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THE HIGHS, THE LOWS, THE EMOTIONS, AUSSIES 12!
Aussies has always bought out the best in the sport, and 2012 was no exception. It was going to be tough given the tragic loss of young Mathew Barclay earlier in the week, the press has been brutal to the movement we love and are apart of. The Barclay family put emotions aside in an unselfish act and allowed the carnival to proceed to there wishes. What transpired in the competition area was nothing short of incredible.
Slipstream Surf paddlers and Rowers did our craft proud, plenty on show on the beach and results were our best overall results todate and building every year.
We captured our first Open Men’s Double Ski title, with Luke Morrison and Matt Goble from Moana in Sth Australia claiming a great win, and Adding to there State titles Glory 2 weeks earlier.
Olympian and Slipstream Surf X Ski Specialist, Tate Smith had the highs and lows all with in 24 hours, he anchored Northcliffe to victory in the single ski relay, in a epic final leg where Avoca’s Ben Hamilton tippified the spirit and importance of team events. Tate in the Open Single Ski was the form paddler of the carnival, and was taken out in the semi after being rammed from behind and had the nose of a competitors ski totally destroy his ski and any hope of claiming another open ski title. As with All Champions Tate rose again and took his Northcliffe team to Gold in the Blue ribboned Open Mens Taplin.
Sarah Knapman of Manly had a great paddle in the open women’s ski relay final and teamed with olympian Naomi Flood and Glamour Girl Candice Falzon to claim her gold medal and our first for a female on our Slipstream Surf X ski.
Ironman all round Good Guy, Hugh Dougherty Claimed Silver in the Open ironman, Hughie bouyed after winning the open men’s board and lifesaver relay for Tugun went into the final ski leg in forth and paddled his Surf X to the tail of eventual winner and champion Shannon Ecsteien.
North Burleigh’s glamour girl and Slipstream Surf Paddler Brodie Moir, Claimed a Bronze in the Open Womens Ski Relay and 5th in the open women’s ski, she was so close to claiming the open board race, but was edged out by winner Haley Bateup.
In the boats, once again our controversial Mako Surfboat claimed another medal. After riding the big swells of Wednesday the North Bondi Storm claimed a Bronze in the Reserve Grade Boat, the crew Swept by Glen Holland were in contention in the flat conditions all day and were ecstatic with there bronze, all 3 place getter’s were on the same wave and only separated by the run of the beach.
To all our supporters over the past seasons, we thank you for taking us to where we are, we are proud of all our customers and team riders all the time. The talk on the beach was very positive and we will build from this in the coming seasons ahead.
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Thanks to My Kayak Coach for the images.
To the Barclay Family on behalf of the Slipstream Surf Family our sincere condolences and your unselfish act of letting the competition go on will never be forgotten.