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John Engel

John Engel

Date of Birth:


Homespot / Homebase:

Long Reef, North Narrabeen


Down Wind, Race, Marathon

Board Setup:

Falcon 14’0“ x 24.75” + 14’0” x 26.25”, Strike 14’0” x 24.75”, 10’0” Style Master, 8’2” Stubby

Competition ranking you’re most proud of:

1st Grand Master Merimbula Classic 2014

Your favourite contest and why:

The Merimbula Classic. It’s the longest running windsurf, kite and SUP contest in the world. I’ve been going there on and off over the last 30 years. It’s a non-stop party for 4 days, both on and off the water.

Your favourite SUP adventure:

Anywhere travelling with the crew from the Sydney Paddle Surfing Club.

Number one on your bucket list:

Downwind Month in Hawaii staying with the SPSC crew.

Soundtrack of your life:

1. “Blue Sky Mine” – “Midnight Oil
2. “Blues in B” – BB King
3. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

As a superhero I would…


For the perfect SUP day there has to be…


If you could be an animal, what would it be?

a dolphin.

If you could travel back in time to meet any famous person, who would it be?

Martin Luther King

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Best results

  • 2016

    3rd NSW State Titles Marathon Over 50s

  • 2015

    2nd King of The Cut Over 50s
    3rd Australian SUP Titles Marathon, Over 50’s
    2nd Australian Sprint Titles 1000 metres Over 50’s
    1st Forster Island Paddle Festival, Over 50’s
    3rd NSW State Titles Marathon, Over 50’s

  • 2014

    1st Grand Master Merimbula Classic
    1st Sydney Downwind Series. Over 50’s

  • 2013

    3rd Australian SUP Titles Marathon Over 50’s
    2nd NSW State titles Marathon, Over 50’s
    1st SUPSA NSW Titles 10km Downwind, Master
    1st SUPSA NSW Titles 1.5km Sprint, Master
    1st SUPSA NSW Titles 6.0km Flat Water, Master
    3rd Harry’s Paddle, Overall.

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