“Perfect decision to move the race to Moreton Bay.
Great wind, classic conditions and some
epic long runners. That was so much fun”!
Mens Elite Winner Michael Booth
With another classic curse of the Queensland “Cyclone” season, “Huey” dished us up massive Gold Coast seas and unfavourable conditions. On advice from the Gold Coast City Lifeguard Service of beach closures and to plug in place an alternate location, the drive up the M1 to Moreton Bay was a successful move.
Now the “Bay”, as it is known to many of the South East Queensland SUP nutters has been a wicked training ground for the lead up to this years 12 Towers Event. The wind has been on and in the green since early November. So with a contingency plan put in place for this area was a perfect reminder that the Bay does score on par with the two sister coasts either side of her!
Along with the combination of our paddle partners of Prone, Ocean Ski and OC1, we smashed previous attendance records of the past 5 years. All states of Australia were represented along with 5 international countries cementing the 126 participants in 12T’s event history. An amazing feat considering that our little local paddle race of 2012 now successfully boasts many disciplines and international flavour!
With 100 paddlers at the Raby Bay start line for the Long Course made spectacle of colour and dash, with just across the bay to the 26 Short Course competitors at the Wellington Point start in striking same. Both distances, all classes, each age division as competitive as each other. And although it is amazing to see the elitist of the sport supporting the event, the massive depth of participation and new faces is what makes this race so successful.
Blue skies, south/south east wind at 30 knots and a 2 foot wind swell in the bay channel made for a very quick crossing. Although the only directions were to “see you at the finish line”
, 100% of faces that passed under the “inflato" Hogs Breath “Big Pig” finish arch were stretched! Nothing better that receiving a reply to your question of “how did you go” with a “THAT WAS WICKED”!
Massive stand out performances by all paddlers but in particular Elite SUP’pers and world class athletes Michael Booth and Karla Gilbert both defending their 2015 titles. Not to be out shadowed by their feats, Ocean Ski Paddler Ryan Paroz came close to busting an hour of the 15km Bay course and snagging line honours on the way. Our youngest competitor at age 13 Kira Wallace (SUP) tamed the channel and looked as fresh as daisies when she finished. Not only did she take home the gong for the Junior Category, she managed to score a new $600 KeNalu Paddle in the competitors draw.
There were many battles within each category through each age division. The top 3 of the big boys of the ocean, (Mark Huxley, Craig Wright & Jason Oliphant) Unlimited SUP were separated by 39 seconds with nine seconds for the top 2. Callan Dick and Tim Cyprien divided by six seconds in the Open Men SUP 6th & 7th respectively. Cam Harvey and Peter Kelly Open Men by a mere 1 second. Kate Baker and Alison Fullagar separated by less than 2 minutes in Open Women. Moving on to the oldest competitor of Robert Eyre (73 yrs) mixing it with the, and I dare say youngsters hitting the line in 73rd position. The depth and calibre is a true testament to the support and goal setting of “complete, not compete”!
But behind every successful event is a huge organisation structure of committees and sponsors. Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors and supporters and I wish to list in order of preference.
- 1SUP1 - It’s all about having fun!
- KeNalu Australia (Dean Elcoat)
- DEEP Ocean Boards (Simon Hunnybun)
- Von Zipper Eyewear and Apparel
- Hogs Breath Cafe
- Back 2 Basics Office National (Scott “Scooter” Ritchie)
- SUPSA Gold Coast
- Digital Media Creations (Tim “Big Cat” Patterson)
- Sun Mud Australia
These amazing brands supported the event with over $9000 of product and prizes.
A massive and appreciative thank you to the SUPSA Gold Coast SUP Club led by President Anthony Clark and committee. All the helping hands from 3 of Queensland’s leading SUP Clubs (BrisSUP, Sunny Coast SUP & SUPSA) of the event area set-up, timing, catering and clear out. My personal thanks to Nick & Krissy McDonald, Pat & Karyn Trevor-Jones, Scott & Jodi Ritchie and Mark & Dawn Smith all going above and beyond. Alanah Mercer for giving me the confidence and drive to continue the love of this sport…..and of her of course!
