January 25 - 31, 2015: Issue 199

Bilgola SLSC Ocean Swim Rescheduled for Saturday January 31st, 2015 

Bilgola Beach and ocean waters offshore - photo by Mike Lehmann.

What started out as the first swim of the Pittwater Ocean Swim Series, the Bilgola Ocean Swim will now be the last swim of the summer series. The Ocean Gods presented us with some extreme surf conditions on 14th December 2014 and the swim was cancelled.

We have now rescheduled the Bilgola Ocean swim to be held on Saturday 31st January 2015. This time hoping for the Ocean Gods to deliver near perfect swimming conditions.

We have an 800m swim commencing at 9.00AM and our 1.5K swim starting at 10.00AM. All online entries for the 14th December 2014 swim will still be valid for our rescheduled swims on Saturday 31st January 2015. 

Entries can be made online at Oceanswims.com.au up to 3.00pm on Friday 30th January 2015. Entries on the day can be made up to 8.45am for the 800m and 9.45 for the 1.5 K swims.

There are overall prizes and medallions for male and female age groups. 

All enquiries can be made to Barry Towns on 0407 221 996.

 The Big Swim 2015 - Whale Beach SLSC's 41st Swim

 Megan Healey with her three children, Sydney, Finlay and Leilani + the great crew from Umina SLSC.

Whale Beach SLSC hosted their 41st The Big Swim Today, Sunday 25th of January in perfect conditions. One very special swimmer,Megan Healey, who is raising funds for Kiss Goodbye to MS, had 37 Umina SLSC members with ages ranging from 12 to 67 swimming alongside her. The Big Swim forms part of what Megan calls her "Bucket List" and she, and her great team, did the swim from Palm Beach to Whale Beach in fine style.

We'll run a full report on this year's Palm Beach to Whale Beach Big Swim, and the Little Swim, in our next Issue. For those who can't wait to see some of this year's pictures - we're uploading a Photo Album for you as we speak. These pictures are loaded up quite large but if you want a full MB version - just email us and we'll send it right back to you - no charge of course.

Pittwater Online News photo albums are HERE - relive those great moments and triumphs from this year's Challenge!

 New South Wales Wins 2015 Interstate Championships

 The Winners  - picture courtesy Jamie Nilsson - Surf Life Saving NSW

The NSW Team have regained the National Interstate Championship title, report by Surf Life Saving Australia and some pictures from the day as this Issue's Pictorial - for those who want some pictures for their own Family Albums: link to Pittwater Online Photo Albums

Palm Beach SLSC's Brats Brutes and Bruisers Carnival 2015

Team Captains for the Brats 2015 - A J Guesdon picture.

Every Summer the Palm Beach SLSC holds a 'Brats, Brutes and Bruisers Carnival' which brings members of the same family together to compete against each other and a few hours of fun for club members during the season's Patrols - it's all about bonding, laughing together and exercising that age old Palmy philosophy of a democracy on the sand whether you're a High Court judge or the girl in the shop on the corner who makes sandwiches during the week; 'we're equal on the sand'. 

This year's competition was no exception, a no-holds barred fun fest where the victors get crowing rights, for around 30 seconds...

Who won? Find out HERE

Palmy Bruisers Team. 

Living Ocean’s Boomerang Bags for a No Plastic Please Avalon

Carol, Robbi and Kim - Living Ocean founders.  - AJG Picture.

Together with Surfrider Foundation Australia and in support of their collaborative No Plastic Please Avalon 2015 campaign, local organisation Living Ocean hosted their first Boomerang Bags sewing bee on Tuesday 20 January at Avalon Community Centre. 

Launched in partnership with Barrenjoey High School, No Plastic Please is an initiative that aims to create awareness about the impact of plastic pollution on our oceans. Their goal is to create a positive behaviour change within our community by encouraging more sustainable consumption of items such as: plastic bags, bottles and coffee cup lids.

Boomerang Bags, where a cloth reusable bag is available instead of using the killing us slowly plastic bag, will be on offer in many Avalon businesses this year - and with more Sewing Bees to come, 2015 may see us finally have a Plastic Free Avalon.

A Film Night is planned for a few weeks hence along with more Sewing Bees - details HERE

Summer in Pittwater 2015