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A kayaker has been attacked by a shark off a Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
The kayaker is believed to have been paddling about one-and-a-half kilometres off the coast of Moffat Beach when the shark attacked the kayak.
The man's kayak was then overturned and although he managed to right his craft, the kayak was taking on water with the shark circling nearby.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said lifesavers rescued the man after he was knocked out of the kayak by the shark. The man managed to climb back onto the kayak and radio for help before . Local authorities have reported that a 4-4.5 metre tiger shark was responsible for the attack.
A Queensland coast guard team has been dispatched in an attempt to locate the shark.
Michael Booth (WA) and Terrene Black (NSW) have taken out the open divisions in the SUP marathon racing component of the Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE group today.
New South Wales have won the overall championship for the second year in a row, followed by Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria respectively. Competitors raced from Snapper Rocks through an ocean course and finished up at Currumbin Creek behind the RSL. Crowds gathered as competitors started to cross the finish line one by one.
Michael Booth (WA) has taken out his third Australian Title today in the open men’s SUP Marathon racing division, ahead of James Casey (NSW), Ty Judson (NSW) and Lincoln Dews (QLD) respectively. Booth held a healthy lead over his competitors for the majority of the race, which he was able to retain all the way to the finish line.
“It feels fantastic. This is my third Australian Title,” said Booth. “To do it over here in Queensland on a beautiful day with downwind is a lot of fun. I lived in Queensland for six years so it’s always good to have a win here. It was definitely a mixture of conditions today.”
Terrene Black (NSW) has won the open women’s division today in the time of 1:56:45, ahead of Karla Gilbert (QLD) and Susanna Wilson (WA). Black was ecstatic as she crossed the finish line and received loud cheers from teammates and supporters. Racing veteran Gilbert was close behind her.
“It feels great to get the win today, I’ve had a mixed bag of results this week so it feels good to get the win,” said Black. “The conditions weren’t too rough today, a little bit messy toward the end but I work well in those conditions.”
Peter Dorries (QLD) dominated the over 50 men’s division, crossing the finish line first to the large applause of locals.
Will Lee (WA) has taken first place in the over 40 open division, ahead of Paul “Jonesy” Jones (QLD).
The Western Australian dominance continued as Christiana Chessa (WA) finished first in the over 40 women’s division, much to the delight of her WA teammates.
Young gun Sam McCullough (WA) took first place in the junior men’s division today, after placing first at the technical race yesterday a well.
Puyo Titouan (New Caledonia) took first place in the Community racing division, but he also finished the race in the best time out of any division – with the time of 1:34:19.
The 2018 Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE group provides the exclusive pathway to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) 2019 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships.
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Lake Proserpine has become a home away from home for the Australian Fishing Championships.
For the third consecutive year, the Whitsundays will welcome some of the world's best anglers from Thursday.
They include international guests Jong Hyun Kim and Dong Won Kim, alongside the cream of Australia's best such as Craig Griffiths and Karim Riddler.
There will also be some star power at the event with former Queensland Maroons winger Matt Sing, among those chasing the giant barramundi.
The Australian Fishing Championships Series XIII is described as the absolute pinnacle of tournament fishing in Australia, with Proserpine hosting the opening round..
Tourism Whitsundays chief executive officer Tash Wheeler said the event will be televised not only across the country, but internationally.
"The success of the Australian Fishing Championships in one of our region's premier fishing spots Lake Proserpine, is a continuation of our strategy to promote Lake Proserpine in the Whitsundays as the premier barramundi fishing impoundment in Australia,” Mrs Wheeler said.
"Once again we have a regional strategy around developing experiences in the Whitsundays and held the AFC again this year in support of that strategy to ensure we get visitor dispersal throughout our region, and promote the Whitsundays.”
The event opens with a dinner at the Hotel Metropole in Proserpine on Thursday night where locals have the opportunity to meet competitors.
Tickets are $79 each and available at whitsundaytickets.com.au.
Proserpine Chamber of Commerce secretary Karen Vloedmans said the event was a win for the town and region.
"This event is a calendar highlight on the professional circuit and having the tournament return to Lake Proserpine is a great demonstration that the Whitsunday region is a world-class fishing destination,” she said.
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Day two of the 2018 Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE Group has wrapped up in clean 2ft (0.6m) at Duranbah Beach. Today saw the Junior Men’s division finish up, and finalists decided for every other division including open men, open women, over 40 men, over 40 women, over 50 men and junior women.
Josh Stretton (NSW) has been crowned Junior Mens Australian SUP Surfing champion, defeating Riley Thomson (QLD), Aidan Feeley (QLD) and Louie Pantelic (NSW) respectively in the final this afternoon. Stretton showed a powerful display of speed and flow, tearing apart the clean afternoon waves at Duranbah – putting together an 8.0 and a 6.75 for a heat total of 14.75 (out of a possible 20.00). This is the first time a junior division has been added to the Australian SUP Titles, which made Stretton’s victory today all the sweeter.
“It was definitely a great day of surfing for everyone,” said Stretton. “That was a fun heat to surf in just then with the boys, they were all surfing so great. I’d like to thank Surfing Queensland for hosting a fun event and including the juniors this year.”
In the Open Women’s division, Skyla Rayner (NSW), Hannah Finlay-Jones (NSW), Shakira Westdorp (QLD) and Terrene Black (NSW) will surf in their final tomorrow morning. Current World Champion Westdorp smashed through her semi-final heat, scoring the highest heat total of the Open Women’s division with 15.35 to push her through to the final.
The swell stuck around for the Junior Women’s division, which saw Brea Wright (QLD), Isabella Olney (WA) and Sophie-May White (VIC) all progress into their final tomorrow morning.
Queenslanders Wes Fry (Yaroomba, QLD) Tim Cyprien (Helensvale, QLD) and Nic Walker (Coolum Beach, QLD) will progress through to the Open Men’s semi-finals, which will run tomorrow morning. Other names progressing to the semi-finals include last years runner-up Harry Maskell (NSW), Justin Holland (NSW), Joshua Stretton (NSW), James Casey (NSW) and Matt Takle (VIC).
In the over 40 men’s division, the final tomorrow will be made up of Justin Holland (NSW), Trafford Harris (SA), Steve Morley (QLD) and Paul Jones (QLD. Justin Holland scored the highest heat total of the division, with 14.75 – defeating Trafford Harris (SA), Andrew Cassidy (NSW) and Chris Twomey (WA) respectively in his semi-final heat.
The over 40 women’s division saw Narelle Kuppers (WA), Maleah Zanos (VIC), Dimity Faulkner (QLD) and Patrice Richardson (WA) progress through to tomorrows final. Kuppers scored the highest heat total of the division, with 9.25.
