Third SUP Chal­lenge is off and pad­dling

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

PAD­DLE BOARD­ING: For the third year run­ning, com­pet­i­tive stand up pad­dle board­ing has hit the Whit­sun­days with a strong fleet of eight boats and some 40-plus pad­dler’s set­ting off to race on Sun­day for the an­nual SUP Chal­lenge.

Leav­ing Abell Point Ma­rina, com­peti­tors have been hit with chal­leng­ing weather con­di­tions dur­ing their epic ad­ven­ture but it hasn’t stopped the com­pe­ti­tion.

Com­peti­tors have en­joyed pad­dling the Whit­sun­day is­lands while rac­ing at the same time. A stoked crew of pad­dlers have al­ready had two races, with more planned as the week con­tin­ues.

A lit­tle rain has not damp­ened the spir­its on­board the luxury Whit­sun­day Es­cape Char­ter ves­sels, which the pad­dle board­ers travel on through­out the week.

The com­peti­tors are us­ing Naish (WSC spon­sor) Stand Up Pad­dling ONE 12’6” boards which have pro­vided an easy and ac­ces­si­ble plat­form for all pad­dlers to en­joy the so­cial and com­pet­i­tive side of the trip, with some first time pad­dler’s en­joy­ing be­ing a part of the rac­ing up against sea­soned pad­dlers.

Among a tonne of smiles and plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties, it’s quickly be­com­ing a week that won’t be for­got­ten.

There are still three races to go.

The SUP Chal­lenge will also hold a so­cial “come and try” day on Satur­day.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

KICK­ING GOALS: The Whit­sun­day Sea Ea­gles and Mackay City Hawks ladies clashed at the Whit­sun­day Sportspark on Satur­day.

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