Naish Summer SUP Race Series Finale

We had some killer weather and ocean conditions for the Santa Barbara Naish Summer SUP Race Series finale…

Top California standup paddle racers Ernie (EJ) Johnson, and his wife Andie, drove up from Dana Pt. to give the locals a run for their money last Thursday…

Here’s Rich Schroeder discussing the course with Bryan Fernandez, EJ, & Andie…

This stage of the fun standup paddle racing series may have come to an end…but, as a result of the standup paddling camaraderie experienced the last 4 Thursday afternoons at 6:00 PM, we’ve decided to continue to meetup for a social paddle…same time…same channel…come join us…paddle whatever you bring…of course we’ll have some state of the art race and distance boards for interested parties to demo…

All participants received an inaugural Leadbetter Beach Paddling Club t-shirt…

The top three male and female finishers now go on to compete with racers from 12 cities across North America for the Championship race in San Diego, CA on September 13th, 2009…they’ll have a chance to win a Naish 14′ Glide and a trip to Maui to compete in the 5th Annual Naish Paddle Championship…a 9.54 mile race from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor…

There will also be an open race…EJ has added his name into the hat…which is sure to attract some other world class competitors…

The race was fairly close after the first lap…but, EJ never relinquished the lead…

EJ was getting some great glides from his new Brian Szymanski race SUP…and cruised into another 1st place finish…

Rich Schroeder had a great race for the silver medal…he’ll be representing Team Standup Paddle Sports in San Diego as the Santa Barbara winner of the Naish Summer SUP Race Series…

Adam Kirkcaldie pulls into 3rd place in this race and 2nd place overall in the series…Adam has brought some more great energy into the shop as a staff member…

Rob Graham finishes 3rd in the series and will also be representing SUPsports in San Diego…

Andie Johnson wins the finale on the wahine side and will be racing for us in San Diego…

Tami Starzac has also been paddling hard…and, will be representing us at the Naish race…

Rounding out the wahines going to San Diego to compete for the Naish North American Championship, will be our VP and CFO, Deb…also, 3rd place finisher in the 9 race California Winter Race Series…

Another of the wahine paddlers to take part in the Naish Series is Ashley Parducci…Adam’s gf…and, the granddaughter of one of windsurfing’s inventors…UCLA prof Allen Parducci…the other co-inventors were Jim Drake and Hoyle Schweitzer…

More pics in this GALLERY

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