PICTURED at Wategos are Kat Stobs, 26, from South Africa, Louise Slessor, 25, from the UK, and Sarah Donnan, 20, from Sydney, who just might have a go at the ‘Big Paddle’ on Monday.
PICTURED at Wategos are Kat Stobs, 26, from South Africa, Louise Slessor, 25, from the UK, and Sarah Donnan, 20, from Sydney, who just might have a go at the ‘Big Paddle’ on Monday.

Oz Day ‘ Big Paddle’ is all about having a go

Monday’s ‘Big Paddle’ from Wategos to Main Beach, the newest event on the Byron Bay Australia Day calendar, is all about having a go.

Called the Byron Bay Surfers Annual Charity Challenge, it has been organised by Gary Morgan from Style Surfing School along with his mate Dan McCabe and in conjunction with the Byron Sports Foundation.

It was a way, they said, of getting surfers involved in Australia Day celebrations and also for surfers to give something back to their community.

The paddle is open to board riders of all ages and there will be six divisions from Nipper boards, short boards, longboards up to stand-up boards, with a $100 prize to the winner of each division.

As well, there will be a surf ski race around Julian Rocks, also carrying a $100 prize for the winner.
Cost to enter the ‘Big Paddle’ and ski race is $10, with all proceeds going to the Byron Bay Hospital, Byron Bay Surf Club and the Byron Sports Foundation.

Surfers can register for the paddle at Wategos on Monday from 8 am to 9.30 am.

The first paddlers will leave the beach at 10 am, with presentations at the surf club at noon.

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