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Battle of the Paddle 2013 to Dope Test Elite Athletes

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

In a less than surprising move, the organizers at the BOP for 2013 has contracted with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to provide and an anti-doping program at this year’s event. USADA is the independent national anti-doping organization for the United States, and runs the U.S. anti-doping program for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and Parapan American movements, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”). Rainbow Sandals, Inc has contracted with USADA, to demonstrate a commitment to fair, drug-free competition.

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Traditionally SUP races have avoided testing the elite racers purely because of the cost and the inconvenience involved, but that seems to have taken a dramatic turn. The use of banned performance-enhancing drugs in sports is commonly referred to as doping, particularly by the organizations that regulate sporting competitions. The use of drugs to enhance performance is considered unethical by most international sports organizations, including the International Olympic Committee, although ethicists have argued that it is not different from the use of new materials in the construction of suits and sporting equipment, which can also aid performance and give competitors an unfair advantage. The reasons for the ban are mainly the health risks of performance-enhancing drugs, the equality of opportunity for athletes, and the exemplary effect of drug-free sport for the public. Anti-doping authorites state that using performance-enhancing drugs goes against the “spirit of sport.”

Some commentators maintain that, as outright prevention of doping is an impossibility, all doping should be legalized. However, most disagree with this, pointing out the claimed harmful long-term effects of many doping agents. Opponents claim that with doping legal, all competitive athletes would be compelled to use drugs, and the net effect would be a level playing field but with widespread health consequences. Considering that anti-doping is largely ineffective due to both testing limitations and lack of enforcement, this is not markedly different than the situation already in existence.
Another point of view is that doping could be legalized to some extent using a drug whitelist and medical counseling, such that medical safety is ensured, with all usage published. Under such a system, it is likely that athletes would attempt cheat by exceeding official limits to try to gain an advantage; this could be considered conjecture as drug amounts do not always correlate linearly with performance gains.

Any athlete competing in the ELITE RACE at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle may be subject to blood and/or urine testing for any substance or method on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List http://www.usada.org/prohibited-list/
In addition to testing, USADA is available to provide educational information and will have jurisdiction to handle the results management process.

All ELITE RACE participants acknowledge and agree that they are subject to the Code and the USADA Protocol for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and its Annexes (USADA Protocol), and that they are required to abide by all such rules and by the anti-doping rules of the International Federation governing the event, the International Surfing Association (ISA). Anti-doping rule violations will be adjudicated in accordance with the USADA Protocol and the anti-doping rules of the ISA.

As USADA is an independent entity, all athletes questions or concerns regarding details of the anti-doping program at the event should be directed to USADA.

Information on Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)can be found here:

http://www.usada.org/tue/

Essential anti-doping phone telephone numbers:

USADA main number: (719) 785-2000

USADA athletes express hotline: (719) 785-2000

USADA Toll Free: (866)-601-2632

For more information you can go to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) website page on anti-doping:

http://www.isasurf.org/development-programs/anti-doping/

References in paddling

http://www.sportscene.tv/flatwater/canoe-sprint/news/australian-pro-sport-rocked-by-doping-inquiry

http://www.gbcanoeing.org.uk/gbc/index.cfm/about/anti-doping/

http://supconnect.mylocallineup.com/SUP-Other/sup-and-performance-enhancing-drug-testing-part-one.html

Connor Baxter Speaks Out Against Drugs at Orange County School

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

On Tuesday, paddleboarding’s youngest anointed superstar Connor Baxter and his friends Zane and Matty Shweitzer decided to pause in the middle of their competitive schedules, which involves surfing, racing the world’s oceans and snagging title after title, to speak to a bunch of Orange County middle-schoolers about staying away from drugs. Connor came to South Lake Middle School in Irvine to address something he has never done before – stand up before 600 middle-schoolers to talk about saying no to drugs and embracing a healthy lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that began for Baxter when he set off his competitive career at 8.

Connor Baxter, 18, Molokai, Hawaii, talks with middle-schoolers at South Lake Middle School in Irvine to talk about saying no to drugs and embracing a healthy lifestyle as related to the upcoming Red Ribbon Week. “Just say no, ” said Baxter,” And don’t even attempt to do it once.”At 16, Baxter was the youngest to complete in and then break the world individual stand up paddleboard record in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships. He broke his own record again last year. Last weekend, he took third at the Battle of The Paddle in Dana Point – an event he won the year before.

Baxter’s speech was related to Red Ribbon Week, which is in two weeks.
“When a kid hears something from an adult – it goes in one ear and out the other,” said Baxter, 18. “But if you hear it from a kid closer to your age, you are more likely to listen.”

Baxter did get the kid’s attention. “Try to find something you’re passionate about and just pursue it. And don’t think about anything else,” he said, “There is no fun in drugs.”

Ian Quintos, 12, took Baxter’s words to heart: “I’m gonna follow his example. I like soccer, so I’m won’t stop trying.”
Maybe the kids will see Baxter again, next time maybe as one of the sports top representatives – should paddleboarding finally appear in the Olympics.

Originally on OC Register

The 2012 Rocky Mountain Surf Festival and WW SUP Championships

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

By Dan Gavere

I look forward to this event every year and the opportunity to share my passion with others who also get the same killer feeling out of Stand Up Paddling on the river. In its 4th year the RMSF has evolved into an event showcasing the progression of stand up paddling whitewater. My hopes are that as the Festival evolves it will attract more known talent from other areas in the US and hopefully the World. Here’s my story on the event from a competitors perspective.

Going into this event I must admit I felt a bit more pressure than in the past. There were some new competitors and their equipment was dialed. Training for me consisted of paddling my local 5 mile run down the Hood River which after 20-30 trips this winter I started to feel pretty comfortable. Every run down I thought about this event and how all this practice would hopefully payoff in Colorado. So I took every opportunity to get out there and go for every eddy and every fun move everyday, some people don’t like my aggressive spastic A.D.D. style and sometimes it bites me in the butt in the line up, but I just can’t sit there and wait and watch. I need to PADDLE!

Low water blues was all I kept hearing before pointing the Black Box van East so I made a new plan to get out and try more river running since the water would be low and Colorado has a few Gems that need to be SUP’ed. After all the epic Glenwood waves we’ve seen year after year for the last 3 years at anywhere from 9,000-26,000 cfs this years event would only be serving up a paltry 3500 cfs. The main Kayak Park in Glenwood (under the East Glenwood River Bridge) transforms itself into formidable “ledge hole” that spans 2/3 of the main flow leaving a nice channel on each side and one of which on the river right has a perfect medium sized waves with a small break and fast ride. The wave riding portion of the event would be my weakest this year as I had seen some of my competition and they were ripping! To my surprise however the organizer cancelled the wave surf and replaced it with a Circle SUP event.

Saturday morning started off like any other these day’s. Yep that’s right a 4 shot latte and Boom I was ready to charge at a moments notice, however I was a bit pre-amped since I got up at 5:30am. For some reason when you get old you don’t need to sleep I guess? Lets just say I was the first customer at the bux that morning. The first event was a 4 mile sprint in a mass start format from the G-wood kayak park to South Canyon which has a few class 2 rapids. My board of choice was the Starboard Race, but more than anything the key no matter what board you were on was a good “hole shot”. I made sure to get into my “surf/sprint stance” before the start if the race so I wouldn’t have to change into the stance after and possibly compromising an awesome start. The whistle went off and the first thing I did was grab down low on blade for an accelerated ”choke stroke” style which really gives an me more mechanical advantage off the line and just feels better than any other technique for me. I got through the first drop in the lead which was important because the pack was getting messy and I could hear shouts, and paddles clashing with composite just behind me as I tried to accelerate out of the exit where the fast tail waters are. There was no doubt a few F’bombs that could be heard but it was all with a laugh, as good sportsmanship and good clean racing is what it was all about. Around the very next bend a mere 300 meters from the start I got blasted by an upstream breeze of at least 20 knots just steady and full of turbulence.

Once again w/o even thinking about it I was back into “choke stroke” mode for another good mile. The wind was fierce and all I could think about was getting my body profile down and digging deep into the current. I checked my rear views and I could see C-Mac, B-Redden, and Mikey T battling it out and drafting for position. I took my time to setup the last rapid and most difficult rapid through South Canyon where I took the left line to avoid certain carnage on the right side where it looked nasty, shallow and the massive bridge pilling pillowing water off its upstream side didn’t look to inviting either. As I turned to see behind me after shouts and cheers from the “spectators” on the bridge above I could see paddlers in the water and off of their boards, others spinning like tops and a few charging after me. I could literally see the whites of their eyes from a half mile down stream! I was glad to not be there in the “pack” having to fight for it like I had in the past year’s, but still I knew there was another .5 mile to go so looked forward and charged for a sprint to the finish. With a final time of just over 23 minutes and slowest time for the coarse over the last 2 years the low water had made a big difference, but the winds may have been even more of a factor with gusts hitting over 30kts at times. I could taste blood as a I gasped and then coughed in the dry mountain air. As the field finished I could see some epic battles and passing going on just after South Canyon, and it’s obvious the level has gone way up in racing in Colorado this year. We all loaded into the school bus rafting shuttle for a ride back to the top thanks to Timberline Tours.

