Hanmer wins paddleboard race
SNAPPER Rocks provided the perfect backdrop and conditions for the Xcel Open Ocean Paddleboard Race last Sunday.
Broadbeach bolter Dean Hanmer left all in his wake throughout the gruelling 8.5 kilometre course, coming in under an hour to win the blue ribbon Unlimited Open Men division by more than six minutes.
He proved a cut above his paddleboard peers, clocking an unprecedented 59mins 13secs to fend off challenges from second- placed Bondi Rescue star Corey Oliver (1:05.23) and Burleigh boarder Scott Wildin (1:08.02).
Hanmer will now travel to Hawaii for a series of international races, including July’s annual Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard race, regarded as the world championship of paddleboard racing.
“To get the win today is unreal,” he said.
“This was my fourth time competing in this event and the number of competitors and standard of competition seems to get better every year.
“A majority of the guys and girls competing here today will head overseas shortly for some really big races, so this is a great test to gauge exactly where your fitness is at before tackling those bigger races.”
It was also clear sailing for Gold Coast lifeguard and Stand Up Paddleboarder James Watson, who himself went under the hour mark for a comfortable triumph.
The Burleigh legend raced to victory in the Unlimited Open Men SUP division, finishing the race in a super-fast time of 59mins 52secs to finish over two minutes clear of Tugun’s Kelly Margetts (1:02.05) and Perigian Beach’s Woogie Marsh (1:02.12).