What Is The Summer of Surf?

The future of Surf Sports is here and the Summer of Surf is set to revolutionise the competitive surf life saving season this year.

For the first time athletes will be able accumulate a point score and be ranked over a full season of events culminating in the Summer of Surf Grand Final.

The biggest TV broadcasting deal in the history of Surf Life Saving will allow every event in the Summer of Surf to be broadcast in prime time on Fox Sports over 23 weeks.

There are 11 rounds of the Summer of Surf which are a collection of established surf sports events throughout the summer, plus the Grand Final.

Each round of the Summer of Surf will include:

  • Open Ironman
  • Open Ironwoman
  • Open Male and Female Ski Race
  • Open Male and Female Board Race
  • Open Male and Female Surf Race
  • Open Male and Female Beach Flags
  • Open Male and Female Taplin Relay (3 person teams)

Athletes will accumulate points from each round with the athlete’s best five results contributing to their final score.

The top 16 athletes with the highest overall point score in each discipline will qualify for the Summer of Surf Grand Final to be held at Newport Beach, NSW on March 1.

There will also be 7 rounds of the Surf Ironman Qualifying Series (SIQS) within the Summer of Surf.

The television series of the Summer of Surf will begin with the Coolangatta Gold on Saturday November 29. The TV series will also include the US Lifeguard Championships, the Interstate Championships, the Ocean Assault Final and a special Summer of Surf Review.

The series will conclude with the New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Championships but these feature events do not contribute to the overall Summer of Surf point score.

Following is the full event and broadcast schedule for the Summer of Surf, along with SIQS dates highlighted:

Episode 1: 2014 Coolangatta Gold
Event Date: November 1 & 2
Broadcast Dates: November 29 & 30

Episode 2: Ocean Assault Round 1 (Alexandra Headland)
Event Date: November 15
Broadcast Dates: December 6 & 7

Episode 3: Ocean Assault Round 2 (Alexandra Headland)
(SIQS ROUND 1)
Event Date: November 16
Broadcast Dates: December 13 & 14

Episode 4: Coffs Craft Carnival (Coffs Harbour)
Event Date: November 16
Broadcast Dates: December 20 & 21

Episode 5: US Lifeguard Championships (Virginia Beach)
Event Date: August 6-9
Broadcast Dates: December 27 & 28

Episode 6: Sydney Water Series Round 4 (Thirroul)
(SIQS ROUND 2)
Event Date: December 6
Broadcast Dates: January 3 & 4

Episode 7: Murphy’s Builders Surf Classic (Maroochydore)
Event Date: December 14
Broadcast Dates: January 10 & 11

Episode 8: Jim Wall Ironman Event (Torquay)
(SIQS ROUND 3)
Event Date: January 9
Broadcast Dates: January 17 & 18

Episode 9: Victorian Series (Fairhaven)
Event Date: January 9
Broadcast Dates: January 24 & 25

Episode 10: Australian Interstate Championships
Event Date: January 9
Broadcast Dates: January 31 & February 1

Episode 11: Manly Surf Carnival (Manly)
(SIQS ROUND 4)
Event Date: January 9
Broadcast Dates: February 7 & 8

Episode 12: Freshwater Surf Carnival (Freshwater)
(SIQS ROUND 5)
Event Date: January 25
Broadcast Dates: February 14 & 15

Episode 13: Ocean Assault Round 3 (Gold Coast)
(SIQS ROUND 6)
Event Date: February 7
Broadcast Dates: February 21 & 22

Episode 14: Ocean Assault Final (Gold Coast)
Event Date: February 8
Broadcast Dates: February 28 & March 1

Episode 15: Newport Surf Carnival (Newport)
(SIQS ROUND 7)
Event Date: February 28
Broadcast Dates: March 7 & 8

Episode 16: Summer of Surf Grand Final (Newport)
Event Date: March 1
Broadcast Dates: March 14 & 15

Episode 17: New South Wales Championships Part 1 (Umina)
Event Date: March 14 & 15
Broadcast Dates: March 21 & 22

Episode 18: New South Wales Championships Part 2 (Umina)
Event Date: March 14 & 15
Broadcast Dates: March 28 & 29

Episode 19: Queensland Championships Part 1 (Maroochydore)
Event Date: March 21 & 21
Broadcast Dates: April 4 & 5

Episode 20: Queensland Championships Part 2 (Maroochydore)
Event Date: March 21 & 21
Broadcast Dates: April 11 & 12

Episode 21: Summer of Surf In Review
Broadcast Dates: April 18 & 19

Episode 22: Australian Championships Part 1 (North Kirra)
Event Date: April 13-19
Broadcast Dates: April 25 & 26

Episode 22: Australian Championships Part 2 (North Kirra)
Event Date: April 13-19
Broadcast Dates: May 2 & 3

For further information please visit the Summer of Surf website www.summerofsurf.tv

Wed 12 Nov 2014