SUP queen

Kar­ratha lo­cal takes on the cut

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A Pil­bara stand-up pad­dle­board­ing fa­natic be­came Kar­ratha’s first com­peti­tor among a 130-strong field in Aus­tralia’s fastest down­wind race at the week­end.

Cracker Jack Pad­dle Sports owner Ja­clyn Ni­choll fin­ished eighth in her class and 82nd over­all in the King of the Cut race.

Pad­dlers raced 24km down the Peel coast com­pet­ing for a $17,350 prize pool, the largest purse for any SUP event in Aus­tralia.

Ni­choll fin­ished the race in a time of 2hr 42min. 46sec., about 28 min­utes be­hind fe­male Pro Class win­ner Karla Gilbert.

She said con­di­tions were rough, with the last 12km of the race be­com­ing quite messy.

“This re­ally sets me up well to com­pete in WA in the fu­ture,” she said.

“This was just the be­gin­ning for me.

“It was re­ally nice to prove to them we are se­ri­ous in the Pil­bara.”

Ni­choll said she would now fo­cus on grow­ing the North West Board­rid­ers club and build­ing a ju­nior de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for next year. SUPWA vice-pres­i­dent Roger Good­win said 70 per cent of com­peti­tors at the King of the Cut would be trav­el­ling to Man­durah from out­side of the lo­cal area, in­clud­ing some from over­seas.

“It’s so great that Ja­clyn is mak­ing the ef­fort to travel and com­pete, it gives her the op­por­tu­nity to rub shoul­ders with the world’s best,” he said.

New Cale­do­nia’s SUP aces Puyo Ti­touan (1:48:28) and Col­mas Clements (1:49:9) fin­ished first and sec­ond over­all.

Ja­clyn Ni­choll prac­tis­ing around the Dampier Archipelago ahead of King of the Cut. Pic­ture: Ja­clyn Ni­choll

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