$11k Purse for Downwind Race in the British Virgin Islands

A galaxy of stars is descending on the British Virgin Islands for the Painkiller Cup, scheduled for January 25th, 2014. Sponsored by the world-famous Soggy Dollar Beach Bar on Jost Van Dyke, the event will see three-person teams, racing a 14-mile downwind course. A $5,000 first place prize awaits the winning team.

The Painkiller Cup offers a unique race format where teams of three paddlers alternate on the same board on a downwind course. Paddlers must rotate every 30 minutes and each team must include at least one female paddler.

Starting at Trellis Bay on Beef Island, the course is a direct run to White Bay and the finish at the Soggy Dollar Beach Bar. The course runs the length of Tortola's North Shore, then across to Sandy Cay before passing the southern side of Jost Van Dyke and turning into White Bay. The fastest teams are expected to complete the course in less than three hours.

Prize money for the 2014 Painkiller Cup is a robust $11,000 with the winning team earning $5,000, which is the largest first place prize of any race in the Caribbean! The top five teams also earn prize money and there is an additional cash prize available for the first team to reach the cut between Tortola and Guana Island, which is approximately two miles below the starting area.

The team to beat at the event will be led by two-time World Champion SUP racer, Kai Lenny from Maui, Hawaii, who will be paddling with America's Cup Team Oracle USA skipper Jimmy Spithill. Kai's mother, Paula, will round out the team.

Strong teams from the Virgin Islands are expected to do very well, including last year's second place finishers from St. Thomas: Colin Butler, Eric Walker and Gail Vento. A pan-VI team, comprising of Bill Kraft and Isabelle Picard from St. Croix and Nat Ford from St. John, should be considered formidable.

Other teams expected to compete include TEAM MHL from Puerto Rico and an Australian/Canadian team captained by last year's fourth place finisher Adam Cole.

Running concurrently is the Mini-Painkiller Cup, which is a three-mile solo SUP race from Sandy Cay to the Soggy Dollar Bar. The start of the Mini-Painkiller Cup is timed to commence as the Painkiller Cup racers pass the island.

The Painkiller Cup is sponsored by the Soggy Dollar Bar, HIHO, The Moorings, Highland Spring Water, Red Stripe and Myers Rum.

For more information, visit: Go-HIHO.com