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HBF Rottnest Channel Swim
With over 2000 participants from WA, interstate or overseas signing up every year, the iconic HBF Rottnest Channel Swim is one
of the world’s largest open-water crossings. For 33-year-old Swanbourne resident Ceinwen Roberts (who has done the solo five
times), the Rotto swim is just a part of a 13-year annual routine. “If I didn’t have Rotto on my doorstep, I wouldn’t have been
introduced to open-water swimming,” says Ceinwen. In March, just weeks after the Rottnest event, she successfully tackled an
inaugural, 19-hour triple crossing with good friend Rohan Hollick. “We’re just so lucky to have such clean and clear water here.
Rotto is such a good distance and yet it’s so achievable too.” With an increase of 18 per cent of solo swimmers bumping solo
entries up to 279 next year, Ceinwen might just be onto something. Cottesloe Beach, Feb 22.
BEGINNERS’ SURF BREAKS
Mark Lane, CEO of Surfing Western
Australia, gives his pick of Perth’s best
breaks for surfing newbies.
Trigg and Scarborough Beaches would be your
best bet at this time of year but conditions vary.
Low swell months are ideal for beginners, but if
the swells do come it can be really dangerous,
with big waves breaking onto shallow sand.
Leighton and Cottesloe would be your next
pick, but are both swell-dependent. If you push
yourself a little further south you’ll find yourself
at Secret Harbour which is also ideal.
Heading north, Mullaloo can be a great beginner’s
location – but can be a little small at this time of
year, or you could take a chance at Mindarie.
If you push a little further north you’ll find
yourself at Lancelin Backbeach which is
another great beginner’s location.
TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
• Get in early to beat the wind
• Always surf with a buddy
• Ensure you read beach signage for
appropriate areas to surf
• Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide whenever
possible whilst in the sun and out in the surf
Keen to take a lesson before braving the waves?
BIG WAVE SURFING SCHOOL
Secret Harbour (08) 9758 8315
Secret Harbour (08) 9537 3709
Scarborough (08) 9245 1684
ONE SURF SCHOOL
Mullaloo 0403 206 651
PERTH GO SURF
Scarborough (08) 9245 1684
SCARBOROUGH BEACH SURF SCHOOL
Scarborough (08) 9447 5637
SCHOOL OF SURFING WA
Trigg, Mullaloo, Leighton and Rottnest Island
(08) 9448 0004
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Gazing out over the Indian Ocean ten
years ago, windsurf sails used to dominate
the scene. All that changed with the advent
of kitesurfing, a sport that sees some 2000
first-timers take to the waves each summer.
If you’re keen to give it a whirl, there are
plenty of schools in Perth able to assist.
Action Sports WA (formerly Australian
Kiteboarding School) is the longest-
established kite school in Australia,
currently in its 14th season. With a focus
on preparedness, Action Sports WA
teaches students how to deep-water
launch and how to self-rescue, should
things go wrong. actionsportswa.com.au.
Just south of Fremantle, operating out
of Woodman Point, the Perth Kitesurfing
School considers the Fremantle Doctor its
best friend. perthkitesurfingschool.com.au.
At Kite Boarding Perth, instructors
communicate with students through the
use of waterproof Headzone radio helmets.
Elemental Kiteboarding is in its ninth
year of operation, and for anyone concerned
about the ocean’s largest predators, this
school uses electronic shark shields to keep
big fish at bay. elementalkiteboarding.com.
If you like the sound of ‘try before you
buy’, West Oz Kiteboarding offers your first
lesson free, followed by a rebate of up to $500
off your gear. westozkiteboarding.com.au.
Rottnest Channel Swim (photography Peta North).
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