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  • Mon, September 26, 2022 4:49 PM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    Sunshine State Games All Around Class Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Event, presented by Amazon International Beach Games - 09/24/2022

    What happened at this years event was a landmark success!

    Kevin Woodin's Perspective


    How can I summarize this event? EASE, PLACEMENT, TOGETHERNESS, and INCLUSIVITY.
    This event received some extraordinary feedback from all the participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors. We celebrated each and every win together, and that's an extraordinary accomplishment. We had a couple of new paddlers out there for their first or second time, and everyone gave them amazing support. The event emphasized on the all around board class (SUP Surf/planing hull design), time trial format (staggered start), short course (with easy/moderate turns), two laps, three heats, and the entire event was fully visible from shore. Every paddler was center stage. All paddlers of different skill levels had the opportunity to claim a podium finish on an equal playing field. It all came down to your best, not the best. The winners were determined by the lowest total time of the combined heats.

    Even experienced paddlers had to dig a little deeper. Some took advantage in the distance between turns. Some had the advantage in the turns. Some favored the tail winds. Others did better in the head winds. Some went out to hard, and some to slow. Some just enjoyed being part of the amazing community experience and fantastic Florida weather. After each heat the paddlers had a short break before starting again. Some of the newer paddlers took this time to ask more experienced paddlers for some tips, and then made some changes in the next heat. Some paddlers switched boards because this event brought together a wide range of all around class board brands, shapes, and sizes to choose from. All the connectedness and conversations were truly amazing. The fun was just non stop until the very end.
    Event results here

    A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in making this years event possible.
    Event organizers: Danny Smith, Karren Watson, and Mitch Varnes.
    Event support and volunteers: JD Smith, Daniel Patala, Pattie Kelley, Jeri Bergen, Manuela Woodin, Leah Cortez, Sharon Robinson, Anastasia McCauley, Vicky Stanevich, and Cyndy Seifert.
    Business partners: Paddling Paradise, Paddle Sports League (PSL), Fin Box Lock, Sunshine State Games presented by Amazon, and Smooth Running.

    SUP Life encourages people to fall in love with the uncomfortable space of growth, development, and reward together. With ease, placement, togetherness, and inclusivity, we hone our skills of power, stamina, paced effort, balance, flexibility, strength, and allow movement to reward the body, mind, emotions, and Life energies. We need to create a positive energy in our community that enriches and informs our body and mind of knowledge and feed our energetic and emotional wellbeing. Together in Nature we can find sanity and purpose in witnessing the beauty around us, and participating with that beauty through engaging in our curiosity, wonder, and playfulness. With ease and placement, let's make more of this fun happen together!

    WHEN YOU FIND YOUR TRIBE, LOVE THEM HARD!

    2023 All Around Board Class Event Series COMING SOON!
    We are already hard at work planning a series of 10 events for 2023. We want to work with other organizers to host multiple locations. The format remains the same, but we'll add a half-that for the new paddlers. Get ready to share more good vibes!

    Paddle Sports League Facebook Page
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    Appreciate all the Love, Love all the support,
    Kevin

    The power and control of everything you are is right there in every breath.
    BE KIND to YOURSELF!
    Avoid negative labels!
    YOU ARE STRONG!
    YOU GOT THIS!

    ❤️
    #LIVEITBEAWESOME
  • Thu, September 22, 2022 8:13 PM | Adam Tischler (Administrator)


    Originally submitted by Blueline Surf and Paddle race director and instructor, Jeremie Vaine
    Photo credit: Lisa Bee


    Those smiling little faces on the front of the board, splashing, playing and laughing are adorable. They also add the exclamation point on the aspect of fun. These little ones help encourage people to join, just by showing that anyone can join Tuesday Night Race League (TNRL) and have a blast while doing so. 

    TNRL is for everyone, no matter your age or ability level. We love to have you bring the kids to ride along, or maybe the pup. Paddle with a few friends to catch up, paddle as a workout or test yourself as a competitive racer.

    It does not stop there, as all paddle crafts are welcome to join in. You can just sit in the water and float if that’s how you want to participate. 

