The first Surf Carnival was held on January
25th 1908 at Manly Beach.
Six clubs competed and the first surfboat race, with various craft, was won by Little Coogee (now Clovelly) in their whale boat.
These Carnivals quickly become a popular method of revenue for the life saving clubs, the moneys from gate receipts used to purchase gear and improve facilities.
Tamarama Carnival attracted fifteen thousand spectators in February 1908.
1908 North Steyne SLSC : Carnival Program (Saturday 28th March 1908 at North Steyne, Manly).
Manly Council appointed Edward 'Appy' Eyre, from New Zealand, as the first professional lifesaver in October, 1907.
The appointment of a paid professional
failed to set a precedent in Australia (unlike America) and beach safety
was essentially given over to the volunteer lifesaving movement for the
next 60 years.
FANCY DRESS PROCESSION.
THE LANDING OF CAPTAIN COOK.
EXHIBITION OF RESCUE BY C. N. PURCELL & "HAPPY EYRE"
EXHIBITION OF RESCUE & RELEASE DRILL BY THE MANLY LIFE SAVING CLUB.
EXHIBITION IN SURF BOAT BY SLY BROTHERS
EXHIBITION OF RESUSCITATION DRILL BY MEMBERS OF THE MANLY L.S. CLUB.
DISPLAY BY GOVERNMENT LIFE BOAT.
EXHIBITION OF DIVING BY C. N. PURCELL.
"CROSSING THE LINE"
by Members of the late China Contingent under direction of Commander Roberts.
LIFE SA VING COMPETITION WITH LINE AND BELT
(Trophy presented by P. H. O'Brien, Esq.)
INTERSURF CLUB LIFE BOAT RACE
RACE THROUGH THE SURF UNDER THE AUSPICES OF N.S. W. SWIMMING ASSOCIATION
(Trophy presented by T. T. Jones & Co. Ltd.)
R & R BY METROPOLITAN POLICE
under the Auspices of the Royal Life Saving Society.
INtERSURF CLUB TUG OF WAR.
LADIES WADING RACE.
RACE THROUGH THE SURF
(Open to members of surf clubs only)
WALKING GREASY POLE COMPETITION.
EXHIBITION OF SURF-SHOOTING.
EXHIBITION OF FANCY AND TRICK DIVING.
BROWN MAN COMPETITION
Harris: Manly SLSC (1961) page 7.