Posts Tagged ‘racing’

Turtle Bay Finals 2013 Day 2 Sprint Highlights

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

SUP – World Series Sprints Ubatuba Pro 2013

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Highlights from the 2013 Ubatuba World Series Sprints

Pyrenees Buddies Race PBR

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here is the teaser of the Pyrenees Buddies Race 2013!
This event includes several sports competitions OUTDOOR (kayak and stand up paddle freeride) and numerous animations and baptisms for the general public.

Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez – Battle of the Paddle California

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

Battle of the PaddleOk here we go… the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of Paddle California returns to Dana Point at Doheny State Beach on Saturday, October 2nd & Sunday, October 3rd.with a celebration of the modern waterman’s lifestyle.   This classic event is a stand-up paddle festival and exposition that includes a series of races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels.

The Battle of the Paddle is more than an ordinary paddle race.  For the sport’s elite racers it presents a championship-styled SUP race that offers the sport’s largest cash purse of over $25,000. For those just getting their feet wet in the world of SUP, it represents the ideal opportunity to learn about the sport, the fun, the equipment and the international community behind it.


Elite Race:

Competitors: The world’s best SUPers

Equipment: Stock (12’6”) SUP boards

Course: Multiple laps on a circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand course run.

Defending Champions: Jamie Mitchell (Australia), men  Shakira Westdorp (Australia), women

Challengers: Recent Battle of the Paddle Hawaii champions Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA) & Candice Appleby (Honolulu, HI).

What to Expect: Tons of excitement, cheering, thrills and spills as the world’s best put it all on the line for the cash & glory.

Open Age-Group Race:

Competitors: Open to everyone!

Course: A friendly, fun and moderately challenging __-mile buoy course.

Equipment: Whatever you like! Including surfboard class, 12’6”, 14’ and Unlimited.

What to Expect: Last year’s Open Age-Group Race had the largest SUP field ever assembled: over 390 paddlers! This year’s race promises to be even bigger.  Don’t miss out on being a part of history!


SUP Distance Race:

Competitors: Mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.

Equipment: SUP craft categories 12’6”, 14’ and Unlimited.

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

SUP Surf Relay Race:

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!

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.

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.

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.

2010 Hennessey’s International Championships

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

2010 Hennessey's International ChampionshipsSan Diego, California – Saturday, September 25, 2010

On Saturday, September 25th, Hennessey’s Taverns of California will host the Hennessey’s
International Paddleboard Championships in the beautiful city of San Diego!

Come check out this new venue as we race a nine-mile course that begins and ends
at the beach in front of the Polynesian-style Catamaran Resort Hotel. A shorter,
six-mile course will be run for the stock SUPs, as well as a three-mile Fun Run
event for novice paddlers and stand ups. Additionally, we will include the first
annual Lifeguard Bragging Division! The event promises to be an excellent, half
bay, half open ocean race with top competitors hailing from around the world! Support
boats and lifeguard jet skis will be in the water for your safety. Come mingle with
top racers from around the world and visit our Sponsor Expo.

Come join us on Friday 9/24 from 6 to 9 pm at Hennessey’s in Pacific Beach, just a short
walk from The Catamaran, to mix and mingle with your fellow racers. At that time,
race registration and rash-guard pickup will be available, as well.

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of 75 discounted rooms at the Catamaran

Resort Hotel. Book your room now at or call reservations
at 800.422.8386. Be sure to mention you are with the Hennessey’s group


All races begins at the beach in front of the Catamaran Resort.

Beach start and finish.

Fun Paddle – 3 Miles

Pro Course – Paddleboard, 14′ & Unlimited SUP – 9 miles / Stock SUP – 6 Miles

Board Classes:
  • Stock Paddleboard (12’and under – no weight limit, no rudders.
  • Unlimited Paddleboard
  • 12’6 & Under Stock Stand Up -(No Rudder)
  • 14′ Stand Up (No Rudder)
  • Unlimited Stand Up – Any size, anything goes

2010 SUP Racing Rules

Pro Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard

9 Miles

Utld  Paddleboard

9 Miles

Stock SUP

6 Miles

14′ SUP

9 Miles

Utld  SUP

9 Miles

18-29 18-29 39 & Under 39 & Under 39 & Under
30-39 30-39 40 + 40+ 40+
40-49 40-49 Womens Stock
50-59 50-59
60 + 60+
17 & Under
Womens Stock
Fun Course Divisions:
Stock Paddleboard Unlimited Paddleboard Stock SUP 14′ SUP
Men’s Open Age Men’s Open Age Men’s 18+ Open
Women’s Open Age Womens 18+
17 & Under

  • You must bring your own liquid and nutrition on your board. Lifeguards and safety
    escorts will be in the water for duration of race if needed.
  • Any paddler who is having difficulty may be taken out of the water at the race director’s
  • The race will be called after four hours. Any paddler who does not complete the
    race within four hours will be taken out of the water.
Pro Course Awards:
Cash Prizes:

In every Pro Course class and Pro Course age group, the first three in get paid as noted below.
In addition, the first overall Unlimited and Stock paddlers in, as well as the first
overall Unlimited, 14, and Stock SUPs in, will receive a $600 bonus. The first overall
Wahine paddler and the first overall Wahine SUP finishers will also each receive
a $600 bonus.

