Sport Australia announces and congratulates the following finalists for the prestigious Sport Australia Media Awards, with winners to be announced at a gala ceremony in Melbourne early next year.
The Sport Australia Media Awards (#SportAUSMediaAwards) have been running since 2002 and are Australia’s only awards dedicated to recognising excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting, production and photography.
Finalists will be invited to a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 7 February, 2019. The ceremony will also honour a new recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for sports journalism, last awarded to Debbie Spillane.
Best reporting of an issue in sport
• Neil Breen, ‘One night in New York’, Nine News
• Leo Schlink, ‘The big fix’, The Herald Sun
• Nick Tabakoff, ‘The price of sporting glory’, The Australian
• Chris Barrett, ‘Sandpaper, lies and videotape’, The Sydney Morning Herald
Best individual sport coverage – broadcast
• Alister Nicholson, ABC
• Kelli Underwood, Fox Sports and ABC
• Bruce McAvaney, Seven Network
• Gerard Whateley, SEN Radio and Fox Footy
• Lucy Zelic, SBS
Best individual sport coverage – print
• Michael Gleeson, The Age
• Will Swanton, The Australian
• Andrew Webster, The Sydney Morning Herald
• Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend, Fairfax Media
Best individual sport coverage – digital
• Mary Konstantopoulos, Ladies Who League
• Michael Chammas, NRL.com
• Jacob Kuriype, Fox Sports
• Mark Howard, ‘The Howie Games’, Podcast One Australia
Best coverage of a sporting event
• The Sunday Age, ‘AFL Grand Final 2018’
• Seven Network, ‘Commonwealth Games 2018’
• Podcast One Australia, Triple M, ‘The Moment, The Fight’
• Seven Network, ‘Winter Olympics 2018’
• SBS, ‘2018 FIFA World Cup’
Best sports photography
• Scott Barbour, ‘Lightning Strikes’, Getty Images
• Quinn Rooney, ‘Ski Cross’, Getty Images
• Ryan Pierse, ‘Cop it on the chin’, Getty Images
• Michael Dodge, ‘Stop the Pigeon’, Getty Images
Best sport profile – print
• Adam Burnett, ‘Chris Lynn’s summer of living dangerously’, cricket.com.au
• Brendan Bradford, ‘The Luke Jackson story’, Perform Group/Sporting News Australia
• Will Swanton, ‘Is this bloke a thug?’, The Australian
• Michael Chammas, ‘James Roberts’ amazing transformation’, NRL.com
• Konrad Marshall, ‘Second serve: The stunning rise of Ash Barty’, Fairfax Media
Best depiction of inclusive sport
• ‘The Outer Sanctum' Podcast, ABC Radio
• Lauren Day, ‘Inner Demons – sacrificing it all for the AFLW’, ABC 7.30
• Jennifer Browning, ‘Bush Footy’, ABC News
• Matt Weiss, Tim Sheridan, Paul O’Doherty, ‘Game of Life’, Fox Sports
Best coverage of sport for people with disability
• Adam Burnett, ‘Cricket, chaos and a beautiful mind’, cricket.com.au
• Denise Reardon, ‘Soldier On’, The Golf Show, Fox Sports
• Lauren Day, ‘Dylan Alcott out to make disability sexy’, ABC 7.30
• Matthew Carmichael, Seven Network
Best regional, rural and suburban sport coverage
• Mackenzie Colahan, ‘Decline of Rugby League in Outback Queensland’, Central and North Burnett Times
• James Gardiner, ‘Offside: How a football fantasy turned to nightmare’, Newcastle Herald
• Callum Dick, ‘Ipswich Jets’, The Queensland Times
• ABC Heywire (Darliah Killer, Kudamba Abaas, Jarrod Darlow, Emma Murray), ‘What regional sport means to young people’, ABC Radio, TV and Online
Best contribution to sport via digital media
• Surfing Australia, ‘mySURF.tv’
• Patrick Galloway, ABC News, ‘Dani Stevens – The Science behind the perfect discus throw’
• thewomensgame.com, ‘The Women’s Game’
• PlayersVoice, ‘PlayersVoice is Changing The Game’
• Fox Sports, ‘The Magic of the Cup: The FFA Cup’
Best sport profile – broadcast
• Ben Waterworth, Denise Reardon, Dave Haworth, ‘Lauren Jackson – In her Element’, Fox Sports
• Bob Murphy, ‘Nat Fyfe’, Fox Footy 1029
• Andy Maher, ‘Jarrod Lyle’, SEN Afternoons
• Nick Piper, ‘The Season 1 – Nudgee College’, Onion TV
Best analysis of sport business
• Jeff Centenera, ‘Cohesion analytics and the next wave in sports stats’, Inside Sport
• John Stensholt, Max Mason, ‘Cricket broadcast rights’, The Australian Financial Review
• Ashley Browne, ‘AFL Movers and Shapers’, AFL Record and AFL.com.au
• Jack Kerr, ‘Investigations and Analysis’, Freelance
Mother of Pearl at Cygnet Bay. Australia is the only country in the world that uses wild oyster stocks. To ensure its sustainability, the pearling industry operates on a government-regulated quota system that sets a maximum number of wild stock pearl oysters that can be caught each year. Credit: Neena Bhandari/IPS
Australia’s remote north-western Kimberley coast, where the Great Sandy Desert meets the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to the giant Pinctada maxima or silver-lipped pearl oyster shells that produce the finest and highly-prized Australian South Sea Pearls.
