TOYOTA Australian SUP Titles set to start in Geraldton

COOLANGATTA/QLD (Tuesday 30th August, 2016): Geraldton, Western Australia is about to turn into SUP (Stand Up Paddle) central when it hosts one of the country’s biggest gatherings of SUP surfers and racers for the Toyota Australian SUP Titles which begin on September 2, 2016.


More than 200 competitors will represent their States across three disciplines: surfing; technical racing between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf; and a 20-30km marathon.  


The opening ceremony will be held on Friday September 2nd at the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre with the Sunset Beach Holiday Park Marathon and the City of Greater Geraldton Technical Race in both SUP and prone paddleboarding having a two-day event window from Saturday 3rd – Sunday 4th September.


The City of Greater Geraldton SUP Surfing divisions will be contested over Monday September 5th and Tuesday September 6th.


“We are delighted to welcom e the Toyota Australian SUP Titles here to Geraldton and what better place for the competition! Not only do we boast stunning beaches but our climate and coastal lifestyle makes it an ideal location for this event,” said City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn.


“We have seen the popularity of SUPing grow here in Geraldton and you only need to take a look at our beaches on the weekends and spot the number of SUP goers taking advantage of our beautiful ocean. This event will bring many spectators and competitors alike and we look forward to what is always a great competition from Surfing WA.”


Valued Surfing Australia partner Toyota will again hold naming rights to the event, which is expected to attract the country’s top SUP exponents.


“Toyota is proud to be the naming rights partner of the Australian SUP titles.  Like Toyota, Surfing Australia has operated in Australia for more than 50 years and we are excited to be associated with an organisation that supports local communities now and into the future,” said Toyota’s Chief Marketing Officer Brad Cramb.


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.


"Surfing WA is delighted to be hosting our first ever SUP National Titles. We're excited to see Australia's best SUP talent in action off the Batavia Coastline. It's a great opportunity for WA competitors to take part in a National Title on home soil,” said Surfing WA Events Manager Justin Majeks.


The 2016 Toyota Australian SUP Titles is proudly supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, Sunse t Beach Holiday Park, Nikon, AuSUP, Surfing Western Australia and Surfing Australia.


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