Stunt plane ride for winner of first ever GC Water Maze event

BIGGERA Waters canals have been taken over by stand-up paddle boards for the inaugural Red Bull Water Maze.

Mermaid Waters local Michael Booth made history by winning the event, that saw athletes battle fierce southerly wind on Saturday.

The 24-year-old took out the blue-ribbon Open Men’s 12’6 division and was also the first finisher of any other division in the event.


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Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

Competitors paddled into the labyrinth of channels, ticking off four checkpoints along the way before heading straight back into the wind and back to the finish line.

Race favourites, Matt Poole (Mooloolaba, QLD) and three-time Australian SUP Champion Karla Gilbert (Palm Beach. QLD) both had wins in their respective divisions.

Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

 

Poole won the coveted Open Men’s Naish One Inflatable while Gilbert proved herself a hot favourite for a fourth Australian Title by taking out the Open Women’s 12’6.

Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

Cory Roberts / Surfing Queensland

Social paddlers also gave the maze a go, much to the delight of Surfing Queensland Event Manager Cory Roberts.

“We had some of the best paddlers in the business, but I think I’m most impressed by some of the first-time stand up paddle boarders who had a really strong wind to contend with,” Mr Roberts said.

“Everyone not only finished, but they did so with a smile on their face, which is an amazing feat,” he continued.

Booth will now get the chance to take to the skies in a Red Bull stunt plane as just one of the several prizes he takes home for the win.

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