Rivers for Change in Action!

We have had many issues thrown at us in trying to get races off in the past decade and have always tried to live up to our motto “Rain or shine we are on the starting line”. Well Mother Nature had a new one up her sleeve today throwing a Tsunami our way! (Pictured at top the Rivers for Change Paddle Barge Race / Trash Pick-up team.)

The crew running the race was admittedly a bit ‘deer in the headlights’ on this one so it was off to NOAA to read up on what to expect. NOAA was forecasting an 8:10 am arrival after a Volcano in Tonga let loose and they were almost spot on. Just about 8:15 the water began to surge in. Our location faces south and we are far enough way from the bridge so really all we get is something like a King Tide on Steroids. No wave at all but definitely a way stronger than normal current surge measuring almost 2-3 knots. The Tsunami had largely subsided as our start time was well after the peak but there was definitely some funky water out there. What surges in must surge out so many of the racers reported paddling against the current both ways! We actually saw some pretty fast times were turned in. First to finish was the Double Epic Surfski of Kenny Howell and Doug Hall. Not far behind was first to finish in the single surfski division with Zach Alva behind the paddle.

Rivers for Change in Action!

Rivers For Change

If you are not familiar with Rivers for Change they are a nonprofit made up of passionate river enthusiasts dedicated to changing the way people think about and interact with water. Through adventure, conservation and education, we work to connect individuals and communities to rivers and promote source to sea literacy. We could not be more proud to help this group advance their cause. Click the Rivers for Change Logo at right to learn more. 

Rivers for Change in Action!

The long course ran our normal 6 mile round the Marin Islands course while the short course was on the 2 mile Piling 7 and back route.

We had two paddle of the day awards. First up was River town Racer Lily Cruz. Just as the race was getting set up to start the Tsunami surge came in with a vengeance just as Lilly was getting in her boat the boat was tipped from under her with the and swamping it. The assembled race support team sprung in to action pulling the boat, dumping the water, and getting Lilly back in just as the starting gun went off. Lily was not deterred by the set back and took off down the course putting the hammer down to close the gap with the already running fleet. It was an exercise to make lemonade from the lemons and Lily did just that laying down a third place podium finish! Nice Work Lilly.

Paddle of the day number 2 goes to Jeff Blake who laid down a new course record on the short course on the 10’2 SUP. Stellar effort Jeff.

Our trash hero of the Day was Amy Byers. When we saw the assembled pile of trash she had accumulated we channeled our inner Roy Scheider – Your Gonna Need A Bigger Boat. Thanks to Amy and everyone else who helped pick up our neighborhood. Thanks to everyone we not only picked up the canal we raised $3000 bucks for Rivers for Change. The video below is the photo fihish between Ariel Bryant and Jonas Moore.

Thanks as well to everyone who paddled with a special nod of gratitude to Safety Boat operator Cort Larned. That boat was the only reason some the assembled parents, and your trusty race director were not totally freaking out.

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The results. Long Course times correct for boats as is.Offsets for SUP long course  subtract 1 minute. Short Course boats 10 minutes and SUP 11 minutes.

