Hutchings Snr hasn’t lost surf lifesaving skills

Midway's Benny Hutchings heads into the beach in the 60-69 board race at the New Zealand masters surf lifesaving championships today.  Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services
Midway’s Benny Hutchings heads into the beach in the 60-69 board race at the New Zealand masters surf lifesaving championships today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services
The Hutchings name once more boomed across Midway Beach in Gisborne today, although this time it was a blast from the past.
Benny Hutchings, father of champion ironman Cory, Olympic kayaking coach and surfing magician, took to the beach for the first time in more than two decades at the New Zealand masters surf lifesaving championships.
The 69-year-old had a hip operation last year and shoulder surgery just before that.  Though his gallop down to the water’s edge was a bit slow, from there it was pure poetry as he finished fifth in the 60-69 board race and helped his Midway club home in second in the men’s 160+ board relay.
“I really enjoyed that – I haven’t raced for many years in New Zealand, since I used to compete in open competition but it was really exciting competing with my New Zealand club with all the young blokes.  We did alright too,” Hutchings said.
While son Cory watched from the dunes – a knee injury keeping him off the beach – Hutchings Snr stole the limelight. The 1971 New Zealand ironman champion also won board race titles in 1971 and 1974.  A year later, he won the New Zealand surfing championship at Midway, becoming the only person to collect the biggest prizes in New Zealand surf lifesaving and surfing.
After coaching the triumphant Kiwi kayaking team at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, he moved back to his native Australia to coach top-level kayaking over there.  These days, he spends half the year in Byron Bay and half the year in Gisborne.
“I’m retired now and just like to be able to get up in the morning and know what I want to do – and it’s usually go for a surf. I want to go on with the surf lifesaving too – maybe compete in the world masters titles in 2017. I’ll be over 70 then, whereas here, I’ve got to compete with guys nine years younger than me.”
Hutchings wasn’t the oldest bloke on the beach for the masters championships – that honour went to evergreen Omanu competitor Sid Salek, who ground out a big schedule of surf races and sprints a week short of his 85th birthday.
He helped his club win their 11th consecutive masters title too, with Omanu clocking 255 points, nearly twice as many as second-placed Mount Maunganui on 133.  Waikanae (56), Whakatane (47) and Red Beach (42) completed the top-five.
With nearly 300 competitors and clean 1m swells, the masters competition was the perfect build-up to the three-day New Zealand open championships at the same venue.
Omanu's Sid Salek (left) gets a helping hand from teammate Denny Enright during the run-swim-run at the New Zealand masters surf lifesaving championships today.  Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services
Omanu’s Sid Salek (left) gets a helping hand from teammate Denny Enright during the run-swim-run at the New Zealand masters surf lifesaving championships today. Photo by Jamie Troughton/Dscribe Media Services
Masters results:
Mens
Surf Race
30-39 Years. Scott Bartlett (Omanu) 1, Damian Munro (Mt Maunganui) 2, Thomas Burgess (Orewa) 3.
40-49 Years. David Jones (Paekakariki) 1, Michael Waide (Mt Maunganui) 2, Tarquin Smith (Waimairi) 3.
50-59 Years. Kim Harker (Omanu) 1, Michael Bassett-Foss (Waimarama) 2, Lance Cleeve (Waimairi) 3.
60-69 Years. Garry King (Mt Maunganui) 1, Ian Glover (Omanu) 2, Ian Parker (Mairangi Bay) 3.
70+ Years. Sid Salek (Omanu) 1.
Surf Teams.
120+ Years. Omanu (Scott Bartlett/Craig Jones/Simon Oldham/Simon Wills) 1.
140+ Years. Omanu (Graham Dunn/Christopher Emmett/Mark Inglis/Ross Parker) 1, Mt Maunganui (Tyler Andrews/Mark Gardiner/Paul Treanor/Owen Wilson) 2.
160+ Years. Omanu (Anthony Gadsbey/Keonraad Groot/Brendan Horan/Allan Mundy) 1, Papamoa Blue (Matt Cairns/Leslie Callaway/Nigel Grey/Mark Ivamy) 2.
