Straight Dope: Drug Testing Set for BOP

It has rained down from on high: if you weren’t in the competitor’s line in Dana Point last year, or you simply missed the sign giving you a year to get clean, drug testing will be performed by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA)  on Elite racers at this year’s Battle of the Paddle, September 28 and 29. Blood and/or urine testing will tell if athletes have any banned substances in their bodies and in turn determine their race eligibility. For more complete information, read the full press release below. Especially if you’re competing.

SUP magazine has heard that both randoms and tests on athletes reaching the podium will be administered. Regardless, things are about to get real. “It kind of shows where the sport’s at,” says Kai Lenny, a favorite for this year’s race who finished second last year. “If the sport weren’t going anywhere, nobody would care to do drug testing at events. As athletes, we might as well get used to it. I feel like there are going to be people who get caught by mistake because you can take certain types of cold medicines with banned substances.”

This will be the first large-scale drug testing performed in the SUP world and at the biggest race of the year. It could have big implications for the sport as race organizers look to get in front of doping controversies that have ravaged cycling and baseball in recent years. “Sparky, and Rainbow Sandals, wants to ensure fair competition,” wrote Barrett Tester in an email to SUP magazine when asked if the testing has any Olympic implications. “As his producer it is my responsibility to deliver the best drug testing program available. The USADA testing program is of the highest quality, as well as, part of the International Olympic Movement & World Anti-Doping Agency. Having USADA involved in the event does show the larger global sports community (IOC, WADA, Sports Accord) that we (Rainbow Sandals & the SUP community) are taking the sport seriously.”

Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Announcement of the USADA Program
September 12, 2013 (San Clemente, CA) – Rainbow Sandals, Inc. is pleased to announce it has contracted with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to provide and an anti-doping program at this year’s event. USADA is the independent national anti-doping organization for the United States, and runs the U.S. anti-doping program for the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan-American and Parapan American movements, in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”). Rainbow Sandals, Inc. has contracted with USADA, to demonstrate a commitment to fair, drug-free competition.

Any athlete competing in the ELITE RACE at the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle may be subject to blood and/or urine testing for any substance or method on the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. In addition to testing, USADA is available to provide educational information and will have jurisdiction to handle the results management process.

All ELITE RACE participants acknowledge and agree that they are subject to the Code and the USADA Protocol for the Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and its Annexes (USADA Protocol), and that they are required to abide by all such rules and by the anti-doping rules of the International Federation governing the event, the International Surfing Association (ISA). Anti-doping rule violations will be adjudicated in accordance with the USADA Protocol and the anti-doping rules of the ISA.

As USADA is an independent entity, all athletes questions or concerns regarding details of the anti-doping program at the event should be directed to USADA.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive information on its website regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online www.globalDRO.com. conducts educational sessions with the National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation. For more information, please visit www.usada.org. Athletes looking for information about the testing process can start at www.usada.org/athletes.

Information on Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) can be found here: http://www.usada.org/tue/

Essential anti-doping phone telephone numbers:
USADA main number: (719) 785-2000
USADA athletes express hotline: (719) 785-2000
USADA Toll Free: (866)-601-2632
For more information you can go to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) website page on anti-doping: http://www.isasurf.org/development-programs/anti-doping/