Next was a massive sand which and latte numbero deuce before a micro nap and race number 2 for the day. I downed a H2oOverdrive with some Powdered Greens and BAM ready for “live action” like a refined but slightly less wiskey tango Turtle Man. The second event was the SUP Cross and I was really hoping they would make the course challenging to showcase and bring out the paddlers with the skills. The event didn’t dissappoint as we all charged through our heats there were several heats where the last paddler caught the eddy the highest and fastest to go from “worst to first” in a blink of an eye.

The currents were challenging and I was some issues keeping my board online through some of the eddie’s. I knew it would be a smash up derby in the corners so I had a strategy of getting the hole shot and hopefully completing my turns before I got a board between the legs or into my tail. The strategy was working through every round untilthe final with Tavares. I went too low and he hit the eddy perfect to ace the turn and the inside line. I paddled around the outside and he pulled ahead but since I had taken the outside line I also had more current and by the time we crossed the finish I had enough time to pull myself past him since I was in more current which made for an epic finish. I had literally past him Mike with only 10 feet to the finish. We were gasping for air and di a high five. High and stoked from the race we recounted the run and it was nothing but smiles and stoke. These are the moments that make me truly like doing this stuff. My legs were burning and my throat cried out for a Cold PRB, I was toast. I headed directly to the PBR Beer garden where we all pounded a few congratulatory tall boys with the boys and girls of SUP Whitewater Colorado. Then it would be eat sleep repeat and I was a happy camper. They let me act as “event security” so I camped on premise in the Outside Van and only a brief 50 mph windstorm for 30 minutes woke me up.  I thought my boards were going for a flight.

The next morning after my 4 shot latte I was having a hard time motivating and so was everyone else. It was COLD. We all milled about until 10 and then started getting fired
up when Mark Gambill the local SUP brother started setting the Buoys. Today’s course would basically be the same Boarder X as the day before, but much more technical which I was happy to see. Paul Teft the organizer of the Rocky Mountain Surf Festival, deemed it the “Circle SUP”.  They set us up in seeded heats and we once again had a great time watching as the crux maneuver decided whom would advance and whom would not from each heat.

The juniors were fierce and the co/ed Teft twins took no prisoners as they battled each other to the bitter end in each match up. What fun it was to watch the girls smoking the boys and all the back and forth lead changes kept everyone viewing on the edge of their rocks. The final heat of women was even more awesome and dramatic than the juniors complete with stylie turns, crashes and official rulings not to mention 4 or five different lead changes through the short race. After the dust had settled it was Nikki Gregg for the win on the Inflatable Astro and she could also be found heading straight to the PRB beer garden to ease the throat burn from the hot Colorado heat and wind.

I hoped our final wouldn’t be so crazy but in a flash it had started so I grabbed down low with my lower hand virtually on the throat of the blade and paddled straight for the first turn buoy. Accidentally I counter steered and we all got pasted together. I had the inside line and got out front only this time we had to run the meat of the drop. This was the crux and with Mike only 3 feet of my tail I knew it had to be stuck or I would throw it away. The drop came quick and I was way off line but I reached forward and simultaneously un- weighted my board for just a slight second as it dropped into the whitewash behind the powerful hydraulic. My board disappeared for just a moment under my feet but stayed on line and straight. I landed back down and got one or 2 powerful strokes in right away.

Then we had to make 8 more turns around closely set buoys and cross traffic. It was exciting and mike was right there every stroke of the way but I was able to go wider and more conservative around the turns because my straight speed was a little better. I pulled it off and once more Mike Tavares was right there to the end proving I need to watch my back because there are plenty of excellent paddlers out there learning and ripping on the river. Happy as a clam I claimed it with a fist pump and wooo hooo. All I could think about was how stoked I was for a 4th title and bog ass PBR. Thanks to all my sponsors and friends and family. This is a great feeling to be winning and hopefully a pioneer in a new sport that will be around till the cows come home. Do the cows ever come home anyways? I hope not!

Starboard
Level 6
H2O Overdrive
Harvest Blue
TEVA
Pocket Fuel
SUP Instruction.com

Thanks to Paul Teft from Enviro Action Sports the Race Producer/Director of the
ROCKY MOUNTAIN SURF FESTIVAL
Thanks to Alex Manzo from Kayak Huasteca for the getting the killer pics of us racing.

Video – Namotu Island World Paddle Challenge 2011

Friday, April 20th, 2012

In 2011 the Waterman League and Namotu Island held the first Namotu World Paddle Challenge event as the opener to the 2012 Stand Up World Series season. Join Kai Lenny, Connor Baxter and a host of other top Stand Up Paddlers as they paddle for the win in both the Slalom Surf course and the Long distance Down wind race.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIt9Iki8KpE&hd=1[/youtube]

Video – Mon Nautic SUP Paris Crossing 2011

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Some European exposure with a super sick video of the Paris SUP Crossing edited by Arthur Arutkin, the 14year old paddler placed 2nd in the under 18 division.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/33300284[/vimeo]

2011 King of the Coast Queensland

Monday, December 5th, 2011
 The King Of The Coast race being run from Point Arkwright (Yaroomba), 19 kilometres downwind to Mooloolaba. Over 200 entrants competed in all paddling disciplines including Stand up paddling, surf ski’s, and prone paddleboards, competing in what was described as challenging conditions by the race organisers.

Causing some slight controversy, the event raised eyebrows when it claimed to be the QLD state titles for Stand up paddling.  Sanctioned by QLD Canoeing, many wondered whether they had the authority to name the event as such, especially since SUP Australia are planning their own QLD state titles on the Gold coast later this year. Not to mention the previously held QLD titles by Surfing QLD, although to be fair – that was for Stand up paddle surfing, not racing.

Aside from the controversy, the event was a massive success for all involved, heaps of paddlers had a ball making the run from Point Arkwright, south to Mooloolaba in a 13-15 knot sea breeze, and 1-3 foot swell. Here’s what the SUP co-ordinator Sue had to say about today:

“A great turnout today for the 3rd Annual King of the Coast Race. Thanks so much all those who travelled up to participate and for supporting such a great cause that is so close to my heart. Also congratulations for all the first time competitors who got out there and had a go today in some tough conditions. You should be really proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations all who paddled !!”

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/31787442[/vimeo]

Connor Baxter wins Namotu World Paddle Challenge

Friday, November 18th, 2011


The 2011 Namotu World Paddle Challenge was a great event. The first day they started off big and ran the long distance race first. They said the race was going to be 19 miles, but it ended up being 23 miles. The race was from Natadola Beach on the main island to Namotu Island and there were about 15 of us at the starting line. We were all on 12′6″ race boards – which made the crossing that much more challenging. It was a beach start and once I heard go – it was on. Right from the get go all the young guns pulled out to the front of the group. Slater, Zane, Noa, Kai and I were in the front and headed out to the Navy Ship, which was our outside marker we had to round. I was the first to round it and turned down to start the fun. It was pretty light, but there were still some fun bumps to catch. I caught some really long ones in the beginning and then the race started to get worse and worse. It got littler and the current started to go against us. Around the half way mark, I had a good lead and still felt strong, but then it was getting flatter and flatter and there were no bumps to catch. By the time I got to Cloud Break, which is not too far off of Namotu, the wind stopped and it was a flat-water grind to the finish line. So I put my head down and I knew what I had to do. As I got closer I caught a wave at Swimming Pools and then I was on the home stretch. When I finally got to the beach and ran up to the finish line, I was so stoked to finish and to come in first place. The race took me about 3 1/2 hours. So, I rested up for the rest of the day and was getting ready for the next race of the event.

The next day we got to rest and surf it up, which was a lot of fun, but the next day was the race day. This race was run in heats – in and out of the surf around buoys. I was in the first heat. I waxed my board and headed for the beach. The top two made it to the next round, so my plan was just to go as hard as I needed to advance – and I did that and was second behind Zane. This put me into the next round, so I went into the shade and drank water. The next heat was a little harder, but I had the same strategy and I went hard in the beginning then took it easy to save my energy for the final. Once again I came in second, which put me into the finals.

