Saltwater seems to run through Tarryn King’s veins. A water woman to the core, the South African has a background in shortboarding and is a champion longboarder, so, naturally, she’s excelled quickly since picking up SUP surfing. A two-time member of South Africa’s National SUP Team at the ISA WSUPPC and wife to fellow competitive paddle surfer Tom King, Tarryn travels and trains with her husband—and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Here, the Cape Town native shares details about her longboarding and SUP surfing-focused workouts, as well as her diet, favorite gear, and how SUP affects her marriage. —Shari Coble
SUP: In addition to competing in SUP, you’re an accomplished competitive longboarder; how do you balance the two sports?
TK: It used to be pretty easy to mix it up and I seemed to surf my longboard and my SUP quite regularly, but, recently, my SUP has become first choice and my longboard is kind of collecting dust in the garage. I still try and get my toes on the nose every now and again, but SUP has taken over.
Do you have a single workout to help strengthen both your SUP surfing and longboarding performance?
Practice makes perfect! The more you get in the water and the more you surf the better you will get. That being said, I workout with a personal trainer three times a week, often doing strengthening and some light weights, along with bursts of cardio. I also try to get on my race board twice a week for a bit of flatwater training. In the summertime at home, we have some of the best wind in the world and our downwinders are EPIC, so summertime we could do anything from five to eight downwinders a week.
Tell us about your diet.
During the week I usually stick to a pretty healthy diet. I have a healthy breakfast every morning: either scrambled egg with avocado, or, a superfood smoothie. Lunch is always different: salad, avocado on rice cakes or a sandwich. Dinner is some meat and veggies. I’m a sucker for chocolate and eat plenty of it.
How do you see the female side of the SUP scene evolving in South Africa?
It is amazing to see the amount of ladies we are getting in the water these days. We run an all ladies SUP group once a week from our SUP store Xpression on the Beach, ‘the Wahines.’ Some days we have 25 super stoked ladies at a time! On the competitive side, we only have a handful of ladies doing contests, but there are a couple of young girls who are really ripping, so that’s always a good sign. Keep paddling, ladies, and keep sharing the stoke!
You travel and compete with your husband, Tom; how do you think your involvement in SUP as a competitive couple has affected your relationship?
Wow, it is so unbelievably special to share with each other. I wouldn’t want to do this without him. It has given us the most incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Tom is an extremely good waterman and excels in everything he does. He has a lot of knowledge in the ocean and has taught me almost everything I know when it comes to being out there in the big blue. He coaches me in and out of the water. He wakes up at 5am to come and film me surf before work, and, is always giving the best advice. I would never be able to compete at a world-class level without his coaching and always encouraging me to try my hardest! Traveling and training with him has made our relationship as strong as can be.
Round two of the Standup World Series went off this past weekend in Scharbeutz, Germany with the Mercedes-Benz SUP World Cup. After a six week break following the tour’s first stop in Japan, the paddlers were chomping at the bit to get back in the water. The action did not disappoint as the men’s and women’s races saw tight racing during both the sprint and long distance races–which were held on separate days. With an enthusiastic crowd cheering them on, it was Connor Baxter and German hometown hero Sonni Hönscheid who came out on top with the overall victories. So check out the action from the final day of competition in this awesome highlight video.
Recap of round one of the Standup World Series in Japan.
SUP surfers Geoff Breen and Keahi de Aboitiz recently traveled to Breen’s home break in Noosa Heads, Queensland to score some solid swell in warmer waters. Once they arrived, they were greeted with idyllic, overhead waves that would make for a session to remember. With Aboitiz controlling the drone, Breen ripped on the picture-perfect waves to produce one of the sickest SUP surfing edits of the year. Sit back and enjoy.
Another rad edit of Geoff Breen ripping in Oz.
When not controlling the drone, Keahi spends his time doing this.
Learn about the development process of Pau Hana’s new Ricochet Impact Resistant technology for standup paddleboards. SUP shaper & designer Todd Caranto describes the process and inspiration behind the development of the Ricochet board, (Impact Resistant Technology). This new technology was developed through years of hard work and a series of experiences, trials, and error to create the most durable composite SUPs ever made. Boards built with the Ricochet Impact Resistant Technology are hardy and go beyond all expectations of weight and durability.
This past weekend, the surfing and paddling community came together in Santa Cruz for the 15th annual Jay Race–a community paddleboard race that celebrates the life and legacy of late local surfing legend, Jay Moriarity.
While the California surf town has produced more than its share of world-class watermen throughout the years, few have or ever will reach the level of Moriarity. He was a Mavericks big-wave icon (you might know him as the main character in Chasing Mavericks) who began surfing the notoriously hairy spot at age 16.
However, he was more than that to the tight-knit surfing community of Santa Cruz. Moriarity’s infectious, fun-loving personality was welcoming to everyone he met, while his competitive spirit was second to none. When he died during a freediving accident in the Maldives back in 2001, it hit Santa Cruz hard.
After a massive paddle-out in Moriarity’s honor, SC locals decided they would start a paddle event to keep his memory alive. 15 years later, Jay’s Race is widely-regarded as a classic grassroots event that encompasses the true spirit of both paddling and Jay.
The event features both prone and standup paddleboard races on a 12-mile course that takes paddlers past the coast, harbor and Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The winner in the men’s SUP division was Santa Cruz local Keith McConnaughay, who finished the course in one hour and 58 minutes.
“To me, the Jay has always represented the sense of community that originally drew me and I’m sure many others in to this great sport,” said McConnaughay. “There is no money or big extravagant prize for winning, it’s just about having a great time, remembering why we all do this and celebrating the life of Jay Moriarity.”
As for the women’s SUP division, it was 15-year-old Kali’a Alexiou who put on a dominate performance to win by over five minutes. The victory completed a full-circle experience for the teenager who had first competed in the event five years ago.
“It was a personal goal to win the Jay Race,” said Alexiou. “It’s one of the best events of the year. The vibe is good, it’s a beautiful area and the course is iconic.
While many competitive SUP events these days are all about winning, the Jay Race is different. It’s about simply having a good time, laughing with friends, and embracing the true spirit of paddling–the same spirit that endeared so many to the man himself.
Another Santa Cruz race: The Santa Cruz Paddlefest
San Clemente, CA – Effective immediately, the executive director of Surfing America, Greg Cruse announced the new 2016 Coaches for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team and key addition to Surfing America Board of Directors.
“I’m pleased to announce our 2016 Coaching staff for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team and a key addition to our board of directors. This group of individuals deepens our overall coaching experience in all disciplines and leverages the invaluable experience they all have from our Gold Medal win in 2015, either as a coach or participant,” announced Greg Cruse.
Surfing America Board of Directors Member and SUP/Paddleboard Committee Chair – Erik Logan
Erik Logan’s professional career has been largely centered on turning around businesses for over three decades. His passion and love for Standup Paddling and fresh approach to thinking about this growing industry will be a valuable asset for Surfing America. Logan will work directly with other members of Surfing America’s board, chairing the SUP/Paddleboard committee, all working to unify and set forth major programs and advancements for all levels of Paddlers.
“It’s such an exciting time for the sport of SUP and Paddleboarding and having the opportunity to work with this great team is a privilege. The foundation has been laid and with the work ahead, we will continue to advance the Surfing America programs and driving toward the goal of SUP and Paddleboarding becoming an Olympic Sport,” said Erik Logan.
Head Coach / SUP Race Coach – Brody Welte
Brody Welte has made a name for himself in SUP as an industry leader in SUP technique and coaching with innovations not only on the water but for land based training via PaddleFit. As a member of the 2015 coaching staff, Welte’s leadership was a key ingredient in fusing a group of individuals into a Gold Medal winning team.
“It is a special opportunity to be a part of the next chapter of the USA SUP and Paddleboard team. We have a substantial but exciting task in front of us to create the infrastructure needed to cultivate and develop the best athletes from the US,” said Brody Welte. Welte added, “I look forward to working with an outstanding group of coaches and athletes to propel us into the future and hopefully someday the Olympics.”
SUP Surfing Coach – Dave Boehne
Dave’s 30-year competitive career in all disciplines of surfing and his focus for the last 10 years in SUP, have made Dave one of the most consistent competitive SUP surfers in the US. Boehne’s talents are consistently on display as he still often achieves the finals in the largest SUP surf events every year, as evidenced by his recent finals appearance at Steamer Lane during the Santa Cruz Paddlefest this year.
“I am honored and excited to have been selected as the new Surf Coach for the USA SUP/Paddleboard team. We’ve assembled a great crew that is committed and determined to bring this team and program to new heights that everyone can be proud of. I realize I have some big shoes to fill with the departure of my Coach, Ian Cairns but will rely on my experience working with athletes and as a member myself of the 2015 Gold medal team,” said Dave Boehne
Paddleboard Coach – Steve Shlens
Steve Shlens is a traditional or prone paddleboarder living in Santa Barbara, California. Steve grew up with paddling in the 80’s competing in sprint events on the West Coast, East Coast, and Hawaii as a state and national champion. In 2015, at 45 years old, Steve was an integral part of the gold medal winning US Paddling Team. He’s now thrilled to transition into the position of paddling coach for the team and is looking forward to more adventures and success with this group of athletes.
