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In Episode Fifteen of Surf Studio…

On this week’s episode of Surf Studio, we take a look at Surf Life Saving Australia’s night of nights, the 2020 Awards of Excellence – where our members are recognised for their commitment and dedication to the movement. With the event having to take place virtually in 2020, this week we caught up with three award recipients from the evening.

First up we chat with 2020 Athlete of the Year, reigning Nutri-Grain Ironwoman Series Champion Lana Rogers about her first series win and what she’s looking forward to this season.

We chat to DHL Volunteer of the Year, Belinda Doman from Coolangatta SLSC about the many roles she holds at all levels of the movement and her dedication to training and educating surf lifesavers.

And finally, we chat with we DHL Club of the Year Penguin SLSC President Allison Kable, about how the small-town Tasmanian club built itself up over five years to be able to take out the coveted award.

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Alexandra Headland SLSC, QLD

Lana Rogers

Coolangatta SLSC, QLD

Belinda Doman

Carlton Park, TAS

Don Marsh

Surf Studio is a regular online show with news and stories from across the country and all areas of the movement.

Each episode will feature stories from clubs around Australia across a range of topics such as sport, lifesaving, leadership, education etc.

Surf Life Saving Australia encourages everyone to be involved, if you, or anyone you know has a story that you would like to share via Surf Studio please email [email protected]


Episode One


On the first episode of Surf Studio…

We talk to the Legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy and find out a little bit about his early life and entry into Surf Life Saving.

We then go to North Queensland and check in with Zara Chauvin-Hartmann from Cairns Surf Life Saving Club as they prepare to begin their patrol season.

We go to Western Australia and talk to Doctor Leesa Equid from Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club and chat about their response to COVID-19.

Then finally we head to Umina on the Central Coast of New South Wales where we check in with surf lifesaving star Jemma Smith and her Mum Kerry ahead of Mother’s Day this Sunday.

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Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC

Dr Leesa Equid

Cairns SLSC, Far North Queensland

Zara Chauvin-Hartmann

Umina SLSC

Jemma and Kerry Smith

Trevor Hendy OAM

The champion Ironman’s beginnings

Episode Two


In Episode Two of Surf Studio…

We’re celebrating National Volunteers Week and taking the time to acknowledge and recognise some of the great volunteers we are fortunate enough to have within our movement.

We begin the show with the SLSA President President, Graham Ford AM about how he became involved in Surf life Saving and why volunteering is so special to him and his family.

We also catch-up with Albatross Nippers founder and Australian of the Year Queensland local hero Nick Marshall, from Nobby’s Beach SLSC about his involvement in Surf Life Saving and the introduction of a Nippers program for children with special needs.

Next, we fly to the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base in Sydney to catch-up with the crew who recently performed a rescue, saving two men from a sinking boat off the coast of Curl Curl, NSW.

And finally, we take a trip to Fairhaven SLSC in Victoria to chat to Club Captain Michael Henderson about his passion for the movement, leadership and the important role volunteers play in the community.

Individual Segments

Albatross Nippers

Nick Marshall

Fairhaven SLSC, Victoria

Michael Henderson

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service

Hayden Sorrell, Trevor Cracknell and Peter Yates

Episode Three


In Episode Three of Surf Studio…

We start this week’s episode with Nutri-Grain IronWoman Courtney Hancock interviewing her hero, the legendary IronWoman Karla Gilbert.

Brett Christie from Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club then talks to us about how his club supported him to become Tasmania’s first lower-leg amputee to receive a bronze medallion.

Lastly, we are joined by the Tuckfield family from Grange Surf Life Saving Club, to chat about family life in Surf Life Saving.

Individual Segments

Legendary Ironwoman

Karla Gilbert

Port Sorell SLSC, Tasmania

Brett Christie

Grange SLSC, SA

The Tuckfield Family

Episode Four


In Episode Four of Surf Studio…

This week we continue our chat with legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy, and discuss his memorable moments as a young-gun on the surf sports stage.

We then fly over to Sydney to talk to Brittaney Banks, a pilot with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drones program Sydney Branch and die-hard ski paddler for North Bondi SLSC.

