Santa Barbara Return to the Pier Race

Mahalo to Santa Barbara Outrigger for hosting the “Return to Pier” race yesterday…couldn’t have picked a more gorgeous day for a paddle…unless, you picked one of the other 13 days in the last 2 weeks that have been warm and spectacular…one of the best runs of Winter weather anyone can remember…

The Standup Paddle Sports paddle racing team, once again had spectacular results…
Lots of photos to hash through…but, we’ll share a few now and then add lots more over the next few days…

Our shop manager, John Becker, came within a few seconds of the winner of the Men’s Open SUP…

Here’s John Becker congratulating 4 time Olympian, Jim Terrell, who owns QuickBlade paddles…he won on a BARK sprint board with steering…

SUP Women’s winner Vicki Mills on her new BARK…

New SUPS paddle race team member Ernie (EJ) Johnson wins Men’s 12’6″ class SUP…

He also delivered a bundle of gorgeous new handbuilt hardwood SUP paddles to us…
more on that later…

We had a great time chilling with EJ and his beautiful wife, Andie, who also raced…

Olympic Gold medalist, Rich Schroeder, found his new 14′ BARK much to his liking…

Our newest team rider, Matt Becker, (John’s nephew) did a phenomenal job at his first race…this 14 year old kid smoked most of the field…

Also, a new addition to our shop personnel…he is bright, polite, and athletically gifted…he took 3rd at the Rincon Surf Classic last year…which , coincidentally was held this same day, so he opted to SUP race…

New dad, Bryan Fernandez, throwing a little stoke on a gorgeous Santa Barbara day…
Great guy to have as a neighbor…another of the SUP firemen in town…

SUP sisterhood…nice to see the wahines out paddling…

Another gorgeous Santa Barbara paddling day…the standup paddling mecca of North America…

WARDOGSanta Barbara Return to the Pier Race

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