The 2015 Standup Paddleboard Race Season has begun, and an exciting start at that! The conditions and compeition at both The Carolina Cup, and the first race of the SUP The South Series were both fierce to say the least.
The Carolina Cup is a week long event with clinics, meet & greets, movie night, a demo expo, and the races rounding out the week. Being the 5th year of The Carolina Cup, over 700 racers from 40 different states and 20 different countries came to test their skills in one of the biggest SUP events ever!
The Graveyard Race is a 12.6-13.2-mile ocean and flatwater race, and a few BOTE Boards decided to take the challenge. BOTE Ambassador Joey Huempfner, with a time of 2:35:00, placed 5th overall in the Men's 12'6" Division, while placing 1st in the 17 and under division. He raced on a stock BOTE 12'6" Valhalla.
Also on a BOTE Board, Billy Swezey paddled the Graveyard with a time of 2:19:28. He raced on a stock BOTE 14' Valhalla.
Click HERE for the complete results of The 2015 Carolina Cup.
The SUP The South Race Series is off to its second year! The SUP The South races include it's kickoff in Mississippi with MS Gulf Coast Paddle, moves on to Alabama with Paddle Lake Martin, and concludes in Florida with Paddle Destin. Each race consists of a 1 Mile Beginner race, a 3 Mile Rec race, and a 6 Mile Elite race. The series started off this past weekend in Mississippi on Bay St. Louis, with very challenging weather conditions. BOTE was present to take on the challenge and take the podium in a number of different categories. Co-founder, and BOTE Ambassador Magda Cooper took first in the Women's 12'6" 6 Mile Elite with a time of 1:26:15 on a DarkRoom custom 12'6" board designed and built for her.
Pete Buzzelli, BOTE Team racer and Director of the DarkRoom, took 1st in the Men's 14' 6 Mile Elite with a time of 1:15:22, also on a DarkRoom custom board.
First time BOTE Racer, David Feliciano finished the Men's 3 Mile Rec on a 12'6" DarkRoom custom board, with a time of 58:40.
For official times and results of the first SUP The South Race in Mississippi, click HERE.
The 2015 Race Season is off to a great start and BOTE is pumped to keep racing towards that finish line!
For an unofficial list of the 2015 SUP races, click HERE.