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Whitewater | Rafa Ortiz – The Fastest Man To Solo The Amazon

Sunday, October 21st, 2012


EpicTV spoke to Rafa Ortiz as he was preparing to go on a crazy trip on the Amazon with West Hansen, whose goal was to be the fastest man to solo the Amazon from source to sea on his kayak. The trip was top secret !

2012 BOP – 2012 Battle of the Paddle Race Results

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

This year, the Battle of the Paddle, is expecting over 1,000 entries from around the globe. SUP athletes will be racing for over $25,000 in cash & prizes (the largest on offer in the sport of SUP). Racers will also be taking part in two new Guinness World Record attempts. The first one on Saturday, to set the record for “the world’s largest paddleboard race” and on Sunday, trying to break the existing record for “most surfers riding a single wave” (currently 110 surfers in Cape Town, SAF, 2009).

No webcast this year at all,  and according to the organisers, webcast viewer numbers have been good, but they have not been increasing too much year after year. The Battle of the Paddle we

bcast also hasn’t been attracting outside fans; it’s catered purely to the hardcore SUP enthusiasts. It’s not helping to grow the sport as fast as the race organizers want it to. Final results will appear on PaddleAthlete on Monday 1st October 2012 as usual!


View all BOP Battle of the Paddle 2012 Race Results here

Watermans Paddle for Humanity – Win a pair of Hobie Poloraized Sunglasses

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Gone are the days of spending $300+ on quality sunglasses, thanks to our good friends at Hobie Polarized!  Hobie makes the best sunglasses in the world for watersports.  From paddling to fishing, top watermen and women choose Hobie Polarized.

Join the entire Watermans Paddle for Humanity crew in our appreciation for these quality sunglasses and do yourself a favor by scoring some of these great glasses.  There are two ways to win:

#1 – Comment or ‘Like’ the  Watemans Paddle for Humanity Facebook page.  ( A men’s and women’s winner will be chosen the Thursday before each stop of the PFH National Tour.  The glasses being given away will be featured on the Facebook page before each event.

#2 – Attend a Paddle for Humanity event for multiple chances to win during the post event raffle at the Kona Brewing Co. after-party. (

Get some Hobie Polarized glasses and open your eyes to the world beneath the waves.


2012 Paddle For Humanity Schedule

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

In case you haven’t heard via the grapevine the world’s top paddlers have committed to compete in the first stop of 2012 Watermans Paddle for Humanity on April 28th, in Dana Point, CA. Molokai-2-Oahu world champions Conner Baxter and Jamie Mitchell will be joined by elite athletes Chuck Patterson, Rob Rojas and Slater Trout in showing their support for the award winning philanthropic race series. Chuck Patterson is headlining Saturday morning’s event, and will be unveiling the “Chuck Patterson Signature Series Rally Race” – a unique format designed to challenge the skill, fitness and adaptability of each athlete.

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So here are the schedule of Events for the Dana Point Paddle For Humanity 2012

Pre Event Activities – Friday April 27th  

4:00 PM –  Afternoon Social Paddle – Doheny State Beach: Come down Doheny and for a casual open paddle with friends. Paddlers meet at 4:00 in south lawn (by restrooms and lifeguard tower)

Website  | Map and Directions

6:00- 9:00 PM – Kona Brewing Pre Event Party Vivo Lounge  – Double Tree Doheny: Come enjoy a cold beer, check-in for the event or just hang out and talk story with 10x World Champion Jamie Mitchell, World Champion Slater Trout, BOP Champion Conner Baxter, Paddler Extraordinaire Chuck Patterson and others from the paddling world. Jamie Mitchell will be showing clips of his new movie “Decade of Dominance” and Chuck and Slater will be showing clips from their new movie “H2Indo”…. The folks from M2O will be showing the full video of the 2011 Molokai 2 Oahu World Championship race as well… There will be raffles and giveaways all night including a complete SUP package from SUPATX, Paddles from Quickblade, glasses from Hobie, Ocean Minded Gear and more. The event is all ages, open to the public and there is no charge to attend.

Website  | Map and Directions

Event Day – Saturday April 28th 

6:00 AM – Lot Opens: Please do not try to get in earlier; you will be turned away until 6:00 AM.

7:00- 9:00 – AM Registration Open: Come on down and signup on the sand if you have not already registered for all or one of the three races happening today. Registration will be on the grass on the south end of Doheny State Beach Park, look for the large Kona Brewing Tent.

8:00-3:00 – PM Beach Expo Open: The expo is open to the public and will feature gear and products from some of the top manufactures in the sport. There will be some Demo’s available as well.

8:00-12:30 – PM Races Are On: Starting with the Olympic 5k first race hits the water at 8:00 AM. There will be a 20-minute break between races and race start times may change, to be early and be ready as it will go fast.

Tentative Race Schedule

8:00 AM – 5k Paddle Starts

10:00 AM – DOT Race Starts (This is a 1 Hour Race)

11:20 AM – Paddle Rally Starts

1:00 – 4:00PM Awards and After Party: Come enjoy the sounds of Aloha Radio, Cold Beverages from Kona Brewing on the beach at Doheny. We will start the awards 20 minutes after the last finisher of the Rally crosses the line. The music and fun goes to 4:00 PM….