As the day went on, the wind got stronger and the waves were getting bigger and the tide was dropping. Padding out for the finals I knew what I had to do and right when they said go I was gone. Kai, Zane and I jumped out in front and then I pulled away from those guys. I rounded the first buoy first and started heading in. Coming in I caught a big wave and it doubled up and I got pounded. I manage to get back up and still make it to the next buoy in first place, but on the way out the current was super strong, which allowed Kai to catch up. So Kai and I were battling it out to the last buoy and a freak set took us out but we got on our boards and kept going. I sprinted my brains off and got in front and rounded the buoy first, but Kai manage to catch a wave that I couldn’t get which put him in first and me in second. It is crazy when racing in waves anything can happen, you can be leading, but all of a sudden something happens and then you fall back a few places. Super stoked for Kai, but now we were tied for the Overall – both with a first and second place.

So, now we had to do a tiebreaker, which wasn’t going to be announced until the day of the race.

Once again we had a rest day – which was filled with surfing and playing. And then the next day was the moment of truth. We found out that the course was going to be around the island of Namotu, combined with a surf race. So I was super stoked and was getting everything together for a long day. Once I got down to the start it was blazing hot and I knew it was going to be a long one. So once I heard Tristan Boxford say “GO!!!!!!!” it was on. The race was super hot and long, but I lead the whole race and had the rest of the competitors draft me, so once we got to the waves I was drained. Slater and Jake passed me up, but my main goal was to stay ahead of Kai. We went in and out thought the surf a few times and then on the home stretch I got a good wave in and Kai did as well and was right on my tail. Coming in bashing boards with Kai until we got closer and I just gave it every last bit of energy I had, hit the beach and ran up ahead of Kai – Winning the Overall Event Title.

I was super stoked with the whole event and to top off the trip we got some great waves for surfing.

I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Rainbow Sandals, Rista Fins, Maui Jim Sunglasses, EFX Technology, Dakine, Nike 6.0, GoPro Cameras, On It Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Sunrite Maui, and Hi-Tech Sports. Also, Scott Sanchez (MPG) for his wisdom on fitness and training!!

Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers. Scott and Mandy for all their hospitality on Namotu. Great Event!!

Aloha –
Connor Baxter

2011 Battle of the Bay Race Report & Results

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Source: Battle of the Bay 2011

The 2011 Battle of The Bay went off in spectacular fashion this past Saturday October 29th with 158 paddlers taking to the water to do Battle for the inaugural Battle of the Bay Title.

Under the blessing of a gorgeous Indian summer weather pattern that bestowed brilliant blue skies and a balmy 75 degree air temp the race organizers pulled together what is easily one of the most successful major SUP races ever held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides all the incredible racing action on the day, we’ll get to that in a minute, the day was jam packed with demo’s and instruction from most of the Major SUP companies including Platinum sponsors Starboard, Boga Boards, and Focus SUP. Over 150 non racers showed up to simply soak up the day and ride all the latest gear.

The race organizers pulled off the day like a well oiled machine never missing a beat. This volunteer team came together to pull off the performance of a veteran crew despite the fact that it was really their first SUP event of this magnitude. A lot of that credit has to go to the leadership of Title Sponsor Bluerush Boardsports and proprietors Stephen Pugh & Geoff James. Pugh & James, however, will be the first to tell you it was the cracker jack team of Volunteers who spent the last 9 months relentlessly planning out every detail that made it all possible.

The day kicked off with the Open 4 mile race and the massive fleet of paddlers ready to tackle a challenging 4 mile course. The course was not your standard up and back affair but rather the organizers had intentionally planned to up the ante and make this a challenging event that would test both stamina and skill alike. The paddlers took off from a beach start to a buoy about a ¼ mile offshore to then proceed to a second buoy for left hand turn in what would be a unique starting lap before getting in to a normal routine of doing an M-style course. And the complicated course took its toll. Despite the fact that Chris Brackett and Tucker Ingalls were leading the way correctly about 25 paddlers missed the inside mark causing them to be DSQ’d.

These DSQ’s are not reflected yet in the results below as it will take the honor system for these paddlers to come forward; it was simply too hard to pick out the names from the throng off paddlers on the course. There was no doubt however about the lead two paddlers who were locked in tight race for the front with Bracke5t doing his best to reel in Ingalls who had taken the lead early. It was to no avail as the younger Ingalls (15, and pictured at right) was simply too strong and took the win.

Sofia Dewolfe put up a blazing 43 minute and 1 second time to take top honors for the Junior women while Eldore Wood’s 42 minute 36 second time was the standard in the Women’s Masters Fleet. Mike Day was the man to beat in the Men’s masters only no one could.

Next up was the main event and if you thought the 4 mile course was challenging the 5 mile elite race was definitely a level above. With a modified M bolted on to a shoreside Zig Zag course that saw the paddlers sprinting down the line directly in front of the spectators; it was a sight to behold.

Video of the Elite Race

Speaking of a level above that’s the only way to describe Jay Wild’s paddle on the day. Despite the presence of world class paddlers like Chuck Patterson and Dan Gavere it was Wild who simply dominated. Paddling his 12ft 6 Hobie Wild (pictured below right with Chuck Patterson at his right side) quickly distanced himself from the pack and seemed to be growing his lead with every stroke. If Wild was impressive Krisztina Zur was amazing. At times early in the race it looked like Zur had an honest shot at the podium ….in the men’s division!

With a stacked field that included Jenny Kalmbach, Morgan Hoestry, Gillian Gibree, and Karen Wrenn Zur left little to doubt as she navigated the technical course with power and strength that saw her taking the women’s division win and the 8th overall placing. A special note has to be made for the performance of local paddler Ben Sarrazin. Sarrazin’s third place overall finish, that saw him getting the better of journeyed waterman Dan Gavere, shows just how far the local paddling fleet has come in the last few years.

Over in the Kids race it was The Brackett Boys who showed the crowd the face of some future paddling stars. One look at how these kids handle their boards and paddles on the water and you can tell these are not your average “kids” racers but rather trained paddlers who have honed their skills. Again however a local paddler was up for the challenge with San Francisco’s Shane Rathle digging deep to match the Brackett’s early on. Rathle got boxed out on a mark rounding that saw the two Brackett’s, the 11 year old Josiah and the 8 year old Joshua, put a gap on him. Rathle hung tough for a solid third place finish with the Brackett’s just out of reach. It was Josh Brackett however that took home the Everpaddle SUP board so generously donated by Everpaddle’s Kevin Seid for the first place finisher. Now that’s a stoked kid! (pictured below Ben Sarazin, Chuck Patterson and Jay Wild)

Then it was on to the business of relay racing that saw teams of four doing two laps each on an up and back course. With Rasta men, Monkey’s , and Crab’s making up many of the teams paddlers (Halloween is just around the corner) it was an exciting contest that saw some carnage at the handoffs as paddlers whipped their boards around. With all the big names on the course including Zur, Patterson, Gavere, and Kalmbach the racing was action packed.(pictured below women’s Elite Podium Krisztina Zur, Jenny Kalmbach, Gillian Gibree)

What do you do to top off such a successful day of racing? Party!!!! And of course hand out some cash and that’s just what happened as the fleet head down to enjoy the hospitality of The Marin Yacht Club. With all the trappings of a major sailing regatta the Marin Yacht Club rolled out the red carpet as the Band of Boga Board’s Dave Meyler rolled out the tunes the paddlers partied on in to the night.

A special thanks has to go out to all the volunteers who chipped in to make this event possible. From registering racers, to board caddying the finish line, and everything in between it was a first rate crew that put their heart and soul in to making the event flow so smoothly. Also thanks to the Marin County Parks department and the phenomenal support of the Park’s rangers who chaperoned the wily crew of paddlers like true professionals.

Most importantly thanks to all the Sponsors without whom the event simply could not be possible. First and foremost Title Sponsor Bluerush Boardsports followed closely by the Platinum sponsors Starboard, Focus SUP, KKMI Marine, and Boga Boards.

Last but not least was the considerable support that Battle of the Bay gave to Baykeeper. With most of the proceeds after expenses being dedicated to this more than worthy organization that works to protect San Francisco Bay. Their work however is never done and we can still use your support so head on over to Baykeeper today to lend your support. CLICK HERE TO HELP PROTECT SF BAY.

The Battle of the Bay will most certainly be back next year so stay tuned the facebook page and website as a bigger and better Battle will be waged next year…if that’s possible.

See you next year.

Full results here

Source: Battle of the Bay 2011

Island to Island Waterman Relay 2011

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Catalina Island October 8, 2011 – SUP and Paddleboard teams, and individuals on SurfSki’s and OC1’s will meet this weekend for California’s premier Open Water downwinder from the landing on Santa Barbara Island will go east downwind to Two Harbors – Isthmus Catalina – a 28 mile course. First run in 2004, this race is expected to attract the best endurance paddlers on the Mainland and Australia, including Jackson English who will be again paddling in support of  SurfAid International as he did at this year’s Molokai 2 Oahu World Championships.

English is a schoolteacher at the United World College of SE Asia in Singapore but is originally from the Central Coast of NSW, Australia.  In the past five years he has raised more than $200,000 for SurfAid.

