Bilgola Surf Boats & Sports

Bilgola Surfboats

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.


The first Bilgola surfboat was an old double-ended craft affectionately known as “Irene”. Irene was so named because every time they caught a wave it was “good night Irene”.

Bilgola is one of Australia’s most renowned and successful Surfboat rowing clubs. With fantastic results over the years we continue to dominate the Surfboat rowing scene consistently making finals and medaling at various key events throughout the Surfboat season.

All competitors are lifesaver volunteers and elite sports people who put in many dedicated hours of training. With an extensive competition calendar the rowing community are a close knit team who are highly supportive of each crews and share a strong camaraderie and passion for the sport.

We are always looking to grow our rowing community and welcome any new members, beginners and experienced rowers and sweeps to join Bilgola.

Please email our Boat Captain Ben Gill or our Vice Boat Captain Sasha Beadnall if you are interested in being part of Bilgola Surf L:fe Saving Club or competing in Surfboat Rowing


Our fantastic sponsor Blackmores has been pivotal over the years with their continuous support of the Surfboat section. Blackmore help us to maintain and keep up with the latest equipment. Their commitment to the Surfboat section includes a new Surfboat for the 2011/2012 season. Blackmores funds are very much appreciated and we row the Blackmores branded Surfboats with pride.


For the 2011/2012 season we have an amazing 8 crews ready and rearing to kick off the season. It is not too late to join – please contact us if you are interested in creating or joining a crew.

Crew List for 2011/2012 season
Open Men  x 1, Open Women’s  x 3, Reserve x 1, Under 23 Male x 1, Under 23 Female x 1 Master x 1


  • Bilgola SLSC New South Wales Champion Surfboat Club for 2010/2011
  • Won Battle of the Boats Surfboat Relay
  • 160 Years Men’s Masters surfboat crew – 2nd place at Australian Championships
  • Open Men’s surfboat crew – Champions at Branch, State & ASRL Australian Open
  • Open Women Gold – Champions at Mollymook Surfboat Classic
  • Open Women Red – Finalists NSW Championships
  • U19 Blue -  Champions International Collaroy Young Guns Event
  • Won Battle of the Boats Surfboat Relay
  • Reserve Gold – 2nd place at ASRL Australian Open
  • U23 Gold – Champions Intercities Championships at Wanda


In 1997 and 2005 Bilgola accomplished extraordinary feats at the Australian National Championships in Kurrawa Queensland having crews in 4 of the 5 division finals, and went on to win the Junior Championship and the prestigious Open Championship – This was only the second time in history this had been achieved.

In the 2002/2003 season Bilgola won the Champion Surfboat Club of Australia. This very prestigious honour is run in selected carnivals all over the country, on a point score system over all of the 5 divisions, from juniors to the open and women’s

In the 2004/2005 season Bilgola Surfboat crews had a successful season at the Australian National Championships in Kurrawa Queensland, Bilgola had crews in 4 of the 5 division finals, winning the women’s open championship for the second year in a row.

Bilgola Surf Life Saving Club caters for a variety of surf sports for young and old, professionals and beginners alike. Contact us for more details.