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5. Aloha Spirit Festival kicks off the APP World Tour qualifying series
Heat Score – 62
Last weekend marked the first qualifying event for the APP World Tour 2022 which awarded the top two men and women of the Aloha Spirit Festival a sought-after spot on the World Racing Tour. Who would get those coveted four spots would be decided over two races: a 10k race and a short technical race on the beach, determining who has what it takes to compete against the best in the world on the Tour. Check it here.
4. Oklahoma set to hold rescheduled ICF SUP and Super Cup events
Heat Score – 70
The International Canoe Federation (ICF) has announced that the 2022 Sprint Canoe Super Cup and 2022 ICF Stand Up Paddleboarding World Cup previously awarded to Moscow, Russia will be relocated to Oklahoma City, OK, States -United. The events will take place in August and the final dates will be announced at the beginning of April. The move follows the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) directive to move the international competition out of Russia following the Russian invasion and war in Ukraine. Learn more HERE.
3. Paddle Boarding Baja Arizona
Heat Score – 76
The best way to tour the Sonoran Desert in Baja Arizona is by stand-up paddleboard. That’s right. What you have just read is not a mirage. There are people hiking, biking, etc., but stand-up paddlers can see everything from the water. Check it here.
2. Stand Up Paddle Boarding Etiquette for Beginners
Heat Score – 83
Beginners may be unfamiliar with paddleboard etiquette and could end up blocking waterways, getting in the way of others and causing a nuisance. Here are three ways for beginner paddleboarders to make sure they follow etiquette and make this activity enjoyable for everyone. Learn more HERE.
1. Spring 2022 SUP Equipment Guide
Heat Score – 91
The sun is starting to shine, the ice is melting and spring is starting to show up. With temperatures rising and streams de-icing in lakes and rivers, it’s time to start gearing up and getting back on the water and coming out of winter hibernation. Here we’ve put together a list of SUP gear, accessories and of course boards for everyone from beginner to advanced SUP’er for the spring 2022 paddle board season, so there’s sure to be something thing in this guide for everyone. Learn more HERE.
Picture of the week
The description: Probably one of my best captures with @davo3937 at Gibraltars Eastern Side, taken on a sunrise sup adventure when mist rolled in from the east on a calm glassy morning. (So good, Lee made an impression and hung it in his office to give him peace at work.)
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