Portages are the bane of every marathon kayakers day. As if paddling almost 20 kilometres in a morning isnt demanding enough without having to haul your water-laden kayak across land a couple of times.
On Sunday at Woodburn the best local paddlers got a chance to practise their portages in the first of the Northern Marathon Series. Bonvilles Daniel Jenkin took out the opening round in the mens open K1 ahead of Lismore brothers Glen and Tony Curtis on a course which included two of the tricky across-terrain treks. Swift portages are the key to gaining a lead and Jenkin and the Curtis brother all showed good strength at the turns.
The event drew 70 paddlers in a variety of craft with competitors coming from as far away as Foster and the Sunshine Coast.
This is the first race of the Northern Marathon series six races that are held between Currumbin and Foster throughout the winter. Lismore will host the fourth race in the series on the Wilson River in July.
Come and try day
On Saturday March 24 the Far North Coast Canoe Club is also putting on a come and try day for interested people from 9.30am. The club is under the Laurie Allen centre at the northern end of Magellan Street. For further information phone Marion 6624 6998.
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