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.


Will budgie 'smuggler' still rule?

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Country Club becomes the centre of power

GENERATION: Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin, presenting the funding to the Club - General Manager Andrew Spice, Golf Director Ian Wingad, Chairman Peter Tomaros, Treasurer Anne Slater, and Director Tony Dahl.

Grant to Shore emergency centre

An evening of Muslim Sufi music with Tahir Qawwal

LOCAL: Canadian-born Tahir Qawwal.

Qawwali is a form of Sufi devotional music from Pakistan and India

Beauty and the Beast as a ballet

TROUPE: Dancers Elise Jacques and William Douglas.

By the Victorian State Ballet

Local Partners