Well, we didn't quite get the glassy conditions some paddlers
were hoping for, but the weather for Outer Edge Crit Race # 5 was
calm enough to shake up the field a bit and let the flatwater
specialists flex their muscle.
Not that it made a huge difference at the pointy end of the
field. The water whisperer, Tim Altman, claimed yet another
convincing win in the men's ski race, beating out an in-form Garth
Spencer, who has steadily moved up the field during the course of
the series, followed by Ivor Morgan. Tim's five-from-five result
naturally saw him take out the Series Championship in the Men's
Ski. Well done, Tim - you really are an inspiration to the younger
lads who you consistently wallop on the water.
In the OC1 competition, it was once again Jason Shepherd's day,
with the big man dominating from go to whoa. Like Tim, Jason was
undefeated in all his races, and earned himself the well deserved
title of Series Champ. But perhaps the unofficial champs in the OC1
field were the Echuca crew led by Rod Clarke. We are always so
stoked to have you guys make the long journey down to our races and
you really add to the colour and atmosphere of the event. We can't
wait to have you back next season with an even bigger OC
In the SUP race, it was SUP Vic's Paul Harrington who took out
the first-place honours, and the SUP Series Championship too, ahead
of his fellow upright comrade, Con Toronis. Paul and Con have been
consistent competitors at this year's series and are to be
congratulated for their commitment. Admittedly, we had some pretty
tough SUP conditions at some of our races this season, and it took
only the most fanatical SUPers to step up to the start line. Thanks
guys and well done.
But the night's most anticipated showdown was in the women's ski
field, and it didn't disappoint, with an in-form Di Bloom narrowly
snatching victory from an otherwise undefeated Chloe Hardman. Di
had been putting in a heap of hard work to secure this victory,
with three-plus training sessions per week, and it clearly paid
off. Still, she had to work for it, with Chloe sitting on her tail
the whole way. And it was ultimately Chloe who took out the Series
Championship, with an impressive four-from-five. Well done Chloe -
with all that you juggle, you truly are superwoman!
Di and Chloe battle it out.
Now for a few honorable mentions. Well done to Lucy Bell, who
took out the women's SUP race; Lisa Spain who once again romped it
home in the women's OC1 (beating the ski girls in the
process!); our first-time OC2 team, Humphrey and Murgatroid
(love the name) - we hope you inspire some more OC2 teams to get
involved next season; and Jacky and Mimi from Team Thule
Adventure, who managed to squeeze in a strong mixed double paddle
between training for continued world domination in the adventure
racing scene, and helping us set up and pack up Race HQ.
Finally, a big congrats to Serge Kurov, who snared the random
draw prize of a Sunny King SUP and paddle. We can't wait to see our
favourite Russian don his board shorts and sunnies and hit the bay
for these last days of our Indian summer.
Nick King congratulates Sergey Kurov, winner of the Sunny
King paddle pack.
Last, but not least, a huge thankyou to our sponsors, without
whose support the Outlaw Crit Series would not be possible: Outer
Edge Magazine, Stellar Kayaks, Go Natural, Sunny King Paddleboards
and SUP HQ. And thanks also to our supporters, Sandridge Life
Saving Club and Williamstown LSC for providing water safety, Blast
Paddlers for prividing our super-dooper timekeeping system,
Surfrider Foundation for fighting the good fight for clean beaches,
and Jon Barter our awesome photographer.
I think you'll agree that this has been our best Crit Series
yet, and, with your support, we look forward to making it even
better next season. If you have any suggestions as to how we can
improve the series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - your
feedback is very important.
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