Queensland Teams

Athlete Development

A pivotal part of queensland’s continued success in surf sports is slsq’s strong focus on development at grassroots level to ensure we have highly skilled athletes. As competitors from clubs around the state fight it out for surf rescue supremacy.

SLSQ has implemented an athlete development program which provides an opportunity for surf sports athletes to further develop their skills, allowing our members to reach their full potential. Traditionally, Queensland has produced some of the country’s best surf sports athletes and SLSQ is committed to continuing this tradition as well as offering athletes of any ability the opportunity to perform at their best.


High Performance Program

The SLSQ high performance program aims to cultivate the state’s most promising surf sport athletes.

The SLSQ High Performance Program changes from year to year, but aims to provide opportunities to develop athletes across all sport disciplines in surf life saving, from summer competition, pool rescue, IRB racing and surf boat rowers.


Regional Athlete Program

Surf life saving queensland is committed to developing athletes throughout queensland and has a dedicated regional surf sport program to cater for northern competitors.


The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is one of Queensland’s major events, and is the largest surf sports event held outside of South-East Queensland. It is third only in size (number of competitors) behind the Queensland Surf Life Saving Championships and the Queensland Junior Surf Life Saving Championships.

The North Australian Surf Life Saving Championships is open to all Queensland Clubs and some interstate Clubs.


Queensland Country Team

The Queensland Country (under-13 to under-17) representative team is selected each year based on results achieved at the North Australian Championships. The team comprises of 48 competitors, with six males and six females selected from each age group – under-13, under-14, under-15 and under-17. The team competes annually at the Queensland Interbranch Championships against Sunshine Coast, South Coast and Point Danger branches.


Queensland Cyclones

The Queensland Cyclones is the name SLSQ gives to its multiple state teams. SLSQ has four separate Queensland Cyclones teams that compete across summer competition, pool rescue, IRB and surf boats. These teams compete for an overall point-score trophy at each event as well as the Alan Whelpton Trophy, which is awarded to the winning state across all four championship events.



The QLD Cyclones State surf boat team is a formidable squad comprising some of Queensland's most skilled surf boat rowers. Known for their strength, endurance, and teamwork, the Cyclones have earned a reputation as a dominant force in surf boat competitions.

The QLD Cyclones carry the hopes and pride of their state, aiming to make their mark and bring home glory for Queensland.



Surf Life Saving Queensland pool rescue competition has grown from strength to strength in recent years.

Competitors test their rescue skills with events such as manikin tows, obstacle swims and tube swims carrying patients. The event has expanded to include under-11, under-12 and under-13 athletes, and it is hoped the event will encourage youngsters into the sport and maintain their involvement in lifesaving, whether in the pool or in the surf.


IRB Cyclones

A high-octane event, inflatable rescue boat (IRB) racing has a large following in Queensland, as competitors from clubs around the state fight it out for surf rescue supremacy.

Aside from the thrills of the competition, the event is a real reinforcement of lifesaving skills. The races are all about simulating rescue situations and testing the abilities of drivers and crew as they’re transferred to a competitive setting.