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Surf Life Saving | Tiaki tai

Our region has a very long and proud history of Surf Life Saving. Many top names in the sport call Gisborne Home including Cory Hutchings and Laura Quilter.

The below clubs have plenty to offer new and existing members enjoy the beautiful beaches and famous East Coast Surf.

Our region also has a dedicated club support manager. If you have any questions, or would like more information about Surf Life Saving in Tairawhiti, contact Renee Wikaire- [email protected]

Club Directory

Midway Surf Life Saving Club

Midway Surf Lifesaving Club is Gisborne’s leading surf club with a number of well-known international surf life saving athletes. Our main focus at Midway is safety and fun in the surf.

Established in 1952 we have a broad range of members who make our club a great asset to the Gisborne community.

Our beach is patrolled on both Saturday and Sunday from November through to mid-March to ensure maximum safety at Midway Beach. In addition to our lifeguard service, our surf sport programmes cater to all age groups.

Age: Adult, Junior

Contact Name: Rebecca Gray

Contact Number: 027 303 877


Centennial Marine Drive
Gisborne 4010

Uawa SLSC & Uawa Tiaki Tai–Hinekura Waka Ama

Uawa Tiaki Tai is a community organisation that relies on the support of others (often voluntarily) to continue to function. It has been known as the Tolaga Bay Surf Club in the past.
We have created this page to generate more support both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally from those of our whanau who live here and abroad and to encourage everyone to get in behind us and support our kaupapa.

Contact Name: Kelly Blackman

Contact Number: 021713011


Ferneaux Street
Tolaga Bay

Waikanae Surf Club

Located on the town beach in Gisborne NZ, Waikanae SLSC provides a volunteer lifeguarding service . Our members provide a volunteer service to the people of Gisborne and holiday makers and we are dedicated to the public by patrolling Waikanae beach from Labour weekend to Easter Weekend every year.

Through our Junior and Senior Programmes, Waikanae SLSC also offers a variety of Surf Sports training and competitions.

We have a long and proud history and always welcome new members!

Contact Name: Clara Wilson

Contact Number: 021 048 9481


285 Grey St, Gisborne, 4010

Wainui Surf Life Saving Club

Wainui is Gisborne’s oldest dedicated surf lifesaving club, formed in 1937, and we are proud to continue the underlying values established all those years ago. Our values: community service, volunteering, participation, development, team work, family, respect, responsibility, safety and high standards.

With its clean, glistening water and white sand – was a huge drawcard but its Pacific Ocean frontage and, at times, unforgiving seas ensured preserving and safeguarding lives became an early concern. The club evolved to provide a community service, sporting opportunities and a way of life that blended a healthy, outdoors lifestyle with camaraderie and solid family values.

Contact Name: Tess McCormick

Contact Number: 021 2222 457


11 Moana Rd, Okitu, Gisborne 4010