Location: Doheny State Beach

Website  | Map and Directions

Points of interest:

• Parking will be open at 6:00 AM (You will not be allowed in the lot before 6)

• Rate is $15 for the day (free with state parking pass)

• Parking is on a first come first serve basis (we do not guarantee parking)

• No reserved or vendor parking • NO vehicles on grass or sand (pack a cart and bring some extra bodies)

• Easy load in – load out area for before and after race

• NO Alcohol on beach or in loading areas. All beer must remain in marked area ONLY

. Violators are subject to fines and arrest.

Register for Paddle For Humanity 2012

More about the Paddle For Humanity



EVENT – Standup for the Cure

Monday, March 5th, 2012

On May 5, 2012, a unique, first-time event will launch in Newport Beach, California bringing together the worlds of Stand Up Paddle and the fight against breast cancer. Standup for the Cure is the brainchild of Judie Vivian, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. “In 2010, mammography saved my life. I want women locally to have the same access to breast health care that I did. Through fundraising events like Standup for the Cure, we can make that happen for local women. Imagine a fleet of paddlers on standup paddleboards wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness,” exclaims Judie Vivian.

Standup for the Cure will include: “how-to-clinics” taught by professional and champion paddlers; paddleboard yoga demonstrations; kid’s fun races; team relay races; live music; delicious food; silent auction; and, a special screening of new Gidget movie.

Our sponsors include: Presenting Sponsor, Riviera Paddlesurf; supporting sponsors, Maui Jim; Kona Brewing Company; Ruth’s Chris Steak House; and, Victory KoreDry.

“It’s going to be a celebration of our lifestyle. This is an opportunity for families, friends and survivors to raise money and ultimately save lives by doing something they love. This is a great opportunity to learn how to paddle a Standup Paddleboard and meet the pros that are leading this new revolution,” commented event director Dan Van Dyck, whose mother is a 38-year breast cancer survivor.

Standup for the Cure will take place on May 5, 2012, at the Newport Dunes in Newport Beach, California. The venue is visible from Pacific Coast Highway and the paddling course will wind its way through the scenic harbor. “We chose Newport Dunes as the inaugural site of Standup for the Cure for the visual “pink” impact we can make. Nothing draws your attention like hundreds of paddlers wearing pink,” says, Mike Muir, (insert title) Riviera Paddlesurf, presenting sponsor for the event. Mike inked his sponsorship because of a personal experience with breast cancer.

All are welcome to participate in the day’s events. Organizers have assembled an incredible expo featuring, booths that represent the standup paddle active lifestyle – from board manufacturers, clothiers, standup paddles to healthy nutrition and exercise tips.

Whether you’re a novice or an expert, there will be something for you. From Maui Jim’s we will present Zane Schweitzer who will lead our team of instructors. Riviera Paddlesurf will be joined by the likes of Rogue SUP, Yolo Board and SUP Love who will supply loaner boards and demos for new paddlers. Lunch, which is included with the entry fee, will be provided by Ruth’s Chris Steak House; also included with your entry fee is a custom Pink Permawik Jersey from Victory KoreDry. Happy hour with live music will be presented by Kona Brewing Company to wrap up the day.

You can support our cause by signing up as a team or individual through our Active Giving Portal on the web site.

Sign up for the Stand Up For The Cure event here

EVENTS – 2012 Watermans Paddle for Humanity

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

The Watermans Paddle for Humanity is building on four years of success byexpanding to five events in 2012. The award winning series will feature multiple events on both coasts with stops in California, Florida, Washington D.C. and Texas – bringing coastal and inland paddling communities together for a good cause.

2012 Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity – Event on Facebook

The success of the three-stop 2011 series and increasing demand for quality events has bolstered the Paddle for Humanities growth and united the paddling community. What was once a single grass roots event on the sands of Dana Point has grown into a five stop series that has connected paddlers with people in need in all parts of the world.

In 2011 the Paddle for Humanity was recognized by the paddling community and awarded the SUP Magazine “Philanthropic Event of the Year” at the first annual SUP awards. The award highlighted the continuing efforts of the series and its founders, its reach in the paddling community and its professionalism in the execution of the events. “[The Paddle for Humanity] has always been about creating an event that channels the posative energy of the paddling community towards a good cause. The support for the event series from the industry and the paddlers has been amazing,” says founder and race co-director, Pete Stirling. “We are looking forward to continued growth in the coming years.”

In addition to two new stops, the Paddle for Humanity will be rolling out a new multi-race format that feature events and activities for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. For more information including dates, locations and registration visit

Support the companies that support the sports you love: Kona Brewing Company, Ocea Minded, Futures Fins, SUP ATX/Lahui Kai Racing, Hobie Polarized, H2O Overdrive and Watermans Applied Science.

* The Paddle For Humanity is a sanctioned WPA event series. For more information visit

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About the Paddle for Humanity:

The Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity has raised more than $50,000USD for charity since its inception in 2009 and helped galvanize paddling communities across the country.

