Kevin Woodin's perspective.
This event received some extraordinary feedback from all the participants, volunteers, spectators, and sponsors. We celebrated each and every win together, and that's an extraordinary accomplishment. We had a couple of new paddlers out there for their first or second time, and everyone gave them amazing support.
When you find your tribe, Love them hard!✌️
A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in making this years event possible.
Beach N Boards Fest brought to you by Ron Jon Surf Shop. Mitch Varnes with Smooth Running. Danny Smith with Paddling Paradise and Paddle Sports League. Tim Pflieger with DC Adventure Center. Sunshine State Games. Cocoa Beach Aquatic Center. Webscorer.
The A-Team (because Timing Matters!)
Karren Watson, Manuela Woodin, and Pattie Kelley.
So much work and fun goes into setting up events like this at remote locations. Especially the signature bow tie buoy course.
This is the SUP Games! Built around the paddlers and the spectators.
Bringing everyone closer together and allowing the energy and enthusiasm to be highly contagious.
“It's our passionate belief that when people get together and make something amazing, useful, helpful, and inspiring, then we are reaching our full potential as HUMANS.”
-Paddle Sports League
Going any distance away, greater than a few miles, on the open water brings about uncontrollable factors. Most beginners and intermediate paddlers cannot catch the feedback loop of enjoying what they're doing and wanting to contribute more to it. SUP Games changes all that by brining everyone together for the entire adventure.
Ease and placement.
No board? No problem! All around boards and paddles provided. If you want to bring your own unique board and or paddle you can. Now, loading and unloading is simple and even more convenient for those that find it difficult and or impossible to attend paddling events away from their home.
YOU vs. The Clock!
Paddle, turn, and repeat. Few will know where they stand on the podium until after all three heats are completed and the times are added up for each paddler.
"Short, tech races like this are so fun to watch and cheer everyone on."
Spectator and beginner friendly.
The stadium style event brings spectators closer to the action in every paddle stroke and every turn. When you get to cheer on others and see their smile light up, that's a big deal. Spectators cheering on paddlers, paddlers cheering on paddlers, and everyone celebrating in the experience together!
Signature Bow Tie buoy course.
-200 Meters per lap
-6 Buoy turns per lap
-4 Laps, 800 meters, per heat
-3 Heats, 1.5 miles, and 72 buoy turns
Short and sweet, and a little sweaty too!
You have to think of this as a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout, not a sprint. Is 1.5 miles too short or too long?
Did you attend this event? Let us and others know how it went for you.
“If you want to do something, don’t overthink it. Go for it. ”
What's Next? SUP Games Orlando
by Water Wellness Orlando
Where? Grills Lakeside Orlando
When? Saturday, April 1, 2023 8:00 AM
- Click here for Event Registration
- Click here for the event Facebook page
I'm in a state of gratitude for those who joined this extraordinary adventure of paddle fun and living full-on.
Aspire to paddle, paddle to Inspire 🤙
Good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is the community we keep within us and around us. The more we experience, the more we have to offer. We all have to do our individual part, to fall in love with the uncomfortable space of growth, development, and reward. With ease, placement, and togetherness- we can and will create a positive energy in our community that enriches and informs our body and mind of knowledge and feed our energetic and emotional wellbeing.
Together in Nature we can find sanity and purpose in witnessing the beauty around us, and participating with that beauty through engaging in our curiosity, wonder, and playfulness. With ease and placement, let's make more of this fun happen together.
Breath is Life. Rest is Growth. Eat to Live. Aspire to inspire. Try to fail. Hone your faculties. Engage in playfulness.
BE KIND to YOURSELF!
Avoid negative labels!
YOU ARE STRONG!
YOU GOT THIS!
✌️ 🌱 🙏 🧠 🙌 🌍 🤙 ❤️ 💪
#Breathe #Think #Move #Diet
What an extraordinary paddling event and display of camaraderie, athleticism and exuberance.
Kevin Woodin’s Perspective
The early start of the 10 miler was followed up by the noontime start of the 5K (3.1 miles), and last was the 200 meter sprint. It was a blast paddling on the all around surf stand up paddle board (SUP).
