The people of Copacabana are preparing for their annual Copacabana Inflatable Challenge on February 29.
One of the community’s best kept secrets until now, the annual Inflatable Challenge has been run since 2002 as a way for likeminded locals to come together on the last day of summer and have a bit of fun as they take to the water to see who can catch the sweetest of waves, or cop the sickest of shore dumps, in a menagerie of novelty pool floats.
The mantra of the challenge is simple: ‘Get your mates, inflate something and paddle out’, with community at the core of the free event since its inception.
Over the years, the Challenge has been run by the man simply known as Donny Copacabana, who coordinates the days’ festivities and ensures conditions are suitable for a day of inflatable frolicking.
As a veteran of the polyvinyl, Donny’s top tips for Challenge first timers are to arrive with your inflatable ready for use, be aware of conditions on the day and if in doubt don’t paddle out.
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Donny Copacabana, Copacabana Inflatable Challenge
Reporter: Dilon Luke