    Here in Jupiter, Florida, we have an amazing community that has been instrumental in growing the attendance by sharing their version with others. The paddlers from the Ocean Rescue have encouraged others to join in adding to our prone and surfski numbers. Palm Beach Outrigger Club has been helping to spread the word, increasing the amount of canoes. The crew at Flying Fish has done the same, bringing their team as well as many of their customers and future customers to TNRL.

    On the water, we try our best to have courses that cater to everyone that heads out, and for the people at Guanabanas watching. The start of the paddle is structured in a way that allows each person to experience their paddle in the way they like, while being a part of the group. The paddlers get to choose their distances, 1, 3 and 4 miles. Everyone paddles together on the same course, and returns back to the start for a buoy turn, adding some excitement for those watching along. 

    After the paddle the night is not over, our great friends at Guanabanas host the post paddle social. Guanabanas is an outdoor restaurant that is situated amongst numerous palm trees and tiki huts adding that Island feel and paddle vibe. 

    Included in the entry fee, $10 with your own craft, $20 with a rental, a ticket is provided for a beverage. This season Kona Brewing and Costa Tequila sponsored TNRL, providing beverages for the paddlers. You do not have to indulge in the beverages, but you may want to take a look at Guanabanas menu and surely not miss the stories from the paddle as the camaraderie aspect is in full swing even if you just have a glass of cold water.  

    At TNRL there are no awards and we try our best to capture everyone's time and post it in our Facebook group for those that are interested. We are very fortunate that our friend, who is an amazing photographer, captures the night for the paddlers. You may have seen her photos as they are shared throughout social media, the moment they come out. Leisa M. Bee changes her perspective each week and captures her aspect of the night. Helping everyone share the fun of Tuesday Nights with friends far and near. 

    Our weekly community paddle has grown and last year we added a Winter Saturday series and this year we will be expanding it! 

    Starting on October 4th we will move to one Saturday per month. The first one will be on October 29th, knowing this community, costumes will be part of the day. In November we are hosting our first Turkey Day Paddle on November 24th. The remaining winter dates will be added soon. But for those Tuesday Night enthusiasts, don't worry we will start back on Tuesday Night in March of 2023.

    We would love to have you join one of our paddles if you are in the Jupiter area. But if not feel free to join our Facebook Community Page and follow along. 


  • Wed, September 21, 2022 1:47 PM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    Rodgers and Hammerstein Never Saw This Coming

    • By Harrison Withers

      How did we get to Oklahoma?

      It was early March and snow still blanketed much of the northern hemisphere. Russia had invaded Ukraine just a few weeks earlier. The world of sport scrambled to move or cancel any event that was to take place in Russia. The International Canoe Federation was in a tough spot, the Canoe Sprint Super Cup and 3rd event in the SUP World Cup was scheduled to take place in Moscow, just a few weeks before the World SUP Championships in Gdynia, Poland.

      The ICF made the best decision possible and made the obvious choice to move the event to Oklahoma. 

      That’s right, Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, and the wavin’ wheat, can sure smell sweet, when the wind comes right behind the rain…

      Careful examination of the rest of the lyrics did not reveal any mention of Paddling, SUP, or even water beyond the aforementioned rain. However, as it turns out, Oklahoma is known as a top destination for rowing, in fact it’s been an official US Olympic/Paralympic training site since 2009. There was also previously a Super Cup event at the facility in 2021. Having been there before, it was a safe bet for the ICF. There’s also a ton to like about the race location, Riversport OKC is a publicly funded gleaming concrete and glass facility with 3 boathouses, a 4-story finishing tower, and a state-of-the-art whitewater center. In addition to that, it also most has an amusement park feel with climbing walls, zip lines, and even surf and ski simulators. Most paddlers, myself included, would seriously visit his place on vacation even if the SUP carnival wasn’t in town.

