I got an email today, announcing the Battle of the Bay SUP Race and Expo. I love San Francisco, and ever since I got in to Stand Up, I have always wanted to paddle there. This looks like a great event and the Cash Purse is reported to be $20,000. Sounds like some real money. Since it is way out in October, there is plenty of time to start saving. If you can only go to a couple of events per year, this looks like one you shouldn’t skip.
In addition to an Elite Class race, there will be an Amateur Race, and a Kids race. Aside from the races, there will be a Manufactures Expo too.
Click the link below to check it out. It is actually a pretty nice site, considering it was built just to promote a race.
From the Announcement I received:
To the team at SUP Gladiator
Get your calendars out and mark the dates – October 29th and 30th ·2011 when Stand Up Paddling will take the San Francisco Bay Area by storm in the inaugural Battle Of The Bay SUP Race and Expo. And with a $20,000 cash purse on the line expect the world’s top SUP paddlers to be battling it out for top honors.
The explosion in popularity of Stand Up Paddling has infected the San Francisco Bay in a big way and now the local paddling fleet is calling all paddlers to join them in the celebration of paddling in one of the world’s most iconic bodies of water, the San Francisco Bay.
The Battle of the Bay will feature SUP racing amidst the most some of the most storied paddling waters found on the planet just off San Francisco’s Crissy Field shores. The racing action will feature both Elite and Amateur classes racing on long and short courses respectively with divisions for men and women in the 12’6″ and 14′ ft board lengths.· Due to the lack of an unlimited class the organizers have announced a Kahuna Division for riders exceeding 210lbs and to show the big guys proper respect a cash purse will be on the line. To be eligible for the Kahuna division riders must paddle a 12’6″ board.
The Courses are not yet finalized but expect some iconic scenery as you paddle your SUP under and around the Golden Bridge only to zig zag your way back down San Francisco’s majestic City Front Sky line. This is no ordinary circuit course and test events will be held prior to the big day to ensure a challenging route that will test both skill and endurance alike.
Racing will take place October 30th however The Battle of the Bay is much more than just a racing event with a full-fledged SUP Manufacturers exposition running the day prior on October 29th. On top of that family fun will be a focus of the event with a Kid’s SUP racing and due to the proximity to Halloween an on the water costume parade all of which will feature prizes and awards for the competitors. After racing concludes on Sunday weary paddlers will then be treated to gala celebration & awards presentation at the West Coast’s most prestigious yacht club the St. Francis Yacht club.
Course details, Hotel and Travel Information, and event logistics will be released shortly but don’t wait and start making your plans to be in San Francisco at the End of October for what promises to be the biggest event in Bay Area Stand Up Paddling History.