12 Towers 2017 - February 25 & 26
Coming into its sixth year of succession, the 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Race has carved out an iconic figure of being one of the premier races in Australia for SUP, Ocean Ski, and Prone. With the 2017 event set for the weekend of February 25 & 26, the Gold Coast is certainly ready to turn up the heat of summer!
The 14km Open Ocean Race from world famous Kirra Point to picturesque Burleigh Heads is proving to be a battle ground for the best in the business. Passing by 12 Lifeguard Beach Surveillance Towers (Hence establishing the race name) competitors will round an inflatable “turning buoy” approximately 300 meters from the viewing platform in the center of Burleigh Beach, before making their final way for the dry sand finish line. Now with the added “short course” dash from Currumbin Alley through Burleigh Point in the schedule, this stepping stone to the longer distance is within many paddlers grip.
ISA World SUP Champion and 2014 12 Tower’s winner Titouan Puyo will be back in 2017 to go head to head with the current ISA World Champion, 2015 and defending 12 T’s champion Michael Booth. In talent of some of Australia’s biggest names in SUP such as Dews, Nottage, Casey and company will rival these two and continue the history high calibre paddlers making the 12 Towers a permanent fixture in their calendar.
Not to be outdone by the guys, the ladies sure know how to make names for themselves. Can Karla Gilbert continue her dominance and claim a record fifth title or can some of her biggest rivals put an end to her rein. Along an international female contingency making their way Down Under in February, the water will surely be set alight!
Although our 2016 event was played out in Brisbane waterways, the epic conditions for the crossing and has cemented the fifth running of the 12 Towers as a historic year. Biggest field ever assembled in an Australian distance race, first internationally recognised event to be held in Moreton Bay and a joint championship with the iconic Noosa Surf Festival.
If you haven’t done so before and you are a SUP enthusiast like us all, mark this one in your diary and set a goal to be part of Australia’s longest running SUP specific paddle event.
2017 12 Towers Ocean SUP Race………get amongst it!