Posts Tagged ‘stand up paddle board’

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.

JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg

Friday, August 27th, 2010

SUP World Cup 2010 Hamburg GermanyThe JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg, called the world famous SUP flat water event, is a PRO / AM SUP competition in the HafenCity of Hamburg, Germany. After the huge success of the premiere in 2009, the world best SUP pros and amateurs will battle again for a price money of 15.000€.
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The fight for the title of German SUP Champion is getting more and more serious. Saturday 7th August, the JEVER German SUP Tour will make its third stop, this time at the Hanse Sail in Rostock.

The athletes want to achieve a good starting position for the last and determining sprint race (1000 metres) which will take place within the JEVER SUP World Cup Hamburg (27.08.-29.08.) At the huge finale in the HafenCity, Hamburg, the best Amateurs will paddle for the German SUP Championship watched by the world best SUP PROs.

There have already been two stops of this serial, which is approved as the most important national SUP flatwater tour by the German Surfing Association (Deutscher Wellenreit Verband (DWV)). At the “Hafenfest” in Münster and during the “Kieler Woche” the Stand Up Paddlers inspired the spectators with thrilling races. In the overall ranking of the women Corinna Hahn from Berlin is in the lead, followed by Nina Krüger from Münster. The best men are Andreas Wolter from Berlin und Christian Hahn.

But nothing is decided yet: The tour stop in Rostock is able to change everything because the ranking points of the best paddlers are very close together.

A great incentive for all participants: The winner will receive a wildcard for the JEVER SUP World Cup in Hamburg, where the sprint race will be evaluated as last race of the German Amateur Championship. The best three amateurs will also get the chance to compete with the professionals.


Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a SUP Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Learn to Paddle with Chuck Patterson & Karen WrennPro paddle athletes Chuck Patterson & Karen Wrenn teach a Stand Up Paddle clinic at Adrift Tahoe during the 2010 Quiksilver TA-HOE NALU Paddle Festival at Lake Tahoe..posted by Karen Wrenn

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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!


First days at Starboard’s International Headquarters

Monday, July 19th, 2010

First days at Starboard's International Headquarters

When you’re young you have a lot of first days, from the first day of school to your first day on a paddle board. As I’ve gotten on in years there have been less and less first days and more and more “I do this because I love it” days.

I’ve recently been picked up by Starboard’s SUP division to report back to you on all things Starboard, Stand Up Paddling (SUP), and the latest Stand Up Paddle Board News.

I genuinely enjoy the first day of work the whole adventure of it is alluring.  The energy of the room as you churn from desk to desk doing introductions is an awesome feeling.  Most importantly it’s a chance to start fresh; my inbox is comfortably empty, my to do list is still a series of unfilled lines, and everything is calm.

There has been a lot of first day experiences since I got here check it out:

First Day on Lake Taco
First Day of Wakeboarding on Lake Taco
First Day at Starboards International Office
First Day of Views of Lake Taco
First Day Staying at The Starboard Lake House
First of Real Thai Food

Congratulations are definitely in order for our 15 year old Starboard  paddleboard pro Connor Baxter’s first place finish in the Mormaii 27 Mile Pialolo Express, Stand Up Paddle Board Marathon.  Head over to our main site and check out the write up on his win here. Also you’ll find all the information for paddleboard results posted over at Pacific Sport Events & Timing.


Benton Kerchner