The SBIA Board is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2016 SBIA Surf Industry Awards. The awards night will be held in Sydney this year at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee Bay on Thursday, May 26.

This is the Surf Industry’s night of nights and tickets will be available from Feb 23. All SBIA members will receive an awards info pack, but the key dates for the awards are:

Entries Open – Tuesday 12th January 2016

Entries Close – Monday 8th February 2016

Voting Opens & Tickets Available – Tuesday 23rd February 2016

Voting Closes – Friday 7th March 2016

Finalists Announced – Thursday 31st March 2016

Awards Night – Thursday 26th May 2016


The board has made a couple of changes to the awards categories for 2016:

– State breakthrough retailers have changed to 1 national award and can have several winners.

– Australian Retailer & Australian Breakthrough Retailer are now JUDGED awards, not voted.


The annual awards were launched in 2011 to celebrate the Industry’s outstanding Retailers, Products and Brands. With 30 categories ranging from Core Boardstore to Men’s Brand of the Year, the Awards also recognise outstanding Service to the Industry. Entering is a worthwhile endeavour that can not only deliver great benefits to your business, but is also a way to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of your employees.

The Awards night not only acknowledges the high achievers of the Australian surf industry, but is always a fun and entertaining evening. The 2015 Awards night attracted over 200 retailers and brand representatives from across Australia and we anticipate the 2016 awards at Coogee to be just as successful.

We will also be holding an SBIA Roundtable on the same day as the awards. This will be at the Coogee Bay Hotel form 11am-4pm and we’ll have further details in the next newsletter.

For everything you need to know about the SBIA Surf Industry Awards, read the Awards Information Pack . To enter, members need to have a drop box set up for them to access the awards entry form and to upload their entries. Email the SBIA admin officer Amber Mann at:

To enter the Awards, email