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Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series

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The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series is a professional iron man and iron women racing series, born out of surf live saving.

The series has over the years taken place over various locations, including:

  • Smiths Beach in the Margaret River region of South West Western Australia;
  • Newcastle Beach in Newcastle, New South Wales;
  • North Cronulla Beach in Cronulla, New South Wales;
  • Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland; and
  • Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast of Queensland.

The current series champions from the 2020/21 season are Alistair (Ali) Day of Surfers Paradise and Lana Rogers of Alexandra Headland, Queensland.


Professional ironman racing was born out of the movie The Coolangatta Gold which featured multiple Australian Ironman champion Grant Kenny and was won by Guy Leech. With significant media attention beginning to grow, Surf Life Saving Australia established the ‘Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Grand Prix’ in 1986. The aim of the series was to generate a high public profile and showcase for the sport, the athletes and the surf life saving movement.

Over the years the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series has evolved, testing and challenging athletes through different formats and styles of racing. While the Series has continued to evolve with varying formats, competitors and venues, one key element of Ironman and Ironwoman racing has remained – the surf. The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series puts Australia's top multi-discipline athletes through their paces, forcing them to take on the best and worst mother nature has to throw at them.

For almost 30 years, Kellogg's have partnered with Surf Life Saving Australia to deliver this sporting event that has not only produced some of Australia's finest and fittest athletes, but has also helped drive membership for Surf Life Saving. The Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series and Ironwoman Series has grown to become the world's elite surf sports competition and one of summer's most iconic events – where only the best of the best have their chance to claim the prize pool, the glory and the prestige of being the crowned the Series Champion. It is survival of the fittest.


The Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series is contested over a various race formats which help to create an even playing field for the competitors.

Loop Format[edit]

Description: A continuous race over a conventional Ironman course, swim, board, ski and run. Each 'Loop' consists of one lap of each discipline. A race may consist of three Loops for men and two loops for women, depending on conditions and the course. The order of the disciplines in the race will vary depending on the event.


Description: A continuous race over a modified course, where the competitors round 3 markers, two beyond the swell, and one on the beach. A race may consist of three loops for men and two for women, depending on conditions and the course.

Triple Sprint Pursuit[edit]

Description: Two conventional Ironman races with the combined points totals to determine handicap starting positions in a third race. The result of the third race determines the round placings. Introduced in Round 1 of the 2015/16 series at Coolum Beach.[1]


Description: A 40-minute Iron race over an M-Shaped or traditional course. Each of the disciplines of swim, board, ski will be completed two or three times, with competitors taking on the surf break again and again.

Super Sprint[3][edit]

Description: Three separate, 10-minute races with 5-minutes rest between each race. Equal points are allocated for races 1 and 2 with double points being awarded for the final race.

The Specialist[4][edit]

Description: Four separate races, one for each discipline of swim, board, ski and run. There will be a 5-minute countdown between each race. At the conclusion of the four separate races, the final race will be conducted with a staggered start commencing from the finish arch. The athlete ranked 1st after the four Specialist races will start on ‘GO,’ with the remaining athletes then starting 2-seconds apart in sequential order in accordance to their ranking.

Eliminator (aka Survival[5])[edit]

Description Three separate, 10-12 minute long Iron races where the last five to six finishers of each race are eliminated, leaving six to eight competitors to start the final race.


Since the 2011/12 series, the following points awarded for each competitor per round were as follows:

2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2017[6] 2017/18[7] 2018/19 2019/20[8] to 2020/21
1st 20 20 20 23 100 100 100 20
2nd 17 17 17 20 98 88 88 19
3rd 15 15 15 18 96 78 78 18
4th 13 13 13 16 94 70 70 17
5th 12 12 12 15 92 64 64 16
6th 11 11 11 14 90 60 60 15
7th 10 10 10 13 88 57 57 14
8th 9 9 9 12 86 55 55 13
9th 8 8 8 11 84 54 53 12
10th 7 7 7 10 82 53 51 11
11th 6 6 6 9 81 52 49 10
12th 5 5 5 8 80 51 47 9
13th 4 4 4 7 79 50 45 8
14th 3 3 3 6 78 49 43 7
15th 2 2 2 5 77 48 41 6
16th 1 1 - 4 76 47 39 5
17th - - - 3 75 46 37 4
18th - - - - 2 74 45 35 3
19th - - - - - 73 44 33 2
20th - - - - - 72 43 31 1

Women's series results (top five)[edit]

