Ocean Classic will bear much fruit

Cott to Swanny organisers (l-r) Victoria Baylis, Nick Hudson and Sarah Coyle want everyone to treat themselves at the race this Saturday.
Cott to Swanny organisers (l-r) Victoria Baylis, Nick Hudson and Sarah Coyle want everyone to treat themselves at the race this Saturday.

SLABS of watermelon will greet about 1000 water sports men and women at the 32nd annual Cott to Swanny Ocean Classic on Saturday.

“We’ve organised a whopping 100kg of watermelon be given to participants at the finish line,” Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club event organiser Nick Hudson said.

Competitors in the swimming, Malibu and SUP paddling and running sections start at Cottesloe Beach.

They race on land and sea to the club’s patrol tower 2.km north at Swanbourne Beach.

Mr Hudson said the club hoped to expand on the popularity of the knee paddleboard section introduced last year.

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“The board race will see some of WA’s most competitive surf-lifesavers square up against each other in this water event,” he said.

Competitors can be aged 12 to 75 in all sections, and the races are part of Surf Life Saving WA’s Ocean Swim series.

Registrations are at www.swannyoceanclassic.com until 7pm Friday.