Industry News: Victory SUPCross is Finally a Series – Will it Be at Your Town?

(Huntington Beach, Calif.) – 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, Calif. (June 9th), San Clemente, Calif. (July 21) Weber River, Utah (July 31) and the championship event at Huntington Beach, Calif. (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 a 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 VictoryKD.com.

There are both men and women OPEN divisions scheduled at all Surf Race to Victory SUPCross Series events. Carlsbad and Huntington Beach events offer age group and kid’s categories.

Last year’s inaugural event featured many top international racers. Anthony Vela (Los Angeles) took the win after a close battle with Australian Jamie Mitchell. In the final, both racers caught the same wave and Vela won the foot race to the finish capturing the $1500 first place prize. Jake Jensen (Australia) finished third, Fernando Stalla (Mexico) finished fourth and famed big wave surfer, Chuck Patterson (Dana Point), captured fifth place. In the women’s division, Candice Appleby (San Clemente) took the win, Brandi Baksic (San Clemente) finished second and Gillian Gibree (San Diego) rounded out the podium in third place.

Just like last year, this year’s final awards ceremony will be held at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway at the Surfers’ Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach right after the championship event. After the awards, competitors and spectators can unwind enjoying a Hinano fashion show and party at Duke’s restaurant. Last year’s champion, Anthony Vela, commented “I was stoked the whole day, not just to win but to see everyone having such a good time racing in the surf. It’s always great to end an event with a party and a cold Hinano beer.”

2012 Surf Race to Victory SUPCross Series Schedule
Carlsbad BeachFest (Carlsbadbeachfest.com) Saturday June 9
San Clemente Ocean Festival (oceanfestival.org) Saturday July 21
Boardworks Show Up & Blow Up SUPCross (UT) Tuesday July 31
Surf Race to Victory Championship (CA) Saturday Sept. 15

Participants who register online will receive a commemorative Victory KoreDry Loose Fit Surf Shirt.
For entry information, race details and to follow the Surf Race to Victory SUP Cross Series rankings, visit: VictoryKD.com.