180+ Years. Omanu (Nick Elsmore/Kim Harker/Nigel Marsden/Paul Salmon) 1.
200+ Years. Mt Maunganui (Damian Munro/Roger Brockelsby/Peter Jacobs/Garry King) 1, Papamoa Yellow (Jim Casey/Dave Cowdrey/Andrew Hitchfield/Keith Miller) 2.
Run-Swim-Run
30-39 Years. Scott Bartlett (Omanu) 1, Damian Munro (Mt Maunganui) 2, Craig Julian (Whakatane) 3.
40-49 Years. David Jones (Paekakariki) 1, Michael Waide (Mt Maunganui) 2, Tarquin Smith (Waimairi) 3.
50-59 Years. Lance Cleeve (Waimairi) 1, Kim Harker (Omanu) 2, Michael Bassett-Foss (Waimarama) 3.
60-69 Years. Ian Glover (Omanu) 1, Garry King (Mt Maunganui) 2, Ian Parker (Mairangi Bay) 3.
70+ Years. Sid Salek (Omanu) 1.
Ski Race
30-39 Years. Matt Cairns (Papamoa) 1, Thomas Burgess (Orewa) 2, Damian Munro (Mt Maunganui) 3.
40-49 Years. Michael Waide (Mt Maunganui) 1, Christopher Emmett (Omanu) 2, Adam Tate (Waikanae) 3.
50-59 Years. Michael Bassett-Foss (Waimarama) 1, Steve Glue (Waimairi) 2, Duncan McKenzie (Mairangi Bay) 3.
60-69 Years. Graeme Newton (Mt Maunganui) 1, Ian Glover (Omanu) 2, Gregory Larsen (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 3.
Board Race
30-39 Years. Damian Munro (Mt Maunganui) 1, Craig Julian (Whakatane) 2, Jamie Troughton (Mt Maunganui) 3.
40-49 Years. Michael Waide (Mt Maunganui) 1, Tarquin Smith (Waimairi) 2, Dion Williams (Wainui) 3.
50-59 Years. Anthony Gadsbey (Omanu) 1, Kim Harker (Omanu) 2, Michael Bassett-Foss (Waimarama) 3.
60-69 Years. Ian Glover (Omanu) 1, Ron Amann (Midway) 2, Garry King (Mt Maunganui) 3.
Ski Relay
90+ Years. Omanu (Craig Jones/Simon Oldham/Simon Wills) 1.
110+ Years. Mt Maunganui (Damian Munro/Jamie Troughton/Michael Waide) 1, Omanu (Christopher Emmett/Anthony Gadsbey/Kim Harker) 2.
130+ Years. Waikanae (Carl Neustroski/Scott Pitkethley/Adam Tate) 1, Whakatane (Barry Cutfield/Craig Julian/Paul Julian) 2, Papamoa (Matt Cairns/Jim Casey/Dave Cowdrey) 3.
150+ Years. Omanu (Graham Dunn/Ian Glover/Paul Salmon) 1, Karekare (John McLarin/Simon McLarin/Clyde Strickett) 2, Mairangi Bay (Duncan McKenzie/Jan Battaerd/Ian Parker) 3.
Double Ski
30-39 Years. Bethells Beach (Nikola Gordon) 1, Omanu (Craig Jones/Simon Wills) 2, Mt Maunganui (Damian Munro/Jamie Troughton) 3.
40-49 Years. Mt Maunganui (Matthew Waide/Michael Waide) 1, Omanu (Graham Dunn/Christopher Emmett) 2, Waikanae (Carl Neustroski/Adam Tate) 3.
50-59 Years. Omanu A (Anthony Gadsbey/Kim Harker) 1, Omanu B (Brendan Horan/Paul Salmon) 2, Mairangi Bay (Duncan McKenzie/Jan Battaerd) 3.
60-69 Years. Mt Maunganui (Garry King/Graeme Newton) 1, Omanu (Denny Enright/Ian Glover) 2.
