In just less two weeks Surf Life Saving’s biggest annual event The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships, aka The Aussies will head back to the Sunshine Coast for the first time since 1980.
To celebrate The Aussies return to the Sunny Coast, Surf Life Saving is bringing the eighties back!
So put on your leg warmers, double denim and scrunchies; pull out your Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses and Duran Duran cassette tapes; rewatch Flashdance, Labyrinth, The Heathers and all eight Friday the 13th VCR movies and get ‘Like Totally’ eighties.
We hope you are as excited for the theme as we are because aside from the invention of the Rubix Cube, Hamburger Phones and Care Bears a lot of great things happened during the 80’s.
Here are our top ten we hope will get you as excited as we are:
- Grant Kenny took home the double Ironman title, winning both the youth and open title in 1980 at the age of 16, a feat to be unmatched since.
- The first women gained their bronze medallions in the 1980’s.
- Baywatch was first aired in 1989, the series went on to have guest appearances from some of our most notable Ironmen including Trevor Hendy.
- Women started to compete in The Aussies. In 1982 Sharon Muddle was the first female to win an event since 1920, when she won it swimming in the Elouera Cadet Surf Team.
- The Cold War ended and The Berlin Wall came down.
- Radio’s and cell phones were HUGE.
- Home and Away and Neighbours were born.
- Some of the most legendary surf life saving athletes were competing in our sport including Grant Kenny, Trevor Hendy, and the Mercer brothers Darren and Dean…
whilst some of the sports most legendary athletes were born including Shannon and Caine Eckstein, Li Pluimers, Melissa Howard, Simon Harris and Kristyl Smith.
- This old place, the world wide web was invented.
- HBO made a movie about The Aussies, no really there was a box office movie about The Aussies.
So get pumped because we can’t wait to see you all in your fluro Aussies gear getting Footloose at the silent disco, grabbing some snaps in the 80’s themed photo booth and chilling out in our relaxation zone while you listen to The Aussies Sea FM radio broadcast.
For more information about what else is happening in The Aussies festival zone, click here.