20-Jun-2018 10:13 a.m.

Ollie and Jack ace the BOP & donate extra funds raised to Paddle For Hope


NZ’s top junior stand up paddler Oliver Houghton (14) won the Distance Race and placed second in the Open Mens 12’6 race at the prestigious Battle of the Paddle, Salt Creek California last weekend.  His mate Jack Evans (15) placed 9th in the U18 race and 5th in the Distance Race, and their Dad’s Gavin Houghton and Bryan Evans placed first in their divisions too.

Conditions were really tough for the paddlers, with 3m set waves causing all sorts of carnage and great spectator viewing.


The photo above is from the NZ SUP Champs in Ohope this year.  Ollie is on the right and Jack Evans (centre), and on the left is Australian-resident Kiwi Trevor Tunnington (17) (who is now ranked 30th in the world, after placing 33rd in the Elite Race and 14th in the Distance Elite Race at BOP).  Photo by Georgia Schofield.

Professional NZ paddler Annabel Anderson also raced at BOP, placing 2nd in the Elite Distance Race, and 2nd in the Elite Womens (although she was penalised one-minute for a mark rounding and awarded 3rd place in a muck-up they are now known as “Buoygate”)

Jeremy Stephenson placed 60th in the Elite Mens Finals.

For race reports and more exciting video footage go to http://www.supracer.com/battle-of-the-paddle/

Results are here:

Distance Race (Sun)

Age Group Race (Sat)

Ollie and his mate Jack Evans, both from Takapuna, fundraised and worked to pay for their trip to California.  They raised more than enough money, and have decided to donate the rest to their Paddle For Hope fundraising campaign, to help men and women with all types of cancer access the Pinc and Steel Cancer Rehabilitation programs.

The Rosmini College students will join fellow Starboard NZ Junior Development Squad riders Brianna Orams (13) and Daniel Orams (14) of Long Bay College for a fun pink teams relay race on Saturday 1 November, and will also be racing off the water to raise the most funds and be in to win a trip to Hawaii.  

Ollie encourages anyone who would like to have a go at paddleboarding to get on board with the Starboard Paddle For Hope.
“It’s a great event and pretty much anyone who can stand up, can stand up paddle board,” says Ollie, who along with team-mates escorted the sailing waka Haunui into the Viaduct Harbour for the opening ceremony of Paddle For Hope last year.  See video here

Starboard Paddle for Hope is a fun, family fundraising event, now in its fourth year, which is taking place on November 1, 2014 at the newly-developed St Marys Bay in Westhaven, Auckland. Teams and individuals can take part in have-a-go lessons, yogaboarding, hula workshops, sprint racing and a teams SUP relay.  Find out more at www.paddleforhope.co.nz

If you like the idea of Paddle For Hope but have never been on a paddle board, get along to a lesson at one of the Keep Calm and Paddle On workshops on October 14, or try it for free at Judges Bay on Sunday October 19 (visit http://www.paddleforhope.co.nz/get-on-board/learn-to-sup/).

To donate to Ollie and Jack’s team fundraising page please visit:  STARBOARD GROM

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