The thrill of surf sports

A pivotal part of Surf Life Saving is Surf Sports. A true showcase of power, strength and skill.

SLSQ hosts a range of different surf sports events and carnivals which showcase the raw power of our people. From Youth to Masters, we have a range of events that would excite any spectator!

Another key focus for us is athlete development, we want to see Queensland athletes shine on national and international stages.



High Performance Program

The SLSQ High Performance Program aims to cultivate the state’s most promising surf sport athletes.

The SLSQ High Performance Program changes from year to year, but aims to provide opportunities to develop athletes across all sport disciplines in surf life saving, from summer competition, pool rescue, IRB racing and surf boat rowers.

Queensland Cyclones

The Queensland Cyclones is the name SLSQ gives to its multiple state teams. SLSQ has four separate Queensland Cyclones teams that compete across summer competition, pool rescue, IRB and surf boats. These teams compete for an overall point-score trophy at each event as well as the Alan Whelpton Trophy, which is awarded to the winning state across all four championship events.


Surf Life Saving Queensland is committed to developing athletes throughout Queensland and has a dedicated regional surf sport program to cater for northern competitors.


North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is one of Queensland’s major events, and is the largest surf sports event held outside of South-East Queensland. It is third only in size (number of competitors) behind the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships and the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships.

The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is open to all Queensland Clubs and some interstate Clubs.


Queensland Country Team

The Queensland Country (under-13 to under-17) representative team is selected each year based on results achieved at the North Australian Championships. The team consist of 48 competitors, six mal and six female team selection is restricted to lifesavers from clubs located within the Wide Bay Capricorn, North Barrier, and North Queensland branches. The team competes annually at the Queensland Interbranch Championships against Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger branches.