Olympian Alyssa Bull showed why she is one of the best paddlers in the world winning the Australian Ski Race Championships over the weekend.
Bull added the title to her World Surf Life Saving Championships crown when she also won the Single Surf Ski event in December.
The 23-year-old was a stand-out taking home four gold medals in an impressive week at the 2019 Australian Surf Life Saving Championships including wins in the mixed double ski, female single ski relay and female double ski.
“This one (single surf ski) is pretty special, I love doing the team events the most but to be able to get a win in the single is special too,” Bull said.
“It was anyone’s game out there and you really have to race your own race and keep your own head in your own boat and make it out as clean as you can. Also back in you’ve got to pick your own chances…couldn’t dial a wave, it was hard work and I had to paddle all the way.”
Bull jumped into the surf ski coming straight out of an intense kayak team boat camp, but when it comes to surf, she relies on the experience from growing up and competing in the surf.
Fellow Rio Olympian Alyce Burnett finished fourth with Danielle McKenzie taking home the silver medal and Jordan Mercer winning bronze.
While there were plenty of reasons to celebrate, all kayakers will head straight back into canoe sprint training next with the 2019 international season only just over a month away.
“We are back in business this week, full kayak mode. We trained early in the week and a bit during Aussies but it was much less so we could enjoy racing but now I’m keen to get back to it for a solid lead into world cups,” Bull said.
The first ICF Canoe Sprint World Cup will be in Poznan, Poland 23-26 May 2019.