2016 Painkiller Cup Video Recap

The 2016 Painkiller Cup took place this past weekend in the British Virgin Islands, featuring teams of three competing against each other on a 14-mile run from Trellis Bay on Tortola Island to the famous Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke Island. The picturesque beach bar finish-line is located in a small tropical cove surrounded by palm trees, a white sand beach and turquoise water. It gets its name from sailing tourists whose only means of getting from their boats to the beach (and bar) is to swim, thus causing the dollars in their pockets to become (you guessed it) soggy…unless, of course, they’re standup paddlers. But we digress. Point is, Soggy Dollar is a spot for every paddler’s bucket-list.

As for the race itself, paddlers last weekend faced 20 MPH crosswinds, which made things more difficult than anticipated. When it was all said and done, Team Freedom City Surf composed of Quintin Chiapperino, Fiona Wylde and Kieran Grant were the first to make it to the bar, err, finish-line with a time of 2 hours and 44 minutes. After the race, the paddlers were all smiles, exchanging stories, buying rounds, and some probably even pulled out a few of those famous soggy dollars.

Check out the action from last year’s Painkiller Cup.

For another tough race in paradise, relive the 2015 Bora Bora Ironmana Liquid Festival.