Next month’s Byron Bay Ocean Paddle is set to attract 300 paddlers.
Next month’s Byron Bay Ocean Paddle is set to attract 300 paddlers.

Ocean paddle is a family affair

Peter Hogan sees next month’s Byron Bay Ocean Paddle as an event that will make the town feel good about itself.


It is aimed fairly and squarely at the family market and Peter, one of the organisers, hopes it will fill some of the economic gap left by the departure of Splendour in the Grass to Queensland.


“I think the town is a bit down at the moment because there is no Splendour,” he said. “We want to give Byron another reason to be positive and we are aiming to make it a family-friendly, premier event for the town.”


Set down for the weekend of July 17 and 18, the event is expected to attract 300 paddlers.


22km paddle


On the Saturday, there will be 12km paddle, open to ocean skis, ocean kayaks and retro skis, and a 6km circuit, open to stand-up paddle boards and sit-on-top plastic kayaks.


The pros will be out on Sunday for a 22km paddle from Lennox Head to Main Beach, or from Brunswick Heads to Main Beach, depending on wind conditions.


That race is the first in a series of 12 national races, and with good prizemoney, is sure to attract top competitors.


Entries and details can be made online at www.byronbayoceanpaddler.com


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