MAKING A SPLASH: Competitors hit the water at the start of the Byron Bay Ocean Swim at Wategos Beach. The event is now in its 29th year and will be held on Sunday.
MAKING A SPLASH: Competitors hit the water at the start of the Byron Bay Ocean Swim at Wategos Beach. The event is now in its 29th year and will be held on Sunday. Christian Morrow

Hundreds dive in for Byron swim

FINAL entries are being taken for this weekend's annual Byron Bay Ocean Swim Classic.

Registration closes Friday with the race the first in the Great Australian Swim Series.

It is now in its 29th year with the main swim 2.2km from Wategos to Main Beach.

Hundreds of competitors are expected to hit the beach Sunday morning for the swim.

"A lot of the swim teams from around the Gold Coast will come down and give it a good crack," organiser Syl Reid said.

"We'll have a fair few from Victoria this year and the race will be wide open.

"The biggest thing is that we won't be accepting any registrations on the day and it has to be done by Friday.

"Our numbers will be up this year with it being a long weekend in Queensland."

Past Olympians Grant Hackett, Ky Hurst and Melissa Gorman have all won the event.

It has grown to the point where it now includes the Ky Hurst mini swim with up to 2000 competitors in total entering each year.

Surf conditions have played a part in recent years with the 2011 and 2015 swim cancelled due to unfavourable conditions.

Cost of entry has been reduced this year based on the call having to be made at the last minute.

The entry fee is $55 and includes a T-shirt, swimming cap and timing chip to record the race time.

The event has raised $720,000 for local charities and selected organisations.

Entries can be made in person at the Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club between 3pm and 5pm on Friday.

Online entries close at midnight with check-in time at the race from Main Beach at 7am on Sunday.



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