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.
BY BEN STAGG - c/- https://australiansuptitles.com