Be the Influence Australian SUP & Paddleboard Titles
Currumbin, The Gold Coast, Australia
7 - 10 November, 2013
Karla Gilbert & Jake Jensen Win Marathons at Australian SUP, Paddleboard Titles
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 November, 2013 - Currumbin - Karla Gilbert completed a dream double and Jake Jensen found redemption by taking out the marathon races at the Be the Influence Australian SUP and Paddleboard Titles at Currumbin on the Gold Coast yesterday.
More than 200 of the country’s best paddlers from around Australia have represented their States in the four-day event that finished today. The SUP events were held across three disciplines: surfing; Technical Race involving several laps in and out through the surf; and a 15km Marathon. The prone paddleboard titles were held in two disciplines; Technical Race involving several laps in and out through the surf; and a 15km Marathon.
Former ironwoman champion Gilbert (Gold Coast), looking remarkably fresh from winning a difficult Technical Race in tough conditions on Saturday, completed the double today with a convincing win in the marathon, which started at Broadbeach and finished in Currumbin Creek. Gilbert finished ahead of Currumbin local Angie Jackson with New South Wales’ Terrene Black in third.
“That was a really tough paddle,” Gilbert said. “I wanted to get out pretty quickly and get a bit of a lead, which is good for the head for the starters, and then work on keeping a good pace because I knew the other girls would be working hard to chip away at the lead.
“It has been a great weekend. It’s just nice when you put the work in you get some good results so I’m very happy with the way it has all gone.”
Jensen, from Currumbin, had enjoyed a series of first places in several overseas events coming into the weekend and was expected to be one of the frontrunners in Saturday’s Technical Race, but was caught in some of the carnage midfield and finished well down in the places.
He was determined not to repeat the effort in today’s marathon and held off fellow Gold Coaster Beau O’Brian. Troy Pease, also of the Gold Coast, was third and the Sunshine Coast’s Lincoln Dews, who won the Technical Race on Saturday, was fourth.
Jensen held the early lead, but O’Brian caught up at Burleigh Heads and the pair battled through to Currumbin with O’Brian holding a 50m lead at the final turning buoy at the mouth of Currumbin Creek. Unfortunately for O’Brian, he was unable to find a wave coming into Currumbin Creek, while Jensen caught a little runner and was able to push ahead and win the paddle battle to the finish line.
“After yesterday’s result, I wanted to shake that off and just get ready for today,” Jensen said. “I got an early lead, but Beau kept coming and we were pretty even passing Burleigh. He started pushing ahead with about 200m before the final buoy and when he turned was about 50m ahead so I knew I had to put the effort in then if I had any chance.
“I was lucky; I managed to get on a good runner coming into the creek and held it all the way through and just put the hammer down from there.”
In the prone paddleboarding events, the Sunshine Coast’s Rhys Burrows and Jordan Mercer also completed the double after winning yesterday’s Technical Races.
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, Tourism and Events Queensland, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Currumbin RSL, AuSUP, Surfing Australia and Surfing Queensland.