Glen Lawrence has been paddling 100km a week to prepare for the Byron Bay Ocean Paddle.
Glen Lawrence has been paddling 100km a week to prepare for the Byron Bay Ocean Paddle.

Glen gears for 'Big Paddle'

Glen Lawrence is pretty serious about doing well in the upcoming Byron Bay Ocean Paddle.


Lawrence, who will compete in the over-50s division, has been paddling 100km each week to prepare for the paddle, which will start at Lennox Head and finish at Byron Bay Surf Club on Sunday week.


He expects to complete the 22km paddle in about one hour and 45 minutes, with the top open paddlers expected to finish 15 to 20 minutes before that.


A multiple gold-medal winner in the masters division at a number of Australian surf life saving championships, Lawrence will be among up to 20 Byron Bay Surf Club members competing.


They will be up against some of Australia’s best open ski paddlers in what will be the first in a series of 12 national races.


“It will be fantastic,” Lawrence said.


“I am looking forward to the standard of the competition. It will be really high.”


Sunday week’s big paddle will be preceded on Saturday by a 12km paddle around the bay, which will be open to ocean skis, ocean kayaks and retro skis, and a 6km circuit open to stand-up boards and sit-on-top plastic kayaks.


If there is a northerly wind blowing on Sunday, the paddle will start at Brunswick Heads.


Visit www.byronbayoceanpaddler.com for more information.


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