Battle of the Paddle 2013 Live Webcast Here
By: Stand Up Paddle Surfing Magazine
The Battle of the Paddle 2013 LIVE webcast is right here at www.supsurfmag.com. Saturday and Sunday September 28th and 29th events are live streaming worldwide.
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Olympic Champion Tim Wins Gold Again at the 2013 Ecover Blue Mile
By: Sports Environment
Olympic gold medallist Tim Baillie was in top kayak and SUP form at the
2013 Ecover Blue Mile in Plymouth, delighting fans who lined the city’s
waterfront to see him take on all-comers.
Tim was scheduled to be competing in the World Championships on the
weekend of the event on 14-15 September, but he and C2 canoe slalom
partner Etienne Stott had to withdraw after Etienne suffered a shoulder
injury during the summer.
Tim took part in the Ecover Blue Mile with his wife Sarah, herself an
international canoeist for Canada. And the couple made it a 1-2 in the
Fatyak Kayak race, with Tim just pipping Sarah to the finish line!
The Naish SUP race was won by Phil Ellery from Cornwall, with Tim
finishing runner-up. Tim admitted that he wasn’t as familiar with
sit-on-top kayaks or SUP boards as he is with his canoe, but that the
two sports were great fun.
It was also an experience for the enthusiasts who got to compete against
an Olympic champion. In all, 16 raced in the SUP event and a packed
field of 22 hopefuls took part in the kayak race. Jayne Blundell of
Fatyak Kayaks, who provided the kayaks for the event, said: "It was
great to see so many of our boats out on the water. We had brilliant
weather for it on Saturday and it was lovely to have so many people come down to the event.
"Tim Baillie spent some time with us at our stand in the event village,
which was brilliant, and he chatted to everyone and showed off his
Olympic gold medal.
"We also had great feedback from people who took the boats out so it
was a great success and we look forward to it again next year."
As well as supplying the kayaks for the event, Fatyak Kayaks also
donated two of their boats for prizes, including one which was auctioned
at the Ecover Blue Mile Gala Dinner to raise money for the Marine
The Ecover Blue Mile circuit starts near the famous Mayflower Steps on
Plymouth’s Barbican and heads out into Plymouth Sound, before finishing
back at the Barbican.
With heavy rain and high winds forecast for the second day of the event
on Sunday 15 September, all the major water sport events were switched
to the opening day on Saturday, making for a packed day of action on the water.
A record number of entrants signed up to take part in this year’s Ecover
Blue Mile, which was raising money for the event’s charity, the Marine
Conservation Society. Almost 300 people swam or paddled the course.
Thankfully, the sun shone on ‘Super Saturday’ as the mix of enthusiasts and serious competitors took to the water.
With the main events all taking place on Saturday, there was an opportunity on Sunday
morning for people to take part in SUP and kayak taster sessions, with a
£2 donation to the Marine Conservation Society. The predicted rain then
duly arrived early on Sunday afternoon.
Conrad Humphreys said the event had been a huge success: “To see so many
people enjoying the water was just great! I’d like to congratulate
everyone who took part – they’re the stars of the show. And it was
brilliant to see so many (64 members) of the talented athletes from
Plymouth Leander at the event.
“I’d also like to thank everyone for raising money for our charity, the
Marine Conservation Society. The MCS does brilliant work for our seas,
beaches and marine life and we’re delighted to support them.”
Andy Bool, head of fundraising at MCS, said: “It’s been great to see so
many people enjoying themselves in the sea and at the same time raising
funds to protect our marine environment and helping to ensure that many
more people can enjoy the sea in the future.”
Full results and timings for all participants can be found online here.
Stand Up Paddle Awards Voting Ends Septermber 11
By: KH Public Relations
Let Your Voice Be Heard at SUPAwards.com
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (September 9, 2013) — Voting for the third annual SUP Awards presented by Body Glove will close on Wednesday, September 11 at 11:59 p.m.,
Pacific Standard Time. This is your last chance to join the more than
12,000 voters that have already registered their picks for the Top 3
Male Paddlers, Top 3 Female Paddlers, Movie of the Year, Top
Philanthropic Effort and Top Expedition.
SUP magazine created the SUP Awards as standup paddling’s highest honor,
recognizing the absolute best the sport has to offer. The best athletes
in the sport will be on hand at the SUP Awards show on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the historic Casino San Clemente in San Clemente, Calif.
Aside from readers’ picks, SUP magazine will also present the Lifetime
Achievement Award, given to a legend that has invigorated the sport, a
male and female Rookie of the Year Award and a Performance of the Year
The SUP Awards presented by Body Glove will go off days before the
Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle, arguably standup
paddling’s most prestigious event.