      A Plan Takes Shape

      So the ICF knew Oklahoma, but Oklahoma didn’t know what’s SUP. But all that was about to change. The ICF tapped SUP veteran and Riversport OKC Lifestyle Director Brent Allen, and USA SUP’s Kristin Thomas to pull together a world class SUP competition in less than 6 months. Even with a world class facility, there was a lot to overcome, not least of all how do you get enough athletes to go to the middle of the country in August to a place that’s known for its 100oF plus temperatures. And how do you get race boards to a location in the middle of the country where SUP is an unknown quantity, and the nearest dealer is in Kansas?

      Somehow, someway, not only did they get boards there, but also managed to get 45 paddlers there including some of the fastest men and women in the world. Of course, a $10k prize purse didn’t hurt for those who could expect to partake in it. Had the paddle world realized what kind of a world-class event this was, the numbers would have been much higher.

      The World Paddlesport Festival is Born

      The whole event was dubbed “The World Paddlesport Festival” and really consisted of three events: ICF Canoe and Kayak Super Cup, ICF SUP World Cup Event #3, and Red Bull Rapids which was a build your own boat and see if it makes down the rapids in one piece while wearing a costume type event. Within the SUP event there were three types of racing available; Sprints, Technical, and Distance and one registration price got you into all three. The net effect is that folks who wouldn’t normally do things like sprints, like the author, found themselves expanding their horizons. Racing took place over three days with qualifiers for sprints and technical races on Friday, finals for sprints and technical on Saturday, and the distance race on Sunday.

      As a participant, the fact that this was not going to be a “typical” US paddle event started at registration, The process was painless, the packet was clean and tidy, the swag was of great quality, but the real difference was after you checked in you were ushered in front of a green screen where you picture was taken and all participants recorded a 15 second motion video to be used in the live broadcast quality live stream.  You read that right, it wasn’t ON TV, but it was live on YouTube with full graphics and Commentary by Brent Allen and guests. As a competitor, it was super cool to watch the stream, learn from your mistakes and see your name up in lights. Head on over to the Planet Canoe channel on YouTube and check it out for yourself. 

      Friday

      Friday morning started with the 300M sprint qualifiers. The canoes and kayaks went first and then the SUP’s got going about 10:30am. Sprint heats were run like clockwork with a sprint race starting every 7-8 minutes. Everyone knew what order and what lane they were in in advance and the whole thing ran super-smooth. This is really where the ICF shined. They know how to do this kind of racing. The starter got people lined up incredibly efficiently and sounded the horn. The lanes were perfectly straight and picture perfect just like you’d see in the Olympics. The finish line featured photo finish technology. The top 2 finishers passed on to the Semi Finals, 3-5 went to the quarter finals and the rest were eliminated.

      Connor Baxter displayed his usual sprint dominance with Daniel Hasulyo in the first heat of Open Men. The Jakes of Portwood and Graham cleaned up the second heat. Eri Tenorio edged out Bodie Van Allmen in the third. Sprint canoeist Ian Ross crossed over and made a valiant effort.

      In the first round of the Women’s open, Katniss Paris upset Kim Barnes by .02 of a second in the first heat. In the second heat, sprint canoeist Ten Kusaka decided to try her hand on a stand up and took the top spot followed by Jennifer James. The third heat featured April Zilg followed by Juliette Duhaime.

      The Men’s Master class (45+) was hotly contested all weekend starting with the first of three heats won by Alex Sandler with Aleksy Synkov getting the pass to the semis. Flying fish riders John Batson lead founder John Meskauskas in the second heat. Bryan Block lead Brenden Sweetman in the third.

      Onto the quarterfinals, top two advanced with the remainder eliminated. Steve Miller and Josh Smart added themselves to the Semi Finals in Open Men, Tracy Hines and Katherine Wallace in Open Women, and James Nickerson and Morris Pallet in Men’s Masters.

      After the Quarterfinals were complete, the course was reconfigured for the technical heats.  5 buoys were set in a star-pattern, with three lefts and two rights covering just shy of 700M. For this race organizers decided to use pneumatic gates that rose above the water. Competitors would nose in to the gate tripping a sensor letting the starter know they where in position. The gates would then drop allowing the race to begin.  Since the gate were really intended to be used for sprint lane racing it spaced the competitors out fairly wide, putting those in the outside lanes further from the first buoy than those in the middle lanes. That’s something that will have to be looked at for future events. As with the sprints, the top 2 from each heat advanced directly to the semi finals with finisher 3-5 going to a quarter final.

