This weekend, the US Open of Standup Paddle will go off in Miami Beach, Fla. Presented by Ark Paddleboards, the three-day event is expected to bring in some of the best paddlers in the world to compete for $35,000 in prize money.
The US Open of SUP kicks off Friday night with a party at the l beachfront Surfcomber Hotel. All competitors, vendors, and friends are expected to enjoy the opening-night festivities.
Saturday is loaded with five events on tap, including a 3-mile Open Stock race, a 5-mile Elite race and a Kids' Race, as well as a 100-yard Sprint Race. A Co-ed Race to caps the day.
Sunday, an individual and team fishing tournament will take place, followed by the 10-mile Long Distance Race.
To add an extra level of competition to the weekend, event directors have created "The Chairman of the Board" title, which will be awarded to the competitor with the most points earned in three events. To be considered for the title, competitors can choose to race either the Open Stock or Elite races and are required to compete in the Sprint and Distance races. The winner gets bragging rights and a $1,000 bonus check .