Local lifesavers row to Lorne

Lorne SLSC's Meg Davey, left, Jan Juc SLSC's Emer Oxspring, and Fairhaven SLSC's Liv Walkinshaw. (Supplied)

The Australian Surf Rowers League (ASRL) Open, featuring the skills of surf lifesavers from across the Bellarine and Surf Coast, is heading to Lorne.

The premier surf boast event will bring more than 2500 competitors, supporters and event officials to Lorne Beach from February 15 to 18 for four days of competitive racing.

ASRL President Natasha Tunney said the event was last held in Lorne in 2007, coinciding with the last time it was held outside New South Wales.

“We encourage everyone to come down and experience this thrilling event,” she said.

“The ASRL is committed to taking our premier event to top surf destinations that are also visitor friendly.

“This event will bring a large number of visitors to the region and engage with hundreds of Victorian lifesaving members, council representatives and other volunteers from the community.”

The Barwon Heads, 13th Beach, Jan Juc, Anglesea, Fairhaven and Lorne Surf Life Saving Clubs will compete against crews nationwide.

Crews will compete in multiple divisions of surf boat racing, including Open Male and Female, Reserve Male and Female, Under 23 Male and Female, Under 19 Male and Female, and Masters.

Life Saving Victoria sports general manager Ryan O’Connor said the ASRL Open would draw crowds nationwide.

“We are expecting a surge in excitement within Victorian lifesaving, and our Surf Coast in particular,” he said.

“Over four action-packed days, Lorne will pulse with energy, showcasing stunning event snapshots to captivate audiences locally and nationwide.

“We expect these images will attract future visitors to enjoy the charms of our stunning west coast town and beaches.”

The event is free for spectators, and people can find out more at asrl.com.au