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

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A crisp, brisk, morning air greeted the fleet of anxious paddlers as they arrived for our second of the last race of the year. By race time however, the temps had soared to spring like levels with blue skies and and nary a zephyr of wind about. Now you know why we hold our races in the winter.

And if you haven’t heard us on the soap box before we’ll climb up there one more time because “Paddling is better in the winter!”. If you don’t believe us we have 60+ racers who will vouch for us. Video below is the start of the long course boats - those guys are fast!

The day started with an impassioned plea to make sure all your gear has your phone number and name on it. The US Coast Guard can wind up spending precious time and tax payer dollars looking for you when you simply dropped your paddle in the water. Writing your name helps them determine whether a real rescue needs to be undertaken. Following this advice may also help you get your stuff back when you lose it somewhere so please write your name and number on your stuff!

This is the second to last race in our winter series with our March 7th race wrapping up our 8th year of continuous racing so if you missed todays action sign up here for the next one. (pictured below the SUP fleet in pursuit of the boats)

Stand Up paddleboard racing on san francisco bay

andy toro book

While we do get some elite athletes here our racing is more about beating up on yourself. We call it PBR. No not that PBR but - Personal Best Racing. Just coming out being on the water and doing the best you can is the only measuring stick that matters. And yes we do enjoy a cold PBR after racing too. With that said we had quite a few records on the day with Jen Quinn and Jonathan Slushee setting the new Co-ed OC2 record on the long course. Jay Wild set a new benchmark on the OC1 and Jack Charlesworth setting the new SUP 12'6 Junior record on the short course. Dave Hook beat the OC1 Record for the masters on t short course while Mike McCoy set the masters record on the Surfski short course. Jasper Caddell also broke the record for juniors on the long course surfski and is now just 3 seconds short of Carter Johnson's overall record. And finally by a scant 3 second margin Johnny Eason set the record for the long course SUP Surf class.See those records here.

We were lucky to have Olympian Andy Toro (pictured below with the River Town Racers) on hand to sign copies of his new book detailing his defection from Hungary and subsequent Olympic Journey. Having the Rivertown kids here to be part of the celebration made for a special day for all. Interested in getting a copy of Andy's book "Chronicles of an Olymic Defector" you can grab a copy of Andy's book here. 

andy toro and friends

hint water rules!

Special thanks to the San Rafael Police Boat and officer Mark Heedon for being on the water and watching everyone’s back.Mark also sprinted to our starting line to move a derelict houseboat that as blocking our starting line. Thanks Mark! Also a big thanks to Hint Water for all the great hydration. Hint has been with us from the beginning so if your going to drop $4 on a bottle of water at the airport make it HINT!!

Thanks to everyone who raced and we look forward to seeing you at the next one. Specifially that is March 7th here in San Rafael. 

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Upcoming Events

Thursday Feb 13th - Free Seminar On Fins - More Information
Saturday Feb 15th - Free Crissy Field Group Paddle - More Information
Sunday Feb 16th - Wavechaser Race Fort Baker - More Information
Sunday Feb 23rd - Cow Patty Pageant - More Information
Thursday Feb 27th - Free Foiling SemiGnar with Cort Larned - More Information
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Thursday Mar 12th - Free Pain Free Paddling Seminar w/ Kelly Starrett - More Information
Saturday March 14th - Wavechaser Benicia Race - More Information
Thursday March 26th - Free Surfski Seminar - More Information
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Sunday April 5th - Crissy Field Group Paddle - More Information
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Complete Results

