Queensland Canoeing partners Rapid Acent with Anaconda Adventure Race

Queensland Canoeing partners Rapid Ascent with the Anaconda Adventure Race

John Jacoby and his team from Rapid Ascent have a key objective of introducing more people to the sport of kayaking via their Òsprint distanceÓ Anaconda Adventure Race events.  As AustraliaÕs most decorated world marathon kayak champion with 4 world titles, John is ideally placed to assist Queensland Canoeing & Australian Canoeing with the promotion of the sport in all its forms.  Queensland Canoeing is proud to announce their support of the Anaconda Adventure Race event on the Gold Coast this August, and will have a marquee set up at the Outdoor Sports Expo that is running in conjunction with the event.

The kayak leg is 14km in distance and combines several interesting elements:

  • An exit through Currumbin Creek mouth into the ocean
  • Paddle up the coast towards Surfers Paradise for 6km
  • Left hand turn and entry through Tallebudgera Creek mouth
  • Scenic paddle up Tallebudgera Creek for 8km

The majority of the field in this race will be beginners, so people will all levels of paddle experience/skill are welcome.  For an entry fee of under $60 per person (entry for a 4-person team is $225), each participant gets a race pack valued at $100, including a high performance custome race shirt valued at $60.

ÒAt our inaugural race at Lorne in Victoria last year, if you could see just how many different styles of kayak were on the beach at the start of the 13km kayak leg, it was really incredible.  I think the prize for ingenuity went to the person paddling the 60Õs Malibu board with crude wooden foot blocks stuck on.  Paddlers from a variety of backgrounds participated, we had sea-kayakers, surf paddlers, flat-water paddlers, white-water paddlers, outrigger paddlers and recreational paddlers all coming together for that ocean kayak leg and it was truly a sight to behold!Ó said John.  ÒThe amount of enquiries we had from people who had never paddled before but wanted to learn was staggering.  We directed these people to kayak clubs and training groups in order to get them started, and many of them have now become dedicated club paddlers.Ó

ÒIÕd like to put a call out to all paddlers that if youÕre interested in doing the paddle leg of one of the Anaconda Adventure Races, you can register your details on the ÒTeam-mate finderÓ section our website and we can guarantee youÕll find people to join you in a relay team.  We suffered from a shortage of paddlers last year and even as late as 7am on race morning some teams were trying to recruit paddlers to their team!Ó

For further details on the race, go to www.AnacondaAdventureRace.com