Monday, April 18, 2011
it's all happening
That's right, SUP racing is hitting the Great Lakes this summer in a big way. The Midwest Stand Up Paddleboard series is going off with six races between June and August. Click the link above to learn more... but before you do, let me share the not-so-good news.
There is NO CHICAGO EVENT planned for this summer. WHAT, you say? I know, that's what I said too. I spoke with Paddleboard Specialist owner Gary Stone, one of the event organizers, and he told me that they made an effort to get a Chicago event on the books, but it just didn't happen. OK... next year then. I'm going to see what I can do to help this along, so if you've got any ideas or want to help, email me.
In the meantime, I am going to hit a couple of these races for sure. They all have 'longboard' divisions, which means you can race any board under 12'6" that is not a displacement hull (read, just a regular surfboard-style sup), so you don't have to go out and get some tricked out carbon race board for $2500 (not that getting a new board is ever a bad idea). Just show up with whatever you normally paddle on and throw down.
That leads me right into a teaser for my next post... time to start training.