Event Name Name(s) Racer Num Category Age Group Gender Time Rank Div Rank
Long Course Jasper Caddell 11 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:42:20.52 1 1
Long Course Carter Johnson 38 Surfski Single 18-55 male 00:43:20.52 2 2
Long Course Kasen Taylor 6 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:46:46.83 2 2
Long Course Lizzie Polgreen 41 Surfski Single 18-55 female 00:46:52.44 3 1
Long Course Kenny Howell 14 Surfski Single 56+ male 00:46:56.88 4 1
Long Course John Dye 4 Surfski Single 56+ male 00:47:21.82 5 2
Long Course Jay Wild 7 OC-1 18-55 male 00:47:51.81 6 1
Long Course Dylan Anacleto-black 8 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:48:46.27 7 3
Long Course Petri Alva 10 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:49:03.82 8 4
Long Course Grant Mcfadyen 29 OC-1 18-55 male 00:51:36.37 9 2
Long Course Jonathan Gray 20 Surfski Single 56+ male 00:52:08.30 10 3
Long Course Amy Byers, Cath Caddell 9 Surfski Double 18-55 female 00:52:48.04 11 1
Long Course Jenn Quinn, Jonathan Slusher 15 OC-2 18-55 mixed 00:53:22.10 12 1
Long Course Yohei Rosen 27 OC-1 18-55 male 00:54:44.81 13 3
Long Course Clayton Humphries 22 OC-1 18-55 male 00:55:44.04 14 4
Long Course Jeff Patrick 42 OC-1 18-55 male 00:55:44.75 15 5
Long Course John Walsh, Max Newkirk 19 OC-2 18-55 male 00:56:32.50 16 1
Long Course Geoff James 34 OC-1 56+ male 00:58:17.80 17 1
Long Course Jeff Kay 2 OC-1 18-55 male 00:58:22.10 18 6
Long Course Elizabeth Rowell, Tanya Alva 12 Surfski Double 18-55 female 00:59:20.04 19 2
Long Course Pete Gauvin 58 SUP 14' 18-55 male 00:59:50.78 20 1
Long Course Chad Raugewitz 25 SUP 14' 18-55 male 01:01:38.69 21 2
Long Course Sabine Dukes 37 OC-1 18-55 female 01:01:59.15 22 1
Long Course Amanda Calabrese 51 Surfski Single 18-55 female 01:02:43.86 23 2
Long Course Stef Gerstbacher 33 OC-1 18-55 female 01:03:37.09 24 2
Long Course Jeff Cleeland 47 OC-1 56+ male 01:04:44.16 25 2
Long Course Stephanie Taylor 18 Surfski Single 56+ female 01:06:19.20 26 1
Long Course Jamie Willin 56 SUP 14' 56+ male 01:07:01.00 27 1
Long Course Nadine Manfredi 21 Surfski Single 18-55 female 01:07:26.65 28 3
Long Course Steve Axt 32 SUP 14' 18-55 male 01:07:50.29 29 3
Long Course Fred Anderson 44 SUP 14' 56+ male 01:10:12.49 30 2
Long Course Jeff Broffman 53 SUP 14' 56+ male 01:12:52.06 31 3
Long Course Vincent Fallourd 39 SUP 14' 18-55 male 01:15:32.95 32 4
Long Course Geoff Schwarten 43 SUP 14' 18-55 male 01:19:30.70 33 5
Long Course Kate Andersen 17 SUP 12'6" 18-55 female 01:22:20.48 34 1
Long Course Janet Walp 40 SUP 12'6" 56+ female 01:23:17.18 35 1
Long Course Clare Abram 46 SUP 12'6" 18-55 female 01:23:43.91 36 2
Long Course Johnny Eason 16 SUP Under 12'6" 18-55 male 01:24:21.49 37 1
Long Course Brenna Raugewitz 24 SUP 12'6" 18-55 female 01:27:57.98 38 3
                 
Short Course Kai Leon 50 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:27:07.68 1 1
Short Course Mike Mccoy 23 Surfski Single 56+ male 00:29:01.87 2 1
Short Course Dave Hook 13 OC-1 56+ male 00:30:16.86 3 1
Short Course Leah Ahmed 54 Surfski Single under 18 female 00:30:37.86 4 1
Short Course Caetano Walsh 48 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:33:30.23 5 2
Short Course Vincent Huang 30 SUP 14' 56+ male 00:34:10.46 6 1
Short Course Trey Strickland 45 SUP 14' 18-55 male 00:35:23.08 7 1
Short Course Bob Cooper 36 Kayak 56+ male 00:35:40.75 8 1
Short Course Theo Leon 49 Surfski Single under 18 male 00:35:51.95 9 3
Short Course Nghi Lâm 26 Surfski Single 18-55 female 00:36:56.72 10 1
Short Course Audrey Johnson 1 Surfski Single under 18 female 00:37:11.89 11 1
Short Course Madeleine King 52 SUP 12'6" 56+ female 00:37:19.41 12 1
Short Course Jack Charlesworth 57 SUP 12'6" under 18 male 00:38:07.59 13 1
Short Course Cathy Huang 31 SUP 12'6" 56+ female 00:38:31.68 14 2
Short Course Darrell Stimson 35 SUP 14' 56+ male 00:39:26.81 15 2
Short Course Lillian Fenner 3 SUP 12'6" 18-55 female 00:40:42.74 16 1
Short Course Jonathan Hlinka 28 SUP Inflatable 12'6" 18-55 male 00:42:19.85 17 1
Short Course Haakon Hoyer-Nielsen 55 SUP Under 12'6" 18-55 male 00:43:07.30 18 1
Short Course Ricki Singer 59 SUP 12'6" 18-55 female 00:49:50.61 19 2

 

 

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