Day One of the Noosa Cricks Jeep Festival of Surfing, and the action couldnot have come thicker or faster. Super SUP Sunday saw all festival divisionsof Stand Up Paddle events taking place, from opening heats to grand finales.A mighty field of exceptional surfers took to the beautifully clean line up ofFirst Point Noosa, the SurfTech Open Menʼs, Open Womenʼs and 10-footdivisions reveling in the conditions.Outstanding in their early heats, Keahi DeAboitz, Jackson Close and BeauNixon (all QLD) soared through their heats to progress into the final whilst,straight from a second place in the international SUP event in Peru, Shakira
Westdorp lead the field with confidence to be joined by Jenny Ryan (QLD),Melissa McManus (NSW), Erin Dark (NSW), Maria Kingi (NZ) and HawaiiʼsLynn Blomfield in the final.Despite Beau Nixon leading for much of the heat with a very solid collection of waves, it was Keahi DeAboitz who brought some phenomenal shortboard maneouvres to the field, exhibiting a culmination of his surfing, kiteboarding and SUP skills for the win.
Nixon was again denied in the win in the 10-Foot division in similar fashion.Leading the field for the majority of the final, it was a last-minute wave that gave Woogie Marsh the longest ride of the heat for the division victory.Erin Darkʼs finals performance was exceptional, an outstanding wave bringing her from fifth to second. But it wasnʼt enough to overcome Shakira Westdorp, the young Gold Coast paddler untouchable throughout the 20-minute heat. In the 5km Battle of the Paddle, top seeds Beau OʼBrien and Molly Walker entered the water as firm favourites. But by mid-stage, it was clear that Jake Jensen was going to be the biggest challenger, taking a profound lead from the rest of the field, OʼBrien with much to do in second place, Andy Davies a solid third. Molly Walker didnʼt disappoint, joined by Sondra Purser to lead the womenʼsfield.
Mark Hatfull said he was happy to present Prizes donated by his Company Quiver Kaddy to these Sports men and women who , some are representing Australia on the world stage , and with dogmen on the stage as Compare is always a bit of fun ,HO Ho