      Men’s Open advancers were Jake Portwood over Bodie Von Allmen, Connor Baxter over Eri Tenorio, and Daniel Hasulyo over Jake Graham. Women’s Open feature Katniss Paris over Tracy Hines, Kimberly Barnes over Juliette Duhaime, and April Zilg over Jennifer James. The Men’s Masters featured John Batson once again over John Meskauskas, James Nickerson over Adam Pollock, and Michael Schweitz over Karl Eugster.

      Quarterfinal advancers were Miller/Smart in Open Men, McCoy/Wallace in Open Women, and Block/Paillet in Masters.

      Racing was done for the day just after 2pm giving participants a chance to rest up before Friday night’s World Party which featured food and drink, and Olympic style flag parade, and local riders demoing their skills on the facilities surf simulator. The evening was capped off with a full-scale fireworks show, but with racing the next day, the crowd had thinned by the grand finale. Regardless, it was and impressive party and personally I enjoyed watching the younger world cup athletes from different countries “interact”.

      Saturday

      Saturday morning got started with the Sprint Semi-Finals. Once again, the top 2 finishers from each heat advanced, this time to “Final A” with the remainder passing to a consolation round dubbed “Final B”. In Men’s Open Baxter/Von Allmen and Portwood/Hasulyo advanced. Zilg/Paris and Barnes/Duhaime for the Ladies. Meskauskas/Sandler and Batson/Block in Masters.

      In the end of the Sprint Competition John Batson stood atop the Master’s podium flanked by Bryan Block and John Meskauskas. April Zilg dominated while Katniss Paris just edged out Kim Barnes. Connor Baxter continued his sprint dominance with Daniel Hasulyo and Jake Portwood rounding out the podium in Men’s Open.

      After conclusion of the Sprints, the technical Semi-Finals were up, once again, top to finishers went to “Final A”, with the remainder of each heat placed in the “Final B” consolation race.

      The first heat saw Eri Tenorio and Jake Portwood advance to the Final A along with second heat top finishers Connor Baxter and Daniel Hasulyo. Juliette Duhaime bested Katniss Paris and Zilg finished ahead of Barnes to set up the women’s Final A. In the Men’s Masters John Batson continued his winning was with Adam Pollack in tow. John Meskauskas and Bryan Block finished out the lineup for the finals.

      Other events then took center stage including kayak and canoe relay races and the Red Bull build your own boat and try-not-to-die-in-it contest.  Also known as the Red Bull Rapids, the event featured watercraft of dubious construction and dubious materials piloted by persons of dubious experience levels while wearing costumes the matched the aforementioned dubious watercraft launched down a pretty serious looking set of man-made rapids designed to test the heartiest of whitewater enthusiasts. A large crowd of locals were on hand to witness the event, and while the first few participants were entertaining, the author choose to remove himself from the almost 100-degree heat until the evening race schedule.

      You read that right, evening race schedule. This place has lights! In addition to canoe and kayak finals, the SUP Technical Finals were scheduled for the evening session. Quite a few locals lined the riverbanks with lawn chairs and were active if not fascinated by the SUP competition. The Men’s Masters was first up where John Batson once again captured the top prize, John Meskauskas and Brian Block swapped positions on the podium from the sprints. For the Women, April Zilg once again took top billing followed By Juliette Duhaime and Kim Barnes. In the Men’s Open division, Connor Baxter once again found his way too the top, along with Jake Portwood and Eri Tenorio. More fireworks ensued…literally. The fireworks bill alone for this event had to be more than the revenue for most major US races. This included a blast as the winner crossed the finish line. Someone probably should have warned poor April Zilg who was the first to receive the salute and looked as though she might have had a small coronary infraction.

