It’s finally Spring — time to head out and join in some SUP racing. Here are some of the biggest upcoming SUP racing events that you won’t want to miss.
Rincon’s Beachboy SUP Race (April 11)
Just like last year, we’ll be starting off our racing season by heading over to Puerto Rico for the 7th Rincon Beach Boy SUP Race. One of the island’s largest events, the annual Beachboy SUP Race is organized and sponsored by the Parador Villa Antonio and the Villa Confressi hotels, who give away over $17k in cash prizes and goodies for all competitors. Part of the proceeds are donated to “Salon Angelitos de Amor, Inc.,” which supports Downs Syndrome kids and other local community charities. Last year participation reached a record 301 competitors!
Check out some highlights from last year’s event.
Registration is still ongoing — visit the site for more details if you’re interested.
2015 Carolina Cup (April 22–26)
The Carolina CUP, a World Paddle Association sanctioned event, is a week-long celebration in Wrightsville Beach, NC featuring over a dozen clinics and five SUP races: a 3.5-mile Harbor Island Recreational race, 6.5-mile Money Island Open, 13-mile Graveyard Elite Race, Ocean of Hope Relay Race and a kids’ fun race.
Now in its fifth year, the event that started from 170 participants has now grown to over 700. Last year, our very own Mary Scheerer participated in the Women’s Elite 12.6-inch board category and placed 19th with an impressive 3 hour 43 minute finish time.
2015 Race for the Baykeepers (May 9)
The first of the Hamptons SUP Race series, Race for the Baykeepers is another WPA-sanctioned race set in the beautiful Northwest Harbor, overlooking historic Sag Harbor.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Peconic Baykeeper’s clean water programs. There will be a nature paddle tour with the Baykeepers following the race. Don’t miss this one!
The Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink (August 1)
The Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink is a two-part fundraising event – a SUP race and benefit party, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Maria Baum, founder and event co-chair, took to paddle boarding to help her cope through her battle with breast cancer and subsequent recovery. She was later inspired to use the sport to raise funds for life-saving breast cancer research. Last year, the event raised a record-breaking $1.5 million for BCRF.
The Great Peconic Race (September 20)
The Great Peconic Race is an advanced recreational and elite stand up paddle race honoring Ted Baldwin’s love for the bays. The race circumnavigates Shelter Island, located between the North and South Forks of Long Island. Participants should expect open bay conditions including the possibility of as strong currents and any hosts of winds/waves. As with the Baykeeper Race, proceeds will help support the Peconic Baykeeper’s clean water programs.
It’s going to be another action-packed year of SUP racing, and knowing that by participating you are helping raise money and awareness for great causes makes it even more fulfilling!
If you need help training for any of these events our Paddle Diva team is ready to lend you a hand! Visit the center or contact us at 516-383-2296.