We have a little surprise
We have a surprise!
We are working on a 10 event series starting in 2023
Best 8 out of 10 results will be counted.
These events will be wherever anyone would like to host.
This will be an ARC All-Round-Class board event.
We have been following the One Design Class events from our and other sports for many years and feel this ARC format can work well because of the amount of those boards all over the world
Some Tribes are stuck, they embrace the status quo, we love those tribes too. We feel this ARC movement is thrilling and it’s the work of many people. This Tribe is seeking to help the SUP community take a few steps back, embrace the masses, assist it in moving forward and get unstuck.
If you want to grow, you need to find new tribe members who are willing to join in and believe in what the tribe is doing. Guess what? The new tribe members are looking for something new and different… maybe a change in the way things are being done. The new new is the way it was done in the past, but we moved way too fast to where we are today. Well stepping back in time a few years and really listening to what some very smart people were saying.
“SUP is a new sport, it’s a unique sport and it has a proud heritage in the world of surfing. I believe we have to keep our boards looking something like surfboards, and NOT like canoes. Even if it means we’re going a little bit slower, I very strongly believe it’s for the good of the sport. If you want to go as fast as possible on the water, you’re in the wrong sport already.”
Jim Terrell Quickblade Paddles 2013
This Tribe perspective doesn’t want to take anything away from the sport we want to add to the sport.
What we are adding with ARC events is
Sunshine State Games All Around Class Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Event, presented by Amazon International Beach Games - 09/24/2022
Kevin Woodin's Perspective
What happened at this years event was a landmark success!
How can I summarize this event? EASE, PLACEMENT, TOGETHERNESS, and INCLUSIVITY.
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. The event emphasized on the all around board class (SUP Surf/planing hull design), time trial format (staggered start), short course (with easy/moderate turns), two laps, three heats, and the entire event was fully visible from shore. Every paddler was center stage. All paddlers of different skill levels had the opportunity to claim a podium finish on an equal playing field. It all came down to your best, not the best. The winners were determined by the lowest total time of the combined heats.
Even experienced paddlers had to dig a little deeper. Some took advantage in the distance between turns. Some had the advantage in the turns. Some favored the tail winds. Others did better in the head winds. Some went out to hard, and some to slow. Some just enjoyed being part of the amazing community experience and fantastic Florida weather. After each heat the paddlers had a short break before starting again. Some of the newer paddlers took this time to ask more experienced paddlers for some tips, and then made some changes in the next heat. Some paddlers switched boards because this event brought together a wide range of all around class board brands, shapes, and sizes to choose from. All the connectedness and conversations were truly amazing. The fun was just non stop until the very end.
Event results here
A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in making this years event possible.
Event organizers: Danny Smith, Karren Watson, and Mitch Varnes.
Event support and volunteers: JD Smith, Daniel Patala, Pattie Kelley, Jeri Bergen, Manuela Woodin, Leah Cortez, Sharon Robinson, Anastasia McCauley, Vicky Stanevich, and Cyndy Seifert.
Business partners: Paddling Paradise, Paddle Sports League (PSL), Fin Box Lock, Sunshine State Games presented by Amazon, and Smooth Running.
SUP Life encourages people to fall in love with the uncomfortable space of growth, development, and reward together. With ease, placement, togetherness, and inclusivity, we hone our skills of power, stamina, paced effort, balance, flexibility, strength, and allow movement to reward the body, mind, emotions, and Life energies. We need to 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!
WHEN YOU FIND YOUR TRIBE, LOVE THEM HARD!
2023 All Around Board Class Event Series COMING SOON!
We are already hard at work planning a series of 10 events for 2023. We want to work with other organizers to host multiple locations. The format remains the same, but we'll add a half-that for the new paddlers. Get ready to share more good vibes!
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Appreciate all the Love, Love all the support,
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BE KIND to YOURSELF!
Avoid negative labels!
YOU ARE STRONG!
YOU GOT THIS!
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