Due to the success of the inaugural Around the Bends Swim in 2017, this event has now become part of our regular surf sports calendar.

In 2018, the swim will be held on Sunday 14 January.

Starting from the northern end of Newport Beach, the current will take you around the headland. Surrounded by your fellow swimmers and plenty of water safety you will continue across the sandy bottom of Bilgola Beach until you reach Bilgola Headland. Usually a great vantage point for whale watching, you will see these amazing headlands from a unique perspective. Above the water the views are great but below you the rock shelves extend to large boulders and caves. This pristine world is home to giant schools of fish and it’s not unusual to spot a turtle or a very friendly cuttlefish. 2.5 kilometres of wonder and excitement; conquer 3 beaches before breakfast in the safety of a group of ocean swimmers.  Bring your Go Pro for a truly magical experience.

Volker Klemm, member of the ABSLSC, has swum the course a number of times and said: “I loved the changes in the underwater environment as we swam along. Last time I saw a lovely ray and lots of little fish amongst the bright green beds of seagrasses just before getting into Avalon Beach. The underwater views are absolutely wonderful. I don’t tend to swim it at full pace as I get caught up enjoying the view.”

Kalinda, who is new to ocean swimming said: “even on an average day you can see the bottom of the ocean most of the way, which is very reassuring.  If you really want to enjoy the swim without the competitiveness of a swim race, grab your flippers, wear a wetsuit and join us in the Back of Pack starting group for a more relaxed sort of a swim.”

Entry Cost TBC.  Registrations open TBC.  Register online at www.oceanswims.com


2017 Summary

In true community spirit Avalon Beach SLSC supported the Can Too Foundation.   Just like the Surf Club, Can Too is promoting an active lifestyle and at the same time raises funds for Cancer research. This is important to all of us with Cancer touching most of us in some way, shape or form.

Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club thanks Sotto Sopra, Newport’s newest Trattoria for their  sponsorship of the event.  Chef and Restaurateur, Alessandro Pavoni along with his partners from their well respected Two Hat Mosman restaurant, Ormeggio at The Spit, are open in Newport serving Italian inspired produce-driven dishes in a relaxed and informal setting.  

For more information please email our Event Manager – [email protected]

RACE RESULTS – Click here for 2017 race results.

PHOTOGRAPHY – Volunteer Photography will be providing race day photographs.  Click here to access images.


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