The event will see 25 national champions crowned across divisions including SUP surfing, technical racing and marathon racing. Defending champions New South Wales will be looking to go back-to-back after winning the overall victory last year, closely followed by Queensland.
“We’re incredibly excited to be hosting the Australian SUP Titles on the Gold Coast again this year,” said Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates. “We’re going to see Australia’s best Stand Up Paddleboarders tearing apart the surf from Saturday through to Tuesday – so we encourage our residents of the Gold Coast to come down and check out the action.”
The 2018 Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE group provides the exclusive pathway to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) 2019 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships.
Australia’s Grayson Hinrichs earns Boys U-18 Gold AT 2018 VISSLA ISA WORLD JUNIOR SURFING CHAMPIONSHIP
Australia’s Grayson Hinrichs put on a show in the Boys U-16 Final at the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship presented by Visit Huntington Beach.. He jumped out to an early lead with a solid 7.5 and then waited until the dying minutes of the heat to earn his highest score of 8.6 to take the Gold Medal. USA’s Kade Matson and Levi Slawson respectively earned the Silver and Bronze Medals. Japan’s Riaru Ito finished with the Copper.
“This is the best feeling of my life,” said Hinrichs. “I’ve never dreamed of this happening.
“It’s the biggest boost of confidence to think that all the top surfers have won this event, and now I have done it too.
Team Japan made junior surfing history and earned their first-ever Team Gold Medal
Led by the individual Gold Medal performance by Boys U-18 competitor Keanu Kamiyama and four additional individual medals, Team Japan pushed ahead of Silver Medal Team USA to take the Junior Team World Title by a margin of 132 points.
Japan’s first-ever Junior Gold Medal performance comes shortly after a historic first Gold Medal for Team Japan in the World Surfing Games that took place in September in Tahara, Japan.
The exceptional performances by Team Japan across both open and junior divisions is a testimony to the extraordinary growth of Surfing in Japan since the sport’s inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Team Australia earned the Bronze Medal and Team Hawaii the Copper Medal.
Team Japan’s Gold Medal depended on the Boys U-18 final heat of the day featuring two Japanese athletes, Keanu Kamiyama and Joh Azuchi, and USA’s Cole Houshmand. Kamiyama and Azuchi shined in a closely-surfed heat and took the Gold and Silver Medals to lead Japan to the Gold. Houshmand earned the Copper, resulting in Team USA falling to the Silver Medal position.
Germany’s Rachel Presti made history in the Girls U-18 Division and earned the first-ever ISA medal for Germany across any discipline.
The final day of competition at Huntington Beach Pier saw the Main Event Final, Repechage Final and Grand Final take place across Boys and Girls U-16 and U-18 Divisions.
The Girls U-16 Grand Final kicked off with a bang as USA’s 13-year-old Caitlin Simmers posted the highest wave score of the day with 9.17. The Japanese duo Shino Matsuda and Sara Wakita were never able to catch Simmers after her blazing start, finishing with the Silver and Bronze Medals, respectively. Spain’s Lucía Machado earned the Copper.
“It feels so good,” said Simmers. “Team USA is really supportive. It’s an honor to be a part of the team.
“This is my biggest win. Since Surfing is in the Olympics, that is a new goal for me to strive for.”
Germany’s Rachel Presti continued her standout performance throughout the whole event and earned the Gold in the Girls U-18. Hawaii’s Keala Tomoda Bannert earned the top performance for Team Hawaii with the Silver Medal, followed by Japan’s Minami Nonaka with the Bronze. Summer Macedo’s efforts to earn her second ISA Junior Gold came to an end despite great performances in the event, earning the Copper Medal.
“I am really happy to take it home for Germany,” said Presti. “This first Gold for Germany means a lot. I want to encourage other people in Germany to surf and bring it to a global stage.”
Rachel Presti is nothing but smiles after earning the Girls U-18 Gold for Team Germany. Photo: ISA / Ben ReedThe Boys U-18 Final capped off the day, where Japan’s Kamiyama paved the path to the Gold Medal for his team. Japan’s Joh Azuchi, the 2017 Boys U-16 Gold Medalist, followed his teammate Kamiyama with the Silver Medal in an emotional display of team camaraderie. South Africa’s Luke John Slijpen earned the Bronze and USA’s Cole Houshmand the Copper.
“I am amazingly happy!” said Kamiyama. “For anyone in Japan who surfs, they now know that Japanese surfers are capable of a Gold Medal.”
“The words that I have right now are thank you,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre.
“Thank you to our Title Sponsor Vissla for believing in the power of Junior Surfing and thank you to Visit Huntington Beach for opening their arms for these over 1,000 visitors from around the world.
“We had an amazing nine days of sun, no wind, and great waves. It was incredible.
“This was a historic VISSLA ISA Juniors. We have 44 countries represented, almost a quarter of the world, and we had the first edition to feature a gender equality format for boys and girls.
“Keep an eye out for these young athletes in the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Games, because we could very well see them surfing on the world’s greatest stage in sport.”
VISSLA Founder and CEO Paul Naude said:
“It was an incredible week with many inspiring performances. I think the future of surfing is in great hands. It’s amazing to see countries that over the years come back to compete and continually advance.
“A huge thank you to the people of Huntington Beach for sharing your break with us.”
President and CEO of Visit Huntington Beach Kelly Miller said:
“We promised great surf and sun, and we got it. We said that you would meet new friends and that you would have memories surfing at this historical pier, and you got it. We hope to see you again soon in Huntington Beach.”
Gold – Japan
Silver – USA
Bronze – Australia
Copper – Hawaii
5 – France
6 – Spain
7 – Brazil
8 – South Africa
9 – Germany
10 – Portugal
To view the full team rankings, click here.
Gold – Caitlin Simmers (USA)
Silver – Shino Matsuda (JPN)
Bronze – Sara Wakita (JPN)
Copper – Lucía Machado (ESP)
Gold – Grayson Hinrichs (AUS)
Silver – Kade Matson (USA)
Bronze – Levi Slawson (USA)
Copper – Riaru Ito (JPN)
Gold – Rachel Presti (GER)
Silver – Keala Tomoda Bannert (HAW)
Bronze – Minami Nonaka (JPN)
Copper – Summer Macedo (HAW)
Gold – Keanu Kamiyama (JPN)
Silver – Joh Azuchi (JPN)
Bronze – Luke John Slijpen (RSA)
Copper – Cole Houshmand (USA)
Dual 2018 World Champions Jessica Fox and Curtis McGrath OAM have taken home the top gongs at the Paddle Australia Annual Awards held in Sydney on Saturday (3 November 2018).