Prize Money Breakdown:

  • 1st Place – $250
  • 2nd Place – $150
  • 3rd Place – $100

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

Fun Course Awards:
Awards given to top three finishers in Stock/Unlimited/Wahine paddleboard and SUP
divisions (18 total winners).

Awards will be given out at dinner banquet.

All official finishers will receive a custom trophy.

  • Register at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach Friday night between 6 & 9 pm.
  • Check-in and final registration begins at 6:30 am at the race site.
  • Once you’ve checked in you will receive your race jersey. Goodie bags given after
    the race.
  • Race starts at 8:30am SHARP!!!
  • Pro Course $100
  • Fun Course $50 (or $100 includes the sit-down awards banquet )
  • Late Pro Course Entries $125
  • Late entries will be accepted until September 25th at 6:30 am.
  • Pro Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, finisher awards and a full sit-down banquet at the
    Catamaran Resort.
  • Fun Course Entry fee includes goodie bag, and finisher awards
  • Pre-register by mail by Sept. 21, 2010. If you are unsure your application will
    make the mail-in cutoff, please don’t send it! We will not be able pick up mail
    after this date. Late entries will be accepted on Fri at Hennessey’s Pacific Beach
    or on race day, for $125.

Elgibility– Open to men and women at least 18 years of age. (17
& under must have signed parental/guardian form. No prize money for this category.)
Race director reserves the right to refuse participation to entrants for any reason.

Post Race & Awards:
Relax and enjoy the pool at the resort before joining us for our cocktail hour on
the beach at 6 pm in front of the Catamaran, followed by the sit-down awards banquet
at the Resort at 7 pm.
To Enter Online
To Enter By Mail
Print out an
Entry Form
and mail
it to

Tim Ritter

404 Ave F

Redondo Beach, CA 90277



Some Cool Videos from the SUP World Cup Hamburg 2010

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

SUP Worldcup 2010 in HamburgThere is not much info or news releases out there on this cool event in Hamburg although I did find some interesting videos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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Race Results for the 2010 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Adam Buckley Catalina ClassicOn Sunday, August 29th, 2010, paddlers from all over the United States and from as far away as Australia took to the waters off of Southern California in the 35th Catalina Classic Paddleboard Championships, the premier and most historical paddleboard race in the world. Officially started in 1955 by Los Angeles County Lifeguard Bob Hogan, the first Catalina crossing was won in 1932 by Tom Blake, beating out Pete Peterson and Wally Burton in just under 6 hours.

Adam Buckley conquered 32 miles of choppy and cold water on the open-ocean course Sunday to win the Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race, which starts at the island’s Isthmus Cove in Catalina Island and ended in Manhattan Beach.

The 32-year-old Hermosa Beach resident improved his 2009 time by 23 minutes to go from 19th to first in 5 hours, 34 minutes, 6 seconds.

Brian Rocheleau, 29, of Kailua in Hawaii, finished second in 5:41:03. Anthony Vela, 36, an L.A. County lifeguard  finished third in 5:47:06 in his first race.

Vela was hanging with Buckley during the first 10 miles. but then was dropped or Vela took a different route north.

He is quoted in the daily breeze as saying “I don’t think either one of us knew what we were doing in terms of the course,” Buckley said, smiling. “It’s hard to say what’s the best way to go at some points, but I’d been told head north, so I think I took more of a straight line.”

“We were way off course,” Vela said, “then I think he did choose the best route, but he’s such an incredible paddler. That’s why he won.”

It was obvious after the race that the paddleboarders were equal parts competitors and friends. The surfing/paddleboard community is a tight one and the shared experience is important to them.

“This is a great finish, seeing all these people and the excitement,” said Rocheleau, who finished fourth in 2009. “It’s great to see the sport is alive over here like it is in Hawaii.

“I came here because I wanted to experience the race and see some friends. It’s amazing what Buckley did in his second try.”

The race, which began at 6 a.m. in Catalina, is one of the sport’s great tests of endurance and skill.

“It’s definitely a challenge,” Rocheleau said. “Your mind wanders a bit out on the ocean. It’s kind of a meditative thing. I think we all share that part of it, being out on the ocean.”

