They’ve been stuck in lockdown since June, but finally there’s some positive news for Sydney’s surfski paddlers – the Shaw and Partners 20 Beaches Ocean Classic is set to go ahead.

With New South Wales’ COVID restrictions to ease in October, organisers have today declared their confidence in the iconic race being held on December 11.

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“We would be thrilled to be able to bring the 20 Beaches Ocean Classic back again in 2021, particularly considering how tough the past few years have been.” Race Director Justin Ryan says.

“The feeling I get from paddlers who I talk to is that they would be absolutely pumped to be able to be back on the start line on December 11th and we are excited that this has now become a possibility.”

Undoubtedly, Australia’s oldest ocean paddling race will look different in 2021.

The post-race function is unlikely to be held, while at this stage, it’s unclear whether intestate competitors will be able to attend – but either way, the race will go ahead.

Their inclusion may determine the prize money on offer though.

Organisers are yet to decide on an allocation, but if a competitive field is unable to be assembled, it’s expected a smaller-than-usual amount will be on offer.

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The NSW government today reiterated that when the current restrictions are eased, the unvaccinated will not have the same freedoms that vaccinated people do.

This may extend to outdoor and sporting events.

If that is the case, the 20 Beaches Ocean Classic says it will adhere to any guidelines.