Looking Back At SUP Awards | A Gallery of Good Times

For the dedicated community of standup paddling enthusiasts, SUP Awards presented by Tommy Bahama is among the most monumental occasions of the year. Every October, athletes and industry affiliates converge at the San Clemente Casino to honor the most outstanding accomplishments in SUP. It’s a gala event for paddling if there ever was one, and in less than a month, it will be back in full effect for the SUP world to enjoy.

Usually, when you think “award show,” you think black ties and big hair, gleaming glamor and glitz. But in an industry where bikinis and boardshorts constitute the common professional attire, the red carpet at SUP Awards rolls out for bare feet and flip flops alongside high heals and leathery loafers, and often times, the saltiest, most surfed-out man or woman in the crowd is the most revered. Prestige and pretentiousness are not part of the paddling culture, and at SUP Awards, it’s all about enjoying a great time with great people.

So now, with the fifth annual SUP Awards presented by Tommy Bahama on the horizon, let’s examine some imagery from past SUP Awards in honor of our favorite night on the town. Get excited, ladies and gentlemen. This year is going to be better than ever!

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