General Information

Most carnivals are held within the Illawarra/South Coast area and all members; both junior and seniors are encouraged to compete for the club. Carnivals are divided into Junior/Senior. Some Carnivals hold Junior and Seniors on the same day (Sydney Water), while most are split and held on either the Saturday or Sunday of the same weekend. All nippers are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Junior: Nippers in the Under 8 to Under 14 age groups are eligible to compete at SLS Carnivals. Sandon Point does not have any selection criteria for these carnivals. (Note: Carnivals are not open to Nippers in the Under 6 and 7 age groups.)

Senior: Senior competitors are Under 15 and over. Active Seniors must be Proficient and have completed a minimum of 25 patrol hours in the last calendar year.

Surf Sports Results

Carnival results are published in the club's annual report each year.

Please note that some results may have been missed and we apologise for any omissions.

Any nippers wanting to compete or thinking of competing will have to be entered into the Surfguard system as carnival proficient BEFORE Christmas. This is a separate ocean swim requirement over what is completed at normal nippers.

Illawarra Branch does NOT allow entries on the mornings of carnivals. Please note late entry fees may apply if you miss the cut-off. 

If your nipper is interested in competing for the Club please check with the Proficiency Officers whether your nipper has completed the Ocean Proficiency Swim for that year at nippers to qualify. 

2018-19 Junior Carnivals

All nippers from U/8’s through to U/14’s who are interested in any of the following 2018/19 junior carnivals should contact Cameron Ward by email  to


2018 Sydney Water Surf Premiership Series

The 2018 Sydney Water Surf Series will be celebrating its 17th year. From humble beginnings, it has developed into a strong based competition series with competitors from all over NSW coming along to race. The series caters for Under 8’s right through to Masters in surf/craft & beach individual events with close to 1200 athletes competing last season in the series.

The dates are as follows:

Round One: Saturday 27 October 2018 – Warilla Barrack Point SLSC

Round Two: Saturday 3 November 2018 – Location TBC

Round Three: Saturday 10 November 2018 – Fairy Meadow SLSC

Round Four: Saturday 17 November 2018 – Shellharbour SLSC

Entries closing date 5pm, Monday 22 October 2018 

Juniors start at 8:30am and Seniors & Masters start at 12:30pm for each round.

The time for the Officials and Team Managers meeting as follows;

Junior Officials & Water Safety at 8:00am and Team Managers meeting at 8:15am.

Senior Officials at 12:00pm and Team Managers meeting at 12:15pm.

The Team Managers meetings are compulsory

2018-19 season costs 
$65 entry fee for the 4 carnivals ( +an extra $20 if late or at the first carnival)
If you miss the close date you can still enter on the morning of the first carnival (or later carnivals if necessary).
Please contact Cameron Ward by email  at as soon as possible as entries are processed on-line

The link to the Sydney Water Series:

Illawarra Branch Championships 2018/2019:

Juniors - Saturday 9 February 2019 - TBA
Seniors - Sunday 10 February 2019 - TBA
This is really a carnival where we should have as many competitors as possible in all age groups. Please contact Cameron Ward by email to as soon as possible as entries are processed on-line

Illawarra Junior Development Carnival:

Saturday 2 February 2019 - TBA 

Other Carnivals - TBA

NSW State Championships

All Masters and Senior competitors MUST have completed the minimum patrol hours required in the previous calendar year to compete. Competitors must nominate by the closing date, which will be advertised at the club. Each competitor selected to represent will be responsible for the travel and accommodation costs associated with the team. A uniform will be organised for competitors attending the State carnival.

NSW Junior State Championships: 1 - 3 March 2019 - Swansea

NSW Open State Championships: 8 - 10 March 2019 - Swansea

This season's carnival will again be held at Swansea. The event attracts around 6000 competitors from all over NSW, along with 600 volunteer officials and up to 15,000 family and spectators. Your Nipper does not have to qualify at a Regional Carnival to enter the State Championships. If anyone is considering taking the plunge to a State carnival this would be the one. Competitors will need to check out accommodation or camp sites ASAP as availability becomes difficult around carnival time. Once the State carnival has been opened for entry this information will again be updated.