- Date21 May 2023
Notice: If you were entered in the original event (30 April) that was cancelled due to adverse conditions, your entry has been rolled over to the new date and you don't need to do anything except wait for your final event information email.
We're well and truly out of the main ocean swimming season in Sydney by May, but all too often the weather at this time of the year for the South Curl Curl 'Ken Ward Memorial' Ocean Swim takes the cake.If the air temp is variable, the water almost always isn't, with autumn temperatures still hovering around the 20-23 degrees - superb for swimming!
Not far up the northern beaches (a hop skip and a jump north of Manly), the 2km journey ocean swim, supported by Freshwater Community Bank, a branch of Bendigo Bank, is the most popular distance and course combo with ocean swimmers for the challenge and adventure, yet there aren't that many on the calendar.
Swimmers are provided with a fantastic course taking in a small amount of reef, blue water and a mostly sandy bottom.
Spectators can enjoy 100% views of the swim as they follow along on the coastal walkway from South Curl Curl to McKillop Park and Freshwater.
Starting in front of the South Curl Curl surf club, this 2km swim will not return to this beach, instead, you'll head through the breakers, then south around the headland before a sharp right-hand turn takes you to the middle of Freshwater Beach.
There are usually four starts 5 minutes apart and if weather conspires against this course, an alternate course may be offered on the day.
If you're heading back to South Curl Curl for the presentation, then after the formalities, head straight up into the surf club to dine and get your caffeine hit from Gusto on the Beach - the cafe is tucked right inside the club with unparalleled views of the beach.
If you're sticking around Freshwater, there are a range of cafes to suit every taste right near the beach.
Freshwater and South Curl Curl beaches are close together, so it doesn't really matter whether you park at either of the beaches. If you park at Freshwater, you'll need to walk to the start at South Curl Curl, if you park at South Curl Curl you'll need to walk back to the car after your swim.
Maybe the go is to park in the streets somewhere in the middle.
The 167 bus route runs right past the start at South Curl Curl, and also one block from the finish at Freshwater.
You should bring your own water bottle, however, water refills will be possible.
Apart from the requirement to obtain a cap and swim number, everyone should remain outside and at a safe social distance.
There will be a pre-swim briefing on the beach @ 8.15am to explain the course and any event specifics.
We have separated category starts to ensure we limit the number of competitors in close proximity. The first wave commences at 8:30 and each wave will be exactly 5 minutes apart.
There will be a post-race presentation with complimentary sausage and entertainment.
The organiser of this event, South Curl Curl SLSC, is a registered charity. This event is a major fundraiser for the club and other local community charities, and all proceeds go towards providing volunteer services to the community.
Cancelling your entry
Should the event be cancelled due to poor and/or dangerous ocean conditions, or Government-mandated health restrictions, the following will apply:
The organiser thanks you for your understanding and support.
Online registrations are preferred, however, entries will be accepted on the day for $50.
Transfers: You can transfer yourself to a different distance or transfer your entry to another person via your Race Roster dashboard. Fees apply.
Transfers must be completed by: 12pm, Saturday, 29 April 2023
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Trevor James MCMAHON2 May 2022 at 12:10pm
The event was very well organised: briefing was fine and transfer of gear to Freshwater worked well. Swim conditions were very good.
Aude Vignelles2 May 2022 at 6:03pm
Friendliest swim ever. Water safety was impeccable and everyone so supportive. Can’t wait till next year. Well done South Curly!
Margie3 May 2022 at 12:16pm
Even the jellyfish were friendly – although a little sting on the lips at the start kept me vigilant all race. Well-organised and friendly swim – thank you South Curly and Freshie clubbies
Tracy5 May 2022 at 4:34pm
Wonderful fun local event, well organised, shame about the jelly blubbers…that’s ocean swimming…
Mark21 May 2023 at 11:52am
Great race today, well organised and friendly crew. Well done SCCSLSC