Dane Wilson conquers the Backbeach Noosa Stand Up Paddle Pro

March 18, 2009 | Surfing
Dane Wilson

The Backbeach Noosa Stand Up Paddle Pro handled the tiny waves on Tuesday late afternoon superbly and local Noosa surfer Dane Wilson (16.25), who recently relocated from Cronulla in NSW, took a high scoring win over Burleigh Heads rider James Watson (15.35).

Dane has been living at Peregian for the past 6 months relocating from Cronulla and it was this move that has inspired him into Stand Up Paddle.

After his win on Tuesday, the former pro longboard surfer said “ Since I’ve been here on the Sunshine Coast I have really dedicated myself to Stand Up Paddling."

“It’s such a perfect location to be a stand-up paddling surfer and I’m now right into it! To win this event is unbelievable, the whole festival is held in the highest regard worldwide and for Stand Up Paddling in Australia this is the biggest and best event – It’s a special feeling to have won.”

Final placings in the Backbeach Noosa Stand Up Paddle Pro were, in order from 1st to 6th:

Dane Wilson, James Watson (Qld), Keahi De Aboitiz (Qld), Matt Lumley (Vic), Eugene "Woogie" Marsh(Qld/Peregian), and Noel Graham (NSW).

Today, the GSI Noosa Festival of Surfing concentrated on the amateur divisions and with a very favorable swell outlook for the coming weekend will aim to finish the ASP rated Golden Breed Men’s and Banana Boat Women’s finals in the best conditions, along with finals of all the other divisions.