Ocean Beach Kiwi traces its origins back to the Kiwi SLSC, the
Clifton SLSC and the Ocean Beach SLSC.
The Clifton SLSC was formed at Clifton Beach in 1961 after a
breakaway from Waimarama. It was formed by Messrs B. McCarty and E.
Clark snr. Clifton Beach while not a surf beach was however a
popular swimming, camping, and boating spot and the start point for
the walk to the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. Unfortunately
support for the club was not forth coming and in 1964 the
operations were transferred around the Cape to Ocean Beach, a
beautiful untouched surf beach with a small bach settlement and
much more in need of a surf life saving patrol. The club was
renamed to Ocean Beach SLSC.
The Kiwi SLSC was formed in 1964 by Ivan Wilson after a
breakaway from the Westshore Club. The club patrolled the southern
end of Westshore Beach. Membership grew quickly and the club
achieved immediate success in competition. The beach however was
very safe with little surf and in the 5 years the Kiwi club was
domiciled at Westshore no rescues were carried out. Members often
trained out at Ocean Beach and quickly fell in love with this
picturesque golden sandy surf beach. Due to dwindling membership
numbers in the Ocean Beach Club an approach to Kiwi to form an
amalgamation took place and in 1970 the Kiwi SLSC and the Ocean
Beach SLSC amalgamated to form Ocean Beach Kiwi SLSC.
In the years since amalgamation the club has gone from strength
to strength developing a unique club culture and performing
hundreds of rescues along with achieving significant success in
competition. The popularity of Ocean Beach is increasing all the
time making a strong surf club essential on this difficult high
risk beach. The club is proud of its continuous voluntary public
service at Ocean Beach since 1964.
Members of the original Kiwi SLSC team who competed in the
1964/1965 season. Left to right L Dixon, B Wilson, G Larsen,
R Jones, F Harbottle, I Davidson, K Eddy, N Williams, C Plunket, P
Early clubhouse - situated where the current public carpark is
at Ocean Beach.