Taplin Relay
90+ Years. Omanu (Scott Bartlett/Mark Inglis/Craig Jones) 1.
110+ Years. Omanu (Christopher Emmett/Anthony Gadsbey/Simon Wills) 1, Mt Maunganui (Damian Munro/Jamie Troughton/Michael Waide) 3.
130+ Years. Whakatane (Barry Cutfield/Craig Julian/Rex Humpherson) 1, Waikanae (Carl Neustroski/Fletcher Pickett/Adam Tate) 2, Mairangi Bay (Duncan McKenzie/Jan Battaerd/David Traill) 3.
150+ Years. Waimairi (Lance Cleeve/Steve Glue/Mark Robberds) 1, Omanu (Ian Glover/Kim Harker/Paul Salmon) 2, Midway (Glen Sutton/Ron Amann/Reid Scammell) 3.
Board Relay
90+ Years. Omanu (Scott Bartlett/Mark Inglis/Simon Wills) 1.
110+ Years. Mt Maunganui (Danian Munro/Jamie Troughton/Michael Waide) 1, Omanu (Christopher Emmett/Craig Jones/Simon Oldham) 2, Whakatane (Craig Julian/Mark Pilcher/Rex Humpherson) 3.
130+ Years. Waikanae (Carl Neustroski/Fletcher Pickett/Adam Tate) 1, Red Beach (Craig Butler/Mark Readman) 2, Omanu (Ian Glover/Koenraad Groot/Nigel Marsden) 3.
150+ Years. Omanu (Anthony Gadsbey/Kim Harker/Paul Salmon) 1, Midway (Ben Hutching/Reod Scammell/Ron Amann) 2, Papamoa (Jim Casey/Andrew Hitchfield/Keith Miller) 3.
Ironman
30-39 Years. Damian Munro (Mt Maunganui) 1, Craig Jones (Omanu) 2, Craig Julian (Whakatane) 3.
40-49 Years. Michael Waide (Mt Maunganui) 1, David Jones (Paekakariki) 2, Tarquin Smith (Waimairi) 3.
50-59 Years. Kim Harker (Omanu) 1, Michael Bassett-Foss (Waimarama) 2, Anthony Gadsbey (Omanu) 3.
60-69 Years. Ian Glover (Omanu) 1, Garry King (Mt Maunganui) 2, Ian Parker (Mairangi Bay) 3.
Beach Sprint
70+ Years. Sid Salek (Omanu) 1.
Beach Flags.
30-39 Years. Matt Cairns (Papamoa) 1, Craig Jones (Omanu) 2, Chris Buckley (New Brighton) 3.
40-49 Years. Malcolm Macdonald (Spencer Park) 1, Mark Picher (Whakatane) 2, Rex Humpherson (Whakatane) 3.
50-59 Years. Anthony Gadsbey (Omanu) 1, Owen Duffy (Waikuku) 2, Roger Brockelsby (Mt Maunganui) 3.
60-69 Years. Gregory Larsen (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 1, Ian Glover (Omanu) 2, Peter Jacobs (Mt Maunganui) 3.
Boat (Short Course)
120-159 Years. East End Popos (Scott Anderson/Jay Berentson/Michael Collins/Allan Rothwell/Simon Winstanley) 1, East End B (Gary Albon/Scott Chard/Bryce Hunger/Darrell Paterson/Mark Goodwin) 2, Omanu Oldsalts (Ian Macrae/Bob Mitchell/Michael Sharp/Todd Ritchie/Justin Hesp) 3.
160+ Years. Fitzroy Floggers (Mark Luff/Iain McCallum/Paul O’Keeffe/Calum Park/Brett Rogers) 1, Ocean Beach Kiwi Ngamatea (Adrian Barclay/Bruce Bates/Mathew Mannington/James Nilsson/Christopher Mellors) 2, East End Popos (Scott Anderson/Jay Berentson/Michael Collins/Allan Rothwell/Simon Winstanley) 3.
