The Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge is an annual opportunity to test your paddling skills on one of Victoria’s most picturesque and intriguing inland water systems. Experience the open water conditions of the Gippsland Lakes and see the spectacular man-made entrance on 90 Mile Beach that allows the lakes to run into Bass Strait.
The next Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge is planned for the 2nd of May 2015 and features two starting points to cater for a range of craft and differing levels of ability. Elite paddlers can start a 27 kilometre course from Paynesville while recreational paddlers may prefer the shorter 13 kilometre course which begins at Metung. Both courses finish at the iconic Lakes Entrance Footbridge.
The courses will be reversed if there are strong head winds and there are three more sheltered local venues which can be used in extreme conditions. The event may also be rescheduled to the following day if required.
The 2015 Gippsland Lakes Paddle Challenge has been expanded to allow surf boats and Hobie Kayaks to complete the 13 kilometre course from Metung to Lakes Entrance. Other craft eligible for entry include surf skis, ocean racing skis, sea kayaks, sit on-top kayaks, out-rigger canoes, stand up paddleboards (SUPs), prone paddle boards and SLSA racing boards.
All paddlers go into a lucky draw to win prizes to the value of $8000.00. The major prize is a Charger surf ski.
For more information go to www.gippslandlakespaddlechallenge.com.au.