Queensland Marathon State Champions crowned at the 2017 ASCC Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 22 July, 2017 - Five individual Queensland champions and six individual community division champions have been crowned in the marathon class at day one of the annual two day installment of the Australian Skin Cancer Clinics Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival on the Gold Coast.
Gold Coast local Kelly Margetts (Tugun, QLD) took out the Open Men’s Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Queensland Title division while 2016 Champion Karla Gilbert (Palm Beach, QLD) was victorious in the Open Women’s SUP division.
A picture perfect Gold Coast winters day saw over 50 competitors line up across both Men’s and Women’s State qualification and community divisions in stand up paddle, prone paddle and ocean ski classes. Kicking off at Rainbow Bay in Coolangatta, competitors made their way up the coast and on to Winders Park in Currumbin to complete the 10km and 18km races.
In the Blue Ribbon Open Men’s SUP division, Tugun local Kelly Margetts and community division paddler Jake Jensen stuck to each other like glue throughout the grueling 18km’s to fight to be the first stand up paddler over the line. With one hundred meters to go, the two were side by side going into the final turn, with Jensen gaining only meters on Margetts to finish ahead. Holding onto second position to finish runner up was Beau O’brian (Mudgeeraba, QLD). Both Margetts and O’brien will go on to represent the state at the 2017 Australian SUP Titles set to be held on the Gold Coast in November.
“I’ve done every event since it started. Conditions were pretty flat so no one really had an advantage, it was a torturous paddle and really hard on the arms. Kelly and I snuck away at the start, it’s crazy how a 18km race came down to a 100m sprint finish,” said community division winner Jake Jensen.
“We race against each other internationally and now were at home doing local events together. We’re both heading to the US at the end of this year and today was a really good gauge of where we’re at.”
In the Open Women’s SUP division it was two-time World Iron Woman Champion Karla Gilbert who looked very comfortable in her race as she finished first over the line for the women’s. Gilbert is no stranger to a podium finish, with an extensive list of achievements including taking out both the marathon and technical race at the event in 2016.
“It was a tough slog today without much assistance from wind or waves. I really enjoyed it though and I’m happy to take the win and move on to Aussies,” said Gilbert.
The Open Men’s Ocean Paddle Ski division saw Jeremy Cotter (Currumbin Waters, QLD) victorious while Mark Paton (Glass House Mountains, QLD) took out the Mixed Prone Paddle division. Other notable names from today’s round of racing include Susan and Peter Dorries (Elanora, QLD), who took out the Over 40 Women’s SUP and Over 50 Men’s SUP state qualification divisions.
Day two tomorrow will see competitors in the technical race battle it out as they navigate a zigzag style course at Currumbin Beach. Both Margetts and Gilbert will be aiming to make it two from two tomorrow, to take out both divisions for 2017.
Competitors and spectators can call the Surfing Queensland event hotline from 6.30am each morning of competition to confirm start time and location.
The 2017 ASCC Immerse SUP & Paddle Festival is proudly supported by Australian Skin Cancer Clinics, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, HIF, Coastalwatch Plus, Surfing World, SurfAid, Pages, The Queensland Government and Surfing Queensland.