Shakira Westdorp and Jake Jensen have taken out the Battle of the Paddle-style SUP race at the Noosa Festival of Surfing today. With 70 paddlers lining up and conditions perfect, this looked like it was a classic race.
Small 1-2ft waves, light winds and blue sunny skies made for a fun but hard fought contest. Jake, currently ranked #4 in the world, came home to take the win just ahead of rising talent James Casey, while his older brother, Jayden Jensen, was less than half a minute adrift in 3rd. Local Matt Nottage – another one of the young Aussies to keep an eye on – was 4th with current world #12 Lincoln Dews rounding out the top 5.
Meanwhile in the women’s race, Shak showed why she’s a former Battle of the Paddle California Elite Race champion and defending ISA gold medalist, putting on a masterclass to defeat not only all of the women but a good chunk of the men as well.
The Noosa Festival of Surfing is a major event happening all week on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It’s got everything from longboarding to dog surfing, with the BOP race headlining the opening day of action.
Full times from both the 5x lap Pro Race and 4x lap Amateur Race below.