Voices from the Surf
80 Years of the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club, 1935–2015
Edited by Sir Bob Harvey
Landmark book & DVD to be launched on Sunday
Surf lifesavers have been patrolling the dangerous waters of Karekare beach for 80 years, saving over 2000 people from death by drowning in that time.
Their contribution is now commemorated in a major book and DVD, which will be launched this Sunday 13 December at Karekare, and goes on public sale on Tuesday 15th.
Voices from the Surf collects stories from generations of lifeguards – tales of brave rescues, competition success, club camaraderie, and reflections on Karekare’s spiritual landscape.
Honorary patron and lifelong club member Sir Bob Harvey, who edited the work, commented: “This book tells real stories about times when seconds count and volunteer lifeguards will do everything to save a life.
“These are ordinary New Zealanders who for 80 thrill-packed and often dangerous years have made the difference between life and death. It’s an extraordinary tale!”
Plentiful colour photographs and memorabilia illustrate the well-written accounts in this large-format book, with oral histories and film records on the accompanying DVD.
Sir Bob Harvey, the former Mayor of Waitakere City, is the the author and editor of numerous books including the Untamed Coast, Rolling Thunder: The Spirit of Karekare, and the history of New Zealand Surf Lifesaving, Between the Flags. He received a knighthood in 2013.
Oratia Media, publisher of Libro International books, is publishing Voices from the Surf for the Lifesaving Club.
In bookstores: 15 December 2015 | ISBN: 978-0-473-33052-1 | RRP $49.99
Paperback with DVD, 260 x 305 mm, 208 pages (120 pages colour)