Superstar style

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GOLD Coast superstar Paul Jackson turned on the style to take home this year's Coconet Classic kiteboarding event at Tannum Beach on Sunday.

Jackson revelled in the windy conditions to blitz his opponents in the top 10 men's grand final shootout.

He showed why he is rated one of Australia's best kiteboarders with an awesome display full of kickers and sliders to hold off Brisbane's Zeb Peters.

It proved to be a very tough weekend for the locals with an injured Anthony Prest the best performer.

Prest badly hurt his shoulder just minutes before the top 10 shootout and was never a serious chance of taking home the title after that.

Tannum young gun Campbell Barker struggled to find his best form and unfortunately finished off the pace.

The news was better for rising Townsville competitor Michelle Stanford who thrilled the big crowd with an awesome display to win the girls event.

Stanford was in red-hot form to beat Cheryl Button who pushed her to the limit.

Angie Van Hoos rounded out the podium placings in third spot. Event organiser Justin Diehm could not have been any happier with the response to this year's event.

"This year was just fantastic, it was a quality field on show and the display they turned on for the crowd was magic,'' Diehm said.

"It was really courage central because all the competitors put their bodies on the line and turned it on, especially on Sunday.

"People were everywhere, overall it was a great event and from my perspective the support of everyone involved made it a great weekend,'' he said.



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