Esperance take out annual Rainbow Coast Surf Life Saving Carnival in Bremer Bay against Albany and Denmark

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Nick Gray wins the flag race on Bremer Bay’s main beach.
Camera IconNick Gray wins the flag race on Bremer Bay’s main beach. Credit: Amber Bennett

Three clubs took part in the annual Rainbow Coast Surf Life Saving Carnival in Bremer Bay last month.

Albany, Denmark and Esperance Goldfields Surf Life Saving clubs attended the carnival, which has been running for almost 25 years.

The 2020 carnival was held on November 27-28 and had an excellent turnout with more than 160 competitors ranging from six years old to 60.

Competitors enter the water in the board event at Blossoms Beach.
Camera IconCompetitors enter the water in the board event at Blossoms Beach. Credit: Amber Bennett

On the Saturday morning, Surf Life Saving WA ran skill development and training courses for youths aged 14-17 as well as adults.

Competition began in the afternoon at the Bremer Bay main beach, involving beach sprints, flag races and a beach run, with some friendly but tough competition between the clubs.

Clubs had an early start on Sunday morning at 7.30am at Blossoms Beach, with excellent conditions greeting competitors.

Nippers enjoyed the carnival in Bremer Bay.
Camera IconNippers enjoyed the carnival in Bremer Bay. Credit: Amber Bennett

Offshore winds and 1.5m waves with some bigger sets challenged the nippers, who braved some dumping waves.

Water events included swimming, board racing and an Ironman event for the seniors.

Albany was unable to retain the handicap cup, with Esperance Goldfields winning the title ahead of Denmark, while Albany finished third.

Nippers take off in a beach run on the main beach.
Camera IconNippers take off in a beach run on the main beach. Credit: Amber Bennett

ASLSC vice-president Carl Richardson said it was a successful weekend.

“The weekend was a huge success enjoyed by all and would not have been possible without all the volunteers involved, Esperance Goldfields co-ordinating the weekend events, and the support of the Bremer Bay Caravan Park,” he said.

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