Santa Barbara SUP Paddle Racing

Now that hundreds and hundreds of Santa Barbarians (it is Fiesta week…;-) and Central Coasters, own standup paddle boards…we are encouraging folks to get together and participate in some friendly and fun races…it’s an opportunity to push yourself a bit and meet other interesting and kewl people that share their mutual love of standup paddleboarding…

The conditions for the fun SUP race yesterday afternoon were quite challenging…we had a late Spring like low swing through and kicked up the wind on the backside as it passed heading East…sizeable wind swell was also generated…

We put together a 3.6 mile double loop course…

Heading to the upwind mark outside the kelp bed…

Rich Schroeder and Matt Becker battling it out…Rich is quickly learning how to ride the swells on the outside to his advantage…even though Matt is a good surfer, Rich glided past him on a long swell ride, and into the lead for good…

Ashley grinding it up to the first mark upwind…

Emily Chan ended up persevering and took 1st place in the wahine class…

Adam heading for home and the 3rd place bronze medal…or popsicle stick as it were…;-)

Scott enjoying an afternoon on the water workout in Santa Barbara…

Christian at the finish line…

Rob Graham powering home…

Jon Cotter finishing strong…

Matt Becker taking the silver medal…

Rich Schroeder…two time Olympic gold medalist, adding another gold to his collection from the 2nd race in the Leadbetter SUP Cup…part of the Naish Summer Race Series…

More pics in this GALLERY

WARDOGSanta Barbara SUP Paddle Racing

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