Australian surf sport series, Summer of Surf (SOS), has announced the support of global fitness and wellness company Technogym for 2016 and 2017, through the newly formed Technogym Club Series.

The Technogym Club Series gives surf clubs competing in the SOS the opportunity to nominate eight athletes from their club to contest for an overall championship throughout the duration of the six rounds – further fueling the inferno of interclub competition across the series.

Technogym Australia’s Country Manager, Claudio Bertozzi, said the company was honoured to be supporting the premier Surf Life Saving series in Australia.

“As a company we support an array of not-for-profit entities around the globe and grassroots sports in Australia are no exception,” Bertozzi said.

“We are excited to be a part of the inception of the Club Series and look forward to fitting out the top three placed clubs with fitness equipment used by athletes at an Olympic level,” he said.

In addition to the gym refurbishments for the top placed clubs, Technogym will provide the winning club with surf lifesaving specific machines, including treadmills, bikes, elliptical machine, bench press and seven pin-loaded machines – giving club members a further edge as they train for the 2017/18 SOS season.

Co-founder of Summer of Surf, Trent Goulding said the support of this new concept by Technogym means that the smaller clubs can now compete with the sports powerhouse clubs.

“While we continue to praise the champions of our sport, we also want to celebrate the clubs that traverse the country to attend SOS rounds and the Technogym Club Series really supports this ethos and the prosperity of these clubs,” said Goulding.

With two rounds of the series to go, the Technogym Club Series is still open for the taking, with Newport Surf Club sitting at the top of the leader board, 200 points ahead of Manly and Northcliffe Surf clubs.