Nearly 250 competitors took part in the at the 2015 Toyota Australian SUP Titles on the Gold Coast in October, crowing champions in the three divisions of surfing, technical racing consisting of 4 – 8km of laps in and out through the surf; and a 20 – 30km marathon.
Jackson Close won his fourth Open Men’s SUP title in the men’s surf division, and World Number 2 Shakira Westdorp took out the women’s title.
In the two other surf divisions, Rick Jakovich won a tight final to become the Over 40’s Men’s champion while Glenn Cochran became the number one Over 50’s SUP Surfer in the country.
The action continued at Currumbin for two days of technical racing. Queenslander Lincoln Dews won the Open Men’s Technical Race in a time of 31 minutes and 1 second, with an exciting toe to toe race right up until the second last marker turn.
Former Iron Women champion and surf sports legend Karla Gilbert (QLD) was challenged in the Open Women’s race by Terrene Black (NSW) before the defending champion pulled away to comfortably win in 38 minutes and 24 seconds.
In the Over 40 Women’s race, Tammy Montgomery (NSW) and Melissa Cedelland (NSW) finished first and second.
Paul Jones took out the Over 40 Men’s title while Michael Stokes won the over 50’s Men’s race, while James Paul (QLD) won the Open Prone race.
South Australia’s Michael Booth won the Open Men’s Marathon Race with the race coming down to the last 100m in a thrilling finish for a time of 1 hour 41 minutes. Terrene Black (NSW) finished four minutes ahead of her nearest competitor in Belinda Stowell-Brett (WA) to take out the Open Women’s Marathon Race.
With great conditions at Currumbin Beach, other winners included Steve Walker(QLD) who took out the Over 40’s Men’s Marathon, Cristiana Chessa (WA), winning the Over 40’s Women’s Marathon Race, Lachie Lansdown winning the Prone Men’s Marathon and Jurgi Zuzaika who took out the community Challenge Marathon Race.
New South Wales took home team honors just ahead of rivals Queensland in a tightly fought battle across all disciplines.