Tradies set them­selves for work on the waves

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS - HAR­RI­SON TIPPET

TRADIES from across the state will swap tools for tubes to­day as Jan Juc hosts the Tradies Surf Chal­lenge.

The one-day surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion, hosted by Surf­ing Vic­to­ria and Work­Safe Vic­to­ria, will bring to­gether trades­men who will all be in the run­ning for the best wave worker of the bunch crown.

Bren­dan Mur­phy is one tradie who will be swap­ping flu­o­ros for a wet­suit to­day, with the 29-yearold owner of West Coast Plumb­ing and Gas Fit­ting just happy to have some fun.

“It’s pretty much just for fun, mate,” Mr Mur­phy said. “It’s good to get out there.

“I’ve got a few mates in it so it should be a bit of fun.”

Surf­ing Vic­to­ria chief ex­ec­u­tive Adam Robert­son said the com­pe­ti­tion was a great way to wel­come Work­Safe Vic­to­ria to Gee­long.

“With their re­cent move to Gee­long, it’s fan­tas­tic to see their will­ing­ness to en­gage with the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Mr Robert­son said.

“When we last ran this event in 2014, the re­sponse from lo­cal tradies was great. We can’t wait to run the event again along­side Work­Safe.”

The com­pe­ti­tion in­cludes di­vi­sions for Open, Mas­ters and Pairs surfers, and is ex­pected to at­tract more than 50 tradies.

Work­Safe com­mu­nity and stake­hold­ers direc­tor Ash­ley Clear­i­han said the Tradies Surf Chal­lenge was a great way to pro­mote the im­por­tance of work­place health and safety.

“The abil­ity to go for a surf be­fore or af­ter work is yet an­other rea­son why stay­ing safe and healthy at work is so im­por­tant,” Mr Clear­i­han said.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of surf­ing in the Gee­long re­gion is not lost on Work­Safe, and we’re proud to be a part of the re­launch of such a great event.”

The Tradies Surf Chal­lenge will be held at Jan Juc beach from 9am to­day.

“It’s pretty much just for fun, mate. It’s good to get out there. I’ve got a few mates in it so it should be a bit of fun.” WEST COAST PLUMB­ING' S BREN­DAN MUR­PHY, RIGHT

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