By LUKE VOOGT
THE Bellarine Paddlers are encouraging locals to jump in a kayak this summer, as they seek to bolster numbers.
“It’s great exercise and we’ve got one of the best stretches of river you could imagine,” club secretary Ralph Wright said.
Ralph said 12 people had joined the club since it began in August last year, with several others participating irregularly.
The non-profit club has a collection of privately owned kayaks and surf skis stored with the Coast Watch.
“We provide everything,” Ralph said.
The paddlers meet each Sunday at the boat ramp near the Ocean Grove Golf Club – 7.30am for the serious kayakers and 8.30am for those who just want to have a go.
Club president Terry Poole competed at the Canoe Marathon World Championships in Hungary last September.
Terry, who is the Australian champion for his age category, makes his own kayaks out of Huon Pine.
Ralph and fellow paddler Jo Davis competed at a state level race in Footscray last November.
“We are aiming to paddle together at the Australian championships during Easter this year,” Ralph said.
“It’s a great feeling racing kayaks when you get them moving – it’s quite exhilarating.”
For more information visit bellarinepaddlers.canoe.org.au