IRB Adventures


IRB News If you are keen to join in the IRB fun, contact our IRB Trainer, Marc Barnard regarding an IRB training course: Contact Marc at to register now. Prospective crew and drivers welcome! Calling all prospective IRB Racers! We are recruiting for the Bilgola IRB Racing Team 2018 Racing Season. Come and see why IRB racing is F1 on water! Contact David Madew at for more information.

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ASRL Hall of Fame

ASRL Hall of Fame Inductees 2016

Natalie Gartner and Norm Pounder have joined the esteemed ranks of the ASRL Hall of Fame, alongside Don McManus and Mel MacPherson. Natalie is regarded as a life-long ‘boatie’ having rowed for the past 21 consecutive years. Her list of achievements reflects the hard work and dedication she continues to apply. Not only is she regarded as a phenomenal sportsperson, both tough and fierce, but she is also respected for her fairness. Norm Pounder has achieved an enviable record during his 29 years of competitive rowing. Highly respected for his life of dedication and commitment to the sport and to the Bilgola Surf Club. At a young age, Norm achieved the status of a boat…

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Bilgola Triumph at Australian Surf Rowers League

Winners - Bilgola Gold ASRL Open 2016

Bilgola surf boat rowers created history over the weekend at the ASRL Open at Shellharbour by winning both the inaugural u19 women’s and women’s reserve grade titles. The is the first time these 2 events have been held at such a major national carnival. The Sweetcheeks u23 women (Alicia Jackson, Ella smith, Caitlin Lowe, Tiani Schaeffer, swept by  the legend Don McManus) were victorious in all their races across the weekend and chased down a great wave in their final to snatch victory in a very competitive race. This was only the second carnival for this particular crew after reaching the final in u23 women at last weeks branch championships. The crew’s interview after the…

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Blackmores Bilgola Surf Boat Carnival

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The Annual Blackmores Bilgola Boat Carnival was on Saturday 5 November 2016. It was the first local carnival of the season and a great showcase of surf sports. The format , depending on conditions, is as follows: 7.30am    Competitors report time  8.00am    First race Divisions include: Open Men Open Women Reserves Under 23 (Men and women) Under 19 (Men and Women) Mixed crews race (2 men&2 women) – This will be restricted to two heats and a Final. The event will be broadcast at the beach and the best view is from the surf club balcony.

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Bilgola Surf Boats & Sports


Bilgola Beach the perfect beach for every type of surfing sport Surf Life Saving is recognised as the most effective surf rescue service in the world. Surf Sports play a key role in improving lifesaving skills, fitness and motivation.

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Bilgola IRB

Inflatable Rescue Boats or IRB’s, were introduced into Surf Life Saving in the 1970’s as a means of responding to a rescue situation more efficiently.

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Bilgola Beach Events

Beach events are held on the sand and include events such as: Beach sprint – competitors race on a straight sand course of approximately 70 – 90metres to the finishing line.

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Boards and Skis

Bilgola SLSC Board and Ski events include: Single surf ski race, Double surf ski race and the Surf board race.

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