Thousands to hit Tugun beach for Surf Life Saving Queensland’s State Championships

Queensland’s best surf sport athletes are set to battle it out over the next three days at Surf Life Saving Queensland’s 2021 Senior and Masters State Championships.

More than 1,500 competitors from Under 17’s to Masters will descend upon Tugun for a range of events including board rescue, tube rescue, ski, ironman, ironwoman and taplin events.

The fastest athletes on sand will also compete in beach flags and sprints under lights at Burleigh Beach on Friday from 3pm.


Surf Life Saving Queensland CEO Dave Whimpey said it will be three action-packed days of racing.

“Some of the best athletes in the sport will be competing over the next few days, which will put on an excellent show for spectators,” Whimpey said.

“It will be a festival for the senses for spectators and athletes alike back of beach. With delicious food available, live music, a Westpac sunscreen station and a massage station thanks to Fisiocream.

“Best of all the event is free, so any member of the public is welcome to attend.”

Spectators will get to enjoy free entry to the Festival Zone, which featured super screens displaying all the action from the beach, food trucks, merchandise stalls and live music

City of Gold Coast Councillor Gail O’Neil said the event will be a great boost for the local community.

“I’ve been pushing hard for more events for our community so it is fantastic that the state championships will be decided right here,’’ said Division 14 Cr Gail O’Neill.

“I know the surf community – and supporters – will get out and about throughout the carnival, dining and shopping in the region so I welcome them with open arms, as do the small business

“Let’s hope it’s the start of much more to come.”

For those unable to attend the event, Friday and Saturday’s events will be covered on Surf Life Saving Queensland’s live stream on Facebook, hosted by Jenny Parry and Harriet Brown. All the finals action on Sunday 28 March will be broadcast on SBS from 2pm AEST, with legends Karla Gilbert and Ky Hurst leading the commentary.