Australia is the only country in the world that uses wild oyster stocks. To ensure its sustainability, the pearling industry operates on a government-regulated quota system that sets a maximum number of wild stock pearl oysters that can be caught each year from the Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome in the state of Western Australia. These wild pearl oyster beds represent the last wild commercial fishery for Pinctada maxima oysters in the world.
There are currently 15 wild stock pearl oyster licence holders, but the majority of licences are owned by Paspaley subsidiaries. As Paspaley Group of Companies’ Executive Director, Peter Bracher tells IPS, “Our wild pearl oyster quota is hand-collected by our divers. This is an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of commercial fishing that causes no damage to the seabed and produces no wasteful by-catch. Elsewhere in the natural habitat of Pinctada maxima, which includes much of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the wild oyster populations have been depleted by overfishing.”
In recent years, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) has been set between 600,000 and 700,000 pearl oysters. The 2016 TAC was 612,510 pearl oysters and the total quota that could be seeded was approximately 907,670 (557,670 wild stock and 350,000 hatchery-produced), according to the Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s 2016-17 Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Australian pearling companies have been conscious of the need to protect the oysters’ habitat as there is a strong co-relation between Kimberley’s pristine environment and the production of high-quality pearls.
“The nutrient-rich Kimberley waters, in which our pearls are farmed, are our most valuable asset and monitoring their condition forms an integral part of our operations and management. We have opened our infrastructure and expertise to the academic world and established the Kimberley Marine Research Station to encourage independent marine research and to help bridge the indigenous cultural knowledge with scientific knowledge, which we believe will help in our attempt to ensure our production practices are sustainable,” says James Brown, the third-generation owner and managing director of Cygnet Bay Pearls, the first all-Australian owned and operated cultured pearling company.
Being an extractive and extensive form of farming, pearl oyster aquaculture is one of the most environmentally sustainable industries. Oysters are voracious filter feeders drawing their nutrition from micro-organisms like algae from the water column and in so doing effectively clean the water.
Professor Dean Jerry, Deputy Director at James Cook University’s (JCU) Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture tells IPS, “Pearl farms also act as fish attraction devices (FAD). The oyster lines, buoys and panel nets hung in the ocean provide habitat and structure for larger and small fish. Often this is the only form of structure in the ocean where farms are providing habitat for marine life to live.”
But Pinctada maxima oysters are very sensitive to pollution and environmental changes. “Global warming and increased carbon dioxide levels in the ocean will make it harder for the pearl oysters to quickly and efficiently lay down calcium carbonate for the mother of pearl that makes the nacre for the pearl. This means that oysters will have to spend more energy for growth, leaving less for immune functioning thereby increasing their exposure risks of disease as rises in water temperatures speed up microbial and parasitic lifecycles,” Jerry adds.
Since 2006, Australian companies have battled Oyster Oedema disease and Juvenile Oyster Mortality Syndrome, which impacts oysters before they are seeded with a pearl and may result in 90-95 percent mortality. Scientists haven’t yet been able to find a causative agent for the two diseases, which have almost halved the worth of the industry.
To make the industry more sustainable, Jerry says, “We need to adopt technology to make oyster breeding programs more productive and disease tolerant. Pearl oysters will really benefit from selective breeding, which will help them grow faster and therefore get to a point where they can be seeded at a younger age and ultimately produce the pearl quicker.”
