Weekend Primer: Events Across the Globe

This weekend is jammed with events in Hawaii, North and South America and Europe. If you thought your weekend was free, we just filled it. Here’s what’s on tap for the next couple days:

The Surf & Sand Duel-athlon, Santa Cruz, California, March 16-17

The 2nd Annual Surftech Surf & Sand Duel-athlon SUP Race presented by SUP Magazine will now offer a $1,000 prize purse to the top three finishers in the Men’s and Women’s “True Grit” divisions! “The new prize purse will give the athletes a little added incentive to brave the elements and do battle for the Surf & Sand Duel-athlon title and provide a little extra cha-ching to help cover their travel expenses,” said race director, Duke Brouwer.

Surftech is proud to welcome back SUP magazine as presenting sponsor for this year’s event!
“The Surftech Shootout is an incredible event in one of California’s best paddling towns. Between the surf contest at Steamer Lane and the race near the Wharf, the Shootout weaves together the unparalleled history of ocean athletics in Santa Cruz. SUP magazine is proud to be a part of this core event. To say the least,” said SUP magazine editor Joe Carberry. Check out details here.

E Malama I Ke Kai Ocean Fest
Saturday, March 17

Head down to Waikiki Aquarium Beach Park for the E Malama I Ke Kai Ocean Fest with races for SUP, OC-1+, V1 and prone paddleboard from Maunalua Bay to Kaimana Beach, Waikiki. The festival is open to the public and will have a lot going on all day, including ocean awareness exhibits, educational activities, cultural demos, as well as canoe rides and surfing clinics by Na Kama Kai. Poke bowls and drinks will be served and proceeds from the day will benefit the Keiki of Punana Leo o Kawaiaha’o.
For more info and registration: Emikk.org

101 Surf Sports Race Series Event #1
Saturday, March 17

The start of the 101 Surf Sports 2012 SUP Race Series. With 2-mile and 5-mile courses, there is something for everyone. St Patties day beer and pizza are included in registration fee. Registration will be held from 7:30-9:15am with racing starting promptly at 9:30am.
The 101 Surf Sports race series is perfect for first time racers or anyone just wanting to get in a great workout. SUP race boards will be available for rent in both 12’6″ and 14’. Please call ahead to reserve your SUP race board, as supplies are limited.
The 2-mile short course is set up to keep first time and novice racers within the sheltered and serene waters of the canal. In addition, seasoned racers will find a fun challenge in the 5.3-mile long course that sends paddlers outside the confines of the canal and around the gorgeous Marin Islands.

For more info: 101surfsports.com
Contact: info@101surfsports.com

Shamrock SUP Race
Saturday, March 17

All are invited to join in for the first Shamrock SUP Race on the Folley River in South Carolina. Races for all ability levels- even a category for you and your dog! The Race will benefit Pet Helpers & Emerson Rose Heart Foundation. The day also includes an SUP Cleanup presented by Charleston SUP Safaris and Flipper Finders.
Four races will be held: a 10K Elite Race, a 5K Recreational Race, a Kids Race and a Dog SUP. Registration opens at 8am and the races will be held from 9am-12pm.
The theme is “Go Green”- so racers are asked to think green, act green and wear green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day and will be eligible to win great prizes. SUP CleanUP, Charleston Waterkeepers and Surfrider Foundation will provide educational information about being green on our waterways. The event will also have great prizes to be raffled, a silent auction, and a post-race St. Patty’s Day party.

Divisions and Entry Fees:
10K Elite $35 (includes t-shirt)
5K Recreation $35 (includes t-shirt)
Kids (14 & under) $20
Dog SUP (all ages) $20

SUP boards will be available for rent for $10 on the day of the race, courtesy of Charleston SUP Safaris, and Liquid Shredder. Pre-registration is encouraged.
Registration forms can be picked up at Charleston SUP Safaris, or visit: CharlestonSUPSafaris.com

Adler Paddler
Saturday, March 17

The Adler Paddler is an elite race and fun paddle, benefiting the John Ritter Foundation and The Thoracic Aortic Disease Coalition. Held in memory of paddler Steve Adler, the race/fun paddle is 2.8-miles around Naples Island in Belmont Shores, Long Beach, Calif.

For more info, visit: PaddleWithPurpose.com
Contact: info@thesupspot.com

Banana SUP Race
Sunday, March 18

The Banana Race is the first SUP Race to be held in Banana Lagoon, in the city of Caucaia, Brazil. The race will be 4km and is expected to have lots of local competition. Help promote the growth of SUP in the area and compete in the first local race.
For more info, visit: HeeNalu.com
Contact: 85 8699.0809

Hobie City Race by La Cigale Surf Club
Sunday, March 18

The Hobie City SUP Race will be held in Port Grimaud, France. The event is part of the “PACA Beach Race Series” and organized by La Cigale Surf Club / Yannick Pinaud, which also organized the St. Maxime Race. The race is 7km, with 3km in the canals and 4km on the ocean. Recognized board class is 12’6″.
For more info: SupGuide.com
To register now: Sportips.fr/Hobie_city

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