Roar industries manager Paul Jackson trials stand up paddle board equipment ahead of November's Ultimate Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge.
Roar industries manager Paul Jackson trials stand up paddle board equipment ahead of November's Ultimate Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge. Andrew Shield

A day to remember Denis

THE Denis Callinan Beach Walk and GreenLine SUP race and Ocean Paddle (7km) will run on Sunday, November 8, at 7am.

A beach walk from Currumbin to Kirra dedicated to the late Surfing Saint Denis Callinan is open to the public for a gold coin donation.

Proceeds will go back to the Denis trust with SAND (Surfers Against Nature's Destruction) Surf for Life and GCTOP (Gold Coast Traffic Offenders Program), an initiative that Denis personally constructed and contributed to the legal system.

The Denis Callinan “All Roads Lead to Kirra” beach walk will begin at 7am Sunday morning from the south side of Elephant Rock, Currumbin, and walk to Kirra on Sunday, November 8.

The public are asked to use the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary car park for parking and a shuttle bus has been provided to pick up the walkers from Kirra and return them back to Currumbin.

The Callinan family is super-stoked about the walk being dedicated to Denis.

A permanent plaque in memory of Denis is to be mounted on the building between Elephant Rock Café Restaurant and Matt Butels physio on Tuesday, October 27.

Denis was a widely respected surfer/solicitor and prolific fundraiser, much-loved and much-missed.

His contribution to humanity and connecting people to worthy causes was legendary.

A super keen surfer, whether it was Burleigh, Hawaii, Samoa or the Miami/Mermaid beach breaks that he learnt to surf in.

Denis also created Surfers Against Nuclear Destruction in the early 80s, involving Peter Garret and the Midnight Oil Band.

He unexpectedly passed away in January last year.

The GreenLine SUP and Ocean Paddle Race will go in tandem with the walk.

Paddlers encouraged to unload their paddling craft on the beach and park in the Currumbin WildLife Sanctuary car park.

After the paddle, a shuttle bus will be available to take the paddling equipment from Kirra back to Currumbin.

Prizemoney is on offer, but this is not deemed to be a serious race and is open to all craft wishing to paddle from Currumbin to Kirra.

“It is a fantastic way of bringing the whole surfing community together to show our support for bringing Kirra back,” GreenLine manager Scott Penwarn said.

“The Kirra SurfStock is also a great way of showcasing the many facets of surfing/paddling and beach culture of the southern Gold Coast to the broader community locally and nationally.”

While there are entry forms available to enter for both the walk and the paddle, beach registrations will be available from the south side of Elephant Rock, Currumbin. It's a gold coin donation for the walkers and $10 entry for the paddlers.

Sunday tides are favourable, with low tides early and high tides just before lunch.

Meanwhile, Queensland's best watermen/women will have another event to look forward to on their epic ocean calendar - the Roar Industries Ultimate Stand Up Paddleboard Challenge in Currumbin on November 21.

Once reserved for Polynesian Royalty, SUP has reached the masses, with aspiring Laird Hamilton's taking to the water in droves throughout the region.

Surfing Queensland and Roar will host the single-division specialty event, which incorporates two separate disciplines for both men and women; a SUP race and SUP surfing competition, with the added challenge of competitors using the same board in both disciplines.

The event will begin with a surfing competition where competitors are judged on how they utilise their paddle to push into waves and execute manoeuvres, before the entrants battle a two-kilometre paddle course involving both flat and ocean conditions.

Paddlers will race from Currumbin Creek out through the waves and around an ocean buoy before heading back into Currumbin Creek, around the M1 Highway Bridge and back to a finish line at Winders Park.

For all enquires including entry information check out www.surfingqueensland.com.



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