Champions Crowned In City of Greater Geraldton Technical Race On Opening Day of 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles

GERALDTON/WA (September 3rd, 2016): New South Wales paddler James Casey has won the Open Men’s Technical Race on the opening day of competition at the Toyota Australian SUP Titles at St Georges beach, Geraldton on the Batavia Coast. The course, which consisted of three gruelling laps spanning 4.2 kilometres, saw the blue ribbon Open Men and the over 40 and 50 Men’s divisions hit the water first in a highly contested race followed by the Open Women and over 40 Women in race two. The Open Men’s division was a toe-to-toe race which saw Australia’s best paddlers breakaway from the over 40 and 50 Men’s divisions. Standouts of the Open Men’s division included a tight pack of Casey (NSW), Wes Fry (WA), Harry Maskell (NSW), Tim Cyprien (QLD) and Ty Judson (NSW), who swapped the leading position during the course of the three legs. It was Casey (NSW) who took out the Open Men’s Technical National Title on a day of good hard racing and great sportsmanship across all five divisions of the City of Greater Geraldton Technical Race. Casey crossing the line in a time of 23 minutes and 49 seconds. Vannessa Smith (NSW) wasn’t challenged in the Open Women’s race to comfortably win in 31 minutes and 3 seconds. In the Over 40 Women’s race, Jean Ringrose (VIC) broke away from the pack of her division to claim an Australian Title. Ben Mardon (WA) took out the Over 40 Men’s title while Warwick Lee (VIC) won the over 50’s Men’s race. Action continues tomorrow on day two of the 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles when the Sunset Beach Holiday Park Marathon begins. Geraldton is 419 kilometres north of Perth located on the beautiful Batavia Coast and is blessed with beautiful beaches and a warm, windy climate, making it a popular destination for all water sports enthusiasts. The consistent summer winds make for ideal SUP conditions while the winter waves turn the ocean into a surfer’s paradise. Surfing has been well established along local beaches, with SUP fast becoming a popular activity for people of all ages. The 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, Sunset Beach Holiday Park, Nikon, AuSUP, Surfing Western Australia and Surfing Australia. For more information visit www.australiansuptitles.com

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