McDow­ell shows his class

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Ti­tahi Bay’s Marty McDow­ell laid down a warn­ing to his surf and kayak­ing ri­vals at a two-day surf car­ni­val in Whanga­mata re­cently.

Nearly 1000 com­peti­tors com­peted in a huge sched­ule of events as the Coro­man­del hotspot turned on the weather, but not the waves.

McDow­ell blitzed a high-class open men’s ski field, head­ing off Jack Wil­son and Scott Bick­nell.

Bick­nell (Ocean Beach Kiwi) was fresh from vic­tory in the K1 200m at the New South Wales champs, but had no an­swer to McDow­ell, who pow­ered home to win com­fort­ably.

‘‘That was a na­tion­als-qual­ity field and be­ing so flat was al­ways go­ing to make it a chal­lenge, so it was nice to get a solid win,’’ McDow­ell, 27, said.

‘‘ Ev­ery­one knew Scott was go­ing to go out quick and it was a mat­ter of stick­ing with him.

‘‘I knew my speed is bet­ter in the sec­ond half of the race, so I played on that a bit.’’

McDow­ell and Bick­nell will see plenty of each other over the next month, es­pe­cially at the kayak­ing na­tion­als in Ro­torua.

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