Surf carnival and club championship competition forms an integral part of Ocean Grove's surf lifesaving activities. Active members can compete at club, State and National level in numerous events spanning the board and ski, beach, water and boat sections of competition. Nippers (13 year olds and younger) also have their own scope of competition at the three levels.
Surf lifesaving competition was originally designed to promote and maintain the surf rescue skills of its members. Although some forms of competition equipment no longer relate directly to surf patrols (e.g. surf boat, ski, and reel, line and belt); the skills, fitness and preparedness for rescue they develop are of vital importance.
Ocean Grove has a long history of regular commitment to competition at the three levels. The club's investment in its youth has paid enormous dividends with the club winning the Senior Victorian State Championships consecutively from 2000 to 2010, and again in 2012 and, most recently, in 2017 and 2018. The seniors wins are even more impressive when you consider that the Club rarely has competitors in the surf boat section. The club has also been named the Lifesaving Victoria Aquatic Sports Club of the in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
We are also very proud of our homegrown ironwoman, Harriet Brown, currently Australian and World Board Champion, and ranked No 2 in last year's professional Nutrigrain Ironwoman Series. Harriet began her career as a nipper at Ocean Grove in U8s and competed for the club until she moved to the Gold Coast as an Open competitor at age 19. Harriet is a great example of how far our competitors can go in this sport!
At the Nipper level, Ocean Grove has won the State Championships in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2018.
The Club is also well represented in Masters (over 35s) at both State, winning the 2003 State Master's championships and in recent years fielding teams in excess of 30 competitors, men and women, to make top 4 on successive occasions.
Surf lifesaving competition is an integral part of Ocean Grove's overall success as a surf club.