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NATIONAL SPORT EVENTS


Surf Life Saving sport showcases the skills and physical abilities required to save a life.

Surf Life Saving Australia holds a number of national sporting events. These events are either open to the general public or solely for Surf Life Saving members.

Current Events


Public and Member Virtual Event

THE VIRTUAL COOLANGATTA GOLD


16 – 25 October 2020

The ultimate endurance test in surf sports racing will be going virtual in 2020.

The 2020 virtual Coolangatta Gold is open to all SLSA members and the general public across the world and will be held over a 10-day period from October 16-25, enabling participants to complete the various components of the event during this time.

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Member Event

THE AUSSIES


16 – 24 April 2021

The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is an annual event where members from Australia’s Surf Clubs come together to compete in more than 480 beach and ocean events. It is the largest event of its kind in the world.

The 2021 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships will be will be hosted by Maroochydore SLSC, Alexandra Headland SLSC and Mooloolaba SLSC on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

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The Aussie Ocean Swim competitors at the start line

Public Event

THE AUSSIE OCEAN SWIM


April 2021

An opportunity for the general public to be a part of the biggest surf lifesaving competition in the world. The 2km open water swim is run on the first Sunday of the annual Australian Surf Life Saving Championships.

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The Australian Pool Rescue Championships in Adelaide

Member Event

THE AUSTRALIAN POOL RESCUE CHAMPIONSHIPS


CANCELLED

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Lana Rogers & Matt Bevilacqua trophies

Public and Member Event

THE COOLANGATTA GOLD


CANCELLED

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Beach Warrior National Events

Public Event

BEACH WARRIOR


CANCELLED

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Past Events


Elite Event

THE NUTRI-GRAIN IRONMAN AND IRONWOMAN SERIES


Over the course of five rounds, 20 of the best male and female athletes will compete for the glory of being crowned a Nutri-Grain IronMan or IronWoman champion.

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Member Event

SUPER SURF TEAMS LEAGUE


Over three rounds, 13 teams representing clubs and regions across Australia compete in this brand-new surf sports initiative. The Super Surf Teams League features eight person teams, four men and four women, going head-to-head in a variety of surf, board and swimming events in both single and mixed gender competition.

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Group of competitors in ocean on skis

Member Event

INTERSTATES


The Australian Interstate Championships give 180 of Australia’s best surf athletes an opportunity to represent their State and showcase their lifesaving skills in an elite lifesaving sports competition. Held over one day of competition, this State vs. State battle is contested on the beach and in the ocean. The 2020 Australian Interstates Championships will be held at Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast, QLD on 24 January.

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Member Event

THE AUSTRALIAN IRB CHAMPIONSHIPS


An opportunity for the best IRB crews from across the country to compete against each other over one action-packed weekend promoting the skills required to complete a successful IRB rescue.

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NATIONAL SPORT AND ACTIVE RECREATION REVIEW UPDATE


One of the key priority projects to be highlighted under the Sport and Active Recreation Review 2015, was a review of SLSA policies to simplify access to surf sport competition.

Policy 5.04–Competition Eligibility stipulates proficiency and patrol hour requirements for all members wishing to be eligible to compete at SLSA Championship events.

In October 2016, the SLSA Board approved changes to Policy 5.04 to enable Clubs the ability to recognise a member’s contribution to their club and community beyond patrol hours alone.  While eligibility for competition will still require a minimum number of patrol hours, clubs have the capacity to formally recognise other service as a component of the eligibility criteria.  Examples can include:

  • Club Executive Committee Member
  • Accredited Club Coaches (non-paid), and
  • Club training officers and assessors.

For more information on these changes please click here

Click here to view a summary of the Sport Review