Saturday saw a big contingent of ocean craft heading towards Main Beach in Byron.
This was the seventh year of the Byron Bay Ocean Paddle.
Two locals, Pete Hogan and Kurt Tutt, have organised this event each winter, hoping to provide a competitive paddling event.
The race this year boasted 113 competitors, with a showing from both local clubs and interstate.
The course saw the paddlers start at Belongil, racing through the Bay over to Julian Rocks, ending the 12-kilometre circuit on Main Beach.
Jeremy Collins took out the Open Mens division with a time of 46:01:6 while local paddler Kim Chappel won the Open Women’s division in a time of 56:03:2.
‘Without the full support of the club we couldn’t run such a great event,’ sais Pete Hogan.
Each year the organisers choose two local charities to receive the profits of the race. This year the Byron Bay Ocean Paddle donated $1,500 to the Surf Club, and $700 to the Byron Bay Preschool.
For more, visit www.byronbayoceanpaddler.co.