Beach Breaks

Maroubra Beach became Insta-famous in July thanks to a temporary art installation that includes a 3D perspective mural and augmented reality Instagram filter that will brought it to life. The installation ran over two weeks and replaced the annual Beach Breaks Carnival.

The large artwork was located on the Maroubra promenade, near the corner of Marine Parade and McKeon Street, and allowed people to take a photo of themselves surfing a big wave. With the addition of the augmented reality features, the beach scene came to life, complete with a moving crab, dolphin and seagull.

Each day, over the two weeks a competition was held that allowed visitors to share their creative images in the mural over Instagram, which put them in the running to win one of the daily prizes offered by the local businesses.

Winners were selected at the end of each day and notified via their Instagram account.

Prizes on offer included vouchers to local cafes and diners, surfing lessons, a group training pass, beauty treatment, bespoke floral arrangement, a market appraisal for homes and car detailing.

The artwork and AR filter was created by Vandal Sydney.

Check out the daily progress of the art installation!

Thank you to the following local businesses that donated and supported the 2020 Beach Breaks event.

Prizes donated by local businesses

Saturday, 11 July 2020

The North End Café

north end

@northendcafe$50 Lunch or Breakfast Voucher
Sunday, 12 July 2020

Maroubra Bay Garage

maroubra garage

 1X Complete Car Detail
Sunday, 12 July 2020

IF the florist

if the florist

@iftheflorist1x Large Bespoke Floral Arrangement
Monday, 13 July 2020

Ellison Zulian Property

ellison zulian

@ellisonzulianpropertyFree Market Appraisal
Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Makai Maroubra


@makaimaroubra$20 Gift voucher
Wednesday, 15 July 2020  

Maroubra Bay Indian Delight Restaurant

indian delight

 Dinner for 4 - 6 people, to the value of $100
Thursday, 16 July 2020

Blue Ocean Beauty & Skin Care

blue ocean

@blueoceanbeautyFacial Treatment (valued at $150)
Friday, 17 July 2020

Pool café

rock pool cafe

@poolcafe$60 Voucher
Saturday, 18 July 2020

The Bay Hotel and Diner

bay hotel

@thebayhotelanddiner$100 Food & Drink Voucher
Sunday, 19 July 2020

1st grade fitness

1st grade fitness

@firstgradefitness3 Week Group Training Pass ($165 value)
Sunday, 19 July 2020Pavilion Beachfront
Pavilion Beachfront
N/A$100 Voucher
Monday, 20 July 2020Marini Café
Marini Café
@marinicafe$25 Voucher
Tuesday, 21 July 2020Ocean view café
Ocean view café
N/AChicken Schnitzel Sandwich & Drink
Wednesday, 22 July 2020Arthur's Pizza Maroubra
Arthur's Pizza Maroubra$50 Meal Voucher
Thursday, 23 July 2020Maroubra Seals Club
Maroubra Seals Club
@maroubraseals$50 Club Voucher
Friday, 24 July 2020Chalk Café
Chalk Café
@chalk_espresso$25 Meal Voucher
Saturday, 25 July 2020Surf and SK8
Surf and SK8
@maroubra_surfnskate$100 In store voucher
Sunday, 26 July 2020North End Café
North End Café
@northendcafe$100 Dinner Voucher
Sunday, 26 July 2020Let's go surfing
Let's go surfing
@letsgosurfingaustraliaFREE Surf Lesson for 2

Surfing Walk of Fame 

The Australian Surfing Walk of Fame at Maroubra Beach was initiated in 2006 and is the first of its kind in Australia. The Surfing Walk of Fame recognises and celebrates the outstanding achievements of Australia's leading surfers and surf life savers. The Surfing Walk of Fame is a prestigious and sought after award within Australia's surfing beach culture. Inductees are highly regarded and considered 'Legends of Surf' – water men and water women.

2019 inductees

The 2019 inductees at the Beach Breaks Carnival on Sunday 28th July 2019 were:

Barry Stuart - Inductee for Surf Life Saving

Barry Stuart was inducted in 2019 for his remarkable surf lifesaving achievements, including:

  • Australian Life Saving Championships (1958 -1974) seven gold medals
  • Australian Life Saving Championships (1957 -1968) seven silver medals
  • Australian Life Saving Championships (1954 -1978) six bronze medals
  • New South Wales SLSA (1954-1978) 13 gold, eight silver and five bronze medals.