Steve Shlens comments, “It’s a distinct honor and privilege to have been asked to help out the USA SUP/Paddleboard team as a paddling coach. The camaraderie developed in Mexico was an experience I hope to pass on to future generations of paddlers, as well as advice and assistance to succeed.” Shlens adds, “We all have an opportunity now to elevate not just US paddleboarding but worldwide paddling into the next realm with hopes of eventually achieving Olympic inclusion. The talent pool across the globe is staggering and it would be incredible and deserved to see that talent pool celebrated on the world stage.”
Additionally, Greg Cruse announced a USA SUP/Paddleboard advisory panel that will be used as a resource to assist our coaches and Surfing America in gathering information, varying points of view and development of ideas on key decisions about the advancement of the sport.
Commenting on the formation of the panel, Greg Cruse added, “The goal with this panel is for Surfing America to be more inclusive than ever before about gathering all the voices in SUP, so our coaches and the Board of Directors will have a much wider field of view on the issues and opportunities. We will be announcing this panel in the coming weeks.”
About Surfing America
Surfing America is the ISA-recognized National Governing Body for Surfing in the United States. The International Surfing Association (ISA) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the World Governing Authority for Surfing, Standup Paddling, Paddleboarding, Bodyboarding, and Surfriding. surfingamerica.org
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 27, 2016 – Registration for the 2016 Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life is officially open!
SUP magazine’s Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life will be held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, California, September 30 through October 2, 2016. The weekend will feature Technical and Distance races (in both Pro and Open divisions), including Pro Junior and Youth categories, Prone divisions, the West Marine Demo Zone, Clinics and much more, including the largest prize purse in paddle sports history at $60,000!
There are two divisions for races: Open (age group) and Pro (Elite). Open divisions are for athletes who compete at a non-professional level. If you are in a Pro division you cannot enter an Open division or any other. If you are in an Open division you cannot enter the Pro division.
Board classes are 14’-and-under for the Pro Men and 12’6” for the Pro Women. Pro racers must compete in both the Technical and Distance races to compete for the biggest prize purse in SUP history.
PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE ALL 2016 REGISTRATION DEADLINES AS PART OF OUR EFFORT TO ACCOMMODATE ALL #PPG2016 COMPETITORS AND DELIVER THE BEST COMPETITION EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE.
PRO PADDLERS MUST REGISTER BEFORE 3 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2016. OPEN PADDLERS MUST REGISTER BEFORE 3 PM ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2016. THERE WILL BE NO RACE-DAY REGISTRATION!!!
IF A DIVISION DOES NOT HAVE AT LEAST FIVE COMPETITORS REGISTERED TO COMPETE, THE DIVISION WILL MERGE WITH THE NEXT APPROPRIATE AGE CLASS.
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Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean and everything associated with living the “Salt Life”. Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts around the world. From fishing, diving and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life”. From its first merchandise offerings in 2006, Salt Life has grown to more than $30 million in annual sales, with distribution in surf shops, specialty stores, department stores and sporting goods retailers.
Salt Life, LLC is operated as an operating subsidiary of Delta Apparel, Inc., where it has been managed since 2011. The flagship Salt Life retail store, which opened in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in 2012, serves as a vision for retail customers to see product placements they can utilize in their stores and across multiple platforms. Salt Life’s corporate office is located in Columbus, GA and their distribution center was recently relocated to Fayetteville, NC. Numerous professional athletes and sportsmen have an alliance with the brand in cross-marketing partnerships. saltlife.com/athletes/
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SUP magazine is part of The Enthusiast Network (TEN) and is the leading multimedia publication in the standup paddling world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push readers off the couch and onto the water. By blending engaging print and destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces with in-house video and event write-ups on SUPthemag.com, SUP magazine is enhancing your view of the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit SUPthemag.com.
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Welcome to Amazonia, the Putumayo Canton region of Ecuador at the foot of the Andes, to be exact. Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve comprises these parts with nearly 1,500,000 of flooded forests and paddling possibilities galore. You can see from this video how dreamy a paddling trip there might be.
See also: Maya Medicine—Paddling Guatemala
The mouth of San Francisco Bay is notoriously gnarly. It’s lips are cracked with open ocean swell and lined with cavities and rocks. It breaths Tule fog and sucks defeating tides. Cold. Cold blooded. Unforgiving. These are terms used to describe the banks beneath the Golden Gate. And let’s not forget, some of California’s most reputably heavy shorebreak is just around the corner at Ocean Beach.
This September, Waterman League is taking the Standup World Series straight into The Bay’s teeth with Red Bull Heavy Water. It’s a brand new race comprised of an “intense 12km course where athletes leave from the notorious Ocean Beach to battle their way in and out of the surf towards the Golden Gate Bridge for the most challenging race the sport has ever seen,” says the event’s website. It also claims the waves will be 10 feet, which if you know Ocean Beach, you know 10 feet there means so chaotic it’s nearly impossible to even make it to the lineup. That said, some of the world’s top athletes (see Kai Lenny, Izzi Gomez and plenty more) are primed to partake, and if the waves are up it’s going to be interestingly dubious. Regardless, it’ll be entertaining.
Check back for more coverage on the Red Bull Heavy Water, coming early September.
Another gnarly Red Bull SUP event: The Ultimate Waterman
If teenage girls get to celebrate their birthdays for a week, dads ought to be able to indulge in their week of honor as well. So, here’s a belated Father’s Day wish list on behalf of your pop. Let’s face it, dads love their toys. Besides, the odds that some of us gave him an IOU last Sunday are pretty good.
From Bluetooth tunes to fish-eye phone cases, here are a few more waterproof toys dad ought to appreciate. But don’t worry if you already spent your allowance, just pass along this ode of appreciation to dads everywhere.
What other portable speaker have you found that offer 35-hour battery life? Shock-mounted components resistant up to a six-foot drop? A waterproof housing that also works to keep out dust and sand? And eight acoustic drivers for full-on 360 sound? We play hard and we like our music to play harder so for us, the Fugoo XL is the top choice in portable Bluetooth speaker systems. This thing bumps no matter how hard you bump it.
Hitcase PRO is a waterproof, shockproof, and mountable case for the iPhone 6/6s that uses an attachable wide angle lens to expand your photo game. With interchangeable lenses and versatile mounting systems, it’s a little like turning your iPhone into a GoPro. The Hitcase PRO comes with an attachable floating lanyard and multiple mounting attachments so you can keep it close no matter where you go.
This 100-percent carbon three-piece paddle is an option to combine convenience and portability with performance and light weight. It breaks down small enough to put into a suitcase, but offers enough strength and performance to feel like a legitimate race paddle. The sturdy buckle allows for ample length adjustment but also keeps things tight enough for the paddler to forget it’s an adjustable. All-in-all, this is an ultra functional stick with a mean bite and a sleek look.
Here’s a basic and functional cooler that works great for us. Good for any SUP activity from expedition paddling to just another lazy beach day, the Icemule soft cooler is the balance of simplicity and quality we look for. It comes with a valve that allows for insulation-layer air-removal so it takes up minimal space, and its collar can roll up for storage in its stuff sack. The Icemule Classic comes in three sizes—a 10 liter, a 15 liter and a 20 liter. We tested the 15 liter and were able to close and seal the top with two six packs of bottles inside. We didn’t test it, but they’re claiming this baby keeps things frigid for 24 hours. There are other coolers out there like this, but starting for under $50, this is the best bang for your buck we’ve found.
A novel piece of gear for the water lover who has everything. Part fanny-pack, part SUP caddy, part water bottle holster, the SUP Hipster is a convenient paddling utility belt. Here’s how you use it. Strap the SUP Hipster around your waste, then tighten and secure its Velcro strap. Slip your sled into the detachable waist-hook before a long walk to the beach and save your shoulder energy for the water. Carry bars and snacks or portable gizmos and other belongings with you when you paddle in the Hipster’s girthy side pocket. And fill up the easily removed water bottle before setting its snug in its holster and you won’t go thirsty in the drink. Plenty of men and women out there who would benefit from this kind of gadget.
Many of us live in our swimwear year-round. We paddle great distances in our suits and find joy in discovering the one perfect style that hugs our curves without slipping. Unfortunately, there’s a blatant problem within the industry that produces these suits we love: making them isn’t eco-friendly. Most swimsuit material is petroleum-based which is bad for the environment. Swimsuits’ harsh dyes and chemical treatments are equally toxic for your skin. To fix that problem, simply do your homework as a responsible consumer and avoid these harmful products. Below are six brands that will keep both you and the environment happy and safe. —Shari Coble
From material that’s made of post consumer recycled plastic bottles and recycled fishing nets, to hangtags crafted from recycled post consumer cotton, and paper goods (like catalogs and postcards) coming from 100% recycled paper, Odina is passionate about minimizing their footprint while putting out stylish swimsuits for the active female. Tested and approved by water women and active females, Odina strives for function, fit, and fashion, with the ongoing commitment to run a sustainable business, and promote respect for each other—as well as the planet. The swimwear brand also supports earth-loving charities like Reef Check Foundation, eXXpedition, and Ocean Girl Project.
Surfer, model, and designer Hanalei Reponty was born a water woman and takes her passion for the ocean serious; her stunning collection of wetsuits and bikinis is designed with 100% Japanese limestone neoprene (versus regular petroleum-based neoprene), which is a more eco-friendly option that the norm. Her activewear too is made with the environment in-mind, as all pieces are crafted from luxurious Italian fabric that’s completely recycled. Through Abysse, Reponty also raises awareness and funds for various environmental issues by partnering with charities and philanthropic efforts like Sirens for the Sea, Project Reef, The Seven Seas, and Talkin’ Trash.