      Sunday

      Sunday morning was dedicated to the distance race, and while it was the main event for most participants, it kind of had the distinct feeling of something that was happening after-the-fact. Seems most of the kayak and canoe folks had either slept in or gone home. It was breezy, enough to present a little challenge, but not enough to make it a struggle. The unique sprint race-oriented location limited the course options and in the end a course was set consisting of one longer lap and two shorter laps adding up to a total of just over 8k. There was some grumbling about the shorter distance than usual, but organizers had to play with the cards they were dealt. The water start consisted of two waves, men and women. 

      For the Men’s open it was all Daniel Haysulyo, who broke away and finished almost a full two minutes ahead of Bodie Von Allmen. Eri Tenorio was a mere 6 seconds behind Bodie and for the first time in the weekend, Conner Baxter found himself on the outside looking in.

      The Men’s Master’s class was no slouching affair with John Batson making a clean sweep of the weekend. While he was first in-class, he was also 6th over-all. All of this left perennial bridesmaid John Meskauskas in 2nd. Kevin Sampson was able to put himself on a podium for the first time in the weekend placing third. Two-time medalist on the weekend Bryan Block was edged off the podium by about 5 seconds. The entire Master’s field completed the distance in just over one hour, making for close competition from front to back. Which makes the author feel less bad about his last place finish.

      In the women’s open division, Kim Barnes dug deep and put the hurt on April Zilg preventing a gold medal shutout. In one of the more exciting finishes on the weekend, Katniss Paris charged the finish with Juliette Duhaime in hot pursuit. The photo finish showed a less than 2 second margin.

      For this first time of the weekend, there were enough women to have a Master Class race which was won handily by Linda McCoy, with Veronica Sosa claiming the silver medal.

      Awards were watched from the water by most astride their boards, in exhaustion, or shock, or just disbelief that it was all over. Speaking only for myself, having the distance race be a little shorter was welcome after two prior days of paddling. It felt nice to dangle my feet in the water and offer my congratulations to some of the fastest paddlers in our sport.

      The Afterglow

      It’s been a couple days since most if not all of us have returned to our homes, a lucky few find themselves frantically preparing for Gydnia. Poland just about a week from now. Despite life moving on, there is a lasting buzz in the SUP community about OKC. The IFC did a lot of things right:

    • ·       Awesome location
    • ·       Solid and well-organized all-business around registration, heats, and lane assignments
    • ·       Super sucessful multi discipline format
    • ·       Major event atmosphere with Olympians and Olympic hopefuls
    • ·       Cross-over appeal for athletes and spectators
    • ·       Night racing with a real amount of spectators

    As for the things that could be improved on, that’s a conversation better left to the competitors and the IFC. If you’re reading this article, and you weren’t in OKC, then there is no reason to publicly throw shade. One exception, I really wish someone would have told me about sandburs before I walked 15 feet across the grass in bare feet to get my board. I’m still trying to get a few of those things out.

    One thing is for certain, a new standard has been set for what constitutes “good”, and we have been subject to a preview of what SUP competition is going to look like on the world stage. I’m not sure we need as many fireworks, but most everything else represents an elevation of our sport in positive ways.

    Results for all the events can be found here.

  • Tue, August 02, 2022 11:52 AM | Mike Wang (Administrator)

    The following race report is filed by Bruce Barry, a long-time West Coast SUP racer and downwinder, windsurfer and foiler who currently resides in the Seattle area of the USA SUP Northwest Region.

    2022 SIC Gorge Challenge Downwind Race – The Agony and the Ecstasy

    First questions first:  how windy was it and how did it compare to “big” gorge days?     It was windy enough and utterly beyond most forecasts.  In fact with all the forecast models available none really caught the day prior to the race (windy Friday) and even Saturday morning between the forecasts and the morning gradients I was not expecting the level of wind we had for the race.  At the skippers meeting I was telling people to expect solid 20’s with gusts in the 30’s, instead we had solid 30’s with a few qusts to 40.  Forecasts aside, the visuals on the drive from Hood River to Viento dispelled any doubt, it was going to be windy.  