Lastly, we are joined by the Nicole Dwyer who this year was the Citizen of the Year for Moyne Shire for her outstanding volunteer work in the her local community of Port Fairy SLSC,  and discuss her outstanding volunteer work and her experiences growing up on a beef and sheep farm in rural Victoria.

Individual Segments

Legendary Ironman

Trevor Hendy

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Drone Program

Brittaney Banks

Port Fairy SLSC, VIC

Nicole Dwyer

Episode Five


In Episode Five of Surf Studio…

On this week’s episode of Surf Studio, we are recognising and showcasing Women in Surf Life Saving to coincide with the 40 Year Anniversary of the first females to receive their Bronze Medallion in 1980.

First up we head to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast to chat to former World and Australian Ironwoman Champion Kerri Thomas, then we head to Portsea in Victoria to chat to the first female Surf Life Saver of the Year Dr Natalie Hood. We then finish up on the Far North Coast of NSW and chat to Jenny Kenny, one of the first ladies to receive a Bronze Medallion in 1980 and a female leader in surf sport officiating.

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Maroochydore SLSC, QLD

Kerri Thomas

Portsea SLSC, VIC

Dr Natalie Hood

Cudgen Headland, NSW

Jenny Kenny

Episode Six


In Episode Six of Surf Studio…

This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio we chat to refugee lifesaver Ramzi Hussaini from Bonbeach Life Saving Club about learning to swim and his jouney in becoming a surf lifesaver.

We then head to North Queensland and speak to local lifesaver Mitchell Knight from Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club about the current patrol season in the country’s northern-most beaches, and then finish up in Sydney for the launch of the inaugural SLSA Women’s Mentoring Program.

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Bondi Surfhouse, NSW

SLSA Women’s Mentoring Program

Bonbeach SLSC, VIC

Ramzi Hussaini

Port Douglas, QLD

Mitchell Knight

Episode Seven


In Episode Seven of Surf Studio…

On this week’s episode of Surf Studio, we are showcasing some of Surf Life Saving’s talented Olympic athletes to coincide with what would have been the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

First up we to talk to Olympic debutante Jaime Roberts from Mullaloo SLSC in Western Australia about her love of surf lifesaving, paddling and her journey to join the Australian Olympic Kayaking team.

We then chat with Surf Life Savings’ most successful and decorated athlete, Maroochydore’s Clint Robinson OAM – a five-time Olympian with a complete set of Olympic medals, 36 Aussies Gold Medals, 13 Aussies Open Ski titles and four World Championship kayaking medals.

And finally, we catch up with Tugun SLSC’s Bernadette Wallace who explains how she never thought she was an athlete, she always focused on becoming a champion lifesaver and now, having overcome some significant medical hurdles, is on track to make her Olympic debut in Tokyo next year as part of the Australian Canoe Team.

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Mullaloo SLSC, WA

Jaime Roberts

Maroochydore SLSC, QLD

Clint Robinson OAM


Bernadette Wallace

Episode Eight


In Episode Eight of Surf Studio…

This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, three-time Australian Ironwoman champion Courtney Hancock sits down with her hero, legendary Ironwoman Karla Gilbert to discuss the secrets to her many surf sport successes.

We head to Southport on the Gold Coast to chat to passionate surf lifesaver Carol Templeton who said that not even cancer could stop her patrolling and we finish up at Gove Peninsula Surf Life Saving Club to catch up with teenage surf lifesaver Jackson Hoffman who has big dreams of patrolling at Bondi Beach

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Surfers Paradise SLSC, QLD

Karla Gilbert OAM

Southport SLSC, QLD

Carol Templeton

Gove Peninsula SLSC, NT

Jackson Hoffman

Episode Nine


In Episode Nine of Surf Studio…

This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we catch up with 2020 Queensland Surf Girl Sonita Leng-Cole from Alexandra Headland SLSC, we head to Hampton LSC in Victoria to chat to Kerrie Curtis about the amazing Starfish Nippers program and we finish up in Sydney to take a look at the Silver Salties “Walk and Talk” program at Bondi Surf Bathers Lifesaving Club.

