Jeremy Cotter knows there will be no time to slacken off if he wants to add his name to the coveted list of champions who have won Australia’s premier ocean ski paddling race – “The Doctor” in Perth this Saturday.
You wouldn’t blame Gold Coast-based ski paddler Bruce Taylor if he still had nightmares of Tim Jacobs coming from the clouds to claim victory in last year’s dramatic finish to “The Doctor “– Australia’s biggest and most successful ocean ski paddling event.
It might not boast the bronzed beach culture synonymous with ocean sports, but the southern Australian state of Victoria is blessed with one of the world’s most stunning – and thrilling – coastlines for downwind ocean paddling. And, while still in it’s infancy on the world stage, the Graeme Long Memorial Race, along Victoria’s iconic Surf Coast, has the potential to become a highlight on the international ocean paddling calendar.
Some of Australia’s best paddlers diced it out at the Vajda 20 Beaches Ocean Classic this year – but Olympian Clint Robinson showed overwhelming form and finished 1 1/2 minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Tim Jacobs.
In the International Canoe Federation World Ocean East Coast Championships, Kurrawa SLSC lifesaver Ben Allen took the honours from Northcliffe Ironman Cory Hill with another Sunshine Coaster Paul Green taking third.
What do get when you take Clint Robinson, Jeremy Cotter, David Rhodes, Ben Allen, Bruce Taylor and host of other outstanding Aussie paddlers, mix them with a 15kt breeze and add some bumps? Classic, cracking surfski racing.
Gold Coast City Marina Coomera Cup – A perfect race on a perfect Gold Coast day. The second race of the Pacific Ocean Series was held at the Gold Coast City Marina on the Coomera River today with over 90 paddlers attending covering all categories Kayak, Ocean and Surf Ski, OC and SUP.