Shannon Eckstein is the epitome of the modern day athlete and is regarded as one of the most talented surf sports competitors ever produced in Australia, if not the World.
The born and bred Gold Coast superstar is a four-time and reigning World Ironman champion, seven-time and reigning Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman Series titleholder and has secured the Australian Ironman title on five occasions.
A talented all-round athlete, Eckstein’s coming of age presented itself in 2002 when, as an 18 year-old, he became the first and only athlete to secure both Junior and Senior State Ironman titles in the one season.
A multiple underage state champion in Ironman, Board, Surf, Ski and Teams events, Eckstein then produced an even bigger feat later that year, when he clinched a coveted World title crown to stamp himself as the man to beat in the surf sports arena.
As like many other surf lifesavers, Eckstein’s introduction to surf sports was academic as his father was one of the coaches at the iconic Surfer Paradise Surf Life Saving Club.
Despite already excelling in athletics, cross country and swimming, the call of the surf was too strong and Eckstein celebrated his initiation by claiming the Under 12 State Ironman title to round out his debut season.
A keen golfer and surfer, Shannon maintains regular voluntary lifesaving patrols with the Northcliffe club which he joined in 2002.