Weekend Primer: Two Full Days of Fun

This weekend is looking like another fun one with 12 events held over the two days of freedom. There are events from Virginia, down to Florida, in Oregon, northern, central, and southern California, as well as in Hawaii and New York. Don’t miss out on these great SUP events:

Dominion Riverrock
Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
Brown’s Island, Richmond, Virginia
Get out to the East Coast’s premier outdoor lifestyle festival for an array of outdoor sports, including SUP, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slack lining, trail running and even dog jumping. SUP events include the SUP Cross race down James River and the SUP Enduro 2.7-mile race on Haxall Canal. The event is free for spectators and event entry fees vary.
To view the schedule, click here.
For more info, visit: DominionRiverRock.com

Gulf Coast SUP Championships
Saturday, May 19
Madiera Beach, Florida
The Championship race is designed to test competitiors’ skills in varying water conditions that define the Gulf Coast of Florida, including the rough Gulf waters, smooth intracoastal, downwind and upwind runs, as well as competing with and against the tidal flow.
For additional information, email: info@worldpaddleassociation.com
Or visit: WorldPaddleAssociation.com

Water Monkey Challenge
Saturday, May 19
Spa Beach Park, St. Petersburg, Florida
An event for the entire family with an 8-mile elite course, 3-mile fun course and a kids race, so bring your whole crew. An awards party will be held post-event at Jonny Reno’s and proceeds benefit All Children’s Hospital.
For more info, email: Chase@watermonkeyshop.com
Or visit: WaterMonkeyShop.com

Gaviota Ocean Canyon Ridge
Saturday, May 19
Refugio Beach, California
Beginning and ending at Refugio Beach north of Santa Barbara, the OCR is a grueling endurance challenge in some of the most beautiful settings around. The race consists of a 9.5 mile-paddle (SUP or kayak), a 26-mile beach/trail run, and a 38-mile mountain bike ride. This is a self-supported day, meaning competitors must provide their own crew, transportation, and aid stations and are solely responsible for their own health and safety. Teams are encouraged and entrants are welcome to do only portions (paddle only, etc.). The event is free to compete in, however all competitors are requested to donate to The Friendship Paddle.
Contact: postma.michael@gmail.com
Visit the event site for more info: King-dino.com/endurance/ocr

Molokai Holokai
Saturday, May 19
Kamalo Wharf to Hotel Molokai, Pailolo Channel, Molokai
A fun 8.5-mile downwind run for standup and prone paddlers. Paddle alongside some of the best water athletes from the islands and take in the breathtaking views on one of Hawaii’s best-kept secret downwinder runs. The event benefits Molokai `Ohana Surf Club, a non-profit whose mission is to provide Molokai youth and young adults with healthy and safe opportunities through surfing and water sports.
Contact: Race Director Todd Yamashita: 808-646-0542, molokaitodd@gmail.com
For more info, visit: Molokai.spruz.com

SUP Race for the Bays
Saturday, May 19
Havens Beach, Sag Harbor, New York
3.5- and 6-mile courses offered at this WPA sanctioned race. Each course is set up in a triangle format and multiple board classes will be recognized. Hang around after the races for demos, SUP clinics a raffle with lots of gear prizes. The event benefits the Peconic Bay Keeper Organization.
For more info, visit: MainBeach.com

Ross Island SUP Series Race #1
Saturday, May 19
Sellwood, Oregon
The first in a series of two events, the race will have two courses. The Elite race will take competitors around an 8.3-mile course, with two laps around the island. The Elite race will consider 14’ and 12’6 board classes only. The Recreational class will race one lap, for a total of 4.3 miles and all boards are welcome. This is a WPA sanctioned race and there will be bumping penalties.
To register now, click here.
For more info, visit: GorgePerformance.com

4th Annual Kaenon SUP For A Pup
Saturday, May 19
Kaenon Headquarters, Newport Beach, California
Go for a paddle and help save Orange County’s pups. Dogs will be on location for immediate adoption. There will also be live music and food from Wahoo’s Fish Taco, as well as sample sales from great brands including OluKai, Hinano Tahiti, Riviera Paddlesurf, Quickblade, VMG Sails and Clean Bottle.
*Through May 31st, Kaenon is offering 25% off regularly priced sunglasses on Kaenon.com via promo code sup4apup25. Kaenon will match the discount as a donation to A Wish For Animals and donations will be accepted during and after the event.
For more info, visit: Blog.Kaenon.com

Davenport Downwinder
Saturday, May 19
Davenport Landing to Cowell’s Beach, Santa Cruz, California
A 14-mile race that takes paddlers down the rugged coastline of northern Santa Cruz County. Fifteen to twenty-five knot winds are common on this world-class downwind course from Davenport Landing to Cowell’s Beach. SUP, prone paddleboards, OC-1 and surfskis welcome.
For more info, visit: GRWCSantaCruz.com

Moonlight Beach Paddle and Swim
Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20
Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, California
The Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim, part of the Encinitas Sports Festival, offers 2 days of aquatic multi-sports fun. On Saturday, 3- and 6-mile prone paddleboard and SUP races
will be held, with the 1-mile open water swim
to be held Sunday.
For more info and registration, visit: EncinitasRace.com/PaddleSwim

2012 Hot Wax Surf and Paddle Sports Expo
Saturday, May 19 – Sunday, May 20
Bogue Inle Pier, North Carolina
Two days of SUP fun for all. The expo will feature the Wave Hog SUP surf competition, the Paddle Battle SUP flatwater race, Dog on Paddleboard race, an expo and demos, as well as a kayak fishing clinic. There are no entry fees for competitions.
For more info, visit: Facebook.com/HotWaxPaddleSportsNC

Hawaiian Lei SUP Relay Race
Sunday, May 20
Long Beach, California
A relay race with members of each team paddling 100-150 yards on Aloha Sup boards around a buoy with a lei around their neck, paddling back to their team, they pass the lei onto the next teammate, until the last person on their team crosses the finish line. The winners of the Hawaiian Lei SUP Relay race will be adorned with flower leis flown in from Hawaii and will also take home the Hawaiian SUP Tiki Cup for the year. This is a beginner and fun family race. There will also be a raffle and silent auction with event proceeds benefitting a Long Beach animal rescue group.
For additional info, visit: AlohaSUPRentals.com/events

Check our Event Calendar for more upcoming events.