Be The Influence Australian SUP Titles
Currumbin, Gold Coast Australia
7 - 10 November 2013
Nation's best will head to Currumbin for
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 April, 2013 : - - Global SUP heartland Currumbin on the Gold Coast will host the inaugural Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard Titles from November 7-10. Organised by Surfing Australia, it is the first time SUP and paddleboarding will conduct standalone national titles. Previously SUP has been included in the Australian Surf Festival.
Currumbin is one of the country’s hotspots for the burgeoning sport of SUP and is the training venue for some of Australia’s and the world’s best paddlers. The event is backed by the Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, which is a Federal Government campaign addressing youth binge drinking and the influence of alcohol promotion on young Australians by promoting anti-binge drinking messaging through sport sponsorships.
Gold Coast Coast City Council is backing the event for two years and Chairperson of the GCCC Events Advisory Committee Bob La Castra said it was a perfect fit for the region. “For us it’s another top-draw surfing event, which we are always looking to secure and we’re very excited that Currumbin will be the host for the first time.”
The SUP titles will be held across three disciplines: surfing; Technical Race between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf; and a 20-30km Marathon. The paddleboard titles will be held in two disciplines; Technical Race between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf; and a 20-30km Marathon.
Each State – Victoria, WA, SA, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania – will host their own titles from which teams will be selected. Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said the huge growth and interest in SUP warranted standalone national titles.
“We are very excited to be able to offer both SUP and paddleboarding their own national titles,” Stark said. “Both disciplines and their stakeholders deserve the recognition and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the Gold Coast and Currumbin.”
Ten-time Molokai to Oahu paddleboard champion and captain of TravelSIM Team Australia at the ISA SUP and Paddleboard titles Jamie Mitchell, said the event was a step in the right direction for both disciplines.
“I always knew it would happen but sometimes things need time but as the sports grew, especially SUP, it was always going to need its own standalone event so I think it’s great that Surfing Australia is supporting the sport and seeing that it has a great future ahead.
“You couldn't get a better venue then Currumbin. It’s a great SUP wave for the surfing contest and you have the creek and the river mouth to utilise for the racing side of things and it’s very spectator friendly. Plus you have a handful of the best SUP racers in the world that train in the Creek and live locally so it makes for a great event.”
AuSUP chairman Troy Pease said the organisation was ecstatic to see national prominence for the sport. AuSUP is recognised by Surfing Australia as the national advisory body for SUP.
“Stand-up paddling in Australia has become so huge in such as small amount of time that even the world has stood up to take notice and how fantastic for the national surfing body Surfing Australia to back and present a standalone national SUP titles at arguably the epicentre of SUP in the country, Currumbin,” Pease said.
“The versatility of the location, the experience and professionalism of Surfing Australia along with the event’s supporting sponsors has certainly set the scene for the toughest SUP competition in Australia.”
Surfing: Men; Women; Over 40 Open; Over 50 Open
Technical Race – 4-8km sprint (12’6): Men; Women; Over 40 Open; Over 50 Open
Marathon – 20-30km (12’6): Men; Women.
Marathon – 20-30km (14’): Over 40 Open; Over 50 Open.
Marathon – 20-30km (14’): Open
Racing Technical– 4-8km (12’ stock): Men; Women; Over 40.
Marathon –20-30km (12’ stock): Men; Women; Over 40 Open.
Marathon –20-30km (Unlimited 18’ with rudder): Open
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Tim Brimblecombe
Tags: Currumbin, Gold Coast, Paddleboarding