20 paddlers contested yesterdays inaugural Christmas Cracker Loop race in moderate southeasterly winds. Travis Mitchell looked strong from the gun taking both the mens 12km hot spot and the overall win in 54.22, from Grant Heim and Ian Mercer. Katie Pocock had a strong race winning the women’s race and crossing the line 5th overall, while Greg Morrison won the men’s 4km race ahead of the fast starting and hot spot winner Logan Cranston. Special mention also goes to Jan Battaerd who not only manned the bar in the post race function but was also the first master ski paddler across the line.
The full results are on our "Races" page, so click on the tab above to get the full low down.
Thanks to all those people who made the race happen, but in particular our race sponsors
Delmaine Fine Foods
George Duncan Massage Therapy
Fenn Surf Skis NZ
Good Health Magazine
The Mad Butcher Northcote
Mairangi Bay Surf Club
Thanks also to Tracy and Jezza for organising the photos below.
"The Chamber," looking confident as always
Did I mention I was sponsored by Epic.....
Ian Mercer, focused in his pre race routine
High tension on the start line