Minnie Water paddle boarder Roger Saunders starred at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Minnie Water paddle boarder Roger Saunders starred at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Geoff Potter

Roger paddles into semis

THE traditional Hawaiian sport of stand-up paddle boarding is proving popular in Australia.

Minnie Water paddle boarder Roger Saunders competed in the stand up paddle board event on the weekend at the Noosa Festival of Surfing and after cruising through the heats managed to find his way into the semi-final before bowing out against a crack field of competitors.

The event held at Laguna Bay, Noosa lived up to all expectations and the chunky two-metre north-east swell tested even the best surfers.

Making the semi-final was an outstanding performance by Saunders who only took up the sport a few years ago. Saunders who according to his website is ranked number 1 in NSW runs North Coast Surf Styles. Saunders teaches people who are interested in the sport the finer points of paddle boarding.

In round 1 Saunders scored an impressive 15.50 in his heat followed by a score of 8.85 in round 2.

In the quarter-finals Saunders recorded a score of 11.00 which was enough to gain him a place in the semi-final.

Unfortunately for Saunders his score of 6.00 in the semi-final kept him out of final contentions. The final was taken out by Queensland paddle boarder James ‘Billy’ Watson.

Over 60 paddle boarders competed in the event with the first round consisting of 10 heats.



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