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Fager's Island site of Battle on the Bay Competition PDF Print E-mail
By: Ron Gossard   
Friday, 30 September 2011

OCEAN CITY – Competitors will converge at Fager’s Island on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. for its inaugural Battle On The Bay stand up paddle board race. Hosted by WHAT-SUP Stand Up Paddle and the popular dining spot on 60th Street and the Bay, this global sport with a Hawaiian heritage has been all the rage -- riding a huge wave of popularity here on the Eastern Shore.

WHAT SUP is part of the passionate stand up paddle boarding movement to take the exciting sport to new extremes by offering SUP races. 

Participants have a choice of a 2.5-mile fun race, which is geared for anyone who is new to the sport or just looking for a fun paddle. The 5-miler is for anyone with paddling experience and is ready to challenge their distance paddling.  Various categories are available for participants to register, according to their board sizes.

In June, WHAT-SUP, Fager’s Island and the Coastal Bays Foundation hosted a successful team stand up paddle board and kayak race; teams of two completed a short distance paddle and kayak course, with hundreds of spectators pulling for their favorite teams.

“The June race was very successful and we want to bring even more awareness on how fun stand up paddle boarding can be,“ said Ron Gossard of WHAT-SUP.  “So we decided that we would offer another race this fall.”

Interestingly, the sport engages people of all ages. The recent winner of the popular race, Battle of the Paddle in California, is only 17 years old. “Being in the fitness industry for more than 20 years, I’m excited a sport can appeal to all ages,” said Dawn Ehman of WHAT-SUP. “We had participants from 8 to 80 years old paddle with us this summer.” “I’m excited SUP races feature competitive athletes at various ages, which shows age doesn’t matter when it comes to paddling and will attract more people to the sport,” she added.

Entry fee for participants costs $25, which includes a sandwich and a drink. Spectators are welcome to attend, free of charge. Fager’s will offer drink specials throughout the day.

Sponsors for the race are Coastal Surf Supplies, Ron House, Gerry Lopez, Riviera, Nectar and 404 SUP boards.


Participants can register at For more information about the race, call 410-289-8787, email to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit

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