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Hugo Smyth Memorial Classic

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 Sunday 29th November 2015

Registration Opens 18 October 2015

Who was Hugo Smyth?

Hugo Smyth is the youngest of 6 children. Tragically on the 31st of December 2006, Hugo drowned in the swimming pool at home.

Despite courageous attempts by his family and members of the surf life saving community, he was unable to be resuscitated. His passing shocked the Coffs Harbour Surf Life Saving Community and the impact of losing one of their own brought home the realisation that it can indeed happen to anyone. The Smyth family are an active part of the surf club and Hugo could always be seen at training and on the beach playing with his brothers, sisters and other younger club members. He was much loved and is deeply missed by his family and friends. Despite his young age Hugo had an impact on many around him, his passing reaffirmed the importance of spreading the water safety message and promoting lifesaving as a skill for life.

The Hugo Smyth Memorial Classic now in its 7th year was created to not only celebrate Hugo’s life but to remind us all of the importance of developing lifesaving skills, on and off the sand. Remember that competition is important but this event is held in the spIrit of fun and friendship. In Hugo’s honour, it is our intention to raise funds to help develop water safety and first aid skills beyond the surf community. It is our belief that everyone should know how to perform CPR.

Carnival Format

7:00am: Registration / Water Safety & Officials Sign on / 8:00am: Carnival Starts

The carnival’s format will be based around several events including board relays , ironman events, Surf Race, and the main event “Hugo’s Island Classic” which will consist of a paddle around little Muttonbird  Island.  Competition will commence with the Island Paddle and take place at the Southern end of the beach. Event format is subject to change based on surf and weather conditions.


  1. Verbal Abuse of officials or water safety will result in removal of competitors.
  2. Race will be overseen by officials as per SLSA Rules.
  3. Club Caps are to be warn
  4. Board Relay Teams may be mixed in both Gender and Club.
  5. Failure to complete the correct course will result in disqualification
  6. All competitors should have the approval of their club to compete and be deemed proficient and competent to compete.
  7. Boards should be within SLSA guidelines for racing
  8. Competitors may not compete outside of their age group without the permission of the carnival referee.
  10. AGE GROUPS AS PER SLS RULES{ i.e.: as at 30th September 2015}
  11. Competitor must be present at the time of the random draw to be eligible to receive the prize.





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