It takes two years for an oyster to grow where it can be seeded and another two years for when the pearl is harvested. During these four years, the oysters have to be regularly cleaned. “It can cost up to AUD1 an oyster each time, which is a huge financial cost to businesses. If we can get to a stage of harvesting the pearl from a younger oyster, say three years, it will not only increase financial sustainability, but also environmentally sustainability,” Jerry adds.
Hatchery-bred pearl oysters are now a major part of pearl production. Three oysters are required to create one pearl. A nucleus is inserted from one oyster into another healthy oyster with a small piece of mantle tissue selected from a donor oyster. With time, the mantle tissue that produces nacre (the secretion known as mother-of-pearl) grows completely around the nucleus, forming a pearl sac in which the pearl grows.
An oyster can be reseeded up to three times, and, when it reaches the end of its reproductive life, it is harvested for the mother of pearl shell used in jewellery and inlay for furniture, and pearl meat.
Last year, the Australian South Sea pearling industry of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, have been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Chief Executive of Pearl Producers Association, Aaron Irving tells IPS, “The MSC Standard is an independent, internationally accredited science-based standard, against which the environmental sustainability management of a wild marine resource fishery is rigorously assessed. MSC ecolabel assists discerning customers in making an ethical choice.”
Australia is the world’s first pearl fishery to be certified against the MSC’s standard for sustainable fishing. MSC Oceania Program Director Anne Gabriel says, “It’s an exciting development and opens the door to engage a whole new world of consumers on the important issue of fisheries sustainability. We are looking forward to seeing the MSC ecolabel on wild pearls in the jewellery and fashion markets of the world, as well as on mother of pearl and pearl meat products. By buying sustainable pearl products, consumers can also play their part in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems and securing the future of our fish stocks.”
Paspaley, Australia’s leading pearling company, exports over 95 percent of its production to wholesalers and jewellery manufacturers around the world. Bracher tells IPS, “We sell to many of the world’s leading brands for which ethical supply chains are a high priority. Although we cannot communicate directly with their end-customers, our environmental credentials are an important differentiator as a supplier.”
Cygnet Bay Pearls uses tourism as a way of educating consumers about the making of the Australian South Sea Pearl and the environment it thrives on. Brown tells IPS, “Our new business model welcomes general public to the farm. Our Giant Tides tour shows visitors the unique Kimberley marine environment, which is now regarded as having the largest tropical tides by volume of water and also the fastest tidal currents in the world. This is what powers our pearl farm and allows Australians to grow the finest pearls in the world.”
Terry Hunter, a fourth generation Bardi man, is a cultural tour guide on the Cygnet Bay Pearl farm. He tells IPS, “Cygnet Bay has been my playground. My father and grandfather worked here. The Browns have always recognised, acknowledged and respected Indigenous knowledge. When I hold a mother of pearl oyster shell, I feel alive – connected through ceremony and ancestors.”
Traditionally, the indigenous Aboriginal Bardi and Jawi tribes collected the mother of pearl to make a riji, which boys wear as a pubic covering at the time of initiation or formal admission to adulthood. The engravings on the shell symbolise their connection to earth and water. Now, the riji is worn for ceremonial purposes.
Bart Pigram, an indigenous Yawuru man, worked as a pearl shell cleaner and now owns and operates Narlijia Cultural Tours and shares the unique pearling history of Broome with visitors. He tells IPS, “The environment’s health is integral to not only sustaining the pearling industry, but also the local indigenous communities.”
The pearling industry employs about 800 people. The value of the pearl aquaculture sector was about AUD78.4 million for the 2015-16 financial year, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2016 report.
The Gold Coast will host lifesaving’s most prestigious event for the first time in 35 years – this week securing the rights to the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event would bring more than 5000 competitors from 50 countries to the Gold Coast over 17 days of competition.
“Last held here in 1988, we’ve brought the sport’s most prestigious event back to Queensland,” Minister Jones said.
“The lifesaving movement is part of the very fabric of the Gold Coast community, from Nippers right through to the elite ironmen and women, so it’s great to be able to secure this event for a city where it means so much.
“Tourism and Events Queensland, together with City of Gold Coast and Surf Lifesaving Queensland, have delivered another high-profile international event that will showcase this region to the world.”
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the competition would be held at Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre over 17 days of action in late August and early September 2024.
“We know this event will deliver for the Gold Coast economy. With more than 12,000 spectators we expect the world champs to generate more than $15 million for the city,” she said.