Inspired by the Kiwi lifestyle, Koru (meaning ‘spiral’ in Maori) is eco-responsible in their production practices and uses only sustainable fabrics to make their fun styles. The fabric Koru uses is made from discarded fish nets found in the ocean, which are recycled to create yarn that’s then used to make the sustainable material. The trio of bikini brand owners go the distance to make sure that hangtags are made from only recycled paper, and that their packaging is compostable, crafted from plants. Oh, and they’re also partnered with 1% for the Planet and a partner of Healthy Seas, so every swimsuit purchased is giving back to the earth.
Two Maui women and ocean lovers came together to create an edgy and wild swimwear brand to empower females while celebrating the spirit of the ocean. Utilizing recycled nylon in each of their designs, Manakai Swimwear strives to promote change within the high-end swimwear industry by promoting more sustainable practices and the utilization of eco-friendly materials, as most swimwear is created with petroleum-based polyester. The recycled nylon in Manakai designs offer UV50+ protection, chlorine-resistance, and shape retention, proving that quality doesn’t have to be surrendered when doing good for the environment.
The Southern California brand built by SoCal native, Amahlia Stevens, utilizes recycled fabrics exclusive to her swimsuit company, Vitamin A, and produced locally in her home state. The brand’s exclusive EcoLux—a superfine jersey swim fabric, made of recycled nylon fiber—and LYCRA XTRA LIFE®—designed to extend the longevity of each swimsuit beyond that of regular spandex products—help reduce existing pollution as well as the creation of further pollution. Vitamin A’s designs are also manufactured in like-minded factories that are doing their part to conserve both water and energy usage. And, the company gives back too, by donating a percentage of its profits to environmental organizations.
Australian brand Elle Evans Swimwear has unique designs, on top of a different mindset: the company is striving to implement a take back program in an attempt to be responsible for the entire life cycle of each of their products, so that they aren’t contributing to pollution or additional waste. Whew! Not impressed? Elle Evans Swimwear uses only post consumer waste fabrics (which is material discarded by other companies that would otherwise end up in landfills) or recycled lycra, which uses up to 80% less energy in production than that of new, ‘virgin’ lycra.
The brand also has awesome eco-friendly activewear—as well as a kids line—so your minis can sport smart fashions, too.
More swimsuits here.
For most people seeing is believing. In Southern California, we can see that we are in a drought. Lakes and rivers are drying up and rain is never in the forecast. It’s not that hard to convince people. With these current visual cues, we can see that if it gets worse, some outdoor activities Californians love may become exceedingly difficult.
But, what about the opposite problem? The problem of too much water. Sea levels are rising, and the number of coastal flood days has increased dramatically. Unlike the drought, it is difficult to understand what future sea level rise will look like for our coastline. Everyone has their favorite place to launch their paddleboard or kayak. But, what will these places look like in the future?
The King Tide that happened on January 22, 2016 provided an excellent example of what the coastline will look like in 30 to 50 years. In order to visualize this future flood and impending risk, C&K/SUP Photo Editor Aaron Black-Schmidt went on an expedition with the Orange County Coastkeeper and LightHawk.
Both of these organizations are leaders in conservation. The Orange County Coastkeeper is a nonprofit organization that aims to preserve and restore water for public works and recreation. LightHawk uses flight missions to mobilize conservation efforts through aerial photography.
The goal of this collaborative mission: to use the King Tide as a tool to raise public awareness on rising sea levels.
Photos from this expedition show how shockingly close the King Tide was to existing structures. Houses were a few feet from the ocean. “It’s crazy to see how close the waves were to houses along the coastline. You could see the ocean literally eating away the cliffs and sandbanks,” said Black-Schmidt.
Many Californians dream of living by the beach, with the ocean just a short walk away. It is unfortunate to think that within most of our lifetimes this extreme event will just be a normal day. And think, if this is what a normal day will be, what will high tide look like?
The King Tide also reveals that restored wetlands are in danger. The influx of water caused them to flood, and look more like lakes than wetlands. Sea level rise will cause these wetlands, which conservationists have worked hard to restore, to effectively become extensions of the sea.
Although these coastal wetlands may not always accessible to paddlers, they provide important services that paddlers might not be aware of. Wetlands can temporarily store water during rain events, so that other places—like residential areas—do not flood. Wetlands are also nature’s filter system. They improve water quality by filtering sediments and pollutants. So, if you are paddling on clear water elsewhere, you may have a wetland to thank.
This expedition also demonstrated that the Huntington Beach Desalination Facility may be built in an area that is at an extreme risk for flooding. This facility would be able to produce potable water from the ocean. Although water supplies are a priority, the Orange County Coastkeeper believes this plan will have grave effects on the environment, and is not a cost-effective option. Needless to say the King Tide shows that the location is not ideal. “I think it’s great to see our government wanting to create more fresh water resources through new methods like desalination. But, they have to think long-term for their infrastructure. From what I saw, the Huntington Beach location is a ludicrous place to build this plant—it needs to go to higher ground.”
Scientific literature is currently inundated with studies showing that sea levels will rise substantially. And within the past ten years, 75 percent of these coastal floods are a result of climate change.
The Orange County Coastkeeper wants paddlers to realize that water quality and climate change are intermingled.
California is not the only area experiencing coastal flooding. This expedition is a case study of a problem that is happening everywhere. Between 2005 and 2014, the residents and water enthusiasts of Wilmington, North Carolina experienced the equivalent of over a year’s worth of coastal flood days.
One of the best and easiest things you can do is to know the story, and tell the story. Know what changes are occurring in your favorite paddling spots, and start conversations with your fellow paddlers. Maybe you’re paddling in the Newport Back Bay, where the water level might be noticeably higher. Maybe you’re further north on the Kern River, carrying your paddleboard or kayak through areas that’ve dried up. Talk about it, folks.
You can also visit Orange County Coastkeeper’s website—or similar organizations in your area—for volunteer opportunities.
Among their many affects, drought and sea level rise serve an important purpose—it has made people pay attention to water. So, the next time you go out to your favorite launch spot close your eyes. What will this place look like in the future? Will you be standing on dried up land or will you be underwater? Learn how your favorite spots may be changing, and bring it up the next time you are out for a paddle.
For more on the missions of the Orange County Coastkeeper and Lighthawk see their websites.
Standup for Others, our new series on all things philanthropic.
San Clemente, Ca. – Riviera Paddlesurf is pleased to announce its partnership with Luigi Reghitto (Adrenalina Sport, Italy) as sole distributor for Riviera Paddlesurf in Europe. “We’ve been working with Luigi in Italy for the past 6 years and with this strategic partnership Riviera products will be more readily accessible to the European market. Luigi has been a great supporter of the Riviera brand over the years and we are very excited to get started on this new adventure!”
–Brandon Rambo (Riviera Paddlesurf Sales Manager)
Riviera Paddlesurf was founded on a families love for SUP Surfing. Just the same today, the Rambo family owns and operates Riviera Paddlesurf while actively living a SUP lifestyle which draws paddlers, athletes, and cultural influences to become a part of the Riviera Family.
Since day one, we’ve paddled ahead to innovate and give as much back to the sport of SUP as we have gotten out of it. With nearly 10 years into building SUP’s, Riviera has become known for their quality and high performance SUP shapes. Our responsibility is to the sport of SUP, along with the people and environment that sustain it. We are committed to make Riviera as respected for our impact as we are for our products. In doing so, we will help to make SUP, and our lifestyle, sustainable well into the future…for our team riders, dealers, factories and employees.
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Texas is dry. Especially these days. The river on its southern border, which separates the US from Mexico for more than 1,000 miles, is at an all-time low, 17 cfs to be exact. Not exactly ideal conditions for a paddling expedition, but hey, some of our drought-plagued locales just have to take what we can get. And despite the low flow, this is one of the most beautiful locations in the US.
When adventure athlete and river paddler Sam Mauldin did his first SUP expedition down the Guadalupe around this time last year, it was his first-ever time on a paddleboard. He and his buddies made the 100-mile stretch in record time, and Mauldin became hooked on the cause. He and five buddies took to the river again in spring for 100 miles of river in seven days in what was purportedly the first self-supported SUP assent through Big Bend National Park down the Rio Grande. This is their story in pictures.
Learn about Mauldin’s first expedition, a self-supported 100-mile assent of the Guadalupe River.
More accessible Texas paddling.
What goes with summer better than standup paddling? SUP and sip tours, of course. Standup paddling tours combined with wine and beer tastings, brewery tours, and vineyard stops are the latest SUP extracurriculars to surface. Spend time cruising the water with friends and then have a glass of wine, hit up a local brewery and maybe even learn a thing or two along the way. At the end of one of these SUP and sip tours, you’ll be buzzing from all of the fun. —Shari Coble
Saturdays at 2:30pm
SUP and sip with the entire family during Active Nature’s Water and Wine Tour on the Potomac River. Standup paddle from Riley’s Lock (on the Potomac River) to Rocklands Farm, then spend a relaxing afternoon at the vineyard, while tasting some of the region’s finest wine. Food is also available for purchase and parents don’t need to worry about finding a sitter, as participants who aren’t of drinking age are still allowed on the tour—and for a lower price.
