The Pacific Palms Real Estate Rock to Rock ocean swim

More than 260 keen swimmers braved the challenging surf conditions on Easter Sunday for the 18th Pacific Palms Real Estate Rock to Rock Swim.

With some huge waves coming through, Pacific Palms Surf Club’s water safety personnel were on hand to make sure everyone got out through the break and back to shore safely.

First off the beach at 11am were 96 mini rock competitors, with Ethan Whiteman easily completing the 600m course in five minutes and 49 seconds, closely followed by Lucas Soars (6:18) and Scott Nicholson (6:35).

Not to be outdone, first female over the line was Keesja Gofers (6:24) followed by Samantha Doust (7:27) and Tifanie Williams (7:46).

Next it was the turn of the 165 1.5km swimmers.

The first wave of 10-29 year olds hit the water at noon with the 30 plus age groups following in the second wave five minutes later.

Again, it was Ethan Whiteman in the 30-39 years category who took out the male title in 17:22, bettering his 2016 win by 40 seconds.

Lucas Soars (14-18 years) wasn’t far behind and crossed the line in 18:23, with Peter Appleyard (40-49 years) taking out third place in a time of 19:20.

Keesja Gofers in the 19-29 years age group was the first female over the line in a time of 19:51, followed closely by Nicola Bird (19-29 years) in 20:50 and Chanel Marley (14-18 years) in 20:51.

Everyone’s favourite competitor, Mel Eustace, completed her 10th Rock to Rock in a time of 53:42.

Prize money, medals and trophies were presented following the swim, with special presentations also being made to the oldest competitor, 70-year-old Chris Kemp and the youngest, 10-year-old Jack van Esveld.

The raffle prize, donated by Classic Holidays, was won by Ash Arbuckle with orange ticket D68.

Ash and some lucky friends will be treated to a seven day stay in a Classic Holidays resort in Australia.

Many thanks to Pacific Palms Real Estate which has sponsored this event since its inception.

Thanks also to Classic Holidays for supplying the raffle prize and also to all our volunteers who gave up their Easter Sunday to help run the event – we couldn’t have done it without you.