10 miles + 3.1 miles on a Surf SUP? Yes, why not.
We need to understand, we can, and should, be our best no matter the type of craft we're paddling. Many get confused because we make conclusions about what is and isn't fast, and what is and isn't performance worthy. Some of us tend to form similar conclusions about ourselves. SMILES 4 MILES! It's all about paddling your own race. Surf SUPs are not just for paddling in the ocean and surfing waves. I was fortunate to have the right conditions for the 10 miler that gave me a bit of advantage over some of the narrower 14' race boards. I honestly didn't expect that to happen. I embraced whatever the environment threw at me. Paddling well in any/all conditions comes down to the paddlers skills and the type of craft they're most comfortable paddling in those varying conditions. And for those that also paddled in all three events, congratulations on your extraordinary accomplishments. I believe the journey is more important than the destination. The small things are the big things. Everyone should feel included and this is what our paddling community needs.
Set the context for a joyful and exuberant YOU.
The easiest way we can find our tribe is by moving towards self-actualization rather than self-image actualization. I only hope that together we search within ourselves for honest self-expression. Let us stress less about the things and focus more on Life. As I get older, having this mindset allows me to focus more on who I am now and not be so hard on comparing myself to who I was. I know this will ring true for so many other athletes that are facing their own unforeseeable lessons of Life. I encourage everyone to read the book 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck' by Mark Manson. Life is all about embracing the aging process and being comfortable with being different and caring about something more important than adversity. There's a lot of people out there struggling to stay in the game without falling victim to their own physical and mental tethers. Continue to engage in playfulness. Continue to hone your WHY so you can find your way. Don't wait for someone else to be kind first. Don't wait for better circumstances or for someone to change. Just be kind to yourself and others, because you never know how much you or someone needs it. That's all I'm doing to try and enjoy this extraordinary Life. GRATITUDE is the best attitude, KINDNESS is bliss, and EMPATHY is the best trajectory.
Congratulations to everyone that came out to engage in playfulness together. “When you find your tribe, love them hard", this is something you can only truly experience by being here.
Special thank yous go out to @Danny Smith, @Karren Watson, @Paddling Paradise staff, @Manuela Woodin, @Pattie Kelly, @Tim Pflieger, and @George Campbell for all your efforts in organizing this amazing event.
Check out all the amazing super high resolution photos taken by @George Campbell. Click here
10 Mile Distance Event Recap
Paddling the surf sup was super rewarding. The level of mental and physical effort to keep moving forward challenged me. It takes a strong mindset to paddle a surf SUP board, with limited glide, into headwinds for several miles. You just have to remember that you'll always lose first to your mind and then the body follows. I'm grateful for my years of endurance running that callused my mind for times like these. The down winder portion was worth the uphill struggle. The surf sup performed amazingly well catching most of the bumps. I didn’t expect it to outperform some of the 14’ race boards like it did. Big shoutout to all the paddlers that accomplished this distance event. And another shoutout to @GSCampbell, our photographer extraordinaire, for driving over to the turnaround point to capture so many wonderful pictures, and also showcasing some of our amazing local wildlife.
5K(3.1 miles) Distance Event Recap
A wonderful 3 loop course made this event so much more engaging for spectators, paddlers could cheer on fellow paddlers, and I even gave out some high fives 🖐️ for power 💥 ups in the 3rd and final lap when you knew everyone was paddling hard for the finish.
200 Meter Sprint Event Recap
Go left! No, your other left! 😂. There was a little confusion on the left or was it the right side dock finish. It was still a blast to go all out. And we loved it so much we decided to do it twice ✌️. So 400 meters then? LOL.
I decided to demo the SIC XRS 14' x 22" race board but it was still no match for Kat P and Mark Hewitt. And even slow on my Second attempt, LOL. Click the results above to see the details.
So what's next?
SUP Games 2 on February 4th.
SUP Games 2 on February 4th. I'm looking forward to this, especially now that we've opened it up to include 14' and under race SUPs in a separate division. How will it go? Who will show up?
For details and registration click here
To see the full list of SUP Games, 10 Event Series, this year,