2022 Oakberry Acai NSW Country Championships

Jan 27, 2022 | News

The Oakberry Acai NSW Surf Life Saving Country Championships is open to clubs outside the Newcastle-to-Illawarra corridor and is second only to the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships in size, with an expected 1,500 competitors, 200 officials and around 4,000 spectators.

This year, our club has been chosen to host the even at One Mile Beach on Friday through Sunday – 28, 29 and 30 January 2022.

Surf Life Saving NSW news writes on Wednesday 8 September 2021:

More than two decades after it last hosted the Country Surf Life Saving Championships, the premier event for regional-based surf life saving clubs will be held at Cape Hawke SLSC at Forster in a deal set to span across the 2022 and 2023 events.

It will serve as the fourth and fifth time that Cape Hawke has played host to the event, having previously done so in the 80s and 90s, and then again at the turn of the century.

The Country Championships is second only to the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships in size with an expected 1,500 competitors, 200 officials and around 4,000 spectators over the three day event.Surf Life Saving NSW Director of Surf Sport, Don van Kiempema said the location, as well as the beach itself, would prove an ideal setting for the event.

“The location with nearby Forster Tuncurry as a major coastal centre in the region provides excellent accommodation options for participants,” he said.

“Its location on the NSW lower north coast will ensure accessibility for all country clubs north of the Hunter as well as reasonable proximity for our southern participants.

“Cape Hawke beach is an excellent physical location to host the Championships in terms of prevailing conditions, accessibility and beach size.”

The organising committee behind Cape Hawke’s bid for the Country Championships has solid experience hosting large events, including rounds of the Sharkskin IRB Premiership series in recent years.



Traffic around One Mile Beach Forster will be congested and in particular, parking close to the beach accesses will be very difficult.  There will be traffic flow controls in place for residents of the area but please allow additional travel time for your movements.

Spectators to the beach are welcome, but please read the final event information as provided by Surf Life Saving NSW and the event organisers.

If any photos or video is taken and you wish to post to social media, please use the event hashtag #CountryChamps22

Please contact the club if you would like to volunteer to help at the event.

The below pics are of the setup progress on Thursday.

Cape Hawke SLSC One Mile Beach Forster

Contact Information

Please use the following contact information to learn get in touch with us:

Email: info@capehawkeslsc.org.au
Phone: (02) 6555 5822
Post: Cape Hawke SLSC, P.O. Box 198, Forster, NSW 2428