SLO-CAL Spring Race Series #1 Recap

Race #1:  3.65 Miles




  1. Richard Harrison  40:09 (10pts)

14′ MEN

  1. Luke Burritt 40:01 (10pts)
  2. Derek LaVoie 47:37 (9pts)

12’6 MEN

  1. John Austin 48:11 (10pts)

12’0 & UNDER MEN

  1. Richard Grise 58:58 (10pts)
  2. Tom Kaye  1:06:02 (9pts)


  1. Kristin Day 1:06:02 (10pts)

12’6 WOMEN

  1. Mary Robinson 45:22 (10pts)

SLO-CAL Winter SUP Race Series #6 Result & Recap

SLO-CAL Winter SUP Race #6 Results and Recap

The final race of SLO-CAL Winter SUP race series was full of surprises, however, there was no surprise that the turnout doubled from the first race proving that there’s indeed a budding race scene on the California’s Central Coast!

As promised, there was a ‘chaotic’ start to the race where paddlers were required to paddle completely around the dock located about 100 feet from the beach start.  Racers could choose to go in either direction and this made for some great spectating, a couple of near collisions, and a format that didn’t necessarily put the typical leaders in the front at the start.  With several more buoy turns following within close vicinity, pro paddler Alyson Fromm initially lead the pack with her technical turning skills.

Once the pack split up to to paddle towards to the south end of the bay, our very own team paddler, Dan Miller, took a strong lead out in front.  Paddlers then came back north towards the rock, rounding a buoy near the mouth of the bay, then paddling back to finish with a short run up the beach.  The weather was spectacular and the wind held off.  Awards took place directly after at Otter Rock Cafe where we grabbed lunch and all first place finishers in attendance took home a brand new FitBit!

Thanks go out to all the racers for their support!  Special mentions go out to our loyal and most improved paddlers from the series; Derek LaVoie, Pat Renshaw, Stan Juarez and Richard Grise.   Thank you to Dave and Rhonda Daum from King’s Paddlesports for the surprise visit, it was great to check out their cutting edge custom SUP boards and new developments of foils.  Special thanks to FitBit & Otter Rock Cafe for sponsoring our event.   Race 6 results and overall series results posted below along with MANY photos for your viewing pleasure.  See you for our SLO-CAL Spring race series beginning Saturday, April 1st.  Details HERE    Thanks again and see you soon!  Aloha

Course Map: 3.5 Miles

SLO-CAL Winter SUP Race #6 Course

Race 6 Results/Points

Men Unlimited

  1. Richard Harrison 42:16 (10pts)
  2. Jeff Weit 51:47 (9pts)

Men 14′

  1. Dan Miller 39:03 (10pts)
  2. John Davis 43:12 (9pts)
  3. Shan Thomas 43:55 (8pts)
  4. Derek LaVoie 49:06 (7pts)
  5. Stan Juarez 1:02 (6pts)
  6. Mike Mallo 1:03 (5pts)
  7. Ken Twist DNF

Men 12’6

  1. Dave Daum 44:36 (10pts)
  2. Randy Johnson 45:20 (9pts)

Men 11’6 & Under

  1. Randy Rutkowski 1:07 (10pts)

Women 14′

  1. Kacy Twist 1:22:35 (10pts)

Women 12’6

  1. Alyson Fromm 41:35 (10pts)
  2. Mary Robinson 45:55 (9pts)

Women 11’6 & under

  1. Adrienne Larrique 1:22:40 (10pts)
  2. Ashleigh 1:23:30 (9pts)
  3. Pat Renshaw & Tanner DNF

Junior Women

  1. Kendra Twist 58:00 (10pts)

Race meeting, “It’s going to be chaotic!”

Colorful beach of boards!


Alyson Fromm showing us how it’s done!

Shan Thomas finishing strong!

Nikki & Jorge keeping score


Dave Daum and his foil board!

Drone pilot- Gavin Twist


Overall Series Results/Points

Men Unlimited

  1. Richard Harrison (30pts)
  2. Jeff Weit (9pts)

Men 14′

  1. Dan Miller (60pts)
  2. Derek LaVoie (46pts)
  3. Shan Thomas (33pts)
  4. Stan Juarez (24pts)
  5. Ken Twist (18pts)
  6. Paul Gallo (14pts)
  7. Mike Mallo (12pts)
  8. Vince Shay/John Davis (9pts)
  9. Dan Rogers (8pts)

Dan Miller 1st Pace Men’s 14 & a new FitBit Surge

Men 12’6

  1. Randy Johnson (19pts)
  2. Dave Daum/Robert Breese (10pts)
  3. Mike Elder (9pts)

Men 11’6 & Under

  1. Randy Rutkowski (39pts)
  2. Randy Johnson (20pts)
  3. Richard Grise (17pts)

Randy and his new FitBit Surge

Women 14′

  1. Kacy Twist (30pts)
  2. Sonja Wieck (10pts)

Women 12’6 & Under

  1. Mary Robinson (28pts)
  2. Alyson Fromm (20pts)

Women 11’6 & Under

  1. Adrienne Larrique (20pts)
  2. Pat Renshaw (19pts)
  3. Ashleigh (9pts)

Pat & Tanner

Junior Women

  1. Kendra Twist (10pts)


  1. Foster Campbell (10pts)

Kendra Twist and proud mama!

Flowers for the race director! Thank you!

Below images: photo credits to Jim Robinson/MBSUP

Gathering for the race meeting

Lining up for a beach start


Mary Robinson looking solid!