The PFH is open to all paddle craft. For more info visit

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2012 9th Annual Cold Hands Paddle Race

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Two weeks away from the 9th Annual Cold Hands Paddle. So, dust off your paddleboards, SUP boards, OC’s, Surfski’s, or Dory’s and get your tail down to Cabrillo Beach on March 4th! The race is free to enter and supports the Ocean of Hope Campaign and the fight against cancer!

Race Map

Where: Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA

When: Sunday, March 4th, 2012

Registration Opens: 7am
Race Start: 8:30am
Free Entry: open to all ages, all participants must sign waiver

Live music, Award Ceremony and Raffle following race

*Event T-shirts will be available for sale

*Raffle: Grand Prize 14′ Joe Bark SUP Board. buying tickets also qualifies you to for a second drawing in August for a second chance to win a paddleboard
*Food: Some limited quantities of pre/post race snacks & nutrition will be provided, please plan on bringing your own food if you wish…

More on the Ocean of Hope& Sarcoma Alliance:
This is a fundraising event for The Ocean of Hope Campaign. Please support our raffle and t-shirt sales and feel free to donate at registration. All donations are tax deductible and help to fund second opinion grants for sarcoma cancer patients through the Sarcoma Alliance. Sarcoma is a rare, often very quick and aggressive form of cancer that can affect most tissues in the body. The Ocean of Hope Team consists of paddlers who dedicate their training and racing to raising money for the Sarcoma Alliance, a non-profit organization that helps those fighting cancer. These paddlers race in some of the most contested and competitive races in California and Hawaii throughout the summer months, while also raising awareness about sarcoma cancers. Last year, our team raised over $80,000; in the 11 years since its inception, the Ocean of Hope has donated almost $1 million dollars to cancer patients fighting this deadly disease. We are not a big corporate charity with all the overhead costs and CEO expenses. Our efforts are grassroots and rely both on the strong dedication of our paddlers and the generous support of people like you.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for the race, please feel free to send me a message. Feel free to pass ths along to anyone you know who may be interested. Thanks for all your support; I hope to see you there!
-Fred Sardisco

Special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:

C2 Financial Corp (Frank & Mike); Joe Bark Paddleboards; Cabrillo Beach Boosters; ZICO; GU


Tuesday, September 27th, 2011



$15,000 Elite Cash Purse, Demos, Beer Garden, Live Music, Films, Parties and much more….

Learn More About The Prize Purse Distribution


Departs Friday 3:30 check-in from Long Beach (1046 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802-6329)
You and your board! $68 R/T
Discounts tickets for family members $45 R/T
Please purchase your tickets in advance on the SUP Charter Boat. You must click this link and purchase in advance to get on this boat. CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Rate is $45 R/T without a board and $68 R/T with a board. This is the least expensive option for transportation to the island.
Also Catalina Express will allow boards on their boat during the festival weekend.

Click here for more info


  • All-Inclusive Package Includes
  • Saturday Race, Sunday Race, Event T-Shirt, Board Transportation, Dinner on Saturday, 3 Sierra Nevada Beer Garden Tickets, 2 Skyy Infusions Tickets, All Festivities (Live Concert, films, DJ party) – Enter Promo code NB if you have your own means of bringing your board over – $30 discount.
  • $80 for Open on race day $100
  • $175 for elite on race day $200 ($15,000 prize purse)

Book Now


Camping Starting at $19 a night (Call 1-800-626-1496)
Hotels Starting at $85 a night (Call 1-800-626-1496)
Vacation Rentals starting at $160 a night (Call 1-800-631-5280 mention 8011 to get 15% off)
Catalina Island hotel availability

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2011 Battle of the Paddle Updates

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

 Battle of the Paddle 2011 Dana Point



Doheny State Beach, CA, USA

Sept. 24 & 25, 2011

Dana Point, CA – (August 2, 2011) — The 4th annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez BATTLE OF THE PADDLE returns to Doheny State Beach, September 24 & 25, for the greatest battle yet.

Registration is now open for the SUP Expo and races with 1,000 participants expected to gather for the weekend of SUP festivities, including races worth $25,000 – the largest offering in the sport.

The stand-up paddle phenomenon known as the Battle of the Paddle first ignited at Doheny State Beach, California, back in 2008. Since then, the ingenious formula of high energy races and stand-up paddle (SUP) exposition has become the heart beat of an industry and the pulse of a global lifestyle.

To accommodate the growing number of elite level athletes, Rainbow Sandals will introduce qualification heats for the Elite Race final in September. Doheny State Beach, as part of the California State Park System, offers the ideal venue to accommodate swelling numbers of athletes and a sea of spectators.

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is an SUP festival and lifestyle exposition that includes races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners, to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite competition, Battle of the Paddle is the showcase for the world’s fastest growing water sport.

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly supported by California State Parks; DSBIA; Clif Bar, Duke’s Restaurant; Hobie Surf Shop; Maui Jim Sunglasses; Kona Brewing Co.; Patagonia; and Riviera Paddleboards.


Free SUP Expo:

Meet the world’s best shapers and manufacturers, check out their latest board designs and paddle innovations and purchase these goods at steep discounts. Naturally there will be demo boards and paddles of all shapes and sizes available for those who want to perfect their stroke or even try SUP for the first time.