Dual Olympic medallist Jessica Fox won the Paddler of the Year – Olympic award while Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath won the Paracanoeist of the Year award.
The pair headlined a stellar line-up of athletes, coaches, instructors, technical officials and volunteers, who were recognised for their outstanding achievements and efforts over the past year at the Annual Awards night hosted by Seven News Sydney’s sport presenter Jim Wilson at the Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport.
Paddle Australia’s greatest individual slalom paddler of all time, Jessica Fox, also received the prestigious President’s Award in recognition of her outstanding achievements this season, including double World Champion gold and the overall World Cup win in both the women’s K1 and C1 events.
“I didn’t expect a season like this! I go into each year wanting to improve, wanting to keep learning and just keep doing my best at competitions. It’s been the perfect season and the perfect world championships and it’s amazing to receive this recognition, Jess Fox said.
“I really enjoyed this season. We’ve had a great team, we’ve had a great tour with lots of good results from the athletes. It’s quite a young team coming through with some good energy and I had the best year.
“I’m so grateful for all the support I receive from everyone at Paddle Australia, from the community, all those people who put in the work to run the races at Penrith, our volunteers, our officials, my family and our team of coaches and this evening has been wonderful to celebrate everyone who’s a part of it.
“Thank you to the whole Paddle Australia staff, our slalom team for the amazing evening and congratulations to all the other award winners and finalists.”
Fox dedicated her award to her late grandfather, her mother Myriam’s father and French Olympic medal winning slalom coach Albert Tobelem, who passed away in Marseille, France last week.
“I would like to dedicate this to my pépé Bebert, who I know was very proud of us and I know Noemie (Fox) and I will always be on the water and he will be with us.”
Fox also received the Coach of the Year Award on behalf of her mother and National Canoe Slalom Coach Myriam Fox (NSW), who was recognised for the success of her group of female athletes this season with all of them posting career best performances.
“Thank you very much on behalf of Myriam, who unfortunately can’t be with us tonight as she had to head to France. Her dad, my grandfather, was a massive influence on her as an athlete and as a coach and we are here because of him. He was at the riverbank until the very end and mum’s got the same passion and the same drive as him. She gives a lot to her sport and her athletes and I’m looking forward to another great year ahead and another two years as well,” Fox said paying tribute to both her mum and grandfather.
The Paddler Of the Year – Olympic as well as the President’s Award recognise a season of a life-time for Jessica Fox, who wrote sporting history this year, breaking several records in the process and becoming the most successful individual slalom paddler and greatest female slalom paddler in the history of the sport – all at the young age of 24.
Paralympic Champion Curtis McGrath OAM (QLD) also had a record-breaking season, finishing the season unbeaten and setting World records in the Paralympic events he competed in.
He not only won both the KL2 and VL3 200 events at the 2018 Paracanoe World Cup but also at the 2018 ICF Paracanoe World Championships adding World Champion titles seven and eight to his name.
Unconquered, McGrath is the most successful male Paracanoeist in the world of paddling and his impressive medal tally over the short period of only four years in the sport, now includes Paralympic gold, eight World Championships gold and one silver medal as he prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Paddle Australia’s future is looking bright with a long list of high-performing Junior paddlers amongst the finalists.
Slalom paddler Alexandria Choate (WA) won the Junior Paddler of the Year – Olympic Award after her best career result yet and a fifth place in the junior women’s C1 at the 2018 ICF Canoe Slalom Junior and U23 World Championships.
2017 Ocean Racing Junior World Champion and winner of the 2017/18 U19 Australian Ocean Racing Series Oscar Jones (NSW) won the Junior Paddler of the Year – Non-Olympic Award, while Youth Olympic Games representative Jenaya Massie (QLD) took home the popular People’s Choice Award.
“The Youth Olympic Games was an incredible experience. I just love sport, everything about it, competing, pushing myself as well as the social side as well, seeing everyone and meeting people like Jess,” 16-year old Massie said.
“My hopes are the 2024 Olympics. I know it’s a big goal, but I’ll try my best, train hard and we’ll see how I go,” Massie said about her aspirations.
National team slalom paddler Rosalyn Lawrence (NSW) was recognised for her efforts as a Junior Development Coach based at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium with the 2018 Award of Merit, which is awarded for outstanding achievement in paddling in either administration or sporting endeavour.
Dual Olympian Ramon Andersson (WA), Thomas Blaam (NSW) and Roger French (SA) were recognised for their Services to Paddling.
You can find out more about the additional award winners HERE
kayaker Steve Bird has made the decision to retire from elite sport with immediate effect, ending a fine career that saw him compete for Australia at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.
In doing so, the 30 year-old became just the third Western Australian from the sport after Ramon Andersson and Lisa Russ (Oldenhof) to have earned the distinction of dual Olympian.
The South African born paddler was a regular on Australian teams over the past decade and he said the opportunity to have worn the colours of his adopted country at the highest level had been a privilege.
“Representing Australia has been a huge honour,” he said. “It has been challenging but rewarding.
"Aussies are passionate about sport, and I am grateful for the opportunity to position myself at the tip of the sword in this aspect.”
As a sprint specialist, Bird made Olympic finals at both London and Rio, and he said the experience of giving it his all for his country would remain a proud memory.
“The experience is so tangible. You are wearing the badge and going head to head with international opposition.
"To me, paddling for Australia meant representing an attitude of give it a go, have a crack and see where you end up.”
He was a member of the Australian team that contested the World Championships in Portugal earlier this year and whilst Tokyo had been very much on his radar, he admitted that the decision to step away had taken place quickly.
“I just came to a very clear realisation that this wasn’t what I wanted to do anymore,” he said.
“For me personally, selection requires undivided commitment and at this stage of my life, there are other areas that I’m eager to explore.”
In reflecting on his career, Bird was also quick to acknowledge the wide range of support afforded to him both locally and through the national program.
“I’m so grateful to my parents, my three siblings, my fiancée and my extended family both here and over in South Africa.
“I’d like to thank my coaches Ramon Andersson and Michael Pond, my long time doubles partner and friend Jesse Phillips, the WA Institute of Sport and Paddle Australia – and all of the support staff within both who have helped me over my career,” Bird said.
With a wedding on the horizon and a University degree also well advanced, Bird said he looked forward to the new opportunities ahead.
“I am extremely excited at what life will bring. At this point I am very green in the world outside of elite sport. Any experience is going to be a learning one.
“I plan to finish my Psychology degree as soon as possible. Combined with my experience at Olympic level sport, I plan to use the degree to work in the sporting industry, specifically with young athletes.
