The beach events are contested over a sand course of varying distance and are some of the most hotly contested events at surf carnivals.
Board events involve paddling a fiberglass board from the beach, through the break, around a defined course and back again. This discipline also incorporates surf board riding.
A surf ski is one of the fastest human-powered craft on water. Racing variations including single, double and numerous relay events, all amounting to fast paced and exciting spectacles.
There are so many events that encompass swimming that it is one of the core competitive sections within any successful surf club. It is one of Cronulla SLSC's premier disciplines.
Boats of wood, men of steel - the boat area of a surf carnival is where the action is. Traditionally a rescue craft (superseded by the IRB) a boat crew consists of four rowers and a sweep.
Multi-discipline refers to events that require competitors to specialise in a combination of swim, board and ski legs, the most notable being the famous Ironman and Ironwoman.
Athletes over the age of thirty (30) years are entitled to compete in specific 'age category' events, generally held separately from Open (senior) division carnivals / events.
The focus of IRB racing is to hone the abilities of IRB drivers and crew, with five events that generally revolve around the concept of IRB rescues and craft preparation.
SLSA conducts several events aimed at highlighting and developing the skills involved in rescue, resuscitation and first aid, assisting members to perform their patrolling duties.
Literally the flagship event of any surf carnival, March Past is a very traditional and colourful event. Largely ceremonial, teams are scored on strict uniformity and absolute military precision.