Kids Activities:

The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association will be organizing kid’s activities and expo throughout the weekend. If your kid is open to maximum fun, have him/her enter the Kid’s SUP Races being organized by Keli Outrigger & Paddles Sports.

Elite Race:(Saturday)

Featuring the world’s best SUPers including prior champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA), Chuck Patterson (Dana Point, CA), and Jamie Mitchell (Australia). Expect loads of excitement, thrills and spills as the top paddlers put it all on the line for cash & glory.

The course is a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run.

2010 Champions:Danny Ching, California (men) & Candice Appleby, Hawaii (women).

Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday)

Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and moderately challenging buoy course. Entrants can paddle any board of their choosing, including surfboard class, 12’6″, 14′ and Unlimited.

You can expect a record number of entries. Don’t miss out on being a part of history!

SUP Distance Race: (Sunday)

Competitors include a mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.

The Course is a scenic but challenging 10-mile course from Doheny State Beach to San Clemente Pier, and back.

SUP Surf Relay Race: (Sunday)

Includes prize money. Last year over 160 paddlers participated in the relays and had an incredible amount of fun doing it. Grab some family members or co-workers, maybe even a few new friends you’ve made on the beach and give it a go!

Everyone who enters The Battle of the Paddle will receive a free pair of Rainbow Sandals, event tee and lunch. All event proceeds to go to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.

Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic new surf paddle sport known as SUP.


Sparky, Gerry, Pat & Barrett



Register now to guarantee a spot in the races !!!

 BoP CA Eventbrite Online Registration  Click here 

BoP SUP Expo: 

BoP CA SUP EXPO Registration form – Click here

BoP Website click here 



Thursday, August 11th, 2011


The race STARTS FINISHES on the border of the Coronado City Beach and the NAB/Gator Beach.  The COURSE will take you from the border of Coronado City Beach and NAB/Gator Beach to the Red Buoy just off of Point Loma and then the paddlers will circle back for the return leg.  It is 6.5 miles.

* Awards in 2011 will be for 1st through 3rd place in Unlimited (Age Groups: 18-39 & 40-49), 14′ (Open), Stock (Age Groups: 18-39 & 40-49), Women’s (Open), Legend’s (50+ Open), SUP Stock (Open), SUP 14′ (Open), SUP Unlimited (Open), SUP Legends (50+), and SUP Women’s (Open).

Note:  There are NO REFUNDS!!!  Also, if you qualified for the Legend’s class, but prefer to be in another class, please let us know when you register.

Directions:  Take I-5 North or South; Take the CA-75 exit onto the San Diego – Coronado Bay Bridge toward Coronado; Turn left on Orange Avenue and go past the Hotel Del Coronado; and Turn right either on Avenida de Las Arenas (parking lot) or Avenida Lunar (starting line). Mapquest link to create your own directions.

Race entry

Course Map

Volunteers:  Sheri, Julie, Indriyas, Alison, Arpa, and Coronado Lifeguards: Pepper, PJ, Francisco, Sean, Kyle, & Drew!!!

Covewater Classic – Northern California SUP Championship

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

The First Annual Covewater Classic, Northern California Stand Up Paddle Championships will be held on July 16th, 2011 at Capitola Beach, Capitola.

The Covewater Classic will feature two days of stand up paddling events ~ Race registration is open now!

The Covewater Classic will feature a unique and beautiful paddle course on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, starting and finishing on picturesque Capitola Beach.

The Classic will be comprised of three races to choose from:

  • 2-Mile Open
  • 7-Mile Open
  • 7.5 Mile Elite

The Elite Race purse is $2,000 split evenly between the male and female athletes.  The Classic is a World Paddle Association (WPA) sanctioned event.

2.0 MILE OPEN RACE(click on map for larger view)

Huge thanks to the 2011 Covewater Classic sponsors thus far: Surftech (presenting sponsor), Quick Blade, Naish, Standup Paddle Magazine, Standup Journal, Victory Koredry, Dakine, Watermans Applied Science, Adventure Sports Journal, Good Times and Bro Prints.

To be alterted when registration opens, sign up for race news at:

2.0 MILE OPEN RACE(click on map for larger view)


The two-mile race race is a fun choice for the recreational paddler not yet ready for the 7-mile race.  Paddlers depart from Capitola beach, paddle out past Capitola’s moored sailboats, take a right around a Surftech buoy, paddle parallel to the coastline towards Pleasure Point, round another buoy, and return via the same route.  Once you have approached the beach, you can hop off your board and a Junior Guard will caddy your board onto the beach.  Then carrying just your your paddle, run up onto the beach and finish under the Covewater arch.  This area is a pleasure to paddle, and this will be an enjoyable, but lively, paddle.

