Picture-perfect for bay paddle
Organisers of the second Byron Bay Ocean Paddle were blessed with picture-perfect conditions last weekend and a finish to match in Sunday’s major race from South Golden Beach to Main Beach.
After paddling 18km, only one second separated the winner, Ben Allen, from the Sunshine Coast, and second placegetter, fellow Queenslander, Jeremy Cotter.
Allen covered the distance in 1 hour 21 minutes 11 seconds.
On Saturday, Allen also performed strongly in the 10km event around a course in the bay, finishing second behind Caine Eckstein.
Nearly 400 paddlers participated in both paddles, with organisers delighted with the turnout – and the weather.