Welcome to the Lorne Surf Life Saving Club, home to both the world's largest open water swim, the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub, and the GMHBA Lorne Mountain to Surf run.
We are one of Australia's proudest surf life saving clubs - providing voluntary patrols of the Lorne surf beach in Summer so that swimmers and surfers can enjoy the ocean and surf safely and enjoy their holidays.
- Best ever 2015 GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub
Records tumbled, the weather held off and thousands crowded onto Lorne’s picturesque foreshore for the most successful staging of the GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub – the world’s largest open water swim.
Sam Sheppard, 23, who learnt his surf swimming skills at Jan Juc won an unprecedented fifth title in a time of 11.51.
Sheppard’s superior ocean experience came to the fore at the finish when he edged out Commonwealth Games silver medallist Mack Horton.
Ocean Grove’s Harriet Brown won her fourth open female crown in 12.25, narrowly beating the Gold Coast’s Laura McGlone. “I am really happy. I love this swim and I love Lorne. I grew up at this event, and did my first as a 12-year-old,” said Brown, 24. It was also a race of opposites – 91-year-old Eric Kennedy competed his 14th GMHBA Pier to Pub in a respectable time of 28.14. He passed on tips before the race to the youngest competitors 12-year-olds Casey Day and Neve McCann.
The inaugural winner of the 5000 metres was 16-year-old up-and-comer Dean Wilson of Bonbeach, who is training for the Rio Olympics. The female winner Kate Murphy, 35, and a mother one, combines her training with a career in medical research. The Lorne Surf Life Saving Club’s Race Director of the 35th GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub Mark Williamson heralded the success of the event and applauded the 20,000-strong crowd and 5000 competitors. “It’s such a uniquely Australian event. We have some cracker years, but this was really the best event we have ever had,” he said.