“I might further my studies in a couple years after gaining some experience in the work force. I am getting married next year to my legend partner Hannah and who knows what this might bring? Perhaps a few kids? I will continue to stay fit by competing in surf lifesaving, and definitely dust off the kayak every now and then.”
Paddle Australia’s National Performance Director Shaun Stephens said: “Paddle Australia congratulates Steve on a wonderful career. Steve has been an exceptional athlete and extremely professional in his approach to training and racing which led him to become a regular member of the Australian team and dual Olympian.”
“We wish him the very best in his future endeavours and would welcome his involvement in assisting the development of future champions.”
Australian JuniorS Within MEDAL Reach At VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship At Huntington Beach
The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team sits in fourth place on the team leader board heading into the pointy end of competition after a big day seven at the 2018 VISSLA ISA World Junior Surfing Championship at Huntington Beach.
Australia narrowly missed out on a finals birth in the Aloha Cup, finishing third in the first semi-final to the home team and a strong French squad.
In the Boys Under 18 division Cyrus Cox is the lone Aussie left in the main draw, surfing his way to a round five birth after a 10.53 point (out of a possible 20 points)heat total and a second place finish in round four. Fellow teammate Noah Stocca has been firing on all cylinders after being relegated in the early rounds. Stocca is still alive and ready to fight his way to the final when his repechage eight heat gets underway.
In the Girls Under 18 division, Piper Harrison continued her good form, surfing her way through to round five whilst Zahli Kelly’s impressive run ended in repechage seven.
Arch Whiteman and Grayson Hinrichs have a big change to do some damage in the Boys Under 16 division with the pair awaiting round five matchups in the main draw. Seth Vanhaeften also has a great chance at fighting his way through to the final if he can progress through his repechage seven heat when competition resumes.
At this point in the event, the Team Medals are still fully up for grabs, with Team USA sitting a mere 53 potential points behind Japan. Team Hawaii and Australia are also within reach of the Gold currently in third and fourth place, respectively.
ISA President Fernando Aguerre said: "This is what we've been waiting for. We've arrived at the final weekend of competition. Dreams will be made, team camaraderie will be high, and World Champions will rise above the rest and into the global spotlight.
"Tomorrow we will award the first Gold Medals of the event with the ISA Aloha Cup Final. Best of luck to the four competing nations!"
To see the full schedule of activities, click here.
The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team:
Under 18 Male
Noah Stocca (QLD)
Cyrus Cox (WA)
Max McGuigan (NSW)
Under 16 Male
Grayson Hinrichs (NSW)
Seth Vanhaeften (WA)
Arch Whiteman (NSW)
Under 18 Female
Piper Harrison (QLD)
Sasha Baker (QLD)
Zahli Kelly (Wildcard) (NSW)
Under 16 Male
Molly Picklum (NSW)
Sage Goldsbury (VIC)
Emma Cattlin (WA)
The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team’s 2018 ISA World Junior Surfing Championship campaign has been bolstered by three outstanding staff appointments in co-coaches Mike McAuliffe and Kate Wilcomes who join manager Blair Semple.
The Surfing Australia High Performance Program’s purpose is to support our Australian athletes to become the world’s best surfers and people. The ISA Vissla World Junior Surfing Championships are a great opportunity for our talented athletes to learn, perform internationally, progress their skills, grow personally and consolidate new friendships and networks. The performance focused culture Surfing Australia aims to create within the Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team, is something that will stay with them throughout their entire careers.
The Woolworths Australian Junior Surfing Team is proudly supported by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Hydralyte Sports.
Surf Lakes International is excited to release vision from the initial phase of prototype testing of their “5 Wave” technology, which produces five different levels of waves simultaneously around a man-made lake.
Earlier this week, as the sun set behind the mountains near Yeppoon on QLDs Capricorn Coast, a gathering of staff and pro-surfers, including ambassadors Mark Occhilupo and Barton Lynch, witnessed the first perfect waves peeling across the reefs of the private demonstration facility.
The 5 Waves concept rates each wave according to its level of difficulty, similar to snow ski resort. Each wave difficulty level is colour coded and caters for beginners, through to advanced and pro level wave riding.
The 5 Waves concept allows for learners, experienced surfers and professionals, to surf perfect waves simultaneously.
For operators this means that whole families with ages from five to 75 can enjoy the facility together, rather than waiting for different sessions to run.
At full commercial capacity, 5 Waves can produce up to 2,400 waves per hour, allowing for up to 200 surfers and learners each hour. This productivity translates into the highest possible return for operators.
Also, the five different levels of waves allows for a wide variety of watercraft. The Intermediate wave is perfect for short boards, long boards, SUPs and surf skis. The Advanced and Expert waves suit short boards and knee boards.
5 Waves world firsts
Founded by Aaron Trevis, the Surf Lakes team has been working hard to complete the full sale demonstration facility for the past two years. PHD Engineer and Surf Lakes Director Chris Hawley, oversaw the design, build and commissioning of what is essentially Australia’s first man-made surfing wave pool. Funding for the project was raised from private investors by finance expert and fellow Director Reuben Buchanan.
“After years of dreaming, designing, testing and building, to see those first few waves roll across the reefs was quite a site!” said Trevis.
Surf Lakes plan to license their technology to operators such as theme parks, resorts and developers around the world. Surf Lakes will also design, manage construction and commissioning of each facility, as well as providing ongoing services.
Demand for our product is strong, with over 150 enquires from more than 25 countries around the world. Over the next six months, we will be holding demonstration days to potential licensees.
1999 World Surfing Champion and 5 Waves ambassador Mark Occhilupo, was ecstatic after riding his first wave on “OOccy'sPeakearlier this week, a wave that he helped design.
“I can’t believe it,” said “Occy” with an ear to ear grin. “This is amazing, I knew it would be good… but not this good! People all over the world are going to be blown away when they see 5 Waves!”
Fellow 1988 World Surfing Champ and Pipe Master, Barton Lynch was equally excited.
“I get so excited about waves, so to have a variety of perfect waves at the push of a button is just unbelievable," said Lynch. “And the fact that it’s Australian designed, backed and built, just makes me very proud.”
In a recent article by The Daily Telegraph, an important topic was raised about Stand Up Paddleboarders Downwinding with currents, riding as far out as cargo shipping lanes. It poses an interesting question about SUP paddlers and the necessity of personal GPS beacons when travelling out in open oceran. It costs taxpayers an incredible amount of money every time a call comes in about a paddler that may appear to be in trouble in the open ocean. Even if the paddler is not in trouble, it still octs in responsder time.
Here is some of the article from the DT.