    Taking a detailed look at the wind graphs from Viento, Swell City/Hatchery, and the Event Site we could summarize by saying that during race time it was a fairly consistent 30mph with a few gusts to 40.  And of course there were points along the course with some fairly big holes from the bit of SW cant to the wind and I found two of them by staying closer to the Oregon side hoping for current relief.    From a race day standpoint it probably was the windiest of the Naish/SIC series of the 11 races so far, the first race oh so many years ago was also quite windy at the start but it fizzled by the end.    

    From a “big” day standpoint it was nowhere near the intensity of the 2018 Gorge Downwind Champs nor was it anything remotely like I would consider a “big” day based on my years of experience on the river.   For me a pretty big day is when I chose to wear a true life jacket, not the inflatable type.  A big day is both life jacket and helmet.   There have been a few of those. So for those with a fair amount of skill the 30ish average with a few gusts to 40 was just setting the table for a great ride.   40 gusting 50 plus begins to be a somewhat sobering experience. Kind of fun, but with a lot of potential for disaster.   

    That being said, the wind velocity did pose some interesting challenges for many.  First off, the tool underfoot.   The problem with the course is that it has significant and generally predictable changes in bumpiness and waves along the course that favor very different board types.  While the first mile off Viento can be quite windy, the water is generally flatter and favors a more race (all-water not flat water) oriented board- SIC RS/Allstar/NSP Carolina, etc.   With the amount of wind we had during the race miles 2-6 generally favored more downwind specific boards like the SIC Bullet, etc., – my weird little custom SIC DW 14 absolutely reveled over this part of the course and was quite fast, just up to the last ¾ of a mile where the bumps subsided a bit favoring flatter rockered all-water type race boards.  I talked to several people on Allstars and similar who got to take a lot of water breaks mid course.  Simply put, the narrower or fatter tailed boards all water race boards either lost just a bit of stability or had too much power off the tail leading to river enforced cooldowns.    But this is a common problem with this race – choosing DW specific or race board.  Because of space constraints my son-in-law had to choose just one board for his trip to Hood River, and based on my recommendation Wednesday with it looking like a potentially very light air race brought his Allstar rather than his DW specific SIC Bullet.  Way to go dad -hahahaha.   In any event, a 10-20 mph forecast is going to favor all-water race boards of various widths.   And narrower will always be faster, as long as you can stay on top.  Even with the wind conditions for this race the more talented folks on the all-water boards were a bit quicker overall.  Spencer Lazzar was first in the open on a 14x21.5 SIC RS, I was 7th overall in the open and likely the first in on a true DW board as I know that at least 4 of the 6 people ahead of me were on all-water boards.    Fins themselves are another perspective and I keep being surprised by the difference in DW performance between the pretty serviceable stock fins on my SIC’s and the stability and controlled afforded by an aftermarket addition like the Black Project Maliko.  Huge difference, and the faster you are going and the more mixed up the chop and swell conditions the more noticeable it becomes.  

    As just noted, over and above the board choice is the level of experience.   The river can be fairly unforgiving for the unprepared or unskilled.   There were lots of strong paddlers who did not have the best race placement this year based on board use, but they still got down the river just fine with some screaming fast drops although at times a bit wet.   There were others that despite the very obvious conditions, may have made a better call by simply letting this one go by and catching the next race in conditions better suited to their abilities.  Again, it was very obvious from the beach that this would be a challenge for the lessor skilled. 

    So to summarize, from a statistical standpoint and looking just at gorge race days, it was pretty windy.   An absolute blast for some and a real problem for others.   The Agony and The Ecstasy.  Somehow I don’t think I can claim coming up with that particular wording.  

