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Lachie Paddles to Victory

Noosa District State High School Year 12 student Lachie Lansdown represented Queensland in the national paddle board championships at the Gold Coast last weekend and was awarded two runner-up prizes in the long distance division.
Lachie recently returned from a successful World Championships held in Hawaii, where his team won the team division.
Lachie’s team finished the 52 kilometre paddle from Molokai to Oahu in 5 hours and 40 minutes, under very trying conditions with large surf and dangerous rips.
“The world record is around 4 hours, but that is during good conditions,” Lachie said.
Lachie will complete next year in Nicaragua, South America next year at the ISA World Stand Up Paddle and Paddleboard World Championships.
Training is something Lachie undertakes every day except Sunday and he takes it all very seriously.
“Training is worth it. It obviously works,” Lachie said.
Training involves swimming laps for 2 hours a session, two paddleboard sessions, weights at the gym, kayaking and a 4 hour super Saturday session, without breaks.
Lachie said anyone interested in the sport should do what he did and just, “get out in the waves and join a surf club”.
The Noosa Surf Club will send four of its members to the world championships in 2014, including Lachie.
Noosa District State High School wishes Lachie all the best following his graduation this week.