Mitchell wins Quiksilver Open Ocean Paddle Board race
Quiksilver Australian Open Ocean Paddle Board Race
Snapper Rocks to Currumbin Gold Coast, QLD
29 May 2004
Mitchell & Bateup win Quiksilver Open Ocean Paddle Board race
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 May 2004: - - Gold Coast, Australia: Defending champions Jamie Mitchell and Hayley Bateup broke their own race records to claim back to back victories in the Quiksilver Open Ocean Paddle Board race today.
Idyllic conditions were on offer for the 68 entrants who paddled eight kilometres from Snapper Rocks to the Currumbin Creek Highway Bridge with half metre glassy waves and a light southerly breeze.
Mitchell (Burleigh Heads) defeated fellow Hawaiian Molokai paddle champion Mick Dibetta (Gold Coast) with former Australian paddle board champion Zane Holmes (Sunshine Coast) third. Mitchell claimed top line honours and the $1000 winner cheque with a time of 53 minutes and 15 second knocking off 3 minutes and 45 seconds from his previous time in the second annual event.
Ironwoman Hayley Bateup (Gold Coast) was also impressive slicing 6 minutes and 6 seconds from her record to finish 61 minutes and 54 seconds ahead of Ironwoman Kristy Munro. Bateup crossed the line 16th in the overall field.
Paddle boards are streamlined, specialized boards that are designed to ride open ocean swells. They are paddled surfboard style in either prone or kneeling position. No paddles, oars, or webbed gloves are used. 12-foot stock paddleboards or open (unlimited) class boards averaging 17 feet are allowed.
The annual bet-off between Luke Munro and Sean Moore which would have seen the loser roller blading along Currumbin beachfront in a pair of pink speedo’s couldn’t take place this year. Munro is in Fiji competing as a wildcard in the Quiksilver Pro.
The Sunshine Coast will host a second Quiksilver Australian Open Ocean Paddle Board Race on Saturday 24th August racing from Moffats Beach to Mooloolaba.
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