$60 for adults, $45 for young adults (ages 8-20), anadventures.com
Charlotte, North Carolina
May – October
Work up an appetite and thirst as you SUP the flatwater of Catawba River, before heading back to shore for a chef-prepared meal at the USNWC’s Ridge Landing. Learn about the featured local, regional, or national winery, then sip away with anywhere from four to six tastings–about two glasses of wine–of the winery’s different varieties.
San Diego, California
Explore San Diego from water and land as you standup paddle below the cityscape, then head back to shore for brew time. Kai Vida takes tour participants to some of San Diego’s finest micro-breweries post-SUP to sip, socialize and chow on this 4.5-hour tour around the beautiful downtown area.
Canandaigua Lake, New York
7/14/2016 & 8/11/2016
This women’s only event allows ladies to reach ultimate relaxation with a soothing SUP yoga session at sunset followed by a drink at local spot–The Sand Bar. While only open to females, the classes are open to all skill levels and include a SUP rental and one drink with registration. Grab your girlfriends and give this outing a go for a different type of night out–sans heels and mini-skirts.
Learn to SUP before paddling past the Old Mill Shops and the Whitewater Park to downtown Bend, on this river standup paddling experience. After getting picked up downtown, paddlers will celebrate a good day on the water by touring a local brewery and soaking up the suds.
Traverse City, Michigan
Tours Scheduled Upon Request
Grand Traverse Adventure Company runs wine and craft beer tours that combine standup paddling or kayaking with cycling during an afternoon tour of northern Michigan’s best wineries, breweries, cider makers, and distilleries. SUP or kayak on the Boardman River, then relax and refuel with lunch at the Rivertown Cafe on West Grand Traverse Bay. Post-meal, the tour takes you to check out the beautiful peninsulas and have a taste of Michigan by stopping at one or more of the region’s sip-worthy establishments.
Price varies, http://grandtraverseadventurecompany.com
West Bay Lake, Michigan
Sold out in 2016 and for good reason, the Paddle for Pints is a must-do in Traverse City. Paddle the Traverse City Ale Trail via the Boardman River, Boardman Lake, and West Bay Lake (a little over two miles collectively), and visit six breweries along the way. Choose to paddle your own craft, or rent one for an additional cost. Six and a half hours will fly by when standup paddling three different bodies of water and sipping grog throughout the day.
$20 – $45, http://paddleforpints.com
There aren’t enough hours in a day. Our staff knows that too well. The world of a nine-to-five office-jockey hooked on SUP is a packed plate. You’ll find us at our desks with surf cams streaming on second monitors, our Subarus primed in the parking lot with boards readied on the rack. Yeah, we’re “those guys.” The ones who show up to conference rooms with sand in our toes and saltwater in our ears. We do what we love, then, we get off work and do what we love more. We spend our share of days paddling till it’s black.
Making time when time’s limited—that’s what #MaxYourDays is all about. If you live by it—even for a day—you know its merits. It’s the art of living full—not just taking life at a million miles an hour, but taking a million mile-an-hour lifes and making it feel like five knots. It’s a way to make your days last a little longer.
Yesterday was the summer equinox, the longest day of the year. Thanks to encouragement from The North Face, we spent it epitomizing the #MaxYourDays way—going out and maxing our own. Thanks to the maxing-paddler lives we live, it ended up being a great day like all the others, just a little longer. And we still paddled till it was black.
I woke up at dawn on the summer equinox and looked out over the wild Pacific ocean from the very room I grew up in. The waves were tiny, the wind light. More sleep, coffee emails, a phone conference and a little web work was the right way to start the day, especially since I can keep an eye on the conditions from my parents’ kitchen table.
One of the nice things about being an editor at SUP magazine is the ability to work remotely. I’m currently back home visiting my family, seeing friends, paddling, surfing and trying to get some work done in between it all.
I kept my head down for a few hours and before long the wind was picking up to summer levels—20 knots plus. A downwinder looked imminent. Except no one downwind paddles here. The ocean is intimidating in the Pacific Northwest: tempestuous, skin-shrinking and unpredictable. But my little brother Max is a surfer and game for just about anything, including his first downwinder.
We found a couple boards that would do the job, picked a launch point north of town and put on some thick rubber to do battle. It was a messy run featuring inappropriate boards, jumbled conditions and the constant thought of the creatures that patrol these teeming waters. When we hit the beach in front of my parents’ house less than two hours later our muscles were noodly, our bodies steaming inside of thick neoprene and big grins on our faces. Max was stoked, already talking about his next downwinder (likely tomorrow).
And then it was back to work, where I’m at now. But after I finish writing this, I’m going to make a cocktail and cook shrimp and crab cakes with sweet potato fries and a chopped quinoa salad for my family and fiancé. Then we’re going to watch the sun set over the wind-whipped Pacific. #MaxedThatDay — Will Taylor, Editor-in-Chief
I was in my wood shop when it got towed. In my garage rocking out to the radio and building my new board rack. The hatch was still open. I’d been unloading. The tow-truck came and went before I noticed. It was 9:30pm the night before the summer solstice. Damn you truck driver. How will I ever max my day on the equinox if I have to spend the morning tracking down my hijacked vehicle? I went to bed feeling robbed.
The next morning I woke with the sun. It was the longest day of the year and I wasn’t about to let a little bad luck spoil it. But the normal routine of coffee and toast and straight to the beach wasn’t an option with no car. So I improvised.
The sunrise was insane and reminded me of the view from my roof. Coffee in hand, I climbed up the drainpipe with a yoga mat for some deep breathing and sunrise salutations. Over the years I’ve come to realize, making time to start the day in a positive mind state is critical to maxing. Yoga on the roof? Gets the job done.
Mind meditated, I worked for a few hours from my balcony, posted some radical SUP content and by 8am my Suby was out of the impound. I even had a pleasant conversation with the old lady in the towing office. She didn’t give me a discount, but whatever. This day was for all things maxing. Debit card? Check.
I went home and loaded up. Two 12’6” rec boards, two paddles, two bundles of snorkel gear. On this day of ultimate maxation, photo editor Aaron Black-Schmidt and I were headed to the protected waters of La Jolla Cove. We arrived with an entourage and launched in style. I had four pairs of fins and four masks strapped to my deck punching through the surf. We paddled, snorkeled, swam with seals and garibaldi and beached. That’s about all the variety I can realistically imagine in a two-hour paddle.
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After paddling, I surfed for half an hour more before heading to the office. Gotta max that day, right boss? Finally in my cubicle by noon, I made a point to be as efficient as possible with my work. The morning’s taste of sun and salt had me jonesing for more. Work done, social media scheduled, home-free and happy, I raced the sun to the beach for a sunset paddle. It was a full strawberry moon that night, and the idea was when the sun went down, the moon would be out and I’d be able to surf into night. It actually worked, but the moonrise was so striking that eventually I had to paddle in and shoot some photos.
I spent the next two hours chasing and shooting the moon around San Diego. When I was finally happy with my shots, I returned home and finished building my surf rack before heading to bed at midnight. This time, I pulled my car all the way into the garage. Today I woke with boards on the rack. I skipped the yoga and cut straight to the paddle. I’ll do both tomorrow. Maxed yesterday. Maxing today. Max tomorrow. It’s a way of life. —Mike Misselwitz, Digital Editor
River surfing is all the rage right now. But then again…that shouldn’t come as a surprise. Surfing a single wave for several minutes at a time is about as cool as it gets and we have the videos to prove it. The latest edit features paddler and shaping pioneer Corran Addison shredding a standing wave near his home in Montreal. While he’s riding a regular surfboard in this clip, this wave should no doubt make any river SUP surfer drool. So take a couple minutes out of your busy day to see what makes river surfing so epic.
Check out 14-year-old Miles Harvey ripping on a river wave.
Find out which top river paddler claimed victory at the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games.
SUP surfing is hard. Pros like Kai Lenny or Izzi Gomez didn’t just wake up one day and start shredding. Instead, they have put in hard work and spent countless hours honing their craft, one session at a time. One of the keys to SUP surfing is no doubt the bottom turn. Luckily, the folks at BIC Sport created this short video filled with expert tips about how to master this tricky maneuver.
Top SUP tips from the pros.
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By the time stop seven rolls around on the Euro Tour, all folks involved in the eight-week race grind have earned their right to a good vacation. Landing in Poreč, Croatia for the SUPer Surfer’s Challenge, they get that opportunity in fine form.
The racers on the Euro Tour hit Poreč after Stop Six in San Sebastian, Spain and before Stop Eight—the EuroSUP Championships in Lacanau, southwestern France. With all that jet-setting and sightseeing, clearly their jobs don’t suck. But traveling to eight new locations in eight consecutive weeks for eight consecutive races can be exhausting, and really, how much tapas and sangria can one indulge before desire strays to other environs? Answer: probably forever. It’s a rhetorical question…
Enter Poreč, Croatia—Central Europe’s Mediterranean crossroads, land of a thousand islands and home of the SUPer Surfer’s Challenge where the women are bronzed, the water is turquoise and the manistra na pome (pasta with tomatoes) is oh so pasta-ish and tomatoey. It’s all the R&R a racer could want, and if you need more evidence before you’re convinced, watch the above drone footage.
Congratulations to Michael Booth and Fiona Wylde, winners of the 2016 SUPer Surfer’s Challenge.
