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The 2016 California 100 Adds 50 and 25 Mile Options!

NEWS FLASH! In 2016, Rivers for Change added 25 and 50 mile options to the epic California 100, all starting together under the Sundial Bridge early on June 11, 2016! This means the race is ON for any and everybody! There is plenty of time to train and partake in the magic of the Sacramento River. We’re stoked! I’m stoked! I went to go test paddle the River in late, cold, December. I was graced with the amazing hospitality of the “Crew” up in Redding. What I thought would be a decent river trip with nice people with my 19′ old school unlimited SUP board without a leash, turned into a beautiful experience with outstanding personalities whom I didn’t know before arriving. Aloha can so be found in cold places. So can bright, oversized drysuits in school bus yellow color. Once again- the paddling communities who paddle the River between Redding and Chico- the boundaries of the California 100- blow me away. Back to the race. The California 100 will continue to be a pinnacle event for incredible paddle athletes. A 100-mile ultramarathon paddle race, in one day, is big time! If you are thinking about racing, hats off to you! R*e*g*i*s*t*e*r already, it’s open. 100 miles, 50, or 25 miles. Relay options. Open category for Adventure Class athletes who want to paddle a box down the river, or Competitive Class for those seeking the podium. No paddler left behind! -ish. Three California 100 Training Clinics are scheduled for Saturdays in March, April, and May. Address distance paddling preparedness in the first. Breakdown a powerful forward stroke in the...

2016 Paddle Race Calendar is UP!

Been spending the last couple of weeks talking and emailing with race directors to do a big update on the 2016 SUPCURRENTS Event & Race Calendar. I think the racing calendar looks pretty solid for 2016 with some new events however a couple of events still have not checked in. Take a gander and let me know what you think, it’s a work in progress but lets just say we have a good start to the season ahead. Happy Thanksgiving!  ...

2015 ChattaJack31: Woah.

It’s Wednesday, and I found my shoulders. I had left them on the side of a river in Tennessee, like so many tears and overused banjo references from people who think they know something about the south. Like my one ex from CA who tried to emulate a southern accent, then asked me with a serious eyebrow if North Carolina has a coastline. But I digress before I have even started, like so many niceties exchanged in the south before some quick question can be asked of a stranger.   Chattajack31: A mashup of Chattanooga, the event’s hometown, and “Jack” for many interpretations, all my own. One, we were all Jack’d up for this event, all 300 entrants and many wait-listed folks. What paddling event, in only its fourth year, sees 300 entries fill up within two weeks of opening registration, six months before the start horn? Two, we were all Jack’d up after the race with soreness or blisters or some other ailment. It is said that this brutal race does not leave one unscathed. Third, the field was Jack’d with fine athletes and paddling sport delegates. It was amazing just to stand amidst so much mastery. Finally, we were in Jack Daniels country, especially relative to where so many people hailed from for the race (Florida had the most racers, and plenty of winners!) There must be a correct reason for the “Jack” part of Chattajack, but I’ll just wait to be scolded. The “31” is for the mileage and maybe a little bit of Halloween action. It was 31-plus miles of downstream, a word which usually...

Battle of the Bay: Race Report and Recap

Battle of the Bay: That’s a Wrap! This years Battle of the Bay was an EPIC weekend of paddle racing on San Francisco Bay. The event organizers Steve Pugh from Bluerush Boardsports and Laree Mancour delivered what could be called an unforgettable weekend of paddle racing at the Crissy Field event site. By the way putting an event on at Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco is no small feat, Steve, Laree and the entire team busted their butt through wind, a bit of rain and an impromptu low rider car show & BBQ (which was really cool btw). Way to go! Ok here is my  breakdown on the two days of racing: The San Francisco Bay always dishes out inconsistent weather, wind and tides that make for  challenging paddle conditions (and keep the event management on edge).  And this years Battle of the Bay did not disappoint when it came to delivering an assortment of conditions. On Saturday, the 8.5-mile-long distance had practically perfect paddling weather with a low ceiling of clouds that kept things nice and cool and practically no wind.  SUP’s prones, outriggers (OC1/2) and surf skis all raced the same course.  The Open SUP Race started from the beach with sprint to the water then a very fast paced run east to  Alcatraz Island, David Wells from 101 Surf Sports took an early lead and pretty much never looked back. Rounding Alcatraz was straight forward, but never, ever think that the rounding the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge will have easy passage because it wont and it didn’t. Racing up to South...

