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Source: Surfing Australia

 jacksonclose_1411605442[1]Defending Australian SUP surfing champion Jackson Close of the Gold Coast.

COOLANGATTA/QLD (26th September, 2014): Currumbin on the Gold Coast will attract the country’s best SUP competitors when it hosts the Toyota Australian SUP titles from October 15-19.

Organised by Surfing Australia, the event is expected to attract more than 300 of the country’s top SUP surfers and racers.

Currumbin was the venue for last year’s inaugural standalone Australian SUP titles and for the first time this year the event will be backed by Toyota, who recently announced a three-year partnership as a major supporter of Surfing Australia.

Toyota Australia Divisional Manager National Marketing, Brad Cramb, said Toyota was proud to be sponsoring the event this year.

“Toyota has a long history of supporting community and sporting events, and this competition marks the beginning of our corporate partnership with Surfing Australia,” Mr Cramb said.

“Our vehicles and accessories are built to s upport active lifestyles that include activities like surfing, and we see getting behind this national event as a perfect fit with the Toyota brand and its values.”

The Toyota Australian SUP titles will be held across three disciplines: surfing; technical race; and a 20km marathon. Results will form the basis of Team Australia selection for the ISA World SUP titles in 2015.

“Stand-up paddleboarding has exploded in popularity and participation over the last few years and the Toyota Australian SUP Titles will showcase the very best SUP competitors from around Australia all striving to be crowned prestigious Australian champions,” said Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark.

“Currumbin is an absolute perfect location and we look forward to hosting the event on the Gold Coast. We sincerely thank the valued support of new naming rights partner Toyota and also the Gold Coast City Council and Connecting Southern Gold Coast.”

This year’s event will also see the introduction of two SUP Community Challenges on Sunday, October 19. It will include a short course (5-10km) race, which will include six individual divisions, as well as a marathon race (20km), which will include an Open Men’s and Open Women’s division. These new additions will allow the general public to take part in the 2014 event.

SUP Community Challenge competitors do not need to qualify through their state rounds.

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The Toyota Australian SUP Titles is proudly supported by the Gold Coast City Council, Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Currumbin RSL, Nikon, Surfing Australia, Surfing Queensland, Australian Skin Cancer Clinics and AuSUP.