Lion Island Challenge


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 12 years.

2018 Lion Island Challenge – Saturday 13th October 2018

Event flyer: Lion Island Challenge 2018
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2017 Series Summary

More than 100 competitors raced in good conditions around the island over the 8km and 14 km courses with Tommy Woodriff taking 1st place, Keithley Burn in 2nd place and Cade Barnes narrowly taking 3rd place to edge out last year’s winner Sasa Vujanic by one hundreth of a second in the 14 km Men’s division.   In the 14km Women’s division, Freya Alston took 1st place, Georgia Sinclair in 2nd place and Montannah Murray in 3rd place.  The Portman team were the first team to cross the line.

The 8km division was won by Team Murty/Newsome.  In the 8km Men’s division, Ben Wicks, Tod O’Dell and James van Drunen achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  In the 8km Women’s division, Daniella Tore, Sharyn Whitton and Emma Davies achieved 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Here is some feedback from one of the competitors and prize winners on the day:
“Great Race and day. Many thanks to Avalon Beach SLSC, organizers, sponsors and ALL the many helpers. The SAFEST & one of the VERY BEST organised race I have ever competed in. Only regret is that more punters didn’t turn up and have-a-go for you. BIG thanks to Jonah’s my better half was REALLY impressed with your sponsorship.”

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 in good conditions. 

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