Hey there this is Leslie Kolovich.
Today Kristin Thomas joins me for her inside the the big weekend recap of Gerry Lopez Rainbow Sandals Battle of The Paddle.
Kristin starts of the show with tons of scoop about the, parties, the red carpet SUP awards, conditions, Saturday’s qualifiers, open race, the distance race with gnarly side swells and waves, the expected top ten in the men’s and women’s elite and the ever so important who caught the right wave at the right time, the effects of making the difficult choice of not wearing a leash, and the off the record “no rule” for no drafting in this race. She also tells us about the Guiness World Record Attempts with the race and a wave. With large crowds, mainstream media, the whole town of Dana Point seemed to be truly embracing the event with BOP Flags on all the light posts.
This year’s event really seemed to have more youth involved in all arenas, truly showing the growth of the sport. The future looks bright in the racing scene! If you had the courage, to put your board into this race for the 1st time or for the 5th time, it is with great respect I say, amazing job to ALL that competed in this Battle!
Enjoy the podcast now