Paddleboaders for Ocean Classic

“The inaugural board race will see some of WA’s most competitive surf lifesavers square up against each other in the 2.2km water event,” race director Nick Hudson said.

The boards were added because of surf lifesavers’ requests and race organisers’ wishes to make the race attractive to a wider group of potential competitors in the 31st Ocean Classic, which was first held in 1986, he said.

After 7.30am on Saturday, more than 1000 paddleboard, stand-up paddle board (SUP), swim and beach run competitors are expected to enter the water and hit the sand to be the quickest from Cottesloe’s Indiana restaurant to the patrol tower at Swanbourne beach.

“The swim is the premier event, and in addition to the beach run and stand up paddleboard events, we’ve added the racing mal or ‘board’ leg of the race this year too, which is the only race of its kind in WA,” Hudson said.

The Ocean Classic forms part of Surf Life Saving WA’s Ocean Swim series this summer and also raises money for Swanbourne-Nedlands SLSC. The money would be used to continue funding facilities and equipment to keep the beach safe this year.

Entrants aged 12-75 can register and pay fees until 6pm this Friday or sign in at Cottesloe Beach early the following morning. For more information, go to www.swannyoceanclassic.com

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