Swimmers prepare to hit the water for the Byron Bay Ocean Swim last year.
Swimmers prepare to hit the water for the Byron Bay Ocean Swim last year.

It's Byrons winter classic

THE Byron Bay Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic tomorrow has grown from humble beginnings to an event where more than 1700 participants swim from Wategos Beach around The Pass to Main Beach.

Swimmers the calibre of Josh Santacaterina, Susie O'Neill, Jon Konrads, Grant Hackett, Kye Hurst and Melissa Gorman have competed since it was first held in 1988.

The 2.2km Beach Hotel Ocean Swim is open to 12-year-olds and over.

It follows a buoyed course with ample water safety provided.

Local swimmers compete against those from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The event is used as an end-of-season trip away for many ocean swimmers, who delight in competing against old friends.

The shorter Westpac Mini Swim, which also finishes at Main Beach, is designed to introduce people to ocean swimming.

It goes 800 metres from Clarks Beach to Main Beach and, being a shorter distance, is open to swimmers from the age of nine.



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