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SUP Australia SUPA SUP Surfing NSW State Titles. Central Coast, NSW on 20-21 April 2013.
Leading into the weekend, the conditions were doubtful as to whether the competition would go ahead. Fortunately mother nature shined on us and we were able to get some first round heats out on Saturday in clean 4 to 5 ft waves at north entrance, before the weather set in.
On Sunday, the contest was moved to Toowoon Bay, which is a right hand point with smaller waves on the inside, that break over a sand bank. The competition was completed at this location in waves up to 6ft. Some amazing sup surfing was witnessed by all finalists and highlighted by Beau Nixon, who is on Stand Up World tour.
Congratulations to all competitors. 1st place winners: Open Men – Beau Nixon. Senior Men – Will Anido. Masters Men – Glen Cochrane. Open Women – Terrene Black. Junior Boys – Harry Maskell.
2013 NSW Flat Water Events. Central Coast NSW Feb 2013
Short course 1500m. Long course 6 km. Downwind Race 10Km. Results at: http://www.sup-australia.com/events/nsw-titles
2013 VIC Flat Water Events. Frankston Melbourne Victoria. Jan 2013
Short race. downwind Race 10K. Results at: http://www.sup-australia.com/events/vic-titles
NEWCASTLE TURNS IT ON FOR SUP AUSTRALIA NATIONALS TITLES 26-29 April 2012
More than 100 competitors from around Australia descended on Newcastle for the inaugural SUP Australia National titles from April 26 - 29.
During the four day event, stand up paddlers from all over the country took to the water for surfing, distance/downwind and short course races. The first two days of competition saw titleholders crowned in SUP surfing with the downwind and short course races held on the weekend.
Competitors in the surfing events gathered at Dixon’s Park, Merewether on Thursday morning to be confronted with solid one to two meter waves but not a lot of paddle out options.
Event organisers opted to move the first day’s competition to Nobby’s Beach, which provided slightly more sheltered, but still challenging conditions for competitors.
Heats got under way in solid overhead waves with perfect offshore conditions which then swung cross-shore and ended up on shore by the day’s end.
The call was made to move the second day to Stockton Beach where smaller one meter waves provided more benign conditions for competitors.
John Christensen was the stand out surfer of the event by taking out both the Open Men's and Senior Men’s surf titles.
The Open Men’s was keenly contested with some great surfing by all competitors in the clean one meter conditions. Kai Bates showed he is a young surfer to watch, coming in second behind John Christensen with Glen Turner in third place and Dan Cleary in fourth position.
In the Senior Men’s final, John again showed his style and athleticism, with Rob Gittoes in second place, Glen Cochrane took third with Rod Hindson in fourth place.
Kai Bates took out the Junior Boy’s final in a hotly contested event from local Newcastle surfer Dylan Henry, followed by Tyler Cochrane in third place and Robbie Christensen in fourth place.
In the Open Women’s final another stand-out junior Erin Dark made the most of the conditions to edge Terrene Black into second place with Lynda Lim in third.
In the Senior Women’s final, Jervis Bay surfer Melissa McManus took out the title from Victorian surfer Lynda Lim.
Erin also won the Junior Girl’s division from Hannah Finlay-Jones.
The 10km Downwind
After two days of great surfing, competitors rocked up to Blacksmiths Beach on saturday morning for the 10km Downwind Race.
The anticipated winds didn’t eventuate but there was enough NE wind for Event Director Will Anido to decide to run the race from Redhead Beach down to Blacksmiths.
Competitors had to negotiate a challenging shore break at Redhead Beach for the water start under the cliffs and from there it was a straight line run to Blacksmiths Beach - a easterly swell and a 10kt wind gave the competitors something to work with.
On water support was provided by Redhead Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Lake Macquarie Lifeguards and Dylan Henry from C4 Waterman and all competitors were effusive in their praise for the amount and quality of this support.
First across the line in a time of 57 minutes 34 was Sam Parker ahead of Will Anido and Dane Hurst.
Terrene Black was the first woman across the line in 1 hr 10 ahead of Lynda Lim and Kylie Clarke.
