It was meant to be the Narrabeen Downwinder, but in the end conditions conspired against us and we came up with a fun circuit course. We did 2 circuits from Mona Vale Basin to Newport and back.The Basin itself was kinda scary at times with some solid 6 footers (maybe not Hawaiin 6ft but still big) coming through. The beach start sorted the field out but, as they say, cream rises to the top and it was Kai Lenny and Stu Murray (again) who led the pack out of the Basin.
Some of the usual super fast starters (including Big Ben Brown, Sammy Parker and Andy Davies) got caught up in the pack and waves to drop 50 or so metres off the lead by the time they got to the back break.
Pretty soon the form paddler, and last race winner, Steve Morrison took over the lead from Kai. Sitting just behind them I could see Steve was flying and i couldn't help but notice a couple of sideway glances from Kai as he realised it might be a bit more than a cruise to victory. Unfortunately for Steve, a wrong bouy turn cost him the lead. It seemd to upset his dominant frame of mind and a couple of falls later he was a 100m off the lead.
Kai basically sealed his win with flawless transition work as he navigated his way through the waves, put in a blistering BOP style transition and then flew back out through the Basin. He put 100m on me going in and out of the basin - very pretty to watch...hope someone has some photos...
Meanwhile, only just behind the front guys the girls were having a battle royale. Michelle, Nellie and Ali battled the whole way around the 2 laps. Leaving the basin for the the second time, Michelle was hammered by a solid bommie wave. To her credit she chased Nellie down to record a hard fought but narrow victory.
Speaking to everyone after the race, there were lots of battles that were often decided by decisions made in the Basin - to go for it or not...
Despite the dissappointment of not having screaming downwind, I heard people saying they were catching little bumps both ways and they enjoyed the variety and excitement of the Basin - sounds like it would be a great BOP venue
Thanks to everyone who assisted me to manage this race. As we kind of went it alone, i had to lean on anyone not racing to help out with the race admin. Thanks in particular to Rod and Aiden for the help with recording placings and times.
As the results will not be up on the website for a couple of days here they are:
1 70.54 Kai Lenny
2 71.52 Dave Kissane
3 73.06 Steve Morrison
4 73.33 Sam Parker
5 76.37 Andy Davies
6 78.52 Ben Brown
7 80.00 Steve Floyd Over 40s winner
8 81.16 Stewart Murray
9 82.33 Brian Logie
10 82.50 Michelle English 1st Girls
11 83.08 Luke Rack
12 83.19 Neelie Brown 2nd Girls
13 83.35 John Engel
14 85.25 Alison Fullagor 3rd Girls
15 87.13 Ben Chin
16 88.54 Sebastion Hartel
17 89.00 Mal Sawer
18 90.20 Baby Cakes (maybe Evan?)
19 91.40 Alex Fraser
20 92.25 Jeremy Corn
21 92.57 Peter Shepherd Over 50s winner
22 94.26 Angela Sawer
23 94.48 Duncan Robbo
24 96.01 Vanessa Smith
25 96.12 Mark Mitchell
26 96.12 Kevin Claret
Will try to get some photos up soon.
I know Rod also has some so can you put those up Rod...thanks again.
Oh yeah - thanks to Pete Morgan on the jet ski. Awesome help!
Here are a few images Di Morrison took of the presentation - thanks Di:
Gotta say, Kai Lenny was a lovely guy...humble and friendly to everyone. I doubt he will see this but someone thank him from us (as i am sure he will run into plenty of breezers over the next week) for coming and adding a bit of star value to our little series - really appreciated it.
Wow, another great race. First I should apologise to you all for telling you to go right through the bombie and then at the last minute deciding to go left with Kai and Stewie - tactics. Great start though.
Kissa once again worked with the conditions to give us a great race. Lots of fun and hard work as I paddled with the girls for the whole race - geez they're fast.
Thanks to Sam at WindSurfnSnow and Adam at Fanatic for the new 14 ft Falcon. Couldn't believe how smooth and stable the board was.
...and Evan , a word of advice. Don't let your wife fill out your entry form . You don't want to be known as "Baby Cakes"
Here are some photos my 11 year old daughter took.
Unfortunately the downloads are taking forever so i will split them up.
The first 2 shots shows everyone heading for the right of the bombie and the last stewie and I going for the left side. Kai Lenny went straight up the middle based on the photos.
High shots from Newport and me trying to sneak back on the low side of the bombie. A big thank you once again to Kissa for promoting SUP and creating the opportunity to do these races.
Come down and give them a go. One guy even did the whole race kneeling down on his Ace. Don't know what happened to the 5 paddle rule. No names
Another great race.
Can't wait for the next one.
Here are some more photos...
Mum took some pics of another great race.
Happy and fatigued faces says it all :)) great photos and thats a cool course.
Thanks Dave for running the show, Pete on the ski, Rod and Aiden for timing and all the other competitors for a great race. Despite of 'unfavourable' conditions (for a downwind anyway) and a late change of course, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and come across the finish line smiling - love it!
It's always so much fun coming down for the Sydney races, great atmosphere with all competitors encouring and cheering on the rest of the field. And also big thanks to Dave for opening up his house for pizza and beers after the race, great to catch up with the crew and meet some new faces. Looking forward to Queenscliff in a few weeks!
Sorry the images are not great quality, result of trying to take on IPHONE in bumpy sea's