STAND-UP paddle boarder Beau Nixon is the Tweed's greatest currently competing athlete according to a Daily News readers' poll.

The stand-up paddle (SUP) board world tour competitor was a clear favourite with 32% of the vote.

"I'm just blown away," Nixon said.

"I didn't even know I was in the running."

Nixon is the highest ranked Australian on the tour after finishing fifth at the Sunset Beach Pro in Hawaii last month to open his 2013 season.

"The next event is in April in Brazil," Nixon said.

"I am confident, but it (Brazil) is a little bit different. It's a smaller wave in Brazil than in Hawaii, and I prefer the bigger waves.

Nixon said it was good to have one event in Western Australia later this year.

"It's not close to home but at least it's in my country," he said.

Nixon has come a long way since first picking up a paddle in 2010.

Highlights of his short career

include a first in the 2011 New Zealand Pro SUP Tour, first in the Australian SUP titles (open men) and a fourth at the ISA World SUP Games in Peru.

Nixon won last year's SUP national titles at North Haven beach.

"I feel amazing; I've trained so hard for this event. I'm so glad I came away with a win; I'm over the moon right now. I really can't describe it", said Nixon after winning the final.

The next event for Nixon closer to home is the 2013 Australian Longboard Surfing Titles in the Battle of the Paddle racing. He will be defending his title this year.

It is likely to be a tough battle for Nixon, with last-year's runner-up Jackson Close and Kingscliff's Justin Holland expected to be starters on March 24.

Event organiser Sean McKeown has known Nixon since he was a junior longboarder.

"It's pleasing to see him rise to the top," Mr McKeown said.

"We are really stoked for him.

"He is very professional and very methodical about how he prepares things. He is still longboarding as well as the stand-up paddle."



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