NSW Clubbies Dominate Molokai Paddleboard World Champs
NSW clubbies have stolen the limelight in the 17th Annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in Hawaii over the weekend (July 28th).
Thirty four year old Brad Gaul (Queenscliff SLSC) won the esteemed 52km Open Men’s Paddleboard race while 30 year old Terrene Black (North Entrance SLSC) became the first Australian woman to win the Women’s Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) race.
“I knew about an hour into the race that we weren’t going to be breaking any records,” said Black. “I thought, I’m just racing these girls and I need to make the most out of every bump, but it was really tough.”
Brad Gaul handily defended his 2012 title but not without leaving everything he had in the Molokai Channel.
“There was swell, but it didn’t have the power to push you on, so you had to work the whole way,” said Gaul. “The race is something that is quite big in Australia. That was a real test out there and I’m proud to bring the title home again.”
Daniel Shade (Avoca SLSC) finished in 9th while Mitchell Trim (Collaroy SLSC) finished 2nd in the two man Paddleboard Stock (12ft) with Braden Porra.
Cementing Australia's dominance in the event this year Aussie Cameron Cole, Matt Poole, Jackson English and Michael Porra finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively in the Men's Open Paddleboard.
Queenslander Jordan Mercer won the Women's Open Paddleboard race for the third year in a row while Travis Grant (QLD) won the Men's SUP.
Tue 30 Jul 2013