7.0 MILE OPEN RACE(click on map for larger view)
7 Mile Open Race
The 7-Mile Open Race route is as follows:

  • First Leg, “Cement Shp Blitz”:  Out from Capitola beach, left around the green Surftech buoy, right around a buoy off New Brighton State Beach, paddle to the Cement Ship and right around the buoy there, back to the first buoy, then into the beach.
  • “Sand Alley”: Once you arrive at the beach, hop off your board (a Junior Guard will be there to caddy your board).  Now carrying just your paddle, run up onto the beach and through a fenced chute.  Here spectators will cheer you on as the chute takes you back to the water and your board.  The beach run is short, just 25 yards.
  • “Pleasure Point Sweep”: Paddle back out past the moored sailboats, turn right at the red Surftech buoy and paddle parallel the to the coast towards Pleasure Point.  Right around another Surftech buoy, then return via the same route to Capitola beach.  Once you arrive at the beach, hop off your board again and run up the beach to finish under the Covewater arch.

Featuring the Steelhead Run on the Capitola River!(click on map for larger view)

The 7.5-Mile Elite Race is the same as the 7-Mile Open Race above, except that the Elite Race features an incredibly unique and beautiful river paddle portion, the “Steelhead Run“.  After completing the first leg of the race, the Cement Ship Blitz, the Elite Racers will pick up their boards, sprint across the beach and put back in the water in the Capitola Lagoon.  There, racers will paddle up the Capitola river (proper name Soquel Creek) to the picturesque Shadowbrook restaurant, where they will round a buoy and return to the beach.  Racers will then sprint back across the beach, carrying their boards, where they will put back in the water and finish the last leg of the race, the “Pleasure Point Sweep”.  This route promises to be one of the most unique, scenic and fun races in California.

The Steelhead Run portion of the race is limited to only the Elite Race Division (and its maximum of 30 paddlers) due to restrictions on use of the Soquel Creek imposed by the NOAA.  NOAA limited the maximum number of paddlers on the Creek to 30, due to the Creek’s importance as a habitat for Steelhead Trout.

SUP4Cancer 2011 SUP Paddleboard Race Dates July 9-10

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Put it on the calendar. You won’t want to miss this powerful event.

Donate to SUP4Cancer

The 2011 SUP 4 Cancer will take place in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge that separates Oregon and Washington. Paddlers who partake in the SUP Endurance Race will experience everything from big swell to big scenery, offering some of the most stunning surroundings in any SUP race — forest-lined basalt cliffs, bald eagles, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped volcanoes.

We will post more information on the format and event as they become available. For questions or sponsorship inquiry, contact race coordinator, Dan Gavere.

Save the Date! July 9-10, 2011

H2O Audio - Paddle With Music

The 3rd Annual SUP 4 Cancer (SUP4C) will have two dedicated days this year, July 9-10.
Come out and race for prizes, the cause or just to learn the fun watersport of standup paddlesurf (SUP)!

Registration is open March 1.

The Race

Save the Date! July 9-10, 2011

The 3rd Annual SUP 4 Cancer (SUP4C) will have two dedicated days this year, July 9-10.
Come out and race for prizes, the cause or just to learn the fun watersport of standup paddlesurf (SUP)!

Registration is open March 1.

Location: Hood River Waterfront Event Site in Hood River, Oregon.  View Large Map of Hood River and waterfront area.

SUP Distance Race : Open to two SUP craft categories:

  • 13′ and under
  • 13′ +

Course: Downwinder from Viento State Park. This is a 8-mile downwinder through strong current, chop and some of the biggest swell of the Columbia River to Nichols Boat Basin in Hood River. There are a couple of buoys in the middle and a possible obstacle course at some point along the course.

SUP Full Contact Race : is a fun and challenging contest of balance, strength, and determination! Braced with boxing gloves on the handle side of the paddle, racers paddle head to head in heats of 12 competitors, with the goal to knock others off their boards and into the water. The last competitor standing wins the title.

SUP 4×4 Relay Race : consists of 4 teams of four racers each, racing one lap from the Columbia River into the Nichols Boat Basin, back out into the Columbia in front of the Event Site, tagging their team mate for the relay.

Eligibility: Open to men and women at least 18 years of age.

SUP4C Schedule: Times may be subject to change so bookmark this page for updates!!

Friday, July 8th — Athlete pre-registration, athlete’s Fuel Feast, and Kickoff Party!
Saturday, July 9th —
Free SUP lessons every hour on the hour from 12 noon to 5:00 pm by Amundson Boards
Sunday, July 10th
– SUP Events!!
7:30 -9:30 am: Registration
8:30-9:30 am: Athletes go to Viento State Park (must arrange own board transportation to the race — SUP4C volunteers will shuttle racers back to their cars after the race)
10:30 am: SUP Endurance Race start
2 pm-ish: Full Contact SUP Race
4 pm-ish: 4×4 SUP Relay
6 pm: Awards

Funds raised from SUP 4 Cancer will benefit SUP Survivorship Camps for Young Adults with Cancer that Athletes for Cancer is kicking off in April of 2011 in Maui, Hawaii

Event Website

EVENT – Surftech RSP3 (formerly the Surf Monkey)

Monday, June 13th, 2011

s a collection of events that has something for every endurance sport enthusiast.June 01, 2011 (Oceanside, CA) – Multisports Events, a division of, announces the Surftech RSP3 (formerly the Surf Monkey), a swim, run, paddle experience for the whole family that will take place at the Oceanside Pier on Sunday, July 17th, 2011.

