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Top SUP & Paddleboard athletes head to the Gold Coast

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Be the Influence Australian SUP & Paddleboard Titles

Surfing Australia
Currumbin, The Gold Coast, Australia
7 - 10 November, 2013

SUP and prone paddlers ready for Be the Influence titles

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 November, 2013 - The Gold Coast will play host to some of the world’s best SUP and prone paddlers during the next four days for the Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard titles.

Starting tomorrow, the four-day event will be held at Currumbin from 7th-10th November.

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.

More than 200 of the country’s best paddlers will represent their respective States. 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 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 15-20km Marathon.

The surfing and technical racing in both SUP and prone paddleboarding has a three-day window from Thursday, 7th November, to Saturday, 9th November. The marathon in both disciplines will be held on the Sunday.

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.

Local paddler Jake Jensen has recently returned from a triumphant run of international events finishing first in two major SUP races in California and Hawaii and beating the sport’s two big drawcards in Hawaiians Connor Baxter and Kai Lenny.

“The last four months I have really put my head down. The sport is getting bigger and bigger and I started to think I could make a bit of a career out of it so I started training a lot harder,” Jensen said.

“Currumbin is perfect for it. In the creek at the moment with the different groups that train there are four or five paddlers who could easily be in the top 10 in the world at any time. It’s great to be training in that environment with everyone pushing each other.”

Jensen is one of several world-class paddlers competing at Currumbin over the next four days. Local Angie Jackson competed in the same series of events as Jensen and finished second in the overall SUP World Series racing standings.

Terene Black from New South Wales won this year’s famous Molokai to Oahu in the SUP division, while champion Queensland ironwoman Jordan Mercer made it a hat-trick in the prone paddling division at this year’s Molokai event. Former ironwoman champion Karla Gilbert is also expected to figure prominently in both SUP racing formats.

Other notable paddlers in the men’s SUP races include world rated competitors Beau O’Brian, Kelly Margetts and Lincoln Dews.

In the Men’s SUP surfing, Justin Holland (NSW) finished third and Kai Bates (NSW) finished fifth at the World Title event in France last weekend, while Beau Nixon (NSW) finished ninth in the overall ratings. Another leading contender in the surfing is national longboard champion Jackson Close.

Currumbin Creek will also play host to a series of relays and races on the Sunday following the completion of the marathon events in front of the Currumbin RSL. The races will include a Dress SUP Dash for Cash, a SUP Cup Bridge to Bridge Relay for members of the public and a State Teams Challenge Bridge to Bridge Relay.

Entry details for the Sunday races are available on the website.
-    Dress SUP Dash for Cash
-    SUP Cup Bridge to Bridge

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 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.

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Tim Brimblecombe
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