Last year’s Australia Day Surfers Charity Challenge paddle at Byron Bay attracted more than 360 paddlers. This year organsiers are hoping to attract a field of 600.
Last year’s Australia Day Surfers Charity Challenge paddle at Byron Bay attracted more than 360 paddlers. This year organsiers are hoping to attract a field of 600.

Paddle set to attract record field

Organisers of this year’s Australia Day Surfers Charity Challenge at Byron Bay are hoping to attract at least 600 paddlers.

Last year’s inaugural paddle saw more than 360 paddlers take on the challenge, which raised more than $6000 for local charities.

The Australia Day paddle on January 26 will start at Wategos Beach at 10am and this year there will be two courses – the original 2.2km course as well as a 6.5km course for the more serious paddler.

One of the organisers of the event, Gary Morgan, said the challenge was all about participation and to raise money for the Byron Bay Hospital and other charities.

“This will be a great event for the whole community who enjoy getting out on the Bay,” he said.

“We hope the weather and the waves are perfect for this year’s event.”

There will be seven divisions for men and women.

They are:

 Nipper paddle boards.

 Surfboards up to 7’.

 Surfboards 7’1” to 9’.

 Surfboards 9’1” to 10’.

 Opens.

 Stand-up paddle boards.

 Racing skis.

Sponsors for the challenge include the Beach Hotel, Byron Bay Property Sales, Quiksilver and Danny Wills, Maddog Surfboards, Amore Coffee, In the Pink Icecream, Style Surfing School, Coopers, Paul Munn Design and Frontline Copy Centre.

Entry forms are available from www.bbsacc.com.au

All entires are to be submitted on the day during the registration period from 8.30am to 9.30am.

The event will start at Wategos Beach and finish at Main Beach where a barbecue and presentation of trophies will be held.

For more information phone Gary Morgan on 0416162969; Dan McCabe 0416084702 or George Alpen 0429855225.

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