More Euro Tour
Explore Croatia via SUP
Ask any river paddler and you’ll find that late spring is their favorite time of the year. Rising temperatures are rapidly melting the snowpack and that means rivers are pumping. Not only does this increased water flow make for some exciting river runs, but it also means this is prime season for river surfing. One of the top standing waves in the country is located in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. In this latest video from paddler Paul Clark, we get a glimpse of top river paddlers shredding on G-Wave–a wave that only breaks for about two months out of the year. So sit back, relax, and enjoy watching river surfing’s best in their natural habitat.
Find out which elite river paddler reined supreme at the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games.
Epic footage of four paddlers riding a giant inflatable SUP through the rapids.
Summer is a hard time of year for us here at SUP magazine. Not only is there a full day of work to attend to, but there’s all this glorious sunlight outside, tempting us away from our computers, emails and social media accounts. There’s glassy surf to be ridden before we go into the office, lagoon training paddles to be done at lunch and maybe an evening session to top it all off. It’s tough to get to dinner before 9:30 because we can’t get indoors before the sun goes down. It’s a hard life.
But someone’s got to do it. And we want you to join us.
Monday, June 20th marks the longest day of 2016. SUP has teamed up with The North Face to encourage you, our readers, to get outside and enjoy the summer equinox to the maximum. Use the hashtag #MaxYourDays on social media for your chance to be featured on SUPthemag’s accounts.
We want to see you maxing your day: out for a sunset cruise, a morning yoga asana, a surf session, race training, cruising with your pup, whatever it is, whatever you enjoy, we want to see it.
Check back the day after the equinox to see how the SUP magazine staff maxed our day and how other paddlers did the same.
We’ll see you on the water!
Cheers to man who had me sucking saltwater before I could crawl. The man who taught me to tread water. The man who showed me to swim, stand and stroke. Cheers to the man who first put a paddle in my hands.
To the man who—no matter how cold or scary or shark-infested the lake was—always made me jump off the dock. The man who always jumped off with me and let me beat him to the buoy, despite his old-man strength. Thanks to the man who understood that outracing an idol does great things for a boy.
To the man who pushed me into my first wave. The man who sensed an ankle-lapper at Cardiff by the Sea would be a ride to change my life. To eight-year-old me, that wave was 10 feet tall. Cheers to the man who told me to GO.
To the man who bought me my first wetsuit and gave Santa credit for my first sled. The man who taught me how to turtle-roll and then duck-dive. The man who showed me the true meaning of, “When the wave breaks here, don’t be there.” Thanks to the man who always put safety first.
To the man who gave his mornings so I could spend mine in the salt. The man who hooted louder than I did when I caught my first bump. The man who showed me Surfline forecasts and drove for hours down the One so we could score 38th. Cheers to the man who always paddled out with me, and who always brought me back to shore.
To the man who taught me to sail. The man who told me, ‘You can’t throw a life-raft from a sinking ship.” The man whose ship was never sinking, and whose life raft taught me to build my own. Thanks to the man who taught me how to patch holes.
To the man who makes me try my hardest. The man who always made me try before deciding if something wasn’t for me. Cheers to the man who taught me that when you want something bad enough, you don’t try, you do.
Cheers to the man who showed me that being a waterman takes work, time and diligence. The man who said, “10,000 hours is just the beginning.” The man who showed me that being a “waterman” is a lifelong pursuit. Cheers to the man who gave me the tools to pursue it for life.
Cheers to you, dad. And, thank you. Happy Fathers Day.
To countless waves to come with dad, the real waterman. –MM
It’s a wide world out there and finding “the one” can be a daunting task for either sex. Be it coffee shop encounters or online dating apps, flickers of romance come and go. Our advice? Don’t settle, and when it comes to dating criteria, paddler partners are high on our list. Here are ten reasons to date one. But hey, maybe we’re just biased.
Eds note: Below we speak for the royal “she.” In other words, ladies, these points go both ways. Except for the bikini one. Or maybe not…different strokes for different folks?
1. She loves to travel
You have an endless list of tropical destinations you plan to travel to someday. So does she. And she’s more than willing to lug a board bag through the airport, board a red-eye (because it’s cheaper), and sleep in a hostel with a crew of other vagabond travelers. As long as it’s close to the water and she can paddle daily, she’s in.
2. She’s driven
Despite our beach bum persona, paddlers are driven. We wake up early, eat well and train hard. Sure, we down a few beers from time to time, but we earned them. Your girl’s no different. She’s a hard worker, both on and off the water. She wants to do well in her sport, but she also wants to do well in life.
3. Hottie with a body
Any free time she has, she’s on the water. Paddling is the perfect full body workout. This SUP fanatics are inherently toned. She could be a model, but she’d laugh if you told her that. She’d rather be on the water.
4. She’s always in a bikini
There’s no way you’re going to have to lure this girl to the beach in hopes of catching a glimpse of her in a bikini. On the contrary, sunscreen is a staple and swimsuits are her mantra. She’d rather wear a bikini than a pair of jeans any day. You just happen to be around to reap the benefits.
5. She doesn’t need hours in front of a mirror. This mermaid doesn’t need hours to get ready. She’s already got gorgeous beach waves and beautiful skin, she simply needs to throw on a pair of shorts over her bikini and she’s good to go. On occasion, she’ll put on a touch of makeup and that little black dress that you love, but she’s more about having fun than looking perfect.
6. She’s multifaceted
Most paddlers are crossover athletes and therefore are very well-versed on the water. But even if SUP is her one and only, your girl paddle surfs, competes on flatwater and might even live for downwinders. Chances are she’s got an amazing job and sweet social circle, too.
7. She challenges you
You don’t want to get beat by a girl, but then again this girl shreds. She challenges you to paddle faster and surf harder. She wants to beat you as badly as you want to beat her, the result of which is going to help improve your paddling…though maybe not your ego.
8. She’s down to hang with the guys
You have a crew that you paddle with every weekend. You want to spend time with your girl, but you can’t leave the boys hanging. Your SUP chica is down to hang with the guys and has no problem holding her own. In a male dominant sport, she’s making a serious case for women. And she looks beautiful doing it.
9. She’s tough
She’s tumbled over the falls enough times to develop thick skin. Be it a broken board or an insult in the lineup, nothing fazes her. She simply brushes it off with a laugh and flashes that killer smile of hers.
10. She gets it
Your incessant need to travel, spend hours on the road in search of pumping surf, or drop two grand on an new sled. She gets it. And more importantly, she encourages it.
River queen Nikki Gregg teams up with Sheltowee Trace Outfitters for a day of fun and runs on a river that best be on your bucket list. Cumberland River, Kentucky, the real honeydew vine water.
An intro to whitewater SUP with Nikki Gregg
Spencer Lacy surfs perfect Skookumchuck, a whole other world of whitewater
With the GoPro Mountain Games officially in the books, videos are beginning to come in showing what an epic time was had in Vail, Colorado. While most people brought their traditional river gear to take on the whitewater, the folks at SOL paddleboards brought their giant inflatable SUP for some multi-person river running fun. As you can see in the video, the crew–including a couple brave SUP pups–handled the rapids with ease and had a great time in the process.
Complete recap and gallery from the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games.
Seven men take the Supsquatch into overhead surf.
Last weekend, the paddling community took a heavy blow. A death toll of four in a count of two days. All capable paddlers. All seemingly innocent scenarios. All involving an absence of proper safety precaution.
Such tragedies are regrettably common in our community, and serve as a reminder that paddling is a double-edged blade. In the right environment, anyone can do it. In the wrong environment, anyone can be done by it. It’s one of life’s great pleasures that’s best approached with caution.
In honor of our fallen friends, we offer up these simple but easily overlooked safety tips to add to your arsenal. Take them with you every time you load up your SUP.
Know Before You Go
As paddlers, it’s common for us to load-and-go, to race the sun, to maximize water time by minimizing prep time. Nine times out of ten this may work, especially in your hometown watering hole. But nine times out of ten isn’t a hundred percent safe. Modern technologies offer accurate wind, weather and surf reports that forecast well into the future. Among our favorites are NOAA and Surfline. Familiarize yourself, embrace a habit of checking regularly and checking for changes at launch time. Look for high-wind advisories, current and tidal activity. Learn and respect the motion of the water we walk on. It’s an interesting part of the paddling process that can keep danger at bay.
Understand Your Ability
Paddling is an inviting, inclusive sport anyone can try. But when conditions are iffy, not everyone should try. Even the best of us are no match for nature’s extremes. Most veterans know this; often times the most experienced watermen are also the best prepared. As for the many novices among us, paddling can seem deceptively easy, an illusion that too often compels us to forego proper safety precaution. It doesn’t take a ton of strength to paddle, but even the strongest humans are no match for mother nature’s extremes. Heed this warning: Muscle is an underdog to Mother Nature. Need proof? One of the men who died last weekend was a college football player. Consider your ability objectively when evaluating conditions and your place among them.
Common Sense Comes First
Excitement. Anticipation. Eagerness. We all know the emotions that compel us to paddle. As is with any endeavor, it’s best not to let our emotions get the best of us. Consider the logic of all situations and adapt accordingly. Feeling tired or fatigued? Maybe that 12-mile downwinder you’ve been trying to squeeze in isn’t the best idea today. Forecast looked good, but you arrive at the beach to whitecapping offshore winds? Don’t be afraid to switch up your float plan*. Exercise and trust your common sense. It’s the best safety tool in the box.
*Any time you step into the drink, leave a float plan with an onshore ally. Tell them where you plan to paddle, when you plan to launch and when you expect to return. Going it alone is a romance best reserved for Hollywood films. Play it safe and add a second set of eyes to your safety arsenal.
