A Surprising Victory

In late March 1947, a young Ken Ross (at the far left of this photograph) stood proud with his lifesaver mates in front of their winning surf boat. These were the Caves Beach boys who had taken out the Junior Surf Boat Championship at the recent Surf Lifesaving Australia Carnival at Bondi Beach. It was […]

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Casting a Wider Net

Green and gold pennant with a fuzzy beige trim which reads: "SWANSEA-BELMONT S.L.S.C Annual Surf Carnival 1961 Jun. Boat Race, 1st Caves Beach."

The changing face of surf life saving is, in no small part, due to the ever-evolving inclusion of juniors. This pennant was won by the junior boat crew of Caves Beach Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) at a 1961 surf life saving carnival. This competition was held by their ‘sister club,’ Swansea-Belmont SLSC, with both […]

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An Unbeatable Design

It was a windy day in mid-March 1960 and an enormous crowd of nearly 20,000 people lined the sand dunes at Merewether Beach to witness the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships. The Caves Beach junior surf boat crew had a strong reputation to uphold, since juniors from their club had taken out the championship several times […]

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