Four Gold Medals for Australia at 2019 ICF Stand Up Paddling World Titles

Another two gold medals on the final day of the ICF stand up paddling world championships wrapped up a successful weekend with Australia’s paddlers winning four gold and one bronze medal and finishing second on the overall medal table. 

Lincoln Dews (QLD) bounced back from a disappointing start to the ICF stand up paddling world championships with a gutsy gold in the men’s technical race on Sunday in Qingdao, China.

Ty Judson (NSW) finished an impressive third in the same event, while two-time Australian Olympian, Martin Marinov (QLD), added a technical race gold in the 50+ category to the sprint gold he won 24 hours earlier.

Already on Friday, former canoe sprint paddler Michael Booth (NSW) won gold in the open men’s long distance event ( long distance gold full story: )

Dews was a man on a mission on Sunday, going out hard from the start, forming a two man breakaway with American speed king, Connor Baxter, with Judson joining for the second half of the race.

Dews led all the way, rebuffing every attempt by Baxter to move ahead.

“When I race I like to wear my heart on my sleeve and I want to race in the front,” Dews said.

“Today was a good example. I was either going to die, or win. It hurts a little bit less when you come across the line first, but it was a very tough race and a very tough weekend.

“I had a pretty average form coming into today. My distance race was pretty average, so I knew I just needed to get out there and find my own water, and get my rhythm again. But even my heats and semi-finals, I started to feel better but I wasn’t 100 per cent.

“But I think I got out there this afternoon and get everything right, and everything started to click.”

Dews - Photo Georgia Shofield

Dews said while he has won races before, it was an honour to be crowned a world champion.

“That title is something special,” he said.

“To be here at the first ICF world titles, and to take the world title – it’s pretty special. It’s been such a well run event from start to finish, an incredible weekend.”

Judson initially found himself in a chase group behind Dews and Baxter, but broke free on the second of the four lap race to make up the gap. But he was unable to move ahead of the leaders, eventually settling for a hard-earned third.

Judson - Photo Georgia Shofield

Ty Judson – Photo Georgia Shofield

Long distance world champion Michael Booth fell at the first buoy, and despite battling valiantly was unable to make up the ground and eventually finished fifth, while the fourth Australian in the final Jackson Maynard finished 10th.

Former canoe sprint paddler Marinov took his second gold with an all-the-way win in the men’s 50+ technical race.

“I am happy to show that canoe sprint and stand up paddling are like twin brothers,” the five-time Olympian said.

Reka Abraham finished her world championship campaign with a sixth in the repecharge of the women’s technical race. It was the first stand up paddling world championships for the Victorian paddler, who had also raced at the ICF canoe marathon world championships in Shaoxing, China the week prior where she finished ninth and tenth in the women’s C1 canoe events. 

Australia finished the world championships second on the medal table behind Japan, picking up four gold medals and a bronze for five medals in total.

See all results:

Rewatch all the races via the ICF Planet Canoe youtube channel HERE


  1. DEWS Lincoln (AUS) 00:30:00.61
  2. BAXTER Connor (USA) 00:30:05.19
  3. JUDSON Ty  (AUS)  00:30:13.41


  1. BOOTH Michael (AUS) 01:37:23.72
  2. HASULYO Bruno (HUN) 01:37:37.22
  3. HASULYO Daniel (HUN) 01:37:57.18


  1. MARINOV Martin (AUS) 00:00:59.62
  2. SACH Frithjof (GER) 00:01:03.88
  3. RAM Ofir (ISR) 00:01:04.65


  1. MARINOV Martin (AUS) 00:18:55.14
  2. RAM Ofir (ISR) 00:19:08.01
  3. SACH Frithjof (GER) 00:19:15.76

Team Australia in Qingdao, incl results in finals

Long Distance Open Men

  • Michael Booth (NSW) – 1st
  • Ty Judson (NSW) – 5th
  • Lincoln Dews (QLD) – 8th

Technical Open Men

  • Lincoln Dews – 1st
  • Ty Judson – 3rd
  • Michael Booth – 5th
  • Jackson Maynard – 10th

Sprint Open Men

  • Ty Judson (NSW)
  • Jackson Maynard (QLD)

Long Distance, Sprint & Technical Open Women

  • Reka Abraham (VIC)

Inflatable SUP Men & Sprint Masters 50+

  • Martin Marinov Sprint Masters 50+ – 1st
  • Martin Marinov Technical Race Masters 50+ – 1st
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