The Battle of the Bay ignites San Francisco

March 4, 2011 | Surfing

SUP in San Francisco: mind your head | Photo: SUPtheBay

The inaugural Battle Of The Bay will be held between 29th-30th October 2011, in San Francisco. The world's best SUP paddlers are going to run for a $20,000 cash purse and eternal glory.

The San Francisco Bay region has seen an explosion in popularity of Stand Up Paddling, in the last couple of years. The Battle of the Bay will feature SUP racing amidst some of the most storied paddling waters found on the planet, just off San Francisco’s Crissy Field shores.

The racing action will feature both Elite and Amateur classes racing on long and short courses respectively with divisions for men and women in the 12’6” and 14’ ft board lengths.

Due to the lack of an unlimited class the organizers have announced a Kahuna Division for riders exceeding 210 lbs and to show the big guys proper respect a cash purse will be on the line. To be eligible for the Kahuna division riders must paddle a 12’6” board.

The Courses are not yet finalized but expect some iconic scenery as you paddle your SUP under and around the Golden Bridge only to zig zag your way back down San Francisco’s majestic City Front Sky line. This is no ordinary circuit course and test events will be held prior to the big day to ensure a challenging route that will test both skill and endurance alike.

The Battle of the Bay is much more than just a racing event with a full-fledged SUP manufacturers exposition running the day prior on October 29th. Family fun will be a focus of the event with a Kid’s SUP racing and due to the proximity to Halloween an on the water costume parade all of which will feature prizes and awards for the competitors.

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