South East Report
Leslie Kolovich talks with Jo Jo Braddock the organizer of the First Ever Sup’n Kids Ocean Crest Experience to be held at the Magnuson Hotel & Resort at Marina Cove on Tampa Bay on July 20-22nd. This will be a world class stand up paddle boarding event for kids from age 6-16 as well as helping advance the mission of Ocean Crest Alliance for conservation of our oceans and seas. The Ocean Crest Alliance has helped put together an exciting weekend for the whole family. Kids can have fun on the water while learning about environmental responsibility and how to be better stewards of our shores.
The SUP’nKid’s Passport Program designed to encourage kids to be safe, healthy and responsible stewards of our earth and seas. Activities include: • Kids’ Elite Racing Exhibition • SUP Yoga for a healthy mind and body • “Eat Fresh!” presentation on sustainable foods from the land and sea • Marine Turtle and Shorebird Conservation Workshop• Shore Clean-Up sponsored by Ocean Minded • Lifeguard Safety Program
Families can join in for a:
• Welcome Sunset Cookout
• Special screening of the award-winning documentary “This is Your Ocean: Sharks” by world renowned marine life artists Wyland and Dr. Guy Harvey along with shark expert Jim Abernethy.
This is going to be an event to remember!
To register visit www.supnkids.com
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Leslie Kolovich talks with Elite Florida Racer Mary Anne Boyer about the 2012 Florida State Paddle Board Championships that was held April 7 in Cocoa Beach Florida. A historic event put on by John Hughes directer of the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum and coach Michael Metzger. Mary Anne talks with Leslie about the huge growth of SUPing in the state of Florida. There seems to be an event somewhere in Florida every single weekend much like our West Coast Sup communities. The event: Everybody was expecting a typical Cocoa Beach Day with waves, however Mother Nature pulled one and created a environment that directors had to move the race out of the ocean and into the river. A cold front changed the winds giving the Elite paddlers a grueling 11 miles of right sided paddling! Hear Mary Anne describe the conditions in this killer NON downwinder race.
Leslie Kolovich talks with Director of Sports and Training for Special Olympics in Florida, Phil MacHarg. Phil explains the overall philosophy of Special Olympics World Wide.
Special Olympics Florida, Founded in 1972, is an affiliate of Special Olympics Inc. headquartered in Washington D.C. Special Olympics Florida provides sports training and Olympic-style competition to children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Currently, 16,000 athletes take part on an annual basis. Special Olympics Florida is a Level I Accredited Program (highest level of accreditation granted by SOI) and is divided into eleven geographic services areas, covering all of Florida.
Special Olympics sports include bowling, softball, powerlifting, gymnastics, cycling, soccer tennis, volleyball (just to name a few), AND now SUP!
Special Olympics Florida is a not-for-profit organization that is funded primarily through individual and corporate contributions. Florida is the First State to add SUP to the official Games. The Stand Up Paddle Community in Florida and World Wide has the opportunity to Stand Up for these athletes to make their Olympic dreams come true by providing equipment, training and coaching! We (the SUP Community) IS on board!
Ruth Holland from Key West and MJ Weibling in Naples have played a HUGE part spearheading the movement for SUP to the Special Olympics here in Florida. Both are passionate about SUP and coaching with these athletes. Plan on hearing more about these and many more incredible people helping to make SUP in SO a reality! Enjoy the Podcast Now:
Leslie and Martin Burzynski have the privilege of talking with Allison Shirley. This is one talented All American Girl! She is a Jr. at the University of Northern Florida in Jacksonville. She is a member of the UNF Sand Volleyball Team which this is their 1st official season of NCAA D1 with only 17 teams in the country to have teams! She and her teammate Cameron McGuire also started a club called SUP JAX, at UNF. They have had two demos this past fall and will have at least one this spring and are putting on a beach clean up March 18th! They have a beautiful lake on campus where she trains. One of their goals is to get boards on the lake for students to rent for free! She would like to see other colleges and Universities do the same thing.
