Jamie Mitchell wins the Honoula Ocean Paddle Race on the Gold Coast

Australian paddling star Jamie Mitchell (Currumbin, Queensland) made sure history didn’t repeat today, storming to victory in the Honoula Ocean Paddle Race on the Gold Coast.

31-year-old Mitchell, who wiped out of last year’s event after the rudder on his paddleboard snapped as he made his way out to the offshore start line, completed the eight kilometre open ocean race from Snapper Rocks to Currumbin unscathed, crossing the line in a in a time of 51 minutes and 48 seconds.

The paddleboarding ace says he was stoked to take the win after an unfortunate finish in the 2008 race.

“I felt pretty good out there today,” he said.

“Last year was disappointing, but when you dealing with the ocean anything can happen.”

“Towards the end we had a few nice runners and you could really feel the board moving. It was so much fun.”

It was clear sailing for the seven times Molokai to Oahu Paddleboarding Championship title winner from the stater’s gun, shooting to an early lead before widening the gap by race end to finish almost four minutes clear of Dean Hamner (Broadbeach), who crossed the line in 55 minutes and 37 seconds.

Mermaid Beach’s Sean Campbell finished in third with a time of 56 minutes and 22 seconds.

“My plan was to go flat stick off the start,” said Mitchell.


Canadian military forbids surfing in Cow Bay point break

A left-peeling point break located on property owned by the Canadian military in the Cow Bay-area is off limits to surfers, according to a military spokesperson.

“It’s for everybody’s safety. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is,” said Geri Grychowski, public affairs officer with Joint Task Force Atlantic.

According to Grychowski, soldiers regularly fire “certified small arms” at a range on the property. There is also “frequency radiation” in there area when military personnel are “working with different ships,” she said.

The military does not have any plans to announce when it will be conducting operations on the property. As such, the area is off limits to surfers at all times.

“It’s on DND (Department of National Defence) property and there’s no trespassing on DND property at any time,” she said. “You could be fined.”

DND apparently owns the shoreline as well as the water where the point break is located.

“The water is part of the range there, so (surfers) can’t be there,” said Grychowski.


Marco Fernandez | Photo by Diego Freire

It is confirmed.

Stella Maris, is the first of the beaches of the north coast of Salvador, Bahia, that will be, between 21st and 23rd of August, stage of the third of four stages of the championship “Maresia Brasileiro”, the circuit of the Brazilian Confederation of Surf (Confederação Brasileira do Surf, CBS, in portugues), which are held in six categories , Open and Junior (Under 18), with Men's and Women's divisions, Novice (U-16) and Beginner’s (U-14), many of them are basis for the participation of the Brazilian selections in different events of the International Surfing Association (ISA), an world sports organization affiliated to the International Olympic Committee (COI).

August's Surf

The month of August is a promise to the calendars of the ISA and the CBS, with its first eight days reserved for ISA Surfing Games 2009, for which the ranking after two stages of the “Maresia Brasileiro” guaranteed places to the leader of the Junior and Open, from Espiritos Santos, Kristian Kimmerson, the vice Open, from Bahia, Marco Fernandez, and, from Ceará, Estefany Freitas, for the Women's Open, which will be a companion Camila Cássia, from São Paulo, the current third position of the SuperSurf.

At Salvador, Stella Maris, will be in June the seat of stage of the SuperSurf, and that in 1987 was part of the inaugural edition of the Brazilian Professional, defining Paulo Matos, from São Paulo, the first champion in the official circuit while Fábio Gouveia repeated from amateur to win the earlier stage in Ubatuba, São Paulo, which made him integrate the Brazilian selection and the year after won the “World Surfing Title in 1998”, event that turned in to an biennial of the ISA that amounted today as the annual World Games for the 2009 edition in Jacó, Costa Rica from 1st to 8th of August.