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Total investment 2014–15: $1,789,118 (high performance: $925,000; participation: $586,600; other: $277,518)

ASC funding as a percentage of total income: 34% 
Surfing Australia has been rated as excelling. The 2014 women’s surfing world tour saw three Australians — Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and Sally Fitzgibbons — in the running for the title. Gilmore did enough in the last event to win her sixth world title, holding off Wright who repeated her second-place performance from 2013. Fitzgibbons slipped off the podium into fourth place.

The men’s event came down to the last event of the year. Australian Mick Fanning was in contention but unfortunately was unable to chase down the young Brazilian Gabriel Medina, who won his first world title and the first for his country. Joel Parkinson was also in podium contention until the last event but eventually placed sixth. Overall, Australia had four of the top 10 surfers in the world. Like in the women’s event, Australia finished with four of the top 10 surfers in the world.

Surfing Australia’s high performance program continues to play a significant role in the success of Australian surfers on the world stage. The support offered at seven of the events and the ever-expanding services provided by the high performance centre has been critical in maintaining Australia’s status as the number one surfing nation worldwide.


Surfing Australia has continued to work towards adopting the ASC’s mandatory sports governance principles and performs well in most areas when benchmarked against Australia’s Winning Edge sports. With continued changes in some areas it will progress well towards achieving the benchmark.

2014 benchmark event // world tour

Medal target: 3 to 4

Actual: gold 1 silver 2 bronze 0 total 3

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