Jake Jensen has continued his recent winning streak, taking out the Island Challenge SUP race on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast this weekend. Fresh from his victory over Connor Baxter, Kai Lenny and co at the World Series Finals last month, the young gun notched up another victory for his new team (Fanatic) by holding off a fit and fast Lincoln Dews. Meanwhile the dark horse of the women’s BOP in California recently, Karla Gilbert, was unchallenged in the women’s race.
Conditions were perfect for the event, with blue skies, light winds and fun little waves rolling through and making the race – which gets its name from the island sitting 3km off the coast that acts as a giant turning buoy –
Queensland is a breeding ground for stand up paddling talent, with at least half a dozen of the world’s best 15 calling either the State home. The main hub is on the Gold Coast, with another very strong group of paddlers further North on the Sunshine Coast (where the Island Challenge was held).
Next weekend we’ll get to see even more of them in action, with the Aussie SUP Titles to be held at the mecca of paddling, Currumbin, and set to decide who will represent Australia at ISA Nicaragua 2014.
UPDATE: Some cool action shots on Facebook.