"IT IS the deadly new craze driving lifesavers to frustration and costing taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in needless searches. And now there are calls for “downwinders” to have to log on with Marine Rescue NSW in the same way boats do before heading offshore. “Downwinding” has become the latest trend to sweep stand up paddleboard (SUP) enthusiasts and involves paddlers going out during howling southerlies and riding groundswells and wind chop vast distances between beaches. On the first weekend of the summer surf lifesaving season a massive search was sparked after a group of six paddlers set off from Macmasters Beach.
A report came through a paddleboarder was seen lying down on his board off Spoon Bay and in the confusion police were forced to activate the Surf Lifesaving Emergency Response system with two inflatable rescue boats, two jetskis and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, backed up by two duty officers. The PolAir helicopter was on standby.
About the same time two SUP riders were reportedly spoken to by lifesavers spotted as far out as the “shipping lane” coal transporters use heading to Newcastle. One of the pair, a woman, reportedly refused to head lifesavers’ calls to paddle in. The man lying on the board, meanwhile, turned out to be training for an ironman event and was just catching his breath. He gave the helicopter the thumbs up but was escorted back to Toowoon Bay by lifesavers on jetskis.
The man told the Express Advocate he had competed in the Maui 2 Molokai open ocean paddling events in Hawaii and had told lifesavers at Avoca Beach before heading out that he was intending to paddle to Toowoon Bay. He said he could see it being frustrating for lifesavers but it was also frustrating for paddlers when well-intentioned people falsely reported them as being in trouble.
According to Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) data there have been 38 major searches sparked by reports of SUP riders in distress in the past three summers including five on the Central Coast. Fifteen of those searches were triggered last summer alone, which a SLSNSW spokesman said was indicative the trend of “downwinding” was on the rise.
What does this mean for paddlers who want to participate in downwinding and training for long-distance events? It means p[recautions should be taken,. Ensuring you have safety items on board your craft is essential.
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This is great news for loyal GoFish followers, who will get the first crack at securing themselves, their mates and their families one of the highly sought after, capped, entries into the first inaugural GoFish Nagambie.
This 48-hour pre-sale window could just be the ‘golden ticket’ to locking in one of the further capped 1,000 boat entries into the tournament. The boat is most anglers preferred method of fishing these iconic Aussie natives, and with the guaranteed $500,000 on the line at the event, securing one of these entries, could just be the key.
$160 is the price for open (17 years +) competitors for their chance to compete in Australia’s biggest and highly anticipated freshwater fishing competition. Prices available for cadet (13 – 16 years of age) and kids (5 – 12 years of age).
A chance at your share of $500,000 is enough to entice avid and beginner anglers alike. The prize pool is set up so that fishos of all abilities can and will go home winners from the tournament.
However, as we all know, money isn’t everything and there are 500,000 other reasons to attend the event. Fishos will receive three days of action-packed fishing. Unlimited entry into the festival hub. By day, you’ll experience great regional food and drinks, live music, jam-packed shopping precinct and engaging education program. By night, the hub will transform into a great festival of good vibes, a place for fishos to kick back with family friends and enjoy the night-time entertainment program.
Need another reason? How about access to remote pre-event tournaments in the lead up to April’s big event with additional prizes up for grabs. Only registered participants will be granted access to such tournaments. The earlier you sign-up, the more pre-event remote tournaments you’ll get to fish.
So, when can you enter? Get out your dairies and jot this date down. General entries will go on sale at 9am on the 30th November 2018. What better way to bring in the new Cod Fishing season.
Remember, entries are capped and there are only 1,000 boat entries up for grabs. Get in quick to avoid disappointment. Details around the entry process will be communicated over the next coming few weeks.
When you consider what’s on the line, it’s a no brainer!
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Prospects of stand up paddle (SUP) board market continue to remain bullish, as surging interest in outdoor recreational activities, coupled with wider availability of SUP boards induce momentum, finds a new study. Stand up paddle board sales are also positively influenced by growing popularity of water sports, with a recent analytical study forecasting an 11.9% value CAGR through 2028.
The surge in SUP boarding's popularity has encouraged vendors in introducing new stand up paddle boards that impart better experiences. Development of multi-purpose or multi-functional SUP boards, which perform well in different environments, is a key focus area of prominent market vendors. Convergence of key factors such as rising number of stand up paddle rental centers with well-experienced and licensed instructors, and product availability via various networks, has been favoring well for the market's growth.
Inflatable SUP Boards Gaining Ground, as Manufacturer Focus Shifts to Material Development
Inflatable stand up paddle boards have become the most popular segment in the SUP industry, with thousands of paddle-boarders preferring inflatable SUPs over their fiberglass counterparts. According to the report, inflatable stand up paddle boards will continue to account for the lion's share of the market. However, penetration of inflatables varies from country to country. Recent studies state that in Europe alone, Germany depicts robust penetration of inflatable, whereas France, Portugal and the Scandinavian countries demonstrate high solid stand up paddle board sales.
Advanced manufacturing processes employed by leading brands have resulted in the development of relatively lighter inflatable SUP boards that exert comparatively higher level of paddling experience than solid SUP boards, and facilitate storage and transport. Materials have taken a leap ahead in terms of technological understanding, meanwhile aiding construction of stiffer, lighter, and more resilient inflatable stand up paddle boards that offer better & enhanced paddling experience.
A key area of inflate SUP board development has been the material itself, as manufacturers and vendors seek stronger materials with improved performance attributes. Incorporation of such materials help in maintaining the flexibility, and durable properties essential for inflatable SUP boards, thereby boosting their sales.
Stand Up Paddle Board Market: Preeminence of North America Prevails with Strong Consumer Affinity Toward Water Sporting Activities
North America continues to be the tip of the spear in terms of revenues from stand up paddle board sales. Most of the region's dominance can be attributed to the wider consumer base coupled with their robust affinity toward various water sporting activities, and stand up paddle boarding is no exception. Among various paddle sports, kayaking and SUP boarding are most popular among water sports enthusiasts in the region, particularly the youth population.
Initiatives taken by global water sports associations, such as International Surfing Association, for establishing SUP boarding championships, such as the National Standup Paddleboarding Championship in North America, have attracted more and more individuals toward participating in the sport. This has and will continue to augur well for sales of SUP boards worldwide.
The report estimates independent sports outlet to endure lucrative distribution channel for stand up paddle boards. These outlets offer wide variety of popular stand up paddle board brands, which has made them attractive destination for SUP boarding enthusiasts.
The fourth season of Million Dollar Fish has kicked off in the Northern Territory, with a game
changing five barramundi worth one million dollars, now loose in the waters of the Top End.
