SUP Racing Evolved. The wind calls - we follow. Three Days. Four Race Formats.
1) Race Format One: 200m Sprints. Fastest Paddler on Earth-style 200m Sprints. Ideal conditions: Flatwater, little or no wind. Course: Close to shore between two marks. Water start and finish. Individual race. SUP Divisions: 14' & Under Raceboard 14' World record: 53:12 sec Connor Baxter @ The Lost Mills 2017. The 200m Sprint Race is a coveted SUP title, previously held in NZ by Marcus Hansen. The 200m event is an ideal race for athletes from other sporting disciplines to fast-track their way to the top. Ski paddlers, OC1, cross-fitters or triathletes could surprise themselves. A straight-line course, one way, all power and short burst energy. This race requires pure grunt. Digitally timed. May the fastest paddler win.
2) Race Format Two: Ocean Clash (SUP v Kite v Windsurf) Downwinder. Long Distance Multi Sport Harbour Race Ideal Conditions: Northerly Wind >15knots Course: 10km (approx) Downwind Race starting at Petone, then around Somes/Matiu Island and into Eastbourne. SUP Divisions and Handicap: 14' Raceboard 4min, Open Unlimited + SUP Foils 11min, Inflatable/Surfboard 0min. The Ocean Clash is a totally new concept in SUP Racing. Stand Up Paddlers are pitted against foilers, windsurfers and kiters, with a handicap of up to 40min* on this long distance course. If the wind is right, and the paddler has a reasonable skill level, who knows what code will trump? This course is an open ocean endurance race, all paddlers attempting this course should be trained and competent in extreme conditions, must wear a PFD and leash, carry a whistle and emergency flare. Appropriate nutrition and hydration are advised. Costumes encouraged.
3) Race Format Three: Technical Course Racing. Spectacular technical course racing around a fixed-buoy course. Ideal conditions: <18 knots wind. (If 18knots+ Technical racing will be at Petone). Course Options: 2km or 4km M-shaped or Triangle course @ Eastbourne 5km Around Ward Island Race @ Eastbourne 1.5km/3.5km/7km Beach Dash @ Petone 3km River Run @ Petone SUP Divisions: 14' Raceboard, Inflatable/Surfboard. Battle of the Paddle style technical racing, with multiple laps and buoy turns, different wind directions, current, waves and chop to contend with. This race requires technical prowess, paddle fitness and speed to win, but the shorter course length options are also suitable for paddlers new to SUP racing. Depending on your board and experience, a 2km race should take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. Test your skills.
4) Race Format Four: Teams Relay Fun pink relay race in teams of four to help improve NZers quality of life after cancer. Ideal conditions: <15knots wind. (If 15knots+ Teams Relay will be held at Petone). Course: Short 500m lap course where each team member paddles in pink costume once around the course, then hands over the board and paddle to their next team member to complete a lap. When all four team members have finished one lap each, the team carries the board over the finish line together. Exact course will be on display at the event and announced at briefing, but will likely be a basic triangle course, suitable for all levels of paddler. Depending on your board and experience the whole event should take between 20min and one hour to complete. Teams compete on and OFF the water to see who can raise the most funds. SUP Divisions: Open. If an XL Team SUP is used, the whole team must paddle four laps, plus one extra lap. Race format for Day One and Day Three will be announced on Facebook the night before and confirmed at the briefing. Day Two (Ocean Clash) is scheduled for Saturday morning but can be rescheduled if conditions are not ideal. All SUP Races will be held in the morning, and Paddle For Hope Teams Relay at 12pm. All SUP Races are subject to change to suit conditions on the day.
Nothing beats a tasty craft beer on the beach! Enjoy some water sport action and then relax on the beach with live music and Tuatara Brewery Bar!Headline musicans Laughton Kora and Dick Johnson.
Nice one water kiwi! If I still lived in welly I would enter for sure
For all you paddlers want to have some fun!We are raising money for Men's Health (Movember) alongside some fun SUP races. Come down to Kiwiland for some action!
For those interested in the party life at Waterbourne