Stand-Up Paddleboard state titles coming to Shoalhaven

Time to stand up: Michael Stokes competes in a recent SUP surfing event. The state tiles are on in the Shoalhaven on April 28-30. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

Time to stand up: Michael Stokes competes in a recent SUP surfing event. The state tiles are on in the Shoalhaven on April 28-30. Photo: Ethan Smith (Surfing NSW)

THE Ocean and Earth Southern Cross Stand-Up Paddleboard Festival will once again call Shoalhaven home when the three-day stand-up paddleboard festival kicks off around Sussex Inlet from April 28-30.

More than 120 of NSW’s best SUP riders will participate in the competition, which will incorporate racing and surfing in a variety of different conditions.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said she was looking forward to the titles. 

“Shoalhaven City Council is excited to support the Ocean and Earth Southern Cross SUP Festival titles for the third time,” she said.

“Our area is a fantastic location for the competition and within our community, we have a large SUP population.  We wish all the competitors much success.” 

Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden said the last two years had provided great conditions for SUP riders.

“The Shoalhaven region is the perfect backdrop for the discipline as it includes the ideal locations for both surfing and paddling,” he said.

Events in the racing event include an 8-10-kilometre elite marathon and an eight-kilometre sprint race.

The prime location for the surfing component of the Ocean and Earth Southern Cross SUP Festival is Sussex Inlet with backup locations of Narrawallee and Mollymook.

The surfing component will take place on the Friday and Saturday while the racing will be on the Saturday and Sunday. The event acts as the NSW State SUP Titles across surfing and racing with the results of the event determining the NSW SUP Team for the Australian SUP titles to be held in Currumbin later in the year.

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