    Next up for those interested:  what was the fastest line down the river?  Golly gee but I give on that one, except for the last ¾ mile.   With the strong current many including me seemed to think the Oregon side was favored and I trended that way.  Bob Rueter trended a bit further inside of me towards Oregon and did great for awhile but slowly faded back, so I think I was probably in a bit more wind closer to the middle which overcame the current advantage.  A bit east of Mitchell Point life was looking good for me as I couldn’t see any green shirts ahead of me, I could no longer hear Spencer hooting and hollering so I assumed I had pulled ahead, and Marius Lina and I kept trading places – anytime I can even see Marius in a race means I am doing well.   But Spencer and Gregg Leion trended middle to slightly Washington and while I thought I was clear ahead of both I was stunned at the mid channel red buoy to find them on my left peripheral vision coming up on the Washington side and slowly working ahead as I was caught in a lull.  Yes Virginia, for the unlucky there were lulls to be found.   Both got well ahead of me at Split Rocks/Ruthton Point, but then on the Wells Island expressway I ducked pretty tight into Oregon with a direct line from Split Rocks to Wells Island and my little needle nose board settled nicely into the shallows and short waves and I had my fastest miles of the race on this current reduced stretch.  By the east end of Wells Island I had caught up to Gregg who had stayed just a bit more Washington side, and was literally drafting him as we entered the flats east of Wells.   At which point I made a tactical decision based on my earlier in the week runs that proved wrong by going deep inside the Wells kimchee bowl hoping to ride the usually blasting SW winds out to the finish line.  Except I paddled straight into a lull.   Gregg and Marius got safely ahead and such is racing.   So sometimes the Oregon side was faster and sometimes the middle was faster.  Learned a lot there, right on.   And speaking of conundrums we follow below……

    And no question about what the best line was can be safely answered without understanding what in the world happened with the Pro Men and Pro Women, and Open Women’s groups that started 30 and then 20 minutes ahead of the Open Men.  Comparing times, the first 14 men in the Open BEAT CONNOR BAXTER???  And all the Pro Women finished in an impossible less than 40 minutes which has to be a Race Committee error.  But the fastest Open Women who started with the Pro Women finished in a likewise hard to believe WAY LONGER time than almost all of the men.   Neither the pictures nor the wind graphs give much of a clue.  Did these folks go around BOUY 32 and then have a nasty beam on paddle for 1 mile?   Was the Race Committee timing somehow off but in different directions for these 3 groups?  For the Open Men – I know the timing was right as it was within a minute of what my watch recorded.   Could the current have changed that drastically in 30 minutes.   Was there a huge mid river lull that the recording stations didn’t capture?   I would love someone to fill me in.  I will say that just prior to the Mens Open start I was at the east pin end and heard the starter remark that the safety boat was saying the Pro Men were getting the biggest waves they had ever seen in the history of this race.  Quite the mystery here.   But I am all ears to theories.

    So another great DW race is history, and this time with the added dimensions of all the different foiling craft and boats.   Great racing.  May the force be with you.

    Bruce Barry       7/27/22

    A few pics follow. 

    The first below shows me 1 second from Ecstasy.   Joel Yang on the safety/photo boat caught me balanced on the tip of a wave, figuring out my line,  and one single stroke away from dropping into the biggest bomb of my race.  You can kind of get an idea of the elevation by simply looking at the much lower water level behind me. 

    Next up is a good view of my custom 14x24 SIC.  22#, around 225 liters of flotation, no flotation in the forward third of the board, and fairly flat with the rocker achieved simply by shaving foam off the forward bottom.   This board is an absolute rocket if you can keep the nose skimming the water ahead for 14’ of drive and then moving back quickly (I mean really quickly) to avoid playing lawn darts on the drop in.  Of course in the flats as this shows it rapidly becomes a 12’6” or so, whatever competitive gains I make need to happen before the flats at the E end of Wells Island. 


    Finally, the day after.  Viento on Sunday in 10mph winds.  Even in light air another very addicting kind of rush.

      

  • Mon, August 01, 2022 1:33 PM | Mike Wang (Administrator)

    By Shelly Alves (Race Organizer of PaddleSplash Festival 2022)

    Hello paddlers!

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at PaddleSplash 2022. We had a greattime and are so proud of all the racers for their accomplishments
    especially the 20 people who were brave enough to try racing for the
    first time and the 22 kids who raced their hearts out! Having Candice
    Appleby at our event was AMAZING, I had numerous paddlers come up to meafter taking her clinics and say how much they learned from her and whata wonderful teacher she is! If you have any photos please feel free to
    post on Facebook on our PaddleSplash Festival page or tag us on your
    page posts @norcalsup and @PaddleSplashFestival on Facebook.

