Tuesday, August 20, 2013

the stand up world series returns to CHICAGO

This weekend the Stand Up World Series returns to Chicago for their second annual Pro-Am race extravaganza.  I'll be there all weekend and, at the risk of sounding bossy, YOU SHOULD BE TOO!

I can't tell you how much I learned and improved as a paddler last year at this event.  This is an incredible opportunity to spend time on the beach alongside the top pros in standup paddling and is well worth the effort to be there.

The organizers have things pretty dialed in this year.  There will be secure board storage at the event site and they're offering open class races for all board types and sizes.

I'm also teaming up with Ian from Chicago SUP to organize a meet & greet social 'Paddle with the Pros' event on Thursday afternoon/evening.  Join us at Chicago SUP at North Avenue Beach on Thursday, August 22nd at 4pm where we'll be hanging out with the pros, hitting the water for an easy social paddle, then heading over to Piece Pizza in Bucktown for dinner.

Here is the schedule for the full weekend's activities:


Friday 23rd August: Press Conference & Registration

·      2pm: Press Conference at the W Hotel
·      4 – 6pm: Registration and board drop at North Avenue Beach
·      6pm: Welcome drink at the W Hotel Lakeshore
·      7pm: Movie Premier of the Starboard Movie at the W Hotel

Saturday 24th August: Sprint Racing

·      8.30am: Athlete meeting and any late registrations
·      10am – 1pm: Amateur & Youth Sprints
·      1.30pm – 5pm: World Series Sprints (Men & Women)
·      5.30pm: Pacifico Party & live music at Castaways, North Avenue Beach

Sunday 25th August: Long Distance Racing & Celebrity Relays

·      8.30am: Athlete check in & late registrations for open class
·      10am – 12pm: Amateur & Youth Long Distance Race
·      10am – 12pm: Na Kama Kai Youth Clinic
·      12pm – 1pm: Newcomer races on stock inflatable boards
·      1pm – 2pm: Celebrity and Partner Relays
·      2pm: World Series Long Distance
·      4pm: Beach Awards for long distance Racing & Overall World Series for both Elite & Amateurs
·      6pm: Closing Party on the W Rooftop

Don't miss this incredible opportunity to paddle with the top pros in Standup!  Hope to see you there!

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