US SUP Tour Stops in Surf City
The US SUP Tour makes it’s first stop of 2014 this weekend, March 22 – 23, in Huntington Beach, Calif. With only one opportunity to make Team USA for the upcoming ISA World SUP and Paddleboard Championships, you can expect to see a large turnout of both elite and amateur standup paddlers, all vying for top finishes at this first event.
Standup paddlers participating in the US SUP Tour’s 2014 Huntington Beach Stop will have the opportunity to compete in both SUP surfing and SUP racing for a prize purse of $15,000. In the SUP surfing competition, participants will be Judged by ASP-level judges, with the Pro division featuring world class athletes. The Open division will give the “weekend warriors” a chance to compete in a professional SUP Surf event format. All SUP surfing events will be held in six-person heats with the top three finishers from each heat advancing.
The original four-person heats have changed to six-person heats due to the lack of entries and the cancellation of Friday’s competition day. While six-person heats seem pretty heavy, the US SUP Tour is attempting to accommodate an expected influx of late registrants on-site, the morning of the competition.
On the SUP racing side, a five- to six-kilometer course will be offered as the Technical Race for the elite, with competitors sprinting in and out through the surf. In the Open Race, competitors will compete on a shorter, four- to five-kilometer triangular course that will start and run past the surf line, but will then require competitors to navigate through the surf for a beach finish. On-site registration will be available Sunday morning for the SUP races.
Schedule of Events:
• Men’s Pro SUP Surf and Race: $150
• Women’s Pro SUP Surf and Race: $125
• Open SUP Surf and Race: $100
Prize Money Total Purse: $15,000
Pro Men SUP Surf
Pro Men SUP Race
Pro Women SUP Surf & Race