I dusted off my old race board on Saturday. → READ MORE
The iconic ocean race offered competitors a solid downwind run to make up for last year’s “no-winder,” with Lincoln proving too strong in the bumps for a field that included his two major sparring partners from last season, Michael Booth and Titouan Puyo. → READ MORE
The iconic lifeguard towers of Australia’s Gold Coast are coloured bright yellow for obvious reasons, standing as beacons of safety along one of Queensland’s most popular but deceptively-dangerous stretches of coast. They’re also the eponymous inspiration for what is arguably Australia’s most iconic SUP race: The 12 Towers. → READ MORE
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Let’s count how many strokes DEEP team rider Lincoln Dews takes in the first minute of the 12 Towers Ocean Race using his trusty QB Trifecta.
Lincoln took off like a rocket on Saturday, and although he couldn’t match Boothy and Titou all the way to the line, his strong third place showing in this pre-season event showed that he’ll be a strong contender for The Paddle League World Title this year. Follow The Paddle League on Facebook and Insty for more…
The 7th Annual 12 Towers Ocean Race on the Gold Coast was one for the books, with the combination of a record field and sweltering conditions clashing to make a grueling but great event.
The Paddle League team was on hand for this 4-star pre-season event, and master lens-woman Georgia Schofield snapped hundreds of amazing shots from water level. Take a look at The League’s Facebook gallery for some of the choice selections…
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This year’s 12 Towers Ocean Race on the Gold Coast, part of The Paddle League pre-season series, was a tough one. It was hot. It was humid. It was downright brutal out there on the water, but it was also a hell of a lotta fun.
With a stacked field of top names and a massive gathering of amateur participants, the 7th Annual edition of this classic race will go down in the history books for sure. You can watch a full replay of our Facebook Live stream if you’ve got an hour and a half to kill, but if not, here’s a 60 second, rapid-fire recap of the day.
Michael Booth and Yuka Sato picked up a bag full of pre-season Paddle League points on the Gold Coast this weekend, with the Starboard duo overcoming a hot field and even hotter conditions to salute at the 7th Annual 12 Towers Ocean Race.
Boothy overpowered world number two Titouan Puyo (NSP/QB) and fast-finishing Lincoln dews (DEEP/QB), while Yuka stunned the strong Aussie women led by dark horse Kate Baker (ONE) and international star Terrene Black (ECS/QB). → READ MORE
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Replay of our 12 Towers live stream direct from the very hot and very humid Gold Coast today. Thanks for everyone that tuned in, and apologies for the bumpy ride in the first part of the stream! The footage above kicks in around the 20 minute mark of the race, after which we had a relatively smooth ride all the way to the finish.
Paddling for the new ‘ONE’ race team, Jake stormed home to finish almost a minute clear of Titou (NSP), while Starboard teammates Boothy and Beau were locked in a near photo finish for third. The big surprise came from 14-year-old New Caledonian Noic Garioud, who out-shined several seasoned veterans to finish top five. → READ MORE
While the northern hemisphere is receiving record snowfalls, the summer racing season is well underway in Australia, and coming up over the next two weekends we’ve got two of the biggest and longest-running events in the country: The 12 Towers ocean race on the Gold Coast and the Noosa Festival of Surfing a few hours north on the Sunshine Coast.
Queensland is arguably the richest breeding ground of talent in the world of paddleboarding (with apologies to Maui). The state is home to the likes of Michael Booth, Jake Jensen, Kelly Margetts, Beau O’Brian, Matt Nottage, Trevor Tunnington, Lincoln Dews, Paul Jackson, Angie Jackson, Karla Gilbert and several other world class prospects, while Travis Grant and Jamie Mitchell also called the Gold Coast home before relocating to Oahu a few years ago. → READ MORE
In brief: Michael Booth has just taken out the “12 Towers” race in Australia for the second year in a row, defeating Lincoln Dews and Ben Tardrew to extend his winning streak and cement his status as the world’s #1 dark horse.