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Alexandra Headland SLSC, QLD

Sonita Leng-Cole

Hampton LSC, VIC

Kerrie Curtis


Silver Salties

Episode Ten


In Episode Ten of Surf Studio…

This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we speak to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy about fatherhood and relive the incredible Aussies title he took out with his son TJ.

Next we learn about Fremantle SLSC’s award-winning Multicultural and Beach Safety Program with creators Mike Shaw and Matt Elliot.

Finally, we take a look at the recently launched Deloitte  Access Economics report on the social and economic value of Surf Life Saving to the Australian community.

Individual Segments

Surfers Paradise SLSC, QLD

Trevor Hendy

Hampton LSC, VIC

Kerrie Curtis


Silver Salties

Episode Eleven


In Episode Eleven of Surf Studio…

This week on the latest episode of Surf Studio, we chat to SLSA Chair of Lifesaving Chris Jacobson about important updates on the 2020/21 patrol season.

Marley Fairclough from West Beach SLSC in South Australia talks us through her incredible rescue that occurred while she was teaching a beach safety class at a rural community

And lastly we take a closer look at the recently launched National Coastal Safety Report for 2019/20.

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Chair of Lifesaving SLSA

Chris Jacobson

West Beach SLSC, SA

Marley Fairclough


Silver Salties

Episode Twelve


In Episode Twelve of Surf Studio…

On the latest episode of Surf Studio, we chat to Gary Driscoll from Lifesavers with Pride on the recent Pride in Sport award that Gary won for his efforts in promoting inclusive beaches.

Next up we head to Queensland to speak to Rhiannon Brinckman about the recent Queensland “Beach to Bush” program that taught vital beach safety knowledge to over 8,000 rural students.

And finally, we sit down with the Tasmanian Surf Lifesaver of the Year, Nic Canales, and discuss his recent involvement in the marine rescue efforts to save hundreds of beached pilot whales on the west coast of Tasmania.

Individual Segments

North Bondi SLSC, NSW

Gary Driscoll

Penguin SLSC, TAS

Nic Canales

Southport SLSC, QLD

Rhiannon Brinkman

Episode Thirteen


In Episode Thirteen of Surf Studio…

On this week’s episode of Surf Studio we take a look at the Coolangatta Gold – the most challenging endurance race in surf sports. With the event unable to take place in 2020 and the Virtual Coolangatta Gold in full swing, we talk to three competitors who have taken part in multiple Coolangatta Golds over the years.

First up with chat with Guy Leech who won the inaugural Coolangatta Gold in 1984 and again the following year.

We chat with Tiarne Smith from the famous Smith Surf Sports family about her 14-year journey from handler in 2006, to playing a pivotal role for women being able to compete in the long course, something she has done eight times.

And finally, we chat to Tasmanian veteran Coolangatta Gold competitor Don Marsh who has made the annual pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to compete in the iconic event almost every year since 2008.

Individual Segments

Manly LSC, NSW

Guy Leech

BMD Northcliffe SLSC, QLD

Tiarne Smith

Carlton Park, TAS

Don Marsh

Episode Fourteen


In Episode Fourteen of Surf Studio…

First up we chat to Lizzie Welborn from Newport SLSC about her recent win at the inaugural Coolangatta Gold at Bate Bay as well as the new Super Teams Series initiative from SLS NSW in which Lizzie is a team captain.

We had a chat to legendary Ironman Trevor Hendy about the highs of his career and being able to give back to the surf lifesaving movement all these years later.

And finally, we finish off at Umina SLSC to chat to 11 year old Nipper Lachie Muldrock, his dad Reuben and his Uncle Josh Savage who were all involved in helping save the lives of two children while they were surfing together at Umina beach.

And finally, we chat to Tasmanian veteran Coolangatta Gold competitor Don Marsh who has made the annual pilgrimage to the Gold Coast to compete in the iconic event almost every year since 2008.

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Newport SLSC, NSW

Lizzie Welborn

Surfers Paradise SLSC, QLD

Trevor Hendy


Lachie Muldrock