Jake King – King of the World
At 2am local time on 21 July 2013 at Maroochydore beach in Queensland Australia, 18 year old Derry native jake king realised his dream, Surf kayak world champion. For two weeks Jake had challenged and beat the best surf kayakers in the world to finally achieve this goal. In the final Jake prevailed against the current men’s longboat world champion Edu Etxeberria , the reigning masters world champion Darren Bason and the reigning junior short boat champion julen Arrizibala.
Jake has been surf kayaking with the CANI surf kayak club since he was 10 years old. The Club has had tremendous success over the years producing five previous world champions and now Jake adds his name to the list, Chris Hobson, Jonny Bingham, Andy McClelland, Kevin Quinn and Jake’s older brother Corin. Jake is no stranger to success having won European and British titles as a junior and competing at the last world championships as a junior was placed 2nd, but winning the world title as an 18 year old has surpassed all his expectations.
Jake after being interviewed on Australian TV relayed the following message “To finally win my first world title feels amazing and words cannot describe how i am feeling at this moment. There is a lot of people I would like to thank for my success. First of I would like to thank my family, especially my mum and dad. Also I would like to thank my Coaches, CANI and Friends. I would like to Thank my sponsors, Random Surf kayaks, Gath helmets, Snapdragon spray decks and SPORT NI without who’s backing I could not compete and this level. Finally I would like to thank my big brother and training partner Corin King, without him and his Support I would not have got this far. Rounds are on me BRING ON THE BEER”.
The Mayor of Derry City Council said he was delighted at the Eglinton native’s success in this challenging and competitive sport. “Jake is a great sporting ambassador for the city and region and we are all delighted at this remarkable achievement. It’s a fantastic accolade for him and I am delighted that his hard work and determination has paid off. His family and friends here in Derry and in Australia are very proud of him and wish him continued success.”
Jake’s father Paddy King explained that he won the competition after several weeks challenging the best surf kayakers in the world. “In the final Jake prevailed against the current men’s longboat world champion Edu Etxeberria , the reigning masters world champion Darren Bason and the reigning junior short boat champion julen Arrizibala.
This is a great achievement for Jake especially at such a young age and so far from home. Jake’s achievement adds to a long history of success for N.I surf kayakers at world level and this achievement will inspire the next generation to achieve their dreams of success on the world stage. CANI run a development squad with kids aged 12 – 18 and we hope that this will develop the future talent and we hope that Jake will pass on some of his skills to this group on his return.
Jake was in Australia with other members of the N.I surf kayak squad Corin King, Andy McClelland, Conor O’Donnell and James McDyre. All of these athletes competed well and proved they are at world level but due to the high standard they didn’t make the final and get the challenge for a medal. This event was Conor and James’s first World championships and I am sure it won’t be their last. All of the N.I surf kayak athletes will be now in training for the British championship which are in Portrush in October and the Irish championships the week after in co Sligo. Next year is also a big year for them as they will be competing in the European championships where we hope to see more podium placing’s.
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