GAME ON FOR SAFARI
OVER half a century old and still going strong, the Surf Safari returns for its 51st edition tomorrow.
And among those taking on the mixture of board paddle, surf boat and ski paddle races over distances ranging from 6km to 21km on the River Derwent will be 53-year-old Craig Sly and, for the first time, his daughter Hayley, 16.
“I think Hayley is a good chance ... she’ll be somewhere near the front hopefully,” Craig said.
MORE than half a century old and still going strong, the Surf Safari returns for its 51st running tomorrow.
Australia’s longest-running endurance event will once again see participants hit the River Derwent in a mixture of board paddle, surf boat and ski paddle races over distances from 6km to 21km.
The event will start and finish at Long Beach, Lower Sandy Bay, and Craig Sly will be one of the participants hitting the water from 9am.
Sly, 53, will be stepping up his game this year and will be competing in the single ski long course, having won the over-50 male short course in 2016 and 2017, and winning the double ski in 2018.
“I don’t expect to be up the pointy end this year but I thought I’d take on the challenge,” Sly said.
Sly’s 16-year-old daughter Hayley will be competing in her first single ski event at the Surf Safari when she races in the under-17 female single ski.
“She has been training four to five times a week,” Sly said. “I think Hayley is a good chance. I think she’ll be somewhere near the front hopefully.”
Event manager Don Marsh says the Surf Safari has become a part of surf lifesaving culture in Tasmania.
“It has a lot of history and it even attracts people from all over the country,” Mr Marsh said.