12 Towers Ocean SUP Race 2013
Be a part of the biggest and Australia's premier Ocean SUP Race this February 2nd hosted by SUPSA.
Race alongside some of the world's best Stand Up Paddlers, compete against your mates or just enjoy an awesome paddle along the Gold Coast.
After a great event in 2012, the "12 Towers" SUP race returns in 2013 bigger and better: With over $5,000 in cash & prizes, including awards for all age divisions, this will be one of the most exciting Aussie SUP races of 2013.
Australia's best SUP racers will be competing: Travis Grant, Kelly Margetts, Jake Jensen, Paul Jackson, Beau O'Brian, Lincoln Dews, Karla Gilbert, Angie Jackson. Plus international stars of SUP (...names to be revealed soon, but let's just say they're some of the fastest paddlers in the world).
Whether you're in it for the cash and glory or just the fun of racing against your mates, if you love paddling and you love the ocean then this is the SUP race you want to be a part of.
WHEN & WHERE
Starting at Kirra Point, paddlers head North along the Gold Coast and finish at Burleigh Heads, which is approximately 14kms.
Race starts at 11am on Saturday 2nd February.
Beach entries accepted from 8:30-10am.
Marshalling from 9:30am with race briefing at 10:30am.
12'6: Open, Over 40s, Over 50s
14' and above (including unlimited boards): Open, Over 40s, Over 50s
Both men's and women's division in all age groups.
SAVE $15: Don't wait until the day of the race - register online early and get a special discount.
For all information and up to date news, visit www.12TowersRace.com
Mac, here's you chance to have a crack.
If you only make 6 towers that's ok.
Well last year a couple of us longboarders came down to witness this carnage and was disappointed there was little if any,I guess we were watching the best paddlers in OZ with the skill level shown,so back again this year to cheer that oldman of the sea.
Last year was epic! Big swell and some nice bumps too.
I remember coming in to the finish all to well :) got worked on a set with peasy right beside me haha.
So much fun
Definitely the race of the year for 2012, well for QLD anyway!!!
Great downwinder (fingers crossed for wind again) and heaps of fun, even getting worked in the shorey coming in and watching 5-6 people overtake me as I got sucked over the falls again and again (it's becoming a habit for me ).
Should be a great day again!
Its all good....I've put a request in for ideal conditions, so we're all sweet!
From what I know last year the event was set up so the main category was 12'6s although from the pics people paddled a variety of lengths. Are you expecting the top paddlers to be on the shorter boards again or will the 14's get a bit more interest from the top guys.
Really disappointed that there is not just a 14' class. Being with the unlimited boards with rudder systems is not an equal basis. Please consider a change to this category.
Still looking forward to the race.
Thanks Ali and I appreciate all the work that the organisers do to get a race like this up and running.
Rather than 6 other classes, just have open men and women unlimited classes - just 2 more for the very few unlimited boards out there,being an open class unlimited. Perhaps when you close off the event you can see just how many unlimited boards will actually enter. I can't think of too many lady paddlers that will actually enter on an unlimited board these days.
Swanie, looking forward to paddling against you!!
Will be up at the Gold Coast this weekend, so looking forward to checking out the race.
Thanks Ali, yer like to go in the race, let me know if a board's available for hire/borrow that would be great,
I think from memory only about 4 unlimited boards last year all men and they weren't across the line in top 3 overall ,why bother ??
Why not lump the 12'6 and 14' boards in one class then and have unlimited in their own class. Much the same as lumping the 14' and unlimited boards together!
I'd rather paddle an unlimited board anyway as I'd rather paddle a 14' rather than a 12'6 in the ocean!
I know things can change but the long range swell forecast is looking favourable with only a small swell predicted.
Hey do u need to be affiliated with a club or something to enter...... And do you have to wear a life jacket. . I don't mind wearing . . Just asking :)
just an idea. why not have a unlimited open mens and womens class only. the unlimited boards are a great equaliser. so that's just two more classes and gives the 14' crew a class of their own. a lenght of board that you will probably find has as many numbers as the 12'6 class if not more.
not everybody paddles a 12'6 at currumbin
Easy fix most paddlers probably check this site out , so just ask the question how many will be riding unlimited boards? My guess not many
It's all good unless you only have a 14'er. These categories make me want to borrow a 17'er from somewhere, I'm slow enough already but give someone a 3 feet advantage and I'm in trouble.
Seriously though, unless you're vying for line honors it's not too much drama. It's a shorter, easier paddle on a 17' though. Anyone got one I can lend?