The Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle
Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, CA
October 4 & 5, 2014
Saturday October 4
(High tide @ 6:51am 4.7, Low tide @ 12:36pm 1.5)
7:30am Event Registration Open
8:00am Live Hawaiian Music
8:30am Kind Yoga Session & Breakfast with Gerry Lopez
9:00am National Anthem
9:45am Hawaiian Blessing
9:00am Expo & Kid’s Zone Open
10:00am Elite Race Qualifying Heat #1 (Men)
11:00am Elite Race Qualifying Heat #2 (Men)
12:00pm Open Age-Group Race
UL @ 11:30am
14″ @ 11:32am,
12’6″ @ 11:34am,
Surfboard @ 11:36am
1:30pm “Hitia O Te Ra” Tahitian Dance Show
2:00pm Prone Paddleboard Race (Men & Women)
3:00pm Elite Race Final – Wahine
4:00pm Elite Race Final – Men
4:45pm Live music5:15pm Awards ceremony
Sunday September 29
(high tide @ 7:26am 5.2, Low tide @ 1:27pm 0.8)
7:30am Event Registration Open
8:00am Kind Yoga Session & Breakfast with Gerry Lopez
8:00am Live Hawaiian Music
9:00am Expo & Kid’s Zone Open
9:00am The Distance Race
SUP: UL @ 9:00 am, 9:02am, 14″ @ 9:04am, 12’6″ @ 9:06 amPaddleboard: UL @ 9:08am, 14′ @ 9:10am, 12′ @ 9:12am
12:15pm Kid’s SUP Race – 8 & under
12:30pm Kid’s SUP Race – ages 9 thru 11.
12:45pm Kid’s SUP Race – ages 12 thru 14.
1:15pm Kid’s Sup Relays
1:45pm Open SUP Relays
2:30pm Elite SUP Relays
3:30pm Live Music
4:00pm Awards Ceremony
(San Clemente, CA)-Rainbow® Sandals and Gerry Lopez is proud to announce the Battle of the Paddle event October 4 & 5, 2014 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point, California.
Our new Salt Creek Beach event location is a magnificent and incredible site to showcase the skills of the world’s greatest SUPers, as well as, offer a great venue for lovers and enthusiasts of all paddleboard sports. Its unique geography and powerful left hand point break wave creates a natural stadium arena for exciting paddleboard races starts, transitions and finishes. The ocean water quality and views offshore are simply amazing and offer beautiful California coastal landscapes against a pristine marine environment.
Paddlers should be ready for new and technically challenging courses through the surf at Salt Creek beach. Race safety is paramount and personal floatation devices (PFD) are required for the Distance Race and Kids Races. Depending on conditions, board leashes and helmets should be considered and are recommended for all races.
New this year is the addition of prone paddleboard category. Championship trophies and prize money will be on offer for the Prone Paddleboard Race on Saturday afternoon (12’0 stock men & women). For Sunday’s Distance Race, 12’0 stock, 14′ and unlimited (UL) are the available paddleboard craft trophy categories.
The Battle of the Paddle will continue to host a grand SUP expo, awesome Kona Brewing beer garden, great viewing areas, Kids Races and Kids Zone, yoga area, as well as, other fun activities. Also available is plenty of parking and coordinated event services including board transportation down to the race site & overnight storage at Salt Creek Beach.
Rainbow Sandals is going all out to make the Battle of the Paddle at Salt Creek Beach its best event ever.
Sponsors & Friends
The 2014 Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle is proudly sponsored by: Kona Brewing Company, Riviera PaddleSurf, Dana Point Resorts, Go Pro, Maui Jim Sunglasses, Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Hobie Surf Shop, Duke’s Restaurant, Northern Trust, City of Dana Point, Waikoko, Kind Bar, and Flips. The Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle supports the 5th Marine Regiment Support Group of Dana Point, Ocean institute and the OC Parks.
EVENTS AND INFORMATION – THE RAINBOW SANDALS BATTLE OF THE PADDLE CALIFORNIA
Elite Race (Saturday October 4)
This year there will be heats & finals for the Men’s Elite Race only. Men Elite Racers will compete in the morning heats and ride 12’6 and under race boards. The top 50% finishers in the morning heats will advance to the afternoon finals.
The Women’s Elite Race will run as a final in the afternoon session.
The Elite Race will feature the world’s best SUP racers including prior champions Kai Lenny (HI), Danny Ching (Redondo Beach, CA) and Conner Baxter (Maui, HI). In the women’s category, expect to see past champions Anabel Anderson (New Zealand), Candice Appleby (San Clemente, CA) and Jenny Kalmbach (Kona, HI) battling it out for the Elite Race title. Except loads of excitement, thrills and spills as the top paddlers put it all on the line for cash & glory.
The course at Salt Creek Beach will be a multiple lap circuit that includes paddling through the surf and beaching equipment for a short, flagged sand run (multiple laps approximately 4 miles).
2013 Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Elite Race Champions: Kai Lenny, Maui, HI & Anabel Anderson, New Zealand.
Prone Paddleboard Race: (Saturday October 4)
Prone paddleboard dedicated championship race to take place on the famed Elite Race course. Competing on 12’0 stock paddleboards, both men & women will take on the multi-lap course including run transitions towards an exciting finish and cash prizes. Expect spills and thrills and the start of a great new championship race at the Battle of the Paddle.
Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday October 4)
Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and challenging four-mile paddle. Entrants can race on any board of their choosing, including surfboard class, 12’6! and 14″. You can expect a Guinness World Record number of entries as last year’s race of 476 participants set the record! Don’t miss out on being a part of Battle of the Paddle history.
SUP Distance Race: (Sunday October 5)
Elevated to championship status last year, the Distance Race will have an Elite Class (14’0 for both men & women) competing for cash prizes. Racers can also enter in their age-group categories in the 12’6, 14′ and unlimited classes. Also, racers can enter multi-person craft class too.
The Distance Race course is a scenic but challenging approximately 10 mile two (2) lap circuit course from Salt Creek Beach to San Juan Rocks and back. Safety is paramount and all racers are reminded that they must have a personal floatation device (PFD) as well as ample water (hydration) to participate. PFD’s are mandatory and required by the United States Coast Guard and the Orange County Lifeguards.
Paddleboard Distance Race (Sunday October 5)
Prone paddleboard racers can compete in their own category on the beautiful Salt Creek Distance Race course. Trophy classes include 12’0 stock, 14′ and unlimited (UL) categories (both men & women). Age group categories include Open, Junior (18 & under), Senior (40-54) and Master (55 & over) – both men & women.
Kid’s SUP Races
Is your kid an experienced SUP racer? Enter them into the Battle of the Paddle Kid’s SUP Races. Skill level intermediate to advanced. Race course approximately 500-1000 meters.
Wearable personal floatation devices are mandatory (PFD). Depending on conditions board leashes and helmets should be considered and are recommended.
2014 at Salt Creek beach:
- Boys & girls ages (8 & under)
- Boys & girls ages (9-11)
- Boys & girls ages (12-14)
(11 & under) board category is 11′ & under.
(12 & over) board category 12’6″ & under.
1st, 2nd & 3rd place trophies to boys and girls in the 8 & under, (9-11) and (12-14) age categories.
SUP Relays: (Sunday October 5)
A crowd favorite and super fun event that includes prize money. This year the SUP Relays will have three categories:
- Kids SUP Relay
- Open SUP Relay
- Elite SUP Relay
Recruit some family members, friends or enter a fully sponsored Elite team and give it a go! Each Elite, Open and Kid’s team must have at least one female relay member.
Free SUP Expo (Saturday October 4 & Sunday October 5)
Meet the world’s best makers and manufacturers of SUP equipment, check out their latest designs and innovations and purchase these goods at steep discounts. Naturally there will be demo boards and paddles of all shapes and sizes available for those who want to perfect their stroke or even try SUP for the first time. Over eighty exhibitors scheduled to show this year including new food & drink vendors.
Kona Brewing Beer Garden
Set up at Salt Creek Beach, the beer garden will be open to adults of drinking age (21 & over) from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The Kona Brewing Company is committed to producing, marketing and serving the finest handcrafted beers. There will be live music playing in the beer garden throughout the day.
Whether you’re racing for the prize or just getting started, the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez’s Battle of the Paddle is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Southern California’s original surf lifestyle, and the dynamic new surf paddle sport known as SUP.
Everyone who enters The Battle of the Paddle will receive a free pair of Rainbow Sandals, event tee and lunch provided by Duke’s Restaraunt.
Register online (http://www.battleofthepaddle.com) before Thursday October 2 (midnight) to receive early entry discount.
Register at the Hobie Surf Shop Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle Welcoming Party Friday October 3 between 5:00pm to 9:00pm (Hobie Surf Shop 34174 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629) and receive early discount.
Register on-site at Salt Creek Beach – You can easily enter the day of the competition. On-site event registration will start 7:30am both days.
Event parking is available at Salt Creek Beach for $8.00/day. Free event parking is available at The Strands/Selva parking lot and Dana Hills High School. There will be bus shuttles operating to transport participants and spectators to fthe Salt Creek parking lot from both The Strand/Selva & Dana Hills High School parking lots.
About Salt Creek Beach
Salt Creek Beach Park is a popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire coastline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tidepool exploration (all tidepool inhabitants are protected) are other beach activities.
Convenience structures include restroom facilities with outside showers and a paved parking area. A beach concession building, open in the spring and summer, offers quick food and beach supplies.
About Dana Point Resorts
Conveniently located halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles in Orange County, Dana Point showcases a breathtaking collection of resort properties with an approachable elegance unique to the Southern California shoreline. Dana Point’s dramatic beauty is complemented by a distinct variety of year-round signature events, as well as boundless ocean experiences along its golden coast. Renowned as the whale watching capital of the world, Dana Point features an abundant marine life and a legendary harbor that opens to an ocean of possibilities.
Rainbow Sandals Foundation
Rainbow Sandals Foundation is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation that is organized and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
The Foundation supports middle school and high school educational and athletic programs, contribute to organizations that provide after school enrichment activities such as the Boys & Girls Club of America and Ocean Institute, provide instruction in the sport of stand up paddle boarding and raises funds for such charitable and educational activities by hosting the Battle of the Paddle event.
For More Information:
Event contact: Barrett Tester, Event Coordinator