Lion Island Challenge


Online entries are now open here.  Who will be the Lion King this year?

The Lion Island Challenge is one of this country’s premier ocean races with categories for ocean racing and spec skis, outrigger canoes and stand up paddleboards.  It has two competitive courses – 14km and 8km which take in some of the most spectacular coastline Sydney has to offer.  The race starts from the Pittwater side of Palm Beach, travels around the spectacular Barrenjoey headland to the southern end of Palm Beach (kiddie’s corner) and then returns around Lion Island in Broken Bay.

Avalon Beach SLSC has now successfully run the event for 11 years.

We thank our sponsors:

4 Pines, The Avalon on the Beach, Avalon Beach Chiropractic and Wellness, Johnson Bros Mitre 10, Vajda Canoes & Kayaks, Carbonology Sport, Jantex, Jonah’s, Harvey Norman, Vaikobi, Prokayaks, Rhino Rack, Altitude Training, Australian Paddle Sports.


2016 Series

Congratulations to all the competitors who took place in the Lion Island Challenge this year. A huge thank you to our Race Director Volker Klemm, the committee, water safety and more than 50 helpers from Avalon Beach Surf Life Saving Club who conducted a smoothly run event despite the southerly coming through and providing some challenging conditions. Well done to “The Lion King” Sasa Vujanic who again took out line honours in the Open men’s division and Freya Alston who won the Open female division. Brett Greewood and Stuart Innes were first across the line in their double ski after an epic battle around the course.

The full race results are available here:

Thank you to all our dedicated sponsors who have supported this race for many years and without whom it could not be conducted

Many thanks to Pittwater Online News for their ongoing support and a great report on the Lion Island Challenge.

Also thanks to Mike O’Flynn and Michael Mannington from Volunteer Photography who have taken a wonderful series of photos available for download.



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The flags are up this weekend at Avalon Beach between 9am and 4pm. Last year we had to do 32 rescues; let's see if we can make it less this year. Remember to raise your hand if you think you are in ... See more

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