Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival
LogoTechnical Racing Champions crowned as event gets well underway
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 August, 2015 - Queensland - As the annual Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival resumed today (after the completion Stand Up Paddleboard Surfing Component in July on the Gold Coast) champions were crowned and the selected tech race team that will represent Queensland at the forthcoming Australian SUP Titles was decided.
The SUP Open Men finished in what was a race that went down right down to the wire between front-runners Lincoln Dews (Buderim, QLD), Michael Booth (Mermaid Waters, QLD) and Kelly Margetts (Tugun, QLD) finishing respectively. With less than half a second separating the three, Dews completed the 5km course in 28 minutes and 44 seconds to secure his place in the SUP Open men’s team to represented Queensland at the Australian Titles.
Joined by Dews will be Michael Booth, Kelly Margetts and last year’s Australian Champion Beau O’Brian. Closely followed by the top 10 SUP Open Men, Paul Jones (Buderim, QLD) from the SUP Over 40 Men made a solid lead ahead of fellow opponents within his division with over half a minute separating Gold Coast’s Troy Pease (Reedy Creek, QLD) and Steve Walker (Palm Beach, QLD) who finished second and third respectively.
Both Jones and Pease have also been selected to represent Queensland in the SUP Over 40 Men’s division. After concluding the Men’s race, competitors within the Women’s divisions were quick to get things underway in the 5km flat water Tech Race. Gold Coast’s Angela Jackson (Palm Beach, QLD) and Chloe Walker (Benowa, QLD) finished first and second respectively across all divisions including their own subsequently securing themselves an allocated spot in the Queensland team for the SUP Open Women.
“It was impressive to see so much enthusiasm and athleticism among our Queensland competitors for yet another exciting year of the Immerse Festival”, says Events Manager, Cory Roberts. “Each year we’re always confident in our team that’s selected to represent Queensland at the Australian SUP Festival and I can safely say even with the Marathon Race yet to get underway, today’s efforts reiterate another firm team from our state for 2015”, Cory continued.
This weekend also includes an exciting appearance from the team at Red Bull with their live DJ set from the Red Bull truck and free samples to promote the upcoming and inaugural Red Bull Water Maze set to kick off on the 26th of September on the Gold Coast. To enter this exciting event, please visit: http://surfingqueensland.com/event.php?id=425
The 2015 Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival will resume tomorrow with the third and final 18-20km Marathon Race component set to kick off tomorrow. As added value to tomorrow’s Marathon Race, a 5km social community paddle race will also be included to accommodate for those less competitive and in it for a more social aspect.
The Festival provides an exclusive qualification pathway for Queensland athletes aiming to compete at the 2015 Australian SUP Titles, which will also take place on the Gold Coast later this year, and subsequently the 2016 International Surfing Association (ISA) Paddleboard and SUP World Championships.
1. 2015 Surfing Queensland Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival.
2. 2015 Australian SUP Titles.
3. 2016 International Surfing Association Paddleboard & SUP World Championships.