THE top paddlers in the country will descend on Phillip Island this weekend with the Hyundai Australian SUP Titles set to kick off Friday, October 18.
The four-day event will see over 150 paddlers from around Australia including Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria compete across three disciplines – SUP Surfing, SUP Marathon and SUP Technical.
Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson is looking forward to hosting the event for the first time in Victoria.
“We are stoked to be able to bring the event down to Victoria for the first time. We have a strong SUP community across both the racing and surfing divisions, and this is a great opportunity for them to compete in their home state.”
“Phillip Island is an amazing area for SUP and one of the most pristine locations in Australia.
“We are lucky to have access to a wide variety of waves and locations for the event which will no doubt allow the competitors to score some epic waves and great paddling conditions.”
Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula said the Victorian Government was proud to support the Stand Up Paddleboard national titles for the next two years.
“This event will bring crowds down to Phillip Island to experience the best waves in this magnificent part of Victoria and I encourage all surf fans to head down to Phillip Island to soak up the action.”
Voted one of the top surfing beach breaks in the country, Cape Woolamai will be the primary venue for the surfing component, however the event can be moved to other locations depending on conditions.
Surfing Australia CEO Chris Mater said: “Phillip Island is an amazing venue for the Hyundai Australian SUP Titles and I have no doubt entrants will thoroughly enjoy the competition and scenery at the same time. Good luck to all involved and rip in!
The Opening Ceremony for the event will be held at the newly opened Penguin Parade on Friday, October 18, from 4pm and will include a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony followed by an official welcome from Surfing Australia and Victoria representatives. Competition will begin on Saturday, October 19, and conclude on Tuesday, October 22.
In addition to the competitive elements, people who are new to the sport are encouraged to come and try SUP at Cowes beach on Saturday, October 19, from 10am – 12pm where Surfing Victoria’s Coasting SUP program will be running free come and try sessions. Limited spots are available, registrations will be taken on the beach.
Victorian SUP Club, SUP VIC, will also be running a social night at the Ramada Phillip Island Resort on Saturday from 6pm – 9pm. All are welcome with tickets to be purchased via the SUP Vic Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/events/2361408410591426/.
The Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE Group is also the key selection pathway to the ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships held in December.
More information on the Hyundai Australian SUP Titles including heat draws and schedules can be found via https://australiansuptitles.com/