April 15 - 28, 2018: Issue 356

Avalon Beach Ocean Swims 2018

Includes the Around the Bends Challenge
Conditions on Sunday were perfect for the second Newport to Avalon swim and the 26th annual Avalon Beach Surf Swim. 378 competitors enjoyed light winds, smooth seas, warm water, and a sunny 29 degree day.

Events were the 2.5 kilometre Round The Bends Swim and 1.5 kilometre and 1.5 kilometre swim at Avalon Beach. 

Oldest competitor in the Round the Bends swim was an 88 year young man. 81 year old Virginia Head of Avalon Beach SLSC also completed the swim as did Pittwater's State Member, Rob Stokes.

Virginia Head 

Avalon Beach SLSC provided plenty of water safety, supported by IRBs from Newport and Whale Beach and 3 Marine Rescue vessels. 

Round the Bends line honours went to:
  1. Carl Sorenson 13-15 years category
  2. Ashley Brown of Avalon Beach SLSC 40-49 years
  3. Chris Wilson 20-29 years

Races were started, prizes presented and the events were attended by Northern Beaches Council Mayor Michael Regan, Federal Member Jason Falinski, State Member Rob Stokes, Northern Beaches Cr. Kylie Ferguson, Club Patron Bronwyn Bishop, and former Pittwater Cr. Bob Grace.

Avalon Beach SLSC would like to thank all our competitors, volunteers, water safety, sponsors, supporters and VIP's for making this year's Ocean Surf Swims such a success. Results can be found here: https://www.oceanswims.com/swi…/results/results-2017-18.html

Thank you to Volunteer Photography for capturing some great moments: http://gallery.volunteerphotography.org/p544940753#ha7a55c17

A special thank you to our event manager Volker Klemm who worked tirelessly to make it all happen. Thank you to Mayor Michael Regan, Cr Kylie Ferguson, The Hon. Rob Stokes MP, Jason Falinski MP and Club patron The Hon. Bronwyn Bishop for their support. 

This year's Ocean Swims would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors Secure Parking, Adrenalin, DMC Swim, The Newport, Woolworths Avalon, Amber Waves Bakery and Travel View Avalon.

Some of this year's images run below.

Report and Photos by Avalon Beach SLSC, 2018