DEFENCE: Lachie Lansdown.
DEFENCE: Lachie Lansdown. Patrick Woods

Lachie out to defend world paddling title

PADDLING: Noosa's Lachie Lansdown has dreamt of defending his ISA world paddleboard long distance title ever since he won it last year.

Over the next two days, he'll not only get his chance to do so, but will also take part in the prone men technical surf race at Fiji from this morning.

The now 20-year-old took the 20km title in Mexico in his maiden campaign in 2015, winning by just 4sec ahead of America's Jack Bark.

This year he'll be joined by professional ironman Matt Poole in the distance race.

Fellow Sunshine Coaster Lincoln Dews will also be on show at the world championships, which saw large swell for the opening two days of the stand up paddleboarding surf contest.

He is listed to race in heat three of the SUP technical race.

Noosa's six-time Molokai to Oahu world championship paddler and Nutri Grain Ironwoman Series defending champion Jordan Mercer will not be in action due to a fractured ankle.

She has been replaced by Northcliffe competitor and world oceanwoman champion Harriet Brown for the prone women technical and distance races.

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