Anglers keen to reel in a barra during Australia’s richest fishing competition will also have extra
time to put their skills to the test. This year, the Million Dollar Fish competition has been extended
until 31 March 2019* to include the all-important run-off after the wet season.
Home to the world’s largest population of barramundi, this season of Million Dollar Fish sees
more fish than ever on the run in NT waterways, including 100 barramundi with $10,000 prize
tags alongside the five barra tagged with the million-dollar jackpot.
A new charity category has also been introduced with 20 fish worth $5,000 to be split equally
between the angler and one of three Territory-based charities, so the odds have never been
better to win.
Tourism NT’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Hopper, said the Million Dollar Fish
competition was helping to secure the Territory’s place among the world’s most renowned fishing
“The Million Dollar Fish competition has helped boost the NT’s reputation as one of the best
places in the world to fish and season four has been extended with more chances to catch a
prize-winning barra,” Mr Hopper said.
According to Cricket great and Million Dollar Fish Ambassador, Matthew Hayden, Million Dollar
Fish is the best fishing tournament in the world, in the world’s best fishing location.
“It’s the people’s fishing competition,” he said. “Chasing a barramundi in the NT is no easy feat,
but the reality of it is it’s not like a marlin where you need a great big boat or game reels.”
“The Territory’s peak barra fishing season is always spectacular and I think everyone should
experience the thrill and adventure of hooking an iconic NT barra.”
Mr Hayden said that once the first Million Dollar Fish was caught, the remaining four would revert
back to $10,000 bounties.
“And, if the Million Dollar fish hasn’t been caught by the end of March, the season will be extended
until 30 September 2019 for the major prize only,” he said. “All 125 tagged barramundi have been
released in Top End waters around Kakadu, the Tiwi Islands, Katherine, Darwin and Arnhem
Land and it’s anyone’s guess where the first one will pop up.”
The competition is free to enter and participants must pre-register online at
www.milliondollarfish.com.au to be eligible for cash and sponsor prizes.
*For full competition details, please visit www.milliondollarfish.com.au.
Australians across the country are being encouraged to prep the fishing gear for the 2018 PIRTEK Fishing Challenge, a national fishing competition taking place this Sunday 18th March.
If you’re travelling to the Mudgee, Yass or New England regions Reflections Holiday Parks Cudgegong River, Burrinjuck Waters, Lake Keepit and Copeton Waters will all be hosting the competition on the day.
The Challenge is a major fundraising initiative for Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) to help raise vital funds for prostate cancer research, awareness initiatives and support programs. The PIRTEK Fishing Challenge is simultaneously a major fundraising partner for the Peter Duncan Neurosciences Research Unit based at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney.
Cudgegong River Managers Mal and Leoni Walsh said they were looking forward to hosting what promises to be both a great day of fishing and fundraising at the park.
“The PCFA does amazing work in furthering research into Prostate Cancer and we are excited to be able to provide support for them in such a fun way,” Mal said.
“We hope to see lots of keen fisherman enjoy a day out on the water with a lunch time BBQ also planned to make sure they get their own form of ‘bait’.
“And with $210,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs why wouldn’t you want to take part? I know that we’ll be throwing in the rod and line in between manning the BBQ and we look forward to seeing some record catches on the day.”
Reflections Holiday Parks CEO Steve Edmonds called the challenge a great initiative for both the fishing community and medical research and was proud to see that the two parks will take part.
“The PIRTEK Fishing Challenge is an amazing event which will have a significant positive effect on both regions as well as to major advancements in the treatment of Prostate Cancer,” Mr Edmonds said.
“As with all our parks in Country NSW, fishing is a major drawcard at our Cudgegong River and Copeton Waters and it’s great to see that our guests cannot only enjoy their favourite past time but also support two major charities.”
Challenge Director Michael Guest said the competition is designed to allow people of all ages and experiences to get involved and enjoy a day outdoors.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced angler or picking up a rod for the first time. The PIRTEK fishing challenge is all about getting together with your friends and family, having fun and supporting our charity partners,” said Michael.
“Prostate cancer continues to affect thousands of families each year and sadly almost every Australian knows someone who is affected by the disease. The PIRTEK team and I will continue to do all we can to give PCFA and The Peter Duncan Neurosciences Unit the support they need.”
Registrations for the PIRTEK Fishing Challenge are now open – head to www.pirtekfishingchallenge.com.au.
Fishing is one of the most common and ancient of human practices — and it has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 40,000 years into a massive industrialized business.
Now, thanks to satellite feeds, machine learning and ship-tracking technology, we know just how massive it is.
Outlined in a study published in Science, researchers found that more than 55 percent of the world’s oceans are covered by industrial fishing vessels, that the Earth’s fleet of fishing ships trek more than 285 million miles (460 million kilometers) a year and that five countries — China, Spain, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea — account for 85 percent of the world’s fishing on the high seas.
The data the scientists gathered are available for anyone to use and view through an interactive map and website hosted by Global Fishing Watch.
“By making this data public, we are providing governments, management bodies and researchers with the information needed to make transparent and well-informed decisions to better regulate fishing activities and reach conservation and sustainability goals,” co-author Juan Mayorga, a project scientist in the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) and National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project, said in a statement issued by the university.
Figuring out just how large the industrialized fishing business has never been easy. Researchers have had to rely on ships’ logs and observations to track them, and such methods have led to spotty results. Monitoring information of the ships’ movements were rarely provided, so researchers had to look elsewhere to collect their data. And that elsewhere was outer space.
From 2012 to 2016, researchers tracked the 22 billion blips of ships’ automatic identification systems (AIS). The AIS sends a signal to a satellite every few seconds as a way to avoid collisions. The information in those signals included the ship’s position, speed and turning angle. With this information, researchers were able to track the movement of industrial vessels measuring from six to 146 meters that are required to have AIS monitoring on them.
The upside of the AIS signals? They’re available to everyone.
“Those AIS messages that are broadcasted are publicly available via satellite,” Mayorga explained to National Geographic. “We then combed through [the signals]with sophisticated computing capabilities provided by Google and machine learning algorithms.”
Based purely on the movement of the ships, the researchers were able to identify more than 70,000 individual vessels, their sizes, engine power, what type of fish they caught, how they caught it and where they fished, and all with a great deal of accuracy. Indeed, when the researchers compared the AIS data with log books, they matched.
So apart from the sheer scope of fishing activities happening in oceans around the world, the researchers picked up on a few fishing trends as well.
For instance, things like holidays and fuel costs played a larger role than environmental conditions when it came to determining when to fish. Chinese vessels, which accounted for 17 million of the 40 million hours tracked in 2016, saw massive dips in activity around the Chinese New Year. The dip is about on par with activity observed during government-mandated seasonal bans.