SUP magazine is pleased to introduce Body Glove as the presenting
sponsor and would also like to thank Kona Brewing, Futures Fins, Natural
Vines Licorice, Tommy Bahama and the Payette River Games for supporting
Be sure to follow SUP Magazine on Facebook at facebook.com/standuppaddlermag
and on Twitter @SUPthemag for updates on SUP Awards voting. Use the
hash tag #SUPAwards to start the conversation on Twitter and Instagram.
About Body Glove Body Glove is the ultimate watersports brand and wants
to be there every time you’re in the water. With a rich history in the
surf and dive world Body Glove realizes every waterman’s needs. Body
Glove’s pledge is to PROTECT THE CORE of the athletes who use its
products. With the launch of the 3Tbarefoot “Just Your Foot Protected”
Body Glove Footwear continues on this tradition allowing Body Glove to
satisfy your needs from head to Toe.
About SUP Magazine
SUP magazine is part of San Clemente, California's
Grind Media and is the leading publication in the standup paddling media
world. With a progressive, approachable style, SUP strives to push its
readers off the couch and onto the water. Blending engaging print and
destination features, gear coverage and in-depth instructional pieces
with in-house video and event write-ups on SUPthemag.com, SUP magazine
is changing the way you look at the sport, all while getting you into
the game. For more information, please visit supthemag.com.
Source Interlink Media's GrindMedia is the world's
largest action/adventure/outdoor media company, with 29 leading media
assets featuring brands such as GrindTV.com, SURFER, SURFING, TransWorld
SKATEboarding, Bike, POWDER, TransWorld Motocross, Snowboarder, Canoe
& Kayak and more. GrindMedia reaches more than 40 million engaged
consumers every month through its print, online, mobile, TV/video and
events. Delivering significant reach across both action sports
enthusiast and various in-market consumer audiences, GrindMedia also
produces more than 40 leading events and webcasts such as Surfer Poll
Awards, TransWorld SKATEboarding Awards, Powder Video Awards, Lowers Pro
and EnduroCross. GrindMedia is also the exclusive action and adventure
sports content provider for Yahoo! Sports. To learn more, visit www.grindmedia.com.
SPZ Sports Debuts with Head-to-Tow SUP Specific Apparel and Accessory Collection
By: Sun Protection Zone
Sun Protection Zone, a leading innovator of sun protective clothing and products, is pleased to announce the launch of SPZ Sports. A collaboration with extreme athlete and SUP World Record holder Tom Jones, the first head-to-toe collection will meet the specific needs of Stand Up Paddleboarders (SUP) and other water sports enthusiasts.
The SPZ Sports SUP line will include two shirt styles, gloves, two bootie styles and a head wrap to start, with additional products to be added soon. Each style features the ultimate in sun protection and unique innovations for comfort and maneuverability while on a stand up paddle mission or other active watersports endeavor.
A highlight of the collection is MAC or “Motion Activated Cooling,” an innovative venting system that allows air to flow through both the front and back of the Men’s Long Sleeve MAC Shirt. The shirt, made of breathable four-way stretch UPF 50+ sun protective fabric, features mesh underarms and side panels for additional cooling, seamless underarms to avoid chafing, palm padding for grip, thumb holes to keep sleeves in place, covered hands for UV protection and reflective piping for enhanced visibility. Suggested retail price will be $88.
A Men’s Ultra Lite Shirt with short sleeves and a Women’s Ultra Lite Shirt with either short or long sleeves will also be available. With “nearly naked” lightweight four-way stretch UPF 30 fabric, the tops feature mesh underarms and side panels for cooling, seamless underarms to avoid chafing and reflective piping for visibility. The long sleeved version also has palm padding for grip and thumb holes to keep sleeves in place and for UV hand protection. Suggested retail price will be $52-$62.
In addition to UPF 50+ sun protection for the hands, the TJ Pro Sports Performance Gloves will offer double Velcro closures for a perfect fit and adjustability, raised “sticky” palm pads and faux leather padding for both grip and “slide” as well as comfort while paddling, and a pre-curved design to ease carpal tunnel issues and offer support. Suggested retail price will be $50.
Two bootie options will include the TJ Pro StableStance Boots and H2O MOX (Water Moccasin). The StableStance Boots will offer a ribbed sole and heel design to promote better board grip, a custom heel and Achilles design to support ankle and foot stability, porous toe panels for water drainage and an ankle cinch strap to keep debris out. The lightweight H2O MOX has a ribbed sole for traction on any surface, porous fabric that drains water easily and an elasticized top to keep the debris out. Both offer 50+ UPF sun protection for the feet and ankles and the suggested retail price will be $59 and $21 respectively.
