The Paddle Town Battle Is On!

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The Paddle Town Battle is On!

UPDATE:The people have spoken and the Paddle Town Battle is on! Based on proximity to types of paddling—touring, whitewater, surfing, downwind—and culture—shops, clubs, events—the top seven have been chosen to compete in our Elite Eight bracket. In a twist, Wilmington, North Carolina and Providence, Rhode Island competed in a play-in game to decide the 8th spot, with Wilmington coming out on top.

Honolulu, Hawaii grabbed the number one seed thanks to its incredible paddling options, shops, events, paddling scene and of course history but was dropped by Wilmington, NC in the first round. Dana Point, Calif. solidified the number 2 seed and is playing Boise right now. Jupiter, Fla., one of the countries most well-rounded paddle towns locked down a 3 seed, but lost to Rincon Puerto, Rico. Water-centric Seattle ended number 4 and plays Charleston, South Carolina and Number 5, Sunday and Monday.

Rincon, Puerto Rico pulled off a stunner to grab a 6 and Boise, Idaho pulled down the lone intermountain seeding at 7 thanks to its historic paddling culture, plethora of paddling options and game-changing competitions (the Payette River Games). Hood River, Oregon–which just missed the Elite Eight with it’s downwind and whitewater options and Naish-sponsored race round out the top 10. All will be featured in the Summer issue of SUP magazine. Here’s the approximate schedule:

1. Vs. 8. = 3/24-3/25 Mon.-Tues.
3. Vs. 6. = 3/26-3/27 Wed.-Thurs.
2. Vs. 7. = 3/28-3/29 Fri.-Sat.
4. Vs. 5. = 3/30-3/31 Sun.-Mon.
Semi 1. 4/1-4/2 Tues.-Wed.
Semi 2. 4/3-4/4-Thurs.-Fri.
Final 4/5-4/6 Sat.-Sun.

Vote for your hometown in this year’s Paddle Town Battle.

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  • Ruth Pietri

    Rincon is the best place for SUP. You will have it all in this paradise spot located on the west of Puerto Rico!!

  • Hector Mendez

    Rincon, PR is hands down the best SUP town! You can SUP surf, go for a flat water tour over a marine reserve, afternoon downwinder over the north coast. Best of all you can go bar hopping to world class beach front bars & hotels. You don’t even need to bring your own SUP, plenty of rentals available.

  • Rob Casey

    Seattle – Freighter & tug waves, 4 races a week in summer and one on weekends, all year paddling, coast 2-4yrs away to surf, numerous whitewater rivers above Seattle, hundreds of lakes, tidal rapids at Deception Pass and cold water to keep crowds away.

  • Victor C. Muñiz

    Rincon Puerto Rico paddle in paradise.

  • Ricky Liquet

    Rincon Rocks !!!!!

  • Erniezer Feliciano

    Rincon, PR…one word…paradise

  • Nardy Munoz

    Rincon, PR Beautiful sunsets, beautiful beaches, beautiful people, great weather, restaurants, wow what else can I say. Rincón is it! This is the place to be for great hotels and water sports. Visitors ALWAYS welcome all year ’round. :)

  • Den

    No longer have an FB account as I’ve moved on to other platforms. Is there some other way to vote?

  • Shawn Shamlou

    How in the world did Encinitas or San Diego not make this list?

  • http://www.northend.org/ Dave Green

    Boise is the gateway to some of the world’s best whitewater, glistening mountain lakes and home of the Boise River Park with huge flatwater ponds, the first of 4 waveshapers and the beautiful Boise River which is floated and paddled by thousands every year. A true four seasons town, you can golf, ski or mountain bike in the morning and paddle in the afternoon 9 – 10 months of the year…. paradise!

  • SN Oyola

    Love it! Rincón….The best beach!

  • Jose Osvaldo Martinez

    Rincon Puerto Rico

  • Islandbiker

    Rincon PR, hands down!!!!!

  • Xavier Ramos Santoni

    No brainer Rincon is the place!!!

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