Surf Coast Times Jim Wall Ironman Race

Jim Wall is the ultimate test of endurance across four surf events – board, ski, swim, run – and for many it’s the favourite event on the surf sports calendar.

The Surf Coast Times Jim Wall Iron event has been an iconic part of the Surf Coast lifesaving culture since ‘60s, in fact it’s the longest running iron event in the world.

Its origins are a big part of Torquay history, with the Wall family still presenting the trophies.

Starting as the Jim Wall “Surfathon” in 1962, named for early club resident Jim Wall, the unique event was first created at TSLSC to challenge all round surf and water ability, with an endurance format including continuous efforts in swimming, board and ski paddling and beach running. It is believed to be the first continuous ironman event ever staged, in that format that has now become standard. The event has become a coveted ‘hit out’ for both local and interstate athletes, with the sought-after prize being a hand on the Jim Wall trophy.

The event will include Junior Board , Ski and Surf races, Mixed relays and dash for cash. The event will conclude with the Female and Male Jim Wall Iron race.

Photo credits: Surf Coast Times

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Surf Coast Shire Council Acknowledges the Wadawurrung People, and Gulidjan and Gadubanud Peoples of the Eastern Maar, their Elders and leaders past, present and emerging as the Traditional Owners of the skies, land, waters and sea country across our municipality. We acknowledge their care and custodianship for more than 60,000 years, which continues today. We walk with them as we respectfully care for and tread lightly on these lands. We also extend that respect to all First Nations people who are part of the community.