Season Competitors Winner[9] Second Third Fourth Fifth
1990/91 Samantha O’Brien
1991/92 Karla Gilbert
1996/97 Stacey Gartrell
1997/98 Nil Not Conducted
1998/99 Denby Stokes
1999/00 Denby Stokes/Kristy Munroe
2000/01 Karla Gilbert
2001/02 Karla Gilbert
2002/03 Karla Gilbert Penny Turner Kristyl Smith
2003/04 Kristy Cameron Kristyl Smith
2004/05 Kristy Cameron Kristyl Smith Chelsea Mackenzie
2005/06 Kristy Cameron Kristy Munroe Emma Wynne
2006/07 Kristy Harris (née Cameron) Liz Pluimers Kristyl Smith
2007/08 Liz Pluimers
2008/09 Naomi Flood Kristyl Smith Liz Pluimers
2009/10 [10] 23 Alicia Marriott Liz Pluimers Naomi Flood Kristyl Smith, Hayley Bateup (tied)
2010/11 [11] 21 Courtney Hancock Liz Pluimers Alicia Marriot Kristyl Smith Gemma Newbiggin
2011/12 [12] 21 Liz Pluimers Kristyl Smith Courtney Hancock Jordan Mercer Brodie Moir
2012/13 [13] 17 Courtney Hancock Naomi Flood Brodie Moir Jordan Mercer Rebecca Creedy
2013/14 16 Courtney Hancock Liz Pluimers Kristyl Smith Maddy Dunn Rebecca Creedy
2014/15 15 Liz Pluimers Rebecca Creedy Harriett Brown Courtney Hancock Jordan Mercer
2015/16 18 Jordan Mercer Kirsty Higgison Brodie Moir Georgia Miller Maddy Dunn
2017 20 Harriet Brown Courtney Hancock Karlee Nurthen Maddy Dunn Georgia Miller
2017/18[14] 20 Brielle Cooper Harriet Brown Georgia Miller Lana Rogers Courtney Hancock
2018/19[15] 20 Georgia Miller Maddy Dunn Lana Rogers Kirsty Higgison Brielle Cooper
2019/20 20[16] Lana Rogers Georgia Miller Lizzie Welborn Harriet Brown Danielle McKenzie
2020/21[17] 20 Lana Rogers Georgia Miller Lizzie Welborn Danielle McKenzie Tiarnee Massie

In the 2010/11 series, Pluimers won four of the five rounds, but her 17th-place finish in the fourth round meant she finished second in the series, six points behind series winner Courtney Hancock.[11]

Men's series results (top five)[edit]

Season Competitors Winner[18] Second Third Fourth Fifth
1986/87 Darren Mercer
1987/88 Darren Mercer
1988/89 Darren Mercer
1989/90 Trevor Hendy
1990/91 Darren Mercer
1991/92 Darren Mercer
1992/93 Darren Mercer
1993/94 Darren Mercer
1994/95 Dean Mercer
1995/96 Dean Mercer
1996/97 Dean Mercer
1997/98 Nil Not conducted
1998/99 Dean Mercer
1999/00 Zane Holmes
2000/01 Zane Holmes
2001/02 Ky Hurst
2002/03 Shannon Eckstein Dean Mercer Steve Meredith
2003/04 Zane Holmes
2004/05 Zane Holmes Shannon Eckstein
2005/06 Shannon Eckstein Pierce Leonard Zane Holmes
2006/07 Shannon Eckstein Zane Holmes Wes Berg
2007/08 Zane Holmes
2008/09 Shannon Eckstein Zane Holmes Matt Poole
2009/10 25 Shannon Eckstein Hugh Dougherty Ky Hurst Rhys Drury Corey Jones
2010/11 21 Shannon Eckstein Matt Poole Zane Holmes Caine Eckstein Hugh Dougherty, Wes Berg (tied)
2011/12 21 Caine Eckstein Alastair (Ali) Day Shannon Eckstein Ky Hurst Zane Holmes
2012/13 17 Shannon Eckstein Kendrick Louis Alastair (Ali) Day Matt Poole Ky Hurst
2013/14 16 Shannon Eckstein Ky Hurst Kendrick Louis Matt Poole Caine Eckstein
2014/15 15 Alastair (Ali) Day Shannon Eckstein Matt Poole Ky Hurst Kendrick Louis
2015/16 18 Shannon Eckstein Alastair (Ali) Day Matt Bevilacqua Matt Poole Luke Cuff
2017 20 Matt Poole Shannon Eckstein Kendrick Louis Alastair (Ali) Day Luke Cuff
2017/18[19] 20 Matt Bevilacqua Alastair (Ali) Day James Lacy Max Brooks Shannon Eckstein
2018/19[20] 20 Alastair (Ali) Day Kendrick Louis Matt Poole Ben Carberry Cory Taylor
2019/20 20[21] Kendrick Louis Matt Bevilacqua Matt Poole Tanyn Lyndon TJ Hendy
2020/21[22] 20 Alastair (Ali) Day Jy Timperley Joe Collins Matt Bevilacqua Cory Taylor

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  5. https://ironseries.com.au/pages/about-us-nutri-grain-series/
  6. https://sls.com.au/ng-series/
  7. http://www.ocean6.events/results/results/#1519620705633-89cad0f2-78a8
  8. https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/assets.surflifesavingwa.com.au/app/uploads/2019/07/08165626/Circular-03-2019-20-Nutri-Grain-Iron-Series-%E2%80%93-Information-Circular.pdf
  9. "News | Previous Winners". www.nutrigrainironman.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  10. 2010 series results.
  11. 11.0 11.1 2010/2011 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series Women's Results.
  12. 2011/2012 Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series Women's Results.
  13. 2012/2013 Women's Results.
  14. http://www.ocean6.events/results/results/#1514951768286-967fdcb4-3b1a
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUhb1fKUTsg
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  19. http://www.ocean6.events/results/results/#1514951768286-967fdcb4-3b1a
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smijEvjfnaM
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