Pad­dling for glory in Pi­o­neer Bay

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHETHER you do it for fun or for fit­ness, pad­dlers young and old are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the fi­nal race of the week-long Whit­sun­day Stand Up Pad­dle Chal­lenge on Satur­day.

A rel­a­tive new­comer to rac­ing with a board and pad­dle, Whit­sun­day Es­cape op­er­a­tions manager Wes­ley Cole is tak­ing part.

“It’ll only be my sec­ond race and I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing against other am­a­teur pad­dlers right here at home in Air­lie Beach,” Mr Cole said.

Mar­ket-go­ers will get a front-row seat to the event, and are en­cour­aged to join the cheer squad.

The race, which fea­tures both long and short cour­ses, will start and fin­ish on the sand in front of the mar­kets, with pad­dlers rac­ing around buoys in Pi­o­neer Bay to de­ter­mine the over­all win­ner.

“The short course from the beach looks nice and man­age­able so it should cre­ate some good, fair com­pe­ti­tion. I hope the crowds at the mar­kets en­joy cheer­ing us home,” Mr Cole said.

There will be boards avail­able for hire and reg­is­tra­tion is open at www.whit­sun­day supchal­lenge.com.

Reg­is­tra­tion in­cludes the race and pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner at Ca­pers on Satur­day night.

Com­peti­tors need to front up for reg­is­tra­tion by 11am. The race starts at noon.

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