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Ta-Hoe Nalu 2017

Ta-Hoe Nalu 2017

Ta-Hoe Nalu August 12-13, Kings Beach Ta-Hoe Nalu brings the feel of a traditional Hawaiian paddle festival to the spectacular Kings Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe August 12-13, 2017. Hundreds of competitors and thousands of spectators help create a party atmosphere in the High Sierra. 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. Throughout the weekend, attendees can check out the expo area and enjoy food and beverages. New for the 2017 event: First Stroke: a non-competitive fun guided paddle tour – no experience needed. Beginners and non-competitive paddlers welcome. Boards and paddles will be supplied for those needing them. Free entry in the 2-mile race on Sunday. Ta-Hoe Nalu Sprint Elimination Challenge. Free Starboard’s SUP Polo (inflatable SUP Polo...
Bay Parade 2017

Bay Parade 2017

Swim, kayak, SUP, or boat for a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay on Sunday, July 9 Suzanne Heim-Bowen, winner of the Golden Rivet Prize for fastest Bay Parade solo swimmer, starts her swim. Photo: Clay Schmitz. The Bay Parade is Baykeeper’s annual on-the-water celebration of a healthy San Francisco Bay. Hundreds of swimmers, kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, and boaters gather for a fun and active day on San Francisco Bay. The parade finale will be broadcast on the Jumbotron at AT&T Park at the start of the San Francisco Giants home game. GOLDEN RIVET SWIM: 6.5 miles from Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove Timed solo swim, timed four-person relay, and open relay divisions $100 registration plus $200 fundraising minimum REGISTER | DETAILS BOAT: Motorboats, sailboats, and rowboats are needed to support swimmers from the Golden Gate to McCovey Cove This is a critical volunteer role for the...
The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors Launch CamelBak Pursuit Series

The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors Launch CamelBak Pursuit Series

Outdoor enthusiasts invited to immerse in “work hard, play hard” escape Press Release, San Francisco – The Outbound Collective and Eventus Outdoors will kick off the CamelBak Pursuit Series, two immersive events for outdoor enthusiasts, urban professionals and adventurous families and friends, beginning in August 2017. At each of the three-day CamelBak Pursuit Series events, participants will “play hard, have fun, and learn all of the outdoor activities and skills they’ve always dreamt about,” said a company representative. Located just outside the urban hubs of Salt Lake City, UT and San Francisco, CA, the series’ inaugural year will see the two events touch down in nearby Snowbasin Mountain Resort, UT on August 11-13 and Sanborn County Park, CA, just 50 miles south of San Francisco, on September 8-10. The CamelBak Pursuit Series is sponsored by The Outbound Collective, an online outdoor and travel community, and CamelBak. “The CamelBak Pursuit Series...
The Jay Race 2017

The Jay Race 2017

The Jay Race June 17, Capitola Photo: Nelly One of the most iconic paddleboard races in the world, the Jay Moriarity Memorial Paddleboard Race is held in honor of one of big wave surfing’s favorite sons – the late Jay Moriarity. Jay was known as much for his fearless big wave surfing as he was for his positive and always friendly attitude. To stay in shape for the winter big wave season, Jay became an avid paddleboarder and could regularly be seen logging countless miles on his paddleboard on the beautiful waters of Monterey Bay. Participants gather annually to remember Jay and paddle their hearts out in his honor. All proceeds benefit the Jay Moriarity Foundation to raise funds for Junior Lifeguard programs to purchase equipment and provide scholarships in Jay’s name as well as other ocean related beneficiaries. Now an Olympic qualifier, the 2017 event celebrates its 16th...
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...
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