HIF TASSIESUP WINTER CLASSIC

TASSIE SUP SURF TITLES GO DOWN AT AT EAGLEHAWK NECK TODAY.
Great surf and sunshine all day at Pirates Bay, Eaglehawk Neck, provided a dramatic backdrop for competitors in the final round of the Surfing Tasmania HIF State Championship Series, the TassieSUP Winter Classic. Over thirty Tasmanian SUP surfing enthusiasts and eight interstate competitors competed in the 1 to 1.5 metre waves whipped into shape by chilly offshore winds creating a wind chill factor of about 8 degrees.... By comparison the water temperature was a balmy 12 degrees but that did not deter the hardy crew of SUP enthusiasts.
The Technical ( Surf Race) and 10 klm Race will be held tomorrow. More great pics from Dale Cumming over the following days.
FINAL RESULTS: Tasmanian Championships
Open Men: 1.Kyron Rathbone, 2. Jake Steele 3.Ben Stockwin, 4. Andrew Leitch
Open Women: Claire Vervaat
Under 21: Jake Steele 2. Lewis Freeman
Over 40: 1.Ben Stockwin 2. Andrew Leitch 3. Matt Golding
Over 50: Brett Bradford 2. Andrew Bowes 3. Steve Miller
Over 70: Tony Leitch
FINAL RESULTS: Australian Winter SUP Championship (interstate competitors)
Open Men: 1. Nathan Cross 2. Pat Eastwood 3. John Large 4. Jarred Reid
Open Women: 1. Skyla Rayner 2. Emma Webb.

WHITE POINTER SHARK DISRUPTS TASSIE SUP WINTER CLASSIC RACING TODAY.
Contestants at the rear of the 10klm race field today up Norfolk Bay, around Dart Island and back to Eaglehawk Neck had to call the safety boat and leave the water due to a large White Pointer shark. It was estimated to be over 4 metres long by the experienced fisherman and skipper of the safety boat. The shark first appeared near the back group of paddlers then reappeared closer on several occasions before... they were able to be rescued by the safety boat. The paddlers at the front of the field finished without further danger.
The racing completed the weekends events at Eaglehawk Neck which included a range of social events at the Lufra Hotel including the State Championship Presentations last night. Many thanks to the generous sponsors, organisers and officials including Level 3 Head Judge Karl Gol. Special thanks to the fantastic crew of interstate competitors who came south to sample this legendary event on the Australian SUP calendar.
SPONSORS: Naish, Jay Sails SUP, Fanatic, Blue Planet, Sea Urchin Design, Surftech Australia, Gertzel-Survey, ION, Ocean n Earth, Starboard, Deep Ocean Boards, Tom Carroll Paddle Surf, JP Australia, Watersports TAS, Lufra Hotel n Apartments, HIF Insurance, Tasmanian Government SUP World Magazine.

RACING RESULTS:
TECHNICAL (Surf Race) RACE:
1. Luke O'Garey 2. Matt Golding 3.Ben Stockwin
Mainlander Race:1. Nathan Cross 2. Jared Reid 3. Micheal Williams
Womens Race: 1. Skyla Rayner
10KLM RACE:
1.Luke O'Garey 2. Matt Golding 3. Ben Stockwin
2017 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
Technical Race 1. Luke O'Garey 2. Jake Steele
10 KLM Marathon 1. Luke O'Garey 2. Matt Golding