Winds of change for ocean fes­ti­val

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORTS -

LANCELIN is gear­ing up for an in­va­sion as thou­sands are ex­pected to make the coastal town their home for a week this month for the 2019 Lancelin Ocean Clas­sic Fes­ti­val.

“This is the most ex­cit­ing thing for Lancelin,” Lancelin Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try pres­i­dent Mal Lobb said.

“Peo­ple come from all over the globe to our won­der­ful town.

“While we will be of­fer­ing first-class sport­ing events, we are also show­cas­ing our town.”

An ex­ter­nal events man­age­ment com­pany was con­tracted to run the Lancelin Ocean Clas­sic for the past three years but with that now com­pleted, a de­ci­sion was made to re­turn man­age­ment to the Lancelin com­mu­nity and cre­ate an eight-day Lancelin Ocean Clas­sic Fes­ti­val for 2019.

Mr Lobb said the tim­ing of the de­ci­sion could not be bet­ter.

“We are now in the fourth decade of this spe­cial event,” he said.

“It’s proved a sport­ing suc­cess and has grown, and so too has the town.”

From hum­ble be­gin­nings in 1986 when a small group took part in a wind­surf­ing race to what is to­day an in­ter­na­tional se­ries of ocean events and beach com­pe­ti­tions, few could have fore­seen the im­pact on the town.

“We have had an in­flux of new res­i­dents, new ideas and new op­por­tu­ni­ties, which is why we are so ex­cited at the prospect of com­bin­ing sports and com­mu­nity for the fes­ti­val con­cept,” Mr Lobb said.

The sea will be a wave of colour from Jan­uary 11 to 13 as wind­surfers, kitesurfers, stand-up pad­dle board­ers, jet skis and dragon boats bat­tle the el­e­ments of the In­dian Ocean, while there will also be a beach race lead­ing up to those three days.

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