Always, Always Wear Your Leash
Last year, a beloved and experienced paddler racer fell victim to the elements during one of the biggest races of the season. He disappeared in high winds and his board was later found with no leash attached. His body is still missing. This scenario represents an anomaly, and our goal is to keep it that way by encouraging everyone to wear a leash at all times on the water. All four of last weekend’s SUP casualties involved paddlers separating from their crafts. All four could have been avoided if each were properly utilizing a leash. But safety equipment shouldn’t stop there. Personal floatation devices ought to be adorned religiously, as well as wetsuits or drysuits on any extent of cold water.
More safety tips
Brush up on the basics
Words by Rebecca Parsons
Calcium is an essential nutrient for athletes. In order to charge in the surf or dominate on the flatwater, paddlers need a hefty supply of calcium to keep our bones strong and muscles from cramping. While milk is an ideal source, those of us who are lactose intolerant or simply don’t like milk need to find something else. Luckily, there are plenty of alternative sources of calcium out there. Check out these ten everyday foods that will keep your bones strong and your muscles in check. –RP
Almonds. Almonds are the perfect pre- or post-paddling snack. They’re loaded with calcium, potassium, vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorous and iron. So spread some almond butter on your toast or grab a handful to go.
Oranges. Juicy, sweet and delicious, oranges are a perfect source of both calcium and vitamin C. In addition, oranges lower cholesterol and boost heart health. So start your morning off with a glass of fresh-squeezed OJ or stick an orange in your pack for your next downwinder.
Kale. A member of the cabbage family, kale is high in antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin C, and of course, calcium. This superfood is one of the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. In addition to providing your body with essential nutrients, kale also contains cancer-fighting substances. So end the day with a kale salad or toss a handful of these leafy greens into your morning smoothie. Your body will thank you.
Dried Figs. Delicious on their own or in the center of a Fig Newton bar, figs are a good source of fiber, calcium and antioxidants. And if you battle anemia, figs are loaded with iron as well. So go home and munch on some figs.
Bok Choy. This Chinese cabbage has an extremely low calorie count and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C, and K, as well as magnesium and phosphorous are all included in this leafy green package. Add it to your soup or throw some in your stir-fry for a nutritious add-on.
White Beans. These legumes are a great source of calcium, iron and protein. Try making some baked beans or homemade hummus for a fun way to incorporate these beans into your diet.
Sardines. A member of the Clupeidae family, sardines are one of the healthiest fish around. They are loaded with calcium, protein, omega 3’s and vitamin D. So on your next supermarket run, pick up a few cans to keep in your cupboard.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is the ideal breakfast to have before your dawn patrol session. It’s quick, it’s filling and it’s a great source of calcium and fiber. Add some fresh fruit for a flavor boost.
Firm Tofu. If you’re not in the mood for meat, try using tofu as a protein substitute. Tofu is made of soybeans and as a result, is chalk full of vitamins and minerals, including calcium. Try making a nice tofu scramble in the morning or barbecued tofu for dinner.
Seaweed. As an avid paddler, you’re already part fish, so why not try eating like one? In addition to containing calcium, seaweed is an excellent source of iodine which is important for thyroid health. Bring some dried seaweed to work as a snack, pick up some sushi on your way home or make some homemade miso soup to get your seaweed fix.
10 reasons why coconuts should be part of your diet.
More SUP-focused health and fitness tips.
When it comes to SUP destinations, the best spots are the ones off the beaten path. You know, the waterways without rental places charging 30 dollars an hour for a board. One area where you can find plenty of these “hidden” spots is in the great state of Alaska. Home to some of the most pristine wilderness in the world, Alaska is no doubt teeming with paddling possibilities. This latest video features two paddlers exploring the picturesque Kenai Lake, located near the town of Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula. Turquoise water, lush forest, and cascading snow-covered mountains create the incredible backdrop for this epic location. So hit play and see why Alaska needs to be at the top of your destination list.
Paddlers ride glassy tidal bore on Alaska’s Turnagain Arm.
Take a SUP tour of Alaska with Kai Lenny and Robby Naish.
For top American paddlers, visions of the 2016 International Surfing Association (ISA) World SUP and Paddleboard Championship just got a little fuzzier.
On Monday, the US paddling community received an impromptu announcement (via Facebook) that the longtime head coach of the American ISA SUP team, Ian Cairns, has instated his immediate resignation. Cairns—formerly the inaugural director of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP)—was the head coach of the US ISA team for four years.
“I find myself losing interest in dealing with the whole US Team experience,” Cairns wrote in his letter of resignation to Greg Cruse, executive director of the ISA. “Especially as I have achieved my personal goal of winning another World Championship.”
That World Championship came last year in Sayulita, Mexico, where the US team took gold in six of the nine paddleboard events in the ISA Worlds, a testament to Cairns coaching ability and the diverse array of talent that resides in the US.
With the team roster for the 2016 US SUP team still undecided, pro American paddlers aiming to be involved are a bit befuddled by the whole scene. But there’s more to the story of the 2016 American ISA team than no coach and no players.
Last weekend, Cairns spearheaded a spontaneous tryout competition at Huntington Beach that took place with few to no elite athletes in attendance, lead to a non-conclusive result and eventually influenced the most recent decision to once again hand-pick the team members. The athletes weren’t happy about that, and Cairns’ waning interest coincides with what may be a coup de grâce for the noncompetitive selection process.
So, how are the athletes responding?
“I really don’t know,” said champion racer and gold medalist on the 2015 ISA team, Danny Ching. “I just told (the ISA), ‘Tell me if you want me to show up and I will be ready. If you want me to tryout, tell me when and where and I’ll be ready. Just pick it and stick with it.”
“I just want it to be fair,” American World Tour SUP surfer and Series racer, Giorgio Gomez says. “Sean, Danny, Izzi, Candice—they should all be challenged for their spots, just like the champions are in other countries.”
“I think this could be a positive thing; it might spark some shift in the selection format.”
According to executive director of Surfing America and orchestrator of the ISA Worlds, Greg Cruse, that’s exactly what’s about to happen.
“This is a positive thing,” Cruse wrote in an email to SUP mag. “We have a ton of great people coming onboard and we will be making a big announcement on our plans next week.” —MM
Stay tuned for updates as we find out more about the fate of the American ISA SUP team.
A look back at last year’s ISA Worlds in Sayulita.
Two days, four deaths.
Those are the shocking numbers from this past weekend, when four paddlers lost their lives in three separate incidents across the country. One person died on Friday while paddling in Lake Tahoe, while Sunday saw three people lose their lives via SUP—one at Atlantic Beach in New York and two others in the Long Island Sound. High winds, inexperience, and lack of proper safety precautions all played a role in each tragic incident.
On Friday, several University of Nevada football players expected to go on a fun and relaxing paddleboarding trip at Lake Tahoe’s west shore. Unfortunately, what started out as a bonding day with teammates quickly turned tragic. The group was nearly two miles offshore when high winds whipped up three- to five-foot swells.
The young men quickly found themselves in trouble and Mark Ma–the most experienced paddler of the group–headed back to shore to get help. Soon thereafter, staff at the Obexer Marina saw the group in trouble and attempted to rescue them. After successfully rescuing the group, the staff headed back to find Ma–who they had spotted earlier.
By the time they reached his whereabouts, Ma’s board was found abandoned and adrift. There was no sign of his body. Ma was reportedly wearing only board shorts and was not using a PFD or leash. After scouring the waters for several hours, the search was called off.
On Sunday, 41-year-old Gary Turkel went for a late-afternoon paddle off the coast of Atlantic Beach, New York. He never returned.
The US Coast Guard and local emergency agencies dispatched a full-scale search and rescue operation around 6:30 p.m. to try to locate Turkel. Sadly, those attempts were unsuccessful and eventually called off. Turkel was reportedly not using any safety equipment and was last seen wearing only a t-shirt and shorts.
Around the same time on Sunday, another tragic situation was unfolding just to the north in the Long Island Sound. Four people went out for an evening paddleboard and kayak ride from Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut. Three people–including an eight-year-old girl–were in a kayak and one man was on a paddleboard when strong winds and tides blew them away from shore. All four people were wearing life jackets.
After fighting the current for several hours, 39-year-old Ferdinand Lagos ditched his board and attempted to swim to shore. His body was discovered the following day on the shoreline.
The other three remained in the kayak until it began to take on water. The two adults then got into the water–which was below 60 degrees Fahrenheit at the time–and attempted to hold on as hypothermia set in. Around midnight, 30-year-old Abdias Ventura could not hold on any longer and let go of the craft. His body was found the following morning.
Around 4 a.m., the mother and daughter finally washed up on shore–nearly 20 miles from their launch point–and began screaming for help. They were rescued and taken to a local hospital to be treated for hypothermia.
This tragic weekend serves as a reminder about the risks of paddleboarding and the importance of safety precautions. Stay tuned to supthemag.com for an in-depth safety piece coming later today.
Essential SUP safety rules.
Woman drowns while paddleboarding in Oregon.
For one weekend every year, the GoPro Mountain Games serve as a celebration for the entire spectrum of mountain sports. From river paddlers to downhill mountain bikers, adventure athletes of all pedigrees and progenies flock for the annual pilgrimage in Vail, Colorado.