Event Schedule:
7:00am – 1-mile Open Water Swim around Oceanside Pier
8:00am – 5km Run/Walk
9:00am – 3-mile & 6-mile SUP/Paddleboard Race (WPA Sanctioned)
9:20am – 1-mile Run/Walk – Open Women
9:40am – 1-mile Run/Walk – Open Men
10:00am – 1-mile Run/Walk – Kids


“We’re proud to partner with our new title sponsor, Surftech, to bring the RSP3 – Run, Swim, Paddle, Presented by Roadrunner Sports and Clif Bar. Formerly known as the Surf Monkey, the Surftech RSP3 is a great mix of endurance sports that brings athletes from many disciplines to the Oceanside Pier for a day of great competition & fun. The event also includes a Sports and Fitness Expo featuring Live Music and great food. For multisport athletes who want to ride their bicycles to the event, there will be a secure bike valet where bicycles can be stored while the participant is racing.

This family oriented day of racing is comprised of 1-mile open water swim around the Oceanside Pier, a 5km FLAT AND FAST RUN/WALK on the OCEANSIDE STRAND, a 3 & 6-mile paddleboard / SUP race, and a 1-Mile RUN/WALK – including a KID’s event. Stand Up Paddle Demo boards will be available throughout the day and, to add a little more excitement to the day, the race hosts are adding an Elite SUP Surf Race around the Pier.

Race Director Paul Huddle explains; “There is something for everyone. Every member of the family can compete in one of the three events and no one needs to feel left out. When not racing, you can enjoy the Expo & live music instead of rushing home because you feel guilty. Hardcore competitors have the option of doing 2 or all 3 events with a chance to win the most coveted trophy in sport: the Surf Monkey.

The City of Oceanside offers a beautiful backdrop and great weather for running, swimming, and paddling and the Pier offers the perfect venue for this unique competition. “Our goal as event organizers is to create a community celebration of the healthy, athletic Lifestyle we enjoy as residents of North County San Diego.” said Swim/Paddle Course Director Dan Van Dyck.

This year the expo will be featuring live music from the home town band, Tower Seven. “You definitely want to bring the family and spend the whole day at the beach. We’ve got great food, entertainment, a jumpy for the kids, and the best beach in North County. The expo festivities are free to the public.” said Roch Frey, partner at

For more information and registration, go to


Friday, June 10th, 2011

The Bay to Bay race on May 11.

Peninsula Family YMCA presents the 28th Annual Rowing & Paddling Regatta. The regatta includes a 20 mile race which begins at Santa Clara Point in Mission Bay and a 5 mile race which begins at Shelter Island. All races finish at Tidelands Park in Coronado. The regatta is open to all human powered watercraft: Outriggers, Kayaks, Surf Skis,
Rowers, Paddle Boards, SUP’s, etc.

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NOAH Kalama Outrigger Classic Races: SUP | OC1 | OC6

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Noah Kalama Outrigger Classic Races Include:


Men’s Individual Race (3 miles) – Cash Award
Women’s Individual Race (3 miles) – Cash Award
Open Team Relay Race – 4 per team
Novice Team Relay Race – 4 per team


Sprints for All Age Groups


Keikis Sprints
Novice Sprints
Novice Mini Iron Race (3 miles)
Open Iron Race Dash for Cash (15 mile Cabrillo Run) – Cash Awards
Masters Iron Race Dash for Cash (15 mile Cabrillo Run) – Cash Awards



Hennessy’s 2011 Return to the Pier Race

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Race Info

  • 3.5 Miles: Hermosa Pier to Manhattan Pier and back
  • Water start / Water finish


  • Sign up and Reg@ 330 to 500pm in front of Hennesseys. No pre reg only day of.
  • Prone and SUP welcome. trophies for all divisions.
  • Party awards and raffle inside Hennesseys after the race

Print out an Entry Form


For general questions Call
Tim Ritter or Lina 310-316-5652

Robert August Inaugural Stand Up Paddle Challenge

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Pura Vida Ride is pleased to announce the inaugural Robert August Stand Up Paddle Challenge on June 18, 2011. This event is the first of its kind on the Guanacaste, Costa Rica coast and will be hosted by Robert August and is sponsored by Las Catalinas, Surftech, Pura Vida Ride, and Lolas del Norte restaurant. This event has been organized to involve all age groups and abilities and will include three exciting events focused on competitive racers, sports enthusiasts, novices, and the entire family!

Thanks to our generous sponsors we have an amazing lineup of prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place contestants including full carbon fiber paddles, equipment rental gift certificates, Lolas del Norte gift certificates, and other swag bags for contestants and winners alike. Every entrant receives a race day t-shirt and Robert August Stand Up Paddle Event Poster with the opportunity to have a Robert August autograph.

Our Elite Class Race will feature one lap around our challenging and spectacular 2.5-mile (4km) paddle course and 0.4-mile (0.6km) beach run for a total distance of approximately 3 miles (5 km). This is an open class race for all ages.

The Family Class Race is designed to get everyone in the water and participating! Any human powered craft is allowed, including kayaks, surfboards, rafts, and of course stand up paddleboards. Every craft must include two racers, preferably an adult and a child. This fun and easy 1-mile (1.6km) race will be as much about getting wet and having fun, as it will be about winning! Top 3 winners will be awarded prizes. The secondary contestant (Child) does not have to pay to participate in the event.

