SUPERFISH: Ben Schafer was the back marker for the weekly Carl Schaeffer handicap surf swim at Main Beach Yamba last Sunday. He will be one of the favourites in the Yamba Ocean Swim tomorrow. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
SUPERFISH: Ben Schafer was the back marker for the weekly Carl Schaeffer handicap surf swim at Main Beach Yamba last Sunday. He will be one of the favourites in the Yamba Ocean Swim tomorrow. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

Ben’s goal is in sight SWIMMING

BEN Schafer is shaping to be the man to beat in the 26th annual Yamba Ocean Swim tomorrow.

The Sydneysider has been competing in the event as part of family holidays every year since he was about 10 years old.

Runner-up in the 2km feature the past two years, many are tipping the 18 year old to be first to cross the line in 2013.

"It definitely would be nice," Schafer said.

"I love Yamba and the ocean swims have always been part of that growing up. Winning it is a goal."

There will be no shortage of quality at the head of the pack come 11am tomorrow.

Yamba Surf Life Saving Club director of surf sports Jim Dougherty has backed Schafer, who recently completed his HSC at Sydney Grammar and will head to Princeton in the USA as a college sprinter in 2014.

"He will be hard to beat," Dougherty said.

"Brisbane 19 year old Ridge Grimsey comes from a prominent long distance racing family and Sydney's Dane Farrell is a current Ironman series."

Former Ironman Hugh Dougherty admitted training had taken a backseat, but would still give his best at Main Beach.

"I'm not racing in the Ironman series this year so I haven't been doing as much training, but I'll still go in it and have a bit of fun," Dougherty said

"I'm still paddling but not too much swimming, so I reckon there'll be a couple ahead of me."



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