Monterey Bay Crossing Outrigger Canoe Race (MBX) Recap

10/13/2015 Monterey Bay Crossing Outrigger Canoe Race (MBX) By Teresa Rogerson I figured the rigor of a long outrigger canoe race across the Monterey Bay, run “iron” without any paddler changes, would be a boon to my stand up paddle stroke and stoke. It was. A super fast cadence in our OC-6, especially when Judy was “stroke”, kept me not so much on my toes, as sitting and reaching with a major quickness. It’s all about anticipating the “catch,” which I would say was one of my best learnings to come out of college. Not so many boy loot caught, but plenty of water pulled on the rowing team most of my four years in Chattanooga, TN. This is not my personal bio, sorry. Back to the Monterey Bay, which happens to be where I lived the first decade of the 2000’s and used to surf kayak and compete at the Santa Cruz Kayak Surf Festival back when it was just for surf kayaks— gah, sorry, ok. Sitting out on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in the fog, chilly on a Saturday early fall October 3rd morning, squeezed like six peas into a pea pod-shaped outrigger, with the “ama” out over our left side (the steerswoman was always saying “Keep the ama light!”); we awaited the horn for the start of the 22 nautical mile slog across the Monterey Bay. Our team consisted of four outrigger veterans, a surf ski paddler, and myself (see bio above). I had opened my mouth a week or so prior about wanting to do the race, and magic happened, again because of...

101 Surf Sports Oktoberfest Paddle Race Recap

October 12, 2015 While I wish I had gone to the Pacific Paddle Games at Doheny in Dana Point I was doing the next best thing, racing at the 101 Surf Sports Oktoberfest Paddle Race. The guys (Cort and David) have mastered the art of putting on a very well run race with on time race starts, timely results, and of course good food & beer. Everything went down like clockwork yesterday and was a good tune up for the Battle of the Bay race next weekend at Crissy Field. What’s always refreshing to see at the 101 Surf Sports races is the amount of first time racers, think I counted over 20 folks when David Wells called on the new racers to raise their hands. The San Rafael Canal/Creek is a safe place to test yourself in a paddle race environment, not to mention have a ton of fun while before, during and after the race.  The canal also allows a paddle racer (beginner or expert) to practice the course and then see measurable improvement from race to race. Oh and the canal is almost always sunny and warm. Fun morning of paddle racing with lots of friends, no matter what its always better to race in a pack of racers rather than by yourself. Yesterdays race was no exception. I battled it out with Jamie Willin the whole race, I mean the entire one hour and 2 minutes of racing. We caught and passed Daniel Alvarez once we got inside the 1 mile mark of the canal, but Daniel put up a nasty fight all the way...

7th Annual Round The Rock Paddle Race

September 12th 2015 7th Annual Race Round the Rock Paddle Race   By Jen Fuller     Round the Rock race was inspired by Jeff Underwood 7 years ago. Jeff lives on Mercer Island and he and his cohorts thought, “hey lets start a race around the island”! In the words of Jeff Underwood: “First race was a fundraiser for Surf Rider Foundation. I think 73 peeps in long course and around 60 in short race. It’s grown every year for the most part. With the 11th hour venue change (he is referring to the change from Newcastle to Chism beach this year due to high bacteria), we lost some registrants and obviously public turnout this year. I created the race because I figured my wife would give a hall pass to me so I could paddle for several hours for what I thought would be with a dozen or more local paddlers.” So what started out to be a low-key event has turned into a bigger race event over the years. As any race organizer knows the planning and money that go into a race is incredibly detailed and costly in order to pull off a great event. This event was just that! The main race was a 13 mile rounding of Mercer Island. This year brought very calm waters, light wind and hot weather. Good timing as the week before the wind was blowing nearly 50 mph with torrential rains. Past years have brought high winds and rough water so each year you just never know. I overheard locals telling tails in the parking lot of years...

Tahoe Cup Fall Classic (22 miler)

9/15/2015 The Tahoe Cup Fall Classic The Fall Classic is one of those races you love to hate. Love the race when you are finished but hate it when you are at the 18 mile mark and have basically blown up. At least thats what happened to me for the past two years. This year I decided to take break from The Fall Classic, not a decision I pondered lightly but judging from race reports, pictures and other various social media data I would say I missed one of the hardest Fall Classic’s in history. Smoke, headwinds and difficult navigation made for a very, very tough crossing. To tell the story and relive her experience of racing across the Big Blue, I have asked esteemed female SUP paddler (2nd place Woman SUP) and the new Cal 100 Race Director Teresa Rogerson to give us her recap of the day. Tahoe Cup Lake Crossing by Teresa Rogerson The 2015 Fall Tahoe Classic 22 mile south to north lake crossing: I guess it was kind of like SUP’ping confused open ocean chop, with no sight of land or sky in any direction, surrounded by and breathing in the smoke from burning lands, guided directionally by kind spirit guides on jet skis. It has been a long time since I have felt as >>out there<< as I felt out in the middle of Lake Tahoe last Sunday. For the first time ever, my Garmin was not programmed to show the distance I had already paddled (don’t change strategies on a race day), so I felt even further afield in the aquarium. I...

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