“With three healthy young children of my own, it breaks my heart to see kids the same age as mine suffering from very preventable diseases such as chest infections, diarrhoea, malnutrition and malaria,” Jackson said.

Visit the main site for tickets and the latest info!

All Paddleboard teams and their required escort boats will meet at the South end of Santa Barbara Island at 6:30 am for check in. The water start will be at 7:00 am, 100 yards from the landing. The race will be a downhill run from Santa Barbara Island to the west end of Catalina Island, approximately 22 N.M., continuing southeast for 6 N.M. along the island, finishing on the South East side of the pier at Isthmus Cove located at Two Harbors. Official cut-off time for the race is 3pm. Race party begins at 3.30pm!

Four classes are invited,teams of three.
Open Paddleboard
Stock Paddleboard
SUP 14″ only (no 12’6″)
O.C. 1 only.
Each team is required to have an escort vessel.

island to island Waterman relay Giles Finlayson

3rd ANNUAL ROUND THE ROCK

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

One of the largest SUP events in the Pacific Northwest, the 3rd Annual Round The Rock was held September 11th in Seward Park, Seattle, WA. The race is a benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital and The Surfrider Foundationand featured elite athletes from all over the world as well as hardy paddlers from the northwest and beyond who wanted to challenge themselves with the 13 mile endurance race around Mercer Island on Lake Washington – between Seattle and Bellevue. All elite paddlers were competing for a prize purse of $10,000. The event also featured manufacturers and shops displaying the latest gear and offering free demos to the public.

Naish team riders, Karen Wrenn and Chuck Patterson, once again proved that Naish’s production boards deliver on race day. Karen, on her Glide 14’0″ Javelin, beat her 13-mile record by over a minute to win the women’s class with a time of 2:23:46. Chuck, who in a momentary lapse of forgetfulness due to illness “forgot” to officially enter the race, ended up paddling nonethless and on his Glide 14’0″ Javelin, finished third overall behind two Unlimited Class paddlers (and would have won the 14′ Class had he been officially registered!).

Karen shares her thoughts on the event: “The Round the Rock race in Seattle was an awesome event. The weather was spectacular and in the 80’s all weekend. Chuck and I taught our Paddle With Pros clinics on Saturday at Seward Park and had a huge turn out for both the beginners and advanced race clinic. It is always so refreshing to see how excited people are about the sport and how much they appreciate what they learn. It reminds us how lucky we are to be involved in SUP.”

And a word from Chuck: “Just finished the 13 mile Round The Rock SUP race in beautiful Seattle. I was pretty sick, so I decided to just paddle and support the event. Funny thing was I finished 3rd overall and 1st in the 14′ division. As a racer, I think it’s really difficult to just cruise no matter how sick you feel. It’s just in your blood I guess!”

Photo credits: John Wrenn

Video – 2011 Battle of the Paddle | Distance Race

Monday, September 26th, 2011

California’s distance paddling king Danny Ching returned to the winner’s podium at the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle, taking first in the 10-mile stand-up paddle (SUP) race.

Dominant female paddler Candice Appleby (Hawaii), who took first in yesterday’s women’s Elite race, won the women’s division. A total of 230 racers took part in today’s distance race. There were more than 900 race entries over the course of the weekend, and over 200 on the distance course including the Infinity Triple SUP anchored by Slater Trout.
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Connor Baxter wins 2011 Battle of the Paddle

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Who won the 2011 Battle of the Paddle? Connor Baxter Zane Shweitzer may have been more excited than the champ himself as he lifts Connor up on his shoulders. Connor was absolutely gassed after the closest Battle ever. The top three finishers; Connor Baxter, Jaime Mitchell, and Danny Ching were separated by seconds, and battled each other the entire race.

Special congratulations to Waterman’s Conner Baxter for his amazing win at the biggest SUP race of the year!

photo © 2011 Chris Bishow

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Results for the Battle of the Paddle 2011 California

Race Results – 2011 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point

Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Race Results For the 2011 Battle of the Paddle Dana Point, CA

Maui’s Connor Baxter, 17, won his first major stand-up paddle (SUP) championship today against the world’s best in the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle in California. In the most thrilling Elite Race battle in the four-year history of the event, Baxter fought off none other than 10x world prone paddleboard champion Jamie Mitchell (Australia), and defending Battle of the Paddle California champion Danny Ching (California) to win. The women’s Elite Race was won with by an incredibly inform Candice Appleby (Oahu/San Clemente) for the fourth consecutive year.

Full Results Elite Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full Results Distance Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full Results Age Group  Race 2011 Battle of the Paddle California

Full results Relay Battle of the Paddle 2011 California

2011 BOP – New Battle Format Spooks Top Paddlers

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Battle of the Paddle 2011 Dana PointChing (Redondo Beach, CA) won both the Elite and Distance races here last year. Travis Grant (Queensland, Australia) won the Hawaii Battle over Ching back in May. Mitchell (Queensland, Australia) won here at Doheny in 2009, and recently returned to dedicated SUP racing after claiming his 10th prone paddleboard world championship in Hawaii in July. Appleby (San Clemente, CA), like Ching, won both races here last year and over the past 12 months has blurred the performance line that separates the men from the women. All four athletes are both nervous and excited to see how the new format plays out.

“Most of the guys, including myself, struggle the first lap and you shoot out of the gate a little harder than you should,” says Ching. “I think (the new format) is scary because if you make a mistake on one lap, there’s not enough time to come back. I’m a little nervous about that. And catching one swell could make a huge difference this time. My big advantage is that I can out-paddle the others over distance, but now we’ve got two shorter races, not one long one, so that levels the field.”

Travis Grant expects that the heat format will help everyone iron out the bugs and result in a greater battle between more paddlers for the win: “The longer the race, the better I do, so shortening it up will really change things. In Australia we do heats for a lot of races, so I don’t mind that, it gets you ready, but it gets the other competitors ready, too! For me, in a straight out final you can break people straight away, but it’s going to be very different with the heats. It’s incredible that the sport’s grown to the point where we need to run heats now.”

Jamie Mitchell admits he’s nowhere near his performance goals yet, so the Elite Race format will be a true test for him: “When I said SUP was my next thing, I meant over the course of a year, not straight away,” said Mitchell. “I went from Molokai (world championship race in July) to my honeymoon, then to New York (where he headed up water patrol for the ASP World Surfing Tour), and now I’m here. But I’m nowhere near where I’d like to be at in terms of performance. I know how to race and I have plenty of experience so I’ll be trying to draw on all that. For me, a Top 5 finish would be a good result. I know what I’m capable of and I’m nowhere near it at the moment, so I can’t be too confident.

“You can’t get ahead of yourself. You’ve got to get through that first heat. And while the distances are shorter, when you combine the 2-mile preliminary heat with the 3-mile final, you’re actually paddling 5-miles this year compared to 4-miles before.”

Candice Appleby is excited about the new format, but wishes the Elite Final had the men and women starting at the same time: “You’re going to see the strongest, deepest, fastest women’s field you’ve ever seen in stand-up paddle this weekend,” said Appleby. “The gap between the men and the women is really closing, so ideally, I’d like it if the women started with the men in the final so we could see where we stand in the field overall. But it’s going to be exciting regardless, and there’s a lot more aspects to the race this year with the new format.”

The preliminary heats of the Elite Race will commence at 9am Saturday. The Elite Final will commence at 2pm. Saturday will also feature the Open Race at 11:30am, the SUP beach expo, and kids races. The distance race from San Clemente Pier will take place on Sunday, finishing at Doheny. In total, more than 800 starters are expected to compete throughout the weekend.