This year, standup paddleboarders got to face off in three unique competitions spread out over two days. For the whitewater SUP contingent, the Games represent more than just another contest; they represent how far river SUP has come. The sub-sport—in its infant stages only a few years ago—is now gaining momentum as quickly as it’s gaining composure.
“There’s so much less carnage these days than there was back when we first started these kinds of races,” elite river paddler and victor of both last weekend’s Downriver and SUP Cross events, Spencer Lacy says. “The courses are harder and we’re doing the downriver races way faster now.”
The action kicked off Saturday with the always exciting Downriver SUP Sprint. While morning conditions saw moderate river flow at a reasonable 900 cubic feet per second (cfs), warm afternoon temperatures increased snowmelt and turned the Vail Whitewater Park into a raging river. The increased water flow gave an edge to the experienced river paddlers in the field—on the men’s side, namely whitewater pioneers Lacy and Mike Tavares.
Those two are the undisputed kings of river paddling and have a friendly rivalry to boot. While last year it was Tavares who came out on top in the SUP Sprint, this year the roles reversed and Spencer Lacy claimed victory by a mere three seconds over his rival. Meanwhile, Japanese river specialist Masayuki Takahata was only 10 seconds off the pace en route to a third-place finish with a time just over 18 minutes.
“So far this season it’s been Mike (Tavares) and I just duking it out,” Lacy said. “We have the same fitness, the same equipment, the same whitewater skills—depending on the day it could be either of us.”
Later that day, a brand new SUP event debuted called the SUP Skills Invitational. A hybrid of the Downriver Sprint and SUP Cross events, paddlers ran the SUP Cross course individually and were required to complete several difficult maneuvers against the clock. While all competitors showcased impressive board handling skills (see SUP Paul Clark’s video, below), Tavares got the best of Lacy and the rest of the field to become the inaugural champion of the event.
On Sunday came the rough-and-tumble SUP Cross event, where five paddlers charged downriver in a 200-meter mad-dash to the finish. Incorporate the high river flow, ample obstacles and the narrowness of the course, and this easily became one of the most technical SUP contests of the year.
Challenging conditions led to plenty of bumping and banging, but this crowd-pleasing event once again came down to a battle between the two river titans–Tavares and Lacy–with Lacy gaining the edge to come out on top. This was no doubt the cherry on top of a career weekend for Lacy, who won two of the three SUP contests at the prestigious event.
“The Mountain Games were so fun,” said Lacy. “I decided to take it pretty seriously this year and it worked out, so I’m super excited. That’s the best I’ve ever done in a weekend.”
As for the women’s division, it was a battle all weekend between hard-charging river women Rebecca Giddens and Camille Swan. Giddens took the Downriver SUP Sprint and Swan followed up the next day with a win at SUP Cross. Meanwhile, last year’s winner Natali Zollinger claimed the inaugural SUP Skills Invitational on Saturday.
Other notable athletes at the games included SUP surfing stars Chuck Patterson and Izzi Gomez. While they both posted commendable results–17th and 6th, respectively–in the Downriver SUP Sprint, they were no match for the river specialists.
With the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games officially in the books, we can say it’s success was as raging as its river at 1,500 cfs. Next stop: FIBark. — Jack Haworth
Complete results from the Downriver SUP Sprint contest.
Full recap from the SUP Cross event.
Review all three river events at GoPro Mountain Games with the river’s finest, Mike Tavares.
There is just something heart-warming about watching our furry four-legged friends ride a SUP. Sometimes the pooch looks as stoked as their master and sometimes…well not so much. Either way, see for yourself when Bonnie–a friendly chocolate lab–shows off her impressive wave-riding skills in this short video.
For more footage of animals on SUPs.
An adorable dog surfing competition from Australia.
Hoards of top racers from as far away as Brazil and Australia swarmed the Santa Monica Pier last weekend to compete for a $15,000 prize purse at the 7th annual Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival. More than 300 racers competed in a full-slate of ocean events including SUP, prone, ocean swimming, beach volleyball and dory racing.
Seventeen-year-old Shae Foudy of San Juan Capistrano returned for her second year as women’s overall winner. Last year, Foudy won the overall title after a three-way points tie-breaker between her, Annabel Anderson and Appleby after Foudy took first in the tie-breaking Paddlecross. This year ended with a similar nail-biter for the elite women. Appleby took the 5.5 elite women’s race with a time of 1:14:48, a full two minutes ahead of second-place Foudy at 1:16:52. That left them going into the Women’s Standup Paddlecross for another potential tie-breaker. If Foudy could take Paddlecross, she’d take the title again, even if Candice took second-place.
And that’s exactly what happened. Foudy’s first-place finish in the Paddlecross put her on top to clinch the overall event championship and carry away $2,400 in prize money. Appleby took second-overall followed by Lexi Alston in third-overall.
On the men’s side, Redondo Beach waterman Danny Ching made his first appearance at the event, and dominated. Ching took the 5.5 mile paddle and then squeaked out a second-place finish in the Paddlecross, passing his 404 teammate Noah Hopper in a running sprint up the finish chute. Slater Trout took first in the Paddlecross, but Ching’s first-place in the 5.5 miler and second in Paddlecross gave him more total points than Trout’s victory in Paddlecross and third-place in the distance race. Taking home third-overall, rising race star Giorgio Gomez rounded out the podium for the men.
As in past years the Paddlecross was the most exciting event for spectators. Coming into the sand it looked at one point as if Appleby might overtake Foudy, but Shae caught a small bump just ahead of the rest of the women and rode it to the sand one wave ahead of Appleby, positioning her for an easy sprint up the finish line to victory. Appleby was gracious as always, saying later, “Any day on the water is a great day. I’m so happy to be here. The Santa Monica Pier Paddle is still my favorite event. ”
Unseasonably cold and windy conditions made for tough conditions out on the long course with a wind and chop that favored the prone racers over SUP paddlers. Overall times were a several minutes slower than previous years and prone paddler Jack Bark took advantage of his low-wind profile to bring home the fastest overall time on the long course with a 1:05:35, nearly a minute faster than SUP winner Ching at 1:06:17. Women’s prone winner Carter Graves also posted the fastest women’s time, coming in faster than her SUP colleagues with a time of 1:14:22 compared to Appleby’s 1:14:48 and Foudy’s 1:16:52.
Jonas Letieri of Brazil won the corresponding Pete Peterson Award for most inspirational athlete. Letieri, who lost both of his hands and forearms in an electrical accident while volunteering at his church, paddles with the help of a specially-designed adaptive paddle crafted by Quickblade to help with Letieri’s specific challenges. This was Letieri’s first visit to the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Races, where he competed in both the 5.5 mile distance race with a time of 01:35:18 and Paddlecross. “I’m really happy to be here,” said Letieri, “This is a wonderful event. Thank you.”
“Tommy Bahama is so proud to be a part of an event that invites the entire community down to the pier to enjoy a day of fun in the ocean,” said Rob Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Marketing for Tommy Bahama. “Our job is to help people make life one long weekend, and this event is the best day at the beach of all.”
The event helps benefit The Bay Foundation, which works with partners to create and put into action innovative projects & policies for Santa Monica Bay that clean up our waterways, create green spaces in urban areas, and restore natural habitats both on land and under water. The Bay Foundation will receive a portion of the net proceeds from the event.
Full 2016 race results
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More on the Tommy Bahama Paddleboard and Ocean Festival at Santa Monica Pier.
Yesterday the GoPro Mountain Games hosted SUP Cross—a standup paddling competition with heats of five people going toe-to-toe through the raging obstacle course in Vail Whitewater Park. Part balancing act, part gladiator battle, part American Ninja Warrior and all standup paddling—it was a core event not without its carnage as river SUP’s finest mounted hectically high flow-rates to navigate the elaborate obstacle course of Vail Whitewater Park.
In the end, it was traveling whitewater hellman, Downriver SUP Sprint champ and overall victor among the men—Spencer Lacy—who standing first across the finish line, with last year’s winner Mike Tavares filling in second-place behind him. For the women, Hala athlete Camille Swan found the path of least resistance for first ahead of runner-up Rebecca Giddens, who also took first in the Downriver Sprint and thus the overall women’s title for the three-discipline SUP sector of this year’s GoPro Mountain Games.
In other news, last year’s champion Mike Tavares put on a clinic to take the title in the Mountain Games’ newest SUP event—the SUP Skills Invitational—in which single contenders charge the SUP Cross course implementing various whitewater techniques to navigate obstacles throughout the swiftly flowing rapids. Needless to say, the inaugural Skills competition was a true crowd-pleaser and a successful integration to the expanding standup paddling presence at GoPro Mountain Games.
Check back this afternoon for the full event recap, our exclusive SUP gallery and video.
Dial in your SUP specifics for the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games.
Full Results from the 2016 GoPro Mountain Games
Jackson Close is a man who knows how to lay it down no matter what board he’s riding. Whether on a longboard or a shortboard SUP, the guy is an animal in the lineup. In this latest edit, Close proves his talent by ripping on some punchy waves in a dreamy SUP sesh.
For more jaw-dropping SUP surfing footage, check out this edit from the Canary Islands.
Check out a paddler pull off SUP surfing and fishing at the same time.
This morning’s Downriver SUP Sprint at the GoPro Mountain Games did not disappoint, with a world-class array of athletes taking to extreme flow rates at Vail Whitewater Park in the Colorado Rockies. In the end it was veteran river chargers Spencer Lacy and Rebecca Giddens with the fastest times on the river flowing higher than 900 cfs.
