Japan’s Tomoyasu Murabayashi (or just “Tomo”) has won today’s LMA Magic Race in New Caledonia, with the wind turning on to produce a cracking downwind run in paradise.
Tomo, part of the Starboard International Dream Team, held out the experienced locals for just over two hours to cross the line in a time of 2:01:14, which was a minute quicker than Franck Muller. There was also a great effort from Clement Colmas, who at just 13 years of age (and paddling a 12’6) came home for third place a mere two minutes off the lead.
Miranda Barretteau was the fastest woman across the line on a 12’6 in 2:26:42, followed by Marie-Benedicte Roger and Christine Besson on their 14 footers.
The LMA Magic Race is a 24km downwind run from the capital of Nouméa, heading north through the lagoon and along the beautiful coast of New Caledonia. The wind was firing at 25-30 knots, creating some epic conditions as you can see from the photos.
I did this downwinder myself when I was in New Caledonia back in March, so I can say from first hand experience it’s an amazing run. New Caledonia may just be the best kept secret in the world of paddling: Beautiful, warm, blue waters and a trade wind that seemingly blows like clockwork.
The island is also home to a very strong local paddling group (including a certain Titouan Puyo).
It’s a beautiful place and an awesome spot for some downwinding, so definitely add New Caledonia to your stand up paddling bucket list…
Scroll down below the pics for FULL RESULTS
RESULTS: 2014 LMA Magic Race, New Caledonia
|1||Tomoyasu Murabayashi||2:01:14||Men's 14'||1||19-39||1|
|2||Franck Muller||2:02:28||Men's 14'||2||40+||1|
|3||Clement Colmas||2:03:28||Men's 12'6||1||14 & under||1|
|4||Bruno Masson||2:06:00||Men's 14'||3||40+||2|
|5||Jean-Louis Colmas||2:09:03||Men's 14'||4||40+||3|
|6||Liam Golis Tuyen||2:11:01||Men's 14'||5||15-18||1|
|7||David Anewy||2:13:54||Men's 12'6||2||19-39||1|
|8||Erwan Bouvier||2:14:52||Men's 14'||6||40+||4|
|9||Mario Tranier||2:15:32||Men's 14'||7||40+||5|
|10||Francois Levasseur||2:15:47||Men's 14'||8||40+||6|
|12||Michel-Pierre Sempere||2:21:57||Men's 14'||9||40+||7|
|13||Olivier Garioud||2:23:25||Men's 14'||10||40+||8|
|14||Benjamin Claveau||2:23:54||Men's 12'6||3||19-39||2|
|15||Olivier Chartier||2:26:25||Men's 12'6||4||19-39||3|
|16||Miranda Barretteau||2:26:42||Women's 12'6||1||19-39||1|
|17||Axel Lux||2:29:41||Men's 14'||11||40+||9|
|18||Theau Gontard||2:30:07||Men's 12'6||5||19-39||4|
|19||Marie-Benedicte Roger||2:31:03||Women's 14'||1||40+||1|
|20||Christine Besson||2:31:59||Women's 14'||2||40+||2|
|21||Pehi Aniamioi||2:33:07||Men's 14'||12||19-39||2|
|22||Johnny Lasiman||2:39:54||Men's 14'||13||40+||10|
|23||Michel Hauata||2:40:41||Men's 12'6||6||19-39||5|
|24||Lionel Radigue||2:41:23||Men's 14'||14||40+||11|
|25||Nancy Muller||2:43:19||Women's 14'||3||40+||3|
|26||Fabrice Chaminade||2:47:38||Men's 14'||15||40+||12|
|27||Damien Marmey||2:48:23||Men's 12'6||7||14 & under||2|
|28||Christophe Nguyen||2:50:56||Men's 12'6||8||40+||1|
|29||Nancy Tuyen||2:51:21||Women's 14'||4||40+||4|
|30||Laurent Waheo||2:53:40||Men's 14'||16||40+||13|
|31||Emilie Simonet||2:54:15||Women's 12'6||2||40+||1|
|32||Stephane Amatredjo||2:54:49||Men's 12'6||9||19-39||6|
|33||Hugues Thiss||2:55:04||Men's 12'6||10||40+||2|
|34||Remi Guieba||2:55:07||Men's 12'6||11||19-39||7|
|35||Isabelle Faget||3:01:52||Women's 12'6||3||40+||2|
|36||Vanessa Costagliola||3:02:15||Women's 12'6||4||19-39||2|
|37||Nathalie Gringore||3:06:32||Women's 14'||5||40+||5|
|38||Chloe Tiennot||3:09:20||Women's 12'6||5||19-39||3|
|39||Sonia Dumas||3:24:39||Women's 14'||6||40+||6|
|40||Francoise Marmey||3:33:28||Women's 12'6||6||40+||3|
|41||Jean-Philippe Chabal||3:36:03||Men's 12'6||12||40+||3|