Founder - Craig Riddington - Ironman

Craig Riddington is one of the highest profile and most successful Ironman Champions and Surf lifesaving Champions in Australia's history.

Riddo body surf under wave



Riddo with Bob Hawke

Since he began his career in Surf Lifesaving as a member of the Manly Junior Life Saving Club at the age of 10 - Riddington or 'Riddo' as he is known,has collected 21 State, 12 Australian and two world championships in Ironman and Surf Lifesaving events. A recently released book titled "The Greatest Surf Life Savers in History" hailed Riddo as the 'greatest surf swimmer ever' and amongst the top 25 competitors in the history of the movement.

A potentially fatal injury forced him out of Ironman competition in 1992. Riddo made a courageous comeback in 1993 and competed for the next three seasons with highly credible results. In 1996 he made the decision to retire from competitive sport.

His retirement did not mean withdrawal from the sport he loves, rather he 'hung up his Speedos' to take on coaching and management roles.

Craig was one of the founders of the Uncle Tobys Ironman Super Series. For the past 15 years, Craig Riddington has been an ambassador for the sport. This is due to his dedication, athletic ability and love of competition. The past has seen Craig achieve great success in competition - the future sees him lending his experience and expertise to the development of the sport, and to fulfilling the mission of SEA Australia.

See below - sporting highlights

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Sporting Highlights

Riddo and GK

World Ranked 200m, 400m 800m Freestyle, 200m, 400m Individual Medley

Represented NSW & Australia Open & age group swimming

1979 1st Australian Cadet Surf Race Champs

1980 3rd 400m Freestyle Pan Pacific Games

1981 Broke record for Huntington Pier Swim, Los Angeles

1981 2nd Australian Open Surf Race Champs

1981 3rd World Surf Race Champs

1981 Winner 5 State Open & Age swimming titles

1982 1st Australian Junior Surf Race Champs

1982 2nd Australian Junior Ironman Champs

1983 2nd World Ironman Champs

1983 2nd World Surf Swim ChampsBiathlon

1984 3rd Inaugural Coolangatta Gold

1984 1st Australian Open Interstate Ironman Champs

1984 1st NSW Open Ironman Champs

1985 1st Australian Open Interstate Ironman Champs

1986 1st Australian Open Interstate Ironman Champs

1986 1st Australian Marathon Swimming Champs

1986 3rd Australian Ironman Champs

1987 2nd Australian Open Ironman Champs

1988 2nd Australian Open Surf Race Champs

1988 3rd Australian Open Ironman Champs

1988 1st World Surf Race Champs

1989 2nd Nutri-Grain Series Champs

1988 2nd World surf race Championship

1989 1st SLSA Australian Open Surf Race Champs

1989 1st Glenelg Nutrigrain Ironman seriesWading

1990 3rd SLSA Australian Open Ironman Champs

1990 2nd SLSA Australian Open Surf Race Champs

1990 2nd SLSA Australian Open Surf Race Champs

1990 2nd Uncle Tobys Ironman Series

1991 2nd Waikiki Rough Water Swim

1996 1st World 30+ yrs Ironman Champs

1996 1st World 30+ yrs Surf Swim Champs

2000 1st World 35+ yrs Ironman Champs

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