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World number two Michael Booth has started Season 2017 much the same way he finished 2016, claiming this weekend’s 3-star Noosa Festival of Surfing after a see-sawing battle with Team NSP’s Titouan Puyo and the highly under-rated (and under-ranked) Lincoln Dews.
The human machine from Team Starboard lived up to his reputation as the world’s strongest distance racer by claiming Saturday’s 14km race, however Titou showed he’ll once again be a favourite in every event he enters after an impressive and somewhat unlucky performance. → READ MORE
Two weeks ago, I sent out a survey to each of the world’s top-ranked paddlers asking which events they’d be competing in this year. The goal was to paint a picture of the biggest races in the world, which I think is not only an interesting insight for everyone in the sport to analyse, it also helps me to set clear ‘star ratings’ that will produce an ever more accurate World Rankings leaderboard.
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Following the success of the 6th Annual 12 Towers ocean race on Queensland’s Gold Coast last weekend, when 190 paddlers scored an epic downwind run, the roadshow heads north to the Sunshine Coast, where a dozen top ranked athletes and scores of weekend warriors will battle it out in one of the most perfect SUP racing locations imaginable. → READ MORE
Results and photos are in from the weekend’s festivities up in Noosa. Congratulations to Karla Gilbert on the clean sweep, while Michael Booth will be shaking his head that he missed out on the double after a rather chaotic finish in the men’s BOP race. But congratulations to Toby Cracknell for climbing back up to the top of the podium.
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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. → READ MORE
Check out the results and pics from today’s Noosa Festival of Surfing BoP Race in Australia, where Naish young gun Jake Jensen took out the win ahead of team mate Andy Davies and Fanatic’s Paul Jackson.
Jake is in very solid form at the moment, having also won the NZ National Champs a couple of weeks ago, which, despite the name, featured a strong international field (Tahitian strong man Georges Cronsteadt was 2nd in that race). → READ MORE
Men’s Elite Race
1st: Lincoln Dews
2nd: Beau O’Brian
3rd: Dylan Magee
Women’s Elite Race
1st: Terrene Black
2nd: Mariko Strickland
3rd: Molly Walker
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Alrighty then, it’s another big weekend of Stand Up Paddle races coming up!
Everything from Mexico’s Punta Sayulita Classic to the Noosa Festival of Surfing SUP race in Australia.
Throw in a training camp with a 10x World Champ, some fun races with an ocean legend, plus some “Arctic” racing, and you’ve got another big round of SUP racing.
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