“When it comes to major events, we’ve got the runs on the board. In the last three years we’ve more than doubled the value of Queensland’s major events calendar – this year worth $780 million.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland President Mark Fife OAM said it was incredibly exciting to see the Championships returning to the Gold Coast.
“Queensland is home to some of the world’s top beaches, many of them on the Gold Coast, and I can’t think of a better location to showcase our sport to the world,” he said.
“Some of lifesaving’s biggest names came up through the sport right here on the Gold Coast, and these championships will provide a new generation of athletes with the opportunity to make their own mark on the global stage.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said there was no better city to host the Championships.
“It is so fitting that we have been successful in our bid to host the World Championships. Our reputation as a world events city continues to shine,” Mayor Tate said.
“Our city lives and breathes surf lifesaving, with multiple current and former champions living here.
“We also have the facilities, technical support, accommodation and climate to welcome the 5000-plus entrants. This announcement is an historic day for the organisation and the Goldie, I can’t wait.’’
International Life Saving Federation President Graham Ford AM said the Gold Coast was the ideal host.
“There were a number of factors considered when making the decision; firstly Queensland’s success after the Commonwealth Games, the fact they can deliver large events on the Gold Coast, the Australian Championships is run there regularly, and the fact there’s infrastructure in place and a world-class swimming facility at Southport,” he said.
“I think the fact it hasn’t been held in Queensland since 1988 means it will attract a lot of international competitors, and we know that international competitors don’t just come for the event, they often stay on afterwards.
“Queensland has so many amazing tourist spots to go to, and I think you’ll find the majority of athletes will be staying and spending time in Queensland.”
Lifesaving World Championships – Fast Facts:
•The Lifesaving World Championships were last held in Queensland in 1988, hosted by the Gold Coast.
•The Championships are expected to attract more than 5,000 competitors from approximately 50 countries.
•In addition, roughly 450 technical officials and 300 volunteers will be involved.
• More than 12,000 spectators and supporters are also anticipated to converge on the Gold Coast across the duration of the event.
• The economic impact is estimated to exceed $15 million.
•Competition will be split between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
•World Championship events include pool rescue, surf boats, inflatable rescue boats, surf ski, board, surf swims, team events, beach sprints and flags, and the ironman/woman.
•Age groups include Masters (30+ years), Open (19+ years) and Youth (15-18 years).
Victoria’s Phillip Island will host the Australian SUP Titles in 2019. With an abundance of suitable options for flat water racing and Surf SUP categories, the Island’s geography also caters well for the region’s wind conditions.
Victoria’s Minister for Sport, John Eren said “ The Victorian Government is proud to bring this event to Victoria for the first time. The Australian SUP Titles will attract the best stand up paddleboarder's in Australia to compete in regional Victoria.”
Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring the Australian SUP Titles to Victoria. The Bass Coast Shire and Phillip Island have some great paddling waters and some incredible waves. We are looking forward to seeing the best SUP athletes in the country battle it out down here.”
More than 200 competitors are expected to line up this week to represent their home state across the disciplines of SUP Surfing, SUP & Prone Marathon Racing (20km), SUP & Prone Technical Racing (between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf) as well as Community Marathon Racing and Flat-Water Sprint Racing.
The event will see 23 Australian Champions crowned as well as allocations made for the Australian team who will compete at the International Surf Association’s 2018 ISA World SUP & Paddle Championships.
Surfing Australia General Manager Partnerships, Digital and Events said: “ Phillip Island will be a fantastic location for all disciplines at the 2019 Australian SUP Titles, an event that shapes the national team who go on to the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships which Australia has dominated in recent years.”
The Australian SUP Titles are supported by The Victorian Government, Bass Coast Shire Council, Surfing Australia, Surfing Victoria and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
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Take the voyage of a lifetime and join the crew on James Cook’s HMB Endeavour replica
2019 Voyaging Program announced – apply now
Become an active part of the working crew – climbing, setting sails and taking the helm – or relax in your own private cabin
Adventure seekers, history buffs and sailing enthusiasts will have the chance to take the voyage of a lifetime as part of the crew on the magnificent replica of James Cook’s 18th century vessel HMB Endeavour.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has announced Endeavour’s 2019 voyage program and is now calling for applications to sail.
The exciting program features a Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania voyage in late January to attend the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, a Hobart to Sydney voyage in February and then a voyage to the tropical paradise of New Caledonia in April.
