Games up and run­nin’ for touch It’s pad­dle boards ga­lore

An­nual SUP Chal­lenge is set for rac­ing

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

TOUCH: Whit­sun­day Touch is call­ing on all teams to fi­nalise their team pay­ments as the sea­son con­tin­ues af­ter a cy­clone-in­ter­rupted break.

Whit­sun­day Touch As­so­ci­a­tion said Touch Me and Salt N Pep­per are no longer in the draw due to non-pay­ment of fees.

Mon­day’s draw:

6.15pm: Mis­chief Crew V Oddly Amal­ga­mated ref Try Hards/Ea­gles, Wolves V Saints ref Ray White, Eclipse A V Young Gunz ref Ray White

7pm: Eclipse C1 v Eclipse C2 ref John, Ray White V Air­lie Mixed ref Wolves, Whit­mon­day Ea­gles V Try Hards ref Amal­ga­mated

7.45pm: Bay­watch Hoffy’s V Touch N Go ref Air­lie Mixed, White­haven Ad­ven­tures V High Fly­ers ref Eclipse

Eclipse B V BYE PADDLING: The third an­nual SUP Chal­lenge be­gins on Sun­day, with com­peti­tors from across the world con­verg­ing on the Whit­sun­days for the pic­turesque event.

The stand up pad­dle board­ing event will run from May 7–13, with a huge week of sail­ing and stand up pad­dle rac­ing.

Sup­ported and co-or­di­nated by Aus­tralian stand up pad­dle ex­perts, Naish Aus­tralia, the ever-grow­ing event is set to im­press the big­gest group of com­peti­tors yet.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Alita DeBrin­cat said while regis­tra­tions were closed for the week-long event, com­peti­tors could still get in­volved with the day event on Satur­day, May 13.

“It’s a come and try day where you’re do­ing yoga with a guided pad­dle and some tips,” she said.

“We’ve got about 40 com­peti­tors for the week event and then on the Satur­day, there should be about 70 peo­ple.

“It’s about get­ting out there and hav­ing a go. We have the team from Naish Aus­tralia here. For any­one that doesn’t know what they’re do­ing... they can help you out.”

DeBrin­cat said while the se­ri­ous rac­ing would get un­der way on Sun­day, ev­ery­one could en­joy next Satur­day’s day event.

“We just want ev­ery­one to come down and have a go, have a try. There’s a bit of yoga and you can have a nice pad­dle. The Can­non­vale Canons are com­ing down and run­ning a bar­be­cue. It’s a chance for ev­ery­one to get be­hind Air­lie Beach and make it fun,” she said.

Any­one in­ter­ested in the day event on Satur­day, May 13 is in­vited to reg­is­ter now.

There are two cat­e­gories for day event pad­dlers: so­cial/learn­ing, and com­pet­i­tive racer and the event will feature a tech­nique work­shop, yoga on the beach, and ei­ther a leisure pad­dle or race de­pend­ing on the cat­e­gory en­tered.

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IT'S BACK: The 2017 SUP Chal­lenge will feature a week of races and fes­tiv­i­ties.

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