Dee Why Challenge
First race of the season and who knows what to expect. Has the training that I have been doing been enough to keep up with everyone else, is it enough to give me a victory.
I was using a new paddle in this race a Braca 4 minimum. I picked it up overseas and was loving it in training and wondering how it would feel in a race.
My ski was still the same the ‘Croc’ a Nelo large volume boat.
The pace at the start was on, everyone letting loose all the build up nervousness and adrenalin. There was no hot spot but everyone went out hard and fast heading for North Curl Curl.
The point at North Curly claimed a few ski’s as people tried to cut the corner too close, once over the ledge at the point you have nowhere to go as all the water drains off the rock shelf and then comes back at you with a lot more force, not where you want to be.
The field was starting to spread out at this point as it made a B-line for South Curl Curl, our first turning buoy and then to Freshie for our second turn into a big long push back up the coast to Long Reef.
It wasn’t until South Curly where I paddled up to the front of the line from my slower start and took over at the head of the race.
The water had little movement to it and it made for a comfortable paddle into the wind, no big wind to crash into.
The turning buoy at Freshie was off my home beach and I had a lead of about 50m at this point and extended it on the run up the coast to Long Reef. The bumps were small and you had to work hard all the way, no sitting back and resting, you had to work every stroke to keep the speed of the boat up and the momentum going to get over or through the run in front.
From the buoy at Longy it was a clear 2.5km run home back to Dee Why. The light conditions made the headwind easy going and the beach finish in calm conditions is always welcome so that no equipment gets damaged.
By the end of the race I had extended my lead to 2mins over second place finisher Nathan Smith who the following weekend finished second in the Coolangatta Gold.
Great to have the first race of the season done with a victory especially with my new Braca paddle. Great to see that the training that I have been doing is working and leading me in the right direction.
See you all at the next race, the Lion Island Challenge.