Finally, to top it all off, the HeadSkinz Action Wrap will provide UPF 50+ sun protection for the head with a full drape to protect the ears and neck as well. A neoprene padded top will add cushion to comfortably “head-haul” a SUP or surf board with ties that will allow adjustability to ensure the wrap stays put even in extreme wind conditions. Suggested retail price will be $20.
The new SPZ Sports SUP collection will debut at Surf Expo, Sept. 6-8, 2013, Booth #758 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, with product available in specialty, online and retail stores beginning in November 2013.
For more information, visit the website www.spzsports.com, follow on Facebook facebook.com/spzsports, Instagram instagram.com/spzsports and Twitter twitter.com/spzsports
About Sun Protection Zone
Founded in 2005, Sun Protection Zone develops men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories with 100 percent UVA & UVB protection. The collection includes tee-shirts, long sleeved shirts, rash guards, shorts, hats and arm sleeves. Sun Protection Zone’s goal is to inform and protect consumers from the sun in fashionable ways with great quality and unique design. Sun Protection Zone not only sells sun protective products, but is very involved in the community and charity by spreading the message of sun safety in unique ways. They also work with leading dermatologists to raise awareness of skin cancer and educate their patients about sun protection through product sampling, brochures and other informative publications.
CK to Open Paddlesports Store in San Antonio, TX
By: Austin Kayak
Outdoor retailer, Austin Canoe and
Kayak (ACK), a division of MSP Holdings LLC, announced today plans to
open a 5th location in northwest San Antonio, Texas. ACK San Antonio
will be conveniently located at 12770 Cimarron Path, just off I-10,
south of 1604. The 5,000 square-foot store will provide outdoor
enthusiasts with one-stop-shopping for top name brands such as Hobie,
Wilderness Systems, and Yeti Coolers. In addition to a broad selection
of kayaks, stand up paddle boards, camping and other outdoor gear, ACK
San Antonio will offer kayak and SUP rentals as well as installation and
Since its initial store opening over 20 years ago, ACK has been
devoted to providing its customers with an unmatched experience through
excellent service, high quality products and knowledgeable staff.
San Marcos location has been a success thanks to the support of many of
our loyal customers from the San Antonio and southeast coastal
regions,” explains Chris Hackerd, VP of Store Operations. “We are
excited to finally open a store that is a little closer to home for them
while also expanding our reach farther south, closer to the coastal
With stores currently operating in Austin, San Marcos, Spring and
Houston, Texas, ACK is slated to officially open its doors in San
Antonio in early November 2013. Similar to its sister stores, ACK San
Antonio will also house the “Store-in-a-Store” concept with dedicated
floor space for Rack Boys, providing a full assortment of vehicle racks,
trailers and accessories and installation services.
About MSP Holdings, LLC
Holdings, LLC operates Austin Canoe and Kayak (ACK), an award-winning
paddlesports and outdoor retailer and Rack Boys a vehicle rack and
sports travel outfitter dedicated to providing exceptional customer
service. Both retail outfits are based out of the central Texas area,
with their respective online stores at www.AustinKayak.com and www.RackBoys.com and within four physical locations in Austin, San Marcos, Spring and Houston, Texas.
Leading Teams Celebrate Victory at the 2013 YOLO Board Relay Series
By: YOLO Board
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. - All three top teams in each division heading into the final race of the YOLO Board Relay Series on August 8th
managed to maintain their leads and receive the coveted “2013 YOLO
Board Cup Series” champion title held at the WaterColor Inn & Resort
in Santa Rosa Beach, FL. YOLO Board celebrated the end to a successful
race season with presenting sponsors Destin Real Estate Company at the
WaterColor BoatHouse on Western Lake as the popular community event
winded down its 6th season.
Final cumulative standings were:
1. Blonde Bettys: Stacey Troy, Lin Cunningham, Misty Green
2. Grayton Coast Properties: Linda Gudnason, Kitty Taylor, Kelly Murzynsky
3. Miss Gingerdots: Tina Sutton, Ashley Brammer, Parker
1. Team GUSU: Dave Leach, Garrett Fletcher, Jake Stepp
2. Coastal Paddle Company: Kevin Cook, Justin Labrato, Jacob Timba
3. SWFD – Donations for Danny: Rick Talbert, Carl Hohenstein, Alan Sainz
1. Destin Real Estate: Jessica D'Aleo, Justin Cook, Matt Wise
2. GUSU: Bernadette Leach, Matt McDonald, Trapper
3. Red and White (Tie): Michelle Jancewski, Jay Foster, Dave Meadows
3. Table Five Chef (Tie): Laura Talbert, Phil McDonald, Steve Reeves
YOLO Board Relay Series featured the area standup paddlers competing
relay-style in teams of three. To learn more about the series or view
complete race standings, please visit www.yolorace.com. For more information regarding YOLO Board, please call 850.622.5760 or visit www.YOLOBoard.com.
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