Hobie's Elite athletes were on the move during the middle of September, with the Round the Rock Stand Up Paddle Race in Seattle Washington and the Yolo Seaside Celebration in Seaside, Florida.
The Round the Rock race was first out of the gates with team rider Chuck Patterson making the northwest journey to compete in the 13 mile course that circumnavigated the scenic Mercer Island, loacted on Seattle's Lake Washington. Before the racing began, local paddlers were treated to a 100% Chuck race clinic to get them in the mode and hopefully some new paddling pointers. Race day fetched a 160 paddler field and less than favorable SUP racing conditions with a 20 knot headwind and choppy conditions. Chuck confidently won the 14' division on his custom 14' Elite Race displaying his trademark ability to grind it out in any condition
The next stop on the transcontinental tour was the beautiful gulf coast town of Seaside, Florida fort the 2nd annual YOLO Board Seaside Celebration. A pretty remarkable shift from Washington, the competitors were welcomed to warm and flat conditions. Once again competitors were treated to one of Chuck's popular pre race paddle clinics.
The event included both a seven mile Elite Race with over $5,000 of prize money and a three mile recreation race. The 123 paddler field, including many of the Elite paddlers that competed in Washington the weekend before, hit the hot flat conditions with only one thing to do but grind it out. At the finish line, Chuck once again showed why he is one of SUP's premier athletes winning the 14' class on a production 14' Elite Race model. Unlike Washington, Chuck wasn't alone in Florida joined by Byron Kurt who raced the 12'6 division. Byron completed the Hobie Elite sweep taking 1st place in the heavily contested 12'6 class on his production 12'6 Elite Race.