She started SUP Racing at the beginning of the summer 2011, but really started getting into it this past fall. She has always been apart of anything water. She has a surfing background and SUP Surfing was a “no brainer” for her. She now is a Hovie Team Rider. Allison is also an artist and has painted several surf boards and paddles. She has no time to sit around and watch TV as her training schedule is volleyball, paddling and YOGA and to relax she paints. She plans to continue to race as many races as she can get to, and hopes to be able to make it out to the Battle of The Paddle this fall to test her skills among the world’s best in the Pacific Ocean.
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Florida was a busy SUP scene this weekend, with events in Fort Meyers, Treasure Island, and Cocoa Beach and in the North Panhandle Pensacola. Our top racers had some difficult choices to make with so many great options, and some even chose to hop on a short flight to Puerto Rico for the “Escape from Coffin Island”, hosted by top female Elite paddler Heather Baus.
In Fort Myers, the 4-day “Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival” had something for every paddler, whether it was a Kayak fishing tournament, OC-1 or SUP race. The Stand up paddlers were treated to a 4-mile course off the Sanibel Causeway, with gorgeous scenery in spite of choppy seas and wind. The top paddlers even took home $500 cash…
- The Open class saw Jen Hayes from Naples and Rob Mirlenbrink of Dunedin take first place in their respective divisions.
- The Elite class was divided into age categories, with Magda Cooper dominating the 18-45 Women and Nessa Brunton winning the 46-64 division. On the men’s side, Mark Athanacio came in first overall and in the 46-64 division, with Andrew White of Jacksonville taking the 18-45 top spot.
Cocoa Beach’s “Causeway to Causeway” event was brutal, with paddlers facing searing winds of 20+ mph and rough surf. A 22-mile challenge, the paddlers made it to the 11-mile mark before yielding to mother nature. Sometimes, she just won’t let you paddle 22 miles…for all of those who competed – well done!
The Treasure Island “Kites4Kids” charity race drew a nice SUP crowd, and the locals took home the top spots. Martin Burzynski secured first place in the Men’s Elite while Bailey Rosen – just 15 years old – took first place in the open 3-mile race. It’s great to see young stars emerging in Florida – look for great battles between Bailey and 14-year-old Annette Garcia for years to come.
South Florida’s SUP scene took to the road to compete in the 2nd annual “Escape from Coffin Island” in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Hosted by local SUP star Heather Baus and her family, the event featured a ferry ride for the elite paddlers, who were to paddle 8.5 miles downwind to the Ponce Yacht and Fishing Club. Just one problem: no wind. On a course known for 15-25 MPH winds, it was 90+ degrees, flat and still. Most paddlers exhausted their water supplies by the race’s halfway point and it was a true feat of endurance to complete the race.
Key West’s Lazy Dawg Paddle Shack sent 4 racers – Sue Cooper, Trish Miller, Heather Whitehead and Barbara Sage – to Puerto Rico…on 2 days notice. No sleep. A 3 hour drive at 2 AM just to get to the airport and a 7 AM flight the morning after the race. That’s hard core commitment and pure stoke for stand up paddling.
Precision Paddleboards elite racers Mary Anne Boyer Willis and Margareth “Mini” Cunha of Fort Lauderdale not only made the trip down to the race, but they finished on the podium with respective 2nd and 3rd place finishes, trailing only Heather Baus on the long trek.
Pensacola Beach was host to the Margaritta
I raced too. And I finished…the 3-mile open. That meant I got to the rum tasting tent before the elites did…~Josh Vajda
Pensacola Beach was host for the Margaritaville Beach Hotel Sand 5K And SUP Race. This was the first ever P’cola sand race to test the ol’ legs and stamina, and then a 3 mile or 1 mile SUP race. Lots of fun with Parrotheads passing out the awards at the waters edge. First time Racers 10 year old Tanner Chechak and Chloe Huntley took first place in their age group in the 1 mile race. This for sure is the beginning of many more podium appearances for these groms!