$80 – $599

Epic Kayaks Australia Great Ocean Paddle 2019

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Fishermans Beach

47 The Esplanade

Torquay, VIC 3228

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Peak Adventure is excited to bring you the Epic Kayaks Australia Great Ocean Paddle on 3 February 2019.

The Great Ocean Paddle is a fast paced 20km downwind race along the iconic Victorian Surf Coast and is the only Victorian ocean paddling event on the Australian Ocean Racing Series calendar!

The 2019 GOP event will be bigger and better, with interstate competitors, more sponsors, more photographers, participant prizes, and lots and lots of spot prizes!

Grab your ski, SUP, outrigger or paddleboard and join us on the Great Ocean Road for Victoria's premier ocean paddling marathon. Traverse the iconic surf breaks of Bells Breach, Winkipop and Torquay and experience one of the world's most spectacular downwind paddle race.


Start Location - Fishermans Beach, Torquay

Registration - 8am to midday, Fishermans Beach, Torquay

Race Briefing - 1.30pm Fishermans Beach, Torquay

Race Start - Wave 1 at 2pm and Wave at 2.15pm

Presentations - 6pm - location TBC


FAQs

What do I get in my entrance fee?

- Water safety provided by Torquay Marine Rescue Service.

- Limited edition GET Flapped Great Ocean Paddle hi-vis hat (available when you register) OR T-shirt (TBC)

- Event timing

- Dinner

- Photographers (one on land and one on the water)

- Presentation venue

- Prizes for each category winner

- Spot prizes

- The entry fee is inclusive of all fees, including the Eventbrite on line registration fee and GST. For example, the $150 entrance fee for an Open Male includes a $7.74 Eventbrite fee plus $13.63 GST

- Event Permit Fees.


Is there a cheaper entry fee option?

Yes. There is an entry option available ($120) that does not include dinner. We encourage you to join us at the presentations.


Is there an Early Bird entry?

Yes. With the Early Bird entry you will save one third of the standard entry fee (e.g. an Open Male entry bird entry is reduced from $150 to $100). The Early Bird entry will end on 1 September 2018 at 11pm.


Can I register on the day?

No - Please register on line for the event before 5pm Friday 1 February 2019.


What are the prizes?

TBC


Are there other paddle races on that weekend?

Yes - The Fishos Paddle Series is on Friday 1 February 2019 at 6pm (TBC)


How do I hire a ski or kayak for the event?

Ski or kayak hire is available at https://www.peakadventure.com.au/race-hire


What is the maximum number of craft that can enter the race?

150 craft


What is the course?

The race will start at Fishermans Beach, Torquay and finish at Point Roadknight Anglesea. The race will follow the coastline. The race may be rescheduled to Saturday 2 February 2019 if necessary due to safety requirements. We suggest you keep both days available to race.


What time does the race start?

Race briefing - 1.30pm

Wave 1 - 2pm

Wave 2 - 2.15pm


When do I Check-In for the race?

Sunday 3 February - 8am to midday, Fishermans Beach, Torquay

Please advise race organisers at check in if you are commencing in Wave 1 or Wave 2.

To be eligible to race each competitor must check in on race day.

To be eligible to race you MUST bring your mandatory gear to check-in.

Your PFD, mobile phone waterproof case, and flare will be tagged with your race number, name and phone number at Check-In.


What Mandatory Gear must I carry during the race?

Each competitor must present the following mandatory gear at check-in and have this gear on you during the race:

- Boat leash (which must be attached to you and your craft during the race)

- Flare

- PFD

- Mobile phone in a waterproof case

- Hi-vis clothing

- Hi-vis hat

We highly recommend you carry a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) and enough food and water for the length of the race and wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing.


How do I get back to Torquay from the finish line?

If you would like assistance returning to Torquay from the finish line at Point Roadknight, please book a seat on the shuttle bus and a spot on the Peak Adventure trailer for your craft. Please email kathryn@peakadventure.com.au by 5pm Friday 1 February 2019 to secure your spot.


How do I get my craft to the start line?

If you would like assistance transporting your craft from the finish line to Torquay, we can provide transportation for you for $10 (cash on the day). Please email kathryn@peakadventure.com.au by 5pm Friday 1 February 2019 to secure a spot for your craft on the Peak Adventure trailer.


What time is Race Briefing?

1.30pm.

You must attend the race briefing to be eligible to race.


Is there a staggered start?

Yes. The SUP’s and paddleboards and slower paddlers* will commence in Wave 1. This to ensure a high level of water safety can be provided for all competitors.

*'Slower paddlers' are those who are less confident in the ocean, or for who this is their first downwind ocean paddle race. For example, an intermediate paddler in a V8, not an experienced paddler in a V14.

Please advise race organisers at check in if you are commencing in Wave 1 or Wave 2.


Who is Torquay Marine Rescue Service?

The Torquay Marine Rescue Service (TMRS) is a volunteer body located on the Surf Coast in Victoria, Australia. TMRS works closely with the neighbouring Surf Coast Marine Rescue Services, as well as Victoria Police and the Rescue Helicopter Service. TMRS is overseen by the Victoria Police Rescue Coordination Center located at Williamstown Victoria.

TMRS is primarily focused on ocean rescue of persons and/or vessels, including (but not limited to) fishing boats, yachts, windsurfers / kitesurfers, surfers, swimmers and kayaks.

TMRS is also involved in a safety capacity in community events such as the Danger 1000 Swim Race, Anaconda Race, Dragon Boat Race and other smaller events.

TMRS assisted with the provision of water safety at the Villawood Properties Great Ocean Paddle 2018 event, and we are pleased to be working with them again in 2019.


Tell me more about Water Safety

Water Safety will be provided by Torquay Marine Rescue Service to ensure your enjoyment and safety throughout the race. A spotter will be located at Point Addis. For your safety cut-off time will apply here. If you pull out of the race you must advise the race organisers at your earliest convenience.

A Risk Management Plan is in place for the event.

If you fall out more than 3 times in 10 minutes water safety will escort you to land, where you will be responsible for organising your own pick-up. Your safety, and the safety of the rest of the field, is our main priority, thus your ski will only be taken to land if safe to do so, otherwise it will be your responsibility to collect your ski.


Who do I advise if I pull out of the race?

If you pull out of the race you must advise the Event Manager asap. Send a message to 0478 506 215 with your full name advising you have pulled out. We suggest you save this number in your phone before race day.


Tell me about dinner and presentations

Presentations will occur early in the night and we have organised special surprises for you! Your dinner is included in your entrance fee (if you select this option). To be eligible for spot prizes please attend the presentations.

The location will be announced soon!


What are the Prizes?

We are organising some super special prozes for you for the Great Ocean Paddle 2019. Details to be released shortly.


How do I volunteer to be part of the Peak Adventure team on the day?

If you would like to join the action and hang out with the Peak Adventure crew for the day, please email kathryn@peakadventure.com.au.

We will provide you with dinner and a great day out on the Surf Coast!

All volunteers go in the draw to WIN a spot prize at presentations! We will also provide you with dinner and you will receive a free entry into a Peak Adventure event.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email info@peakadventure.com.au or contact Jarad Kohlar on 0409 786 237 or Kathryn Morland on 0478 506 215.



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