Pacific Paddle Games Details

Photo: Black-Schmidt

Photo: Black-Schmidt

Pacific Paddle Games Details

The Pacific Paddle Games, presented by Salt Life are coming in hot. On October 10th and 11th, SUP racing and a festival atmosphere will return to Doheny State Beach for a spectacle that is not to be missed. We’ve announced board classes. We’ve announced a $55,000 prize purse. We’ve opened registration. And now we’re airing it all out. SUP mag’s editor Will Taylor sat down to answer the racing public’s most burning questions. Here goes. Also, check out our FAQ on PPG.

Why an overall winner?
That one’s simple: we wanted the best overall SUP racer to win. There was A LOT of discussion around this point before we made a decision to make the pro paddlers compete in both the Distance and the Technical race. We want to make this event as exciting as possible; having the best racers in the world on the water for as much of the event as possible is how we’re doing that. It will be a tough weekend for those racers but they’re world-class athletes and it’s going to be a world-class show.

How does the prize purse work?
The prize purse awards the racers that do the best in the equally weighted Distance and Technical races. Eight grand to the first place winners for the overall on both the men’s and women’s side. There is a small prize purse in the pro divisions on each race but the goal is to have as many people as possible do both. There is also prizing in the Junior Pro and Prone Divisions.

Is this just a Pro event?
Most certainly not! The Pacific Paddle Games has something for everyone. Aspiring groms, steely juniors, first-time racers, weekend warriors—there’s a category to fit every type of paddler. Not to mention the West Marine Demo Zone, which will be running all day throughout the weekend, giving everyone from first-timers to seasoned paddlers a chance to try gear from the industry’s best companies.

Will there be a webcast?
Yep. As a media company, we want to make SUP racing look as exciting on the web as it does on the beach. That’s a tall order but we want to make it a reality. From in-depth analysis to play-by-play commentary by the sport’s leading pundits to sizzling footage, we’ll have it live from Doheny. Not to mention the post-production, beach announcing and up-to-the-minute coverage.

That’s it for now. We look forward to seeing you there.

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The Pacific Paddle Games have no association or relationship with the former event known as Battle of the Paddle owned by Rainbow Sandals.