101 Surf Sports Stand Up Paddleboarding and Kayaking on San Francisco Bay

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With snow-capped East Bay mountains setting the backdrop it was one race that defined a person’s character just by showing up. Show up they did, and rewarded they were.(Pictured Kevin Finn bringing home first place on the short course)

The theme for 2019’s Paddle Race Season has been “Windows”. Weather windows that is and we were blessed once again with a fine one for Race #3 in Redwood City. With snow literally just a few miles off in the distance we were lucky to have a small spot of sunlight warming us up at Westpoint Harbor.(pictured below Emily Mathews)

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Sandwiched between storm clouds to the North and a building South Wind we were just able to get of racing in a near perfect little window. The Long Course race featured a bit of the aforementioned building winds on the outside legs of the course that are more exposed to San Francisco Bay. The incoming tide was a bit of a double-edged sword helping pull the paddlers home but also adding extra ‘texture’ to the wind chop. 

Once back in the Redwood City Slough thought it once again flattened out and we saw some pretty fast times turned in. Matty Yonder took it upon himself to introduce the “medium” course and set a new course record doing it. What’s an extra buoy paddled amongst friends? Video below is of the SUP Start Video on Bike Cam. 

Today was National Pizza Day. No joke. So, Pizza it was for lunch with White Chocolate Chip Cookies chasers. Quinoa Salad for the healthier fare was matched up with some fruit. Have to say though the fruit was not nearly as good as the fruit we get from the Fruit Guys in our San Rafael races.

We let the group know about a couple special up coming events. As part of the Santa Cruz Paddlefest there will be the first ever SUP Film Festival. Monte Rio Theater in Santa Cruz on March 30th. Good times for a good cause. More Information on the Santa Cruz SUP Film Festival. 

Also, you only have 106 days left to get ready for the California River Quest. With 25, 50, 75, and 100-mile courses there is something for the adventurer in everyone. More information on the California River Quest. 

Special thanks to event Sponsors Hint Water and Kind Bars for once again providing the healthy hydration and the need protein to get every one on the water and ready for action. Thanks to everyone who raced. We are proud to have such gamers in our community that will take up the challenge mother nature can wield. Or you have a screw loose. Either way thanks!

We have 2 more races left in the season so make your plans now and we will see you on the water.

March 2nd San Rafael Paddle Race  

March 16th Paddle Race Redwood City. 

We also have a Surfski Clinic for both beginners and intermediates in San Rafael on March 3rd. 

Free Swap Meet San Rafael – Saturday April 6th.More Information

Free Swap Meet Redwood City Saturday April 13th. More Information

Video Link to the "Future Redwood City 101 Surf Sports. When watching this video we will be the white box on the left of the new yacht club. See the Future 101 Surf Sports Redwood City Here

Photo Gallery and Link To Personal Finish Videos

Complete Results

Long Course    
Kenny Howell Surfski 46.29
Elaine Baden & Amy Byers  Surfski Double 47.25
Mike Staninec Surfski 59.01
Brian Peterson Prone 1.03.01
David Liu OC1 1.03.5
Jen Fuller  SUP 12'6  1.06.3
Jamie Willin SUP 14' 1.07.3
Andi Traynor SUP 14' 1.11.3
Lori Drour  SUP 12'6 1.17.4
     
Short Course    
Kevin Finn  SUP 14' 38.27
Matty Yonder SUP 14' 39.36
Geoff Schwarten SUP 12'6  39.51
Sabine Dukes SUP 14' 43.41
Emily Mathews SUP 14' 47.25
CC Moncada SUP 12' 6 48.41

 

 

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