STAND UP AND BE COUNTED

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.”

Pic­ture: NIGEL HAL­LETT

Last year’s Aus­tralian champ, James Casey, and for­mer iron­woman Karla Gil­bert are look­ing for­ward to the 2017 Aus­tralian SUP Ti­tles.

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