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
PACIFIC STORM LUCIFER TO ADD A CHALLENGE
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:

THEY WON’T BACK DOWN
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
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
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.
GREAT GROUP OF SUPPORT FOR THE EVENT
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:
THE RESULTS
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”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SLO-CAL Winter Paddleboard Race #2

Race #2 SLO-CAL Winter Paddleboard Race Series

GROWING STRONG AND ADDING DIVISIONS FOR PRONE PADDLERS

A strong turn out with double the entries at the second race in our weekly SLO-CAL Winter Paddleboard Race series.  The cumulative point system has attracted ‘repeat offenders’ 😃 from last week along with some solid newcomers turning this into a well-rounded event.  A prone paddle division has officially been added to our line up and we want to welcome more women and juniors to join our posse of paddlers.  Come on down and join us for race three!

THE WEATHER WAS SPOT ON

The weather pattern carved out a sunny spot for our morning event.  A water start & finish was necessary due to the full moon’s extremely high tide resulting in no beach area to launch from that morning.  The wind from the south continued to stay light for the duration of the race, but with the tide still yet to peak, racers turned the buoys back to the north leg of the race to encounter a current/headwind combo, and the variance of speed in each direction was apparent.
 

HIGH TIDE SHENANIGANS

 

As race director Nikki Gregg finished explaining the course, she was “wondering if it was something she said’ that had caused some of the racers to suddenly and frantically run away to the shoreline.  Nothing personal, Nikki ;), some of boards were being swept away by the aggressive incoming tides which ensued a few hilarious water rescues.  Literally, within 10 minutes from race meeting start to finish, the tide had come up so fast that it grabbed some unsuspecting race boards and carried them away from shore proving that the conditions change quickly here!
 
RACE COURSE AND RESULTS (3.32 miles)
 
  1. Dan Miller:  14’ (35:40) 
  2. Richard Harrison: Unlimited (37:23)
  3. Shan Thomas : 14’ (39:06)
  4. Foster Campbell: stock prone (41:28)
  5. Sonja Wieck: 14’ (42:45)
  6. Derek LaVoie: 14’ (44:58)
  7. Randy Johnson: 11’2 (47:49)
  8. Robert Breese:  12’6 (47:53)
  9. Mike Mallo: 14’ (50:31)
  10. Stan Juarez: 14’ (55:36)
  11. Randy Rutkowski: 11’2 (55:58)
  12. Richard Grise: 11’6 (57:46)
 

NEW SPONSOR AND AFTER PARTY

This week’s special announcements include a warm welcome to FitBit as our list of sponsors of our race series!   We will have FitBit prizes for top finishers of the series.   Also, a few blocks away, our friends at Otter Rock Cafe have offered to be our after race location for hydration and nutrition replenishment.  Our awards ceremony will also be held there from 11-1pm on March 11th after our final race!  A great location with great food!  Watch for SUP Workshops coming at the end of the month.

 

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SLO-CAL Winter Paddleboard Race Series #1 of 6

SLO-CAL WINTER PADDLEBOARD RACE SERIES 

by The Paddleboard Company

COURSE AND RESULTS LISTED FOR RACE ONE LISTED BELOW

With our first paddleboard race in the books from last Saturday, Feb 4th, we’re happy with the overall feel of the event being a fun and friendly competitive environment for all the racers.  The SLO-CAL WINTER SUP SERIES kicked-off with not only seasoned racers, but first-timers and even a paddler with a canine co-pilot named ‘Tanner’.  The comprehensive range of board categories and skill levels communicated that this race is for everyone, even with the short but challenging course length, which ended up being a distance of  3.12 miles.  Our race director, Nikki Gregg, launched both a beach start and finish.   We were surprisingly stoked to have racers participate from Bakersfield and San Diego as well as a strong local SUP presence.  A perfect paddling day in the Bay, calm with a slight wind and strong outgoing tide.

The race course changes weekly but here is a GPS screen shot of last week’s course.  Starting from Coleman Beach (green dot), racers completed two laps.

OVERALL RESULTS SLO-CAL WINTER RACE 1: 3.12 MILES
  1. DANIEL MILLER  ( 33:50)                              14’          10PTS
  2. KEN TWIST  (34:48)                                      14’          9PTS
  3. MARY ROBINSON (*41:00)                         12’6        10PTS
  4. DEREK LaVOIE   (43:07)                              14’           8PTS
  5. PAUL GALLO  (46:20)                                   14’           7PTS
  6. STAN JUAREZ   (53:40)                                14’           6PTS
  7. KACE O’MALLEY   (1:02)                              12’6         9PTS
  8. PAT RENSHAW & ‘TANNER’   (1:17)              11’6         10PTS
*INCLUDES 2 MIN PENALTY

NEXT WEEK SATURDAY FEB 11th

Due to popular demand we are adding a prone category to the series!  Youth categories are included.

We have rental boards available. Reservations must be made by 2pm the Friday prior.   Reserve at http://thepaddleboardcompany.com/rentals-lessons/
Join us every Saturday, now thru March 11th, for our SLO-CAL Winter Paddleboard Race Series at Coleman Beach in Morro Bay.  Registration begins at 8:15 with a prompt all level race start at 9am.  This is a great event for beginners, novice, and expert paddlers.  For more information, please see our Events page- www.thepaddleboardcompany.com/events.
For those traveling, make a weekend out of it as the central coast has a lot to offer-  http://thepaddleboardcompany.com/stand-up-paddleboarding-in-morro-bay/
Join us!  Looks like epic weather conditions for this weekend’s race!!   Email nikki@thepaddleboardcompany.com or call 805-225-5555 with any questions
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2016 Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race Recap

The Paddleboard Company and the Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department bring back the Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race

Paddlers getting ready to start the 2016 Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race in Morro Bay, California

What a day for a paddle race!! Thanks heaps to everyone who paddled in this year’s Jesse King Memorial Paddle Race. It was an honor to have Jesse’s family in town sharing his memories, passion for the water and saving lives as a first responder with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The water conditions were extra tough with strong offshore and side-shore winds with 2-3 knot currents. The conditions kept the Harbor Patrol and water safety team busy as the winds picked up during the race. The last mile of the race, paddlers battled strong head winds and whitecaps to the finish line. The prone paddlers had the advantage today finishing at the top of the pack.

Special thanks to the event sponsors- Friends of the Morro Bay Harbor Department, The City of Morro Bay, The Morro Bay Harbor Department, All Good, Skipper’s Brew Coffee, Kitzman’s Culligan Water, Fluid Energy Drink, Azhiaziam Surf, Spencer’s Fresh Market, and Naish.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

 

 

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