Carnival Information

Hunter Branch conducts Junior Carnivals during the season for the U8 to U14 age groups. Carnivals are held as competition between nippers of different surf clubs, culminating with the Branch Junior Championships (U8 to U14) followed by the NSW Junior State Championships (U9 to U14 only).

All U/9s to U/14s children wishing to compete at Hunter Branch surf carnivals must complete an ocean proficiency swim. Registrations for carnivals are taken at the Nippers desk.

Individual Competition Events for Carnivals:

Nippers are able to enter any individual and team event at all Carnivals for which they meet the proficiency requirement - U/8’s: Sprint, Beach Flags, Wade Race, Sprint Relay & Wade Relay - U/9 & U/l0: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay - U/11 and Up: Sprint, Beach Flags, Sprint Relay, Surf Swim, Board Race, Swim Teams, Board Relay, Board Rescue & Cameron.

Club Competition Events for Carnivals:

Surf Teams (U/9 – U/14), Board Rescue Relay (U/10– U/14), Cameron Relay (U/9 – U/14), Beach Relay (U/8 – U/14), Wade relay (U/8s only) and All Age Relays (Beach and Board).

Water Safety and Officials:

Every Club is required to provide Water Safety personnel and competition officials to assist in the running of each branch carnival. There is an expectation that the parents of competing nippers will be required to undertake these roles in order for their children to compete.

Surf Sports Manual

Parents of Nippers interested in competing in carnivals should check out the Surf Sports manual. This manual give you all the information about the events held at carnivals. 

HSLS Surf Sports Manual


2018/19 Branch Carnivals 

The Hunter Branch Carnival Calendar can be found by clicking on this link : HSLS Carnival Calendar

Carnival Information and programs can be found here: HSLS Carnival Information

Dixon Park - Saturday 13th October 2018 

Swansea Belmont - Sunday 4th November 2018

Stockton - Saturday 15th December 2018

Catherine Hill Bay - Saturday 12th January 2019

HSLS Branch Age Championships 

Fingal Beach - Saturday 9th February and Sunday 10th February

NSW State Titles

NSW State Titles - SLS NSW Age Championships - Swansea Belmont

Friday 1st March - Sunday 3rd March 2019