So may I finish by stating this 5th running of the 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Event has witnessed some of the warmest camaraderie I have every experienced at an event…….new friendships formed and the “Bay” is now certainly on the global map!
In brief: Michael Booth has just taken out the “12 Towers” race in Australia for the second year in a row, defeating Lincoln Dews and Ben Tardrew to extend his winning streak and cement his status as the world’s #1 dark horse.
The Starboard team rider and defending Australian champion took the win on an epic downwind course, after wild weather on the Gold Coast forced organisers into a late change of venue that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Linc had a very solid hit out on his first race as a JM Paddleboards team rider, while Ben channeled the bump riding skills of his famous NSP team mates to round out the podium.
Former Battle of the Paddle top three finisher Karla Gilbert triumphed in the women’s race.
The 5th annual edition of the event was moved north to Brisbane’s more protected Moreton Bay after ex-Cyclone Winston (the storm that flattened Fiji) turned the Gold Coast’s open oceans into a washing machine. However the change of venue ended up producing an awesome downwinder, with Moreton Bay proving once again it’s one of the most underrated downwind runs going round.
(The ’12 Towers’ has an uncanny ability for predicting when a crazy big swell will hit: At least three of the five editions have been forced to either change dates or venue because of wild seas.)
The race has only just wrapped up, so we’ll have full results and photos up later today or in the morning…
Article from : http://www.supracer.com/2016-12-towers-stand-up-paddle-race/
Hi all, the 12 Towers race was held this weekend in windy Moreton Bay, Brisbane, due to the beaches being closed for the 2nd year running on the Gold Coast. Had 120 competitors, and an awesome downwind run form Cleveland to Wynnum. Great event, and a great feel on the day. thanks to all the sponsors, and those that competed.
Here is a little video I threw together.
With the week thrown into turmoil of unforeseen obstacles from ex tropical Cyclone Marcia, the 2015 scheduled running of the 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Festival had to be pulled. On the back of professional and stern advice form the authorities of Maritime Services Queensland and Gold Coast City Life Guard Service, safety took precedent with organisers firming that a postponement of the event was imminent.
The 12 T’s committee and some key players in Stand up Paddle QLD have met and discussed new dates for rescheduling the event. Avoiding a clash with other competitions of the same nature, there is only one weekend available between now and July. Organisers agree that holding out longer will tarnish the name and take the shine off the countries “Premier” Paddle Race.
I can confirm the new schedule for the 12 Towers Ocean Paddle Festival will be the Easter Long Weekend of April 3rd - 6th. This will give race organisers a 4 day window of opportunity to hold the main race in the best possible conditions for ocean racing.
The 12 T’s committee sincerely apologise to all competitors and supporters that made the journey to the Gold Coast last week. We trust that you understand the decision made and hoping that you all will return in early April and support the event.
The 12 T’s organisers and committee would like to take this opportunity to thank and show appreciation to our supporters and sponsors.
Hogs Breath Cafe Australia
DEEP Ocean Boards
KeNalu Paddles Australia
Camel Back Hydration
Digital Media Creations
And of course our loyal competitors and supporters.
Without the above mentioned companies and supporters, our event would still only be an idea. Please check out their websites and support the people who support us.
See you all back on the Gold Coast in April for Australia’s Premier Paddle Race.
Check out the T-shirt design, also done by Tim at Digital Media Creations.
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2015 Event Poster is out
Here is the poster for the 2015 12 Towers race, created by Melbourne designer Tim Patterson
at Digital Media Creations
, who is himself a SUP paddler and heavily involved with SUP VIC
and the events they run in Vicco. Digital Media Creations is a small boutique design and video production company in Yarraville, Melbourne who have also helped with our web design and graphic design and branding.
Tim is designing not only the poster, but the new logo and T-shirts for the event, having previously designed a range of posters for events not only in Victoria, but for the AuSUP Supfest in 2014 & 2015, and the King Of The Cut in W.A.
Welcome to the new website just in time for the 2015 12 Towers Races. Here you will find the lastest news, update of the event, race information and much more..
If you like to register for the event, please follow the register link on the right, which will take you to the online register web site.
Come and join some of the top elite paddles and weekend warriors to the enthusiast beginners!
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The 12 Towers Team