STAND UP AND BE COUNTED
IT IS set to be a standout week of fun on the Gold Coast as hundreds of standup paddle boarders hit the water.
About 200 athletes will descend on Currumbin to take part in this year’s Australian SUP Titles, which kick off today and run until Saturday.
There will be a range of events, including a technical race, a 200m sprint, and a gruelling 20km marathon.
Surfing Queensland communications manager John Andrews said the organisation had seen an increase in the number of people taking up the sport in recent years.
“I think what’s so attractive about stand-up paddle boarding is that anyone can kind of have a go and get up on their feet the first time,” Mr Andrews said.
“I guess five or 10 years ago, people didn’t really know it existed, and now if you go down to any waterway in southeast Queensland on the weekend, you’ll see hundreds of people getting around on SUPs.”
Last year’s Australian champ, James Casey, and former ironwoman Karla Gilbert are looking forward to the 2017 Australian SUP Titles.