Aussie News and Events

Monday, 27 August 2007 17:30 | Written by 
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We've been sent a bunch of news by Aussies about paddling down under...  There's a lot going on with some major races set to take place in the second half of the year.  It seems that a large section of the Aussie paddling takes place in the form of Surf Lifesaving Events, but Ocean Racing is clearly taking off as series like the Gold Coast Desalination Project Winter Series demonstrate. 

Gold Coast Desalination Winter Surf Ski Series
Currumbin Creek Paddlers

Currumbin Creek Paddlers going from Strength to Strength

Paul Mauger's Currumbin Creek series is booming - the second race of the Gold Coast Desalination Project Winter series saw no fewer than 63 paddlers turn out with paddling legends like Trent Robinson, Mick Waide, Dane Sloss, Lats, Kurt Tutt, Guy Andrews and Jody Zerbst chasing eventual winner Jacob Clear.  Although the wind stayed away on the day, there were some bumps to help the paddlers during the latter stages of the 25km race.

Paddlers came from as far away as Sydney, Byron Bay and the Sunshine Coast to take part in the race.

Full race report with photos up at:


Dolphin Ocean Classic - 15th September 2007

Saturday 15th September sees the 8th running of the Northcliffe Dolphin Ocean Classic.  Hosted by Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club, Gold Coast, the event is offering Aus$40,000 in prizes as well as skis and lifesaving boards. 

The event is open to non-Surf Life Saving Club members, but the ski events are restricted to spec skis only.  "We have a 20km ski race, 10km ski race for masters (40+) a 10km board race, 2km swim race and a 2km running race," said Nick Crilly, the race organizer.  "The ski and board events are open to spec skis only," he added, "but hopefully next year the event will be open to non-slsa members and ocean racing skis."

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2007 NSW Endurance Championships - 22 September 2007

This event, for SLSA members only includes some 8 & 16km ski races that I suspect would be restricted to spec skis.  The event takes place at Collaroy SLSC.

NSW Endurance Surf Ski Racing 

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Noosa Ocean Classic - Saturday 22 Sept 2007

Hosted by the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, the Noosa Ocean Classic Race ("Ocean Racing at its best!") sees an 18km Ocean Ski race.

More details at:


2007 NIB Coolangatta Gold - 14 October 2007

The Coolangatta Gold is the biggie in Australian SLSA racing - with Aus$65,000 in prize money (Aus$20,000 to the winning male team; Aus$10,000 to the winning females).

The race, billed as Australia's "premier Ironman endurance event", will be held on the Gold Coast on 14th October 2007.

The format sees teams competing in classic ironman style with ski, swim, board and run legs. 

Trivia: Guy Leach was the winner of the first event in 1984 - and he came back and won it again in 1985.  He also won Molokai in 1991, one of the few people apart from Dean Gardiner and Oscar Chalupsky to win the famous Hawaiian race.

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Sad news from Mackay, Queensland

Greg Dorries, a 39 year old teacher and volunteer lifesaver died after a suspected cardiac arrest during a training paddle at the Mackay harbor on Thursday evening according to the Queensland Daily Mercury.

Fellow lifesavers tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him after he fell unconscious from his ski.

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