Queensland State Surfski Championships, Northern Marathon Series and Mentone Surf Life Saving Club
Coaching the young guns from Mentone is something I will never forget, sharing my experience’s and knowledge that I have learnt over my short career thus far and working with Clint, has shown myself another side of the surf lifesaving moment. For the majority of the time, all the athletes had big smiles one their faces and were eager to learn and ask questions, and for the rest of the time we all were having a laugh and enjoing being at the beach. I could not be more impressed and happy for the group that I was in charge of because not only did they give me a nickname of Ryan the Lion, but they also improved and grew in confidents in what were tricky surf conditions. Well done and thank you to all of the athletes, parents, water safety, Clint and Greg for an incredible week, and I’m sure one day all of the athletes will be leading me out through the surf and around the turning buoys in races in the future (maybe I shouldn’t have taught you all of my tricks).
Over the past few weeks I have competed in the Queensland State Surf ski Championships and also rounds 7 and 8 of the Northern Marathon series. Firstly, the Queensland State Surf ski Championships were held on the Gold Coast, with small flat conditions made the race a challenge from the start. This race saw the current world surf ski champion Sean Rice competing against other competitors for the win, from the start Sean took off with his fellow team Think Paddler Mackenzie Hynard close behind. Having a shocking start I turned the start buoy in 12th, working my butt off to get closer to the top end, I managed to work my way up to 8th position overall and 3rd place in the open men’s division. Overall I was happy with my paddle but I know I still have a few things to work on before I’m mixing it with the more experienced guys.
I want to wish everyone luck in this weekend 2nd ICF World Surf Ski Championships in Tahiti, please stop posting pictures because its making jealous, wishing I could be experiencing some Island paradise right now. Good Luck to all Team Epic Paddlers the new GT boats look awesome.