Barry Stuart also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in 1956, 1960, 1964 & 1968.

Tom Carroll - Inductee for surfing

Tom Carroll was inducted in 2019 for his surfing achievements, including:

  • Australian Junior Title 1978
  • Pro Juniors 1977, 1980
  • ASP World Tour Champion 1983, 1984
  • Pipe Masters 1987, 1990, 1991
  • Twenty-six World Tour Wins

Here are some highlights from past Beach Breaks Carnivals.

Past Inductees


Samantha O'Brien

  • Malibu Board Race Australian Champion 1987, 1990, 1991
  • Malibu Board Race World Champion 1990
  • Inaugural Ella Baché Ironwoman Champion 1991
  • Inaugural Australian Ironwoman Champion 1992

Stephen ‘Bullet’ MacKenzie

  • Australian Pro Bodyboard Tour Champion 1996, 1997
  • Australian Bodyboard Champion 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1995
  • Australian Sports Medal 2000
  • Pipeline Bodyboard Champion 1997
  • Shark Island Bodyboard Champion 1998

Mark ‘Winny’ Windon OAM

  • Established Maroubra Southend Boardriders 1985
  • Local Maroubra surfing mentor


  • Candice Warner (nee Falzon) - 19 Surf Life Saving national medals, NSW Iron Woman Champion 1999 & 2013, Professional Series Coolum 2012.
  • Graham “Johno” Johnson - Australian Surf Life Saving Championships 1966 – 1975, Olympian 1972.
  • Tony White - GUNSTON 500, South Africa 1977, Stubbies Surf Classic and Coca Cola Surfabout 1977 – 1980, Pioneer of pro-surfing & role model.
  • Kevin Davidson - 2SM/Coca Cola Surfabout 1978, Local Maroubra surfing mentor.


  • Gordon Merchant AM - Founding member of Maroubra Surfers Association and outstanding contribution to surfing
  • Jon Donohoe AM - Australian Surf Race Champion 1955, 1958, 1959, 1961, Australian Surf team representative 1960, 1961 (Captain), Olympian 1956
  • Leigh McCleery (nee Habler) - 1st Female Australian Surf Lifesaving Team Captain 1999-2001, Australian Surf Lifesaving team member 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, Olympian 1992


  • Steve ‘Blackie’ Wilson - Pro surfer, big wave charger and local Maroubra legend
  • Jessi Miley-Dyer - World Junior champion 2003, 2005, Billabong Pro Maui Champion 2006, World Number 4, WCT 2006-2011
  • Walter Brown - Olympic Bronze Medallist 1956 K2 10,000 metres, Australian Surf Ski Champion 1953 &1956
  • Ron McKeon - Australian Surf Live Saving Champion Cadet Surf 1976, Junior Surf 1977, 1979, Open Surf 1980, Open Belt 1984, Olympian 1980 & 1984


  • Mark Scott - 1980 World Surfing Champion and outstanding contribution to surf life saving
  • Dennis Green - Australian Surf Life Saving Champion


  • Grant Kenny - OAM World Ironman Champion and Outstanding contribution to surf life saving
  • Tony Seddon - Australian Surf Life Saving Champion and outstanding contribution to surfing
  • Lynette MacKenzie - World Surfing Champion


  • Dennis Heussner - OAM Captain Australian Surf Life Saving Team 1970-1971
  • Karla Gilbert - World Ironwoman Championship 2000-2002
  • Larry Blair - 2SM/Coca Cola Surfabout Championship 1978
  • Mark Richards - World Surfing Championship 1979 – 1982 Inductees Inductees Australian Surfing Walk of Fame at Maroubra Beach


  • Snow McAlister - Outstanding contribution to surfing
  • Nat Young - World Surfing Champion
  • Midget Farrelly - World Surfing Champion 1964
  • Barry Rodgers - Australian Ironman Champion 1967, 1968, 1969
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