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South West WA Coastal Highlights

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A Selected few images of our WA Coastal Highlights

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Margaret River – Prevelly Ocean Swimming

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Margaret River – Prevelly Cafe

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The local Margaret River – Prevelly swim group call themselves the ‘Sea-Slugs’. They number about 12 or so and meet at 7.30 am and ocean swim every day of the year followed by coffee at the cafe located at the ‘Boat-Ramp’. (The ‘Boat-Ramp’ is where they start and finish their daily swim). Winter temp. low gets down to 15c, presently about 20c.

They gave us ‘foreigners’ from Mollymook the warmest of welcomes. Possibly a characteristic of small groups, everyone of the swimmers were so friendly, warm and engaging. A wonderful morning and treasured memory. ‘Fredo’ 3rd in from the right won the inaugural National Iron-Man title back in the 1970’s beating Hayden Kenny father of Grant Kenny. He reminded me of our own Roscoe, an organiser and an absolute gentleman. Another swimmer over here is a Life member of the WA SLSC’s and knows our Jon Donohoe AM very well from when Jon served in an executive capacity. (It’s a small world)

Ocean swimming is quite big over here. The weekend we were in Albany they had there annual 4 Km across the harbour swim on the Saturday with 150 competitors, next day was the Denmark Ocean swim north of Albany. (Generally speaking, us in the Eastern states are possibly only familiar with the annual Rottnest Island ocean swim in WA).

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Mollymook residents visit Prevelly, Margaret River

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Margaret River, Prevelly ‘Main Break’ – AMAZING!

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Mollymook Beach Waterfront residents visit iconic surfing breaks in the Margaret River area.

The town ship of Margaret River is about 9 Km or so inland from the coastline. It has many surfing breaks up and down the coastline, some breaks are up to a Km off shore and the Bombora’s are well off shore requiring a jet ski to reach.

One local (formerly from Merimbula) said the surf was much bigger this past Saturday. Hard to imagine. It was jaw dropping stuff just watching these that I photographed yesterday, Tuesday. At a guess I would say they exceeded 20 feet / 6 metres in height. A bucket of water is heavy, so imagine the weight of water when one of these waves unloads on you. Big wave riders numbered about 8 at any one time on this Prevelly main break at ‘Surfers Point’ throughout the day. The paddle out was a long arduous effort. The Prevelly ‘Boat-Ramp’ had two main breaks. We also drove to Gracetown and saw numerous softer breaks of various sizes attracting lots of riders including kids about 8 years old.

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Swim Board Ski Team compete – Ocean Classic

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Mollymook Surf Clubs ‘Swim Board Ski Squad’ competed in the 2017 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic

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Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski squad’

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John Holt, roving reporter and sometimes photographer  filed this report on the 2017 Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic.

The Mollymook surf clubs ‘Swim Board Ski squad’ enjoyed great success at last Saturdays Ocean swim classic with numerous placings in their various age groups. The conditions were ideal for the 500 metre and 2 Km events.

Roscoe the organiser provided the preliminary race results via ‘Multi-sport Australia’. To view the results click on the link ‘Mollymook Ocean Race Results

Mollymook Ocean Swim 2017

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Mollymook Ocean Swim took place in idyllic conditions on Saturday April 8, 2017

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Mollymook Ocean Swim

Mike and Julie reported that Saturday April 8 was an absolutely beautiful morning with a gentle 2-3 foot swell rolling in for the annual Mollymook Ocean Swim Classic. The water at the start was crystal clear. A short sprint, a few small waves to negotiate then into the blue water.

Awesome results from the local molly swimmers with Gary Jenner and Helen Gray winning their age divisions with great swims…congratulations!!!! The rest of the Mollymook contingent were indescribably brilliant on the day filling all sorts of non-consequential finishing positions…..but all finished !!

Volunteers stepped up again in a big way from water & watermelon tents, timing, BBQ, water safety, etc etc…and a massive well done to Rossco on a successful day.

About 200 competitors took to the water and the winning times were very fast indeed. Ken Banks alter ego (Stand in photographer Julie, replete with striped shirt) had to sprint back down the beach just to get to the finishing line before the winner Jarrod Poort tore up the beach to win. The Women’s winner was Lily O Sullivan in a fantastic time.

Preliminary race results via ‘Multi-sport Australia’. To view the results click on the link ‘Mollymook Ocean Race Results

Sponsors. Roscoe made special mention of the tremendous response they had received from so many sponsors with a special thanks to the Ulladulla Ex-Servo’s club for their on-going support.

A fantastic day had by all.

Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook Surf Club: ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad – Pictorial

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Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad swimming with the dolphins

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Tony Ireland has created a beautiful pictorial of the Mollymook ‘Swim Board Ski’ squad in which I have been able to assist with a variety of images. Herewith are just three of over 130 images. Tony has a nice story flow throughout. It will have a 300 gsm soft cover and the printed pages on quality 150 gsm glossy photo paper. It features a number of our ocean swimmers, viz. Benny, Ed, James, Simone & Robbie, Darryl, Tracy, Cheryl to name a few.

Tony is presently compiling a list of names of those who would like a copy. He expects that it will be just a single print run for precisely the number pre-ordered. The cost per book is $20. (Some are ordering multiple copies to give as a gift to grand-parents, copy for self and a copy for their siblings for a momento) Among the swimmers, I have ordered 5 copies and Billy R. has ordered 2 copies. 

Should any other swimmers (or anyone you know) want a copy then let Tony or I know by this Sunday April 9. Tony will then arrange for the number of books to be printed. I would highly recommend a copy which show cases Mollymook from this unique aspect.

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Mollymook Swim Board Ski squad

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Tony in Swim leg of ironman at State