For Vela, this year’s Catalina Classic had special meaning. He dedicated his first 32-mile race to one of his friends and heroes, the late Jim Miller, who has a charitable foundation in his name.

“I did this for Jim,” Vela said. “I kept thinking about what he did for me during the race. When I finished, the feeling was almost indescribable …

“I cried. It meant a lot to me.”

Typical of the competitors, Vela was as happy for Buckley was he was for himself. And he was delighted by the positive turnout.

“The South Bay community understands what this race is about,” Vela said. “The paddling community is pretty special.

“There’s something about sharing the experience on the ocean. All paddlers started as surfers. The ocean is what bonds us.”

Tom Duryea of Coronado finished 10th overall in 6:14:00 and was the stock winner .  Matt Sullivan and Jay Scheckman finished second and third in the stock division and took a solid 13th and 14th overall  in 6:17:15 and 6:17:27.

Aussie Jo Ambrosi, 38, won the four-woman division in 6:40:55. DJ O’Brien, 44, Carly Rogers, 34, and Christina Powers, 33-all members of the South Bay Mermaids-finished behind her in 6:52:28, 7:54:55 and 8:26:55.

Eighty-seven paddlers started the race and only two did not finish. Other top-15 finishers not mentioned previously were:

4. George Plsek, 41, Solano Beach, 5:48:28;

5. Jay Miller, 42, Cardiff, 5:51:51;

6. Todd Robinson, 45, San Diego, 5:55:30;

7. JP Cruz, 46, Hermosa Beach, 6:03:35;

8. Peter Hursty, Honolulu, 6:09:46;

9. Steve Schlens, 40, Santa Barbara, 6:10:20;

10. Tom Duryea of Coronado in 6:14:00

11. Donald Miralle, 36, Carlsbad, 6:14:21;

12. Mederic Berthe, 36, Carlsbad, 6:15:09;

15. Ron Roebuck, 45, Hermosa Beach, 6:17:40.

For full list of results

Event – Catalina Classic 32 mile Paddleboard Marathon 2010

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Brian Szymanksi Catalina ClassicThe continuing a legacy of emphatic competition and good vibes. The race, a grueling 32-mile paddle from Catalina Island to Manhattan Beach in Southern California, traditionally encapsulates the spirit of being a waterman. The race challenges the minds and bodies of weary competitors who devote their lives to ocean adventures. Since the 50’s, the race has seen some of the world’s greatest watermen including Dale Velzy, Micky Munoz, Miki Dora, Laird Hamilton, Buzzy Kerbox, Jaimie Mitchell, the current Catalina Classic champion Kyle Daniels, and the late Weldon “Gibby” Gibson. Gibby was a founding father of the Catalina Classic and was involved in every race including the 2007 Classic until he passed away on August 9th. Gibby’s spirit and vision will forever be remembered and memorialized through this race.

This years race will see the new generation of paddlers cross the channel.

Visit the site

Sponsors: Honolua Surf

Ta-hoe Nalu Stand Up Paddleboard Festival

Monday, August 16th, 2010

4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu


4th Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Notice to Participants:

Registration/Reception August 20, 2010 at Event Site 2:00pm to 7:00pm Kings Beach, Ca

Live Concert on the Beach after Registration Reception

Luau & Concert Saturday August 21, 2010 5pm to 10pm

Check in for Races 1 hour prior to each Race

Contact: – Ernie 775-772-2927

George Plesk at Molokai – gives us an idea how rough it was!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Molokai2Oahu George Plesk
Here’s a clip of George Plesk at the Molokai2Oahu race this year which gives a fantastic view into the conditions out in the channel – Blustery and uneven – definitely a challenge and a ton of hard work for sure.


Jim Terrell Founder of Quick Blade on Stand Up Paddle Technique

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

4 Time Olympic paddler Jim Terrell on paddle techniqueJim Terrell, a 4 time Olympic canoeist knows a little about paddling, here he shares what he feels are the 4 most important components of paddling. This is a slightly older video (December 2008) but extremely useful and very relevant to today SUP racers. Highly recommended for all paddle Athletes!


8 Yoga Poses for Ultimate Paddleboard Stability and Balance

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

8 Yoga Poses for Ultimate Paddleboard Stability and Balance

I want to show people how joy, health, fitness and spirituality can be a perfect combination. Making the link between how you feel after yoga and how you feel on the water, fact that you feel balanced/focused (you are out of your head) fit/healthy and ‘alive’ on the ocean is something a lot of people get stoked about. I’m so grateful to the life I’m living. It is a choice to have this lifestyle and I am happy that it gives me a chance to motivate and inspire other people to discover or follow their dreams and passions in life.-(Anne Marie Reichman)

SUP Yoga