Australia launched the world’s first lifesaving surf club at Bondi Beach in 1906. Since then, the burly Australian tanned lifeguards dressed in dark red and gold has become iconic statues for our coastal lifestyle. They have saved nearly half a million people at sea.
These daily daring acts are due to the surfing club culture, which started as ‘Nippers’ kid athletes under seven years old and ended with tough and strong athletes. known by the nicknames ‘Ironmen’ and ‘Ironwomen’. Surf festivals are held on beaches across Australia between November and April. Here’s a guide to some of the biggest events.
Nutri-Grain Ironman & Ironwoman Series by Kellogg, Queensland
There are five events in this iconic Ironman tournament held in January and February. The first four events take place on two weekends along with the Gold and Sunshine Beaches, and the last is usually held at Sydney’s Cronulla Beach.
Don’t miss the chance to see 36 of Australia’s toughest lifeguard surfers show off their skills in windsurfing, paddleboarding, swimming, and beach sprinting. The atmosphere becomes even more interesting in the final in Cronulla when two male and female contestants participate in a class competition.
Follow the first tournaments south along the Pacific Coast Touring Route, stopping at Byron Bay, Coffs Harbor, and Stephens along the way.
Surveillance Rescue Australia, Queensland
Lifeguards from more than 300 surf clubs gathered on the Gold Coast for the four-day Australian Championships in March. It is the sport’s largest event in the world and so on. You’ll see aspiring teenagers, champions, and Olympic athletes out of the 7,000-plus contestants.
Every aspect of the rescue contest is reflected in this unique Australian festival. Watch windsurfing and paddleboarding, windsurfing, rescue and relay runs, and Ironman and Ironwoman competitions. These are just some of the nearly 300 events that will take place. Relax on the sand and enjoy the festivities, music, and beach entertainment.
Ironwoman Australia Competition, New South Wales
You will admire the tough athletes of the Australian Ironman and Ironwoman competitions, held at Port Macquarie in May. The race includes swimming 2.4 miles, cycling 112 miles, and running 26.2. miles, and athletes need both speed and technology to win.
Watch sports heroes perform their diverse abilities to choose from 40 slots for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. The event also included the Ironman 70.3 competition, the qualifying round for the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship which took place in Thailand.
Save some energy to explore the beautiful Port of Macquarie, along the Pacific Coast Touring Route, between Sydney and Brisbane.