Your Tuesday morning briefing: The Aussie Titles

In brief: Titouan Puyo has upset the locals to take the marathon race on the final day of the Aussie Titles, with runner-up Michael Booth the best-placed Aussie ahead of yesterday’s beach race champ James Casey, Ty Judson and Lincoln Dews.

Terrene Black finished her Aussies campaign with a win in the 20k event, which was one better than her runner-up performance against Karla Gilbert in yesterday’s surf race.

Full serving of Brekkie Bites coming up this afternoon…

Your Monday morning briefing: James Casey, Karla Gilbert have won the Aussie Titles beach race.

Good morning and welcome back to Brekkie Bites.

We’re down to the business end of the 2018 Aussie Titles, with the surfing and beach race titles decided today and the marathon race wrapping things up tomorrow.

Results from this week’s event will help decide the team for ISA 2019 (a little confusing considering ISA 2018 is coming up in two weeks, but that’s how they roll in Oz).

The official event site has more coverage.

 

JAMES CASEY BEATS THE CHAMPS

Sunova’s James Casey has stolen the win from world champ Lincoln Dews and powerhouse Michael Booth after a see-sawing beach race held in tough, windy conditions.

Lincoln and Boothy, as they have been all season on The Paddle Leagaue World Tour, were the clear standouts and looked set for a 1-2 finish. But on the final lap, James (or “Jimmy” as he’s known in Oz) caught as set the back, surfed clear and leapfrogged the superstar duo for the win.

The uber-dark horse Tim Cyprien also managed to sneak past Boothy for a spot on the podium, while youngster Ty Judson pipped veteran Kelly Margetts to round out the top five.

MEN’S BEACH RACE
1st: James Casey (0:26:28) NSW/Sunova
2nd: Lincoln Dews (0:26:52) QLD/Deep
3rd: Tim Cyprien (0:27:12) QLD
4th: Michael Booth (0:27:29) WA/Starboard
5th: Ty Judson (0:28:34) NSW/NSP
6th: Kelly Margetts (0:29:02) QLD/Sunova
7th: Jackson Maynard (0:30:33) QLD
8th: Paul Jones (0:32:22) QLD/NSP
9th: Nathan Cross (0:32:38) NSW/Blue Planet
10th: Callan Dick (0:33:07) QLD

 


 

KARLA GILBERT TAKES WOMEN’S TITLE

Former surf life saving Queen Karla Gilbert has taken yet another Aussie Title, dominating the women’s beach race to finish a minute clear of world number six Terrene Black.

Conditions were tough, with officials setting a course that utilised both the small-medium waves and the medium-strong headwind.

Unknown West Oz athlete Susan Wilson rounded out the podium to break the East Coast’s grip on the top placings.

WOMEN’S BEACH RACE
1st: Karla Gilbert (0:23:48) QLD/Naish
2nd: Terrene Black (0:24:44) NSW/Sunova
3rd: Susan Wilson (0:27:21) WA
4th: Keale Dorries (0:28:03) QLD
5th: Allison Fullagar (0:33:19) QLD
6th: Hannah Finlay-Jones (0:33:50) NSW
7th: Skyla Rayner (0:34:23) NSW
8th: Jade Lane (0:35:12) WA
9th: Savannah Fitzsimmons (0:37:10) QLD
10th: Chloe Walkerdene (0:45:39) QLD

 


 

SHAK WINS SEVENTH TITLE

Shakira Westdorp, who we revealed last week will be carrying a heavy load in China later this month, claimed an incredible seventh Australian title this morning in the SUP surfing contest. From memory, this is Shak’s seventh title from eight attempts.

WOMEN’S FINAL
1st: Shakira Westdorp (16.25)
2nd: Hannah Finlay-Jones (11.30)
3rd: Skyla Rayner (11.20)
4th: Terrene Black (9.45)

In the men’s surfing, Harry Maskell (who, just like Shak and Terrene, is also competing in both surfing and racing in China this month) was supremely dominant, scoring a near-perfect 19.15 (out of a possible 20) to take the title ahead of Wes Fry and Josh Stretton.

MEN’S FINAL
1st: Harry Maskell (19.15) NSW
2nd: Wes Fry (12.25) QLD
3rd: Josh Stretton (12.20) NSW
4th: Nic Walker (10.05) QLD

 


 

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Here’s how the humble superstar is feeling about this year’s event…   → READ MORE

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Here’s some light analysis of the squad.   → READ MORE