The Summer of Surf World Cup has kicked off in spectacular fashion with the inaugural International Sprint Challenge. 

The top male and female ironman competitors from across the globe went head-to-head in a gruelling swim, board, ski and ironman race with the accumulated points declaring overall honours and bragging rights. 

Athletes from Australia, New Zealand, France, USA, Great Britain, France and Japan were greeted with support from over 150 local school students who got to witness the action unfold with front row seats while also receiving a water safety talk and team shirts of their favourite countries. 

The racing went down to the wire in both the men’s and women’s divisions. 

It was Australia’s Lizzie Welborn who claimed victory on a countback over kiwi Danielle McKenzie while Jackson Borg (Australia) was two points clear of Bob Whittikar (Great Britain) with New Zealand’s Joe Collins rounding out the podium. 

Jackson Borg was ecstatic to take out the first ever International Sprint Challenge. 

“I had the best time racing today and it was so much fun mixing it with the best in the world. I am honoured to take out the first ever International Sprint Challenge and our sport is heading in an amazing direct internationally thanks to event like this.”

Racing now moves into the Summer of Surf World Cup with Ironman & Ironwoman heats taking place from 3:30pm NSW time before Saturdays 1pm finals package, livestreamed on 7Plus. 

Summer of Surf World Cup Event Schedule

Thursday 27th October
9am: Summer of Surf World Cup Official Opening & Media Launch 
11am-12pm: School Water Safety Program
12pm-2pm: International Sprint Challenge  
5pm: Open Air Cinema (Movie Sing 2)

Friday 28th October
6:30-7:30am Fluro Community Swim
8am-12pm: Community School Visits
12pm: Festival Zone Opens
3pm-5pm: Summer of Surf World Cup Ironman & Ironwoman heats 
3pm-8pm: Live Music 

Saturday 29th October
8am Festival Zone Opens
8am-1pm: Summer of Surf World Cup Heats
12pm-8pm: Live Music 
7pm: Event After Function

Sunday 30th October
8am: Festival Zone Opens
8am-12pm: Community Nipper Clinic
12pm Event Close

Summer of Surf World Cup Broadcast Schedule:
Thursday 27th October 12pm-2pm: International Sprint Challenge Live Stream via Summer of Surf Facebook
Saturday 29th October 1pm-4pm: Summer of Surf World Cup Finals Package on 7Plus

You can check out live results here and stay tuned to the Summer of Surf social media channels for further event updates and event highlights.  

The Summer of Surf World Cup is proudly supported by a $200,000 grant through the NSW Government’s Regional Events Acceleration Fund, which aims to support the social and economic recovery and prosperity of Regional NSW. 

Summer of Surf would also like to thank the incredible event partners Shaw and Partners Financial Services, Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club, Finis, Jolyn, We Are Feel Good Inc, Jolyn, Kracka, BOS Oceansport, LSKD, Race One, Oakley, Woopi Brewing Co and Tri Swim.