The Baxter Shield is back!

The 2017 Sands Hotel Paul ‘Baxter Shield’ will be held on Saturday October 21 at Maroubra Beach. After having a year off we have moved the Baxter Shield to the warmer month of October in 2017 with a new revitalised format!

This contest is an open pre-paid surfing event with limited amount of surfing spots available that go on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. (Keep in mind that there is only a maximum of 64 competing surfers on the day and we currently have well over 150 members at Southend – so get in early to guarantee your spot. You can register simply by clicking on the link

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Event 2 wrap

Comp 2 which was proudly brought to you by Sydney Eastern Suburbs Surfboard Repairs kicked off under grey skies but nice 3-4ft NE swell. We set up at home base right in front of the Southend Surf Club. The waves pumped all day and by the arvo the sun was out. A great day of surfing for everyone

Congrats to all the Round 2 winners

  • Micro Girls – Ally Hickman
  • Cadet Girls – Luana Rubbo
  • Cadet Boys – Jake Feher
  • Juniors – Jason O’Rourke
  • Womens – Emma McGuigan
  • A Grade – Monty Tait
  • B Grade – Trent Banfield
  • GM’s – Tom North

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This week at the Sands Hotel

sands bannerThe Sands Hotel have got an awesome line up of events this week to keep you entertained.

Wednesday – $1000-guarantee poker night continues this Wednesday from 7pm.

Thursday – Pool comp

Friday – Southend =schooner raffle +LIVE music Friday night. Jeniqua is an international R&B/Soul Gospel Artist/ songwriter, from Sydney Australia. A charismatic, soulful songbird and 2014 Shorty award Nominee for best Singer/Artist, Jeniqua will is definitely one to watch. She’s out with a new single, and performing at the Sands from 7pm.


Saturday – Turf club Newcomers welcome

Sunday – the biggest fight EVER – Eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao goes head to head with undefeated, five-division world champion, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. Action starts at 11am


And for those of you that read your emails promptly when they arrive… don’t forget that tonight is RIBS & BEER night. $13 buys you a half rack and a middy. Winning! Don’t panic if you’ve missed the boat… Ribs & Beer runs every Monday.

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Comp 2 Wrap

What a hectic week weather wise and I hope that you all came through it unscathed. You go back one week and we were blessed with awesome weather for comp 2. . Ok the waves might have been on the smallish side but there were still plenty of rippable ones coming through. When we were setting up at 6.30 I was calling that we cancel the day due to lack of waves but our fearless leader Matt Lawson stuck to his guns said the waves will improve as the tide runs out. And in the end he made the call (the right call too) to run the event.

The Cadet and Junior Boys kicked things off and these kids turned it on. Some great surfing throughout all the early heats and by now many of you would of seen the photos on social media showing these kids ripping. The Open A’s and GM entered the fray mid morning as the tide started running out and these guys really put on a show. All the Opens including Joey M and Monty T were ripping and in his first comp @Wayneeatsfruit (Wayne O’Neil) found some great waves in their heats.

With so many people still away on holidays we made the call to run the Micro Girls and Boys and the cadet girls in the main area. Obviously a very big thrill for these youngsters as they are very often forced to surf down the beach a little in front of parents and officials. But now they were surfing in front of the whole club and these kids were ripping. There is nothing better than seeing the thrill on these kids faces after they get a bunch of good waves with their mates. Congrats to Mia Johnston for taking her 1st win this year in the Micro Girls Division and to young Ed Steggall who took out the Micro Boys in his 1st ever comp at Southend. The Cadets girls got some great waves in their final and it was Shira Arakkawa who took out the win in a very competitive final over Baylei McGuigan.

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