Ching Wins Orange Bowl Paddle Championships

Just as Stanford dominated Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl, Danny Ching continued his winning ways, taking the 2011 Orange Bowl Paddle Championships in Miami this past weekend as a precursor to the football game. With over $10,000 in cash, this event enticed some of the best SUP paddlers on the Eastern Seaboard. There were two courses that navigated the Miami River in downtown Miami, a 3-mile Recreational course and a 5-mile Elite course.

Ching in his usual fashion built an early lead and finished strong. “Overall the race was extraordinary and well run.” Ching commented. “I am excited about the win.” Packet Casey and Brandon Rambo came in second and third behind Ching. “I expect to see a large turnout next year,” Ching explained. “The Miami coastline and waterways are ideal for SUP racing.” The race was also a benefit for Big Brother and Big Sisters Foundation of Greater Miami.

On the women’s side Helga Goebel took the top spot while Kristen Thomas finished second and Jennifer Holcomb, a SUP magazine contributor and editor of SUP Business, finished third.

For complete results from the five-mile course, click here. For the three-mile race, check here.