Hundreds of competitors show up to compete for cash and prizes
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 November, 2017 - Gold Coast, Queensland - Paddlers and dog lovers alike flocked to Currumbin RSL Reserve today for Surfing Queensland’s inaugural 2017 Pups on SUPs event presented by EzyDog on the Gold Coast.
A picture perfect spring day saw hundreds of competitors, spectators and their furry friends take to the water at the picturesque Currumbin Creek. The morning kicked off with a free SUP lesson, followed by safety demonstrations by Australian dog whisper Chris de Aboitiz before the races kicked off.
The main event kicked off mid morning and saw over 100 paddlers line up to battle it out over the 2km circuit. A stellar performance from Savannah Fitzsimmons (Elanora, QLD) and her pooch saw the partnership first over the line, with Fitzsimmons taking out the Open Women’s division. Training closely behind was Gold Coast paddler Nick Ray (Mermaid Beach, QLD) who took out the Open Men’s division alongside his dog.
“He’s only ever been on the board once before but we got him a little lifejacket. My strategy was just to try to keep him on the board, keep balanced and keep him up the front, ” said Fitzsimmons. “It was such a great day to get down here with both the kids and the dogs. We’re seeing more and more people SUPing and I can see this catching on.”
As the day continued, so did Ray’s form in the dash for cash. Getting out with an early lead, Ray powered up the creek where a cheering crowd greeted him at the finish line, taking home the $250 winners cheque and bragging rights for 2017.
As part of the event in 2017 Surfing Queensland joined forces with the Animal Welfare League of Queensland (AWLQ) to help raise funds for the homeless animals of Queensland. Over $5,000 was raised thanks to the MBA Partnership who donated $5,000 on top of the $574 raised from entry fees and donations.
“We’re thrilled to see such a massive turn out for the first year of Pups on SUPs. With such a great response from the community we’ll definitely be looking to further bolster the event when it returns next year,” said Surfing Queensland CEO Adam Yates.
Dash for Cash
1. Nick Ray