VIDEO/PHOTOS: Tathra Wharf to Waves

AROUND 1200 people turned out to watch the Wharf to Waves surf races in action on Sunday morning.

The event also attracted nearly 400 competitors across eight age categories ranging from 13 years old, to veteran competitor in Rob Forest who was taking on his eighth swim at the age of 82. 

The day got underway with registrations followed by the race organiser's brief at 8.30am. 

The day's racing got underway with the 40-49 age group starting from the  Tathra Wharf at 9.30am. 

Notable entrant was Narooma News editor Stan Gorton who said the conditions were great for the swim with a "glassy surface". 

Gorton also filmed the entire race using his GoPro camera, as did well-known Bega doctor Matthew Nott. 

Bega butcher Matt Christison was also in the running for the men's 40-49 age group and had a dip in the Splash for Cash. 

Christison completed the 600 metre swim in 11 minutes 51 seconds, which was enough to put him ahead of the pack, but didn't fare as well in the 1200 metre dash with some fierce competition.

Meanwhile, Tathra's Shayne Rettke claimed a win in the 20-29 year men's age group and also picked up third place in the 1200 metre Splash for Cash. 

For the ladies it was Tathra surf lifesaver Sharon George impressing the time keepers with her win in the 40-49 age group for women and a solid third placing in the women's Splash for Cash. 

Bega swim coaches Phil and Zoe Harris also competed strongly on the day. 

More information in Tuesday's BDN

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