What is WA Surf League?

An exciting team-based competition, the SunSmart WA Surf League gives clubs the chance to go head-to-head on the sand and in the water, in a new spectator friendly format!

Offering cash prizes for cubs, and Western Suns team selection & travel subsidies for individuals. The key focus of the event is to encourage all clubs to get involved in all areas of surf sports as well as showcase our best athletes through live streaming of the event.

As WA Surf League is only in its third year, we know you will have heaps of questions, so we’ve put together a bunch of answers to the questions we think you may have! If we have missed anything, please get in touch.

2019/20 SunSmart WA Surf League

  • Round 1: 7 December 2019, Secret Harbour
  • Round 2: 8 February 2020, Trigg Island
  • Round 3: 7 March 2020, Sorrento Beach

2018/19 WA Surf League

Download this document for an overview of the 2018/19 WA Surf League.

Round 1 – Sunday 9 December 2018, North Cottesloe Beach – Wrap, Team Pointscore, Individual Event Results,  Photo gallery by Tony Bowers

Round 2 – Saturday 12 January 2019, Scarborough Beach – Results, Photo gallery by Tony Bowers

Round 3 – Sunday 3 February 2019, Sorrento Beach – Event Program, Results, Photo gallery by Tony Bowers

Get all the info here…

How does it work?

Surf League is a club based, team competition event. Clubs can enter as many teams as they wish. Each team can contain up to 24 competitors made up of ocean/beach athletes and surf boat crews.

Who can compete?

Members aged U14 and above are eligible to compete in a team however U14/U15 competitors may only compete in beach sprints, swim and board disciplines, and applicable legs of the Taplin Relay.

What are the Age Groups?

This year we will have Open and Youth.

How are the teams made up?

You need to register your interest with your club. Once you register with your club, they will put teams together. As long as they meet the relevant criteria there is no limit to the number of teams a club can enter. The more the merrier we say!

Don’t have the competitor numbers to field a full team?

Combined club teams can be formed for WA Surf League events, however, there are rules!

  • Combined club teams can be formed with a maximum of two clubs, however, country clubs can combine with any of the other country clubs.
  • The top 3 clubs from the previous year’s WA Surf League competition cannot combine i.e. 2017 – City of Perth, North Cottesloe & Trigg Island.
    Please note that combined club teams are not eligible for team prizes.

Can teams change each round?

Yes, they can. Each round acts as a separate competition with scoring and team prizes allocated at the close of each Round. In saying that, teams don’t have to change! This will depend upon the availability of competitors from Round to Round.

What events are included?

We’ve made sure there is something for everyone! Events include:
Surf Boats, Sprints, Flags, Ski, Board, Swim & Ironman races for both genders
A Mixed Taplin Relay made up of 8-person teams (four males and four females in the teams with swim, board, ski and runners).

What events can I compete in?

One competitor/crew within each team will race in a given discipline however, a competitor can contest multiple disciplines within the team.

Do I have to compete in every round?

No, you do not. You can only get there for Round 2? No problem, when you register just let your Club know which rounds you are available to participate in, and they will include you in a team for that round. (This does mean however that you may not be eligible for the individual prizes of travel subsidies*. See “I heard there are prizes. What can I win?” below!)

I heard there are prizes. What can I win?

Apart from the fact that we will give you a really cool t-shirt just for entering, you are correct, there are prizes!

Team Prizes
The top three placed teams per round will win the following prize money for their club:

  • 1st – $3,000 per round
  • 2nd – $2,000 per round
  • 3rd – $1,000 per round

Individual Prizes
For individual athletes, selection in the Western Suns Open Elite Team is up for grabs! How does this work you ask?

Ocean/beach athletes and surf boat crews will accumulate points across the three Surf League rounds. The winners of each discipline (up to 12 ocean/beach athletes) based on total points accrued across the three rounds will be selected for the Western Suns team. They will receive a Western Suns uniform and travel as a team to the sixth and final round of the Ocean 6 Series.

Surf boat crews with the most points at the conclusion of the third round of Surf League will be given a subsidy to travel to the Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open. To be eligible for the surf boat crew subsidy, at least 3 of the 5 rowers must remain the same across the three rounds.

Sorry, I forgot, how do I enter? And when do entries close?

That’s ok, there was a lot to read! You need to register with your Club Sports Director/Administrator who will enter teams from your club. Registrations close Monday evening prior to each round, but to make things easier, why not just register for each round now, that way it’s all done.

How much does it cost?

We want to see many of our surf clubs entering teams into Surf League, so entry is free for all teams across the entire series.

But I’ve got more questions. Who do I speak to?

In the first instance, speak to your Club Sports Director. For any other questions, please contact Jason Wright, SLSWA Sport and Development Coordinator on (08) 9207 6666, or Andrew Mosel, SLSWA High-Performance Officer.