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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

 

SUP Racing News

With the 2nd Annual Battle of the Paddle coming up this weekend there's lots of SUP racing news to catch up on...

Last Saturday's Hennessey International Paddleboard Championships held in San Francisco
offered a glimpse of the competition that will be present next weekend...

There was a 6 mile Stock SUP (12'6") and a 9 mile Unlimited SUP (12'6" +) who did the same course as the prone paddleboarders...

In the Men's stock class, Hobie rider Byron Kurt edged out EJ by 7 seconds...picking the wrong line at the finish cost EJ a few pesos...Byron picked up $1350 to EJ's $200...$1150 is a lot of cervezas...especially, the kind EJ drinks...OUCH!...;-)

Byron Kurt is on a tear lately...he just got back from winning the Starboard sponsored 11 City Tour across Holland...you can read about this race on the Hobie blog...

Byron also won the 3rd Annual Ta-Hoe Nalu Stand-Up Paddleboard Festival held at North Lake Tahoe, Aug 15th...

The Hobie SUP team totally dominated this event...Mark Johnson's race SUP's are definitely working...that can't be debated...

Several of our SUP race team members will be sporting them at next weekend's BOP...including Rich Schroeder who just won the Naish North American Summer SUP Race Series on his new 12'6" Hobie CR-1...Rich finished in 5th place (out of 250) at last year's BOP Open race...only his 2nd race...



Australian Billy Watson, took 3rd place ahead of 4th place Dan Gavere, who was on one of the new Brian Syzmanski/Starboard collaborations...

On the women's side in stock SUP, Brandi Baksic continues to dominate...also on one of the new Brian Syzmanski/Starboard collaborations, beating Australian Shakira Westorp and Hawaiian Morgan Hoesterey...Morgan was the first solo female SUP paddler to finish the Quiksilver Edition Molokai Race this year...she also placed 3rd at last year's BOP...

Also noteworthy, Karen Wrenn who won the women's division of the Naish North American Summer Race Series finished 4th...Candice Appleby finished in 6th place...she placed 2nd at last year's BOP...



Karen Wrenn on her new Hobie...



Men's unlimited SUP saw Thomas Shahinian took the field...a couple of minutes in front of last year's BOP Open Men's champ, Thomas Gallagher...following up in 3rd place was last year's BOP Pro class stock winner, Chuck Patterson...Jared Vargas and Ekolu Kalama finished in 4th and 5th...

Danny Ching and Rob Rojas were no-shows...hope to see these top contenders at the BOP...

Division results here...

Overall results here...

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