Clas­sic cel­e­brates 30 years

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway -

WIND­SURFERS, kitesurfers and wa­ter­skiers will line the shores this week for the 30th Lancelin Ocean Clas­sic.

The event has grown since 1986 when a hand­ful of en­thu­si­as­tic wind­surfers met for a 25km down­wind race from Ledge Point to Lancelin.

One of the race’s founders, Si­mon Rack­left said the idea started after he and Greg Rodda sailed from Ledge Point to Lancelin one day, jib­ing to and from the shore for about 25km.

For the first event, they re­cruited lo­cal cray fish­ing boats to mark the course and about 100 wind­surfers set off from Ledge Point.

“Th­ese days, the event brings 5000 peo­ple into a vil­lage of 300 and is the largest and long­est run­ning wind­surf­ing race in Aus­tralia,” he said. “The lead­ers are fin­ish­ing the course in un­der 30 min­utes and the av­er­age time is around an hour.

“Kite surf­ing, no more than a dream in the eight­ies, is now a per­ma­nent part of the race.”

Rac­ing will start on Thurs­day with the wind­surf­ing wave com­pe­ti­tion, then there will be a kitesurf­ing wave com­pe­ti­tion the fol­low­ing day.

Lancelin Cham­ber of Com­merce sec­re­tary Norm Skog­land said this year’s event would in­clude a stand-up pad­dle­board demon­stra­tion for the first time on Satur­day, be­fore the wind­surf­ing marathon race starts at Ledge Point.

“There will also be an ‘event vil­lage’ and an ’80s themed party cel­e­brat­ing the 30th an­niver­sary, and a re­cov­ery break­fast on the Sun­day,” he said.

With more than 110 com­peti­tors al­ready regis­tered, most are Aus­tralian, with a hand­ful from the UK, two from Canada and one from Poland.

Last year’s wind­surf­ing waves win­ner Philip Koster (Ger­many) will re­turn for the 2015 event.

On­line reg­is­tra­tions will close at mid­night to­mor­row, Jan­uary 14.

See www.lancelinocean clas­ for more in­for­ma­tion.

Pic­ture: kymill­

The 30th Lancelin Ocean Clas­sic takes place this week.

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