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.
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