Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge 2019

 24-25 August 2019

Competing for the glory of winning the iconic Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge, Australia's longest endurance ocean paddling race, 36 outrigger canoes, VAA (outrigger canoes with no rudder) and surf skis undertook the gruelling 45km from Yorkey's Knob to Port Douglas in Far North Queensland.

GBROC respects and preserves the spirit of a sport that originated 30,000 years ago as a means of transportation and migration in the Pacific that now brings the joy of paddling to new generations from diverse cultures and sporting traditions.

On Saturday 24 August 2019, paddlers laid their minds and bodies on the line to complete the course in fine sunny conditions and 10-12 knot winds. They blended speed, power, technique and timing to read and harness the energy of the water. 

Overall line honours went to Robert Pomie, Gold Coast Paddle Club -Ski MM in a time of 3:20:37. National OC6 Changeover Champion status as awarded to Coconuts Open Men from Innisfail in 3:35:23, Coconuts Open Mixed in 3:58:45 and Mission Beach Open Women in 4:04:10. 

Other outstanding results included master paddler and new dad Darrell Thoroughgood Club Outrigger Whitsunday OC1 MM in 3:46:52, and Hannah Stokes, Coral Sea on her maiden voyage on her brand new OC1 in 4:32:34.

We look forward to seeing everyone next year at the 10th anniversary of GBROC in 2020, successfully hosted once again by the outstanding efforts  the Hekili Outrigger Canoe Club, Cairns.


Course Map Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge 45KM:


Race Results 

Saturday Galleries: 

6 Man Change Over



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