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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

 

Santa Barbara SUP/Paddleboard Race

Santa Barbara will play host to two downwind SUP/Paddleboard races this weekend...
Saturday August 1, 2009...an 11 miler from Goleta Pier to the East Beach Pavilion...and a 3.5 miler from Leadbetter Beach to the East Beach Pavilion...

The short course will also be the inaugural race in the Naish Summer SUP Race Series stock class...designed to be a "fun race"...all surfboard style SUP's are welcomed...

Benefiting from this event will be The Friendship Paddle Foundation of Santa Barbara to be recipients of 50% of the proceeds generated from this event to assist with funding for the their support program aligned with the Santa Barbara Hospice program.


Legendary waterman Dave Kalama is expected to be in attendance and to compete...

Ernie (EJ) Johnson, fresh from the JEVER SUP World Cup in Hamburg, Germany where there were 27,000 spectators, will also be competing...a few other top ranked California based prone and standup paddlers will be competing as well...



Race course...click to enlarge...



Click for full race details here and see below...

Free Shuttle Ride for Entrants and Boards

Event Description:

SB- P2P®.
Saturday August 1st, 2009
Paddleboard and Stand Up Paddleboard

Two Course Lengths!
11 Mile and 3.5 Mile Point to Point Course Routes

11 Mile events starts at promptly at 2pm at Goleta Beach and finishes at East Beach, Santa Barbara 3.5 Mile event starts promptly at 3:15 pm at Ledbetter Beach and finishes at East Beach, Santa Barbara.
Additionally there will be an entry level 3.5 mile short course event launched from Ledbetter Beach, Santa Barbara.


Mission
Recognizing the importance of supporting and promoting the Santa Barbara paddle boarding community, Blacksmith Endurance has established the SB- P2P®. 100% of the profits from this great inaugural event will be given to The Friendship Paddle Foundation (www.friendshippaddle.org) of Santa Barbara.

Paddleboard

Male Class
:: Unlimited
:: 14”
:: Stock

Male Divisions’
:: Men 60+
:: Men 40-59
:: Men 17-39
:: 16 and under

Wahine Class
:: Unlimited
:: 14’
:: Stock

Wahine Division’
:: 39 and under
:: 40+

Stand Up Paddleboard

Male Class
:: Stock (12’-6”)
:: 14’ Class
:: Unlimited

Male Divisions’
:: Men 60+
:: Men 40-59
:: Men 17-39
:: Kids 16 and under

Wahine Class
:: Stock (12’-6”)
:: 14’ Class
:: Unlimited

Wahine Division’
:: 39 and under
:: 40 and older


Race and Course Description
[Click here to upload map image]

11 Mile Long Course Event
:: Online registration starts 6AM Tuesday July 14th, 2009 and closes 6PM Friday July 31st, 2009

:: Day of the event registration; 8AM-1PM Saturday August 1st, 2009 at:
The Beach House
10 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1281
Map

Or

Stand Up Paddle Sports
121 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101
Map


:: Courtesy entrant and board shuttle from East Beach to Goleta Beach will be provided for those who sign up in advance at registration locations. Departures times from East Beach parking lot will be 11:30AM, 12:30PM
Free shuttle for entrants, gear and boards
:: Entrants can take advantage of free shuttle service
:: Each entrant will be given a “large white plastic bag” to stash their personal belongings into, these bags will then be returned “unopened” to the finish line.
:: Boards will be loaded into large van and stacked on multi level racks
:: All categories will water start simultaneously
:: All entrants are required to adhere to the current US Coast Guard watercraft regulations for safety requirements.
:: Support vessels and Lifeguards will be on course to provide safety and support for entrants
:: Course is closed to outside support from persons other than the race organization: any person who receives unauthorized support (from a vessel or coach in the water or on land) will forfeit all raffle and prize eligibility. This is to ensure the safety of all entrants
:: Course closure will occur at 5:00pm at the 8.5 mile course marker buoy.
:: Early drop out of this race is restricted to Arroyo Burro Beach or Ledbetter Beach.


3.5 Mile Short course event
:: Online registration starts 6AM Tuesday July 14th, 2009 and closes 6PM Friday July 31st, 2009
:: Day of the event registration; 8AM-1:00PM Saturday August 1st, 2009 at either:

The Beach House
10 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 963-1281
Map

Or

Stand Up Paddle Sports
121 Santa Barbara St
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101
Map



:: No entrant or board shuttle service will be provided for the “Short course race”
:: 3:00PM water start for all “short course entrants”, hour time limit.
:: Minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian


Event Fees
:: 11 Mile race entry fee is $45.00
:: 3.5 Mile race entry fee is $30.00

Entry Fee will include:
:: One event T-shirt (choose from men’s women’s or youth) (additional shirts will be for sale for $10.00 apiece)
:: Event sponsors swag
:: Unlimited amount of fuels and mixes ( Sports Quest Carbo Pro and Carbo Pro 1200, Hammer Nutrition Head or Sustained Energy, GU O2, GU and Roctane gel.
:: Post race meal (locally made burritos, rice, beans , fruit etc…. )
:: Complimentary refreshments and / or locally made beer by Telegraph Brewery
:: Raffle ticket

Benefiting recap:
Event proceeds will be forwarded to the Friendship Paddle Foundation

Registration:

www.ultrasignup.com

All entrants will be required to digitally sign an Entrant’s Waiver disclosure at the point of transaction. Additional each entrant and or parent guardian will be required to fill out and sign an “Entrant Waiver” at pre-race check in


