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Event Update



Hi Swimmers,

Thank you once again for your patience over the past two months, we hope you and your families are safe and well.

We have all been hoping for a speedy recovery from this covid crisis, but we now know it’s a very slow process for every nation.  Mass participation events will return, but not any time soon unfortunately.

While many pools and beaches in Australia have re-opened, local authorities on the Gold Coast cannot yet provide any certainty for a new date in September. We do not want to continue planning if we cannot provide you with 100% certainty for your preparation.

For that reason, we have now made the decision to cancel the 2020 event and look forward to 2021.

The 2021 event will be held on the same corresponding weekend as 2020, the date will be Saturday May 29, 2021.

Below is what we are offering every participant who was registered for 2020:

  • Every 2020 entry can be deferred to 2021
    • Your entry will be automatically transferred to 2021 unless we are notified
    • Please contact us before July 31 if you wish to withdraw and receive a refund (90% of your entry fee)
  • Surf Club IRBs will be approved as Support Boats for Duo Teams in 2021 (in addition to Solo & Tandem Solo)
    • This will allow Solo swimmers to form a Duo Team and maintain their Support Crew arrangements, plus create an additional fundraising opportunity for local Surf Clubs
  • 2021 entries are scheduled to open on Sept 15, 2020

At the time of our postponement, we were financially committed to staging the 2020 event and unfortunately some of those costs cannot be carried over to 2021.  We have worked hard to recover as many costs as possible, so that entry fee refunds are available in these circumstances.  For those that choose to withdraw (Solos & Teams), we can refund 90% of your 2020 entry fee, but we would certainly prefer that you can defer and join us in 2021!

Please contact us before July 31 if you wish to withdraw your entry from the 2021 event.

Pre-sales only lasted 48 hours when we launched in October 2019, but there is no pre-registration period for 2021 – it’s first in, first served when entries open on October 6th.

If you have any questions, please email us at

Team WSS


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