I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
It's back. The most fun, crazy way to spend Australia Day will return for another year at Bondi Beach. In fact, 2015 will be the tenth time the Havaianas Australia Day Thong Challenge has been held in Sydney (it started at Coogee Beach in 2006).
If you haven't come across the challenge yet, the day involves participants getting on giant inflatable thongs (provided by the organisers) and everyone getting out in the water at once in an attempt to create the longest line of Havaiana lilos.
There are five beaches around Australia where a Havaiana challenge takes place, so it's not just a challenge to beat the previous year (a Guinness World Record is at stake), but other states too. Currently Western Australia is the champion, with Cottesloe Beach managing to get 2099 people in a line last year. Other participating locations are Glenelg, Torquay and Mooloolaba.
If the event sounds like something you could see yourself getting involved in, head to the Havaiana's Australia Day Thong Challenge website and register now. The price is $30.00, with $10.00 from each registration going to the local surf club (this sale ends on Thursday January 15).
Kids as young as eight are able to participate in the challenge, and safety is a priority. There will be a rope out in the water for everyone to cling to and all swimmers wear coloured armbands reflecting their ability so lifeguards can keep an eye on them all.
Even if you don't want to get in the water or can't register because the thongs have run out, the day has turned into more than just the record attempt, so there's lots of fun to be had on the sand too. Other activities include a Havaianas Thong Dash (a race across the sand for thongs), a Havaianas Paddle Challenge, relay, a DJ, and a barbecue.