Byron Bay Ocean Paddle exceeds expectations

Byron Bay’s Glen Lawrence heads for the cape in Saturday’s ocean paddle.
Byron Bay’s Glen Lawrence heads for the cape in Saturday’s ocean paddle.

Last Saturday's inaugural 11km Byron Bay Ocean Paddle exceeded all expectations, with organisers hopeful now of attracting a World Series event to the town.

It was expected Saturday's event would attract about 80 entries, but as it turned out, more than 100 paddlers took part.

In glorious winter sunshine and calm ocean conditions, paddlers followed a course from Main Beach to Julian Rocks and Cape Byron and back to Main Beach for the finish.

First across the line was Manly's Jeremy Cotter, a former Uncle Toby's Ironman Series competitor, in a time of 43 minutes, 41 seconds, a second faster than two-time Coolangatta Gold winner, Caine Eckstein.

Cotter won $500 plus an 18ct gold miniature paddle pendant made by Jason at Edge Jewellery Designs, Byron Bay.

Local paddler Kurt Tutt finished sixth, with Olympic swimmer, Ky Hurst, in 11th place.

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