If there was a prize for the Asia Miles Action Asia Challenge Hong Kong 2006 unluckiest losers of the year, it would go to the North Face team of local pair Ryan Blair and Piers Touzel in the final leg of the series at Tai Lam Cheung in Tsuen Wan yesterday. Blair and Touzel were in a commanding lead at the start of the final kayaking section of the course and in sight of the finish line when their boat started to fill up with water because of a crack in the bottom. After capsizing five times, their challenge soon sank beneath the waves, leaving the way clear for the Taiwanese Exustar team (pictured) of veteran Suen Jyi-shan and newcomer Liu Chic-yun to clinch victory, with the duo completing the approximately 50km course in a time of just under five hours. The Subaru team consisting of Hong Kong's Daniel Brown and John Power finished second, with another Hong Kong pair, Kong Chi-ming and Tsang Siu-keung of team Power Bar Beyond Limits, coming in third. In fourth place finished the disconsolate pair of Blair and Touzel, who were only able to make it to the end after swimming to some rocks with their kayak and emptying it of water. They could only rue their misfortune. 'It's really hard to take,' Blair said. 'We are pretty strong paddlers and we thought if we could get into the kayaks first we would go on to win. 'That's exactly what we did and we had a lead of about 300 metres before we noticed that water was getting into our kayak. After that there was nothing we could do. Once a kayak fills up with water you are going to slow up and flip over, and that's what happened. It's really cruel luck for us. We had the race sewn up but it was just not meant to be.' The Taiwanese pair of Suen and Liu made the most of their chance but Suen was quick to point out that Lady Luck was on their side. 'Ryan and Piers were well ahead and it looked like we were going to have to settle for second place,' Suen said. 'But once we saw them flip over we knew that something was wrong and we were able to take advantage of it. It was hard on them but we're happy to take the win.'