2011 Hennessey’s World Championships Race Results

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

 2011 Hennessey's World Championships Race Results

 2011 Hennessey’s Worlds –  Whole Field: Handicapped Results

Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 202 MASON, Joel PDB ULT 18-29 01:06:24
2 96 THOMAS, Brad PDB ULT 40-49 01:09:14
3 234 PLSEK, George PDB ULT 40-49 01:11:18
4 228 BUCKLEY, Adam PDB ULT 30-39 01:11:55
5 229 MIRALLE, Don PDB ULT 30-39 01:12:54
6 90 STOCKDALE, Brian SUP Ult 40-49 Men 01:14:49
7 45 KOSTERLITZ, Chase SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:15:29
8 232 LOREN, George PDB ULT 40-49 01:15:54
9 97 NDIAYE, Dialy SUP Ult 40-49 Men 01:16:14
10 200 SCHECKMAN, Jay PDB 14′ Open 01:16:18
11 39 TROUT, Slater SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:21
12 21 BECKER, Matt SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:30
13 24 VARGAS, Jared SUP Ult 39U Men 01:16:31
14 48 VELA, Anthony SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:34
15 82 REICHENSTEIN, Willie SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:37
16 92 PATTERSON, Chuck SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:16:46
17 53 MAC, Thomas SUP Ult 50+ Men 01:16:52
18 50 DE ZWART, Bart SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:17:32
19 31 KAHN, Mitch SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:18:35
20 27 CAIN, Larry SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:18:48
21 80 STALLA, Fernando SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:19:20
22 30 JOHNSON, Ernie SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:20:04
23 235 MURPHY, Brian PDB Stk 18-29 01:20:26
24 226 FIRST, Max PDB ULT 18-29 01:20:29
25 72 GAVERE, Dan SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:20:40
26 12 ELLIS, Douglas SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:20:45
27 215 BARK, Jack PDB Stk 18-29 01:20:47
28 34 WILD, Jay SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:21:04
29 69 BURGUIERE, Cyril SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:21:17
30 60 MITCHELL, Jamie SUP Stk 39U Men 01:21:25
31 238 COLLINS, Michael PDB ULT 40-49 01:21:33
32 81 CHING, Danny SUP Stk 39U Men 01:21:53
33 236 MURPHY, Michael PDB Stk 30-39 01:21:59
34 227 BURDIAK, Timothy PDB ULT 18-29 01:22:17
35 49 YORK, Spencer SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:22:29
36 212 MONTALBANO, Jim PDB Stk 50-59 01:22:36
37 237 ROEBUCK, Ron PDB ULT 40-49 01:22:46
38 74 ABBEY, Kaeo ‘O’ Kalani SUP Ult 39U Men 01:22:47
39 46 FREITAS, Mo SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:23:00
40 18 LOGRECO, Andrew SUP Stk 39U Men 01:23:28
41 203 BUCKINGHAM, Wayne PDB ULT 50-59 01:23:35
42 59 MARGETTS, Kelly SUP Stk 39U Men 01:23:51
43 205 SCHADE, Bob PDB ULT 50-59 01:23:56
44 218 BUCKINGHAM, Wally PDB ULT 50-59 01:24:20
45 38 BOLAND, Chris SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:24:25
46 76 MATERO, Alex SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:24:26
47 58 DI BETTA, Mick SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:24:50
48 25 NERISON, Kevin SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:24:57
49 318 CARLSON, Micah SUP Ult 39U Men 01:25:58
50 207 LOURENS, Deon PDB Stk 40-49 01:26:01
51 209 ELLIS, Rodney PDB Stk 30-39 01:26:21
52 42 SPRINGER, Seth SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:26:25
53 64 CHAPMAN, Dale SUP 14′ 40 – 49 men 01:26:58
54 4 BAXTER, Connor SUP Stk 39U Men 01:27:15
55 201 FELIX, Larry PDB 14′ Open 01:27:18
56 56 APPLEBY, Candice SUP Stk Women 01:27:20
57 32 MCPHILLIPS, Colin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:27:25
58 26 BASHOR, Chad SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:27:30
59 310 CAMPBELL, Brent SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:27:39
60 210 DIEDERICH, Scott PDB Stk 40-49 01:28:10
61 85 JENSEN, Jake SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:12
62 8 TRAYLING, Bill SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:28:15
63 33 KURT, Byron SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:28:26
64 78 ANDERSAN, Annabel SUP Stk Women 01:28:32
65 2 JACKSON, Paul SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:33
66 317 ROSE, Brennan SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:55
67 95 EBERHARDT, Dan PDB 14′ Open 01:29:02
68 87 TERRELL, Jim SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:29:28
69 63 TEURQUETIL, Alain sup 14′ 40 – 49 men 01:29:34
70 47 LIGHT, Brendan SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:29:43
71 68 RING, Karl SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:29:46
72 10 SCHROTTER, Derek SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:30:16
73 22 BOEHNE, David SUP Stk 39U Men 01:30:40
74 79 BUTKI, Jay SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:31:01
75 23 FIELDER, Chance SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:09
76 222 RUCH, David PDB Stk 18-29 01:31:29
77 5 COOK, Justin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:36
78 88 MORRISSEY, Dane SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:45
79 7 ERICKSON, Lance SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:32:03
80 91 YOUNG, Austin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:32:12
81 220 HUMPHREY, Ron PDB 14′ Open 01:32:16
82 241 AMBROSI, Jo PDB Stk Women 01:32:19
83 36 BAKSIC, Brandi SUP Stk Women 01:32:55
84 65 HILL, Christopher SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:33:00
85 231 MILES, Michael PDB ULT 40-49 01:33:05
86 86 STEPHAN, Chris SUP Stk 39U Men 01:34:00
87 70 HAAG, Brian SUP Stk 39U Men 01:34:09
88 14 HIGGINS, Jim SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:34:39
89 315 KANE, Brian SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:34:49
90 409 CODY, Kevin PDB ULT 01:34:55
91 94 RAMBO, Brad SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:35:16
92 66 JONES, Jonathan SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:35:49
93 55 HOESTEREY, Morgan SUP Stk Women 01:35:51
94 15 BRUNSON, Bruce SUP Stk 39U Men 01:36:05
95 300 WELCH, Greg SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:36:12
96 19 ATHANACIO, Mark SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:36:38
97 213 WITTER, Ron PDB ULT 50-59 01:36:41
98 93 SWANECAMP, Tom SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:36:53
99 225 RICHARDS, Michael PDB Stk 40-49 01:37:30
100 6 ZACHARIAS, Paul SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:37:33
101 67 HOLBROOK, Thomas SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:37:34
102 41 GANGINI, Talia SUP Stk Women 01:37:42
103 83 SMITH, Gene SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:38:04
104 221 LATTER, David PDB 14′ Open 01:38:37
105 323 BISHOW, Chris SUP Stk 39U Men 01:38:56
106 20 LEE, Jennifer SUP Stk Women 01:39:03
107 29 RIDDLE, Alison SUP Stk Women 01:39:07
108 319 O’HEA, Patrick SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:39:31
109 16 PATTON, Robert SUP Stk 39U Men 01:39:43
110 61 PURSER, Sondra SUP Stk Women 01:39:54
111 17 BRACKETT, Julianne SUP Stk Women 01:40:36
112 1 JACKSON, Angela SUP Stk Women 01:40:50
113 51 KHO, Billy SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:40:56
114 219 BOYER, Gene PDB 60+ Open 01:41:33
115 52 GOODMAN, John SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:42:34
116 57 FAZEKAS ZUR, Krisztina SUP Stk Women 01:42:34
117 43 COCCO, Antoinette SUP Stk Women 01:42:49
118 240 BOWEN, Stacy PDB ULT 50-59 01:42:58
119 217 GILLOTT, Jeff PDB Stk 40-49 01:43:07
120 314 HARRISON, Halie SUP Stk Women 01:44:01
121 3 HORSFIELD, Simone SUP Stk Women 01:44:26
122 28 PAUL, Tony SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:44:51
123 214 BARK, Sam PDB 17U Open 01:44:55
124 233 DEWET-OLESON, Kathy PDB Stk Women 01:45:00
125 204 WASSON, Jordan PDB 17U Open 01:45:01
126 54 RANDO, Jessica SUP Stk Women 01:45:37
127 73 DAVIDSON, Richard SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:46:01
128 11 COOPER, Sue SUP Stk Women 01:46:53
129 84 PLUNKETT, Terri SUP Stk Women 01:48:02
130 311 GLYNN, Chuck SUP Stk 39U Men 01:48:03
131 75 STRAZZULLA, Suzy SUP Stk Women 01:49:11
132 206 SHERMAN, Tyler PDB 14′ Open 01:49:51
133 9 RISNER, Betsy SUP Stk 50+ Women 01:50:28
134 62 THOMAS, Kristin SUP Stk Women 01:50:37
135 13 EYRE, Robert SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:52:58
136 37 MERRILL, Emmy SUP Stk Women 01:54:17
137 208 KING, Rochelle PDB Stk Women Open 01:58:00
138 320 ANORGA, Andre SUP Stk Women 02:00:04
139 211 RUSHER, Scott PDB ULT 40-49 DNF
140 216 FREITAS, Mo PDB 17U Open DNF
141 224 SALAFRANCA, Alfredo PDB Stk 30-39 DNF
142 230 COHN, Jeff PDB ULT 30-39 DNF
143 239 RUBIN, Gavin PDB ULT 40-49 DNF
144 301 MINICH, Matthew SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF
145 309 SWART, Simon SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF
146 313 CHURCH, Debbie SUP Stk Wom DNF
147 35 PELKEY, Rob SUP 14′ 40-49 Men DNF
148 40 GANGINI, Tehani SUP Stk Women DNF
149 71 BEAUPRE, Kianoa SUP Stk 39U Men DNF
150 77 LEVORIN, Alex SUP Stk 40-49 Men DNF
151 89 ZUR, Rami SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF

2011 Hennessey’s Worlds – Handicap Results by category

PDB 17U Open –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 214 BARK, Sam PDB 17U Open 01:44:55
2 204 WASSON, Jordan PDB 17U Open 01:45:01
3 216 FREITAS, Mo PDB 17U Open DNF
PDB Stk 18-29 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 235 MURPHY, Brian PDB Stk 18-29 01:20:26
2 215 BARK, Jack PDB Stk 18-29 01:20:47
3 222 RUCH, David PDB Stk 18-29 01:31:29
PDB Stk 30-39 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 236 MURPHY, Michael PDB Stk 30-39 01:21:59
2 209 ELLIS, Rodney PDB Stk 30-39 01:26:21
PDB Stk 40-49 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 207 LOURENS, Deon PDB Stk 40-49 01:26:01
2 210 DIEDERICH, Scott PDB Stk 40-49 01:28:10
3 217 GILLOTT, Jeff PDB Stk 40-49 01:43:07
PDB Stk 50-59 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 212 MONTALBANO, Jim PDB Stk 50-59 01:22:36
PDB ULT 18-29 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 202 MASON, Joel PDB ULT 18-29 01:06:24
2 226 FIRST, Max PDB ULT 18-29 01:20:29
PDB ULT 30-39 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 228 BUCKLEY, Adam PDB ULT 30-39 01:11:55
2 229 MIRALLE, Don PDB ULT 30-39 01:12:54
3 230 COHN, Jeff PDB ULT 30-39 DNF
PDB ULT 40-49 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 96 THOMAS, Brad PDB ULT 40-49 01:09:14
2 234 PLSEK, George PDB ULT 40-49 01:11:18
3 232 LOREN, George PDB ULT 40-49 01:15:54
4 238 COLLINS, Michael PDB ULT 40-49 01:21:33
5 237 ROEBUCK, Ron PDB ULT 40-49 01:22:46
6 231 MILES, Michael PDB ULT 40-49 01:33:05
7 211 RUSHER, Scott PDB ULT 40-49 DNF
8 239 RUBIN, Gavin PDB ULT 40-49 DNF
PDB ULT 50-59 –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 203 BUCKINGHAM, Wayne PDB ULT 50-59 01:23:35
2 205 SCHADE, Bob PDB ULT 50-59 01:23:56
3 218 BUCKINGHAM, Wally PDB ULT 50-59 01:24:20
4 213 WITTER, Ron PDB ULT 50-59 01:36:41
5 240 BOWEN, Stacy PDB ULT 50-59 01:42:58
PDB Stk Women –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 241 AMBROSI, Jo PDB Stk Women 01:32:19
2 233 DEWET-OLESON, Kathy PDB Stk Women 01:45:00
3 208 KING, Rochelle PDB Stk Women Open 01:58:00
PDB 60+ Open –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 409 CODY, Kevin PDB ULT 01:34:55
2 219 BOYER, Gene PDB 60+ Open 01:41:33
PDB 14′ Open –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 200 SCHECKMAN, Jay PDB 14′ Open 01:16:18
2 201 FELIX, Larry PDB 14′ Open 01:27:18
3 220 HUMPHREY, Ron PDB 14′ Open 01:32:16
4 221 LATTER, David PDB 14′ Open 01:38:37
5 206 SHERMAN, Tyler PDB 14′ Open 01:49:51
SUP Stk 39U Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 60 MITCHELL, Jamie SUP Stk 39U Men 01:21:25
2 81 CHING, Danny SUP Stk 39U Men 01:21:53
3 18 LOGRECO, Andrew SUP Stk 39U Men 01:23:28
4 59 MARGETTS, Kelly SUP Stk 39U Men 01:23:51
5 4 BAXTER, Connor SUP Stk 39U Men 01:27:15
6 32 MCPHILLIPS, Colin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:27:25
7 85 JENSEN, Jake SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:12
8 2 JACKSON, Paul SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:33
9 317 ROSE, Brennan SUP Stk 39U Men 01:28:55
10 22 BOEHNE, David SUP Stk 39U Men 01:30:40
11 23 FIELDER, Chance SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:09
12 5 COOK, Justin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:36
13 88 MORRISSEY, Dane SUP Stk 39U Men 01:31:45
14 91 YOUNG, Austin SUP Stk 39U Men 01:32:12
15 86 STEPHAN, Chris SUP Stk 39U Men 01:34:00
16 70 HAAG, Brian SUP Stk 39U Men 01:34:09
17 15 BRUNSON, Bruce SUP Stk 39U Men 01:36:05
18 323 BISHOW, Chris SUP Stk 39U Men 01:38:56
19 16 PATTON, Robert SUP Stk 39U Men 01:39:43
20 311 GLYNN, Chuck SUP Stk 39U Men 01:48:03
21 71 BEAUPRE, Kianoa SUP Stk 39U Men DNF
SUP Stk 40-49 Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 33 KURT, Byron SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:28:26
2 68 RING, Karl SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:29:46
3 66 JONES, Jonathan SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:35:49
4 300 WELCH, Greg SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:36:12
5 19 ATHANACIO, Mark SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:36:38
6 225 RICHARDS, Michael PDB Stk 40-49 01:37:30
7 6 ZACHARIAS, Paul SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:37:33
8 319 O’HEA, Patrick SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:39:31
9 51 KHO, Billy SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:40:56
10 28 PAUL, Tony SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:44:51
11 77 LEVORIN, Alex SUP Stk 40-49 Men DNF
SUP Stk 50+ Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 7 ERICKSON, Lance SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:32:03
2 94 RAMBO, Brad SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:35:16
3 83 SMITH, Gene SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:38:04
4 52 GOODMAN, John SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:42:34
5 13 EYRE, Robert SUP Stk 50+ Men 01:52:58
SUP 14′ 39U Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 45 KOSTERLITZ, Chase SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:15:29
2 39 TROUT, Slater SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:21
3 21 BECKER, Matt SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:30
4 48 VELA, Anthony SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:34
5 82 REICHENSTEIN, Willie SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:16:37
6 80 STALLA, Fernando SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:19:20
7 12 ELLIS, Douglas SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:20:45
8 34 WILD, Jay SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:21:04
9 69 BURGUIERE, Cyril SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:21:17
10 49 YORK, Spencer SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:22:29
11 46 FREITAS, Mo SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:23:00
12 76 MATERO, Alex SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:24:26
13 25 NERISON, Kevin SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:24:57
14 42 SPRINGER, Seth SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:26:25
15 310 CAMPBELL, Brent SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:27:39
16 47 LIGHT, Brendan SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:29:43
17 315 KANE, Brian SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:34:49
18 67 HOLBROOK, Thomas SUP 14′ 39U Men 01:37:34
19 309 SWART, Simon SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF
20 301 MINICH, Matthew SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF
21 89 ZUR, Rami SUP 14′ 39U Men DNF
SUP 14′ 40-49 Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 92 PATTERSON, Chuck SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:16:46
2 50 DE ZWART, Bart SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:17:32
3 27 CAIN, Larry SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:18:48
4 30 JOHNSON, Ernie SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:20:04
5 72 GAVERE, Dan SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:20:40
6 58 DI BETTA, Mick SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:24:50
7 64 CHAPMAN, Dale SUP 14′ 40 – 49 men 01:26:58
8 26 BASHOR, Chad SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:27:30
9 8 TRAYLING, Bill SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:28:15
10 87 TERRELL, Jim SUP Stk 40-49 Men 01:29:28
11 63 TEURQUETIL, Alain sup 14′ 40 – 49 men 01:29:34
12 10 SCHROTTER, Derek SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:30:16
13 79 BUTKI, Jay SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:31:01
14 93 SWANECAMP, Tom SUP 14′ 40-49 Men 01:36:53
15 35 PELKEY, Rob SUP 14′ 40-49 Men DNF
SUP 14′ 50+ Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 31 KAHN, Mitch SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:18:35
2 38 BOLAND, Chris SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:24:25
3 14 HIGGINS, Jim SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:34:39
4 73 DAVIDSON, Richard SUP 14′ 50+ Men 01:46:01
SUP Ult 39U Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 24 VARGAS, Jared SUP Ult 39U Men 01:16:31
2 74 ABBEY, Kaeo ‘O’ Kalani SUP Ult 39U Men 01:22:47
3 318 CARLSON, Micah SUP Ult 39U Men 01:25:58
SUP Ult 40-49 Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 90 STOCKDALE, Brian SUP Ult 40-49 Men 01:14:49
2 97 NDIAYE, Dialy SUP Ult 40-49 Men 01:16:14
SUP Ult 50+ Men –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 53 MAC, Thomas SUP Ult 50+ Men 01:16:52
SUP Stk Women –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 56 APPLEBY, Candice SUP Stk Women 01:27:20
2 78 ANDERSAN, Annabel SUP Stk Women 01:28:32
3 36 BAKSIC, Brandi SUP Stk Women 01:32:55
4 55 HOESTEREY, Morgan SUP Stk Women 01:35:51
5 41 GANGINI, Talia SUP Stk Women 01:37:42
6 20 LEE, Jennifer SUP Stk Women 01:39:03
7 29 RIDDLE, Alison SUP Stk Women 01:39:07
8 61 PURSER, Sondra SUP Stk Women 01:39:54
9 17 BRACKETT, Julianne SUP Stk Women 01:40:36
10 1 JACKSON, Angela SUP Stk Women 01:40:50
11 57 FAZEKAS ZUR, Krisztina SUP Stk Women 01:42:34
12 43 COCCO, Antoinette SUP Stk Women 01:42:49
13 314 HARRISON, Halie SUP Stk Women 01:44:01
14 3 HORSFIELD, Simone SUP Stk Women 01:44:26
15 54 RANDO, Jessica SUP Stk Women 01:45:37
16 11 COOPER, Sue SUP Stk Women 01:46:53
17 84 PLUNKETT, Terri SUP Stk Women 01:48:02
18 75 STRAZZULLA, Suzy SUP Stk Women 01:49:11
19 62 THOMAS, Kristin SUP Stk Women 01:50:37
20 37 MERRILL, Emmy SUP Stk Women 01:54:17
21 320 ANORGA, Andre SUP Stk Women 02:00:04
22 313 CHURCH, Debbie SUP Stk Wom DNF
23 40 GANGINI, Tehani SUP Stk Women DNF
SUP Stk 50+ Women –
Position
Boat #
Paddler(s)
Boat Make/Model
Final
1 9 RISNER, Betsy SUP Stk 50+ Women 01:50:28