Up and coming Queensland racer Trevor Tunnington was the first Junior to finish in 1 hr 7 and is one to watch in the future. Stuart Murray and Rob Gittoes were first and second across the line in the Senior Men’s division - both on 14ft boards - followed by Jeff Lim on a 12ft 6 board.
Short Course Races
Competitors were up early on Sunday morning for the short course races which got under way at Throsby Creek in sunny conditions with a light southerly breeze.
Matt Worley from the Newcastle SUP Club had set an interesting and technical course with a number of turns for the competitors to negotiate.
The first event of the morning -the 6 km race - had competitors negotiating three laps of an “out and back” course with a downwind run away from the finish and racing back into a slight head-wind. This made for exciting viewing for the spectators as the field charged around the course.
From the start, Ben Chalmers and Rob Westerlink stormed away from the field, paddling neck and neck for the whole race. As they raced to the final buoy before the sprint to the finish line, they were going stroke for stroke, with Rob hitting the line in 39 mins 44 ahead of Ben in 39 mins 50.
Third across the line was Stuart Murray in the Senior Men’s division ahead of Trevor Tunnington in the Junior Boy’s.
Melissa McManus was the first woman across the line in 44 mins 44 ahead of Vanessa Smith and Angela Sawers.
Unfortunately the southerly wind strengthened as competitors hit the water for the short course 1500m races - so while it was a perfect downwind run to the turn, everyone faced a very stiff paddle home into the wind.
With a wind increasing and conditions deteriorating, organisers decided to combine the divisions - with the 14ft and over (unlimited) and 14ft and under (fixed fins) racing together followed by the 12ft 6 race boards and 12ft 6 non race boards.
In the 14ft combined division, Rob Westerlink again prevailed over Ben Chalmers in another close finish with Rob crossing the line in 11 mins 29 and Ben only four seconds behind in 11 mins 33.
Melissa McManus took out both the Open Women’s and Senior Women’s Division in a time of 12 mins 45.
In the Open Men's 12 ft 6 class Trevor Tunnington and Ben Chalmers staged another amazing duel with Trevor just pipping Ben into second place in a time of 12 mins 12.
In the 12 ft and under non race boards competitors cheered home young Grace Oakley as she battled bravely into the wind to round the final marker buoy and finish the race.
Heavy rain then lashed the course in what was an untimely way to end a great four days of competition.
SUP Australia CEO Jeff Lim said it was great to see so many competitors take to the water across all disciplines.
“This sport is just going to continue to grow and grow - particularly when we see the strength that is starting to come through in the junior divisions,” he said.
“It was also fantastic to see the support that the event generated - from all the Newcastle locals in particular Matt Worley and the Newcastle SUP Club and the local surf life saving clubs, to the sponsors and competitors who made the event such a success.”
Full Results are available from the following links:
3 March 2012. SUPA QLD STATE SUP SURFING TITLES
Bilinga Beach Qld Gold Coast.
The SUPA Qld SUP Surfing state titles were held in testing conditions. 10 knot cross-shore wind with minimal swell and driving rain almost resulted in the event being cancelled. The suppers made the best of the conditions. The women were a stand out with a full division of four fighting it out for 1st place Those who showed had a go, and had a good time, surfed through a few rounds to get through the divisional results. Congratulations to the finalists, who are going to the Nationals in Newcastle on 26-27 April.
18-19 Feb 2012. SUPA NSW STATE RACE TITLES
Central Coast. NSW. Another successful race weekend with perfect conditions.
Over 100 entries across all divisions and classes.
Video & Photos on SUPA Facebook
Downwind race results...
Flat Water race results...
11-12 Feb 2012. SUPA QLD STATE RACE TITLES. Jake Jensen wins the Downwind and $1000 cash. Tony Ruault first across the line for 6 km race. Tim Tunnington first across the line 1500 m race.
Downwind race results...
Flat Water race results...
24 Oct 2011. MYSTIC NSW STATE SUP SURFING TITLES.
The biggest ever dedicated SUP surfing competition in Australia, saw over 60 competitors from NSW converge at the Entrance North, Central Coast, NSW on 22-23 October, to contest the Mystic NSW SUP surfing titles. Read more...