Surfing Australia Announces National & State SUP Titles

New National SUP Series To Find Australia’s Best Tuesday, 20 December 2011 Surfing Australia has announced a historic new Stand-Up Paddleboard (SUP) national series to uncover the country’s top exponents. SUP has experienced explosive growth in recent years and the Surfing Australia SUP Series will showcase the sport’s best competitors. The series will be held across three divisions – surfing; Technical Race following a Battle of the Paddle style format between 4-8km; and 20km Marathon. The Technical Race will be held on boards 12’6 and under, and the Marathon will be held on boards 14’ and under. The Battle of the Paddle format involves several laps of a course paddling in and back out through the surf. Each State – Victoria, WA, SA, NSW and Queensland – will host their own SUP titles before the series culminates in the Australian SUP titles to be held at Port Macquarie from August 19-20, 2012. The winners at the Australian SUP titles will represent Australia at the annual International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP Titles. Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said there were exciting times ahead for Australian SUP competitors. “In partnership with our State branches and the International Surfing Association we are absolutely committed to developing Stand-Up Paddleboarding in this country and ensure that participants are provided a strong pathway from club level through to international competition through the ISA World Titles,” Stark said. “SUP has experienced incredible growth and Surfing Australia as the official governing body for the sport in Australia are very excited to work with the key stakeholders to ensure we provide the absolute best possible platform for them to enjoy their sport.” Surfing Australia SUP Series:  Divisions: Surfing: Open Men; Open Women; Over 40s Open Racing Technical (Battle of the Paddle format – 12’6 and under) – 4-8km sprint: Open Men; Open Women Racing Marathon (14’ and under) – 20km: Open Men; Open Women Schedule: Event 1: February 25-26: Victorian SUP Titles, Pt Danger, Torquay Event 2: February 25-26: HIF WA State Longboard and SUP Titles presented by SunSmart, Yallingup Event 3: May 19: South Australian SUP titles, Victor Harbor Event 4: May 24-27: NSW SUP Titles Festival, Port Stephens Event 5: June 9-11: Surfing Queensland SUP and Ocean Paddle Festival, Gold Coast Event 6: August 19-20: National final: Australian Surf Festival – Australian SUP Titles, Port Macquarie, NSW   The Surfing Australia SUP Series is supported by the Australian Sports Commission, the International Surfing Association, Nikon and Suncorp.   SUP VIC Inc. is an affiliated member club of Surfing Victoria and Surfing Australia.

2011 Great Melbourne Paddle Results

The second running of the Great Melbourne Paddle was run today (4th December 2012) at Sandringham Beach. The original scheduled location, Green Point Brighton, had to be abandoned as 30 knot onshore winds and rough seas made the course hazardous. The relocated course offered a little more protection, at least for the start of the race. Queenslander and Fanatic Team rider, Paul “Jacko” Jackson got away to a great start, followed closely by Starboard international team rider Annabel Anderson from New Zealand. The two visitors, who both boast strong results in Battle of the Paddle and other international events, put on a clinic for the locals as they stretched the lead in the downwind leg and were never headed. Jacko eventually won the 3 lap race in 45’36”, followed just over a minute behind by Annabel. Best of the locals, Anglesea’s Rupert Lancashire finished another 4 minutes back, yet the remarkable thing about Rupert’s own race is that he’d had no sleep, having come straight from a wedding reception the previous night where he served as best man. Others to perform well included Andrew Hocking and Cameron Hosking, who was first in the 12’6″ Men’s category. Following him home just seconds later in the match race of the day was Chris Sal, and then very close behind them was Angie Jackson, the second woman to feature among the top 7. In a terrific debut, big wave surfer Courtney Dalton from Torquay, finished in 8th place in his first ever SUP race. He was followed home by Paul Harrington, who won the masters category (45+). Rounding out the top 10 was former basketball champ Mark Bradtke, who used his powerful 7′ frame to muscle his way through the field. Honorable mentions go to Jean Ringrose-Coyne, the winner of the women’s masters, and Ocean Grove’s Kristy Page, who won junior girls and was the only teenager able to complete the course. Overall Paul Jackson (Gold Coast) Annabel Anderson (New Zealand) Rupert Lancashire (Anglesea VIC) Andrew Hocking (Melbourne VIC) Cameron Hosking (Melbourne VIC) Chris Sal (Melbourne VIC) Angela Jackson (Gold Coast) Courtney Dalton (Torquay VIC) Paul Harrington (Melbourne VIC) Mark Bradtke (Melbourne VIC) Awards: 8km Race First Male and Female Across The Line presented by Highly Tuned Athletes: * Male: Paul Jackson * Female: Annabel Anderson   Male Unlimited presented by RPS: * 1st: Paul Jackson * 2nd: Rupert Lancashire * 3rd: Andrew Hocking   Female Unlimited presented by Zaks Surfboards: * 1st: Jean Ringrose Coyne * 2nd: Kathy Naomidis * 3rd: Felicity Frederico   Male 12’6″ presented by The ZU: * 1st: Cameron Hosking * 2nd: Chris Sal * 3rd: David Nixon   Female 12’6″ presented by SUP HQ: * 1st: Annabel Anderson * 2nd: Angela Jackson * 3rd: Kirsty Hunt   Junior Female presented by SHQ: * 1st: Kristy Page   Male Masters presented by Investors Edge Finance: * 1st: Paul Harrington   Female Masters presented by Investors Edge Finance: * 1st: Jean Ringrose Coyne   2km Social Paddle Presented by No Roads Expeditions: * 1st Male: Tony Bond * 1st Female: Rachel Forbes * 1st Junior Male: Jono Kale * 1st Junior Female: Emmy Frederico   Kids’ Race * 1st Under 12: Emmy Frederico * 1st Under 10: Dom Frederico * 1st Under 8: Noah Hunt   Garmin Award for Extraordinary Act of the Day presented by Highly Tuned Athletes: * Winner: Stuart Thomas Stu helped a young junior competitor in the 8km race by throwing him his legrope. FULL RESULTS HERE SUP VIC would like to thank principle sponsor Starboard, and all of the sponsors and volunteers for making the event possible. The Great Melbourne Paddle is the first leg of the Victorian Flat Water SUP Championship Series presented by SUP VIC and Surfing Victoria