Formerly known as the Hamilton Cup, 2013 marks the historic 30th anniversary of the annual paddling event, which has grown over the years into one of the most respected and demanding competitions on the Australian Outrigger Calendar.
Five disciplines will be contested by professional and amateur paddlers throughout the four-day event, including outrigging, stand-up paddle boarding, board paddling, surf skiing and for the first time, Dragon Boating.
Big name individuals and teams attending the event include Ky Hurst, Phil Clayton, Jeremy Cotter, Jonathon Crowe, Outrigger Australia, Mooloolaba OCC, Northern Beaches OCC and Cronulla OCC. International crews from Hawaii, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Singapore are also expected.
A number of additions to the event schedule have been planned to celebrate 30 years.
Perfect for families, nippers activities will be held on Catseye Beach hosted by surf legends Ky Hurst and Phil Clayton. Open to all participants, the Nippers clinics are designed to encourage grassroots growth of the sports.
Also new in 2013, Australia’s first and only SUPYoga (Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga) accredited teacher, Charlotte Piho (pictured), will be providing competitors and guests with the opportunity to experience this increasingly popular, new-style yoga work out.
Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) says with an impressive history of on-water sporting achievements under his belt, Jeremy Cotter from North Burleigh SLSC will be looking to take out the double this year after a 2012 win in the Open Men’s Downward Ski Race (Ocean Ski) Long Course and second place in the Short Course.
Joining Cotter in both events will be TV personality and Dee Why SLSC lifesaver, Hayden Quinn.
Hamilton Island’s Gatorade Clash of the Paddles will be taking place from 20-24 June.