Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) is please to announce a renewed partnership with the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL), as well as an exciting new partnership with the Ocean Thunder Surf Boat Series.
SLSA Board Member Craig Smith-Gander said these two new partnerships would ensure that surf boat rowers had access to a surf sports development pathway, and elite and international level competition they could aspire to.
“With surf boat rowers comprising some 30 per cent of all competitors, we wanted to recognise the huge contribution they make to surf sport competition,” said Mr Smith-Gander.
“Surf boat rowing is a truly iconic Australian sport that has always been associated with Surf Life Saving. As with the Nutri-Grain IronMan & IronWoman Series, an event that has provided a pathway for athletes aspiring to greatness, the ability to compete against the best in surf boat rowing has been considered an important ingredient for the overall Surf Life Saving Australia competition calendar.”
SLSA has renewed their partnership with the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) for a further three years, recognising the important role they play in the development of the sport.
The ASRL are also responsible for the delivery of key events including the annual Australian Interstate Surf Boat Championships and national selection events. SLSA is pleased to provide these events with additional support to ensure they are sustainable for the long term.
Michael Brooks President of the ASRL said they were delighted to continue working with SLSA to provide input to the organisation and development of surf boat rowing in Australia.
“SLSA’s leadership in bringing all arms of the sport together for the common good is to be commended. The ASRL looks forward to continuing to work with SLSA to make our sport enjoyable for all, relevant to the surf lifesaving and broader communities, and to provide opportunities and pathways for athletes of all ages to be involved in.”
It is hoped the renewed partnership will see more surf boat rowers taking part in the ASRL Open at Mollymook in February followed by the Aussies on the Gold Coast in April.
Over the past 14 years, the Ocean Thunder Series has provided a platform for elite level competition. Through the new partnership, which will see SLSA as the event naming rights partners over a two year period, the organisations will be looking to optimise the efficiency of the Series to ensure the event is available to all Clubs around the country, giving surf boat rowers a truly national televised event that they can work towards participating in. In time, it is envisaged that events may move across the country.
Ocean Thunder Series promoter Garry Watts said: “We are immensely pleased that SLSA has chosen to back the Ocean Thunder Series as it enters its 15th year, and we look forward to the partnership continuing well into the future and providing opportunities for more clubs and crews to become involved. A coordinated approach to all levels of surf rowing with SLSA and the ASRL is a fantastic outcome for everyone.”
Anyone interested in participating in the 2019/20 Surf Life Saving Australia Ocean Thunder Series should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss dates and entry fees.
Surf Life Saving Australia Ocean Thunder Series dates for the 2019/2020 Series
1. Saturday 9 November 2019
2. Saturday 7 December 2019
3. Saturday 11 January 2020
4. Saturday 8 February 2020
All events will be held at Dee Why Beach, NSW.