Ride the Wave: The Story of Australian Surf Life-Saving Culture



Australia. A land of sun, sea, and surf. The very essence of the country is embodied in its iconic coastal lifestyle. Golden beaches, glistening waters, cresting waves, and surfers galore—it’s iconically Australian. But beyond the surfboards and sun-soaked sands, there’s a rich history and vibrant culture connected to the sea, and we’re embracing it in our new merch collection.

The Roots of Surf Lifesaving


The history of surf life-saving in Australia dates back over a century. It’s a story of bravery, community, and a deep connection to the ocean. Australia’s extensive coastline, which stretches for over 25,000 kilometers, has always been both a playground and a formidable force to be reckoned with. The country’s vast shoreline, with its powerful waves and unpredictable currents, has claimed lives throughout history. In response, a group of dedicated individuals decided to take action.Surf life-saving clubs began to sprout up along Australia’s beaches in the early 20th century. The first surf lifesaving club was founded at Bondi in February 1907 and several others followed soon after. 

The Lifesavers' Lifestyle


Surf lifesavers are the embodiment of Australian beach culture. They live and breathe salt and sun, their watchful eyes ensuring that everyone who ventures into the waves returns safely. It’s not just a duty for them; it’s a way of life. This spirit, and the ethos of surf lifesaving culture is an integral part of the social, cultural, and lifestyle fabric of Australia. The camaraderie within surf life-saving clubs is something truly special. From nippers (young members) to seasoned veterans, everyone contributes to the community spirit. There’s a sense of belonging and shared purpose that’s deeply ingrained in the culture. Whether it’s a barbecue on the beach, a game of beach volleyball, or a gathering at the clubhouse, these clubs foster a sense of togetherness that’s unique to the surf life-saving world.


Meet Our Little Bean Man


At Bluestone Lane, we’re passionate about celebrating our Australian culture. Our new merch collection is a nod to all things Aussie, and our laid-back way of life—a lot of it spent by the beach and under the sun. Using classic shapes and fun, playful motifs, we’ve created an iconic line of sweaters, sunnies, tees and everything in between. 

Some of our favorite pieces feature our ‘Little Bean Man,’ who embodies our cheeky Aussie nature. Dressed in the iconic surf lifesaving cap and with a board in tow, he brings the spirit of community and the essence of surf lifesaving to life. Connection and community are what drive us at Bluestone Lane, so it felt only right to celebrate another facet of our Aussie culture where these values shine brightly.
The togetherness and sense of community deeply ingrained in surf lifesaving culture resonate profoundly with us, and it’s an honor to pay homage to such an iconic and vital part of our history.

So, next time you take a sip of your Bluestone Lane coffee or sport one of our Bean man sweaters or tees, remember the sun, the sand, and the surf life-saving spirit that inspire us. It’s the essence of Australia, and we’re proud to share it with you, one wave at a time.