18-Oct-2012 07:42 p.m.

Winter Series 2012

The Pita Pit Winter Race Series

Race 1 Sunday 24 June - Red Beach

Race 2 Sunday 29 July - RAYC Orakei

Race 3 Sunday 19 August - Mairangi Bay

Race 4 Sunday 23 September - Takapuna Beach

Katie Pocock's Ski and SUP Winter Series, brought to you by Pita Pit. 5km or Novice 1km SUP Race (and surf ski races). Everyone welcome - juniors, masters, novice, even super stars.  Series ranking system will be based on points.  There is no minimum number of races you need to attend to be eligible for overall series cash prizes but the more races you attend and the higher you finish in those races the more points you get and the better chance you have! $25 Entry or $75 for the series if paid at first race.  Bring your PFD and high viz vest and enter on the day, or contact race organiser Katie Pocock directly on 021 932 116. Make sure you allow time for a drink, hot sausage and a debrief after the race.

 

Starboard Winter Series :

Sharkskin Dash Before Dark

Race 1 - Sunday 8 July - 3.30pm Takapuna Beach

Race 2 - Tuesday 17 July - 4.30pm Kohimarama

Race 3 - Tuesday 31 July - 4.30pm Kohimarama

Race 4 - Tuesday 14 August - 4.30pm Kohimarama

Race 5 - Tuesday 28 August - 5pm Kohimarama

Race 6 - Sunday 2 September - 3.30pm Takapuna Beach

Race 7 - Tuesday 11 September - 5pm Kohimarama

Race 8 - Tuesday 25 September - 5pm Kohimarama

Inner Harbour course racing city-side, with Sunday sessions at Takapuna.  Book a board meeting in your diary so you can enjoy the sunsets and keep fit over the winter months with the two-weekly Sharkskin Dash before Dark from Kohi Beach, proudly brought to you by Starboard NZ.  End of season trophies and prizes awarded on a time and place-based points system (best of 6), with spot prizes at every race.  Currents, ferry wake, boats and bumps all add to the fun. All paddlers welcome. Shorter course option for novice/junior paddlers. Entry $20 per event or $120 for 8-race season if paid at the first race.  Season entries receive free Starboard Performance Lycra race-shirt.  High viz vests and leashes compulsory.  Enter on the day or by contacting race organiser Paul Weeks direct on 021 277 7682

 

Teamrider News

 

Annabel Anderson heads to France this weekend for the Oleron Challenge, her first official international race of the Northern hemisphere season. With an awesome list of accomplishments from her 11/12 NZ summer, including beating the boys in the King of the Harbour and the Pauanui Shoe Island Challenge, Annabel is in prime condition to take on the world's best.  Kia kaha Belz.

In July Annabel pairs up with Jeremy Stephenson to take on the Molokai2Oahu World Paddleboard Champs on a 14'0 Starboard in the Stock Teams Division.  Both Annabel and Jeremy broke M2O record times in the Open Elite 2011 race, and together will undoubtedly prove to be a formidable force in this popular class.

If you're keen to schedule your own international event this year, we're forming a NZ team for the California BOP and Huntington Beach World Series event in late September/early October.  Register your interest with Victoria.

 

Toastie feet special

O'Neill Heat Ninja 3mm neoprene boots for just $50 (normally $64.95).  Super light and comfortable foam boot, real easy to get on and off, with textured rubber sole.  Surf Reporter Gavin Bisman's pick for winter surfing and SUP.  Available to purchase at all winter events.

 

Winter warmth

Can't figure out what to wear and want to avoid hypothermia?  Sharkskin, proud sponsors of the Winter Series, have some awesome new hybrid neoprene Paddling Pants to keep those achy knees warm when you are on the water.  Team these with a fleecy lined Chest Vest and the new Rapid Dry top in safe higher-vis white to protect from wind chill and hit those winter SUP days in style.  All gear will be on display and available to purchase with a 10% discount at winter events.


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