It was a beautiful day on the Suncoast for the inaugural Suncoast Ocean Swim 19 held on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
Around 40 participants took part in four different distances (500m, 1km, 3km and 5km) on a stunning course looking out to Malake Island and the Nakauvadra ranges on the mainland.
The various distances provided something for everyone with some of the more serious swimmers testing themselves with the longer distances while social swimmers and those that hadn’t been in the ocean for a while stuck to the shorter distances!
It provided perfect training for the Pacific Games ocean swim that will be one of the events in Apia in July 2019.
The winners of the 5km ocean swim at the weekend, Matelita Buadromo and Jeremiah Faktaufon, will need their times confirmed officially but stewards at the event unofficially shared that they had met the qualification standards required.
Volivoli’s “Ra Bar” on the beach provided the perfect relaxed setting for the event, as well as a great barbeque lunch and some post-swim hydration.
Participants and their supporters relaxed in hammocks, sun loungers and the ocean while awaiting the official results and prizes.