A fitting Mothers Day release! Kim Barnes was finally revealed to the stand up paddle racing world as the force that she is, taking first place in the Carolina Cup after years of flirting with top honors (10th overall amongst all Graveyard competitors!) Kim shares her thoughts about how the race unfolded, her preparation and balancing being a top-tier SUP athlete with two kids and a full time job.
While the woman's race was, without question, the closest of the day, and incredibly competitive, the men's race had a distinctly different vibe. Michael Booth blew the doors off the competition with one of the most dominant performances ever at a Carolina Cup.
Meanwhile a strong group vied for the remaining podium results with Eri Tenorio breaking away for a second place line crossing, followed by Aaron Sanchez, Danny Ching and Bodie Von Allmen. But the race was not over. Shortly before the awards ceremony, it was revealed a protest had been filed against Eri Tenorio and Aaron Sanchez for illegally riding boat wake. Tenorio, who rode a wake for 1:45 (at about 8mph) was penalized 5:55 and Sanchez, who had a shorter ride was penalized 3:10 - effectively moving them to 4th and 5th place respectively.
In the second half of this episode, Matt and Adam take a long look at the events that unfolded and, more important, the rules in effect and their application. Lots of controversy on the day and we aim to present hours of conversation with the affected participants, long-time racers and directors and our own observations to help learn from this event. As is often the case, you can visit our friends at Total SUP' Facebook page, where they have coverage of the event from 4/30/23