SUP SURF RACE SERIES
If you are in the mood for a different kind of stand up paddle race than the Surf Race to Victory is for you! I don’t know of too many stand up paddle races that require all entrants to wear safety helmets. The helmets are not just for show, paddling a 12’6 stand up paddle board through head high shore pound can be dangerous. I did not compete in the event last year but I had friends who did. They said it was one of the most fun and exciting stand up races they have done. If you are not the type to risk life and limb paddling through the waves then it is still a fun event to watch. If you are brave enough to join in the mayhem then grab a helmet, strap it tight and prepare for stand up paddle’s demolish derby!
From Victory KoreDry:
-Victory KoreDry is pleased to announce the Surf Race to Victory SUPCross Series. Each Surf Race to Victory event will test the competitors all around waterman ability, grit and determination. Successful racers must combine paddling and surfing skills on technical courses. The exciting race series has scheduled events at Carlsbad, CA (June 9th), San Clemente, CA (July 21) Weber River, Utah (July 31) and the championship event at Huntington Beach, CA (September 15).
The exciting SUPCross format features competitors sporting helmets, jerseys, and big fast SUP boards. Starting from the sand before a “V” shaped course, SUP racers charge through the surf and round outside buoys twice before catching waves back to the finish. The exciting knockout format is run in heats with top finishing racers advancing into each next round. Non-advancing racers are given a second chance to qualify to the main event through repechage heats.
Inspired by last year’s very popular first time event, Victory Koredry owner/CEO Marc Spitaleri, has committed the brand to a championship series that will offer cash and prizes to local event winners and overall race series point scorers
“We are excited about the Surf Race to Victory SUPCross Series and expanding our popular format to the growing SUP racing community”. “The series is a great fit for our KoreDry technical garments, which are popular with water athletes everywhere”.
The race series will highlight the technical aspects of SUP racing, as conditions will be major factor in every race. The format is really fun for both competitors and spectators who can watch the races from the beach or pier. Describing last year’s action, elite SUP racer, Brandi Baksic, stated, “the racing was awesome to watch because many elite paddlers were getting worked in the surf. It was definitely the most fun racing event of the season”.
Entrants in the Surf Race to Victory SUPCross Series will gain points at each event towards the overall championship. The final series event will be at Victory KoreDry’s home beach, Huntington Beach, on September 15 and will be worth double points. Racers, fans and media can follow rankings at www.victorykd.com.