Tides

Fri 02/27
12:13 AM 0.39 L
06:26 AM 7.15 H
12:55 PM 0.1 L
07:07 PM 6.46 H
Sat 02/28
01:15 AM 0.5 L
07:30 AM 7.05 H
01:54 PM 0.13 L
08:07 PM 6.51 H
Times in Local clock time. Feet.
Data from; NOAA

Weather

Fair

21°F

Westport, CT

Fair
Humidity: 36%
Wind: NNW at 6 mph
Saturday
Sunny
8°F / 29°F
Sunday
Mostly cloudy
27°F / 33°F

Paddleboard Racing
Race Board Sale

 



Soundsurfer Waterman's
Challenge

 

What's it All About?
A competitive spirit, love of elite equipment, and going fast!  Paddleboard racing has become a popular activity internationally.  At Downunder we hold a competitive WPA sanctioned, world qualifying race annually – the Soundsurfer Waterman's Challenge – end of May/first weekend in June.  2015 will be on Saturday May 30th, the after Memorial day weekend. 

In the Spring we offer a SUP training series to prepare paddlers for our event and the season.  During the season we bring in elite paddlers, many world champions, to offer clinics and help our community have a competitive edge.  Paddlers have included:

Dave Kalama, Annabel Anderson, Fernando Stalla, Anthony Vela, Candice Appleby, and Olympic Champions Terry Kent and Veronica Ribot Canales.  

Remaining clinics coming up in 2014:

Dave Kalama Kamp, Monday August 4th, 8-4pm, breakfast and lunch included.  $500
Private sessions with Dave will be available Sunday afternoon from 3pm by appointment, $150/hour.

Spring Training SUP Series

Bi-weekly Wednesday night race training annually April through May.  Racing and training for those wanting to improve their time, paddle against others that are dedicated to doing their best, and be part of this community of paddlers.  There will be an elite group and open group – the latter can be novices, the course will be shorter, getting longer each week.  Stick with the group or peel off early – it's your paddle time!  Led by Downunder Team Riders. 

  • April – wetsuit/drysuit required
  • Paddling own equipment* $25/time. $80/series of 4 – includes a T Shirt. *Access to Downunder race boards and elite paddles
  • Paddling our equipment $55/time. $180/series of 4 – includes a T Shirt. Post paddle snack and beverages provided

Detailed info on the Flyer

Kids SUP Race Training

Ayden Vodola started racing when he was 6.  He has two brothers under 14 that race, as do his parents.  It's become a fun family activity for them.

Kids interested in learning to race, can receive training from two racers in our community:

Nancy Breakstone and Debbie Fattibene, Coastal CT SUP, are WPA and Paddlefit certified instructors and accomplished racers dedicated to promoting the sport.  They have a passion for working with children, and offer a training program as well as assistance in participating in races.

They can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Other Races and Locations:

Stand and Paddle is a website that has one of the most comprehensive lists.

Race Equipment we Love

Travis Grant, who won the Molokai race last year and the distance race at the BOP, is planning on joining us for a clinic in 2015.  Great video of him here, promoting Quickblade Trifecta.  Another QB paddle that's perhaps more race specific is the QB VDrive by Dave Kalama – which we can't keep in stock.  Read reviews on our facebook page.

Race boards Downunder carries and have available for retail/rent/demo

  • Rogue 14' Vandal
  • Kings 14'
  • Rogue 12'6 Psycho
  • Starboard 12'6
  • MHL 12'6
  • Candice Appleby Bark Competitor 12'6

Rent these boards by the hour $35, additional hours $25.  Rental fees go towards the purchase of a board.

Plan Your Own Race

Doesn’t have to be a big deal – challenge your family and friends, organizations, corporation – we’ll help you plan an event where you paddle against one another on a short course.  Use just the SUPs or add in the kayaks for variety, turn it into relays, add some challenges to level the playing field – like yoga, boat/board swapping, rescues.

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