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).