Be the Influence Australian SUP & Paddleboard Titles
Australian SUP Titles
Currumbin Beach, Australia
7 - 10 November, 2013
Jackson Close & Shakira Westdorp claim surfing titles for the Gold Coast
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 November, 2013 - The Gold Coast’s Jackson Close and Shakira Westdorp have won the inaugural surfing titles at the Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard Titles at Currumbin Beach.
In tiny and testing conditions created by a strong north-easterly wind, Close picked off the two best waves in the final to score 18.00 to finish ahead of Justin Holland (13.25, NSW), Rick Jakovich (WA, 13.10) and Geoff Breen (QLD, 2.55).
In the women’s final in even more difficult conditions, Queensland’s Shakira Westdorp scored 10.50 to defend her Australian title and defeat Hannah Finlay-Jones (NSW, 9.00), Terrene Black (NSW, 7.50) and Ke’ale Dorries (QLD, 5.90).
More than 200 of the country’s best paddlers are representing their States in the four-day event. The SUP events will be held across three disciplines: surfing; Technical Race between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf; and a 15-20km Marathon. The prone paddleboard titles will be held in two disciplines; Technical Race between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf; and a 15-20km Marathon.
SUP surfing finished today at Currumbin with the Technical Races in both SUP and prone paddleboarding on tomorrow morning at the same venue. The marathon in both disciplines will be held on Sunday, starting at Broadbeach and finishing in Currumbin Creek.
For Close, it was his second Australian SUP title and his sixth national title in all after winning a series of Australian longboard titles.
Close was trailing Holland for most of the heat but after scoring a 9.50 midway through the final took the lead with four minutes remaining with an 8.50.
“It was very hard work out there,” Close said. “The first couple of waves were really testing and small so I waited and ended up getting a couple of waste-high sets and they were probably the only ones in the heat.
“There isn’t a plan when the surf is like that. If it looks like a wave you have to take it. A smaller wave can run a lot further than some of the bigger waves so when it comes it’s just your day. But living in Queensland we often have to surf in conditions like that with the northerlies so you learn how to surf it.”
This event is supported by the Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, part of the Australian Government's National Binge Drinking Strategy addressing youth binge drinking and raising awareness of the long and short term impacts of harmful drinking among young people through sport sponsorships and other activities. Gold Coast Coast City Council is also backing the event for two years.
The 2013 Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard Titles are proudly supported by the Be the Influence - Tackling Binge Drinking initiative, Gold Coast City Council, Events Queensland, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Currumbin RSL, AuSUP, Surfing Australia and Surfing Queensland.
Competitors and spectators can call the Event Hotline after 6:30am each morning of competition for a confirmed start time and location - Ph (07) 30306388