Every now and again, a swim comes along that deserves the description as a "classic". It's an appelation given out all too readily, and too often claimed by organisers without any justification whatsoever. Some even call themselves a "challenge", when they are not remotely that, either. Sometimes, but, it's deserved. the Malabar-Little Bay Challenge is one such swim. Yes, it's certainly a challenge. And, in time, it will grow to a classic.
This swim didn't attract the swelling numbers of other recent swims. But this swim was not a dinky paddle into and out of a sheltered beach. The surging growth in the sport of ocean swimming is in the 1km events in NSW. Hardly surprising. That's the kind of event that new swimmers will find palatable, not too intimidating. For those new swimmers, Malabar-Little Bay (Long Bay-Little Bay) is daunting, intimidating, we expect.
This swim offered something to most swimmers: a long, flat, straight stretch at the start, appealing to pool swimmers, a rolling, turbulent middle, when the swells picked us up and thrust us forwards, after rolling us pitching pell mell sideways as we rounded the point, and a gentler finish, squeezing us through a relatively narrow gap over reefy bottom, taking care to avoid the surf crashing onto the rock platform at Little Bay at the end.
Whew! What a good swim. And how good to be able to roll around the point to the clever, levitous, yet professional commentary of Mike Westdorp and HG Nelson. Give us Roy and HG over Eddie and Mick any day.
In Port Phillip Bay, Aquagirl says they changed the course at Half Moon Bay (Cerberus). It was a tough swim, she says.
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