Catalina Island SUP Festival
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 7:11AM
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The world's finest stand-up paddlers and brands will converge on Santa Catalina Island Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2011 for the Catalina SUP Festival. The weekend-long event, hosted by Santa Catalina Island Company and their partners REVO sunglasses, SUP Magazine, Sierra Nevada and Skyy Infusions, will include two days of races in the waters off Descanso Beach Club, demos, SUP films andentertainment festivities. Clear waters, the best spectator course in the sport, and a world-class vacation experience are expected to make this the world's premiere SUP festival.

Festivities begin Friday, September 30th on The Offical SUP Festival Party boat departing out of Long Beach California with SUP and Waterman Film's, DJ's, Drinks and Much more. On October 1st Stand-Up paddlers from all over the world will partake in SUP races, board demos, music, zip lining, relaxation and numerous parties. 


Free SUP Expo and Demo: Meet some of the world's best shapers and manufacturers check out their latest board designs and paddle innovations and purchase these goods at steep discounts. There will be demo boards and paddles of all shapes and sizes available right on front street in Avalon Bay for those who want to perfect their stroke or even try SUP for the first time.

Activities: The Catalina SUP Festival will have something for everyone; outdoor enthusiasts can demo the industry's best standup brands at one end of Avalon; race and then zip line at the other end. Families can choose from 1 of 13 sightseeing tours; including miniature golf, land and sea tours, rock climbing wall and much more. Couples can relax in a private cabana, enjoy massages on the beach and dine at the waters edge.

Elite Race:(Saturday): The Saturday Race will have multiple elite heats and then the REVO sunglasses final event. Top finishers in their respective heats will advance to the afternoon final. Both men & women Elite Racers will race in the morning heats.

The course is a multiple lap circuit that includes numerous turns, from every vantage point, viewers can see the race unfold against the majestic backdrop of the Catalina coastline.

Open Age-Group Race: (Saturday): Open to everyone! The course is a friendly, fun and moderately challenging buoy course. Entrants can paddle any board of their choosing, including 12'6″ and under, 14".

SUP Distance Race: (Sunday): Competitors include a mixed bag of international talent and local hopefuls.
The Course is a scenic but challenging 8-mile course from The Descanso Beach Club to Long Point, then a down-winder back.

Everyone who enters The Catalina SUP Festival will receive a free event t-shirt. A portion of event proceeds support The John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

For additional information on the event, including race registration and schedules, visit the Catalina Island SUP Festival website.  

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