11 City Tour day 2, Extreme SUPing!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

2011 11 City SUP Race

Today was the second day of the SUP11City tour, that will continue till September 11. The 3rd edition of the SUP 11-City tour takes place. Athletes experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with heavy weather conditions, with wind forecasts up to 7bft. The second day was almost as tough as the first, with a south western wind blowing 4 bft.

Extreme second day

After the tough race of yesterday, today it was also hard to paddle for the forty athletes. The second day started in Sloten with a start sign of the mayor, who woke up early to cheer for the athletes. The route in the direction of Stavoren contained many open water areas with strong head on winds around 5-6 bft, which forced the athletes on their knees on the board to be able to continue. Today Bart de Zwart, Ryan James and Paul Jackson were leading again in the first part of the race. However in the second part, the youngest participant of the event the Danish Casper Steinfath caught up with the leaders and finished third after Bart de Zwart and Ryan James. First woman to finish was Angela van Hoof-Jackson with a small advantage on Anne-Marie Reichman, who finished second. Third was Simone Horsfield. Best team was Hightide. Several participants had to end the race before the finish because of the heavy weather conditions.

Times:

Men
1. Bart de Zwart – 5 h. 46 min. 11 sec
2. Ryan James – 5 h. 46 min. 14 sec.
3. Casper Steinfath – 5 h. 48 min. 23 sec.
4. Paul Jackson – 5 h. 48 min. 38 sec.
5. Belarmino Diaz – 5 h. 58 min. 14 sec

Ladies
1. Angela van Hoof – Jackson 7 h. 00 min. 00 sec.
2. Anne-Marie Reichman – 7 h. 2 min. 36 sec.
3. Simone Horsfield – 7 h. 14 min. 38 sec.
4. Pat Hernandez – 7 h. 59 min. 23 sec.
5. Team Naishup.nl Men – Ed Asselé – 7 h. 40 min. 0 sec.

Route and weather forecast
Tomorrow Friday september 9, the athletes will start in Workum: Hearekunst 25 and paddle to Franeker where they will finish at the elevencitybridge at Oud Kaatsveld. The weather forecast is much more SUP friendly the upcoming days, with 2 bft wind. However, there will not be much sun tomorrow.

Participants
Beside the ultimate challenge the SUP 11-City Tour is also a unique experience. Over 150 national and international paddlers from around the world (Hawaii, USA, France, Norway, Denmark, Australia and New Zealand) get to know Friesland, the northern province of Holland, from the water. Open fields with windmills, cows, and sheep will present itself along the water ways alternated by eleven historical cities built from 1700 onwards.

Participants paddle the original waterways, where ice skaters started conquering this historical tour 101 years ago on frozen waters. SUP 11-City supporters come from all over the country and from all over the world to Friesland to encourage participants from bridge tot bridge, and from town to town.

New team
Today we received a message from team South Africa, that they will participate next year. This is good news for the SUP11City tour, every year we become more international!

Free SUP lessons
Besides organizing the ultimate challenge in SUP, we also like to give everyone the opportunity to get to know this new, fun, healthy and outdoor sport. Free SUP lessons will be offered to everyone by our SUP sponsors at the end of each day, where the athletes will cross the finish line.

Follow the tour?
During the event athletes can be followed via Internet. All paddlers will carry a GPS tracking unit, so you can follow them LIVE (7-11 September) along the tour. Go to www.sup11citytour.com ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.

See you in Friesland in SUPtember!

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Video – Soul Surf Media + Molokai 2011

Monday, September 12th, 2011

The 15th annual Molokai to Oahu World Championship Paddle Board Race took place on July 31, 2011. It was a record breaking year in attendance and about every course record fell as the “channel of bones” seemed in a good mood giving competitors good conditions across the 32 miles of open ocean. In this first of our video series from the race, we just get a little glimpse of the race and some of the people who made the channel crossing this year.

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/28910110[/vimeo]

Chris Aguilar and Soul Surf Media are the producers and director behind the first stand up paddle feature film, Destination 3 Degrees that was screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

SUP 11-City Tour 2011 Day 1

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

SUP 11-City Tour 2011 Day 1

It’s on! From today on to September 11, the 3rd edition of the SUP 11-City tour takes place. Athletes will experience the ultimate challenge as they paddle 220 kilometers (136 miles) in five days with heavy weather conditions, with wind forecasts up to 7bft. And tough it was today, with a south western wind blowing 5 bft. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the rest of the week will not improve. Freezing it is in Friesland.

Heavy first Day
It was a tough race today with strong wind conditions: south west 5 bft. Mainly crosswinds for the participants. Leaders in the first stage of the race were Bart de Zwart, Ryan James and Paul Jackson. For the women Anne-Marie Reichman, and Jackson were leading. Finally Bart de Zwart reached the finish first after 5,5 hours, closely followed by Erik Devaux, and third Paul Jackson. For the women it was Anne-Marie who finished first after a race of 6,5 hours, secondly Jackson and third Horsefield. The first of the teams was team Hightide. Several participants had to end the race before the finish in Sneek, because of the heavy weather conditions. Despite the rain, the sun appeared so now and then between the clouds, a good way to warm up the atmosphere.

“A big storm passed by last night. At the start it was a little calmer with 20-30 knots.
I had a good start with 3 others right behind me. Ryan James, Paul Jackson and Jake Jensen. We had head wind right from the start. We worked together for a couple of hours. 2 km before or reststop in Sneek I pushed up the pace with who Ryan came along and we had minute on the other two at the stop a nice gap to start the rest of the race.
We worked hard for the next 2 hours and increased the gap. Hard work with fierce winds. And then we got to the lake 30 knots from the side and almost impossible to get to the otherwise where we wanted. Ryan start well but fell a few times. It was about 30 minutes paddle on our left side.
When we finally got to the other side, it was still Ryan and me. It came to a sprint to the finish where I narrowly beat Ryan by 3 seconds.

1st Bart de Zwart 5 hrs 28 -Starboard
2nd Ryan James 3 seconds -Starboard
3rd Paul Jackson 8 minutes 10 seconds -Fanatic
In women Anne- Marie came in 1st” -Starboard

-Bart de Zwart

Free SUP lessons
Besides organizing the ultimate challenge in SUP, we also like to give everyone the opportunity to get to know this new, fun, healthy and outdoor sport. Free SUP lessons will be offered to everyone by our SUP sponsors at the end of each day, where the athletes will cross the finish line.
Follow the tour?
During the event athletes can be followed via Internet. All paddlers will carry a GPS tracking unit, so you can follow them LIVE (7-11 September) along the tour. Go to www.sup11citytour.com ?follow the tour live?. The SUP 11-City Tour can also be followed on Twitter http://twitter.com/sup11citytour and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/sup11citytour.

See you in Friesland in SUPtember!

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Gorge Challenge 2011 Recap

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

The first ever 2011 Gorge Challenge was a great, fun event. There were three different races – the Elite course race, the long distance, and the most fun part  – the team relay.

The event took place in Hood River Oregon, which is one of my favorite places to go, because there is so much to do. Before the race I got to windsurf, kayak, as well as go down the rapids on a SUP board.

