The start of one of the many races during yesterday’s hugely successful craft carnival. LEIGH JENSEN
The start of one of the many races during yesterday’s hugely successful craft carnival. LEIGH JENSEN LEIGH JENSEN

Outrigger carnival a success

WATERS along the Coffs Coast during the weekend were packed with craft not often seen in these parts.

Fans of aquatic sports got their fill at the National OC1 and OC2 Marathon Titles hosted by Coffs Coast Outrigger Canoe Club, highlighted by the appearance of the visiting United States teams from Hawaii, birth place of the sport, including legend Nappy Napoleon who conducted training clinics across the weekend.

Visitors were amazed while watching stand-up surfers paddle their boards, as well as the sheer athleticism displayed by those in canoes.

Around 500 competitors took part in the annual carnival.

Day one saw the staging of the blue-ribbon 25km long, downwind event between Coffs and Woolgoolga in an almost flat surf but with the winds rising yesterday, the short course race between Coffs and Sawtell presented a different challenge.

At the meeting 164 events were conducted.



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