History of Beach Events
The beach sprint and beach relay events have been conducted at surf carnivals since the earliest days with both events making their debuts at the Australian titles in the 1919-20 season. Apart from the introduction of electronic timing in recent times, little has changed over the years with the successful competitors still being those who can run fastest over the soft sand.
Beach flags were introduced to the Australian titles after the 2nd World War and now feature as one of the most high profile events at the championships. Apart from a change of title from “musical flags” to beach flags, little has changed in the event since their introduction.
The 2km & 1km beach runs are only recent additions to the beach program, having been introduced in the mid 2000’s.