2nd Annual Battle of the Paddle

After initially being called a fad (like rollerblading…etc) the sport of standup paddling, and paddle surfing, is now undeniably chiseled into legitimacy…

It will take several days to go through all the images we have…so until we get the galleries up, I’ll start by putting up a few that capture interesting moments for us…

Beach scene at the start of the open race on Saturday…around 300 people finished…

Brian Syzmanski…he has really stepped up the R&D on his unique L@@King SUP race hulls…he has produced over a dozen new racing hulls for Starboard and their new SUP racing team…

I think the results that Brian achieved throughout this 2 day event has definitely elevated his profile…

14 year old Zane Shweitzer wins the stock division with Brian right on his tail for 2nd…Brian’s partner, Matt Friedman, finishes 3rd overall stock…that’s a sweep…also, Nikki Gregg wins the women’s division on a Starboard/NCP prototype…

Matt Friedman…

Nikki Gregg with Nui…1st place Women’s Open stock class…

Nikki’s SO…Dan Gavere…snags a nice wave on a Starboard/NCP proto…

New Starboard team rider, Brandi Baksic, firmly established herself as one of the top elite women standup paddlers in the world by taking 3rd in the Elite race in the waves…and, 1st in the distance race…she only has a few months of SUP under her belt, yet she smoked (and humbled) many so-called “top notch” racer dudes…quite amazing…even more amazing, is the fact that she beat 2nd place finisher, Candice Appleby, who was riding an unlimited SUP with rudder, in the distance race on the stock Starboard/NCP…

Ernie (EJ) Johnson guts out a win in the distance race stock division despite a shoulder injury…that nice new contract with Starboard will buy him a few beers to ease the pain…;-)

The start of the men’s elite race…

The inside buoy turn log jam…

Typical carnage at the inside turn…bowling pins…the sickening crunch of carbon…kaching…kaching…;-)

Impressive wins by the Aussies…Jamie Mitchell 1st place Men’s Elite…

Shakira Westdorp 1st place Women’s Elite…

A shout out to one of our great SUPsports staff, Adam Kirkcaldie, for winning his age group in the open race…(Open Age Group Race – STK M30-39)

There were 35 contestants in his grouping…

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