30th epic pad­dle event on Hamo

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

SUN, sweat and sen­sa­tional sport were the flavours of the 30th an­niver­sary Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles on Hamil­ton Is­land from June 20-24.

Over 650 surf skiers, out­rig­gers, stand up pad­dlers, board pad­dlers and dragon boaters de­scended on the is­land to cel­e­brate 30 years of the out­rig­ging event.

For­merly known as the Hamil­ton Cup, the Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles is one of the most chal­leng­ing com­pe­ti­tions on the Aus­tralian out­rig­ger cal­en­dar, at­tract­ing some of the coun­try’s top surf life sav­ing ath­letes, along with Olympians and world cham­pi­ons.

First place for both the surf ski 16km and 25km marathons went to five-time Olympian and 15time Aussies sin­gle ski cham­pion Clint Robin­son OAM (Ma­roochy­dore SLSC).

World cham­pion life­saver Luke Cuff of Kur­rawa SLSC took out the men’s open 8km board race, nar­rowly beat­ing surf le­gend Ky Hurst by a mere six sec­onds.

Sun­day’s marathon 42km out­rig­ger race again proved to be the most gru­elling on the event’s sched­ule with 58 crews tak­ing part, in­clud­ing a se­nior masters men’s team from Air­lie Beach.

Out­rig­ger Aus­tralia open men’s won the event in a time of three hours, two min­utes and fif- ty sec­onds, fol­lowed by Mooloolaba OCC open men’s with a time of three hours, nine min­utes and 31 sec­onds.

Other events in­cluded nip­pers ac­tiv­i­ties on Cat­s­eye Beach, hosted by surf icons Ky Hurst and Phil Clay­ton and at­tended by over 50 chil­dren.

Stand up pad­dle (SUP) yoga classes taken by Aus­tralia’s first and only SUP yoga ac­cred­ited teacher Char­lotte Piho, also proved hugely pop­u­lar among com­peti­tors and guests.

For full re­sults from the Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles visit www.aocra.com.au and www.sls.com.au.

WIN­NERS: Out­rig­ger Aus­tralia took out the Hamil­ton Is­land Ga­torade Clash of the Pad­dles 42km race for the fourth year in a row.

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