Events > The 2017 Starboard Black Blade

  21 May 2017

Stand Up PaddleStand Up Paddle
Armadale, WAArmadale, WA

SupWA Events at Champion Lakes, Armadale
The Starboard Black Blade presented by Stand Up Paddle Sports is the finest SUP Short Course regatta in Australia. The Black Blade was the first SUP Sprint race on a buoyed course in the world outside America. Competitors will race over 3 distance - 200m, 1000m and 5km. Come down to see who will take out the title for Fastest Paddler in the State for the 200m.
Note the 2017 Starboard Black Blade was moved to the 21th of May. If you have already entered your entry will carry over to this date.
Great fun format, with all divisions contesting state championship medals for the best paddler across the 3 distances.
This year also includes a PaddleLoop division. Paddlers wanting to cruise can enter the Paddleloop Package - a 200m fun run and a 4km PaddleLoop - around the island at Champion Lakes - both with projected times. You choose the time you think you will get - should be great fun with the 200m - no paddling backwards or stopping!

Board : 14' (must use the same board for all 3 races)
Male Open Elite*
Male U/40
Male O/40
Male O/50
Female Open Elite*
Female U/40
Female O/40
Junior Division

Entry fee is for all 3 races. Overall points for Flatwater Champion across 3 distances - total time will be added from your 3 races to decide the Black Blade Champions.
*Top 4 best overall times will constitute the Open Elite divsion - recognising the most outstanding paldders in the State. Paddlers finishing outside the top 4 will then be broken down into age divisions for the best times for each age category (top 3).
There will be heats held to rank paddlers into A, B & C finals for 200m and 1000m. There are no medals for 200m and 1000m races (this is no longer a champion race - just a race to add to your overall time), except the 200m Open Elite Medal for the fastest paddler in the State (first 4).
All races work toward the final overall time to determine the Age Group Divisions - this means paddlers will race against paddlers with similar speeds, rather than just similar age, but will still end up competing for their Age Group Championship (Unless they are too fast and end up in the top 4 overall - becoming an Open Elite Champion - the top paddlers in the State!).
Registration & Briefing: 0700
Racing: 0800

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