Coffs Harbour's Matt O'Garey took the inaugural Hervey Bay Triangle.
Coffs Harbour's Matt O'Garey took the inaugural Hervey Bay Triangle. Robyne Cuerel

Coffs paddler shows class with win

COFFS Harbour's Matt O'Garey powered to victory to claim the inaugural Hervey Bay Triangle in Torquay yesterday - and there's a good chance it won't be the last time he wins.

The 33 paddlers who headed out on the water for the 16km ocean ski race were blessed with perfect conditions and O'Garey, 39, showed why he is leading this year's Pacific Ocean Series by beating Alexander Mackenzie-Templar.

But the most exciting news of the day was organiser Julian Norton-Smith confirming the race will return next year.

"We've already started to think about next year," he said.

"We'll work out how we can make it fit better with the masters surf lifesaving carnival and make it bigger and better.

"It's already well supported by Hervey Bay and the area has got a number of paddlers and outriggers.

"Hervey Bay deserves a race each year and we're more than happy to assist."



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