Clash of the Paddles

Clash of the Paddles – Hayden Quinn

Clash of the Paddles – Hayden Quinn

JUNE 19TH – WEDNESDAY (SETTLING IN DAY) 12.30pm: Arrive on Hamilton Island, the last time I was here was for the first Instameet last year and I told everyone (quite loudly) how I paddle, love it and it’s my passion, (I commentate for the Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series) and that I was keen to race [...]

A very special canoe

A very special canoe

There was a healthy dose of canoe envy at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. The very handsome timber veneered OC6 canoe was commissioned by the Outrigger Australia Club in memory of the club founder, and Hamilton Island Cup creator, Keith Williams. Williams, who started construction of original Hamilton Island Resort in the early 1980’s, [...]

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Stand up paddlers had two races to choose from this year at the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event – 250 sprints and a 5km race. The cameras from Channel 10’s The Living Room might have provided a little extra incentive to turn in a good performance (or at least look good while doing it)! A new [...]

Early Morning Sprints on Catseye Bay

Early Morning Sprints on Catseye Bay

With a 6.30am race briefing there was no sleeping in for paddlers on the first day of racing for the OC6 class of outrigger canoes in the 2012 Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. Short sprints are just what you need to get the blood flowing (especially if you’ve been lazing around in bed for the [...]

Marathon Time at Hamilton Island Paddling Event

Marathon Time at Hamilton Island Paddling Event

Like Lisa Curry said “This is what we do for fun!!” Conditions could not have been more perfect for the final day of the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event.  With little wind and only a 1m swell, it was a day that would threaten the race records.  Rough conditions, such as we saw during last [...]

Paddles Up!

Paddles Up!

Wow – it’s June again and the island is swarming with paddlers, here for the Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event. The Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club (HIOCC) spent the weekend finalising plans in the club rooms, dusting off the lane markers and polishing the trophies. The weather has come out to play and conditions are [...]

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

I’ve always wanted to give stand up paddle boarding (SUP) a go. It looks like a bit of fun.  And how hard can it be? A big wide board, a long paddle… I’m an outrigger paddler – well into paddle sports. It should be a piece of cake… so I sent the young ones out [...]

2012 Events Calendar

2012 Events Calendar

The Hamilton Island website describes Hamilton Island as the major events capital of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s hard to argue with that: 6 May 2012  – Hilly Half Marathon, for individuals, teams and kids 13 May 2012 – Mother’s Day Classic, a fun run or walk raising money for breast cancer research 14-18 June 2012 – [...]

Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event

Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event

The inaugural Gatorade Hamilton Island Paddling Event will be held on Hamilton Island from 14-18 June, in partnership with the Australian Outrigging Canoe Association (AOCRA) and more recently, Surf Life Saving Australia. Formerly known as the Hamilton Island Outrigger Cup, the event is run over four exciting days. This year competitive outriggers will be joined by [...]

Sunrise Paddling

Sunrise Paddling

Had the absolute pleasure to go paddling this morning in one of the Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club six-man canoes with a crew of five island staff. The official sunrise was at ten-to-six we were on the water 15 min ahead of that. It was just lovely. There was a red glow on the horizon [...]

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