Canoe (Short Course)
120-159 Years. Waipu Cove (Gordon French/Martin Geddes/Ivan McCabe/Richard Stolwerk) 1, Whakatane Falcons (Piikea Clark/Tau Hahipene/Steve O’Connor/Bevan Roozendaal) 2, Omanu (Stuart Marshall/Ross Parker/Malachy Shivnan/Mike Swan) 3.
Womens
Surf Race
30-39 Years. Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 1, Pamela Kane (Omanu) 2, Suzan Anderson (Waikanae) 3.
50-59 Years. Trish Mau (Omanu) 1, Deborah Reardon (Mt Maunganui) 2, Sylvia Longhurst (Mt Maunganui) 3.
60-69 Years. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 1.
Surf Teams
120+ Years.  Omanu (Pamela Kane/Amber Taylor/Louise Kelly) 1.
160+ Years. Lyall Bay (Amy McMullan/Belinda Slement/Carol Quirk/Nicole Taylor) 1, Waikanae (Suzan Anderson/Debbie Hutchings/Michelle Mitchell/Nikki Keepa) 2.
Run-Swim-Run
30-39 Years. Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 1, Suzan Anderson (Waikanae) 2, Pamela Kane (Omanu) 3.
40-49 Years. Naomi Davoren (Papamoa) 1, Nicola Baudinet (Ocean Beach Kiwi) 2, Tina George (Waimairi) 3.
50-59 Years. Deborah Reardon (Mt Maunganui) 1, Trish Mau (Omanu) 2, Sylvia Longhurst (Mt Maunganui) 3.
60-69 Years. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 1, Carol Quirk (Lyall Bay) 2.
Ski Race
30-39 Years. Pamela Kane (Omanu) 1, Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 2, Belinda Slement (Lyall Bay) 3.
40-49 Years. Michelle Mitchell (Waikanae) 1, Kristen Willock (Waikanae) 2, Raewyn Byrom (Lyall Bay) 3.
50-59 Years. Hanna Warbrick (Whakatane ) 1, Trish Mau (Omanu) 2, Jill Barron (Mt Maunganui) 3.
60-69 Years. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 1, Carol Quirk (Lyall Bay) 2.
Double Ski
40-49 Years. Waikanae (Michelle Mitchell/Kristen Willock) 1, Omanu A (Raewyn Byrom/Claire Stowell) 2, Omanu B (Sonya Groot/Louise Kelly) 3.
50-59 Years. Omanu (Yvonne Jarvis/Trish Mau) 1, Mt Maunganui (Sylvia Longhurst/Lianne Wilson) 2, Mt Maunganui (Jill Barron/Deborah Reardon) 3.
Ski Relay
90+ Years. Omanu (Pamela Kane/Louise Kelly) 1,
110+ Years. Mt Maunganui (Danielle Shepherd/Donna Gardiner) 1, Lyall Bay (??) 2.
130+ Years. Omanu (Raewyn Byrom/Claire Stowell/Amber Taylor) 1, Lyall Bay (??) 2, Whakatane (Annette Hahipen/Laura Madritsch/Harina Warbrick) 3.
Beach Sprint
30-39 Years. Danielle Shepherd (Mt Maunganui) 1, Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 2, Amy McMullan (Lyall Bay) 3.
40-49 Years. Debbie Hutchings (Waikanae) 1, Lisa McCallum (Bethells Beach) 2, Louise Kelly (Omanu) 3.
60-69 Years. Carol Quirk (Lyall Bay) 1. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 2.
Beach Flags
30-39 Years. Danielle Shepherd (Mt Maunganui) 1, Amber Taylor (Omanu) 2, Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 3.
40-49 Years. Debbie Hutchings (Waikanae) 1, Kristen Willock (Waikanae) 2, Sonia Keepa (Wainui) 3.
50-59 Years. Harina Warbrick (Whakatane ) 1, Deborah Reardon (Mt Maunganui) 2, Michelle Moyle (Waimairi) 3.
60-69 Years. Carol Quirk (Lyall Bay) 1. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 2.
