Standup Paddling Tipping Point

Longer boards are coming to win us…

The Rainbow Sandals “Battle of the Paddle” had the feel of a SUP Woodstock of sorts…gathering of the tribes…

The morning of the race on Saturday saw competitors and spectators multiplying many times over what the race organizers had anticipated…seemed like cars with 12′ – 18′ standups stretched on for a couple of miles…

254 standup paddle racers in the open class…along with 80 “Pro/Elite” invitees…

I don’t think anybody really knew that this aspect of the sport would get this big…this fast…IT’S ON!!!

The aloha spirit was in good attendance…very mellow kewl vibe permeated the salt air…

We have hundreds of pics and heaps of info that we’re still digesting…here are just a few in this gallery


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Congrats to Chuck Patterson on his custom carbon Hobie…he gambled on a $200 entry fee and walked away with $10K in beer money…he was on the wagon for the last month…;-)

Since we were the first dedicated all standup paddleboard shop on the North, or South American continents, it was only natural that we’d be the first retail shop to field a standup paddleboard racing team…you could pick our sleeveless electric blue jerseys out of the glare a mile away…

Team Standup Paddle Sports’ Rich Schroeder (Olympian Gold Medallist), and John Becker, finished in the top 5 racers out of 254…might even be a notch or two higher…as we haven’t seen the official results…incredible results considering our 8 person shop race team is barely off the ground, and hasn’t enjoyed the benefits of the cutting edge standup paddleboard race designs, yet…however, we’ll be enjoying some more competitive boards coming out of the Hobie and Starboard shaping room labs very soon…

We’re extremely stoked for all of our team racers…competing in gusty 20-25 mph headwinds…

We also are proud of Brennan in 20th place…top 10%…only his 3rd time on a SUP…and he used the Starboard 11’2″ Ultimate Blend Tufskin with a wave fin!!!
It should be noted that he had the least expensive board at the beach…MSRP $1099…
This kid can PADDLE!!!

I’m also stoked that 3 of the top 7 racers out of 254 were using my fin designs

A couple of more shots…we’ll be culling through the rest over the next couple of days…

Werner paddle rep, Dan Gevere, listening to a little System of a Down under his pink lid…

Team SUPS (Standup Paddle Sports) rider Brian Fernandez, finishing the Pro/Elite race on a stock 12′ Hobie…the guys in the Hobie booth were impressed…

Our Hobie SUP order had just arrived at the Hobie factory in Dana Point before we visited on Saturday…they are being delivered to our shop this week…

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