SUP races make a splash

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PAD­DLING: It was a week of stand-up pad­dle fun and the Whit­sun­day SUP Chal­lenge ended with a bang on Satur­day.

The event, sup­ported and co-or­di­nated by Aus­tralian stand up pad­dle ex­perts, Naish Aus­tralia, saw com­peti­tors from around the world flock to the Whit­sun­days to take part.

There was some­thing for ev­ery­one with dif­fer­ent styles of rac­ing in­clud­ing down wind, long dis­tance, en­durance and 100m sprint rac­ing. But it was Satur­day’s day event that not only wel­comed the pro­fes­sion­als, but also those who just wanted to give it a go. ■

1st Ja­son McManus 2nd Dave Pur­die 3rd Loren Keller

1st Chrissy Den Elzen 2nd Candice Nobbs 3rd Jodie Spresser

Event co-or­di­na­tor Alita DeBrin­cat said yoga was a huge hit on Satur­day with at­ten­dees thanks to Var­ta­mana Yoga Stu­dio and Spa.

Con­tent di­rec­tor John Mes­sen­ger said de­spite rel­a­tively dreary weather, the day was a suc­cess.

“It was a very di­verse range of peo­ple com­pet­ing and it was great to see the dif­fer­ent lev­els,” he said.

“There were peo­ple who had pad­dled in Hawaii and other places quite com­pet­i­tively and oth­ers who were pad­dling for the first time.”

Mr Mes­sen­ger said it was the sec­ond time he’d been in­volved in the event and he said since his first chal­lenge, the size of the event had dou­bled. “It’s a pop­u­lar way for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the sport and there’s also the fun and so­cial as­pect,” he said.

PAD­DLE ON: Com­peti­tors of the Whit­sun­day SUP Chal­lenge on Satur­day morn­ing.

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