Beach Relay
120+ Years. Omanu (Sonya Groot/Pamela Kane/Louise Kelly) 1.
160+ Years. Waikanae (Debbie Hutchings/Michelle Mitchell/Nikki Keepa) 1, Red Beach (Stephnie Busby/Jennifer Hall/Jenny Readman/Sharon Turner) 2.
180+ Years. Orewa Blue (Sharon Randell/Nicola Lafferty/Jenny Fergue/Victoria Te Rito) 1, Bethells Beach Boogie Broads (Amber Cooper/Lyn Maxlow/Lisa McCallum/Bobbie Shatwell) 2, Red Beach (Carol Gjaltema/Kathy Kramer/Kelly O’Dea/Robyn Presland-Tack) 3.
200+ Years. Mt Maunganui (Jacqui Hayes/Jill Barron/Sylvia Longhurst/Lianne Wilson) 1, Omanu (Michele Barton/Raewyn Byrom/Yvonne Jarvis/Claire Stowell) 2.
Board Race
30-39 Years. Pamela Kane (Omanu) 1, Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 2, Danielle Shepherd (Mt Maunganui) 3.
40-49 Years. Naomi Davoren (Papamoa) 1, Louise Kelly (Omanu) 2, Michelle Mitchell (Waikanae) 3.
50-59 Years. Harina Warbrick (Whakatane) 1, Deborah Reardon (Mt Maunganui) 2, Trish Mau (Omanu) 3.
60-69 Years. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 1, Carol Quirk (Lyall Bay) 2.
Ironwomen
30-39 Years. Melissa Kellett (Omanu) 1, Pamela Kane (Onamu) 2, Amber Taylor (Oamnu) 3.
40-49 Years. Michelle Mitchell (Waikanae) 1, Tina George (Waimairi) 2, Naomi Davoren (Papamoa) 3.
50-59 Years. Trish Mau (Omanu) 1, Deborah Reardon (Mt Maunganui) 2, Harina Warbrick (Whakatane) 3.
60-69 Years. Marie Stutz (Red Beach) 1.
Taplin Relay
90+ Years. Omanu (Pamela Kane/Louise Kelly) 1.
110+ Years. Waikanae (Suzan Anderson/Kristen Willock/Nikki Keepa) 1.
130+ Years. Lyall Bay (Amy McMullan/Belinda Slement/Nicole Taylor) 1, Omanu Sonya Groot/Claire Stowell/Amber Taylor) 2, Orewa Blue (Sharon Randell/Jenny Fergus/Victoria Te Rito) 3.
150+ Years. Omanu (Raewyn Byrom/Yvonne Jarvis/Trish Mau) 1, Red Beach (Jennifer Hall/Kathy Kramer/Marie Stutz) 3.
Boats (Short Course).
120-159 Years. East End (Corina Faamai/Julia Jognstone/Felicity Paterson/Nicola Watson/Antony North) 1.
Canoe (Short Course)
160+ Years. Red Beach Rocking Reds (Jennifer Hall/Kathy Kramer/Kelly O’Dea/Sharon Turner) 1, Whakatane FAB 4 (Marnie Fornusek/Annette Hahipene/Paura Maditsch/Carmen Wilson-Holder) 2, Wainui (Sophie Burns/Anelia Evans/Carolyn Hodgekinson/Moira Lee) 3.
Points. Omanu 255, Mt Maunganui  133, Waikanae 56, Whakatane 47 Red Beach 42, Papamoa 33, Lyall Bay 28, Waimairi 20, East End 15, Ocean Beach Kiwi 15, Orewa 14, Bethells Beach 11, Fitzroy 10, Waimarama 9, Midway 9, Mairangi Bay 9, Paekakariki 8, Spencer Park 6, Waipu Cove 5, Karekare 3, Waikuku 3, Wainui 3, Photo by Jamie Troughton Dscribe Media Services info@dscribe.co.nz Photo by Jamie Troughton Dscribe Media Services info@dscribe.co.nz
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