Full Steam Ahead for 2019

Its all happening for the 2019 North Queensland Ocean Paddle Series

We have changed up some of the events, taken your ideas and feedback to make sure the year is fresh…but don’t worry we have kept some of the old favourites as well.

2019 will start with a easy paddle from The Strand out and back, ensuring race 1 is guaranteed to have an awesome downwind section.

Following that we will have  2 NQOPS races will be part of the Adventurethon Series (River Rush & Magnetic Island). This means a few new people to challenge, a bigger finish line (hopefully we mean in excitement not running distance).at…2018-03-17-15-23-58

We will take a trip North to Etty Bay, this race is always worth the trip no matter the wind. Etty Bay is a stunning location and who can forget the helpful Cassowarys on the beach.

Magnetic Loop has made the cut along with Cape2Cape. These are our 2 most iconic events (thanks to the Cape2Cape downwinder of 2017…..if you’re not sure if you attended that one, then you probably didn’t….it was epic!)

Tides for Magnetic Loop may have  a direc35552079_1688118647950731_1508198832804986880_ntion change but this should make for a fast downwind finish (please wind gods if you are listening….) and hopefully no reef walking this year.

The series will finish with a mystery paddle from Magnetic Island – only the wind will know where we will go…..

Series presentations will follow Race 7 with details to be confirmed.

We haven’t forgotten about the SUPs, Juniors & Short Courses. Each race will have the shorter, safer option for the SUPs and Beginner (or haven’t paddled in a while) paddlers. With some extra markers the course should be a better design for the SUPs…..we’ll see….

We would love to see more Junior and Short Course paddlers this year, so if you know someone who would like to give paddling a go….send them our way. We have kayaks available to hire.41382438_1816548421774419_5016362406901710848_n

Prizes have had a change up. This season we will have a variety of prizes that will range in value, winners of each category will have the opportunity to draw a random number (selecting them a prize).

If you know any businesses that would like to sponsor a prize or voucher (big or small) – send them our way!

We are looking forward to a great paddling season with some epic downwind action

Thanks for your support in 2019


The NQOPS Team