The SUP Awards has been a great event for the past 2 years, bringing everyone in the SUP community together to celebrate our sport of Stand Up Paddling, and congratulate key people helping the sport grow. SUP the Mag has posted all the acceptance speeches from the night on their website HERE.
We wanted to share these two speeches.
1st is the award for top Philanthropic effort. Stand Up For the Cure got the award and we were very proud to be a part of that great event this year and can't wait till next year. Don't miss it.
The next award that we wanted to share was the 2012 SUP Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award given to Gerry Lopez. We couldn't be happier for Gerry, and it was good to hear from our friend and Shaper Ron House, tell stories of how they both got into SUP.
Battle of the Paddle 2012 Guinness World Record Party Wave filmed by: John Clark of http://www.supsurfclub.com
Thank you to Sparky, Gerry, Pat, Barrett and all of the people that
make the Battle of the Paddle the SUP event of the year! Music by: Rubber Bean Edited by: Manya Clark
The Battle of the Paddle this year was an awesome event. It is great to see the sport continue to grow in the amount of people paddling, and the amount of younger paddlers dominating the elite class as well as a lot of brave groms participating in the kids race.
As we gather all our photos and videos from the event(may take a day or two), Here is a collection of Instagram photos and captions from @rivierapaddlesurf and our friends.
Raceboards get prepared for the weekend - Swell is on the way, everyones amped.
SUP awards thursday Night, it was great to get the whole SUP community together -- Friday, the Riviera Chase Boat is getting into position.
Raceday... The Elite race was stacked -- 404 Team Rider/Owner Danny Ching takes the win -- Kona Brewing Company sponsors our party on Sunday night. They supplied us with more Longboard Lager than we've ever seen. 1,000 beers. We better get started.
The sun rises on sunday, and it couldn't have been a nicer day 75* weather, not a bit of wind, and 3-4 ft surf. The distance race is on, and Rob Rojas wins the unlimited class, and Danny Ching takes the win in the 14' elite class.
The kids race starts, and the whole field gets caught inside by a set. Boards and children were flying in all directions. All of them made it to the finish safely and had a good time competing.
Sunday night we hosted a BOP Party. Sushi and fish tacos prepared by Keoni, and Live Music by Rubber Bean.