John Davis on his 14′ Riviera

Pat & Tanner, and Randy going around the dock

Richard Harrison and Mary Robinson choosing different directions around the dock.

Race Series Recap  

SLO-CAL Winter Race Series #4 Recap


 SLO-CAL Winter Race Series #4 Recap

 With The Paddleboard Company and NRG




Our SLO-CAL Winter Race Series #4 was our favorite so far.  With the winds of last week subsiding, the tide perfectly timed to switch mid-course and a varied 3.5+ mile course of 5 bouys to turn.  Throw in a dash of chilly 50F temperature sprinkled with some sunshine and good energy.  Join us next Saturday for Race #5!  It’s going to be an exciting coursefollowed by brunch at Otter Rock Cafe.  Make it a weekend and attend our SUP Race Ready Workshop by Nikki Gregg on Sunday morning!  Thanks again to FitBit for being our race sponsor for this series.  For a video recap see YouTube





Men 14′
1. Dan Miller 36:22 (10)
2. Ken Twist 36:48 (9)
3. Shan Thomas 41:34 – 2minutes =39:34 (8)
4. Derek LaVoie 46:05 (7)
5. Stan Juarez 57:46 (6)
Men 11’6 and under
1. Randy Rutkowski 57:54 (10)
2. Richard Grise 58:15 (9)
Men Unlimited
1. Richard Harrison 37:45 (10)
Women 14′
1. Kace O’Malley 1:14 (10)
Women 11’6 & under
1. Adrienne 1:15 (10)
2. Pat Renshaw & ‘Tanner’ 1:23 (9)
Men’s Unlimited:
1. Richard Harrison (20)
Men’s 14:
1. Dan Miller (40)
2. Derek LaVoie (29)
3. Shan Thomas (25)
4. Stan Juarez & Ken Twist (18)
5. Vince Shay (9)
6. Paul Gallo (8)
7. Mike Mallo (7)
Men’s 12’6:
1. Robert Breese (10)
Men’s 11’6 & under:
1. Randy Rutkowski (19)
2. Richard Grise (17)
3. Randy Johnson (10)
Women 14″:
1. Sonja Wieck (10)
Women 12’6:
1. Kacy O’Malley (19)
2. Mary Robinson (10)
Women 11’6 & Under:
1. Pat Renshaw (19)
2. Adrienne (10)
1. Foster Campbell(10)


SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3

SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3

The ‘ 14 and back’

Face to Face with Pacific Storm Lucifer

SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 minus Dan

Derek, Vince, Stan, Shan, Nikki, Richard, Dan (missing), Sandi (photographer)


Race #3  The Infamous ’14 and Back’ 
SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3
The SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 was one for the history books.  With Pacific Storm ‘Lucifer’ leaving a fresh trail of destruction in it’s path from the previous day, there was still a lingering wind that began to ramp up quickly as the racers gathered at Coleman Beach.  No one even tried to put up the registration tent for this one!   Two local racers opted out of competing for the day, and instead came to give their support and watch the excitement.
SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 route

Race #3 Route deemed the Infamous ’14 and back’ 1.72 Miles:

As the 30mph wind gusts began to become more consistent, it was unanimously decided to shorten course the original course to half the distance.  The start began in protection of the jetty/boardwalk between the Rock and Coleman beach which gave the racers a straight bee-line shot for mile marker 14, the turn around point.  Don’t let the calm water start fool you.  It quickly got rugged as the racers caught the wind at their backs and rode the white caps (or really the brown caps, due to rain run off into the bay).
SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 the start
This SLO-CAL Winter Race #3 began with a very quick ‘downwinder’ from Coleman Beach to channel marker 14 across from the Morro Bay Yacht Club (which only took racers approximately 6 minutes), followed by a challenging paddle back to the beach against some very hefty headwinds.  As each racer rounded the channel marker it was evident that it was going to be a test of strength, endurance and how well fueled each racer was for the grunt back to the beach.  As expected, each racer found their own route and grinded their way to the finish line where new ‘bro-mances’ formed and everyone was all smiles, and high fives!
  SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 Vince and DanSLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 Dan
       Vince and Dan pushing their way back to the beach.                            Dan giving it a final push to take the lead.
We were especially stoked to have our friend Vince Shay from Avila Beach Paddlesports join in for the fun and and also welcome back Dan Miller, Shan and Derek LaVoie who were all on 14’ boards.  Stan and Richard opted to watch the action for the day, but we loved having the extra friends to support the race whether participating or not.  With the whipping wind we needed extra hands to load and unload boards.
The race was 1.72 miles, and although it was quick, it won’t be quickly forgotten by the team of racers.  As always, the SUP community looked out for each other and everyone helped carry the boards to and from the beach to prevent any flyaway SUPs.  After boards were loaded, it was time to refuel at Otter Rock Cafe with brunch, Bloody Mary’s and to recap the details of this adventure.
Join us next week, Saturday Feb 25th, for Race #4, looks like the weather will be great and a little more paddling friendly.  Thanks again to everyone who came out and to our main race sponsor FitBit:
Route:  1.72 Miles:
  1. Dan Miller           27:33 (10pts)
  2. Vince Shay         29:06  (9pts)
  3. Shan Thomas     31:19  (8pts)
  4. Derek LaVoie      36:02  (7pts)
SLO-CAL Winter Paddle Race #3 the end

THE FEARLESS FOURSOME goes face to face with Pacific Storm “Lucifer”










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