James Island County Park to host national SUP championship

  • Thursday, September 12, 2013

A national Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) championship race is set to take place at James Island County Park this fall. On Sept. 15, BIC Sport will host the inaugural SUP “One Design” Challenge National Championships on the park lake.

The race will feature participants form more than 200 One Design events nationwide. Other participants are eligible to register via a waiver. The unique “One Design” format of SUP race requires that all participants use the exact same board to level the playing field. This year’s SUP of choice will be Outside Magazine’s “Gear of the Year” 12-foot, 6-inch WING by BIC SUP.

The race will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Racers will be organized into heats and race around a short, exciting course in the lake that features multiple buoy turns. The top finishers from each heat will advance on, with a final race deciding the winner. Awards divisions will include categories for men, women and youth (ages 6-15). Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on participants at the lake.

Then, on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10, James Island County Park will host BIC SUP One Design Challenge races on the lake at 5:30 p.m. Registration for this local-level One Design event is just $6, and competitors will be entered into a national drawing for a stand up paddleboard.

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and BIC SUP will also be partners in the Sept. 14 Chucktown Showdown SUP races, an 8.5-mile and a 4-mile race that both begin at Brittlebank Park and use 12-foot, 6-inch boards. For more information on the Chucktown Showdown, visit www.chucktownshowdown.com.

The BIC SUP One Design races are sponsored by BIC Sport Paddle Surf, The American Canoe Association and the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission. CCPRC also offers classes and programs in SUP throughout the year, for all experience levels and ages. For more information on the BIC SUP One Design Championships and Challenge Race Series, or on James Island County Park’s SUP programs, visit www.ccprc.com or call 843-795-4386.

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