Christmas and New Year holidays similarly impacted fishing schedules around the world.
Most countries stick to their own exclusive economic zones when it came to fishing, but those previously mentioned five countries went out to bigger waters to fish. The high seas are less closely monitored than the economic zones and are also areas where vessels are more likely to catch tuna and sharks. The data backed this up as ships fishing in the high seas were more likely to use long-line fishing, a method that generally catches more tuna and sharks.
The majority of vessels followed laws regarding no-fishing zones and the like, but they tended to hover near the protected areas, skirting the edges of the law.
Fuel prices didn’t factor into fishing routines, however. Researchers told National Geographic that fishing subsidies are likely making up the difference, which in turn is contributing to overfishing.
Given the study’s impressive view of the fishing industry, researcher believe their findings will only aid governments and conservation agencies in developing better legislation and ocean protections.
With the information publicly available, Global Fishing Watch contends that low-cost marine reserves can be easily implemented that in turn will allow fish populations to thrive again. Additionally, since we now know which regions are prone the most fishing, groups and governments can focus on providing those areas more protection.
“This [global dataset]makes any decision making or negotiating transparent,” Mayorga told National Geographic.
Global Fishing Watch, UCSB and National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Project collaborated with Google, SkyTruth, Dalhousie University and Stanford University on the project.
Hobie, the worldwide leader of personal watersport products, announced today that the invitations to the invited and qualified anglers have gone out.
The lakeside community of Åmål, Sweden, will play host to the 7th Hobie Fishing Worlds presented by Rhino Rack, this May. Hobie Fishing Worlds is the premier global kayak fishing competition, with expert anglers from over 20 countries vying for the grand prize.
Åmål is a picturesque town on the shores of Lake Vänern, Western Europe’s largest lake with over 22,000 scenic islands, islets and reefs. It’s an amazing place to showcase the abilities of our Mirage Pro Angler 14’ kayaks, and the skills of the talented anglers that will pilot them.
Over 45 kayak anglers have been selected to compete at Hobie Fishing Worlds 7 by winning an official qualifying event or series in the preceding months. The Worlds features a multi-day tournament structure, with a catch-photograph-release competition. In Åmål, kayak anglers will be vying to catch the greatest three-day aggregate of European perch and the predatorial Pike, submitting up to three of each species per day.
Since its inception in 2011, anglers from all over the world with similar interests not only compete but share expertise, knowledge, and skills. In the end, there is one World Champion, but everyone goes home with new friends, new skills, and having had an unforgettable cultural experience.
Professional angler Steve Lessard, from Louisiana, won automatic entry and a free trip to the Hobie Fishing Worlds in Sweden with his win at the Hobie Fishing Worlds in 2016. Brendan Bayard, who won last year’s Rhino Rack Angler’s Choice Award, also won a wild card entry and a free trip to Sweden. Ma Xiaohong from China, winner of the 2015 Hobie Fishing Worlds, and 2014 Champion, Richard Somerton, have also received wildcard entry as past champions.
Hobie Fishing Worlds presented by Rhino Rack is sponsored by Gerber, Lowrance, Power-Pole, Aftco, Daiwa, Yakattack, Lurefan, Hobie Polarized, OMEALS, and Mustad.
For more information about the competition, visit www.hobiefishingworlds.com
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson is preparing for a second time to be the first person to kayak solo between Australia and New Zealand.
Kiwi kayaker Scott Donaldson is preparing for a second time to be the first person to kayak solo between Australia and New Zealand.
Donaldson's previous attempt in 2014 ended after 84 days with Mt Taranaki in sight.
Because he had already required an emergency food drop, safety concerns forced a rescue.
"I was caught in a once-in-40-year storm and getting blown back to Australia..all my safety gear was pretty much wrecked and hammered."
With a new, lighter kayak 48-year-old Donaldson wants to attempt it again.
"It's more respect than fear...if you are going out there with fear you need to go back and do a bit more training until you can turn it into respect," he says.
Donaldson would love to finish the business and he explains it as, "just one of those things you have got to knock off."
REGISTRATIONS are now open for the inaugural Reel Wivenhoe Classic, a non-professional fishing competition on Wivenhoe Dam.
Somerset Regional Council has contracted Fishing Freshwater to manage the event which will be held on the 18-19 August at Captain Logan Campgrounds.
The competition caters for people of all ages and will be run on a catch, photograph and release basis.
Reel Wivenhoe Classic 2018
This event is run by Fishing Freshwater on behalf of Somerset Regional Council.
The competition caters for people of all ages and will be run on a catch, photograph and release basis.
Lake Wivenhoe is the big Bass Lake of Australia holding the world record for the heaviest Australian Bass. The Reel Wivenhoe Classic 2018 will offer anglers the chance to get amongst the fish at Lake Wivenhoe while enjoying family friendly camping and a festival environment.
Come along for a great weekend of family fun with free jumping castles, giant slide,
rock climbing, fireworks (Saturday night), kayak demonstrations/testing and live music. Food and raffles will be available for purchase.
Camping at Captain Logan Campgrounds is available from $10 per person/night.
UP TO $20,000 IN PRIZES TO BE WON*
Prizes include boat/motor/trailer package, sounders, kayaks, fishing rods and reels, fishing tackle, camping equipment and a fishing charter. Remember, you have to be in it to win it!
*Terms and conditions apply
REGISTER TODAY! (OPEN REGISTRATIONS FROM SATURDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2018)
Phone 0419 031 182 for more information.
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$5 dollars from every entry will be donated to Somerset and Wivenhoe Fish Stocking Association.
Lake Wivenhoe is the big Bass Lake of Australia holding the world record for the heaviest Australian Bass.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the Reel Wivenhoe Classic would offer anglers the chance to get among the fish at Lake Wivenhoe while enjoying family friendly camping and a festival environment.
"Come along for a great weekend of family fun with free jumping castles, giant slide, rock climbing, fireworks on the Saturday night, kayak demonstrations/testing and live music," Cr Lehmann said.
"We're encouraging Somerset residents to join in the festivities and entrants are being encouraged to bring their extended families along and enjoy a great long-weekend in Somerset.
"We are very excited to be hosting a fishing tournament on Wivenhoe Dam and showcase this fantastic spot to tourists.
"There is a lot of interest in this event when and with approximately $20,000 of prizes up for grabs we're confident of a huge turnout."
Entry fees for the competition are $50 for an adult (over 16), $25 for a child (under 16) and family or team registrations (up to three adults and unlimited children) is $100.
