Wednesday, September 29, 2010

King & Queen of the Lake Stand Up Paddle Race Recap & Results

SUP newcomers, veterans, and enthusiasts alike came together on Sunday for the finale of the King & Queen of the Lake race series sponsored by Stand Up Paddle Flatwater and Kialoa.

Held at beautiful Elk Lake, the race series featured a sport class for recreational paddlers as well as a race class for those who wanted more challenge. Courses for both classes were “buoy courses” and included plenty of navigational challenge. “I like races that also involve the brain a bit,” says race director Randall Barna. “It makes it more fun for the racers and spectators,” he adds.

The shorter, easier course and slightly less competitive atmosphere of the sport class opened up the event to less experienced paddlers and attracted many first-time racers. Several reported aspirations to step up to the race class next year.

The race class was further divided into sub-classes according to board type and length. The difference in speed between these sub-classes highlighted the importance of equipment choice for paddlers who are serious about racing. “Events like this help people in their choices when they plan their gear for next year,” says Randall.

In addition to stand up paddle boards, the race series also celebrated other paddle sports vessels including outriggers, surfskis and prone paddleboards. After the race, Kialoa offered demos of their beautiful, innovative, handmade paddles.

Contestants’ best two scores of the three races in the series were combined to determine overall winners in each class. Congratulations to Your Royal Highnesses Lisa Jacobowski, Frank Ring, Jaye Arney, Jen Kjellesvik, and Randall Barna, and thank you to all participants!

Click here for complete race results. Click here for a message from race director Randall Barna.

See more SUP race photos at the Stand Up Paddle Flatwater Gallery and be sure to check out the race video if you haven't already.

Get your SUP race boards and Kialoa paddles at Stand Up Paddle Flatwater!

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