Strong entry numbers for the return of Albany Surf Craft Challenge hosted by Albany Surf Life Saving Club

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More than 30 surf boats are expected to contest the Albany Surf Craft Challenge on Sunday.
Camera IconMore than 30 surf boats are expected to contest the Albany Surf Craft Challenge on Sunday. Credit: Laurie Benson

The popular Albany Surf Craft Challenge hosted by Albany Surf Life Saving Club will return on Sunday, comprising two major events that have attracted strong entry numbers.

The event was not held last year due to COVID-19 but competitors will return to the water this weekend with great support in terms of numbers.

Competitors from around the State will converge on the local club to tackle the 13km surf boat and surf ski course held every year on the WA Day long weekend.

The surf boat and surf ski course begins in Princess Royal Harbour and finishes at Middleton Beach in front of ASLSC.

As of this week 33 surf boats and 40 single or double skis had entered, combining for more than 250 competitors.

Organisers are expecting more late entries from ski paddlers and surf boats ahead of Sunday’s start.

A 2km beach run will also be a part of the day’s festivities.

Event organiser Matt Wells said he expected the event to bounce back strongly after missing last year.

“Competitors come from Perth and other country surf clubs and they love coming down to Albany and being part of a country event, which has a pretty simple, entertaining format and is well run,” Wells said.

“The whole event provides a post surf lifesaving surf sport season focus, as well as invites individuals with an interest in paddling, with a unique longer distance event than is normally seen.

“The event also sees young, first time and developing competitors which always adds to the event and makes it exciting.

“The club really encourages people to come to Albany, enjoy the race but also to have a really great time and experience the best that Albany and the Great Southern has to offer.

“For those who want to participate in an event but ‘aren’t watercraft people’ there is also a 2km beach fun run to get involved in on the day.”

The event starts at 8.30am with the surf skis first into the water.

Online registrations close tomorrow, with late entries accepted at the surf club up until Saturday.

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