The iconic Tathra Wharf to Waves ocean swim carnival is fast approaching.
Officials have set down January 14-15 for the event and are urging everyone to book the dates in their calendar as there is something for everyone on the day.
Since 2002 people have been jumping into the crystal blue waters of Tathra from the wharf to swim either 600-metre age group races, or the ever-popular 1200-metre splash for cash.
Now more than 400 people try their luck annually and it has become the premier swimming event on the local calendar.
The swim events claim centre-stage for the weekend, but officials said there is plenty of fun and fitness on offer with the Bega to the Beach mountain bike ride held Saturday afternoon.
The course starts at the Tarraganda fireshed and takes in some pristine trails around Dr George mountain before cruising into Tathra for the final stretch to the surf club.
Sunday takes on a carnival atmosphere with market stalls, a public barbecue and of course the swims.
Officials said the weekend culminates with music and refreshments on the deck of the Tathra Surf Club, where you can sit back, reflect on the weekend, while taking in the stunning vista of Tathra Beach.
Age group swims run throughout the day with junior entries right through to the over 80s with colour-coded caps for each bracket.
The swims are all-inclusive as well, from the hyper-competitive to the very casual, officials said it’s all about the fun and fitness.
But if you’re looking to take out the cash prize you would lean on the competitive side with some tough times to beat.
Last year’s winner, Melbourne’s James Macri set a blistering 14-minute pace for the men’s race from local John Fox.
Meanwhile, Bega swim coach Zoe Philipzen headed up the women’s swim In 16 minutes 55.
For those who are regulars in the Wharf to Waves there is always the call of the illustrious Squidgy Club, a recognition of people who’ve taken part in 10 or more annual swims.
What started as a small handful of people is now ballooning to almost 50 members as the mad dash from the Wharf into Tathra Beach sees competitors returning each year to test their mettle.
But the swim is open to all and organisers encourage both locals and visitors to get their feet wet.
“By taking part on the weekend you are helping our vibrant community as all funds raised go to support our local services - the Tathra Surf Life Saving Club, the Tathra Pre-School, the Tathra Primary School and the Tathra Rural Fire Service,” an event spokeswoman said.
Online entries are open now and everyone is invited to join in the fun of the weekend.
Full event details can be found online at www.tathrawharf2waves.com.au.
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