Bar Reef Boardriders History

The Bar Reef Board Riders Inc. is a Newcastle NSW surfboard riding club located on Bar Beach. Known as the ‘Reef Rats,’ the club was formed around 1970 by a small group of dedicated surfers living near Bar Beach. Bar Beach is an iconic triangular reef consisting of small outcrops of volcanic rock and large seagrass beds. The predominately left breaking wave is very consistent and suits all levels of surfing. 

Over time the club has evolved into a family friendly club providing competition and social events for both male and female early learners, recreational and highly qualified surfers. Due to demand the club commenced a Parent-Assist and Junior Girls division in the competition format. In recent years the membership has reached 100+ ranging from five-year old to 60-year old’s.  

The club is an Incorporated Not for Profit body registered with NSW Department of Fair Trading. A Constitution guides member behaviour. An annually elected committee manage the affairs of the club. The club is affiliated with Surfing NSW.