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SUP Chal­lenge re­turns to Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

EX­CITE­MENT is build­ing for the third an­nual Whit­sun­day SUP Chal­lenge (May 7–13) and race com­peti­tors are get­ting pumped for another huge week of sail­ing and Stand Up Pad­dle rac­ing.

Sup­ported and co-or­di­nated by Naish Aus­tralia, the ever-grow­ing event is set to host the big­gest group of com­peti­tors yet.

“We cur­rently have 48 pad­dlers for the week-long event who have al­ready booked boats, and we haven’t even opened the day event reg­is­tra­tions yet,” event co-or­di­na­tor Alita De­brin­cat said.

“Word has got­ten around about how much fun we had last year, and our num­bers are grow­ing rapidly. At this stage, we have al­most run out of boats, so anyone who is still con­sid­er­ing join­ing us hasn’t got much time left.”

The event cen­tres around a fun is­land hol­i­day set against the stun­ning back­drop of the Whit­sun­days. Cater­ing for all lev­els of pad­dler, the event of­fers ev­ery­thing from skills clin­ics and ex­pert ad­vice from lead­ers in the Stand Up Pad­dle in­dus­try to chal­leng­ing but fun races and so­cial pad­dles.

“2016 saw our com­peti­tors pad­dle in pad­dle tech clin­ics, dis­tance races, re­lay and team races, down­wind clin­ics, down­wind pad­dles, and of course, plenty of swim­ming, snorkelling, sail­ing, re­lax­ing and the odd party,” Naish Aus­tralia’s JB Mes­sen­ger said.

“We plan to make 2017 even big­ger with more clin­ics, more races, more prizes, and more fun for ev­ery­one.”

The Whit­sun­day Es­cape fleet has both lux­ury and bud­get boats, cater­ing to all boat­ies, with both sail and power boats avail­able. Sup­ported by the world’s most suc­cess­ful One De­sign SUP Class Or­gan­i­sa­tion by Naish (N1SCO), Naish One rac­ing boards are avail­able for all se­ri­ous com­peti­tors.

Anyone in­ter­ested in the day event on May 13 is in­vited to reg­is­ter now. There are two cat­e­gories for day event pad­dlers – so­cial/learn­ing and com­pet­i­tive.

The day will fea­ture a tech­nique work­shop, yoga on the beach, and ei­ther a leisure pad­dle or race. Visit whit­sun­day­supchal­lenge. com for more in­for­ma­tion.

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

IT'S BACK: The Whit­sun­day Stand Up Pad­dle Chal­lenge will re­turn in May with a week of fes­tiv­i­ties.

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