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SUP Nationals Start in New Zealand after Lockdown

New Zealand - After starting and stopping due to lockdowns, the first day of the NZ Barfoot & Thompson Stand Up Paddle Boarding Nationals was held with more than 80 athletes registered from around New Zealand.

Waterbourne beach festival kicked off with the Barfoot & Thompson Stand Up Paddleboard Nationals, which is a 3 day competition that started with sprint racing at Lake Pupuke on Friday afternoon. This will be followed by a long distance 16km race Saturday at Takapuna Beach and the technical race getting underway on Sunday.

The conditions were ideal down at the Lake with flat water, light breeze and blue skies. There were 80 athletes that showed up Friday afternoon and a good crowd gathered to cheer them on during the heats and the finals. Each race was 200m and lasted only about a minute each, which kept the racing tight and exciting to watch.

Jo Aleh took out 1st place in the woman’s category with Marlene Jackson in 2nd and Angela McKee in 3rd. Ollie Houghton placed first in the very competitive men’s fleet with Ollie Puddick and Fergus Dunlop going head to head for 2nd place. Ollie managed to get over the line in second place with Fergus close behind. William Dunlop got 1st place in the under 16 division. Mike Pirrit got first in the over 40 division, Jan Dunlop got 1st place in the over 50 and James Henderson placed first in the over 60.

Ollie Houghton said, “It was the most perfect day for racing, sun is out and the water is glassy, so good to be here!”