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Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Top Watermen Compete in Inaugural Red Bull Heavy Water

Connor Baxter surges through San Francisco Bay to victory in challenging SUP race The first ever Red Bull Heavy Water stand up paddle board race saw optimal weather conditions with sunny skies and challenging conditions of 6-8ft waves in San Francisco on October 19, 2016. Fifteen of the world’s best watermen were tasked to a grueling 12km (7.5 miles) battle of athleticism, with the ultimate victor Connor Baxter, 22, of Maui, HI, crowned Champion of Red Bull Heavy Water. A specialty event on the SUP World Championship Series, Red Bull Heavy Water required the perfect mix of paddling skills, ocean knowledge, supreme fitness and the courage to take on one of the most intimidating stretches of coastline in the world. The event truly lived up to its namesake, of the fifteen starters, 10 watermen achieved the lofty goal of completing the entire course. The heavy conditions manifested in overhead-plus...
Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Kai Lenny on the Red Bull Heavy Water 2016

Esteemed waterman Kai Lenny shares his strategy for taking on the treacherous Heavy Water event By Joe Spota Kai Lenny ready for the Red Bull Heavy Water event. Photo: Joe Spota Kai Lenny is an all-around maverick in the ocean. From big-wave surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, and stand up paddle boarding, Kai is the epitome of a waterman. As a native of Maui his love affair for the ocean is deeply engrained within the Hawaiian culture. Kai’s focus and determination to succeed in hardcore events like October 19’s Red Bull Heavy Water race are apparent to anyone who talks to him. Kai was one of fifteen of the most elite watermen in the world invited to take on the treacherous Heavy Water race on the San Francisco coast. The entire race is 7.5 miles from the start in the big surf of Ocean Beach, along the dangerous coast...
Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany

Profiles in Courage: Roy Tuscany By Domenica Berman Roy’s infectious energy shows as he gets out of the water at Duke’s Ocean Fest. Photo: Trevor Clark. “Holy shit, first place!” Roy Tuscany exclaimed at the scoreboard minutes after his third heat of the day. He’d won first in his heat and advanced straight to the finals the next day in the Ventura Paddle Surfing Championships on October 7th. The Paddle Surfing Championships include“open” events for all athletes and also“adaptive” competitions for athletes who are disabled in one way or another. The adaptive athletes use waveskis, which are a mix of a kayak and a surfboard for maximum paddle power and maneuverability. When I asked Roy how it felt to win his heat he said with a laugh, “It’s really fun to win something again! It’s been a long time.” He went on to explain, “Ever since my injury, competition...
A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Balancing access and conservation in an urban environment By Leonie Sherman Permitted paddlers access the San Lorenzo River for the first time at an event hosted by the City of Santa Cruz and Coastal Watershed Council (Laurie Egan/CWC). It can take years to get a stop sign installed in Santa Cruz. So nobody is surprised that the process of opening the San Lorenzo River to recreational boat use is a slow one. The section of river under debate is just over a mile long and can be paddled in about half an hour, but residents are resigned to a lengthy political slog before anyone can put in their kayak beneath the Soquel Avenue bridge. The trendy boutiques and microbreweries of downtown Pacific Avenue were once an alluvial floodplain. After a huge flood in 1955, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed levees along the banks of the San Lorenzo River,...
Battle of the Bay 2016

Battle of the Bay 2016

Battle of the Bay September 17-18, San Francisco Bluerush is proud to host the Battle of the Bay / Watersport Festival, the largest event and expo of its kind in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area. This year’s event will include SUP, Prone Paddler, OC1 and OC2, and Surfski. The American Kiteboarding Association has picked this event to host their US National Kite Foil Championship and it will also be hosting the Northern California Windsurfing Championship. There will be various courses for each event. Spectators can check out the latest merchandise and equipment from our Sponsors, meet the pros, learn about sports nutrition and even take a yoga class. The MC will entertain with music while also broadcasting the action of the racers as they paddle around Alcatraz and the Bay. battleofthebay.com...
Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series 2016

Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series 2016

Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series Donner Lake, May 21 Waterman’s Paddle Jam, July 9 Fall Classic, September 11 The Tahoe Cup Paddle Racing Series takes place throughout the summer, with the first event on Donner Lake on May 21. The second and third events both take place on Lake Tahoe and offer recreational paddlers and more serious racers the chance to compete in SUP, prone paddleboard and outrigger races. The Waterman’s Paddle Jam is a six-mile race and takes place at the Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay, North Lake Tahoe. Hundreds of competitors are expected to be at the start line, and there will be equipment demos following the race. The Tahoe Fall Classic is the longest inland paddleboard race in the world, at 22 miles, and will welcome more than 150 athletes from around the world. It begins at El Dorado Beach in South Lake Tahoe and finishes...
Ta-Hoe Nalu 2016

Ta-Hoe Nalu 2016

Ta-Hoe Nalu August 12-14, Kings Beach Celebrating its tenth year, Ta-Hoe Nalu brings the feel of a traditional Hawaiian paddle festival to the spectacular Kings Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Quickly becoming a must-do event for anyone associated with all forms of paddleboarding, Ta-Hoe Nalu was founded in 2007 by Ernie Brassard. During the event, hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators will help create a party atmosphere in the high Sierra. The three-day event begins on Friday afternoon with paddleboarding workshops, yoga and exhibits. Racing begins on Saturday morning and continues through to Sunday, with competitions in prone and stand-up paddling, as well as outrigger racing. Distances vary from the ten-mile long course event to two-mile beginner races. Brassard had seen friends playing around on stand-up paddleboards so he purchased his own from Bob Pearson at Arrow Surfboards in Santa Cruz. After paddling the clear...
Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

Roadshow: 15th Annual Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race Recap

2016 iconic event “The Jay Race” celebrates the inspiring life of surfing legend Jay Moriarity By Cathy Claesson The 2016 Jay Race, held in Capitola on June 18, marked 15 years of celebrating the inspiring life of Jay Moriarity. Adventure Sports Journal is proud to be one of the original sponsors of this grassroots event and The Jay Race has been a part of the ASJ Roadshow since the beginning. This year’s event was blessed with great weather and a field of athletes traveling from near and far. Hundreds of athletes and spectators came to enjoy the race in scenic Capitola. New Leaf Community Market was there with food and drinks and Adventure Sports Journal was lucky enough to be set up right next to them. The event featured a challenging 12-mile long course and a two-mile short course for both prone and stand-up paddleboarders. There was also the Waterman...
The Jay Race 2016

The Jay Race 2016

The Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race – “The Jay Race” June 18, Capitola The Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race, commonly known as the Jay Race, will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year. Hundreds of spectators and competitors will descend on Capitola and the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay for this unique event. Presented for the first time by New Leaf Community Markets, the Jay Race has both a 12-mile course and a two-mile short course, for both prone and stand-up paddleboarders. For all-round paddlers, there is also the Waterman Challenge. This event is made up of a 500m swim, 1500m prone paddle and a 1000m stand-up paddle. “We absolutely love the Waterman Challenge. It is definitely the most spectator friendly race,” says race organizer Duke Brouwer. “It keeps people on the beach. They don’t want to miss it. We could see close to a hundred competitors.” Jay Moriarity was...
Battle of the Bay

Battle of the Bay

Largest event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area draws paddling enthusiasts from all over The Battle of the Bay is the largest paddling event of its kind in the San Francisco Bay Area. Stand up paddleboarders, prone paddlers and OC1 watercraft alike are welcome to take part in this festive weekend of racing taking place October 17-18, 2015. Races include short courses, distance, a kids’ course and relays, and the routes take paddlers around Alcatraz, down the shores of the Presidio National Park and around the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. On shore, paddling enthusiasts can check out the latest paddling gear, meet the pros, learn about sports nutrition and even take a yoga class at the event’s expo. Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Battle of the Bay will cap off the World Paddle Association’s race season. Don’t miss this chance to...
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