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The Rock-itt : January 2012
between two of Australia’s – and the world’s – best ocean ski paddlers, Clint Robinson and Tim Jacobs. Robinson, 39, a gold/silver/bronze Olympic kayak medallist, came down from Maroochydore in Queensland and scored a commanding victory over Jacobs, a 6-times winner. Robinson paddled the 25km in 1h 36m 44s, with Jacobs finishing in 1h 38m 13s. Sam Norton was 3 rd in 1h 38m 57s, Ben Allen 4 th in 1h 40m 14s and Martin Kenny 5th in 1h 40m 40s. The wom en’s category was also a great contest, with Lauren Smith, 1h 58m 37s, edging out Lauren Bartlett, 1h 59m 21s. Kate McGrath was 3 rd in 2h 3m 42s. The leaders were fortunate enough to finish in reasonably calm conditions, but as the tide receded a sand bank emerged 60 metres offshore and the surf quickly began to build up. And that was when the mayhem started. As well as skis, the field of more than 250 included double skis, outrigger canoes and stand-up paddlers. The stand-up are rapidly becoming popular and it was amazing to see the speed they achieved and the skill with which they tackled the finishing surf. The veterans’ categories were well represented and included Tim Hookins, whose company, Add-Style, regularly advertises on the back page of The Rock-itt. Tim, who came 5 th in the 60+ age category paddling his new Swordfish Ocean racing ski, was one of those who got belted by the Palm Beach surf. “I waited for a break and then paddled my heart out on a little runner hoping to avoid the big ones,” he said. “But a big one did come through – it was not that big, let’s not exaggerate – but it took my boat away. I let it go and swam in.” Battered by the surf, drained to the point of exhaustion, Tim was still all smiles as he emerged dripping wet from the sea. “This is just great, you know,” he said. “I thought, this is perfect, you’re out there catching runners and competing with your mates. What more could you want?” Skis speared into the sky by the breakers, their paddlers are buried somewhere in the foam The paddler of an outrigger canoe prepares to leap off as he hits the sand An IRB brings in a competitor who didn’t make it t o the finish New and preloved goods. We have the lot from guitars to TV’s, fishing rods to CD’s. Drop in and check us out! We buy, sell, loan or trade. The store for all reasons! 687 Pittwater Road Dee Why NSW 2099 PH: 9972 2211 FAX: 9972 2272