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Allen Takes Victory, Dunkerbeck Settles For Fifth

14:11 13th January 2014 by Amy Carter
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Whilst Philip Koester was triumphant in the wave competition, Steve Allen takes the title in the long distance Lancelin race.

10 time world champion Steve Allen has over come a dramatic false start to claim his second Windsurfing Marathon title in as many years at the Lancelin Ocean Classic on Saturday.

Allen, who finished in a time of 29mins 59sec, was forced to regain his composure when a restart was called after a group of sailors apparently misheard the starting siren.

“The start didn’t have too much of an effect on me, it was the seaweed that slowed me down more than anything.”  Allen said.

The 40-year-old from Queensland said he was confident going into the race but was keeping a close eye on the fast finishing Isaac Devries who took out second place in a time of 30mins 12sec.

“I was just stoked to be the first back to the beach, the conditions were tricky, especially at the start, almost all of us carried seaweed off the beach except for Isaac but I was able to reel him in.” Allen said.

118 athletes negotiated gusty 15-20 knot winds to finish the 25-kilometer down wind race.

Peter Volwater finished third in a time of 30mins 41sec while one of the pre-event favourites and 41 time world champion Bjorn Dunkerbeck finished fifth.

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