Busselton local Kurt Linardi is in training to race around the Busselton Jetty but he won’t be swimming, he will be paddling. Kurt won the 3.6km Busselton Jetty Paddle surfski category in 2015 and has registered for the 2017 event and encourages other paddlers to do so to.
“I am looking forward to competing with other paddlers in the Festival of Paddle” he said.
“It is great that Busselton has added kayaking and other paddle sports to their list of events , it is another great way to appreciate our iconic jetty,” Kurt said.
Paddlers from around Western Australia are expected to take part in the second SunSmart Festival of Paddle on April 1 and 2 on Stand Up Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Canoes, Surfskis and even Dragonboats.
Busselton Jetty Chief Executive Lisa Shreeve encourages paddlers of all kinds and abilities to register.
“This is a festival for everyone in the family, corporate teams or groups of friends who want to tick racing around the Jetty off their bucket list. Previous competitors have been as young as 10 up to 65,” she said.
“On Saturday after the races a live band will entertain competitors and spectators on the foreshore with pop up food vans and stalls.
“There’s cash prizes up for grabs on the day and prizes for the best fancy dress costumes” she said.
Participants can choose from various categories including marathon (11km), advanced (7km), novice (3.6km), technical (3.2km) and a team event.
Book now to receive the early bird registration fee of $45 adults and $30 for under 18s. Registrations close 30 March – for more or to register visit www.busseltonjetty.com.au