The Sprint Class Race will be an exciting and fast paced challenge and will consist of a 0.4-mile (0.6km) beach sprint followed by a 2.5-mile (4km) paddle around our racecourse. This is an open class race for all ages. Top 3 winners will be awarded prizes.

Registration costs are $35 per person and free for children under 14. Registrants can race in multiple events for one registration fee. Signups and more detailed information can be found at

About the Venue:

Playa Danta in the Las Catalinas community is poised to become a pre-eminent international stand up paddle destination. The Guanacaste coastline along the north west of Costa Rica is a dramatic and rich area that offers inspiring venues for all kinds of ocean water sports. Playa Danta is located in the heart of the Guanacaste “Gold Coast” and is particularly unique in that it is an amazingly scenic flat-water bay with near-shore islands within a one-mile paddle. The bay boasts three islands within a 2 mile area, and other islands in the distance that allow for compelling and exciting longer distance paddles.

The wildlife off the Playa Danta coastline is unparalleled. On a typical paddle you can expect to see manta rays, schools of tropical fish, turtles, jellyfish, flying fish, and the list goes on. It is not uncommon to see dolphin and pods of whales on their migratory path. A full outfitter shop is located 150 feet from the water’s edge and includes a rental and retail store devoted to SUP and other outdoor sports. Lola’s Norte, a highly popular and delicious beach front restaurant is located adjacent to Pura Vida Ride and offers simple, fresh, and scrumptious lunches under umbrellas on the sand.

Liberia International Airport (LIR) is just 45 minutes from Playa Danta and offers daily non-stop flights to Miami, Houston, Dallas, and other destinations. Airlines serving Liberia are predominantly American Airlines via Dallas or Miami, Continental Airlines via Houston, and Delta Airlines. Various other carriers offer flights from Canada and Europe as well.

Water and air temperature along this stretch of the coast are consistently around 85 degrees year round making SUP conditions absolutely ideal. Sunrise and sunset both come early in the tropics and don’t change much throughout the year. First light comes around 5:15am throughout the year and sunset comes around 6:00pm. Tides fluctuate dramatically in the tropics making tide selection and knowledge critical when looking to find surf waves or when exploring off shore reefs. A typical tide fluctuates about 10 ft between high and low.

Guanacaste has a “green” and a “gold” season. The green season begins in May with daily light and temperate rains, increasing moderately through June, July, and August and becoming torrential during September and October. The landscape during this season is lush, tropical, and breathtaking. November marks the start of the “gold” season when the rains stop and the coastline begins to dry out increasingly until April, which is the hottest and driest month of the year. During this season the landscape looks more like an African dry landscape and the hills turn “gold”.

The best season to visit Playa Danta for stand up paddling is between November and February when the rains have stopped and the winds are calm. During these months we can have clear blue skies and sheet glass ocean conditions all day, and sometimes all week. In March, April, and May, we have hot, dry weather and higher winds. The winds typically kick up in the afternoon from the northwest and can cause blown out white cap conditions. Typically the morning hours from 5:00am till 10:00am still provide glassy, cooler, and first class paddle conditions. In late May the winds die and we start to get seasonal daily rains and cooler temperatures. May, June, and July also provide great paddling conditions tempered at times by storm systems and daily rain showers. September and October are the rainiest seasons of the year and are not recommended for traveling to Costa Rica.

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The Loop Race – Coronado

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Posted by John Ashley at

The Loop Race 2011

Anybody else out there going to race the Loop in Coronado?

I’m looking forward to this one even though I know that the net result is some serious pain. How do I know? I’m feeling it right now. I’m wallowing in that all over soreness that knocks the crap out of you.

Kiwi and I practice paddled the course today. This will be my first time ever racing in the Loop and Kiwi’s fourth. Since I’ve never paddled it before, I didn’t want my first time to be on race day. When you wait until race day to get out and run the course you deal yourself an instant psychological blow- the unknown is scary and when you don’t know where the end is, the race seems to drag on forever. That’s why, if possible, I always try to pre-paddle the route. I’m especially fortunate to have a paddling teammate (we’re both from Imperial Beach so that automatically puts us on the same team) who’s done the race a few times- Kiwi passed on a couple of tips that he earned through sweat and agony. Thanks mate! And, no, I won’t share them with you- well, maybe over a few beers after it’s over.

If you don’t know about the Loop, here’s some basic information about the race. First of all, this is a race founded by prone paddlers- our vertically challenged paddling brothers. What that means is that there won’t be many stand up paddle divisions (this is my general rule of thumb- if the race is put on by a prone paddler, even if there are twice as many stand up paddlers in it, there will be limited divisions for the stand up guys and gals). In the case of the Loop there is only Stand Up Mens and Stand Up Womens divisions- no age group breakdown and no board type breakdown. What that means is that somebody on an Unlimited stand up board will probably win- those of us who race stock are going to be lagging behind those eighteen and nineteen foot monsters….

