of" 

The event hosts both board paddling and canoe, and is growing in popularity each year. 

The 2016 Jackman Waterman Classic will run on Saturday 3rd December. For more details email 



California State Lifeguard Service

MHVLS has a long-standing partnership with the California State Lifeguard Service and many of our guards have travelled on the Surf Life Saving Northern Region California Exchange. 

Since 1969 senior lifeguards have been selected from clubs in the Northern Region, to visit lifeguard agencies in California. The exchange is a structured learning experience, and is an opportunity for clubs to nominate exceptional lifeguards who show the ability to enhance surf lifesaving in this country. 
With the assistance of the host organisation - California Surf Life Saving Association - the exchange delegates are given the opportunity to participate in patrolling activities, to witness and practice the use of different types of rescue equipment, and to observe alternative beach management programmes and administrative structures.
Our honours boar includes: Tai Flavell, Rochelle Flavell, Patria Harris and many others. 
The exchange has forged many good friendships and we regularly see Californian lifeguards calling Mangawhai Heads their second home whilst in NZ.

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