30th epic paddle event on Hamo
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.