Bernadette Wallace at 2010 QLD Surf Champs
Australia's canoe sprint stars have dominated the surf ski events at the Queensland Senior Surf Championships at Maroochydore over the weekend.
London Olympic K4 gold medallists Murray Stewart and Tate Smith stole the show combining to win the men’s Open surf ski double final ahead of U23 sprint star Bill Bain and fellow Mooloolaba paddler Nicholas Bolton.
Stewart completed the double with victory in the Single Ski final, capping off a great weekend for Manly product who was joined on the podium by Joel Simpson and doubles partner Smith, in a trifecta for the Northcliffe SLSC.
Jacob Clear finished fifth, while Bolton and Bain also featured in the final finishing seventh and eighth respectively.
Alyce Burnett continued her hot streak of form with victory in the women’s open surf ski final.
Burnett overcame fellow sprint convert Bernadette Wallace who lead the field for the majority of the race only to have been caught by three paddlers who caught a wave 10m from the finish relegating the Northcliffe paddler to fourth.
Wallace bounced back with victory in the double ski alongside Lee Vrolyks, before winning the mixed double ski with Stewart ahead of Burnett and her Maroochydore partner Todd Grace.
Emerging sprint paddlers Coco Howcroft and Kirsty Higgison combined with fellow Mooloolaba athlete Amy Nurthern to win the women’s open surf ski relay final.
Howcroft also finished second in the women’s U19 single surf ski final.
Bain dominated the men’s U19 ski events with victory in the single, double and surf ski relay finals, while he also finished third in the U19 Ironman event capping off an outstanding weekend of racing for the dual Australian Youth Olympic gold medallist.
Tugun’s Jordan Wood and Currumbin paddler Joel McKitterick also featured in the U19 single ski final finishing third and sixth respectively.
National Womens Sprint Coach Anna Wood attended the event and was impressed with the level of competition.
“It was good to see all the kayak paddlers dominating the surf ski races, all the more reason for ski paddlers’ to try kayaking. Something we are trying to bring across to surf!”
The three day event was dominated by the Northcliffe SLSC who took out the Queensland Championships on 453.5 points, 22 points ahead of Mooloolaba SLSC, with Noosa Heads SLSC finishing third.
Canoe sprint athletes will return to racing at Champion Lakes in Perth, Western Australia from 3-7 April for the 2013 National Championships where the racing is expected to be fiercely contested with senior selection up for grabs.
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