Register for the competition online at: fishingfreshwater.com.au
More infor : https://www.fishingfreshwater.com.au/the-reel-wivenhoe-classic
For more information on the event follow Reel Wivenhoe Classic on Facebook or phone event organisers, Fishing Freshwater on 0419031182.
This event is proudly funded by Somerset Regional Council with in-kind support from Seqwater.
The NSW Department of Primary Industries has announced it is investigating the apparent slaughter of more than a dozen sharks at Fingal Head on the state's far north coast which has been described by anglers as "senseless".
Photographs of more than a dozen dead sharks left on a breakwall caused a stir on social media at the weekend. The DPI said they were probably sliteye sharks which are subject to a five-fish bag limit.
A spokesman for the New South Wales Recreational Fishing Alliance and angling advocate Malcolm Poole said it was a worrying situation.
"As to why they're there, I'm perplexed as to why," he said.
"It is a senseless killing.
"(It was) highly unlikely to be a commercial fishing activity or anything to do with spear fishing.
"So once again, it is a concern."
A Banora Point woman, who snapped the photographs, said she did not realise the images would cause such a stir.
Laelia Gardner said she made the grisly discovery while walking on the breakwall with her father on Friday morning.
Ms Gardner said she was shocked to see the dead fish left to rot in the sun.
"I was just getting the word out there that it is wrong to do this," she said.
"Hopefully whoever did this will see that it is wrong and maybe educate themselves a little bit more to learn about how sharks are important to the ecosystem of the ocean."
The mystery of an empty kayak found drifting in the waters of Western Port Bay has been solved – and, yes, there was a shark involved.
A passing boat spotted the unmanned kayak drifting off Cliff's Beach early Sunday morning, sparking a search involving the Water Police, the police Air Wing helicopter, Coastguard and Volunteer Marine Rescue members.
On Sunday afternoon police located the man.
He was safe in his Cranbourne home.
Officers learned that the 34-year-old man was fishing in his kayak off Balnarring on Saturday. That's when the shark got involved.
He hooked one and, in the battle between man and shark, the fish was victorious. The man was thrown from his kayak during the struggle and into the water.
Luckily the man was able to signal to friends, fishing in a boat nearby.
After they rescued him, he managed to get the kayak to shore and continued fishing with his mates.
But when he returned several hours later to collect his kayak, it had gone, floating back out into the bay.
The man didn’t notify authorities of his missing kayak.
His fishing gear remained intact and Water Police expected to return his vessel to him on Sunday.
DRAFT 2018 CALENDAR DATES FOR HOBIE KAYAK BREAM SERIES 10
The Hobie Fishing Team has released the draft tournament calendar for the 2018 Hobie Kayak Bream Series, and the 10-year anniversary of the premier national series has some exceptional innovations included.
In 2018 the tournament tour will venture to new and exciting venues as well as revisiting some of Australia’s favourite tournament waterways.
Anglers competing in Bream Series 10 will no longer be required to have an ABT membership. Instead, an angler after entering online for their first event of the year will be issued with a Hobie Club membership number, and a specially designed Hobie Club card will be posted to the address included in the angler’s entry. The Hobie Club membership will be free of charge to all competing anglers.
The series is again supported by Daiwa, Atomic, Lowrance, Rhino-Rack, Strike Pro, TT Lures, JML Anglers Alliance, Power-Pole, Mortgage Corp and Pro Lure. Two fantastic new sponsors, Lurefans from China, who have supported the Hobie Fishing World Championship over the past two years and Australia’s sensational lure company Cranka.
The Divisions introduced in 2016 will continue in our 10-year anniversary series. We hope to see a lot more, young anglers, women and keen older fishos join this welcoming, friendly and exciting national series. Don’t forget that if you are a first-time competitor you still enter online, come along and get your first taste of tournament fishing and pay no entry fee. However, if you choose the no payment option you will not be eligible for the large cash payouts on offer. If, on the other hand, you choose to pay the entry fee you will be eligible for any cash prize and sponsor prize packs offered in the Open Division.
To assist eager anglers from across the country to start competing early in the season, rather than having to wait for the Hobie circuit to work its way closer to your favourite or accessible locations, the calendar structure has changed. In previous years, the events calendar would focus on one region e.g. East Gippsland, where we’d do three events and then move to another region. This year back to back tournaments in a particular region will not happen. After a tournament is completed, the next Series 10 event will be held at a more distant location, with the possibility of returning to a region later in the calendar.
All that bi-catch in a tournament can get pretty, frustrating, especially when bream are the only species that count at the end of the day. Well, what about this little bonus? On Saturday’s we will be introducing a “comp within a comp”. A flathead or mixed-bag comp will be added within Bream Series 10 tournaments. These species will be scored separately from the bream leaderboard and will have dedicated prizes awarded. More on this will come later.
The Hobie Kayak Bream Series 10 Australian Championship is also undergoing a major time change. The big news is that the championship will now be held in February of the following year, and will be the opening event of each season. The location for the 2018-19 Australian Championship will be announced later in the season.
But Wait! There’s more! This is going to raise a few eyebrows. 2018 will see the introduction of two totally awesome stand-alone tournaments. The Hobie Kayak Fishing Snapper Social Open and the Hobie Kayak Fishing Yellow Belly Social Open. Whoa! Can’t wait to get your hooks into those two? Hold onto to your rods, we’ll get you more details on these events soon.
It is going to be another sensational year on the Hobie kayak fishing tournament scene with enough rounds and heaps of variety to keep everyone happy. Spread the events calendar around and let’s get new anglers involved. They’ll bring with them more competition, more challenges, greater prizemoney and fantastic social opportunities, making Australia’s ultimate kayak fishing series even better.
For full details check out our 10th Anniversary Calendar below or head to hobiefishing.com.au
2018 CALENDAR DATES FOR HOBIE KAYAK BREAM SERIES 10
Round MonthDates Location/State
Round 1 February10 - 11 Bemm River, VIC
Round 2 March10 - 11 Foster / Wallis Lake, NSW
Round 3 April7 - 8 Sydney, NSW
Round 4 May5 - 6 Metung, VIC
Round 5 June2 - 3 Gold Coast, QLD
Round 6 September15 - 16 Central Coast, NSW
Round 7 October13 - 14 Hopkins, VIC
Round 8 November3 - 4 Lake Macquarie, NSW
Round 9 November24 - 25 Mallacoota, VIC
Round 10 TBA
Round 11 TBA
Australian Championship - February 2019 Date and Venue to To Be Advised
Subject to change due to weather and permit requirements. While Hobie takes every care to confirm dates we reserve the right alter the calendar and will not be held responsible for changes outside of our control.