Strong Showing for Think Future at Spit to Zoo

on Jul 25 in Uncategorized by

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It was the first official race for our new team at the Harbour Series event, Spit to Zoo, first time we had the whole crew on the water together racing on their flash new skis and team clothing.

To start with though, I want to thank everyone for the terrific feedback our new project has generated. Yes, we’ve gone outside the normal realm of sponsorships by supporting this young bunch of paddlers, but grass roots and inspiring the next generation is what this is all about, and it’s really cool that our community are seeing the value of what we’re doing, so thank you all for the positive comments and support.

So race day started out with very fresh conditions in Sydney, a superlative and freezing could have been used together to accurately describe the morning. But once racing started, things hotted up massively, with what I believe was a starting number of 220 paddlers, which was a record for a Harbour Series event. Well done to PaddleNSW and really building the series this season.

Our two lads, Noah and Nathan got away cleanly and comfortably sat in the lead group for the few few kms, as the course worked its way from Middle Harbour, up past Middle Head, before turning right and heading towards the city to Taronga Zoo. Once they got to the turning cans at the Zoo, Noah decided to stretch his arms a bit and opened up a lead, which he built upon and then held the whole way back to the finish, winning the overall event, and also being first U18 across the line. Nathan had a very solid paddle and held his spot in the chasing pack, finishing 5th overall. It was great to see the two Think Future with Shaw and Partners skis stand out from the crowd and to have the boys race so well.

 

Noah Trophy

In the ladies, Georgia was up against one of the biggest female fields assembled at an event in Sydney ever, which was unreal to see. Jemma Smith is one of the stand out ski paddlers on the scene at the moment, winning the Open class, with Georgia taking a great second female across the line, and winning the U18 class. Racing strong open competitors now will pay huge dividends for Georgia later in the season at the big events like the Doctor and 20 Beaches.

 

Georgia

That was the final race of the 2018 Harbour Series, and the Australian Ocean Racing Series kicks off next month in Coffs Harbour. Certainly busy times for our team and all ocean paddlers.

I want to give a shout out to Jim Walker, who all three of our team train with. Jim is nurturing a whole new crew of young paddlers on the Cooks River and at North Bondi, and it was unreal to see so many of them take on their first long distance race. Some serious talent in the pipe line, all under the expert guidance of Jim.

 

Catch you all in Coffs Harbour in a few weeks.

 

Stewart O’Regan

Think Kayak Australia

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