McDowell shows his class
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.