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
Check out what 10x World Champ Jamie Mitchell had to say after the finish of Saturday’s epic “12 Towers” Ocean SUP Race, where he finished a close 2nd to Travis Grant.
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
Paul Jackson came in fifth at the weekend’s super competitive 12 Towers Stand Up Paddle Ocean Race on the Gold Coast, Australia, after an hour long battle with fellow locals (and training partners) Jake Jensen and Beau O’Brian.
The Gold Coaster will be representing New Zealand (for some reason…) at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle Championship in a couple of weeks.
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Angela Jackson came in a close second at the weekend’s 12 Towers Stand Up Paddle Ocean Race.
A strong start saw her lead for much of the race, but the Gold Coast local was eventually edged out by New South Wales’ Terrene Black.
WATCH this quick post-race chat we had with Angie, where she talks about secret board tests, women’s racing as well as the upcoming ISA World Champs in Peru. → READ MORE
Travis Grant won Saturday’s epic “12 Towers” Ocean SUP Race on the Gold Coast, Australia.
The C4 Team Rider beat all-star lineup that included Jamie Mitchell and a bunch of the world’s elite.
Click through to watch… → READ MORE
Results from the 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race held on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Conditions were awesome, with a good tail wind kicking in right before the start of the race to make for some super fun downwinder conditions.
There was a fair bit of swell though, which made it pretty tough getting out the back to the start line (and even tougher getting in to the finish line…).
Travis Grant put in a huge effort to beat an all-star field, narrowly edging out 10x World Champ Jamie Mitchell and a bunch of other elite paddlers. → READ MORE
Seems like there’s been a big international SUP race every weekend the past few weeks. First it was Miami, then Perth, then San Diego.
This week it’s Australia’s Gold Coast that will be hosting many of the world’s best paddlers.
The 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race is happening this Saturday (4th Feb) from Coolangatta to Burleigh Heads (click here to check out the 14km course map).
There’s over $6,000 in cash & prizes up for grabs and the race has attracted plenty of the world’s top racers, including 10x World Champ Jamie Mitchell, Battle of the Paddle Hawaii winner Travis Grant, plus a heap of local and national talent. → READ MORE