Surf Skis and SUP Join the Fun

Stand up Paddleboard Race (Photo Hamilton Island Photography)

Stand up Paddleboard Race (Photo Hamilton Island Photography)

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 partnership with Surf Lifesaving Australia bought surf skis and paddle boards to Hamilton Island. Both the boards and skis had a 16km race around Hamilton Island and the skis backed up the following day for a 25km dawn-wind race from Lindeman Island. I love the below footage taken  on Day 3 of the Hamilton Island Paddle Event. It  shows the barge heading out to Lindeman Island with more than 50 surf skis and skiiers.

Jeremy Cotter won 25 kilometre ski race, beating home Bruce Taylor by one minute and 51 seconds with Olympic gold medallist Clint Robinson third a further 42 seconds back. In the women’s category Elin Ashfield Hedstrom narrowly defeated Amanda Rankin by just 51 seconds with 18 year old Jordan Mercer finishing third.

Surf Ski Race (Photo: Hamilton Island Photography)

Surf Ski Race (Photo: Hamilton Island Photography)

Cotter said the conditions made for a challenging run to the finish-line at Hamilton Island’s Catseye Bay. “The mixed water made it challenging for everyone and when we made the turn to pass Pentecost Island, we got some tougher conditions… Hamilton Island is the perfect location for an event like this and it provides conditions – like the tidal movements – that other races don’t.”