With what could be called the big kick off weekend for the stand up paddle race season, the Hobie team found it self on both the left and right coasts.
On the east coast, Byron Kurt and Colin McPhillips were part of the inaugural Carolina Cup that took place over 2 days in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Colin and Byron kicked off their eastern excursion at Carolina Beach Surf Shop, where they held a pre race surf and race clinic for shop customers. The event itself was fast and furious as many noted elite paddlers came to be a part of the event. Colin finished the grueling “Graveyard Course” in a respectable 6th with Byron finishing close behind in 7th
On the west side, the Hobie team once again came out in force to support the Waterman’s Applied Science Paddle for Humanity that took place at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The Hobie team, for the second year, once again took home the team title led by Hobie SUP ambassador and all around nice guy Mark Carlisle. The racing was fast and furious and saw team rider Jay Wild make his long awaited Southern California racing debut after a long Lake Tahoe winter. Jay led the team with a 1st place finish in the 12’6 division, while Mitch Kahn placed 2nd in a heated 14’ division.
To add to Mr Wild’s two day Southern California adventure, Jay participated in the Stand Up Round Up Sunday in San Diego, Jay once again showed what a long winter of training can do by taking the overall Round Up title. This would be the second year that the Hobie paddlers have shown their dominance, with last years victories by Chuck Patterson and Emmy Merril
Jay Wild 1st Place 12'6
Mitch Kahn - 2nd Place 14' Overall