Rip to River and Jim Wall Iron attract thousands

Seb Asher won the 44th annual Rip to River Classic.

Seb Asher and Amy Fawcett won the 10km Rip to River Classics on December 30.

About 1100 competitors competed in the 44th Ocean Grove Surf Lifesaving annual event between Ocean Grove and Point Lonsdale in a stunning return to pre-pandemic levels.

Asher won with a time of 35:41 from Hamish Baylis (35:59) and Brandon Muscat (36:02) while Fawcett won with a time of 38:38 from Danni Rogan (42:57) and Lauren McGough (43:50).

Keith Fagg and Merryn Dawborn-Gundlach won the 10km walk events while Glenn McMillan and Janice De Vries won the 5km run.

Asher Magasanik and Arabella Johnson won the Ripper Nippers races.

Meanwhile, former Torquay and current Surfers Paradise athlete Archie Vernon and Alexandra Headland’s Grace Harris won the Jim Wall Iron on January 7.

Newport’s Noah Maggs and Torquay’s Jemma Holt and Newport’s Noah Maggs won the Under 17 iron events.

Jan Juc’s Zoe McKenna and Chloe Reyntjes finished third and fourth in the Under 17 Female Iron while Ocean Grove’s Luke Perry came fourth in the Under 17 Male Iron.

Ocean Grove’s Georgie McIntyre placed third in the Under 15 Female Iron and Tobias Hallam came second in the Male event and Anglesea’s Noah Chapple was third.

Ocean Grove had three of the first five placegetters in the Under 13 Female Iron with Arabella Johnson (second), Grace Bird (fourth) and Eilidh Sheridan (fifth) doing well. Grayson Hyde (Ocean Grove) was runner-up in the Male event.