Competitors ready for the first Big Paddle.
Competitors ready for the first Big Paddle. Kate O'Neill

Massive response to the ‘Big Paddle’

ABSOLUTELY awesome! That was the response from Gary Morgan, one of the organisers of Monday’s inaugural Australia Day ‘Big Paddle’ from Wategos to Main Beach which attracted a staggering 312 entries.
“It was massive. Much bigger than we anticipated. We are absolutely stoked,” he said.
A wide cross-section of the local surfing fraternity was represented in the paddle along with a big representation from the Byron Bay Surf Club.
And that, said Gary, was one of the most pleasing aspects of the event.
“Everyone got together for one cause and it was a great day,” he said.
While the final figures have yet to be tallied, it is expected almost $5000 will be donated to Byron Bay Hospital, Byron Bay Surf Club and the Byron Sports Foundation.
Gary promised the paddle, called the Byron Bay Surfers Annual Charity Challenge, would be even bigger and better next year.

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