Competitors in the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman series are in limbo with the opening rounds postponed for a second time due to uncertainty around COVID-19.
Surf Life Saving Australia announced on Thursday that the series was on ice until February due to public health concerns and border restrictions.
The opening rounds of the elite series were originally scheduled to take place at Kingscliff in northern NSW on December 18 and 19 but but were postponed due to the outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches.
They were then set down for a start at Wanda, near Cronulla, on January 16 and 17, with an additional day of racing on January 15.
However a decision has been taken to push the series opener back to February.
"It is really unfortunate that we have had to again make the decision to postpone the start of the Nutri-Grain Ironman and Ironwoman Series, but the decision has been made with the best interests of everyone involved and the wider community," said SLSA board member and Surf Sports board chair Suzanne Storrie.
"It is impossible to 100 per cent confirm how the series will proceed, but we are determined to explore all options to run the six rounds of the elite and Next Gen Series."
Storrie said they were now looking at starting the series in Kurrawa, Queensland, on the second weekend in February, which was originally slated as the final round.
"We will then look to add additional dates for the series in and around other events in the surf sports calendar."