Battle of the Paddle to hit surf in April

  • Monday, April 1, 2013

Half Moon Open Ocean Challenge (formerly Bodhi’s Revenge), presented by Half-Moon Outfitters and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), comes to Folly Beach, South Carolina on April 21 at 9 a.m. PHOTO PROVIDED

Half Moon Open Ocean Challenge (formerly Bodhi’s Revenge), presented by Half-Moon Outfitters and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC), comes to Folly Beach, South Carolina on April 21 at 9 a.m.

Hot on the heels of the exciting Golden Nugget SUP Race, Half-Moon Open Ocean Challenge is the Charleston area’s only SUP surf slalom and Battle of the Paddle style event.

This event will appeal to intermediate and advanced paddlers as well as spectators. A unique surf-style race to the area, Half-Moon Open Ocean Challenge will feature a slalom surf course with buoy turns in the impact zone. The two-mile short course will featured one loop with a beach sprint, while the long course will run the route twice with two beach sprints.

The Half-Moon Open Ocean Challenge will benefit the Charleston Waterkeeper. Charleston Waterkeeper is a data-driven, nonprofit organization focused 100 percent on water quality issues in the Ashley/Cooper River Basin and protecting Charleston’s right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. We operate on the front lines, working with a strong, grassroots community of passionate water users to patrol and monitor Charleston’s waterways. Learn more at www.charlestonwaterkeeper.org

The race is a World Paddle Association Regional Event, so racers are expected to travel great distances to come to such a distinctive competition.

Half-Moon Open Ocean Challenge is proudly presented by Half-Moon Outfitters and CCPRC. The event is made possible by sponsors: Chaco, Naish, Surftech, Werner, Arcteryx, The North Face, Eagles Nest, VonZipper, Smith Optics, Quicksilver, Billabong and Sea to Summit

For nearby accommodations go to http://ccprc.com.

Registration: go-greenevents.com/OpenOceanChallenge

For all other race information, please contact Janice Fetter at Half-Moon Outfitters at 843-881-9472 or mtpleasant@halfmoonoutfitters.com.

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