Budgie smugglers are back

IT'S official - ‘budgie smugglers’ will rule at this year’s Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic in May.

High-tech swimsuits will be banned, with only conventional swimming costumes allowed.

Byron Winter Whales, which organises the event, has ruled costumes cannot contain neoprene, or any other high-tech material which supports flotation.

For the men, it will be ‘budgie smugglers’ only, with nothing covering arms or legs.

For the ladies, it’s either one or two-piece swimsuits, again without any and arm or leg covering.

However, ‘rashies’ worn to protect against the sun and stingers are OK, but can’t contain any high-tech material.

Swimmers who want to use aids like fins or snorkels can do so, but they will not be eligible for prizes and can’t qualify as an official place-getter.

The Big Swim is set down for Sunday, May 3.


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