On 28 January 2019 Endeavour will depart from Sydney for Hobart, to take part in the "Parade of Sail" at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
The Festival is a four-day celebration of maritime culture and the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing together over 500 boats in Hobart's iconic historic waterfront precinct. As part of the voyage there is also a visit to the historically significant convict site of Port Arthur.
Endeavour will then depart from Hobart to Sydney on its next voyage from 13 to 24 February.
And in April Endeavour will undertake its first international voyage since the museum took ownership of the vessel in 2005. Voyagers can immerse themselves in French and Melanesian history and culture when Endeavour sails Sydney to New Caledonia from 22 April – 3 May and New Caledonia to Sydney from 9 May – 20 May.
Endeavour is sailed by a professional crew of 16 assisted by 40 paying voyage-crew who learn first-hand what it was like to sail the oceans during the era of European exploration.
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Exemplary leadership and Australia’s next generation of sporting stars will be recognised at this year’s AIS Sport Performance Awards, with finalists announced in both categories today.
The AIS has announced four finalists for both the Leadership Award and Emerging Athlete of the Year in the AIS Sport Performance Awards (#ASPAs), the annual celebration of Australian high performance sport. All winners will be announced at a black-tie function at The Star, Sydney, on Thursday 13 December 2018.
Finalists for Emerging Athlete of the Year are:
• Lucas Plapp (Cycling): The 17-year-old took on both the UCI World Junior Track and Road Championships in 2018, medalling in both. Plapp took gold in the Points Race and Madison at the U19 Track World Championships and was part of Australia’s bronze-medal Teams Pursuit. On the road, he was second at the U19 World Championships in the Individual Time Trial.
• Cormac Kennedy-Leverett (Rowing): A national champion in U19, U21 and U23 categories this year, Queensland’s Kennedy-Leverett rose to the next level by earning silver in the Junior Men’s Single Scull at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships and a bronze medal in the same event at the Youth Olympic Games.
• Nathan Argiro (Shooting): Argiro, a clay-target shooter from Mildura, won the 2018 Universal Trench World Junior Championships and the Trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Championships, the only athlete to claim gold in both events in the same year.
• Jakara Anthony (Mogul skiing): Anthony had a breakout season in 2017-18, her first full year on the World Cup circuit. Aged just 19 at the time, Anthony pushed her more experienced rivals to finish fourth at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She also had top-five finish at the Deer Valley World Cup.
Finalists for the Leadership Award are:
• Craig Phillips (Commonwealth Games Australia): Phillips has been CEO of Commonwealth Games Australia since July 2015, driving strategic change. He was a member of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board, which helped deliver the successful home games.
• Ian Chesterman (Olympic Winter Institute of Australia): First appointed Chef de Mission of the Australian team for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, he has held the role for six consecutive Winter Olympics. Chesterman has also been appointed Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, surpassing the record of John Coates AC and Geoff Henke AO as a six-time Chef de Mission of an Australian Olympic Team.
• Lynne Anderson (Australian Paralympic Committee): Appointed CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee in 2015, Anderson has led significant progress, addressing organisational reform and rebuilding its financial strength. Her leadership at the senior level provided a solid platform for Australian athletes who performed at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
• David Bell (Diving): Bell is the CEO of Diving Australia (DA) and since commencing in June 2013 has recreated the sport, especially at the high performance level. DA's high performance program is both innovative and collaborative, one of very few Australian sports to have medalled in the last six Olympic Games.
Finalists have now been revealed for all award categories, which include:-
• The Sport Australia Award for integrity, fair play and sportsmanship
• Male Athlete of the Year
• Female Athlete of the Year
• Para-performance of the Year
• Team of the Year
• High Performance Program of the Year
• Coach of the Year
In addition to these awards, the AIS, in partnership with ABC Grandstand, has also launched a public vote to determine the ABC Sport Personality of the Year and Best Sporting Moment of the past 12 months. ABC Grandstand is the media partner for the AIS Sport Performance Awards and Australians can vote ataisawards.abc.net.au from now until 5pm AEDT on 9 December, 2018.
Correction: Due to earlier misleading information from media contacts, we made an error relating to the type of craft.
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.
BY BEN STAGG - c/- https://australiansuptitles.com
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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General entry dates, prices and a 48-hour pre-sale for e-news subscribers. It’s all happening at GoFish Nagambie!
Early birds will certainly be catching the cod, and the Golden Perch, and the Redfin and even the Carp at GoFish Nagambie 2019 with a 48-hour early bird pre-sale for e-news subscribers.
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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.
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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.