Event Day Itinerary:

7:00am- 12:00pm Event set up at East Beach (East end of the beach)
8:00am- 12:00pm Race registration
11:30am-12:45pm Courtesy entrant and board shuttle service rides from East Lot- East Beach to Goleta Beach
1:30pm 11 Mile-Goleta Beach to East Beach; mandatory pre-race briefing for all entrants
2:00pm 11 Mile-Goleta Beach to East Beach; group water start (see map form start line location)
3:00pm 3.5 Mile-Ledbetter Beach to East Beach: mandatory pre-race briefing for all entrants
3:30pm 3.5 Mile-Ledbetter Beach to East Beach: group water start (see map form start line location)
1:00pm- 6:00pm East Beach Sponsor product demos, exhibits,
5:30 Course is closed and all entrants remaining on course will be delivered to the East Beach finish line.
6:00pm Awards and raffle
8:00pm Event is officially over

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

 

Naish SUP Summer Race Series

Mark your calendars...

In conjunction with Naish, Honolua, and Blacksmith Endurance we are helping to coordinate a Santa Barbara downwind race Saturday August 1, 2009...Goleta Pier to the Pavilion at East Beach (~10.5 mi)...there will also be a short course from Leadbetter Beach to the Pavilion at East Beach (~3.5mi)...the short course will be part of a US Championship Race Series...



NAISH 2009 SUP CHAMPIONSHIP RACE SERIES

The Naish 2009 SUP Championships is a Recreational Race Series that will be held
weekly in 10 to 15 Cities across the US and Canada.

The four to six week series will be held between now and August 31.
The Divisions will include a Men’s and Women’s Class with a board restriction of 12’6” and under. At the end of the series the top 3 Men and Women in each city will receive an invite to compete with racers from across North America for the Championship race in San Diego, CA on September 13th , 2009.

These races are intended to be for the beginner to advanced paddler. The goal is to
increase overall participation and visibility of the sport. Ideally races should be at a time and place that is convenient for participants and spectators to attend on a weekly basis.

Below is a general outline of the races.

Series Outline
Series Length- 4 to 6 Weeks, 1 Race a week
Course Type- Course Race or Downwinder
Length- 30 to 45 Minute Races
Divisions- Men’s Division
Women’s Division
Fee- $20 Series, $5 Race
Scoring-
1- 10
2- 8
3- 7
4- 6
5- 5
6- 4
7- 3
8- 2
9- (and above) 1

The scoring is cumulative and the high score wins.

The Championship Race will be held on Sunday September 13th in San Diego, California.

The Winners of each division will receive a 14’ Glide and a trip to Maui, Hawaii for the 5th Annual Naish Paddle Championships, a 9.54 mile race from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor.

Thank you for being a part of this great race series!

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Monday, March 09, 2009

 

Dana Ocean Challenge

The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club hosted the 21st Dana Ocean Challenge on Saturday...~ 270 paddlers turned out...with a large contingent of standup paddle racers...and, just like the Redondo race, calm conditions inside the harbor gave way to a washing machine rinse tide outside the Dana Pt. harbor...didn't see too many dry paddlers...

The race director, Eric Smith, helped facilitate the best start that we've seen at this Winter race series...after recalling everyone back...they staggered the field...prone paddlers had a 5 minute head start on the SUP's...then they let loose the OC-1, OC-2, & Surf Skis...



Rob Rojas smoked the SUP field...impressive race...it was quite awhile between him and the next SUP finisher...it will be interesting to see how his overall time stacked up against the sit down craft...

Here is Rob at the start pulling ahead of Thomas (Maximus) Shahinian...



Local paddler (SUPsports Team) Ernie (EJ) Johnson led the way in stock class, on his 12'6" NCP...taking out many other paddlers on SUP's 6' longer...

EJ heading towards the finish line...



His wife Andie paddled a 14' NCP into 3rd in the wahine SUP race...



Another exciting race to the finish between our shop manager, John Becker, and Jared Vargas...once again, John kicked it into overdrive on the final stretch towards the finish line for a 4th place point accumulation...



Jared is half John's age...or John is twice Jared's age...however you L@@K at it...Jared won the Cold Hand's race last weekend...so, this "kid" is a contender...



Mark Johnson and the Hobie team were in full force as this is their local watering hole...the new 14' carbon Hobie was feeling fast and sleek when I paddled it...



We had a corrupt chip that caused us to lose some images...luckily, through some miracle software we were able to recover a portion...

Here are two galleries of images...

GALLERY I (87 IMAGES) & GALLERY II (94 IMAGES)

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

Tecolote 5000 Race

This year's Tecolote 5000 Race was hosted by the San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team, part of the Junior Lifeguard Program...

They really have a stellar facility on Mission Bay in San Diego focusing on Olympic development in the sport of canoe and kayak...
pretty kewl to see lots of young kids out paddling competitively...

A cold, windy, and blustery day greeted the paddlers...here's a race gallery...



Here's our shop manager, John Becker, on the way to victory...



John led the whole race...here is EJ (2nd) leading a Hobie rider, followed by our team riders Rich Schroeder and Bryan Fernandez...



Rich Schroeder held off a fleet of paddlers on Ron House race boards using a new
prototype...



Eva Hollmann (the BoardLady) helped us out with some awesome finish work...



She referred to this project as her "last stand"...

As we've told you in a previous posting...Eva is retiring...and we are hosting a party for her at our shop next Saturday from Noon until 6 PM...

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