Surf Race to Victory Benefits Plastic Free Ocean
9/18/2011 Surf City USA – Victory Koredry and Hinano Tahiti put on a new kind of SUP race. The thrills and spills format of the Hinano Surf Race to Victory had racers paddling out and back through the surf on an M-shaped, buoy-marked course set up alongside the world famous Huntington Beach Pier. The new SUP Boarder Cross format had competitors sporting helmets, jerseys, and big fast SUP boards. Overall waterman skills were tested as competitors raced through shore break to the end of the pier, then in and out of the surf again, before running up the beach to the finish. "It was definitely the most fun event of the season," said elite SUP competitor, Brandi Baksic.
The event was a great success – fun for competitors as well as spectators who watched from the beach or pier as the competition was narrowed down. The top three paddlers of each heat advanced and competitors who did not had a second chance to move up on the repechage heats.
After battling the entire course with Australian Jamie Mitchell and catching the same wave in, Anthony Vela angled to the north and narrowly beat Mitchell in a foot race to the finish to take home the $1,500 1st prize. Jake Jensen of Australia took 3rd, Fernando Stalla of Mexico took 4th, and Chuck Patterson grabbed 5th. Candice Appleby, Miss SUP 2010, took 1st in the women's finals with Brandi Baksic finishing close behind in 2nd and Gillian Gibree taking 3rd.
The awards ceremony was held at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway at the Surfers' Walk of Fame. Competitors and spectators wrapped up the evening with the Hinano fashion show and Post Race Party at Duke's restaurant. A raffle was held for Victory Koredry and Hinano fashion items. The proceeds were donated to Plastic Free Ocean. We thank long-time sponsor Victory and Hinano and all the participants for their support.