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Speed fans take to the water in Balclutha
The Lake Dunstan leg of the race,
a race from the Clutha River
outlet on Lake Wanaka to Old
Cromwell Town, will start at
2.30pm on October 11.
The best sites to watch the race
have been identified as the
Bendigo Boat Ramp, the
Cromwell bridge and lookout and
at Old Cromwell.
By CHE BAKER
Racing on water at speeds of up to
210kmh is an adrenaline rush not
to be missed for the 22 jet boat
drivers taking part in the 2012
New Zealand Jet Boat Marathon.
Jet boating enthusiasts from
across New Zealand will compete
against each other in 14 stages
being held across Otago and
Southland in a bid to recorded the
The event will kick off in
Balclutha on Saturday and will
move to Beaumont, Tuatapere,
Lumsden, Glendu Bay and Crom-
well before finishing in Glenorchy
on October 12.
Event organiser Tim Guthrie said
each different river would be an
exciting challenge for the racers.
''A mix of wide open racing and
very technical shallow rivers will
make this a truly memorable
event in the holy grail of jet boat
''This event is a long haul with
over 750km's of racing over five
days which will test the reliability
of their boats and the mental
toughness of the competitors
themselves,'' Mr Guthrie said.
Cromwell racer Kruse Davidson
would be the only local racer
competing in the event this year.
The competition has also attrac-
ted the strongest contingent of
overseas racers since the 2005
World Marathon with registra-
tions from Canada and the USA.
The championships will double as
a trial run for the 2013 UIM World
Jet Boat River Racing Marathon
held in New Zealand next year.
Locals to play with Ko
Star risen: Lydia Ko
during her last
in March at Arrowtown's
NZ PGA Pro-Am
Championship hosted at
The Hills this year.
Lydia Ko is jetting
into Queenstown for a
charity match this
weekend -- and the
lawyer who is hosting
the match didn't
realise Ko would be
such a huge star when
scheduling the game
only months ago.
The game was organ-
ised during Queens-
town's Winter Festival
in June, when the
Queenstown Coastguard organ-
ised a charity auction with a prize
of two rounds of golf with 15-year-
old Ko up for grabs.
Queenstown law firm GTodd Law
owner Graeme Todd was one of
the winning bidders, and has
given the opportunity to play with
Ko to six of his clients.
Since June Ko's profile has
Her rapid rise to golf's upper
echelons began with stunning
victory at the Canadian Open last
month, where, as an amateur, she
steamrollered a field including 19
of the top 20 professionals, two
weeks after winning
the prestigious US
Commenting on Ko's
great Tiger Woods suggested Ko
was a better player at 15 than he
had been at the same age.
''Of course we didn't know how
huge she would be now, when her
appearance was secured, and we
are very excited that she will be
here with us on Saturday. I think
some of the guys are a bit nervous
about the prospect of being
seriously beaten by a 15 year old, ''
Mr Todd said.
NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship
director Michael Glading has
officially offered Ko a place in the
four-round professional men's
event next year..
And they're off:
Jase John, of
and Loui in
Doggy paddle all the way
By JOHN EDENS
Stand-up paddleboarders are
preparing their rides in antici-
pation of the summer surf season
Jase John, who co-owns NZ
Shred, has a novel approach to a
morning coffee, launching on to
Lake Wakatipu and paddling over
to the Hilton Queenstown with
pet Loui perched on the board in a
NZ Shred is one of the few stores
in Queenstown to stock stand-up
paddleboards (SUP) and John
says more people are expressing
an interest in the pastime.
John, who plans to complete an
instructor's course in Christ-
church, says he and other staff
head down to One Mile car park
and launch on the lake if they
fancy a lunchtime paddle.
The more adventurous ''SUPers''
in town head to the Dart River or
up The Remarkables to Lake Alta.
Boarder Paul van der Kaag, of
Kelvin Heights, said members of
the resort's casual Alpine Surf
Club were getting ready for an
informal gear sale in October.
Boarders would organise social
paddling expeditions at weekends
in summer and enthusiasts would
sell boards or exchange gear.
He said there was a buy, sell and
exchange on the second week of
October for people who want to
sell second-hand boards.
Visit the group's Alpine Surf Club
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