For Lacy, victory comes ahead of last year’s male victor, now runner-up Mike Tavares and Japanese powerhouse, third-place finisher Masayuki Takahata. On the women’s side, Giddens edged out Utah’s second-place river dame, Camille Swan, with Colorado’s own Ashley Bean rounding out the female podium.
Full results below and more at the GoPro Mountain Games website. Stay tuned for more river action at tomorrow’s SUP Cross challenge, and check back with SUPthemag.com for a full recap and gallery from the event!
While the river’s finest SUP athletes gather in Vail Colorado for the GoPro Mountain Games and the world’s best flatwater racers converge in San Sabastian, Spain for the sixth stop of the Euro Tour, the seeming remainder of SUP’s top athletes are gracing Southern California’s shores for the 7th annual Tommy Bahama Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival this weekend. With both reigning champs—Mo Freitas and Shae Foudy—contending alongside a hardy collection of SUP’s elite ocean racer including Slater Trout, Dave Boehne, Lexi Alston and Candice Appleby, this surf race promises to be just as action-packed as any SUP event this weekend.
Freitas is already onsite practicing for tomorrow’s races, and he reports that conditions are prime.
“It’s fun, sandbars are good right now,” Freitas says. “There are some waves and it’s picking up later this week, but for the event it’s going to be kind of small.”
Small surf still makes for great contention, and the eager mass of hungry world-class racers is expected to mix things up for an impressive show.
“I’m holding the title from last year, so I’m hoping to keep holding onto it,” Freitas says. “But’s going to be a stacked field this year. There are tons of good guys and girls.”
Tommy Bahama’s Santa Monica event isn’t called a festival for nothing; there’s also music, food and other entertainment at the pier this weekend.
The gamut of outdoor adventure athletes is assembled in Vail, Colorado this weekend for the highly-anticipated 2016 GoPro Mountain Games. Running from June 9 – 12 and hosting more than 25 competitions across nine separate outdoor disciplines, the event’s a quintessential proving ground for mountain adventure sports. Events range from running to rafting, biking to kayaking, slacklining to dog-fetch. And with three different events in high river flows enhanced by rapid snowmelt, our perennial favorite—standup paddle racing—promises to be among the most entertaining. We’ll put it like this: athletes are literally laying down to clear the bridges.
We caught up with last year’s downriver champion, GPMG veteran Mike Tavares, for the onsite conditions and competition report.
Down River SUP Sprint – June 11 @ 9:30am – Just as it sounds, this classic whitewater SUP competition features an all-out sprint down the Gore Creek in a race against the clock. The three-mile run will take paddlers from the East Vail to Vail Village and while the paddlers won’t have to contend with each other on the course, they’ll face plenty of obstacles including class II/III rapids, low bridges, wave trains, and icy water. River paddling beast Mike Tavares will no doubt be a favorite to win after beating the field by over 13 seconds last year.
SUP Skills Invitational – June 11 @ 12:30pm – New to the GoPro agenda this year, this skills demo features some of the world’s top paddlers and certainly has an unknown factor going for it. Athletes will compete for top times through a series of challenging maneuvers on the difficult section of river from Covered Bridge to International Bridge. The winner will be decided after two rounds.
SUP Cross – June 12 @ 12pm –This one is a wild–albeit exiting–river SUP spectacle. Competitors will lineup paddle to paddle before going all-out in a 200-yard sprint for glory. Full-contact paddling through whitewater rapids easily makes this one of the most entertaining events of the entire weekend. Luke Hopkins and Anna Fisher came out atop the heap last year but in a competition as unpredictable as this, it’s anyone’s race.
SUP: How’s everything looking for tomorrow’s downriver race?
Mike Tavares: For the downriver race tomorrow it’s going to be perfect. I just did a practice run at about 800 cfs that was great. Later in the afternoon it will be too high to run—about 1500 or 1600 cfs—but luckily race time is during the morning low-point.
How does the river flow compare to years past and how does that affect competition?
It’s definitely higher than it’s been in the past few years. There’s barely enough room to get under the bridges; you have to duck super low. But it’s nice and deep compared to other years and it actually cleans up quite a bit at this level. That said, it’s not easy popping down to clear a bridge with four other guys right beside you like we do in the SUP Cross…should make things pretty interesting.”
Is there any chance the river flow might halt competition?
We’ll be good to go for the downriver tomorrow. For the rest of the events we’ll just have to wait and see. Today’s the hottest day of the week, so it will kind of depict what the flows are going to look like for the rest of the weekend. The bridges in town—especially the International Bridge—are hard to clear in the afternoon, but we’re hoping for the best.”
How’s the talent looking this year?
There were probably 15 or 20 guys doing laps during my practice run today. The usual river guys are here—Dan Gavere, Spencer Lacy, the Badfish guys, and four or five Japanese guys who came out. Charlie MaCarthur and the local guy Brent Redding are here, too. It’s going to be a tight race. With the good flows and smooth course, it’s going to come down to endurance at high altitude and sprints.
Get visual with our SUP race video preview from the GoPro Mountain Games.
Check back for more coverage and results from the 2016 GoPro Mountain games.
Seeing wildlife while on the water is undoubtedly one of the perks of paddling. Whether it’s the birds flying overhead, the fish swimming below, or the occasional marine mammal checking us out–there’s just something special about paddling amongst wild animals. In this incredible video, a paddler takes that to the extreme when he finds himself in the middle of a pod of humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions off the coast of Morro Bay. The marine mammals are undoubtedly feeding, but they unknowingly give this paddler the experience of a lifetime. At one point, a whale even breaches the surface just a few feet from the paddler. Some amazing footage of one paddler’s lucky day.
Incredible drone footage of an Australian paddler’s whale encounter.
Jimi Hendrix serenades a pod of dolphins of the coast of Laguna Beach.
Muskegon, Michigan. – June 09, 2016 – After five successful years, Standup for the Cure, alongside its national sponsor, Ambry Genetics, and new local presenting sponsor, Mercy Health, announce Standup for the Cure, Muskegon to benefit the Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen,. The team, led by National Event Director Dan Van Dyck, will be hosting the event at Harbour Towne Beach on beautiful Muskegon Lake on July 09, 2016 as the third location in a series of nationwide events aimed at expanding Standup for the Cure’s mission to raise money and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research, treatment and education.
“Standup for the Cure’s focus is to introduce non-paddlers to the healthy lifestyle of standup paddling, while building a supportive community bound by the desire to rid the world of breast cancer,” stated Event Director Dan Van Dyck.
The Standup for the Cure Event features instruction from top international paddleboard experts as well as breast cancer screening, live music, and a health and fitness expo. Attendees will also enjoy a great festival with catered lunch and beverages. Ambry Genetics, Standup for the Cure’s national sponsor, leads the visionary family of partners which includes Mercy Health (Presenting Sponsor) West Marine Products (Gold Sponsor), Maui Jim (Gold Sponsor), KL Outdoor (Local Gold Sponsor) and Cobian Footwear.
“We were thrilled with the success of Standup for the Cure and hope to beat last year’s attendance of 500+ participants and over $65,000 raised” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of the Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen and breast cancer survivor. “Accurate and timely screening is vital for identifying breast cancer at an early stage and we know that breast cancer is most treatable when found early. Between the programs we’ll fund with the money raised and the exams happening right on site, this event really is a lifesaver! We’re honored that Standup for the Cure has chosen Muskegon for one of its national stops.”
Online Registration is now open at Http://StandupMuskegon.org<http://standupmuskegon.org/>.
· Location: Harbour Towne Beach, Muskegon, Mich.
· Date: Saturday, July 09, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
· For Beginners: Standup Paddleboard Clinic SUP Clinic for beginners with this year’s crowned “Ultimate Waterman”, Zane Schweitzer
· Events: Kid’s race, 5K expert and Fun “Sea of Pink” paddle
· Other things to do: Industry Expo, Health Expo with free screenings for Breast Cancer, Live Music with the Cliftones, Catered Lunch and Happy Hour, SUP lessons and Demos as well as an Sweepstakes Drawing and Silent Auction
· Sponsorships & Expo Space is still available: Contact Dan Van Dyck.
In support of the fight against breast cancer, participants can sign up as a team or individual through the Crowdrise website at http://StandupMuskegon.org. More information and event details can be found at: http://suftc.org, via Twitter at @StandUp4TheCure, and on Facebook @StandUpfortheCure.
About Standup for the Cure
Standup for the Cure is a non-profit, 501c3 formed for the express purpose of raising funds and awareness for early breast cancer detection, research and treatment. Founded in 2011, Standup for the Cure is fully supported by generous donations from their presenting and title partners and a host of Vendors and Volunteers who take part each year. Standup for the Cure has now raised over $720,000 for local affiliates of Susan G. Komen including their most recent donation of $85,000 to the Orange County Affiliate from the Newport Beach, CA SUFTC.
About Susan G. Komen Michigan
Komen Michigan is an independent, local non-profit organization that is dedicated to combating breast cancer. 75 percent of the organization’s net proceeds go towards programs and funding grants to local hospitals and community organizations that provide breast health education, screenings, diagnostics and survivorship programs for underserved men and women in Michigan.
The remaining 25 percent of net proceeds funds global, leading-edge research focused on the prevention of, and cures for, breast cancer. Komen Michigan’s mission is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures. For more information call 616-752-8262 or visit www.komenmichigan.org.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.
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