Read the rest about this event at

Dan Mann
(619) 251-9114

Gaviota OCR Endurance Challenge 9.5 Paddle/26mile run/38mile bike

Monday, May 16th, 2011

9.5 mile paddle / SUP / kayak

26 mile beach / trail run
38 mile mountain bike ride
NEWS:  The 8th annual Gaviota OCR Endurance Challenge is scheduled for Saturday May 21st, 2011 at 6:30am

Event – The Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim 2011

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim 2010 Paddleboard Race3 & 6 Mile Paddle Board Races

  • Date: Saturday May 15th, 2011.
  • Start: 9:00am, at Moonlight Beach
  • Awards 10:30am. Top three finishers in each division will receive an award.
  • Divisions:
    • Stock-12 ft. and under,
    • 14’,
    • Unlimited,
    • Women- Open class.
    • Kapuna (50+).
    • Stand-up Paddleboard, under 12’6″ and over 12’6″
  • Beach start and finish.*
  • Course Map (pdf)
  • Moonlight Beach (Encinitas) Parking Information (pdf)

Extras: All participants will receive a race t-shirt and assorted sponsor swag, post race refreshments, and entry into draw prizes.

Awards: The awards ceremony will be held on the beach at Moonlight beach at 10:30am or after the final finisher arrives.

*In the case of heavy surf conditions, there will be an in water start and beach finish.

1 Mile Open Water Swim

  • Date: Sunday May 16th, 2010.
  • Start: 8:30am, 1 mile open water swim, to start and finish at Moonlight Beach (Encinitas) after the last Triathlon wave.
  • Awards: 10:30am. Top three finishers in each division will receive an award.
  • Divisons (for both male and female):
    • 1-12
    • 13-14
    • 15-29
    • 30-39,
    • 40-49,
    • 50+
  • New this year is the addition of the Swim Club Challenge for Age Group Clubs and Masters Clubs. Lowest average club time wins. Those racing in the club challenge are still eligible for individual category awards.
  • The open water swim race will be a mass start on the beach. The course will be a one mile loop finishing on the beach.
  • Course Map (pdf)
  • Moonlight Beach (Encinitas) Parking Information (pdf)

Extras: All participants will receive a race t-shirt and assorted sponsor swag, post race refreshments, and entry into draw prizes.

Awards: The awards ceremony will be held in the upper parking lot at Moonlight beach on the stage within the expo area at 10:30am.

2011 Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle HAWAII by Rainbow Sandals

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Gerry Lopez Battle of The Paddle Hawaii 2011RAINBOW SANDALS GERRY LOPEZ BATTLE OF THE PADDLE RETURNS TO HAWAII May 14 & 15, 2011

The world famous stand-up paddleboard (SUP) races and SUP lifestyle exposition known as the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle returns to Oahu, Hawaii, May 14 & 15, 2011, presented by Quiksilver Waterman Collection. The weekend’s events will also be webcast live at

At historic Duke Kahanamoku Beach in beautiful Waikiki as more than 700 of the fastest and fittest men and women on water gather from around the globe to test their skills against the majestic blue Pacific ocean. The weekend of fun, fame and festivities offers something for everyone:

H2O Audio - Paddle With Music

Beach expo, novice races, championship battles, family and team relays, demonstrations, and hair-raising action! There’s something for all ages and skill levels.

FOR THE ELITE: The Battle of the Paddle is an exciting championship styled surf race that offers the sport’s largest cash purse of $25,000. Think NASCAR meets surfing, as racers battle it out on a multi-lap course that takes them through the surf and onto the sand for a short run.

FOR ALL PADDLERS: The Battle of the Paddle has an Open Age-Group Race, a Distance Race (Hawaii Kai to Waikiki), Kids Races, and SUP Relays. Last year the Hawaii Kai distance race had the largest SUP field ever assembled in Hawaii with over 230 paddlers. This year promises to be even bigger, so come and make history! All races are now open for entry.

FOR THE FAMILY: Looking to try SUP or simply learn more about the latest trends and technical products? Visit the Battle of the Paddle SUP Expo. Meet the world’s best board, paddle and SUP equipment manufacturers to learn about their latest designs and innovations. There will be a rainbow of boards and paddles to demo at the event site. Na Kama Kai will also be on hand to conduct free Hawaiian ocean skills and education clinics for kids. They will also be organizing keiki (children’s) SUP races for all ages and abilities of children.

SWAG: Everyone who enters the Battle of the Paddle Hawaii will receive a pair of commemorative Battle of the Paddle Rainbow Sandals, event tee, lunch and cool event swag. A special welcoming party and aloha concert for competitors will be hosted by Quiksilver Waterman Collection on Friday evening, May 13, featuring local musicians. Event proceeds will directly benefit the Hawaiian Community.

Whether you’re racing for the prize or just want to get your feet in the waters of SUP for the first time, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle Hawaii is the perfect way to experience the rich tradition of Hawaii’s original surf lifestyle. The event is dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s youth and the local community with a portion of proceeds from the event going to Na Kama Kai.

The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proud to receive the support of the Hawaii Tourism Authority this year, and the support of our sponsors: Quiksilver Waterman Collection, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Surftech, Kona Brewing Co., Maui Jim, Duke’s, Patagonia, and Na Kama Kai.