Byron Bay Season Opener - Eastern Australia

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Ocean paddling is taking off in Aussie - as evidenced by the great turn out at the first race of the Byron Bay Ocean Paddler Series.

Byron Bay
Start of the first Byron Bay Ocean Series

"We had thirty paddlers competing without any promotion whatsoever; just to see how we would go," said Kurt Tutt.  "I expect we will at least double that at our next race as it's truly an amazing place to paddle and everyone was stoked with the course on the weekend."

To the eastern-most tip of Australia

The paddlers were sent out from Main Beach, Byron Bay to Cape Byron (the most easterly point of Australia) around Julian Rocks 3.5km offshore.

The race got off to a frantic start with the pace set by Mick Waide with former Perth paddler Ben Allen and local Kurt Tutt amongst a front group of five. At Cape Byron Ben and Mick showed their strength breaking away from the pack - Ben pulling away from Mick just before Julian Rocks.

The race for third place saw Australian Olympic medalist Dan Collins and former two time Australian single ski champion Shane Dalziel dicing Kurt Tutt on a line close to shore.  Chasing the swells closer in, they made time on the leaders, but not enough.

Cape Byron
'A frantic pace'

Ben Allen

Ben Allen, riding a new Hayden Molo ski, consolidated his lead comfortably in the light southeast swells and he crossed the line ahead of Mick Waide in a time of 43:14.  (Ben, from Maroochydore, is the current Queensland State SLSA single ski champion.)

Ben Allen, Byron Bay Ocean Series 2008
Ben Allen shows a clean pair of heels

Kurt Tutt, making the most of the inshore swells on the way back from Cape Byron held off his challengers to finish in 3rd place.

"We believe Byron Bay is one of the most spectacular backdrops for Ocean Racing," said Kurt.  "This was the first of three races in this series, the next one being on 30 August.

"We have a very strong Surf Life saving Club in Byron Bay with plenty of ski paddlers," he added. "Most of us now are purchasing the ocean skis and there is a real growth between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast (being only 50mins apart) in our sport."


Photos courtesy Kurt Tutt

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Results Summary

  • 1. Ben Allen (Hayden Molo)
  • 2. Mick Waide (Huki)
  • 3. Kurt Tutt (Red 7 Surf70 Pro)
  • 4. Lance O'Connor (Red 7 Surf70 Pro)
  • 5. Dan Collins (Fenn Mako 6)

Full Results

 

Pos

Name

Time

Craft

1

Ben Allen

43:14

ocean ski

2

Mick Waide

44:12

ocean ski

3

Kurt Tutt

44:35

ocean ski

4

Lance O'connor

44:58

ocean ski

5

Dan Collins

45:05

 ocean ski

6

Andrew Paul

45:06

ocean ski

7

Jody Zerbst

45:28

ocean ski

8

Shane Dalziel

45:52

ocean ski

9

Matt Carter

46:28

ocean ski

10

Ian Rawling

46:41

ocean ski

11

Rob Pomie

46:57

ocean ski

12

Tony Curtis

47:41

ocean ski

13

Ashley Martin

47:42

ocean ski

14

Scott Sewell

49:02

ocean ski

15

Craig Plunkett

50:17

ocean ski

16

Dave Monaghan

50:23

spec ski

17

Aaron Rodgers

50:26

ocean ski

18

Peter Jacobson

53:53

spec ski

19

James Lancaster

55:06

ocean ski

20

Max Tutt

55:08

spec ski

21

Graeme Jeffries

55:19

ocean ski

22

Allan Preston

55:35

ocean ski

23

Tim Cotsell

58:11

ocean ski

24

Kevin Barlow

58:32

spec ski

25

Craig Sampson

59:08

ocean ski

26

Alex Burns

59:35

spec ski

27

Tom Burns

60:06

spec ski

28

Michael Smedley

61:28

OC1

28

Peter White

68:52

spec ski


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