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 to the finish. Way to go boys those are fun times.
Let’s have fun at Battle of the Bay, should be some fun racing.
Thanks to the whole crew at 101 Surf Sports, David, Cort, Pete, Tom, Derek (I am probably forgetting someone)
And the sponsors….Marin Brewing, Whole Foods, Mamies Pies, Hint Water
Photo by Ron Steinau