SoCal Winter Race Series Overall Results

The overall point winners for the SoCal Winter Race Series (SUP) have been tabulated and the results are in…9 races were held and points were accumulated…

Nov 8th La Jolla Shores Invitational
Dec 6th Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial
Dec 13th San Diego Tecolote 5000
Jan 17th Santa Barbara Pier Back to Pier
Jan 31st Mission Bay Hanohano Ocean Challenge
Feb 7th NAC Hal Rosoff Classic (Newport)
Feb 21st Lanakila- Carpet Beach Race
March 7th Dana Ocean Challenge
March 21st Marina –Paddleme.com Championships

We are stoked that our shop, Standup Paddle Sports helped get the winners from all three divisions across the finish line in first place…

Congratulations to the following category winners:

John Becker :: Men’s Unlimited
Ernie (EJ) Johnson :: Men’s Stock
Vicki Mills :: Women’s Unlimited

We are very proud of our shop manager, John Becker, for going after this result with all of his heart and soul…focused determination…a true “foxholer”…;-)

Our entire paddle racing team did very well since getting off the ground last Fall…awesome results, considering that several of our racers were not able to make a number of the races due to family obligations…newborns…and, life in general…yeppers, sometimes life gets in the way…;-)

Our corporate V.P. (my wifey) Debra Thomas kept after it for a 3rd place finish…
Deb was the only wahine to finish every race that was entered…

Bryan Fernandez, fireman, new father, and the best next door neighbor we’ve ever had, came in 4th in men’s stock…very good result considering his size…and he missed a couple of races…he missed one by 15 minutes after jamming down the coast for 2 hours…he prolly would have taken 3rd easily if he had accumulated points by just making the race…

Good first year effort by 22 year old Ed Anderson and 14 year old Matt Becker…
7th and 8th place overall…

Rich Shroeder had a top 10 place in unlimited despite missing most of the races, using a 14’er as unlimited when the standard is 18’+…and accumulating points in stock class…non-transferrable…

Andie Johnson finishes 4th overall in women’s SUP despite missing a number of races…and having to provide support (cold beer…;-) and lots of TLC to her hubbie…EJ, winner of men’s stock class…;-)

All in all…a job well done for all of the competitors…

We were most impressed by Rob Rojas…we believe he is at the top of the California paddle racing scene…very humble guy…

L@@K for his name at the top of the list in October’s BOTP…

Jay (Aquamoose) Butki deserves best effort…he nearly gets picked off powering through the surf on Joe Bark’s personal brand new (never ridden) carbon 18’6″ SUP, to get to the start line at the Oceanside Becky Stuart Memorial race…

He arrived late and couldn’t find a parking spot…the surf was firing…everyone else paddled to the start line out of the harbor mouth…

Jay had to make up a little time…so he took a short cut…ya got’s to do what ya got’s to do…;-)

This is what Jay had to say…
“I wasn’t about to be picked off-I timed the righthander and the lefthander coming at
me so I could squeak through. I was pretty sure Joe’s glass jobs could handle the air drop on the back side”…

Ummmmmm…I dunno Jay…it prolly wouldn’t have been very pretty returning two 9’ers to Joe and Charlie…;-)

Honorable mention…25 year old Jared Vargas is improving at each race…
He set a course record at the Cold Hands San Pedro race…and finished ahead of John Becker (SUPS) and 4 time Olympian Jim Terrell (QuickBlade) at the Marina race last weekend…

L@@K for our paddle racing team to expand in the future…
We’ll be ready to be a contender for the Battle of the Paddle this October…

Special thanks to our friends at BARK, Hobie, Starboard, Werner Paddles, & Powerex Paddles for supporting our team with great product…

Top 5 places by category:

Men’s SUP Unlimited

John Becker :: (1st)
Thomas Shahinian :: (2nd)
Jared Vargas :: (3rd)
Robert Rojas :: (4th)
Jay Butki :: (5th)

Men’s SUP Stock

Ernie Johnson :: (1st)
Byron Kurt :: (2nd)
Todd Drake :: (3rd)
Brian Fernandez :: (4th)
Scott Sanchez :: (5th)

Women’s SUP Unlimited

Vicki Mills :: (1st)
Amanda Harris :: (2nd)
Debbie Thomas :: (3rd)
Andie Johnson :: (4th)
Cat Bell :: (5th)

We have several image galleries of the races…click on highlighted link…

WARDOGSoCal Winter Race Series Overall Results

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