The first day of the event was the Elite race, which was about six miles through a tricky course. We were all on 14-foot boards and went though a course with six turns in it, which made it difficult. We had to go around this course 4 laps. Being on a 14-foot was faster than the normal 12.5-foot, but turning it around the buoy through a tight course with four other people next to you definitely made it interesting.

We all started in the water and I thought it would be smart if I started in shallower water, but this line was above the buoy, whereas everyone else wanted to get a straight line to the buoy.

So, when I started I was in shallower water then everyone else and also had less people by me, because everyone started below me. When the horn blew I got a good push off onto my board and everyone else had to jump on to their board and then paddle. I lead to the first buoy and for the rest of the race.

Here is a you tube link of the start from our friend Rod Parmenter

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFLAjMC1i3w[/youtube]

The whole race I got drafted by everyone and I was the only one that didn’t draft. Going to the second buoy I tried to turn as tight as I could and my paddle got stuck in the lines of the buoy and I almost fell in, but I saved it and fell on my butt and kept paddling. I also kept the lead.

It was light winds and it was about 98 degrees, so this was by far the hottest race I have ever competed in. I had a hydration pack, but I never stopped paddling, so I couldn’t take a sip to save my life.


It was four laps and I lead the way, but I couldn’t get a good gap on everyone cause they were all drafting me. I ended up coming in first place overall in the men’s elite. I was super happy with my performance, especially because this was my first pure flat water race.

That day they had the awards and I ended up going home with $2500. When I went home – well to a friend’s home – I ate a giant dinner and fell asleep right away dreaming about the next day.

When the next day came around I ate breakfast and headed up to Viento State Park for the downwinder.  The course was an 8-mile downwinder to Waterfront Park. The race started at 12:00 and the wind was up for a good downwinder.

After the start I was about the third person to round the first buoy and once I rounded it, I paddled as hard as I could. I passed the two people in font of me and kept it going and didn’t let one person pass me. It was a really good downwinder, because the wind blows one way and the current goes the other way, which causes the swell to get big. This makes it really fun with long glides. It is funny though; it feels like you are moving fast, but when you look at the shore you are barely moving.

I came in first overall. So I was super happy to clean up and get first in both events over the weekend.

But I can’t forget the relay race, for this race all the open class racers made teams of three people and then they picked one elite paddler from a hat. So this was just for fun and good memories.

At the awards that day, I ended up with a couple extra awards. The Waterman’s Award for overall, and The Sportsmanship Award.  At the end of the weekend I got to go home with a total purse of $4,000.

A big Mahalo to all my friends at the Gorge that really helped me out – especially Bill, Daryl, Nikki, Dan, Steve!!!

And, I want to thank my sponsors for all their support – Starboard, Rainbow Sandals, Maui Jim Sunglasses, EFX Technology, Dakine, Nike 6.0, GoPro Cameras, On It Pro, Waterman’s Sunscreen, Sunrite Maui and Hi-Tech Sports.

Also a big Mahalo to all the event organizers and volunteers.

Aloha –
Connor Baxter

Brad Thomas Wins the Classic

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

After missing last year’s Catalina Classic because he broke a leg surfing, and finishing sixth in 2009, Brad Thomas knew this might be his last chance to have his name engraved on the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race Perpetual Trophy.

Race Results

Thomas is 43 and his wife Jill, whom he met four years ago at a Catalina Classic awards dinner, are expecting their first child in two months.

Thomas was favored this year, but not heavily. The Redondo Beach“Shoulder Doc,” as he is known by the many lifeguards whose rotator cuffs he has repaired, defeated last year’s Catalina Classic winnerAdam Buckleytwo months ago in the Hennessey U.S. Paddleboarding Championships in Redondo Beach. But last month he had finished a relatively distant 12th in the Molokai Paddleboard Race, 34 minutes behind 10-timeMolokaiwinner and former Catalina Classic winner Jamie Mitchell. More significantly he had finished 13 minutes behind Australian Mick Porra, and six minutes behind Hawaiian Brian Rocheleau, both of whom would be competing in this year’s Classic.

“I knew Rocheleau and Porra would be competition, but Catalina is a different race thanMolokai,” Thomas said with his characteristically understated manner.

Like the Classic, which starts at the Catalina Isthmus and ends at the Manhattan Beach pier, Molokaiis a 32 mile open ocean race. Hawaiians describe the Molokaias “wrestling alligators.” Simply staying on the narrow 12- to 19-feet boards is a challenge because of the large, following swells. But those same swells propel the paddlers, a benefit Classic paddlers don’t enjoy.

The wind blew 25 knots out of the northwest across the Catalina Channel for the three days prior to last Sunday’s Classic, leaving behind a west swell for the paddlers who would be paddling just two degrees off of north to the Manhattan Beach pier. Molokaimay be a more technical race, but it’s less a test of will power and endurance. Jamie Mitchell’s only paddleboard race defeat in nearly a decade was in the 2006 Catalina Classic, won by Los Angeles County lifeguard Kyle Daniels. Like Daniels in 2006, Thomas went out hard Sunday morning when the starting horn blew at 6 a.m. By the time he reached the waiting escort boats at Ship Rock, two miles out, he had separated himself from the pack of 80 other paddlers.

From there, Thomas never looked back, literally.

“I didn’t look back once,” he said following the race. “My support crew wouldn’t tell me where Rocheleau and Porra were until we reached the R10 buoy.”

The R10 buoy is one mile off the Palos Verdes Peninsula and eight miles from the finish line. Paddlers are required to pass east of the buoy before heading to the Manhattan pier.

Thomas reached the R10 in 3:54:19, for an average of nearly 6 miles per hour, despite the broad beam swell and the even more punishing head wind that measured up to 10 knots mid channel.

Rocheleau was almost six minutes, or nearly a mile behind Thomas when he reached the R10 and Porra another two minute behind Rocheleau. The closest other paddlers where 10 minutes back of the Hawaiian and the Australian.

 

Catalina Classic 2011 Paddleboard Race results

2011 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race Results

Sunday, August 28th, 2011
View the 2011 Catalina Classic Race results

Brad Thomas Wins the 2011 Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race

paddleboard race results 2011In the absence of any previous Catalina Classic winners competing in this year’s race, local favorites are expected to meet their toughest competition from Hawaiian and Australian paddlers.

The 32-mile race starts at 6 a.m. Sunday at the Isthmus on Catalina Island and is expected to finish about 11 a.m. at the Manhattan pier.

The local favorites in the unlimited division are orthopedic surgeon Brad Thomas and Los Angeles County Lifeguard Anthon Vella.

Thomas won the eight mile Hennessey U.S. Paddleboarding Championship in July, defeating last year’s Catalina Classic winner Adam Buckley. Vella won the Father’s Day Rock to Rock, a 22 mile race from the Isthmus to San Pedro. But the two will be challenged by Hawaiian paddler Brian Rocheleau, who placed second in last year’s Catalina Classic and 8th in last month’s 32-mile Molokai Channel Paddleboard race, and Australian Mick Porra, who at age 50, placed sixth last month in the 32-mile Molokai race.

In the stock division (12-foot boards, under 20 pounds), Sunday’s two favorites will each be recovering from victories in last month’s Molokai race.

Jack Bark, of Palos Verdes, teamed with 2008 and 2009 Molokai stock winner Mickey Cote to win the 2011 stock relay division. Eric Abbot, of Hawaii, won this year’s solo stock division in a Molokai record time of 5:26. Both paddlers race for Bark Paddleboards, owned by Jack’s father Joe Bark, a perennial top finisher who has competed in every Classic since 1983.

Jay Sheckman, of San Diego, is expected to put pressure on the two stock favorites. Sheckman finished third in Classic’s stock division last year.


The tradition-bound race has just the unlimited and stock divisions. There are no relay, age or sex divisions. But for the first time this year, an honorary relay team will compete to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Battalion. Wounded veterans from the Afghan War will team up with Catalina Classic veterans, including Ron Robuck, Gene Boyer, Kyle Daniels and Chris Brown.

Also, for the first time since 1960, the Catalina Classic is being held on the same day as the Manhattan Beach Open Volleyball tournament. The tournament was established by the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce that year to entertain paddleboard fans waiting for the paddlers to reach the finish line at the Manhattan Beach pier. But the race was canceled the following year, due to rough weather and not resurrected until 1982.

2010 Catalina Classic Race

Official results Page

Video – Rob Rojas – Race Cam

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Rob Rojas, arguably one of the world’s best distance paddlers, won the O’Neill Sea Paddle NYC, a 26.5-mile race he blitzed in three hours and 56 minutes. As New York is one of the most picturesque cities on Earth, SUP Magazine thought it proper to make sure a camera was following Rob’s every move. So enjoy the Rob Rojas Cam as he recaps his Big Apple victory….