The Bondi to Bronte Community Ocean Swim (B2B) was started in 2001 by the then President of Bronte Surf Club, Graham Ford to raise funds to
send a team of young Bronte Surf Club Competitors to the World Life Saving Championships at Daytona Florida USA in 2002.
Graham Ford, now Patron of Bronte Surf club recalls "At the first B2B we were not sure how many people would participate. We thought 300 would
be great for our first event and catered for 500 but over 700 turned up. It was chaos but somehow we managed with the manual processing
of entries and times, how things have changed! with online entries and electronic timing".
The B2B has enjoyed ongoing success to now be established as one of the premier journey ocean swims on the calendar.
In 2003 the event welcomed the then naming rights sponsor Banana Boat, who have remained a valued supporter of the event and Bronte Surf Club.
In 2013 Banana Boat became naming rights sponsor of the Junior Ocean Swim (JOS).
In 2013 Macquarie was welcomed onboard as the Bondi to Bronte Major Sponsor. Their support has seen the event grow from strength to strength.
As naming rights sponsor until 2020, their continued involvement and support of the swim, and by extension our Surf Life Saving Club is
very much appreciated.
World Series Swims joined as a partner in 2016, their team proving to be invaluable event management partners bringing fresh ideas, and a new
level of professionalism. This was also the year we trialed a new location for our Banana Boat Junior Ocean Swim and Bay swim, with a total
of 254 swimmers taking to the water at Bondi including 92 nippers.
As long term and valued event sponsor, Speedo continues to provide all the swim caps and category prizes.
For Bronte Surf Lifesaving Club it’s our major fundraising activity each year and it’s impossible to run without the significant contribution
of sponsors and volunteers.
Each year the funds raised are invested directly back into the club for lifesaving, education and nipper activities.
From humble beginnings the B2B has become a Sydney Iconic event... on the first Sunday of December each year.