Course Name(s) Category Age Group Gender Time Rank Divison
Long     Kenny Howell, Doug Hall Surfski/kayak 2 person Masters 56+ male 46:04.2 1 1
Long     Zachary Alva Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 male 46:19.6 2 1
Long     Petri Alva Surfski/kayak 1 person Juniors male 47:42.9 3 1
Long     Ben Lawry Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 male 48:01.5 4 2
Long     Albert Szilvasy Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 male 49:34.4 5 3
Long     Tek Li, Eri Miyasaka Outrigger 2 person Open 18-55 mixed 49:53.2 6 1
Long     Viorel Popa Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 male 50:49.4 7 4
Long     Paul Macintyre Surfski/kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 51:28.3 8 1
Long     Jeffrey Martin, Mike Staninec Surfski/kayak 2 person Open 18-55 male 51:36.5 9 1
Long     Jake Johnson Surfski/kayak 1 person Juniors male 51:47.2 10 2
Long     Jody McComas Surfski/kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 51:52.0 11 2
Long     Dimitry  Lerner Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 male 52:39.5 12 5
Long     Chauncey Cody Outirigger 1 person Open 18-55 male 52:45.9 13 1
Long     Amy Byers Surfski/kayak 1 person Open 18-55 female 54:33.4 15 1
Long     Chad Raugewitz SUP 14' Open 18-55 male 57:11.2 16 1
Long     Steve Axt SUP 14' Open 18-55 male 57:28.9 17 2
Long     Christian De la vega, Martin Ramos Outrigger 2 person Open 18-55 male 58:22.4 18 1
Long     Jane Toro, Andy Toro Outrigger 2 person Masters 56+ mixed 00:31.2 19 1
Long     glenn friedland Surfski/kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 05:06.9 20 3
Long     Thane Jennings Outirigger 1 person Masters 56+ male 06:59.6 21 1
Long     Brian Peterson Prone Open 18-55 male 13:58.7 22 1
Long     Jen Fuller SUP 12'6  Masters 56+ female 15:12.9 23 1
Long     Geoffrey Sears Surfski/kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 16:05.8 24 4
Long     Jamie Willin SUP 14' Masters 56+ male 19:15.1 25 2
Long     Vincent Fallourd SUP 14' Open 18-55 male 21:46.7 26 3
Long     Geoff Schwarten SUP Under 12ft 6" Open 18-55 male 22:26.5 27 1
Long     Tony Chen Surfski/kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 25:50.2 28 5
               
Short Jonas Moore SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors male 36:37.1 1 1
Short Ariel Bryant SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors female 36:37.6 2 1
Short Aidan Fusco SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors male 37:13.6 3 2
Short Caetano Walsh SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors male 37:49.5 4 3
Short Sebastian Kauffman SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors male 40:47.3 5 4
Short Christopher McManus Outrigger Canoe 1 Person Open 18-55 male 42:50.0 6 1
Short Leah Ahmed SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors female 43:30.8 7 2
Short Beck Geiser SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors male 47:50.5 8 5
Short Lily Cruz SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors female 48:42.0 9 3
Short Audrey Johnson SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors female 48:56.6 10 4
Short Tanya   Boone Alva SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Masters 56+ female 49:35.0 11 1
Short Zoe Rice SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Juniors female 50:52.4 12 5
Short Jean Hayward SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Masters 56+ female 51:21.1 13 2
Short Olivier Caro SUP 12'6  Open 18-55 male 52:14.9 14 1
Short Bob Cooper SurfSki/Kayak 1 person Masters 56+ male 53:13.4 15 1
Short Brenna Raugewitz SUP 12'6  Open 18-55 female 53:40.2 16 1
Short Jeff Blake SUP Under 12ft 6" Open 18-55 male 54:03.4 17 1
Short Maribella Ibarra SUP 12'6  Masters 56+ female 54:10.8 18 1
Short Amy Murphy SUP 12'6  Open 18-55 female 54:15.3 19 2
Short Gary Leong SUP 14' Masters 56+ male 54:29.6 14 1
Short jordan  curet SUP Inflatable Open 18-55 female 54:42.9 20 1
Short Jen Dyment SUP 12'6  Open 18-55 female 54:56.0 21 3
Short Renu DaSIlva SUP 12'6  Open 18-55 female 55:28.8 22 4
Short Julie Brady SUP Under 12ft 6" Open 18-55 female 56:44.9 23 1
Short Sandra Halladey SUP Inflatable Open female 57:34.3 24 1
Short Ellen Hathaway SUP Inflatable Masters 56+ female 57:42.2 25 1
Short John Dye + Team Moseby SUP Inflatable Masters 56+ male 05:45.1 26 1