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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 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 Conservation Society.

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   
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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 Award.

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 the event.

Be sure to follow SUP Magazine on Facebook at 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, SUP magazine is changing the way you look at the sport, all while getting you into the game. For more information, please visit

About GrindMedia
 Source Interlink Media's GrindMedia is the world's largest action/adventure/outdoor media company, with 29 leading media assets featuring brands such as, 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
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, follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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 repair services.

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.

“Our 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 cities.”

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
MSP 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 and 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

Next Level

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

The 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 For more information regarding YOLO Board, please call 850.622.5760 or visit


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