2014 ISA World StandUp Paddle and Paddleboard Championship
GRANADA, NICARAGUA: MAY 3-11
SATELLITE LOCATION- LA BOQUITA, NICARAGUA
The ISA World StandUp Paddle (SUP) and Paddleboard Championship (WSUPPC) is an ISA World Championship that features 48 men and 24 women in each of four disciplines—SUP Surfing, SUP Racing Technical, SUP Racing Distance and Paddleboard Racing Technical and Distance. Within the SUP Racing and Paddleboard disciplines, athletes will be competing in up to three (3) events including the Technical and Distance Races and the Paddle Relay. There will be one Gold Medal National Team. The event hosts a maximum of 240+ athletes from 24 countries worldwide. The 2014 WSUPPC is scheduled for May 3-11 in Nicaragua.
The Rincon lineup (photo credit: Sandra Caro Public Relations)
Ryan Helm has taken out the Rincon Beachboy SUP race in Puerto Rico for the second year running today, as over 300 paddlers hit the water for a record-breaking 6th annual event.
Ryan finished the 8 mile (12.8km) elite course in just under 1 hour and 10 minutes, crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of rising Californian dark horse, Sean Pangelinan. Mexico’s Javier Jimenez (or “Bicho”), who trains with Ryan (and Fernando Stalla) down in Sayulita, showed his fighting spirit to steal third overall on his 12’6, while “local guy” Bill Kraft finished 4th overall to take one for the islands.
Over in the women’s race it was Ryan’s Riviera teammate, Helga Goebel, proving too strong, beating not only all of the women but almost two-thirds of the men as well.
The Beachboy race really seems to be one of those events that has a feel-good, laid-back vibe and a very loyal following. Apart from the fact it’s been going forever (for some perspective: the inaugural Beachboy event, way back in 2009, was held just months after the first ever Battle of the Paddle), the race is in a pretty kickass location (the world famous Rincon, Puerto Rico) and does a good job of promoting good causes (all the proceeds go to charity).
Team Rogue had a great time last weekend at the Event in Huntington. Check out the Video Recap
The US SUP Tour held it's first 2014 event at Huntington Beach on March 22-23 in small, but fun, waves south of the Pier. There was some great SUP Surfing on Saturday, with Zane Schweitzer winning the Men's and Emmy Merrill winning the Women's Pro. On Sunday the SUP Racing was exciting with Slater Trout winning the Men's and Candice Appleby winning the Women's Pro races.