ARE YOU READY?
Prepare yourself for some crowd entertainment and intense crashes with these two SUP races:
- SUP Slalom // A timed race where competitors will navigate through downstream (green) and upstream (red) gates.
- SUP Cross // Competitors will mass start the race from the top of the Olympic Center bridge to bottom of Slam Dunk.
Special thanks for Ocoee River Paddleboards for donating their time, boards + paddles and personal flotation devicess.
RULES + REGULATIONS
SUP SLALOM // The rules are simple: To go down the course while navigating set slalom gates in the water. Each gate touched adds 10 second penalty to time.
SUP CROSS // The only rules are no grabbing, pushing with paddle, holding other competitors, or interfering with another (hands or paddle).
COMPETITOR ENTRY FEES
EARLY REGISTRATION FEE* $40 + EACH EVENT ENTERED $10
Early Registration Fee thru August 15, 2018. After August 15 - $60 + $10 each event registered.
*Includes T-Shirt, entrance to party Friday and Saturday, beer/beverage ticket, and some cool swag.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING HISTORY
Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii. Unlike traditional surfing where the rider sits until a wave comes, stand up paddle boarders stand on their boards and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water. The sport was documented in a 2013 report that identified it as the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants in the United States that year. Variations include flat water paddling for outdoor recreation, fitness, or sightseeing, racing on lakes, large rivers and canals, surfing on ocean waves, paddling in river rapids (whitewater SUP), paddle board yoga and even fishing.
Stand up paddlers wear a variety of wet suits and other clothing, depending on water and air temperature since most of their time is spent standing on the board.
A related, traditional sport, paddleboarding, is done kneeling on a board and paddling with the hands, similar to a butterfly swimming stroke. The term "paddleboarding" is sometimes incorrectly used to refer to stand up paddle surfing. Historian and writer Steve West claimed that the contemporary notion of stand up paddle boarding, if attributed to the Waikiki Beach Boys of Oahu during the 1960s, considers that outrigger canoeing should be recognized as the direct link between the idea of standing on a board and propelling it with a canoe paddle, since the individual SUP skills (board riding and paddling) already existed, used by people who had traditionally grown up learning them.