The Kirra Surfriders Club was founded in 1962 by local surfers within the area. It was the first association of its sorts within Queensland. Their mission is to ensure the future and development of the riders and of the club.
The club’s first meetings in the early stages of the club were held in a dressing room of a surf shop provided by a fellow local. Coincidentally, more than half a century later the meetings are held in in the club house at the Kirra pavilion right next to the old dressing rooms.
Kirra Surfriders Club caters to the local surfing community whilst cultivating club members to turn them into the champions they are. This is made evident through the notable legends they have acquired over the years including Michael Peterson, Peter Townend, Mick Fanning, Dale Richards and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew.
These legends advanced their surfing skills whilst at the club and successfully developed into major league competition winners holding winning streaks to national/world titles. Dale Richards was also the first Indigenous surfer in the Quicksilver Pro.
In 1985, the club began hosting the “Kirra Teams Challenge” which is not the world’s largest inter-club surfing event! Surfers from clubs across the country come for the three days to compete and celebrate. They strive to keep the team challenges at grassroots level as they truly support the development of their surfers.
Kirra has conquered a number of outstanding achievements which has been made possible by its dedication to members development into champions.