WAVE OF SUCCESS: Mick Cromack withstood the challenge to finish third in the Gold Coast Cup.
WAVE OF SUCCESS: Mick Cromack withstood the challenge to finish third in the Gold Coast Cup. Bill Jarvis GLA100117OUTRIGGER

Mighty Mick wins a place on the water

PADDLING: Mick Cromack created a piece of history by finishing third in the Gold Coast Cup at the weekend.

The Outrigging at 1770 member took out the placings in the over-50 age division in challenging conditions with a time of one-hour, 44 minutes and 47 seconds.

"It was the first of its kind and was held by Surfing Australia and there were a total of 147 competitors,” Cromack said.

There were six classes and Cromack was on the OT1 canoe, a one-person craft.

"It was a 15km course and started at the North Kirra Beach, went through the surf break and then went south to Snapper Point and then finished at Tallebudgera Surf Club,” Cromack said.

He said the hardest parts of the race were at the start and toward the end.

"It was difficult getting off the beach through the break and onto the beach,” Cromack said.

"There was a strong southerly wind and a south-easterly swell of about two-metres.”

While out paddling, Cromack said he had no idea what position he was in.

That was mainly due to the quicker paddlers overtaking the slower ones while also helping those who were in a bit of bother if needed.

A member of the Bundaberg Surf Life Saving Club, Cromack was part of the 1770 Dragon Boat Club crew.

"I wanted something more challenging and that's probably the best way to describe it,” Cromack said.



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