    We gave out over 150 Life jackets to the community and were please with the amount of people who joined our Nor Cal SUP Groms team on the beach clean up!

    We really appreciate your support of our program and look forward to
    next years festival. We will send out a "save the date" email to all of
    you as soon as we have confirmed the 2023 dates.

    https://results.changeofpace.com/results.aspx?CId=16356&RId=6102&EId=1

    See you on the water.....

    Shelly

    NSCA-CPT

    Paramedic-R

    https://www.facebook.com/NORCALSUP

    We are a 501c3 Charity



  • Thu, July 21, 2022 3:50 PM | Kristin Thomas (Administrator)

    Missoula Montana's Windermere SUP CUP - A Race Full of Alo-HAAWW!!

    by Linda McCoy - USA SUP SouthCentral Region Rep


    I had so much fun in Missoula this weekend at the 10th Annual Windermere SUP CUP! The race benefits the Watershed Education Network and the Missoula Food Bank's EmPower Pack Program. The EmPower Pack program provides food for children to eat over the weekends when they are not able to access meals at school! It's so fun to see the Food Bank team paddling dressed up as various food items- like a strawberry, banana, bacon slice, egg, ketchup, or a carrot! They raffled off a BOTE inflatable paddleboard this year! The lucky winner was a Montana local, Doreen Stokes! Most of the 70 participants are locals from Montana and Washington, but paddlers come from all over the US and Canada!

    My CenTexSUP team from Austin, Texas attended for the third year and we plan to go every year! Shoutout to my teammates Veronica and Julia - this was their first river race and they both finished strong!! The race is sponsored by Windermere Realty and the volunteers do an amazing job! This year, they extended the course to a 4.5 mile course ending at McCormick Park. Once you check in and get your timing chip in the morning, you load your board on the truck and hop on the shuttle to the start line!

    It is professionally timed by Competitive Timing and it's a race against the clock! Paddlers cross the starting line carpet start at Sha-Ron fishing area and hit the water as fast as possible. The eddy at the start line is a challenge right off the bat! The Clark Fork River, one of a limited number of "wild & scenic" rivers in the US, has a nice steady flow and a few spots of bumpy water. This makes the course quick and fun! There are two "drops" along the way that are a little intimidating, but navigable. Next year's race will be held Sunday, July 16th, 2023 - mark your calendars!

    The Clark Fork River is an amazing river and the scenery is astounding! You may even see a bison on a paddleboard (even if it's just on someone's shirt)! Missoula is such a cute town - full of restaurants, cute shops, ice cream stands, and breweries! But I have to say that my favorite part of this race is definitely the people! Everyone is so friendly!! It is great to connect with people year after year and see how our USASUP community continues to grow!

    Awards are given for Men's and Women's Elite (cash prize) and Recreational Men's and Women's (prize packs) as well as recognition for the fastest team! To enter as a team, you need to have at least 5 people paddle the course. The average of the top 4 paddlers on your team determines the winner! I'm proud to say that our CenTexSUP team has won the top team honors 3 years in a row! My teammate, Jim placed 2nd Men's Elite and I placed 2nd Women's Recreational. Watch out Missoula! Texas will be back next July! 

    This year's podium finishers include:

    Elite Men's: Dan Miller (1), Jim Nickerson (2), and Mitchell Schafhauser (3) 

    Elite Women's: Jonni Pekus (1), Sue Miks (2), and Tricia Lyons (3)

    Recreational Men's: Carver Butterfield (1), Jeff Haacke (2), and Cameron Stewart (3)

    Recreational Women's: Sarah Lucero (1), Linda McCoy (2), and Doreen Stokes (3)

    You can find the full results here: https://competitivetiming.com/windermere-sup-cup-results/
    Congrats to all of the paddlers for coming out and finishing the fun and challenging course!  

    I hope to see y'all in Montana next year to share in the Alo-HAW spirit of the Windermere SUP CUP!

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