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 – Race Results 
2018 Race Summary 

The Lion Island Challenge was another great success this year.   The forecast 3 mtr swell did not eventuate and the day brought light winds and sunshine for most of the race with a thunderstorm just bypassing us at the end of the race.   Our competitor numbers were up again with 158 starters registered. Word must have got out that this is a great course for stand-up board paddlers as there were 52 stand-up board paddlers competing in the 8 km race around the island.

Tommy Woodriff showed everyone again how it is done, winning this year’s 14 km Lion Island Challenge in 01:06:09, with Georgia Sinclair the first woman crossing the line in 01:21:14.  Congratulations to our event winners and all competitors.

A large number of Club volunteers set up the area early in the morning, setting marker buoys along the course, firing up the barbecue, cutting watermelons, assisting with registrations and making everyone feel very welcome.  Our IRBs were out in force providing water safety to the competitors and lending a helping hand where needed. Backing them up were IRBs from Newport and Palm Beach, 2 vessels from Marine Rescue and Captain Tom Hughes on ‘Lyndenne’.  Thank you to all of our volunteers for your support. 

A big thank you to our generous sponsors who again helped out with great prizes for the winners. Thank you  Carbonology Sport, Vajda Surf Ski, Vaikobi, Jonah’s, RhinoRacks, Jantex, Johnson Bros Mitre 10, ProKayaks, Australian Paddle Sports, Funky Pants, R!ot Wine Co, 4 Pines Brewery, Avalon Beach Chiropractic and Penguin Creative. 

Hope to see you all again in 2019!

Aerial video of paddlers
Aerial video of start
2018 Event Details: 

Event flyer: Lion Island Challenge 2018
Event details: Lion Island Challenge Event Details
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