GAME ON FOR SA­FARI

Mercury (Hobart) - - FRONT PAGE - KYLE WIS­NIEWSKI

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.

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