The Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge is a fantastic annual paddling spectacular which raises funds for Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance who aim to promote a healthy lifestyle while providing safe beaches for locals and visitors to the area’s beaches and waterways. The 2016 Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge had more than 150 participants including some who have represented Australia on their chosen craft. It was the largest event of the year in Victoria for both elite and recreational paddlers.
The next Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge takes place on Saturday the 6th of May, 2017 and is open to spec surf skis, stand up paddleboards, ocean racing skis, sea kayaks, outrigger canoes, sit on top kayaks, pedal powered kayaks, surf boats and prone paddleboards. There will be something for everyone with three great categories.
- Paynesville to Lakes Entrance 27km, for the experienced elite paddler.
- Metung to Lakes Entrance 13km, for the intermediate or novice paddler.
- LEADA Challenge. Family/Corporate/Teams – To be contested on private or hired double craft.
If conditions on the main course are not conducive to an awesome day of paddling, there are three alternative courses that can be used. These are the Mitchell River at Bairnsdale, the Tambo River at Johnsonville, and North arm at Lakes Entrance. If necessary, the event can also be rescheduled to Sunday the 7th of May.
The Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge is a unique event within Australia where every entry goes into a draw to win a major prize no matter where entrants are placed. Certificates are also presented to the first, second and third placegetters in all categories. The presentation will be held at the Surf Life Saving Lakes Entrance clubhouse at the conclusion of the event.
Details about how to enter and all other information can be found on the Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge website.