By Jim on Sunday, March 15, 2015
Of all the types of paddling there is, and there is plenty I would have to say racing around 3 cans from the beach out to sea and back again on Australian beaches would have to be the best type of paddling.
On the weekend New South Wales hosted its championships at Umina Beach, Central Coast. With over 600 paddlers in men,women,boys and girls from U/17- open it was quite an event. Heats and finals are raced over two days in many different events, men's and women's doubles, mixed male female doubles and three person relay teams. Add surf to the mix and you now have interesting paddling. To be the best at this sport you need to be as good as any other type of paddling there is for the simple fact that Olympic athletes male and female both compete next to your everyday paddler.
One of the biggest draw cards to this wonderful event is the fact that you could be in front and win on a wave on your own, or you could be in 8th position and you catch a wave on everyone to get the win. Everyone is in with a shot, don't be thrown too much as the best people still always come up with the bling.
I must mention that one athlete was far better then any other on this weekend, Mitchell Trim with a creditable six gold medals from six paddling races, quite a feet from such a young guy, he won with good power, good sportsmanship and while also competing with team members. Well done Mitchell Trim.
The other thing that separates this type of racing is that mother nature dishes up all types of conditions over the 2-3 days of racing, never two days are ever the same.
So to all that raced hold your head up you did good, now train harder and become more skillful to better next time.
This is the most amazing part of the whole thing, all the paddlers are VOLUNTEER lifesavers on beaches around Australia helping protect the public from dangerous surf conditions, so swim between the flags but if you do get into trouble, raise your hand and you may be saved by one of these great paddlers.