Two good swims clashed today in Sydney. Avalon and North Bondi both are very good events. At least with North Bondi, it's reprised in February, which is why we went today to Avalon, which is once a year. We'll be at North Bondi next time.
The clash didn't favour Avalon, which suffered drop in entries, whilst North Bondi experienced a healthy increase on last year, albeit off earlier peaks, at least in terms of online entries. These two swims used to run on the same day regularly, but a few years back, January had five Sundays and they could separate. Not so this year, particularly now that Newport has established itself on the first Sundee in January on the Northern Beaches. Avalon has nowhere else to go.
That said, conditions were superb at both locations: Avalon had swell enough to make it interesting, but it was breaking into a high tide, so the swell was boisterous but forgiving, apart from a nasty little dump right on the shore. North Bondi is usually gently, in the corner at the northern end of Bondi beach. The water was warm, relatively clear and, very importantly these days, bluey-free.
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