The Starboard team rider and defending Australian champion took the win on an epic downwind course, after wild weather on the Gold Coast forced organisers into a late change of venue that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. → READ MORE
After the original date in February was postponed thanks to Cyclone Marcia, the 12 Towers race was held today in far more inviting conditions. This was the 4th annual running of the 12 Towers, which has become the biggest race on the paddling-rich but event-starved mecca of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
A few of the top names were missing but there was still some very strong talent in the field, including one of the fastest ocean racers in the world, Beau O’Brian and the Ironwoman Queen Karla Gilbert. However it was a couple of upstarts that took the top two spots… → READ MORE
Over the next six weekends we’ll see four big SUP races on the East Coast of Australia, with everything from flatwater to downwind to surf to distance to sprints and everything in between. With a few internationals joining a plethora of local talent, and with the great summer conditions, we should be in for a solid month and a half of paddling.
Australia has always been a bit of an anomaly in the SUP racing world: The country is home to a disproportionately high number of elite racers but a disproportionately low number of elite races. There have always been a few decent events here and there but no international majors. → READ MORE
You probably already saw the great 12 Towers downwind race video we posted yesterday? Well here’s the recap from day 2 of the 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Festival, which featured a BOP race as well as a pretty awesome ‘Dash For Cash’ race.
The idea for the BOP race was simple: It was a BOP race. However the Dash For Cash was entirely unique and hopefully it’s something that’ll catch on at other events. It’s definitely a fun and very novel way to finish off a weekend of racing. → READ MORE
Check out this great highlights reel from last weekend’s 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Festival on the Gold Coast, Australia. The event featured many of the country’s finest paddlers (plus a certain Frenchman who spoiled the party), with the main race being a 14km downwinder from Snapper Rocks to Burleigh Heads.
We had very light winds but still a few good bumps for the race, with the usual suspects sprint off the line and establishing an early lead. In the end it looked like Beau O’Brian would go one better than his 2013 result, however the Frenchman Titouan Puyo had other ideas. The finishing sequence starts at the 4:45 mark and is a good lesson in it ain’t over til it’s over. → READ MORE
We have just wrapped up what is arguably the biggest SUP race in Australia – the 12 Towers Ocean Race on the Gold Coast, Queensland. And what a race it was… In what turned out to be a very light (and rather grueling) downwind race, the line honours went to Titouan Puyo and Karla Gilbert, while there were plenty of big names filling the minor placings.
However the story of the day was definitely the Frenchman Titou, who flew in from New Caledonia for this race and proceeded to show up the local hotshots in their home waters. It was a mighty impressive paddle by the darkhorse, as he beat half a dozen local paddlers who have several years of international experience under their respective belts. The fact that Titouan has only been paddling 12 months (though granted he has 10 years outrigger/surfski experience) and is aged just 22 years, means we will no doubt be seeing his name on plenty more podiums in the near future. Click through for FULL RESULTS from the 12 Towers downwind race… → READ MORE
One of Australia’s biggest and best SUP events, the “12 Towers” race on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is set to be even bigger for its third annual edition. The downwind race, which takes its name from the fact that paddlers pass by 12 lifeguard towers along the open-ocean course, is set for February 8th and will feature $7,000 in cash & prizes. The event has been extended to two days this year, with a Battle of the Paddle-style race happening on Sunday the 9th.
Many of the world’s finest call the Gold Coast home, with local names such as Travis Grant (two-time defending champ), Jamie Mitchell, Beau O’Brian, Jake Jensen, Kelly Margetts, Paul Jackson, Angie Jackson, Karla Gilbert and many more featuring prominently in the first two editions of the 12 Towers. → READ MORE
The Gold Coast, Australia has probably produced more elite paddlers than any other spot in the world. Just some of the names that call the Coast home include Jamie Mitchell, Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O’Brian… You get the point. It’s got a lot of SUP talent.
So when a race is held on the Gold Coast, it instantly comes with an international standard of competition. Today it was the 2nd annual 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race, which went from the world famous Kirra Point up North to Burleigh Heads. The local guns were joined by plenty of other elite paddlers from around Australia to produce an awesome event, so click through to see what happened… → READ MORE
JM talks about downwind racing, high performance training, and his potential battle with Connor Baxter and Dave Kalama in the SUP division of this year’s Molokai2Oahu race.
Click through to WATCH… → READ MORE