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NEW EVENT: Great White Swim Series

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Rapid Ascent is excited to launch the new Great White Swim Series today, with 4 spectacular ocean swimming events at some of Australia’s most exhilarating locations.

                                                                                           

This new national series will kick off with race 1 at Ballina in Northern NSW where warm waters and shallow depths will provide some sharp racing. Race 2 will see athletes swimming around the outer reefs of Port Lincoln in South Australia for a snappy swim around this marine wonderland.

 

Race 3 and 4 are island swims with the third race around the western end of Rottnest Island in Western Australia, whilst the series finale will take place around the spectacular rock formations of the Nobbies at Phillip Island in Victoria.

 

Each of these locations are known for their gripping marine life, with the opportunity to swim with sharks being the major draw card of the series.

 

“We wanted to provide the opportunity for people to swim with these magnificent creatures of the sea,” says event manager Sam Maffett from Rapid Ascent Adventure Event Management, “a lot of people like to swim with dolphins because they are all nice and friendly, but they don’t match the sheer power, muscle and authority that sharks provide. To swim with these apex predators will be the ultimate thrill for any swimmer.”

 

The distances for each event vary between a short 2km sprint at Ballina to a longer 5km ocean swim at Port Lincoln. It is anticipated that some ocean swimming speeds records will be broken as swimmers endeavour to get out of the water as quickly as possible after seeing these predators of the ocean.

 

“Sharks are very inquisitive creatures and we’re sure they will come and investigate the heightened water activity as swimmers thrash through the water, this will create some great competition between humans and sharks as they chase one another along the course. So we’re sure some people will swim faster than they previously thought possible to hold off the shark,” explained Race Director John Jacoby also from Rapid Ascent.

 

All entrants will receive an electric, shark repellent ankle band as part of their entry fee that help will  prevent any shark attacks whilst swimmers are in the water.  “The ankle band give out a pretty strong charge through their heads that would sizzle their brains,” outlined Maffett.

 

The Great White Swim Series is expected to attract many of Australia’s best swimmers, not just for the thrill of the swim but because the top 3 male and female swimmers at the end of the series will contest a winner-takes-all swim in the frothing waters of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, an experience anyone would relish.

 

Rapid Ascent are currently looking for event sponsors, and has progressed conversations with long time event backer HTFU who sponsored one of their other extreme events a few years ago – the HTFU Australian Coast to Coast

 

The website is currently under construction and the first event is slated for 29 February, 2018. Stay tuned for more.

 

 

 

Media Information

Media passes are available to accredited journalists and photographers and entitle you to be positioned in a cordoned-off area immediately behind the finish line.

To apply for a media pass on race weekend or to simply enquire about access to editorial and photos, please contact Rapid Ascent on 03 5261 5511.

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