The summer race season is well underway, and Naish off-the-shelf race boards are proving to be the weapon of choice for the winners.
CLINE MANN MEMORIAL RACE 2012
It was a busy weekend of SUP racing for young team riders Kai Lenny and Noa Ginella as they decided to enter the Cline Mann Memorial Race on Oahu on Saturday, July 7th and then the second leg of the SUP Triple Crown on Maui the very next day. The Cline Mann Memorial Race is one of the longest running paddleboard races in Hawaii that began as a paddleboard race from 16 mile Makapuu to Kaimana Beach but for the last couple of years has expanded to include an additional 8 mile SUP race from Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach.
Over 100 paddlers, both SUP and prone, tackled the course with windier-than-usual conditions, which created perfect small bumps for the paddlers to glide. Once again the Naish 14' race boards proved to be the weapon of choice when you want to be on top. Kai Lenny killed it – coming in 3rd overall in the unlimited board class on his Naish Glide Javelin 14'0" and winning the 14' class, and Noa Ginella placed 3rd in the 14' class. Congratulations to both racers!
Photo credit: Sean Ginella
TRIPLE CROWN – WARRIOR'S CUP
Sunday's Triple Crown race in Kihei, Maui proved to be challenging, with headwinds and side chop. Kai Lenny once again took charge, placing 2nd in the 14' class followed by Noa Ginella in 3rd. In the unlimited class, it was Luiz Guida aka "Animal" from Brazil who placed second on his Naish race board.
Photo credit: Jimmy Hepp
KODY KERBOX WINS THE PADDLE FOR HUMANITY ON THE MC-14
Kody gives us the low down on his win in Tahoe this weekend…
"The Waterman's Paddle for Humanity in Lake Tahoe was a lot of fun! Such a great event on the beach at Waterman's Landing. It was a perfect day with no wind and the sun shining. In the morning, we had the 10k long distance paddle which consisted of two laps around the bay. I got off to an early lead and worked hard to keep the others off of me all the way through the finish line.
A few hours later, we had the CP Rally – masterminded by none other than Chuck Patterson. In the past for his events, he dug trenches in the sand, but because of the rock beach he had to come up with something else. The race consisted of a Stand up Paddle buoy course, followed by a (finless) prone paddle, and ended with a swim. You had to do this 3 times, which ended up taking about 45 minutes. It was a brutal course that was just long enough to be a very long sprint. I again found myself leading the race at the end of the first lap with my uncle, Ron Ayers, and good friends Dean Christener and Jay Wild chasing me down. The four of us pulled away from the pack, which was cool because we have all been training together for the last month. I ended up holding them off and getting my second win for the day!
It was a great way to finish off my trip here in Tahoe. Thanks to Chuck Patterson, and the crew at Waterma'ns Landing for an awesome day. Heading back hometo Maui now to get some waves!" – Kody Kerbox
Photo credit: Andrew Welker
WIN AN INFLATABLE SUP!
PUMP UP YOUR SUMMER FUN WITH A NEW NAISH NALU AIR…
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NAISH SUP HELLENIC CUP 2012
Fight for the qualification and live the legend of the summer season. Win the ticket to the final match, the unique crossing of the Corinthian Canal, which will determine the winner who, with all expenses paid, will be the official Greek participation in the City of Light for the last European race of the year, the Paris SUP Crossing 2012. For more info, click here!